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What voter suppression looks like in the U.S. election

While the right to vote might be ingrained in the U.S. constitution, the ability to vote is not always a sure thing. Today on Front Burner, we explain voter suppression during this presidential election with two of our CBC correspondents: Steven D’Souza in New York and Alex Panetta in Washington.
People line up to cast their ballot for the upcoming presidential election as early voting begins in New Orleans, La., on Oct. 16, 2020. (Kathleen Flynn/Reuters)

Hours-long lines, polling place closures and voter roll purges are just a few of the ways that the upcoming U.S. election is challenging voting rights in the country.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also an unprecedented demand for mail-in ballots, adding many logistical challenges and complications to vote counting. Many voters are also concerned about the effectiveness of the post office.

Today on Front Burner, we explain voter suppression in this election, and who is disproportionately affected by it, with CBC Washington correspondent Alex Panetta and CBC New York correspondent Steven D'Souza.