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The South’s Democracy Struggle Reaches New Urgency

by Benjamin Barber

“The current iteration of voter suppression that has swept across the South has been met by renewed organizing efforts that remain determined to fully restore the Voting Rights Act and secure the promise of democracy.”

The South has often served as the crucible for democracy, and in recent years, the COVID pandemic, new voting restrictions, rampant disinformation, threats to voters and election officials, and even violent attempts to overturn election results by far-right extremists have caused people across the South and the country to view the state of our democracy with fear and alarm. More than ten years after the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder that eviscerated federal voting rights protections, the South and the country as a whole are engaged in the most important struggle for democracy since the Civil Rights Era.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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