In any election year, every vote counts. With stakes every election cycle seemingly higher than the one that preceded it, campaigns, political parties and the third-party groups that support them have a powerful incentive to turn out their voters -- and dissuade those not on their side from even showing up.
Voter suppression is an age-old strategy of manipulating eligibility requirements and limiting access to polls in an effort to shape the electorate.
Antiquated methods of suppressing voter turnout, such as poll taxes, literacy tests and race and gender discrimination, have gone out of vogue. The desire to limit access to the ballot box hasn't, however, so new tactics, both legal and otherwise, have been adapted to the modern election cycle.
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