Voter Suppression Dirty Tricks Shortlist
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Voter IDGet Voter ID law passed in swing state, surppressing poor vote.
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Closed polling locationsShut down polling locations where your opponent has the most support causing long lines.
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Photo ID/Real ID requirementsAsk voters to bring six forms of ID in order to vote, preventing many poor people from voting.
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Too few/broken voting machines on election dayReduce the number of voting machines so voters have to wait in long lines.
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Last minute poll closures/relocationsSuddenly shut down a polling locations forcing voters to travel to another location in order to vote. This makes it hard for poor people without cars and in areas with little public transport.
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Exact signature matchForce people to sign *exactly* as they had signed in the past. Prevent people who are likely to not vote for you from voting where their two signatures that don't match exactly.
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No same day registrationDon't let register and vote on the same day. Make it as hard possible and force voters to spend a lot of time in order to regiser to vote.
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Voter disinformationMislead voters with messages such as 'You can vote the day after the election'. This confuses voters and cuts the number of votes.
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Registration renewal requirementsRemove people from the voter file by forcing them to renew their registration many times.
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Lack of weekend votingForce people to take time off work to vote by preventing them from voting on the weekend.
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Restrictive voter registration lawsDemand voters register at DMV offices and then start closing DMV offfices making it very hard for them to register. Make voters travel far and take time off work in order to register to vote.
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Rules restricting voter assistanceMake it harder for the elderly, poor and disabled from voting by limiting the number of people someone can help to vote by giving them a ride to the polls.
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Require approved excuse for absentee votingCut the number of valid reasons needed to cast absentee ballots.
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Felony disenfranchisementReduce voting drastically in the African American and Hispanic communities by preventing anyone with a felony conviction from voting - even after they have served their sentence.
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Voter intimidation at the pollsPlace intimidating looking guys at polling places to scare people from voting.
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Ballot harvestingCollect absentee ballots only from your supporters and deliver them to the polling center. Let other voters do it on their own.
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Interstate crosscheckUse the excuse that if there are two people with the same to eliminate voters from the voter rolls. Especially eliminate names that sound as if they might be a minority voter like Pablo Martinez.
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De-registration for not votingPunish people for not voting by deleting people for not voting in an election - even if it was because they were sick or traveling.
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Deny early votingForce people to wait in long lines and taking more time off work in order to vote.
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Confusing notifications about voting statusConfuse people by sending threatening messages like "You will be removed from the voter rolls if you don't mail back this portcard".
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No automatic voter registrationMake it harder for people to register to vote by blocking automatic registration.
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Unofficial poll observersAssign menacing people to stand at polling locations to intimidate people from voting.
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Change the hours that polling locations are openReduce voting by limiting the amount of time polling centers are open.
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Random voter purgingPurge the voter file of minority groups, young people and seniors from the voter files.
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Stop college students from votingBlock college students from voting by requiring that they vote in their home states and not where they are going to school.
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Make it expensive to votePrevent voters who are out of state residents from using their state's driver licnese. Make them to pay to get new driver's licenses in your state before they can vote.
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Menacing 'off duty' police officersPosition off-duty police officers to deter potential voters and spread rumors that they will arrest anyone with an outstanding parking ticket.
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Deceive votersFool the gullible and new citizens by sharing messages such as "Skip the lines. Just vote by phone".
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Put voting locations outside city limitsSuppress the voter by forcing voters to travel far in order to vote.
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Make it hard for seniors to votePlace polling locations far from retirement homes forcing seniors to travel far in order to to vote.
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Literacy testsSuppress the uneducaated from voting by asking them to spell long words before they get to vote.
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Poll taxSuppress the African American vote by forcing former in-mates to pay fees before they can regain their right to vote.
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Reduce multi-lingual voter assistanceSuppress the minority vote by reducing assistance for voters whose native language isn't English.
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Make it harder for students to voteDon't let Students using their ID cards in order to vote. Force them to get an in-state drivers license or gun permit even if they neither drive nor shoot.
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Make it harder for seniors to voteSeniors stop driving and their driver licenses lapse. Suppress the senior vote by not accepting expired Driver's Licenses as a Voter ID.
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Reduce Native American votesPO Boxes are widely used on tribal lands. Suppress the Native American vote by only allowing voters with a street address.
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Change election datesSuppress the votes of those with little education. Distribute flyers telling voters that your party votes on election day, and your opponent votes the date after.
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Spread rumors and fearThreaten voters with arrest if they try to vote if they have unpaid parking tickets.
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Tell them their votes don't matterCut the vote by announcing that a candidate has won early on election date and there is no need for other people to vote.
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Consolidate polling locationsSuppress the votes of workers by reduce the number of polling locations and creating long waiting lines.
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Prevent anyone with a felony connection from votingSuprress the low income and minority vote by take away the right to voter from anyone with a felony conviction. Convict low income for trivial offenses to disenfranchise them.
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Make it harder for employees to voteDeny employees time off in order to vote. Move a player back one space.
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Prevent the formerly incarcerated from votingDo not inform those who have been incarcerated about their rights to vote again.
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Make polling centers hard to reachMake it hard for chosen groups to vote by placing polling centers far from low income communities and Native American reservations.
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Don't let the homeless voteRequire mailing addresses to vote in order to prevent the homeless from voting.
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Reduce absentee ballotsMake it hard for people to use absentee ballots by cutting the time that they have to be submitted by.
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Make voters 'Inactive' and purge themPurge any voters who do not vote in two elections and remove them if they don't challenge their removal.
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Announce change in election date.Fool voters by falsely claiming that the voting date has been changed.
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