During my brief adult life, I have had the rare opportunity to experience the political cultures in three distinct parts of the U.S. As winter cold finally reaches Bridgeport this year, I am reminded of time spent on the streets of Chicago as I campaigned for a mayoral candidate from summertime into the icy days of February. I slowly began to realize what structured inequality looks like and what voter suppression can be, absent an actual policy that limits voter rights.
So how does suppression happen without creating formal legislation that does so? Simple. We hold crucial elections in a time where most people do not want to even leave their house to get their mail mere steps away (or newspapers; remember them?) I arrived in Chicago in summer 2018, and prepared for what I had anticipated would be a fall election cycle in correlation with the November cycle I had been used to previously.