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A Deep Dive Into Voting Rights In Texas And Across The Country


This Election Day, what rights do you currently have as a voter in the U.S. and in Texas? With early voter turnout surpassing that of previous midterms, citizens have much to consider when heading to the polls. On "The Source," we'll hear from the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Brennan Center for Justice and St. Mary's University professor emeritus Henry Flores.

In the United States, elections are typically regulated at the state and county level. This organizational structure has led to years of controversy for Texas, from notoriously difficult voter identification laws and district map disputes in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

In what ways have voting rights evolved in the state and which problems persist?

What can voter suppression or intimidation look like and how are claims investigated? Across the nation, which voters are most affected? Is "voter fraud" a valid concern in U.S. elections?

The tumultuous 2016 election left many Americans with questions about election interference and third-party influence on democratic institutions. Which election security issues have merit in 2018 and how much of it is hype?


"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

This interview aired on Tuesday, November 6.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.