Must-Know Voter Suppression Statistics [Current Data]

In this post, we will explore a series of impactful voter suppression statistics in the United States. From the closure of polling places to stringent voter ID laws, these data points shed light on the challenges faced by marginalized communities in exercising their right to vote.

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"Over 1,688 polling places were closed in the U.S between 2012 and 2018, a trend that disproportionately affects minority communities."

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"80% of Georgia voters purged in 2018 were people of color."

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"In 21 states across the country, there are strict voter identification laws, which runs a risk of suppressing voter turnout."

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"Kansas’s voter ID requirements reduced voter turnout by approximately 2% in 2012."

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"Approximately 25% of African-Americans of voting age do not have a government-issued photo ID, compared to 8% of white voters."

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"As of 2020, 33 states have enacted restrictions on the voter registration process."

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"At least 6% of women lack ready access to identification documents that reflect their current name due to name changes after marriage or divorce."

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"21% of transgender people who have transitioned do not have any identification documents or records reflecting their accurate gender."

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"55,000 mail-in ballots were discarded for arriving late in the 2020 US presidential primary."

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"Strict photo ID laws were found to decrease turnout among Hispanic voters by 7.1 points in general elections, according to a study."

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"As of 2020, about 5.2 million Americans are disenfranchised because of felony convictions."

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"563,000 voting-eligible Wisconsinites lack state-issued photo IDs."

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"After Texas implemented strict photo ID laws in 2014, there was a decrease in turnout between 1.5% and 5%."

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"In 2020, Michigan passed legislation making it easier to challenge voter signatures, a move that could suppress votes by around 10,000 citizens."

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"In the 2016 presidential election, 16 million mail-in ballots went uncounted although it only represents 1% of total ballots cast."

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The statistics presented highlight a concerning pattern of voter suppression tactics across the United States, particularly targeting marginalized communities. The closure of polling places, strict voter identification laws, purging of voter rolls, and other barriers disproportionately impact people of color, women, transgender individuals, and other vulnerable populations, ultimately undermining the democratic process. The data indicates a significant need for reform to ensure equal access to voting rights for all Americans.

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