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How will massive voter suppression affect the midterms? What's being done about it?

Photo: Lindsay D’Addato/WyoFile
A voting booth at a Ft. Washakie polling place

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss voter suppression. Nearly 16 million voters were removed from the rolls across the country between 2014 and 2016, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

This year, more than 700,000 voters were purged in Georgia ahead of a contentious gubernatorial race. The Supreme Court recently declined to rule on a North Dakota voter I.D. law requiring a street address, which directly affects Native American communities. How is voter suppression shaping the midterms?


Carol Anderson, historian, professor of African American Studies at Emory University, and author of several books, including White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide and One Person, No Vote:  How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy

Phyllis Young, organizer with the Lakota People’s Law Project and Four Directions, Standing Rock organizer, former tribal council member, and co-founder of Women of All Red Nations

Web Resources:

Four Directions

New York Times: How Voter Suppression Could Swing the Midterms

Vox: Georgia, 2018’s most prominent voting rights battleground, explained

The New York Times: What if Everyone Voted?

Mother Jones: 4,000 Square Miles. One Post Office. Why It’s So Hard to Vote in Arizona’s Indian Country.


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.