These days, voting is largely uneventful. You show up at the polls, check in, vote, and get your sticker.
Long gone are the days of having to take a literacy test, such as that used in Alabama in 1965 that was a 68 question civics exam that I doubt most of my political science students could ace. We also no longer have to shell out the equivalent of a day’s wages to cast a vote. And finally while some of us may experience burdensome lines to vote we are not in physical danger of violence or intimidation to keep us from polls.
The 1965 Voting Rights Act not only outlawed voter suppression through intimidation, poll taxes, and literacy tests, but it provided the government the teeth to implement these enforcements. The 1965 VRA protected voting rights by not just having the ability to react to the suppression of voting rights…
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