Good Law | Bad Law #96 - The fight for the right to vote w/ Michael Waldman

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Today, Aaron and Michael are talking about voting rights and how different states manage their voting laws.


With important midterm elections coming up this November, Michael and Aaron review the history of voting rights, back to the framing of the Constitution.  Since the founding of our country, we have continued to expand the right to vote and have struggled against efforts to limit this vitally important right.  Michael addresses the difficulty of ensuring only eligible voters are voting while making it easier for those voters to cast their ballots. However, one of the biggest points that Michael makes is the importance of voting. He notes that voter turnout in the last mid-term election, in 2014, was the lowest turnout in 72 years.  Aaron points out the 100 million Americans did not vote in the 2016 presidential election.


Before joining the Brennan Center, Michael was a Special Assistant to President Clinton and one of his chief speech writers. In his tenure as Director of Speechwriting, he wrote and edited nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union addresses. Adding to Michael’s fascinating resume, he has authored six books since 1990 and has led the Brennan Center since 2005.


To learn more about Michael, get access to his books, and learn more about the Brennan Center for Justice, visit their website at


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Michael Waldman