• In Florida, path to restoring felons’ voting rights has been fraught with challenge
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    In Florida, path to restoring felons’ voting rights has been fraught with challenge

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Florida was one of only a few states that banned felons from voting for life, until 2018, when a majority of Floridians passed an initiative giving felons who had served their sentences the right to vote back. It was a major victory for voting rights. But as Stephanie Sy reports, the implementation has been fraught with legal battles and confusion. CORAL NICHOLS, Formerly Incarcerated: So, I was just looking at this picture. It was actually the day that I was released from prison. STEPHANIE SY: Coral Nichols was 23 years old when she went to prison for financial fraud. What was it like in prison? CORAL NICHOLS: A…

  • 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment #UFCelebrate2020
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    100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment #UFCelebrate2020

    I’m Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton I’m University of Florida President Kent Fuchs We want to encourage you to vote during this very special election year. 2020 is a presidential election year AND the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It took women years of struggle to win that right, and it wasn’t over. Women and men of all races weren’t guaranteed the right to vote until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law. If you’re a registered voter, you can honor that history, be a part of our Democracy and choose our political leaders…

  • Mississippi Man On A Mission to Restore Voting Rights | NowThis
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    Mississippi Man On A Mission to Restore Voting Rights | NowThis

    – That’s me and that’s my brother. When I first got out, me and my brother was trying to good for the community. We go up there and register to vote and they said, ‘Hey, you can’t register to vote. As a matter of fact, you can get a felony charge for what you’re about to do.’ It was like, what? I’m a citizen. I should have a political voice in the United States of America. I have a huge family. I adopted some children. I’m a licensed foster parent out of Union County. I’ve got nine kids. I got two already in college, thank God. This is my beautiful…

  • TMCC Constitution Day – 2016
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    TMCC Constitution Day – 2016

    All right everybody first of all I want to thank you for coming here and I know you’re doing it it has nothing to do with extra credit I’m so impressed that all of you are doing this let me introduce myself I’m Paul Davis I’m professor of political science here and just a little brief note you’re gonna be it’s going to be interactive if you have your mobile devices you can take them out now but even though today is September 15th September 17th is Constitution Day well that comes out on a Saturday and I know even with extra credit nobody would show up on a Saturday…

  • NC Sheriff’s Deputy Tripp Kester Defends Second Amendment
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    NC Sheriff’s Deputy Tripp Kester Defends Second Amendment

    Tripp Kester Thank you ma’am. My name is Tripp Kester and as you can see I’m here I just want to personally… could you pull that mic up a little bit up? better? Okay I just want to personally and publicly go on record supporting this resolution before us this evening. You know guys, it’s simple: like a lot of them have said the Constitution needs no, no explanation. It’s been enforced for several hundred years now. It’s easy to understand. It says what it means… It means what it says. And the last time I read the Declaration of Independence it specifically reminds all of us that we’re endowed…

  • Rights and wrongs of American elections (1996) | THINK TANK
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    Rights and wrongs of American elections (1996) | THINK TANK

    Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg. Welcome to Election Year 1996, which we will celebrate with a contest that will be announced at the end of this program. Election year — once again, American democracy is under harsh scrutiny. Many voters are fed up with the tone, the cost, the length, and the unfairness of our elections. But is all the criticism warranted? Joining us for our discussion are Michael Barone, senior writer at US News & World Report and coauthor of “The Almanac of American Politics 1996” and “Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan”; Ronald Walters, chairman of the political science department at Howard University…

  • How Your Vote Might Not Count in 2020 | NowThis
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    How Your Vote Might Not Count in 2020 | NowThis

    A growing number of states are trying to make it harder for a lot of us to be able to have our voices heard in our elections. But why would anyone want to Today we’ll find out who are some of the most suppressed groups of voters in America and why they’re being targeted. Unfortunately, the U.S. has a long and troubled history with voter suppression. Let’s not forget that women didn’t get the right to vote for a long time. Even after that, African Americans faced systemic voter suppression in much of the country until the civil rights laws in the 1960s. We sat down with an expert on…