The Psychological Toll of Voter Suppression

The Psychological Toll of Voter Suppression

The Psychological Toll of Voter Suppression

Despite a series of voting rights victories, ballot box bullies will still try to dissuade voters.


Though activists are celebrating a slate of recent victories against voter ID laws, the fight isn’t over. Republicans in Florida are purging eligible voters from registries, and using intimidation tactics to convince Sunshine State citizens of their political inefficacy. Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down why voting rights can never be a partisan issue: they are crucial to our national social (and mental) well-being.

—Christie Thompson

For more voter suppression coverage, check out The Nation and’s joint project, Voting Rights Watch 2012.

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