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Since the 2010 election, 24 states overwhelmingly controlled by Republicans have put in place new voting restrictions, such as tougher voter ID laws, cutbacks to early voting and barriers to registration, notes journalist @AriBerman
This month, the Supreme Court upheld a law in North Dakota that could block 70,000 residents who don’t have a qualifying ID from the polls, including 5,000 Native American voters.
Could efforts to block voters swing elections? Certainly.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a Democrat, is trailing her Republican opponent in the polls. She won election to the Senate in 2012 by 3,000 votes, thanks largely to 80% support from the two counties with large Indian reservations.
Voter suppression isn’t just a potential problem in 2018 — it seems to have already had a decisive impact in recent years.
If Democrats turn out in large numbers on Nov. 6, as the early-voting data suggests is happening in some key states, it will be in spite of barriers to the ballot box, not because they didn’t exist or didn’t matter. Read on:
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