As the student vote surges, so do suppression efforts

Energized by issues like climate change and the Trump presidency, college students have suddenly emerged as a potentially crucial voting bloc in the 2020 election.

The share of college students casting ballots doubled from 2014 to 2018, a potential boon to Democrats. But Republican lawmakers around the country are erecting roadblocks to the polls, and barriers are rising fastest in political battlegrounds.

Quotable: “Efforts to deprive any American of a convenient way to vote will have a chilling effect on voting,” said the director of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education.