assdef wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:59 am
The ACLU estimates voter disenfranchisement at about 2%, which is about 4.5 million people. In the 2016 election, about 109 million people didn't vote. So I agree voter suppression is unfortunate and a problem, but I would argue it is a minuscule problem compared to voter apathy.
While I wholeheartedly agree that people not voting is a very big problem, there's a significant difference in that people who don't vote are actively making the choice not to do so, whereas people who are disenfranchised are having their ability to make a choice taken from them.
Likewise, if we assume that overall people who don't vote are evenly split (I know it doesn't work like that, but just for argument's sake right here) then we still have the issue of voter suppression being used to influence the way elections turn out because it disproportionately affects some groups more than others.
Even when people not coming out to vote impacts the results of our elections, the results of that election are still based on the choices of the voting public; at the end of the day, people who didn't vote because they chose to made that decision. When our elections are impacted by voter disenfranchisement, the people are losing their ability to chose and in some areas the way it is done impacts elections much more majorly than others.
Even though the ACLU doesn't recognize it in their statistics, gerrymandering is a major voter suppression tactic. Here's a map
of NC's State House of Representative districts, they come in all sorts of fun shapes. In the 2016 election, 68% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans
turned out to vote. Based on the results from the presidential race
, we can see that NC's voter turnout is roughly 52R : 48D. We don't see this in our State House of Representatives though, we currently have a 75R : 45D (63%R, 37%D) split. Through gerrymandering, roughly 11% of our state's voting population effectively did not count in selecting our State House because of the way our districts are drawn.