Voter Suppression


Voter suppression is alleged to be a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote.

An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office.

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It is distinguished from political campaigning in that campaigning attempts to change likely voting behavior by changing the opinions of potential voters through persuasion and organization.

Voting is a method for a group such as a meeting or an electorate to make a decision or express an opinion, usually following discussions, debates or election campaigns.

A Political campaign is an organized effort which seeks to influence the decision making process within a specific group.

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Voter suppression, instead, attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against a candidate or proposition advocated by the suppressors.


The tactics of voter suppression can range from minor dirty tricks that make voting inconvenient, to illegal activities that physically intimidate prospective voters to prevent them from casting ballots.


Voter suppression could be effective if a significant amount of voters are intimidated or disenfranchised.

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