It’s incredibly admirable and unfortunately necessary to stand in those long lines just to exercise a fundamental civil right, but maybe we should talk more about about why those lines exist at all and why they’re concentrated in minority communities.
There were 868 fewer polling places in 2016 than in 2012. This year, there will be nearly 1200 fewer polling places than there were in 2014.

All of these closures are in states formerly covered by the VRA due to their histories of voting discrimination.…
Some GOP-led states have closed 1 in 10 or 1 in 5 polling places statewide. In Georgia, 7 counties now have only *one* polling place.

They don’t want people to vote because high voter turnout is bad for the GOP. So they’re just closing down the places where people go to vote.
So hell yes, the people standing in line for hours and hours just to exercise their right to vote are doing something pretty amazing. But they shouldn’t have to do that, & we should talk a lot more about why this is even A Thing and why Republicans are so scared of Black voters.

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