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The Politics of Voter Suppression by
Publication Date: 2012-08-15
The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to assess actual practices at the polls this fall and to reengage with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms of identification. Tova Andrea Wang examines the history of how U.S. election reforms have been manipulated for partisan advantage and establishes a new framework for analyzing current laws and policies. The tactics that have been employed to suppress voting in recent elections are not novel, she finds, but rather build upon the strategies used by a variety of actors going back nearly a century and a half. This continuity, along with the shift to a Republican domination of voter suppression efforts for the past fifty years, should inform what we think about reform policy today. Wang argues that activities that suppress voting are almost always illegitimate, while reforms that increase participation are nearly always legitimate. In short, use and abuse of election laws and policies to suppress votes has obvious detrimental impacts on democracy itself. Such activities are also harmful because of their direct impacts on actual election outcomes. Wang regards as beneficial any legal effort to increase the number of Americans involved in the electoral system. This includes efforts that are focused on improving voter turnout among certain populations typically regarded as supporting one party, as long as the methods and means for boosting participation are open to all. Wang identifies and describes a number of specific legitimate and positive reforms that will increase voter turnout.
This page will direct you to resources about voting rights, as well as organizations that are combatting voter suppression efforts across the United States.
ACLU Voting Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union's resources around voting rights and voter suppression.
Website for the documentary Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.
All In: The Fight for Democracy
A new documentary with Stacey Abrams about the history and current situation of voter suppression in the U.S..
Demand the Vote--Voting in NYS
A collection of information about voting issues in NYS--information is also available for the rest of the country.
National Voter Protection Action Fund
The National Voter Protection Action Fund (NVPAF)is a non-partisan 501(c)4 social welfare organization formed to combat voter suppression and support election protection efforts nationwide.
League of Women Voters-Voting Rights
The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.