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Voter Suppression Explained

Voter suppression makes the voting process harder for people due to voter registration requirements, lack of access to early voting, and stringent voter identification requirements. Our country has a long history of intimidating citizens and discourage them from voting. Even after black people secured their right to vote, they were still beaten and lynched for trying to exercise this right. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed that made it illegal to participate in discriminatory voting practices like literacy tests and poll taxes. But, in 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were unconstitutional, and, as a result, voter suppression efforts were resurrected.

Despite Colorado’s mail-in ballot voting method, this state is still subject to voting mishaps. In 2018, there was a delay in getting ballots to 61,000 Adams County voters because one of four trucks transporting the ballots never made it to the processing center. Internet outages in La Plata County raised questions about the efficacy of internet voting.

Colorado is also a state that has taken measures to reduce voter suppression efforts. In 2019 two laws were enacted. One law that went into effect in July clarifies that a person on parole is considered to have completed their sentences and are eligible voters. The other law that went into effect in August automatically registers people to vote after making changes to your driver’s license or providing information to a Medicaid office.

Make sure you are registered to vote by checking your voter registration status at this site. If you are not registered to vote click this link for more information on how to register.

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