Lockienabout 1 year ago
This article does a great job of not actually addressing voter suppression, and the argument within it (that, according to the author, the populace leans conservative and therefore conservatives ought to want *all* of the populace to vote) isn't compelling given conservative led initiatives to either purge voter records or limit access to the poll in the name of "voter fraud", a phenomenon that simply does not exist in this country in any significant number. These efforts disproportionately affect a subsection of voters who statistically are more likely to vote for liberal candidates and progressive issues. Voter suppression is about suppressing the vote of your opponent, not those who support you The argument that conservatives would not engage in voter suppression of demographic groups likely to vote for a liberal candidate because "far more people in this country openly label themselves "conservative" rather than "liberal."" doesn't make sense.
And the lack of people willing to call their efforts in this area "vote suppression" is hardly evidence that that is not the outcome of their efforts. Who on earth would willingly incriminate themselves? If you look past their comments, and look at the effects, the pattern is clear: Efforts to "clean up the rosters" and "mandate vote ID laws" have not been shown to dramatically have an impact on the legitimacy of our elections as the proponents claim they should. There are simply too few in person fraudulent votes and illegally registered voters. However, in the process of eliminating tens of illegal votes over a decade, they deprive thousands of people their rightful voice in each and every election they are in effect. Those affected by these laws come from demographic groups that are statistically more likely to vote "left". That is voter suppression.