Off Subject: Why Voter Suppression in Legal Again

Excerpts from Republican voter suppression efforts were banned for decades. Here’s what changed. 15 October 2020 Kevin Kruse (Historian)


A federal judge finally allowed the consent decree to expire in late 2017, believing the issue had been put to rest. The 2020 election will therefore be the first presidential race in 40 years without the consent decree in place.

For the past 40 years, the party organization has been bound by a “consent decree” secured in federal court in 1982. As a result, the GOP was barred from engaging in these kinds of “election security” campaigns, which seem to be little more than efforts at voter intimidation and election interference...

On Election Day, off-duty police officers and sheriff’s deputies hired by Kelly’s group were equipped with revolvers, two-way radios and official-looking armbands, and they were sent to predominantly Black and Hispanic polling places. “WARNING,” their posters announced in red letters, “THIS AREA IS BEING PATROLLED BY THE NATIONAL BALLOT SECURITY TASK FORCE. IT IS A CRIME TO FALSIFY A BALLOT OR TO VIOLATE ELECTION LAWS.” A Democratic City Council member from Newark complained that guards were operating “like the Gestapo” there, popping into polling places in small groups, looking through registration books and challenging voters...

Of course, rampant voter fraud remains a myth. As the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School has cataloged here, countless studies by journalists, scholars and election experts have shown that the current claims about millions of fraudulent votes, cast either in person or by mail, are simply baseless. Even Trump’s own presidential commission on the issue unceremoniously disbanded in early 2018 after finding no evidence of widespread fraud.


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