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The Quiet Campaign: Voter Suppression

•, By Richard Reeves
 The 2012 presidential election is not only about who votes for Barack Obama and who votes for Mitt Romney. It is also about who votes.


In a national campaign that does not get much national publicity, at least 41 states have passed laws or are considering new laws making it more difficult to vote in November, or legislation designed to discourage people from even trying to cast ballots, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.


The center reports on a quiet wave of new state legislation sweeping the country that focuses on voting eligibility and estimates that these laws could reduce presidential voting by as many as 5 million votes. To put that number in perspective, in 2008, Obama won the presidency by 9 million votes.


The report, issued two weeks ago, lists five types of laws:


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