S3E1: The strug­gle for vot­ing rights in the US today

The most per­ni­cious assault on Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy today are the laws and mea­sures enact­ed in var­i­ous state leg­is­la­tures under Repub­li­can con­trol that aim at vot­er restric­tion. Among the fore­most voic­es in the strug­gle for demo­c­ra­t­ic rights in the Unit­ed States is Stacey Abrams, U.S. politi­cian and activist. Her cam­paign for pro­tect­ing vot­ing rights and resist­ing dis­en­fran­chise­ment of black and oth­er minor­i­ty vot­ers has been cen­tral in push­ing back against these insid­i­ous moves that dis­man­tle democ­ra­cy from with­in using for­mal­ly legit­i­mate means. We open our third series of Democ­ra­cy in Ques­tion by ask­ing Stacey to shed light on orga­ni­za­tion­al and polit­i­cal issues around vot­ing rights, democ­ra­cy, and demography.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.