Voter suppression exposes flaws in US democracy

New rules against minority voters may favour Republicans in Nov 6 midterms, say experts

Michelle Chasing Hawk and Ira Hanson canvass voters in Porcupine, North Dakota, ahead of the 2018 midterm elections on the Standing Rock Reservation, US, on Oct 26, 2018.
Michelle Chasing Hawk and Ira Hanson canvass voters in Porcupine, North Dakota, ahead of the 2018 midterm elections on the Standing Rock Reservation, US, on Oct 26, 2018.

Hundreds of Native Americans without a postal address in North Dakota will not be able to vote in the Nov 6 midterm elections after a judge on Thursday upheld a new rule requiring voters to show identification bearing their street addresses.

The law is part of a larger pattern of recent administrative changes passed ostensibly as bulwarks against voter fraud but which disproportionately affect minority voters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2018, with the headline 'Voter suppression exposes flaws in US democracy'. Subscribe