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Rolling Back Voting Rights to Jim Crow Era

Voting rights are under assault in America. More than 250 bills that would restrict access to voting are pending in 43 states.

  • March 19th 2021
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Rolling Back Voting Rights to Jim Crow Era

Watch a conversation with Wendy Weiser, vice president for democracy at New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, Adam Jentleson, executive director of Battle Born Collective, and Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic.

Are Voter Laws Threatening Our Democracy?

Voting rights are under assault in America. There are more than 250 bills to restrict access to voting pending in 43 states, according to Wendy Weiser, vice president for democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. “This is far greater and much more intense than what we've seen at any time in the last decade,” she says. She compares the current climate to the Jim Crow Era. Weiser joins Adam Jentleson, executive director of Battle Born Collective and author of Kill Switch, and Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic, to discuss the current legislation in play, including HR-1, and the role of the Senate filibuster.

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Democracy has been a steady theme in Aspen Ideas Now. In a recent issue, we featured a conversation between Martin Baron and Vivian Schiller about how the media can rebuild trust in a skeptical era. Baron is executive editor of the Washington Post and Schiller leads the Institute's program, Aspen Digital. Watch.

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