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We had something similar here in Texas in the case of Prairie View A&M, a predominently Black college, where the District Attorney kept hindering the students from voting in local elections. The federal government intervened to protect the students rights.
Posted by TxGrandpa2
Which is why congress passed the Voting Rights Bill back in 1965. It was passed because white officials in the southern states were using every tricky means they could find to prevent blacks from voting. All those vote suppression laws that have been passed by Republican controlled states are designed to reduce or intimidate likely Democratic voters from voting. They are a product of the ALEC as a model piece of legislation to ensure a conservative majority.
But in Ohio in the 2012 election those voter suppression laws backfired on the Republicans. Most of the worst of them were thrown out by the courts and repealed by the legislature over fears of a voter referendum. But the threats energized black voters in the cities to turn out and vote in larger numbers than before. The Republicans in the Ohio legislature thought that if they could somehow suppress the black vote in the cities, it might be enough to tip Ohio into the red column. But the black vote in 2012 was one demographic that actually had a greater turnout in 2012 than in 2008.
Actual vote fraud is so rare as to be practically non existant. But the Republicans have crafted it as a means to try and suppress votes of minorities and young people. This is why the United States needs a strong Voting Rights Act and for it to be enforced. I also believe that most of the voters have wised up and will vote out the extreme Republicans the next chance they have.