Since 2013, 22 states have passed laws that bolster voter suppression. In particular, these laws put an undue burden on communities of color. They suppress their votes and gerrymander to limit their influence.
North Carolina additionally passed a law that if college students changed their voter registration to the county where they are in school rather than keeping it at home, their parents could no longer claim them as dependents for tax purposes. Thankfully, that one was overturned in 2016, but it was there long enough to suppress young votes.
Here’s how some of this voter suppression works:
This post is a part of a series on voting rights and voter suppression. If you’d like to read more, feel free to check out these other posts:
Voter Suppression: Hearing From People Directly Affected
Rev. William Barber: 5 Fears that Fuel Voter Suppression