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A 2020 report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Boundless Immigration examines Denying the Right to Vote: Politicization of the Naturalization Process as a Novel Form of Voter Suppression.

This report provides a summary analysis of the ways that federal officials have consciously sought to politicize the naturalization process during the 2020 election year in what appears to be a novel form of voter suppression. The report also examines the potential impact of this novel form of voter suppression in closely watched states in the upcoming presidential election, and details immediate steps that federal officials can take to mitigate these harms, allowing tens of thousands of additional U.S. residents to become citizens in time to obtain the right to vote.

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