Voter Suppression Today
Voter suppression is the practice of preventing eligible voters from voting. It includes efforts that are both legal and illegal, and is done by administration or law. Typically, high voter turnout helps Democrats to win, while lower voter turnout tends to favor Republican candidates. Therefore, voter suppression is an electoral tactic that the right uses in some states to increase the chance of Republican wins.
Voter Rights are Being Threatened
In the past few years, states across the country have created barriers to voting. These are intentional practices to impede or even halt otherwise eligible voters’ right to enfranchisement. This includes practices like voter ID and proof-of-citizenship restrictions on eligible voters, reducing polling place hours in communities of color, cutting early voting opportunities and purging voters from the rolls.