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Weekly podcast from Democracy Docket going over the top voting rights, elections and democracy news.

    Surviving Impeachment, Threats and Another Election with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

    Surviving Impeachment, Threats and Another Election with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

    Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold joins Marc to discuss the rising threats against election workers, efforts to hold Donald Trump and John Eastman accountable and how secretaries of state are securing elections — plus the details of Colorado Republicans’ attempt to impeach her.

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    • 35 min
    The GOP's Pursuit of Gerrymandered Power with Attorney General Eric Holder

    The GOP's Pursuit of Gerrymandered Power with Attorney General Eric Holder

    How maps are drawn determines electoral power in the United States. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joins Marc Elias to discuss the fight for fair maps, attacks on voting rights and federal courts’ failure to protect democracy. 

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    -South Carolina Will Use Gerrymandered Congressional Map in 2024, District Court Rules: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/south-carolina-will-use-gerrymandered-congressional-map-in-2024-district-court-rules/

    -Find the redistricting lawsuits Democracy Docket is tracking: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/topic/redistricting-litigation/

    -National Democratic Redistricting Committee: https://democraticredistricting.com

    • 46 min
    Trump Is More Than a 4-Year Problem with Molly Jong-Fast

    Trump Is More Than a 4-Year Problem with Molly Jong-Fast

    A second Trump presidency would last longer than 4 years. Writer and political commentator Molly Jong-Fast joins Defending Democracy to discuss how a second Trump term would be different, the myth of the "moderate" Republican and the media's role in all of this.

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    Fighting for Democracy in North Carolina with State Rep. Robert Reives

    Fighting for Democracy in North Carolina with State Rep. Robert Reives

    A bonus podcast episode! Between blatant gerrymanders, power-grab laws and hard-line positions threatening the future of the state’s educational and business institutions, North Carolina Republicans have shown that they’re committed to anti-democracy. Democratic Leader of the North Carolina House Rep. Robert Reives is here to discuss. 

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    • 46 min
    Why Republicans Want Your Voter Info

    Why Republicans Want Your Voter Info

    Republican and conservative groups are filing lawsuits targeting states' voter info under the guise of "cleaning the rolls." But the real motivations behind the lawsuits are to purge voters and facilitate mass voter challenges. Marc and Paige break down what's happening in the latest episode of Defending Democracy.

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    Resources:-Find voter purge lawsuits Democracy Docket is tracking: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/?k=voter%20purge

    -On the Heels of Recent Shakeup, RNC Files Lawsuit in Michigan Seeking to Purge Voters: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/on-the-heels-of-recent-shakeup-rnc-files-lawsuit-in-michigan-seeking-to-purge-voters/

    -RNC Files Second Lawsuit Targeting Voter Rolls This Year: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/rnc-files-second-lawsuit-targeting-voter-rolls-this-year/

    -Right Wing Organization Files New Lawsuit To Gain Access To South Carolina Voter Rolls: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/right-wing-organization-files-new-lawsuit-to-gain-access-to-south-carolina-voter-rolls/

    -Right-Wing Group Sues Illinois to Demand Removal of Allegedly Ineligible Voters: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/right-wing-group-sues-illinois-to-demand-removal-of-allegedly-ineligible-voters/

    -The Growing Threat of Election Vigilantes by Marc Elias: https://www.democracydocket.com/opinion/the-growing-threat-of-republican-election-vigilantes/

    -How Voter List Maintenance Becomes Voter Purging by Mac Brower: https://www.democracydocket.com/analysis/how-voter-list-maintenance-becomes-voter-purging/

    -Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Access Vote Records by Paige Anderholm: https://www.democracydocket.com/analysis/republicans-want-to-make-it-easier-to-access-vote-records/

    -The Right’s Dangerous and Unreliable Alternative to ERIC by Devon Hesano: https://www.democracydocket.com/analysis/the-rights-dangerous-and-unreliable-alternative-to-eric/

    • 30 min
    The Republican War on Mail-In Voting

    The Republican War on Mail-In Voting

    In 2023, the Republican Party launched the “Bank Your Vote” program to encourage people to vote early and by mail. Despite this, the RNC is involved in multiple lawsuits to restrict mail-in voting — some filed after this program was announced. Marc and Paige break down the GOP’s hypocrisy and go over the details of the cases. 

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    Resources:

    -In Hypocritical Move, RNC Releases New Ad Promoting Mail-in and Early Voting: https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/in-hypocritical-move-rnc-releases-new-ad-promoting-mail-in-and-early-voting/

    -Case: Arizona 2023 Election Procedures Manual Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/arizona-2023-election-procedures-manual-challenge-rnc/

    -Case: Georgia Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/georgia-absentee-ballot-application-deadline-challenge/

    -Case: Michigan Voting Rights Constitutional Amendments Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/michigan-voting-rights-constitutional-amendments-challenge/

    -Case: Mississippi Mail-In Ballot Receipt Deadline Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/mississippi-mail-in-ballot-receipt-deadline-challenge-mississippi/

    -Case: New York Early Mail Voter Act Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/new-york-early-mail-voter-act-challenge/

    -Case: New York 2023 Absentee Voting Law A.B. 7931 Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/new-york-2023-absentee-voting-law-ab7931-challenge/

    -Case: Ohio Mail-in Voting Assistance Limitations Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/ohio-mail-in-voting-assistance-limitations-challenge/

    -Case: Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Return Policy Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/pennsylvania-absentee-ballot-return-policy-challenge/

    -Case: Wisconsin Absentee Ballot Witness Requirement Challenge: https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/wisconsin-absentee-ballot-witness-requirement-challenge-federal-court/

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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393 Ratings

Bev ???? ,

Apprecation

Thank you for all you do to protect our right to vote ! You are an inspiration to many. So grateful to you and your team . It really gives me hope .

Listener53 ,

Thanks!

Thank you for your vital work on behalf of voters. You are exposing the seedy side of our democracy - voter suppression to benefit Republican elections. It makes me feel better to know there are champions out there fighting for voting rights and making Republicans really work to try to defend their crazy laws (and cost them money in the process). That so many suits are funded by the RNC is so telling. Thank you for informing us. As you said, it’s a shame the media doesn’t talk of this more.

@oldoneball ,

Great listen

Very good questions. Answers given were well explained and show need for improvement and how improvements can be implemented.

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