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Podcast: The debate over President Trump’s election commission

July 20, 2017 by NCC Staff


The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrityestablished by executive order in May, is charged with “study[ing] the registration and voting processes used in federal elections” and will ultimately submit a report to President Donald Trump documenting its findings and recommendations.

In the midst of intense blowback from state officials and multiple lawsuits from public interest groups, the commission held its first public meeting this week, with the promise of more to come.

Who are the members of the commission, and what is their agenda? Is there any merit to criticism of the commission so far? And how should citizens think about the federal government’s role in the administration of state elections?

Deborah Archer is Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and Director of the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School.

Derek Muller is Associate Professor of Law at the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Archer and Muller wrote together and separately about the 24th Amendment for the Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution.

Show Notes

Today’s show was edited by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Jackie McDermott. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen. Special thanks to Tom Donnelly for serving as host.

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