'The Truth is, Our Elections are Very, Very Secure': Winthrop Professor Debunks Basis for Restrictive Voting Laws
Political scientist Scott Huffman says that despite claims of fraudulent voting, democracy has historically and recently been threatened more by efforts to restrict the vote.
What Jim Crow looks like in 2021
by Nicole Hemmer
The most relevant aspect of Jim Crow today isn't the Klan, but the "color blind" legislation that Southern conservatives used to circumvent the Fifteenth Amendment.
SOURCE: Bill Moyers
Decades of Inequality Shadow Voter Turnout in Rural Georgia
A small-town voter drive reveals why only trusted family, friends and local leaders can boost turnout in the Senate runoffs.
SOURCE: Saturday Evening Post
Considering History: Voter Suppression and Racial Terrorism, the Twin Pillars of White Supremacy
by Ben Railton
Voter suppression has consistently gone hand in hand with racial terrorism to prop up white supremacy.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Don’t Reboot the 2016 Horror Show
by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Avoiding the subject of the racist and sexist constraints on American politics ensures those limitations can derail democracy again.
Republican Voter Suppression Efforts were Banned for Decades. Here's what Changed
by Kevin M. Kruse
In 2020, as in 1981, the realities of voter fraud don't matter. Republicans are insisting that their very real efforts at voter intimidation are warranted because they insist that Democrats have done or will do or possibly might do something much worse.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Trump’s War on Election Integrity Follows a Racist Playbook Used in 1980s Orange County
Orange County's popular historian Gustavo Arellano recounts a 1988 election day featuring the kind of nativist fearmongering about fraudulent voting coming from the White House today.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Our Long, Forgotten History of Election-Related Violence
by Jelani Cobb
A weather forecast is not a prediction of the inevitable. We are not doomed to witness a catastrophic tempest this fall, but anyone who is paying attention knows that the winds have begun to pick up.
SOURCE: The New York Times
Trump Reveals the Truth About Voter Suppression
by David W. Blight
The president is the latest in a long line of conservative politicians to see minority voters as a threat.
Historian Carol Anderson On Voter Suppression
“This kind of silent, quiet bureaucratic violence, where policies are wiping out the voting rights of millions of Americans, that's the piece that is absolutely stunning for my students,” she explained.
SOURCE: NY Times
For Stacey Abrams, a Date With History — or at Least the People Who Write It
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 race for Georgia governor, visited the Library Company of Philadelphia for a conversation on voter suppression with historians Carol Anderson, Heather Ann Thompson, Heather Cox Richardson, and Kevin Kruse.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Voter suppression carries slavery's three-fifths clause into the present
by Imani Perry
The Georgia governor’s election was the latest example of how James Madison’s words continue to shape our views on race.
SOURCE: Emory University Press Release
What Carol Anderson tells people who say they don’t understand what is so hard about requiring voters to show an ID
“All of those little things that sound ‘fiscally responsible’ or ‘absolutely necessary to maintain the integrity of the ballot box’ are not designed to enhance the integrity of democracy, but in fact undermine that integrity.”
The Long and Despicable Roots of Voter Suppression and Similar Tactics
by Frank Palmeri and Ted Wendelin
They go back to the very origins of the country when the white South sought to dominate politics.
SOURCE: The Guardian
America's shameful history of voter suppression
Voter fraud is more rare than being struck by lightning, yet the fear-mongering persists. Don’t blame Donald Trump – blame America’s democratic model.
What Grade Would the State Department Give to Our Own Election?
by John Dickson
We wouldn’t get high marks for democracy, that’s for sure.
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