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This edition: Ari Berman on Voter Suppression and the 2016 Election

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 20, 2016.

First aired: December 26, 2016.

We’ve heard an incredible amount of noise from Republicans about alleged voter fraud, and from Donald Trump, who said, even after he was elected president, that millions of people had voted illegally. Now we have the reports from the men and women of both parties who supervised the 2016 general election all across the country. The consensus was overwhelming. Out of 137 million ballots cast, the number of fraudulent votes that occurred was close to zero. Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally was preposterous. But what was demonstrably true was the continuing outrageous, and often outrageously successful, efforts by Republicans to prevent Americans from exercising their legal right to vote. The abhorrent practice of voter suppression is alive and well, and its shameful stain is spreading now that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been so disastrously undermined. Bob talks about this with guest, Ari Berman, a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of the book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.”

Guest List

Ari Berman Senior Contributor, The Nation