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I was thrilled to speak with election lawyer, Bryan Sells a week or so ahead of the big confrontation between Trump and Clinton. Â We talked about the process and importance of voting and the issues with the current election and future trends in our country’s voting.
Based in Atlanta,Â Bryan is a civil rights lawyer specializing in voting rights, election law, and redistricting. Â He represents individual voters, civil rights organizations, political parties, candidates, and campaigns. Â Before founding his own firm, Bryan was been a senior litigator at the Department of Justice and the ACLU. Â Bryan posts frequently on twitter at @SellsBryan and his firm’s website isÂ www.BryanSellsLaw.com.
-How did the practice of voting law get your attention?
-How did your background point you in the direction of election law? Â What were your other influences?
-Explain why itâ€™s important to have a full and fair representation in the political process
Many people assume that voting is as easy as registering to vote and then showing up at a polling location and casting a ballot. Â However, many times itâ€™s not that easy.
-What is the actual process of voting?
-How is it run at the federal, state, and local level?
-How and why can that get distorted?
-Where are the greatest injustices/blockades to access right now?
-What about the notion of dead people voting and â€œpre-votedâ€ voting machines
-Redistricting and gerrymandering?
-One of the great unintended consequences of our system-
-How does it disenfranchise voters?
-How do we rewrite the rule book on this?
-Two party system continues to dominate- how do other parties and ideas begin to penetrate the system?
-Term Limits- what are the arguments for and against? Â Is it time to have them at the federal
-Finally, technology and voting? Â Are they the cause of or solution to voter fraud?Â Or a little of both? Â What should we be looking for when thinking about technology and the expense of voting?
With Trump’s shocking win, let’s see what I was thinking back BEFOREÂ he took the nomination:Â Trump: The Yard Sale. Â This was published 9/7/2015- well over a year ago and with no expectation that Donald Trump had a chance (at the nomination!) . . . boy, I was wrong. Â but there was some interesting thinking in there.
This podcast was the first done by telephone. Â I liked the results and it opens the podcast to a bunch of interesting participants. Â Look for more shortly.