Voter suppression is real

The systematic removal of hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls was set to continue in two key states ahead of the crucial 2020 election.

Voters in two states, in particular, need to act fast if they want to participate in the 2020 election, according to recent rulings that threaten to remove from voter rolls more than a half-million people who, if history is any indication, are low income and/or people of color.

A judge in Georgia ruled on Monday afternoon that the state can invalidate voter registration for approximately 300,000 people, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That news came on the heels of a court in Wisconsin ruling that would eliminate about 234,000 people from the voters roll there. The fact that the apparent voter suppression efforts in two key states were coming less than a year ahead of a crucial presidential election enraged activists who have been fighting in vain to keep the voters’ registrations active in the face of laws that encouraged their purging.

The reports out of Georgia and Wisconsin came months after a report found that more than 30 million voters were removed from voter rolls across the country over the past five years. The report from the Brennan Center for Justice “found that between 2016 and 2018, counties with a history of voter discrimination have continued purging people from the rolls at much higher rates than other counties.”

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