What better way to guarantee failure of a political proposal than to prevent the question from being asked in the first place? And when all else fails, barring certain groups from weighing in is bound to get the job done.

Suppressing votes is a surefire way to win, as history has shown in examples ranging from Jim Crow-era America to more recently perpetuated myths of widespread voter fraud. But disenfranchised voters close to home? Say it ain’t so.

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