“‘Voter Suppression,’ Debunked”

James Taranto WSJ post.

One response to Taranto’s point appears in Janai Nelson’s excellent draft article on SSRN, in which she writes: “Despite suggestions that voter suppression tactics can trigger a ‘backlash’ increase in minority voter turnout, these tactics nonetheless violate the VRA‘s core principle—to ensure that the race of a voter has no bearing on her ability to vote. Moreover, the “backlash effect” does not negate the increased burden placed on minorities‘ right to vote even if, ultimately and intermittently, minority voters can bear it and win.”

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