Is Voter Suppression Distorting Elections?


The outcome of some of our nation’s tightest races may very well have been affected by new voter suppression laws. Tougher voter registration and identification requirements along with reduced early voting days and poll hours may have had a significant impact on turnout, a typical Republican slow venture that’s meant to have a small immediate impact, but these laws will have long term and extremely far reaching consequences.

More data and statistical examination is needed to verify the actual impact these new laws may have had on turnout, but it believed that the number of people denied their right to vote outnumbered the actual number of voters casting their ballots. The would-be voters most affected by the new restrictions are minorities, the young, poor and the elderly, mostly because they tend to lack adequate identification documents.

One example of how voter suppression may have affected the election results is in Florida where they have the harshest voting laws in the country. Governor Rick Scott has overturned an initiative to allowing former felons who have paid their debt to society to regain their voting rights. That adds up to over 1.3 million Floridians who could not cast their vote.

When the data is in and if it is found that voter restraint did in fact have an effect on election outcomes, it is unlikely that any type of recourse will be taken. The call for a revote is seldom granted by those having the power to overturn an election. Unless the Supreme Court acts against these disturbing suppression laws, future elections are sure to continue to be tainted.

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