Voting is protected by more constitutional amendments than any other right because it is the foundation of our democracy.
Yet throughout the history of our nation, the right to vote has always been contested, with periods of expansion and backlash. At stake in this ongoing struggle are foundational questions about who gets to enjoy the promises of equality and liberty embedded in our nation’s founding documents, and who counts as an American.
Alison Beyea, executive director of the ACLU of Maine, joins First Amendment Museum director Christian Cotz, to discuss present challenges to voting rights, and how the ACLU is supporting efforts to protect voting rights in states that are trying to roll them back. Following Alison’s brief remarks is a Q&A.