Oct
03
2008

Phyllis Bennis on the presidential debate, Wendy Weiser on voter suppression

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This week on CounterSpin: There's been a lot of discussion about who won or lost the September 26th presidential debate, but little discussion of how it served the voters. What was and wasn't talked about in a debate that focused largely on war and military issues? We'll talk to Phyllis Bennis who directs the Institute for Policy Studies' New Internationalism Project, about the debate.

Also on the show: Thousands of people may show up to the polls in November only to be told they are not allowed to vote. A new report on voter purges says that what ought to be a simple updating of registration rolls can be a process that is shrouded in secrecy, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation. We'll hear from Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice on what should be a story about your right to vote.

Links:

— The Institute for Policy Studies' New Internationalism Project

Universal Voter Registration, by Wendy R. Weiser & Renée Paradis (Brennan Center for Justice, 7/04/08)

Voter Purges, by Myrna Pérez (Brennan Center for Justice, 9/30/08)