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The Black Lives Matter protests motivated people to vote in 2016. Will the protests this year do the same?

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SAN JOSE, CA- MAY 29: A protestor demonstrates while they shut down Highway 101 in both directions in San Jose, California on May 29, 2020 after the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Chris Tuite/ImageSPACE)/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

The Black Lives Matter movement and protests of police violence played a major role in the 2016 election, according to new research led by faculty from Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, Northwestern University, and George Mason University.

And, the protests happening across the world sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota who was killed in police custody, may prove to have a similar effect in the 2020 election, says Kevin Drakulich, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern who helped conduct the research.

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