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Voter Suppression Past & Present | Researching Family Trees

Voters in Topeka fill in their ballots
Stephen Koranda
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Kansas News Service
Voter suppression has a long history, according to political scientist Darius Watson, and it's constantly taking new forms, such as the notary requirement for absentee voting in Missouri.

How voter suppression started and the many forms it takes, and interest in genealogy has increased during the pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:56: Voter suppression could affect the outcome of the upcoming election.

According to analysis from Zippia.com, Missouri and Kansas are among the 10 most difficult states in which to vote. Missouri has strict rules for absentee voting and both states have controversial voter ID laws that many consider a form of suppression.

Segment 2, beginning at 34:11: Searching into one's family genealogy has become a popular pastime during the pandemic.

Many people began to research their family history when quarantining back in March. The Midwest Genealogy Center, a part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, has free resources for those digging into the past and librarians who can help people research their distant relatives.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.