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The Fight To Vote In The U.S. With Scholar Michael Waldman


This encore program was originally broadcast in November, 2016.

In this election season, we’re discussing the history of voting rights with Michael Waldman. He is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law, and the author of a new book, titled The Fight To Vote.

In the book, Mr. Waldman describes voting rights as an American struggle as old as the country itself. Today, we are continuing to work through many thorny issues that were first faced by the founding fathers. These include fear of voter fraud, struggling to define who can vote, and deciding exactly where and when those citizens can cast their ballot. 

The Fight to Vote is an excellent reminder about the importance of casting a ballot. Mr. Waldman reminds us that the fight to vote is at the heart of American history, and it is up to all of us to advance that fight and keep it at the center of debate.  

Mr. Waldman is the author of several previous books, including The Second Amendment. He is a constitutional lawyer, writer and an expert on the presidency and American democracy. The Brennan Center  is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to improve the systems of democracy and justice. Mr. Waldman has led the Center since 2005.