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Sadly, policies that make it difficult for citizens to vote are only part of what some states and local election officials have done to suppress the vote.

In some areas and in some circumstances, a police presence at the polls has been used to intimidate voters. Some parties, campaigns and groups have intentionally spread misinformation to confuse voters either about their rights or about where and when to vote. Some also have aggressively challenged voters at the polls, intimidating voters or slowing the voting process so that people in line simply give up and return home or to work.  New voters, less informed voters, voters who do not speak English, those who have recently moved to a new state and many other groups are less likely to vote if the process is intimidating, offensive or even misleading.  Unfortunately, voter suppression remains alive and well in the United States.

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