#961 Working our way toward anti-democracy (Voter Suppression)

Air date: 10-16-15

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Today we take a look at a few of the tactics used to suppress voter turnout from the civil rights era to the modern era

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Are Voter ID Laws Really a Bad Idea? - @TestTube News - Air Date: 7-10-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Forward - Northbound

00:03:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: A conversation on our changing voting rights w/ @AriBerman and @Dale_E_Ho - Intersection (@IntersectionTNR) - Air Date: 8-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Thru Clouds - deeB

00:19:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox & Friend's Call For Literacy Tests Reveals Deep, Deep Irony - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vote - Jefferson Coker

00:23:12 Ch. 8: Act 4: Changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 8-5-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee

00:34:24 Ch. 10: Act 5: New Election Scandal Cuts MILLIONS of Voters from the Rolls - @RedactedTonight w/ @Lee_Camp - Air Date: 11-03-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar

00:39:28 Ch. 12: Act 6: New Law: Everyone Automatically Registered to Vote Unless You Opt Out - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Some Kind Of Mininova - Textile Audio

00:44:28 Ch. 14: Act 7:  Automatic Voter Registration via @BrennanCenter — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard

00:47:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Gerrymandering - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 6-13-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: XBells - Jimmy Penguin

00:54:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Conservative Voter Suppression Plot Thickens... - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-15


01:00:26 Ch. 19:  Thoughts on the treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada - Jessi-Anne from Victoria, British Columbia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

01:06:33 Ch. 20: Final comments giving an update on the ongoing battle against a rare disease - click here to donate!

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Automatic Voter Registration via @BrennanCenter

Take Action:

Find the Brennan Center for Justice list of Automatic Voter Registration laws

Let your federal legislators know you support the Automatic Voter Registration Act through ContactingTheCongress.org and your state reps know you support voter expansion through automatic registration via OpenStates.Org

Additional Activism/Resources:

Find out if you’re registered to vote at: CanIVote.org

Sources/further reading:

"The Case for Voter Registration Modernization in 2015” via the Brennan Center for Justice

What Alabama Can Learn From California on Voting Rights via Ari Berman at The Nation

"Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians” via LA Times

"Dem unveils automatic voter registration bill” via The Hill

"Make It Easy: The Case for Automatic Registration” via Democracy Journal

"Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out” via LA Times

"Hillary's Game-Changing Voting Reform” via the Brennan Center for Justice

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2015-10-19 06:10:30 -0400
    Take a moment to review the Canadian election FAQ below. When I read how some federal and state officials in the US are trying to make it more difficult for citizens to vote, it is gratifying to see that Canada is doing the opposite (e.g. – voter registration is automatically mailed to you, prisoners and the homeless can vote, college students can vote at home or at school, you can mail in your vote, you don’t require photo ID, etc.)

    Mark Flumerfelt

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