Voter suppression has been a part of the United States political scene since the nation’s inception. From Jim Crow laws to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, citizens of the United States, particularly communities of color, have been disenfranchised in blatant and subtle ways.
And now, with the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden less than three months away, more of the electorate is considering mail-in voting amid the threat of COVID-19. Trump has tweeted repeatedly his criticism of mail-in voting, claiming it leads to election fraud — criticism that some see as a form of voter suppression — an accusation the Trump administration has denied.
However, voter suppression has been a tool historically used to deter Black Americans and other minorities from voting.
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