The end of summer vacation may be difficult, but we want to make it a bit easier with some of our favorite podcast episodes covering the history of voting and voting rights.
The Axe Files: Episode 162, An Interview with John Lewis
Congressman John Lewis joins David in Atlanta to talk about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, how far America has come on the issue of race, his views on President Donald Trump, and his emotional reaction to an audio exhibit at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
We the People: Voting Rights in the Courts
Following ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1860, many states used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other means to prevent newly freed African Americans and other minorities from voting. A century later, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided a variety of ways for the federal government and the federal courts to ensure that the right to vote was not denied on the basis of race.
Decode DC: Episode 203, What you Should Know about Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission
President Trump believes he would have won the popular vote — if it weren’t for the 3 million people that voted illegally. Even though there’s no evidence to support his claim, he put together a commission to look into the issue. They’ve already been pretty active, asking for voter data from all 50 states. But what exactly is going on with this commission, and what can we expect?
Predicting our Future: Episode 7, Can Online Voting Defeat the Broken Electoral College
In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a little over a half of the voting age population cast their votes and the candidate who won the presidency lost the popular vote. Is the problem with low U.S. voter turnout due to culture or lack of accessibility? Without amending the U.S. Constitution, is there a way to use technology to improve voter turnout and overcome the effects of the Electoral College?
Pod Save the People: Behind the Vote
DeRay sits down to talk about voting rights with Carolyn DeWitt, Executive Director of Rock the Vote, Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Tomas Lopez of the Brennan Center for Justice. DeRay, Brittany and Sam spend extra time digging into the past week’s explosive news cycle, plus BET Award nominations.
Compact Nation Podcast: Episode 3
Tune into an election season special where our hosts converse with Nancy Thomas, who directs research on higher education’s role in American democracy at Tufts University’s Tisch College, including the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).
We the People: The Meaning of “One Person, One Vote
In 2013, the Texas state legislature drew up district maps in order to fill 31 seats in the state senate, as required by the Texas constitution. To do so, the legislature started with the total population and divided by 31, seeking to equalize the number of people across the districts.
Election Law Blog: Episode 13, Thomas Hicks and Matthew Masterson: Surviving Elections 2016
Is the American election system ready to handle 2016? Has the country done what it can to prevent long lines and election breakdowns? Can the U.S. Election Assistance Commission help Democrats and Republicans to move beyond the Voting Wars?
RadioLab: One Vote
Come election season, it’s easy to get cynical. Why cast a ballot if your single measly vote can’t possibly change anything?
In our first-ever election special, we set off to find a single vote that made a difference. We venture from the biggest election on the planet – where polling officials must brave a lion-inhabited forest to collect the vote of an ascetic temple priest – to the smallest election on the planet – where there are no polling officials, only kitty cats wearing nametags. Along the way, we meet a too-trusting advice columnist, a Texan Emperor, and a passive-aggressive mom who helped change American democracy forever.