This post was suppose to go up a week ago but last week was a nerve racking time. the 2020 elections were a whorl wind of emotions that I can only hope that I don’t have to experience again. I never though that in my life time I would get to see my hometown (shout out to Fort Worth) turn blue or that, of all places, Georgia was switch. The main reason for my surprise is voter suppression in the South is a real and annoying thing, take it from me I speak from experience. When I first moved to Michigan I was registered to vote in Texas and have submitted a request for an absentee ballot. My first request, I found out after calling them four weeks later, was denied because I apparently missed a check box (which I didn’t because I checked that whole thing over twice before I sent it off). So I got a second request form, sent that off and was told it was loss and I’d just have to fly home and vote in the primary. Which I did. Then when I showed up in person, I was told I was listed as vote by mail, I explained that I had been told my request was lost and as it was the last week to vote and my roommate back in Michigan hadn’t told me any news of a ballot for me in the mail I would like to just vote in person and get my sticker.
I don’t think a lot of people get how difficult it can be to register to vote, especially in the South. You have to jump through a lot of hoops to even get the registered and even then they will always find something wrong with your application. The narrative that things are way better than they use to be is slowly being disproven but there’s still a ways to go for people to really accept it.