Voting Rights and Voter Suppression - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas

10/19/2020; 96 minutes

This lecture kicks off with Professor Jayaraman's discussion of "astroturf" social movements and the growing battle around California's Ballot Propositions 15 and 22. These propositions represent two attempts of billionaires to privatize the public-school system in California and to re-write the state's labor laws to impose "independent contractor" status upon millions of gig workers. From there Professor Cohen takes up the main topic of voting rights and the long history of voter suppression in the United States with particular emphasis upon the Trump administration's efforts to suppress voter turnout and challenge the election results after November 3. Remember, if your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't try so hard to suppress it. So if you have not already, go and vote early, especially in those down ballot races that really matter.
Recorded on 10/19/2020.

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