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The extent of the franchise and actual turnout are two very different things. But there HAVE been concerted Republican efforts BOTH to depress turnout and to restrict the franchise, especially amongst black voters. The turnout repression operates through the candidate selection process - ugly choices - and more generally, obnoxious negative advertisements by third parties, while disenfranchisement has been the fruit of concentration on winning control of state government and the SCOTUS ruling that prior review of laws affecting voting rights had to be approved by DOJ.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 17th, 2016 at 01:38:11 PM EST
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