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SD Union-Tribune Commentary: Why changing California’s motor voter law hurts disenfranchised

By LORENA GONZALEZ

Nothing is more important to our democracy than electoral participation by our citizenry. People have to vote.

Yet there have always been artificial barriers to voting. Often these barriers are intentionally created to keep groups of folks — women, people of color, poor citizens — from having equal access to the ballot. Some obstacles are in place without much thought to the obstacles, but they leave many people disenfranchised, nonetheless.