Although not a new tactic, the Political Right started working early in this election cycle, to cut access of young college voters and Hispanics to polls. The methods focused on, so far, are legislative maneuvers at the State level.
Young college voters in New Hampshire face legislation in process that would prohibit them from establishing residency
while in school and only allow them to vote if they or their parents have a permanent residence in the college town. Another bill would eliminate Election Day registration, known to increase the turnout of young voters.
Wisconsin Republicans are working on a bill requiring voters have; a state driver’s license, passport or military ID. This requirement would impact young voters and citizens who have immigrated to the U.S. legally and are eligible to vote, but do not have any of the requisite documents. Again, these are voter who have a high likelihood of voting Democratic.
These sinister attempts to keep eligible voters from voicing their preferences are justified as necessary measures to prevent voter fraud, although no significant examples of voter fraud have ever been documented. This is just one more way of giving Republican voters a disproportionate influence on the outcome of elections.