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voter suppression

Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio

One of the most effective ways to keep people from voting for the political opposition is to not give those voters a place to go vote.  The recipe is easy; make it easy for your side to vote – make it difficult or impossible for the other side to vote.

The next time Texans vote in a stateside election will be Super Tuesday, on March 3, 2020. Ten states are expected to hold their primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday, including three big ones: Texas, California and Virginia. There will be a lot on the line for the national and local primary races in Texas, and voting could look very different on that day ... if Senate Bill 9 is passed.

Hays County officials had only scheduled three days early voting at Texas State University, despite wait times as long as three hours. The Texas Civil Rights Project alleges voter suppression. Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to discuss the issue. Then, Leah Aden of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund joins us to talk about a 1979 case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court claiming students were not residents and should not be allowed to vote (8:30). And finally, producer Tim Smith discusses her documentary, "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook."