Using both English and Spanish, a sign points potential voters to an official polling location during early voting in Dallas, Texas, the United States [File: LM Otero/AP Photo]

For outside observers of United States politics, it’s a genuinely baffling question: Why would anyone be opposed to higher participation in elections?

For partisan players in the process, however, the question and the issues underlying it mark the next big battle now that the fight over who will challenge President Donald Trump in the November general election has been all but settled.

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The battle – over making absentee voting, or voting by mail, easier in the US – has been simmering for years but has taken on new urgency in the age of the

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