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Laboratories of restricting democracy

Episode Summary

More than 250 bills introduced this year seek to restrict voting access in some way. How did we get here? How will things shake out? What does it mean for American democracy? Those are just a few of the questions we explore this week.

Episode Notes

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, legislators in 43 states have introduced more than 250 bills aimed at restricting access to voting in person, by mail, or both. Chris Fizsimon, director and publisher of States Newsroom, returns to the show to give us a birds-eye view of what's happening on the ground in state legislatures. 

We discuss how Republican legislators are pushing things like shortened mail-in voting windows, expanded voter ID requirements, and other cumbersome administrative changes under the guise of protecting or restoring election integrity after the 2020 election. After the interview, Michael and Candis reflect on the broader question of voting as a partisan issue and what that means for the future of American democracy.

States Newsroom is a nonprofit news organization with newsrooms across the country specifically focused on state politics. Fitzsimon joined us last spring to discuss COVID-19 protests at state capitols. 

Additional Information

States Newsroom

Brennan Center State Voting Bills Tracker

Chris Fitzsimon on Twitter

Leadership Now: How Businesses Can Support Democracy

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