Popsugar, a website that typically focuses on celebrity gossip and fashion, recently published an article headlined, “Voter Suppression is Affecting All of Us – But We Have the Power to Stop It.” The piece makes a number of dubious claims about what actually constitutes voter suppression, including things like voter ID laws, lines, and even the smallest annoyances.
“Long lines, onerous voter ID laws, fewer early-voting days — or none at all. The list goes on and on. But voter suppression is also the little things that make it harder for us to make our voices heard in our elections. It’s the roadblocks and challenges that can feel frustrating, or even just annoying, that add up to many being discouraged to engage in the process, and their voices are silenced in our democracy.”
Since when is it voter suppression if it’s “annoying” to vote? One could argue that if voting is that important to you, you should then be willing to go to great lengths to do it. Of course, there should be accommodations made for people who cannot physically make it to the polls, but small annoyances like standing in line and having to register beforehand are far from suppressive.
The piece goes on to claim that the recent election integrity laws in states like Georgia and Texas are being used to silence voices, “Especially the voices of young people, Black and Brown voters, working-class voters, and voters with disabilities.”
According to Popsugar, the lack of drive-thru voting in Texas and the fact that voters will need to bring their own bottle of water with them to the polls in Georgia will disproportionately affect people of color. Why? If Popsugar truly believes that black and brown people are incapable of securing drivers licenses or getting out of their car to vote (which theoretically they shouldn’t even be driving if they don’t have said licenses), then isn’t that simply the soft bigotry of low expectations?
The idea that any attempt to make voting more secure is a direct attack on people of color is popular on the left, but that’s not the only lie that Popsugar promulgates in this piece. They also encourage readers to sign up for an organization called “When We All Vote.” It was founded by Michelle Obama, but Popsugar claims the organization is “nonpartisan.” A quick look at When We All Vote’s Twitter feed – where they consistently retweet the Obamas and fawn over Christine Blasey Ford – is enough to dispel that notion.
It comes as no surprise that this article advocates for such a partisan organization when you realize that the author is actually When We All Vote’s executive director. Popsugar seems to be going the way of Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan when it comes to content. They’re increasingly foregoing pop culture in favor of pushing progressive propaganda to their young readers.