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What Are We Going to Do About Voter Suppression?

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What Are We Going to Do About Voter Suppression?

In April of 2019, six historians and commentators on American politics gathered at the historic Library of Company in Philadelphia to discuss voter suppression. In 2013, the Supreme Court eliminated protections provided by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which had prohibited racial discrimination in voting. The Voting Rights Act had required states, mostly in the South, to get federal approval for any changes that they made to voting regulations, but the court’s ruling no longer required this pre-clearance. As a result, many states have recently created various laws that have suppressed the vote. The following conversation is part of a...

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