The Right to Vote Is Never Safe

“The Voting Rights Act allowed the federal government to work to close the gap between theoretical rights and real participation for black Southerners. . . . The Cold War abroad, and low levels of partisanship at home, gave Americans reason to tell themselves an easy fable about a stable, broadening democracy. But this period was unusual, and the longer-term trend of volatile voting rights has re-emerged in the 21st century. Americans are again debating the right to vote, and focusing on state voting laws, in ways we haven’t for nearly a century.”

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