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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

There's a bevy of tools being used but they boil down to a few basic categories: Close polling stations in key neighborhoods, forcing longer trips and longer lines at polling stations where voters ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID? Yes. For example, here are some facts (citations to supporting authorities are found at this link) (the omission of ...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

One consideration not mentioned so far is the disparate areas in which Republican voters and Democratic voters tend to live, the so-called "Rural-Urban Divide". People living in more rural ...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

affect the Democratic base, but not their own constituents Besides the fact that you're using the word "constituents" incorrectly (everyone who is eligible to vote for you is your ...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

I think this whole issue would be clearer if people understood that the GOP goal here isn't voter suppression; the GOP goal is voter attrition. Every hoop to jump, every obstacle to navigate, every ...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

Something missing from the other answers are the most fundamental voter rights of all: that your vote be counted, and that the majority vote decides the election result. Quoting from Voting Rights Lab,...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

I read this BBC article, but it's not totally clear for me why the recent voting rights laws passed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures affect the Democratic base, but not ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

It's important to distinguish here between ID in general and ID that specifically meets a state's requirements for voting, especially when the state has designed the details of these restrictions to ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

In a lot of cases, people within a certain demographic will be more or less likely to have certain types of ID. This can be either because their demographic makes it more difficult (or impossible) to ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

The catch with the comparisons about how much it costs to obtain an ID, is that they are often devoid of any other information about costs. This implies that obtaining an ID (which does not have a ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

You'll have to ask K Dog. The question was about city elections, so all these answers about states' gerrymandering of congressional districts are irrelevant. Here is what he was responding to: "With ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

Gerrymandering is the big one. Maryland is two-thirds Democrat and one-third Republican, and in the 2010 redistricting, Democrats offset several large Republican-dominated rural areas by scooping up ...
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4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

The full court opinion (83 pages) can be found here. It identifies five provisions of a single omnibus election law, 2013 N.C. Sess. Laws 381, which are found to be discriminatory: a "change in ...
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Is it illegal for US states to make it more difficult to vote and attempting to target a political group?

Is it illegal for a state legislature to make it harder for groups that predominantly support one political party to vote to hurt that party electorally? If so have any states ever been punished for ...
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4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

Regarding your question whether the phrase "surgical precision" is an explicit part of the ruling: it is. See page 11 for the full context: Before enacting that law, the legislature ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

The city (or county) of Baltimore is not unfair to Republican voters. It could be argued that the state of Maryland is because of how they draw the congressional lines. On that same token, in part ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

https://www.azavea.com/blog/2017/07/19/gerrymandered-states-ranked-efficiency-gap-seat-advantage/ As you can see here, by at least one measure Maryland's gerrymandering caused them to elected one ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

It depends on whether we're talking about the city of Baltimore, or Baltimore county. In terms of voters, the city of Baltimore is very heavily Democratic so any district that it's in is going to ...
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