#1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement

Air Date: 9–28-2018
Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power.

 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The history of the voter fraud lie - Reveal - Air Date 9-30-18

Reveal examines the impact of state laws that rushed in to fill the void os discrimination after emancipation. Are they fighting fraud or changing election outcomes?

Ch. 2: A look back at the old literacy test - Backstory - Air Date 3-31-17

Exploring the role of the literacy test to get around the constitutional ban on limiting access to voting based on race and the echoes of those old policies we see today.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - New Jersey’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: Carol Anderson on the Realities of Voter Suppression - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 9-12-18

Carol Anderson, professor of African-American studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage, talks about her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

Ch. 5: The Real Voter Fraud Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 6: The intimidation and discrimination of restricting ex-felon voting - Pod Save the People - Air Date 9-11-18

Explaining multiple aspects of how laws disallowing formerly imprisoned persons from voting work to intimidate and disenfranchise large groups of people, focused mostly in the blackest states in the country,

Ch. 7: The Real Voter Fraud Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 8: Carol Anderson on fighting back against voter suppression at every turn - Who What Why - Air Date 9-7-18

Carol Anderson, the Chair of African American studies at Emory University: While widespread voter fraud may be a figment of President Donald Trump’s imagination, it should never be confused with voter suppression, which is very real.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Capitalism creates monopolies and kills the social safety net - Tanner from Los Angeles

Ch. 10: In praise of chapter markers - Nick from California

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on chapter markers, podcatching apps and some action items to fight voter disenfranchisement

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

NEW JERSEY BATTLEGROUNDS:

New Jersey Democratic State Committee

NJ Important Dates: Registered by October 16th. Absentee ballot requests: IN-PERSON by Mon, Nov. 5th at 3pm. Ballots received by Tues., Nov. 6th at 8pm. Early voting NOT available in New Jersey. *More NJ voting details*

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bob Menendez (D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew

Swing Left NJ-02 | Red to Blue NJ-02

NJ-03: Andy Kim

Swing Left NJ-03 | Red to Blue NJ-03

NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

Swing Left NJ-07 | Red to Blue NJ-07

NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill 

Swing Left NJ-11 | Red to Blue NJ-11

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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