I recently visited Russia, where a mild-mannered historian from the city of Astrakhan, Oleg Shein, is on a hunger strike protesting a stolen mayoral election he believes he won. But as Russia starves for free and fair elections, Republicans across the United States are starving our democracy — and too few have noticed. And their furious assault on voting rights is no less destructive to democracy than the vote-rigging we deplore in Russia.
Unsurprisingly, the most affected demographics — blacks, Latinos, young people and the elderly — skew Democratic. NAACP President Ben Jealous has called such moves “the greatest coordinated legislative attack on voting rights since the dawn of Jim Crow,” and the Nation has teamed up with Colorlines.com to monitor and report on voter suppression among the most vulnerable groups.
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