Voter Suppression — Facts to Know

Voter Suppression comes down to the use of systematic methods and practices to win elections by unfair manipulation of normal election processes.  It is the equivalent of winning elections by any means necessary, cynically making a mockery of the bedrock notion of democracy.

Through all the electoral ups and and downs over the last 40 years in the United States, one thing has been true: When more people vote, Democrats win.  When fewer people vote, Republicans win!  Democrats know this, and try to increase turn out.  Republicans know it too, and they want to use voter suppression methods to reduce Democratic turn out – rather than increase turn out on their side to match the Democrats. 

Paul Weyrich, to give you an idea, is also the founder of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — the organization that has been responsible for mass-producing laws in different states around a right-wing, pro-business, anti-woman, socially retrograde agenda.  So, there is a continuity of thinking about such issues on the Republican side.

Long and Checkered History of Voting Rights

Voting rights have been an issue in the United States since the founding of the country.  While nominally a democracy, who should have the vote and how they should exercise that vote has always been a matter of major contention through the history of the country.
Gradually, voting rights were given to all men, and then to women.  But, it was not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed that there was real assurance and a legal guarantee that the election processes would be fair in practice and not just in theory.