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How Does Voter Discrimination, Suppression Still Affect U.S. Democracy in 2020?

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In a contentious presidential election year and amid the pandemic, voting rights and equity have taken center stage.

In her book "One Person, No Vote," Carol Anderson explains how racial discrimination exists in the U.S. voting system, contradicting the rose-colored American narrative that "every vote counts."

United States history is rife with efforts to suppress the vote — especially for people of color — and the country's democratic and judicial systems have a long legacy of impeding progress on these issues.

To illustrate this, Anderson focuses on a 2013 Supreme Court decision that allowed some districts to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

What does voter suppression look like in the U.S. and how has it evolved?

What efforts have been made to prevent it? Were they at all successful?

How could the pandemic exacerbate voter suppression in 2020?

Guest: Carol Anderson, Ph.D., professor of African American Studies at Emory University; author of "One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy”

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*This interview was recorded on Monday, September 28.

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon