"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal," I smugly recite, while covering my eyes so I can't see extremely recent and public fraud during elections, gerrymandering, efforts to depress turnout, or laws which make voting much more difficult, or, indeed, illegal
Giving that voting doesn't change much in the places where none of that voter suppression is going on,
my guess is that politician figured out that making voting illegal just creates discontent and accusations of 'dictatorship',
but continually keeping people fighting over access to the vote is a great to obscure how little the vote is ever going to change.
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