Amicus: Intimidation Nation

Lawyers challenging punitive voting restrictions in Ohio are making an eleventh hour appeal to the Supreme Court.

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, many states made changes to their voting laws that may disproportionately harm minorities. This week, lawyers in Ohio filed an emergency motion with the Supreme Court requesting a suspension of post-Shelby voting restrictions in their state. One of those lawyers, Subodh Chandra, joins us to explain why.


We also speak with Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the potential impact of Donald Trump’s recent warnings about vote-rigging. She explains why long-term neglect of our voting infrastructure is a much bigger threat than either vote tampering or self-styled poll watchers.


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