When Democratic Senator Doug Jones won his election in Alabama against Roy Moore last year, many credited his victory to the large turnout among African American voters. Yet more than 100,000 Alabama voters can’t vote because they don’t have the ID required by the state. In fact, Alabama is one of the most difficult places to vote in all the land. Most of the people who are affected by strict voting regulations, in Alabama and elsewhere, are people of color.
Today, a conversation about voting. In a lot of places, and for a lot of people, registering to vote and the act of voting itself is hard. While there is consensus that Democracy is best served when most people are engaged in the Democratic process, there is much less agreement about how voting should be made both uncorrupted and easy for individual voters.
Tom’s guest is Dr. Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Chandler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University, author of, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Now she has turned her scholarly gaze to the often unspoken truths around voting. Her latest offering is called One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.