March 18, 2016 – The Fight to Vote

My guest on this program is Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to improve the systems of democracy and justice. He was director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999 and has authored several books, including The Second Amendment, My Fellow Americans, and POTUS Speaks. His most recent book is The Fight to Vote, which takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.” It tells the story of voting in America from the Founders’ debates, to suffrage for African Americans and women, to today’s challenges, which include restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymandering, and the flood of campaign money released following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.