Democracy on the Ballot

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Photo illustration by Mark Riechers. Original photos by Srikanta H. U and Lucas Sankey (CC0)

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October 17, 2020

Americans are getting ready to vote. But this election is different from other years. What's really on the ballot?

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Constitutional scholar and law professor Kim Wehle says democracy itself is on the ballot this year. What can you do about it? Vote.

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15:42
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Historian Carol Anderson walks us through the timeline of truly free and fair elections in the United States, a period she says lasted from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 until a fateful Supreme Court decision in 2013.

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10:44
the rollercoaster of democracy
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Historian Jeremi Suri places our present moment into a larger context — and uses the ups and downs of history to theorize what might lie ahead of us.

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12:36
Fun outside on election day
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Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, tells us why citizens are more powerful than they think and how he's trying to reinvigorate the culture of voting — by making it more fun.

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8:05
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October 17, 2020
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Historian, Author and Professor
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October 26, 2020