13 episodes

All Americans have a voice, but too many Americans face roadblocks when it comes to casting their votes. People who are waiting to become naturalized citizens, people who are undocumented, people who were once incarcerated and so many others are forced to watch from the sidelines as their fellow Americans vote in the next election. The hosts of this podcast, journalists Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas, speak to lawmakers, historians, non-profit leaders and everyday people to unpack the barriers many Americans have to overcome to make sure that their voices are heard during the voting process. 

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All Americans have a voice, but too many Americans face roadblocks when it comes to casting their votes. People who are waiting to become naturalized citizens, people who are undocumented, people who were once incarcerated and so many others are forced to watch from the sidelines as their fellow Americans vote in the next election. The hosts of this podcast, journalists Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas, speak to lawmakers, historians, non-profit leaders and everyday people to unpack the barriers many Americans have to overcome to make sure that their voices are heard during the voting process. 

    Ep. 12 - Election Night

    Ep. 12 - Election Night

    In the final episode, hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez will talk about the election results and circle back to the people/organizations that they interviewed to get their perspective on how the election went down.

    • 31 min
    Ep. 11 - The Struggles Citizens Face Getting to The Polls

    Ep. 11 - The Struggles Citizens Face Getting to The Polls

    Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas discuss how difficult it is for some individuals to get to the polls on election day, and what organizations are doing to help get them there so they can express their right to vote. 

    • 21 min
    Ep. 10 - The Barriers People with Disabilities Face in the Voting Process

    Ep. 10 - The Barriers People with Disabilities Face in the Voting Process

    Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws preventing Americans with mental and physical disabilities from getting to the polls.

    • 20 min
    Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

    Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

    Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas unpack why Americans living in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, only have the right to vote during the primary elections.

    • 25 min
    Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

    Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

    Hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws and tactics being used to suppress voters’ rights as Americans prepare to elect their next president. 

    • 25 min
    Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

    Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

    Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas delve into the history of Native Americans, who went from owning the land to being forced to fight for citizenship in the U.S. The hosts also discuss how voter ID laws particularly affect tribal nations.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Joey878 ,

Love it!

Love what they’re doing! Always refreshing to see strong voices amplifying those who need to be heard! Absolutely recommend!!

scout505 ,

So informative

As a first time voter this has been a great show for me to learn more about the past and present of American elections!

gaveuplentforlent ,

Timely and important look at American voting suppression

The erosion of voting rights is an issue that can feel too intricate or far reaching to understand. Nikki and Maria break it down in a nuanced, approachable way that explores many facets of the problem without feeling pedantic. It's as entertaining as it is deeply alarming.

This show also does a great job of examining how both Democrats AND Republicans have hindered access to the vote, as well as delving into the unique ways different American communities are impacted by voter suppression. It's well reported, has great interviews, and offers refreshing political commentary from two nonwhite voices. Can't wait to hear more.

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