If you're still not sold, please check out this new essay by Elizabeth Drew, called "Voting Wrongs," for the New York Review of Books. Those familiar with Drew's works over the decades* will know that she is not given to dramatically hyperbolic overstatement. But here is what she says at the end her piece, emphasis added:
Having covered Watergate and the impeachment of Richard Nixon, and more recently written a biography of Nixon, I believe that the wrongdoing we are seeing in this election is more menacing even than what went on then. [During] Watergate... the president and his aides attempted to interfere with the nominating process of the opposition party. But the current voting rights issue is even more serious: it's a coordinated attempt by a political party to fix the result of a presidential election by restricting the opportunities of members of the opposition party's constituency--most notably blacks--to exercise a Constitutional right.Worth reading the whole thing. Or, there's always Sarah Silverman.**
This is the worst thing that has happened to our democratic election system since the late nineteenth century, when legislatures in southern states systematically negated the voting rights blacks had won in the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
* I started reading her Washington coverage when I was in college and she was the Washington Editor of the Atlantic, a role in which she was succeeded by Sanford Ungar and then me. Back in those days, efforts to restrict voting rights were associated with last-gasp outright segregationists in the old South. Everywhere else, maximizing voter turnout and voter participation was assumed to be an unambiguous civic good.
** Profanity alert, as you might have guessed.