Voting rights has become the latest partisan fight on Capitol Hill. NPR’s Sarah McCammon talks to election law expert Spencer Overton about how we got here and what’s at stake in the debate.


We begin today’s program looking at the politics driving the debate on voting rights. Democrats have proposed a sweeping voting rights bill that’s expected to be brought to the floor next week, despite lacking the 60 votes needed to overcome the threat of a filibuster from Republicans. Just this week, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, a key vote in the evenly divided Senate, proposed compromises to get more Republicans on board with the bill. That’s after expressing his own dissatisfaction with it.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky, says his party will not support the bill, doubling down on the argument that the federal government shouldn’t…

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