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Stacey Abrams and Voter Suppression

Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on November 8, 2020 14:55

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Voter suppression is still rampant in the United States, but people like Stacey Abrams worked extremely hard to combat it.

Stacey Abrams was a crucial part of this election because of her work in Georgia. Abrams founded the organization Fair Fight in 2018 to, "promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights." This organization is important because voter suppression, in all of its forms, is alive and well in the United States. 

Voter suppression comes in many forms, including cuts to early voting, voter ID laws and purges of voter rolls, according to the ACLU. According to an LA Times article, people wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts were turned away from voting locations in Memphis, the number of polling places was drastically cut in Georgia and robocalls were made to thousands of Michigan voters saying that mail-in voting could expose their personal information to debt-collectors and police. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas reduced mail-in ballot drop-off locations to one per county weeks before the election after advertising multiple locations for weeks prior.  

Gerrymandering, a tool used to manipulate district boundaries to favor one party or another, is still in practice today. Although courts have struck down gerrymanders based on race, cases based on the party have been more controversial. 

On top of voter suppression, the electoral college is outdated and based, among other things, on slavery. When deciding on the best way to decide the next president, delegates from the South opposed the direct election method because it would be a disadvantage for them.

A compromise was made, consisting of the electoral college and the three-fifths compromise, in which enslaved people were counted as three-fifths of a person to strengthen the power of their enslavers. It's odd that in our country, a president can win even if they have lost the popular vote by more than two million votes (like in 2016).

A good way to visualize the electoral college are maps like this where you can compare land area vs. population. 

All this is to say, voting rights organizations like Fair Fight are extremely important to make sure that each and every voter's voice is heard. Court cases will play out and we will all see if claims of voter fraud were inflated or not. No matter what happens, I'm glad that we have organizations working to make sure disenfranchised people can still have a voice. 

Regardless of who you voted for or which party you align with, you should be in support of every American of legal voting age and status being able to cast their ballot safely and fairly. 

Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on November 8, 2020 14:55

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