Voter suppression refers to tactics aimed at lowering or suppressing the number of voters who might otherwise vote in a particular election. This can include measures that inconvenience voters or otherwise make it more difficult for citizens to vote in elections. Continue reading from ACLU
Contrary to what some people may believe, the original text of the Constitution itself did not have a heavy focus on voting rights. Many laws and regulations about voting that people assume are enshrined within the Constitution actually have been passed by individual states, been determined by Supreme Court rulings, or are governed by laws passed on the federal level.
Article 1 of the United States Constitution gives the states the responsibility of overseeing federal elections. Amendments to the Constitution (along with other federal laws) have since been passed over time to help protect voting rights.
The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote in 1870.
The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave all women the right to vote.
The 24th Amendment, ratified in 1964, eliminated the poll taxes that many states had been using to prevent African Americans from voting in federal elections.
Gerrymandering Explained (Brennan Center for Justice)
Recalling an Era When the Color of Your Skin Meant You Paid to Vote: Poll Taxes (Smithsonian Magazine)
Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America? (Foreign Policy)
Turnout in U.S. has Soared in Recent Elections but by Some Measures Still Trails that of Many Other Countries (Pew Research)
Felon Voting Rights (National Conference of State Legislatures)