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Democrats filed suit against Republicans in 1981 for allegedly sending armed patrols to polling stations during the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images

Armed poll watchers: New Jersey’s cautionary tale ahead of the 2020 presidential election

Republicans are free again to recruit poll watchers – four decades after 'ballot security' operations helped steer New Jersey's 1981 gubernatorial race toward their candidate.
Voters in Lexington, Kentucky, waited more than 90 minutes to vote on June 23. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

It takes a long time to vote

Overall, waiting times may be improving – but long waits are still common in Black communities.
Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black. Reuters/Christopher Aluka Berry

Georgia election fight shows that black voter suppression, a southern tradition, still flourishes

Georgia's secretary of state has stalled voter registrations and accused Democrats of hacking. His tactics recall past efforts in the South to suppress black votes, from poll taxes to literacy tests
Sen. Tim Scott waits in line to vote in Hanahan, South Carolina, 2016. AP Photo/Mic Smith

How ‘voter fraud’ crusades undermine voting rights

President Donald Trump is promoting the widely discredited idea of voter fraud. Spreading the myth will make it easier to tighten voter ID laws.

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