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Voter Suppression SpeechHello everybody, my name is Akili Smith and I will be doing my second informal speech on Voter Suppression. Voter suppression is commonly defined as a political strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from voting. The first example of voter suppression came with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being passed and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, eliminating literacy tests and poll taxes, no longer attempting to stop African American citizens from casting their ballots. The 2016 election was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, and many Americans across the country were blocked from having their voices heard in the democratic process. States have gone on a spree restricting voting rights and voter access since 2010, when Republican-controlled state legislatures began passing voter ID laws and other provisions making it more difficult to vote.