​#1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)

Air Date: 8-4-2017

Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting machines and systematic voter suppression efforts it seems clear just how much they don’t want people to trust or participate in the system

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: @AriBerman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-05-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen

Ch. 4: Act 2: The legal troubles of Trumps voter integrity task force - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  You know my name - The Beatles

Ch. 6: Act 3: The Backlash to the "Voter Fraud Panel" Isn't What You Think It Is - On the Media - Air Date 7-14-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pyke

Ch. 8: Act 4: Illegal purging of voters in Ohio - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-2-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Tranquilized Polar Bear Rising Through an Autumn Sky - Black Prairie

Ch. 10: Act 5: @AriBerman: How the Russians Hacked Our Voting Systems Last November - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-12-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey

Ch. 12: Act 6: Democrats Are Introducing a Bill to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted (w:guest Mark Pocan) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-28-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cheat - The Clash

Ch. 14: Act 7: Four Actions to Fight Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission in Your State - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 16: Act 8: The nexus between voting rights and economics - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17


Ch. 17: Donating plasma during late capitalism - David from Detroit, MI

Ch. 18: What the dollar stores say about Late Capitalism - David From Albuquerque, NM

Ch. 19: A game-changing way of thinking about inequality - Justin from Indiana

Ch. 20: Amazon on mobile - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 21: Looking for help investigating the case of a friend killed by police - Jeremy from Spokane, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 22: Final comments on dealing with death at the hands of police

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



1. Find out if your state is complying with Trump’s Voter Commission and to what extent (The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled state responses here

2. Get involved/volunteer with local chapters of voting rights orgs like Let America Vote, League of Women Voters, Voto Latino, Democracy Awakening/Democracy Spring

3. Contact your state’s Board of Elections office. Quickly find it with this databaseHere's a call script that you can adapt for your state.

4. Contact your state’s governor. Quickly find them with this database.


Trump's "Voter Fraud" Commission (Brennan Center for Justice)

The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission (New York Times)

More than 3,000 Colorado voters have canceled their registrations since Trump election integrity commission request (Denver Post) 

Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits (Washington Post)

The Gravest Dangers of Trump's Voter Fraud Commission (Time)

This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide. (Washington Post)

White House Apparently No Longer Posting Public Comments On Trump’s Voter Fraud Probe (Huffington Post)

How Donald Trump has focused his energy to target non-white Americans (Mic.com)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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