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Governments that employ voting systems often prohibit certain people from voting so that incumbent parties can maintain power even when The People want them gone. Disenfranchisement is therefore a way to turn a democracy or republic into a dictatorship by politicians whose campaigns are funded by the top 1%.
One form of this is felony disenfranchisement.
The United States is such a dictatorship-by-disenfranchisement, and has gotten there by forbidding people from voting in a number of ways. Voting rights are taken from convicted felons, who are also Constitutionally allowed to be used as slaves. Ronald Reagan doubled this American slavery industry from 1980 to 1988 by launching the war on drugs and putting mostly black people in prison.
On August 6, 2021, voting rights protectors marched outside of the airport named after this famous actor-turned-president-turned-slaver to demand that congress pass the For the People Act, which would establish DC statehood, require same-day voter registration, and more. They were arrested in minutes and there is more work to be done to create civil liberties that most take for granted, but have never existed for many people of color in the United States.
As of May 2021, 880 voter restriction laws have been introduced at the state level, 20 of which had passed by this time.
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