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Voter suppression: how democracies around the world are using new rules to make it harder to vote

By Dafydd Townley, Teaching Fellow in International Security, University of Portsmouth
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Attempts to stop voters getting to polling stations, increase waiting times to place a ballot or add restrictions on who can vote are becoming issues in democracies around the world.

Techniques vary, but the intention is the same – to make voting more difficult. In the recent US midterm elections, lines at polling stations in the US state of Georgia, left citizens queueing for hours, often without access to seating or water, following the introduction


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