Nationally, the United States ranks 26th in the world in voter turnout.
Given the pandemic, a battered economy, widespread civil unrest and all that is at stake in the upcoming presidential election, it remains to be seen whether more voters will embrace the power they yield at the ballot box in November.
Tom’s guest is Kim Wehle, a constitutional scholar who has written a primer on voting: how voting differs from state to state, what the structural barriers are to voting, and how those barriers can be overcome.
Wehle is a law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a legal commentator for CBS News.
Her last book was called How to Read the Constitution and Why. Her new book is What You Need to Know About Voting and Why.
Also today, this sad note: Dr. Shirley Basfield Dunlap, the director of Theater Morgan at Morgan State University, passed away Sunday at her home in Baltimore.
Dr. Dunlap was a highly respected theater artist who directed productions nationwide.
She worked with Melba Moore and Ossie Davis, but it was her students, at Morgan and elsewhere, who will forever remember her intensity and her vitality.