Suppressing Black Votes: A Historical Case Study of Voting Restrictions in Louisiana

  title={Suppressing Black Votes: A Historical Case Study of Voting Restrictions in Louisiana},
  author={Luke J. Keele and William Cubbison and Ismail K. White},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={694 - 700}
Southern states have used a variety of methods to disenfranchise African American voters. Empirical data on the effectiveness of these measures is rare. We present a unique data source from Louisiana that allows us to empirically document voter registration rates from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Using basic time series data, we document how voter registration rates changed over time in response to state restrictions. We then conduct a second analysis, which focuses on Louisiana’s… 
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