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Financial Times | Voter suppression: America must end this shame

Sep 29, 2020

With this year’s US presidential race entering its final leg, a formidable obstacle to the revolutionary idea of self-governance is rearing its ugly head: voter suppression.

As current polls suggest a tight contest in many swing states between incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic Joe Biden will be close in many swing states, this shameful practice could well determine the outcome of the election.

To understand voter suppression in the US, we must first wrap our minds around the depth of decentralization inherent in the nation’s election system. The US Constitution grants states the responsibility to administer elections. Local jurisdictions take over from there to manage the nuts and bolts of executing an election.

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