Challenges to Fair Elections 7: Voter Intimidation and Vote Suppression

Challenges to Fair Elections 7: Voter Intimidation and Vote Suppression

November 1, 2006
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Political candidates win elections by generating more votes than their opponents. A vigorous and superior get-out-the-vote campaign is commonly understood to be the key to success. A less recognized but all-too-familiar alternative tactic is to intimidate their opponents supporters and suppress their votes. Voter intimidation and vote suppression campaigns are often mounted in communities of color, where voter participation is more tenuous. Few states have enacted clear and effective prohibitions against these abuses.