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An Update On GOP Efforts To Suppress The Vote As Record Turnout Continues

Oct 29, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on early voting, problems at the polls and Republican sponsored voter suppression. Nearly 79 million people have already voted, but experts estimate that one to two percent of absentee ballots could be rejected.

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that ballots cannot be counted after Election Day in Wisconsin. The Court let a lower court ruling stand that allows ballots in North Carolina to be counted nine days after the election. And in Pennsylvania, the Court refused to accept a case brought by Republicans to end counting after election day. Ballots will be counted for up to three days after the election. How are activists dealing with uncertainty and confusion?

Guests:

Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Will Gonzalez, Executive Director of CEIBA Philadelphia

Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause Wisconsin

Web Resources: 

Mother Jones, Ari Berman: Voter Suppression Efforts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans 

NBC News, Kit Ramgopal: More than 1 percent of mail-in ballots may be rejected, say experts 

The New York Times, Adam Liptak: Supreme Court Won’t Extend Wisconsin’s Deadline for Mailed Ballots 

The Guardian: Wisconsin sees record number of early voters as Covid cases climb in state 

Politico, Zach Montellaro: Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can’t be rejected based on signature comparisons