#1009 Battle for the Ballot (Voting Rights)

Air Date: 04-26-2016

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Today we take a look at the disgustingly undemocratic efforts being waged to minimize the number of people who vote in our elections. 

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This AMAZING Fact Proves Why American Democracy Is Totally Broken - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Makes No Sense - The rainmakers

Ch. 4: Act 2: Is the Electoral Collage broken? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-5-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A

Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Are Ready To Steal The 2016 Election – Time To Protect The Vote w/ @AriBerman - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Crucify - Tori Amos

Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Been Cheated Out Of Thousands Of Votes - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 4-2-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Proud to Be an American - Side Street Ramblers

Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans tell the Truth About Voter Suppression! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Vote - Jefferson Coker

Ch. 12: Act 6: Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State's Restrictive Voting Laws - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-19-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: We can’t stop - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

Ch. 14: Act 7: Demand Modernized Elections and Restore the VRA via @BrennanCenter - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard

Ch. 16: Act 8: A former Republican final had enough of disenfranchising voters - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-7-16


Ch. 21: Concern over violence in bathrooms - Paula from Los Angeles

Ch. 22: Gender-segregated bathrooms are silly - Megan from Baltimore

Ch. 22: The problem of civil rights incrementalism - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 23: Final comments rebutting a half-reasonable claim that we shouldn't worry about money in politics

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


Contact your legislators to demand modernized elections and urge them to vote for the Rights Amendment Act and the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the Voting Rights Act. 

Sign the Brennan Center for Justice’s change.org petition “Tell Congress it’s time to Automatically Register Every American to Vote.”

Follow @BrennanCenter on Twitter for the latest updates on public policy and issues of democracy and justice.

Sources/Further Reading: 

The Brennan Center for Justice Election 2016 (via the Brennan Center)

Restore the Voting Rights Act (via the Brennan Center)

Wanted: 21st Century Elections (via the Brennan Center)

Modernize Voter Registrations (via the Brennan Center)

Why is it so hard to vote in America? And what can we do to fix it? (via the Brennan Center)

Voting Laws Roundup 2016 (via the Brennan Center)

Hear the Segment in Context: 

Episode #1009: "Battle for the Ballot" (Voting Rights)

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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