What Is Voter Suppression?

Voter suppression is a blanket term to describe any action that aims to stop an individual or group from voting in an election. Things such as discriminatory voting laws or poll taxes are capable of voter suppression, especially if they specifically target a racial or political group.

In global politics, the range of voter suppression tactics have been known to include illegal activities such as physical intimidation or bribery to stop a people from exercising their right to vote. Voter suppression tactics have been identified in multiple countries around the globe. An example of voter suppression took place in Canada in 2011 where calls were made to potential voters that falsified changes to voting locations.