Everyone should read Mariah Blake's profile of True The Vote in the latest issue of The Atlantic (to which all true Horde legionnaires subscribe.) But readers should play close attention to the ugly long history of disenfranchising black people and brown people through claims of voter fraud:
Conservative anti-voter fraud fervor first arose around the same time as two turning points in American politics. The first was John F. Kennedy's narrow presidential win in 1960, which many Republicans attributed to voter fraud in Illinois and Texas. The second was the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which, by banning discriminatory voting practices, stoked fear in some quarters about the rising power of black voters. During the run-up to the 1964 presidential election, the Republican National Committee launched Operation Eagle Eye, the nation's first large-scale anti-voter fraud campaign.
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