Voting Rights Act of 1965

Advocates of easier voting should make an 'advantage' argument

Advocates of easier voting should make an 'advantage' argument

Recently I returned to my high school in Pittsburgh for a reunion of its storied speech and debate society (officially known as the Central Catholic Forensic Society, which sounds as if it’s training teenage crime scene investigators).

Reminiscing about my debating days reminded me of a distinction that seems relevant to the debates over “voter suppression” — a term I place in quotation marks because it’s used to refer to different things. 

Everyone agrees that it was voter suppression for Southern states to require that African Americans pass a literacy test in...

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