U.S. presidential election “voting interference” and other serious concerns October 18 at 5:13 p.m.
There are concerns that the U.S. presidential election may deepen “voting interference” and “vote suppression” that prevent voting in a variety of ways.
effectively shut out of the election at the stage of voter registration
In the United States, while the law prohibits voting interference, there is no end to the number of years of difficulty in voting in a variety of ways.
One of them is the issue that is effectively shut out of the election at the stage of voter registration, which is essential for participating in elections in the United States.
In the United States, it is necessary to register as a voter in the election board in advance in order to vote in the election, but there have been a number of states in the past few years that require stricter identification.
When it comes to identity confirmation, blacks and Hispanics are unable to obtain government-issued identification documents, such as driver’s license, for economic reasons, so some people are unable to meet the requirements and want to vote but can’t.
According to a survey by the American Civil Rights Association, which is investigating the issue, the percentage of people in the voting age who do not have a photo ID is 8 percent for whites, but 25 percent for blacks.
For this reason, it has been pointed out that the minority layer is greatly affected by the way the system is changed to be stricter.
polling stations in areas with a large minority population notable in Republican-dominant areas
It has also been pointed out that the number of polling stations is decreasing in areas where there are many minority members.
According to a survey by private organizations, many of the approximately 1,700 polling stations in the United States that have been reduced since 2013 were districts with a high percentage of minorities.
As a result of the continued reduction of polling stations in Georgia in recent years, some districts had to wait eight hours to vote in the 2018 midterm elections two years ago.
Because these cases are prominent in areas where Republicans are dominant, especially in the southern United States, experts point out that the tendency of minority members to vote for Democrats is behind the Republican sense of crisis about losing ground due to the increase in this tier.
Cases of sabotage even in postal votes
There have also been cases of Democratic supporters complaining of obstructing the vote in a postal vote opposed by President Trump.
In Texas, there is a long line every day in the Houston metropolitan area with a population of 4.7 million, with 12 locations being directly reduced to one place where ballots that have been mailed under the direction of the authorities can be thrown directly.
Governor Abbott, a Republican who issued the instructions, argues that the reason for this is that “as the infection expands, we need to increase the safety of polling stations, which can make voting more transparent and prevent illegal voting.”
In response, the DPJ has countered that it is a repression of the right to vote, and groups supporting the Democratic Party are calling for the reception to be returned to 12 locations.
Concerned about intimidating behavior around polling stations
In addition, in this election, there are some people who are concerned about the situation that radical groups that support President Trump in various places take intimidating action around polling stations.
In Virginia last month, a group of supporters of President Trump shouted at the entrance to a polling station, and people who came to vote waited in the polls.
In Michigan, Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, announced today that the state government would ban the possession of guns and other weapons in and around polling stations in a way that would “allow voters to exercise their basic right to vote without being threatened, threatened, or harassed.”
On the other hand, President Trump has repeatedly claimed that fraud occurs in elections and has called for the vote to be monitored to prevent it, and on the 13th of this month, he wrote on Twitter, “Apply to volunteer for the Trump election watchman! I’m appealing for increased surveillance by posting.
Some American media and election experts have expressed concern that such calls could trigger intimidating acts in the name of surveillance.
“It is possible that more than one million people could not vote in the 2018 midterm elections.”
Private think tanks have analyzed the possibility that more than a million people may not have voted in the 2018 midterm elections because of what is pointed out as “voting interference” or “vote suppression,” said Ted Johnson, senior research fellow at New York University’s Brennan Judicial Center. Voter turnout in states that have introduced laws that make voting difficult is drawing attention.”
Stacy Hopkins, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia’s largest city, says she received a notice from the state government that she had “removed voter registration” ahead of the midterm elections two years ago.
The reason for the address change was that, under Georgia law, if you report to the Postal Service if the address changes in the same county, the voter registration will be automatically updated and not erased.
According to a local newspaper, about half a million people in Georgia were unregistered for a variety of reasons on the same day as Hopkins.
In order to restore voter registration, Hopkins, with the support of the American Civil And Human Rights Association (ACLU), a private organization that deals with these issues, filed a lawsuit against the state and others, and was eventually able to recover the registration.
However, some of Hopkins’ friends say they reached voting day without realizing that their registration had been cancelled and were unable to vote.
At the time, Georgia also pointed out that about 50,000 people were unable to vote because of other new changes in the voter registration system.
In this system, voting rights were frozen with only a slight difference in notation, such as the presence or absence of hyphens in names.
In addition, because there was a long line of voting in the area where Hopkins lives because of the reduction of polling stations, Hopkins said, “In areas where white people have lived for a long time, voting does not have to wait, but in areas with a lot of black people, it was natural to wait for hours. I’m angry that black people still have to win the right to vote.”
Hopkins said he used postal ballots in this presidential election, but he was in disbelief at the authorities, “I’m still worried about whether the votes I voted for will be properly counted.”