Voter suppression

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Voter suppression refers to a variety of tactics aimed at lowering or suppressing the number of voters who might otherwise vote in a particular election. The term is generally used pejoratively, in the sense that some acts of disenfranchisement have at times been defended for one reason or another as leading to a public good (such as various reasons for disenfranchising felons), whereas when the term "voter suppression" is applied, the person using the phrase generally means to wholeheartedly condemn the act or to imply that it can have no legitimate justification.[1]

Types of vote suppression

Contemporary partisan or organizational behavior that is generally seen as constituting deliberate acts of voter suppression include:[2]

There are also situations that may in fact suppress some votes but may or may not be intended to do so. These include:[2]

  • Insufficient or unequal resources devoted to election administration
  • Legislation that creates clerical burdens that make it more difficult to register and vote

Legislation that may make it more difficult, in practice, to vote includes Voter ID laws, laws regarding absentee voting and burdensome laws about provisional ballot voting.[3]

Older voter suppression methods

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See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms

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