Title

Using Microaggression Theory to Examine US Voter Suppression Tactics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Negro Educational Review

Publication Date

2018

Date Added

2022-04-12

Abstract

Over one hundred years ago in this country, southern and flanking states began to initiate a range of legislative efforts to disenfranchise African Americans and other minority voters. These tactics were continually challenged in courts and the resulting judicial reviews and decisions, though sometimes rendered late, attempted to limit the ability of such inequitable electoral practices. This paper examined microaggressions related to current voter identification (ID) laws along with various tactics of polling exclusion, many of which were adopted during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The findings of this study revealed discriminatory practices such as voter ID laws, cutting back on early voting, having to provide multiple pieces of proof of residence, prohibiting emailing of absentee ballots, shutting down departments of motor vehicle offices in. minority neighborhoods, shutting down polling places in minority neighborhoods, and purging voters from the rolls shortly before elections arose since the 2008 presidential election.

Keywords

Civil Rights, Voter Suppression, Voting Rights, Disenfranchisement

Disciplines

Sociology

Publisher

Negro Educational Review, Inc.

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