Voting Rights, Election Law, and the Midterms

November 01, 2018


As Americans prepare to head to the polls next week, We the People partnered with Ballotpedia for a rundown of the election law and voting rights issues most relevant to the 2018 midterms. Ballotpedia’s News Editor Sarah Rosier joins election law scholars Franita Tolson and Michael Morley to break down all sides of the legal arguments surrounding voter ID laws, gerrymandering, “signature matching,” the purging of voter rolls, and felon disenfranchisement. Jeffrey Rosen hosts.


Note: An early transcript of the podcast is linked here. This text may not be in its final form, accuracy may vary, and it may be updated or revised in the future.


Sarah Rosier is Ballotpedia’s news editor. She’s been at Ballotpedia since 2013, where she has served as director of the Congress Project, and has covered everything from presidential elections and the executive cabinet to the federal courts.

Michael T. Morley is an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law, specializing in election law, constitutional law, and federal courts. He is the author of numerous publications on election law issues including Prophylactic Redistricting? Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the New Equal Protection Right to Vote.

Franita Tolson is a professor at USC Gould School of Law, where her scholarship and teaching focuses on election law and constitutional law. She was previously the Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights at Florida State University College of Law. Her forthcoming book, A Promise Unfulfilled: Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Future of the Right to Vote, will be published in 2019.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Jackie McDermott.

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