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Do long lines at the polls equal voter suppression?
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We seem to have this discussion every time there's a presidential election. A 2012 bipartisan commission—which is set up to examine the voting experience in the U.S.—declared that voters shouldn't have to wait any longer than 30 minutes. But a Supreme Court ruling in 2013 essentially ended the provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Many states reduced the number of polling places drastically.

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Because so many of the long lines disproportionately affect districts with people of color, the NAACP has declared unequivocally that lines are a form of voter suppression.

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But others argue Americans wait in line all the time for all kinds of things. This doesn't necessarily equal voter suppression.

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Some people work tight schedules and can't spend too much time in line to vote.

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Sure, it's inconvenient. But others argue inconvenience does not equal suppression.

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