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Overcoming the Unprecedented: Southern Voters’ Battle Against Voter Suppression, Intimidation, and a Virus

The SPLC has released a new report – Overcoming the Unprecedented: Southern Voters’ Battle Against Voter Suppression, Intimidation, and a Virus – that identifies the policy reforms needed to fortify election systems and ensure that the fundamental right to vote is protected in future elections.

As detailed in the report, SPLC researchers found that voting systems were hampered by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, bureaucratic mismanagement and systemic and well-organized efforts to suppress the vote, intimidate voters and spread online disinformation.

Despite these obstacles, Deep South voters were resilient and turned out in record numbers in many parts of the region. 

Photo above by Rachel Knowles

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The Report

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Rosemary McCoy and Sheila Singleton

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Eric Peebles

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Kathy Allen

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The Fight to Vote: Overcoming voter suppression in the South

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John Lewis and other marchers

The Spirit of John Lewis: The passion and commitment of a voting rights icon call us to action