Saying that both major political parties practice voter suppression (online April 21, “Jack Turner: Both political parties practice voter suppression”) is factually incorrect.
Yes, gerrymandering is employed by both parties, and there are laws in Colorado and elsewhere that make it hard for independents and third parties to compete in local and state politics. Both of these have negative effects on our states and nation and need to be done away with.
But only one party routinely attempts to disenfranchise individual voters, literally preventing people (usually people of color) from casting their votes. That’s voter suppression. And as practiced today, it’s a uniquely Republican tactic that’s part of their overall campaign strategy.
The Republicans, as the present standard bearers of conservative political ideology, are following a long history of conservatives suppressing votes, most notably of women and minorities. It’s a reflection of their overall ideology of being against most things and progress in general. They are rarely for anything. And they are rarely on the right side of history.
Now, with nothing to attract voters to their failed “do nothing but obstruct” ideology, they’ve basically been forced to either become relevant or not, and just prevent “undesirable” people from voting.
To that end, the party, from the top on down, set about spreading the lie of voter fraud and a stolen election. Then in response to the concern over “election security” (that they lied to create), they’re now in the process of trying to suppress the votes of as many non-Republicans as possible.