Ballot purges that have repeatedly prevented mostly minorities from voting are a long-standing Republican tradition, infers Vann R. Newkirk II of The Atlantic. The GOP, and more recently, Donald Trump, have distracted the public with fear-mongering about voter fraud, which is incredibly rare. This tactic distracts from ballot purging, which disproportionately affects people of color. Many lawsuits have examined this issue and found examples of wrongdoing. In Georgia, this practice continues; over a million people are being prevented from voting to keep them from electing Democrats.
The notion that voter ID laws are used to prevent black people from voting is erroneous, holds Larry Elder of Real Clear Politics. Multiple studies, backed up by Yale, Stanford and other universities, found that voter ID laws don’t significantly affect voter turnout. The studies didn’t conclude that people of color were being prevented from voting. Black voters, in particular, still maintained a higher turnout rate than white ones in 2008, indicating that their democratic rights aren’t being limited. Still, many on the left continue to blow up this story to fit partisan narratives of Republican wrongdoing.