Politicians in the United States will do anything to get a leg up on the competition when it comes to elections. For decades, voter suppression has been one of those strategies. Typically voter suppression negatively affects black people as polling stations in their communities are shut down. This leads to more travel and longer wait times, which typically leads to frustration and fewer individuals willing to vote. In Kentucky, this is exactly what’s happening ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Essentially, Kentucky is going from 3700 polling stations to a measly 200. LeBron James took notice of this on Twitter yesterday and immediately called it out for being “systemic racism and oppression.” James’ followers were quick to agree, and quite simply, it’s hard not to especially since we have seen this move every time there is a new election.
Mitch McConnell is up for re-election and he is one of those figures that many want to see gone. However, with the voter suppression in mind, there is a realistic chance that he could very well get his seat back, which would be a disaster for all of the left-leaning voters out there.
Hopefully, this sort of systemic racism can be done with by the time we get the General Election in November.