Recent Episodes

North Carolina Republicans Want a Redo

January 27, 2023 | 26:29

North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Legislature wants the newly red state Supreme Court to rehear two major voting rights cases that they lost last term. Marc and Paige discuss how this is just North Carolina Republicans’ latest scheme in its long history of undermining free and fair elections.


The Judiciary Needs Reform feat. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

January 20, 2023 | 41:27

On the 13th anniversary of Citizens United and the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re joined by special guest Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to discuss issues facing the judiciary and the network of anti-democratic forces influencing our courts.


Lies, Legislatures and Litigation

January 13, 2023 | 26:18

Marc and Paige discuss what they expect during upcoming legislative sessions and our new litigation report, with a side of Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) shenanigans.


Ohio’s New Voter Suppression Law

January 10, 2023 | 32:12

In a bonus episode of Defending Democracy, Marc and Paige discuss Ohio’s new voter suppression law — exactly what it does, why it’s so harmful to voters and the lawsuit already filed challenging it.


New Year, New Maps

January 6, 2023 | 33:32

On the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, House Republicans still can’t elect a speaker, a federal court issued a victory for voters in South Carolina and we’re gearing up for a new wave of redistricting litigation in 2023.


Republicans in Arizona Are Not Okay

December 23, 2022 | 29:30

In an impromptu episode, Marc and Paige discuss the status of the five Republican election contests in Arizona and Kari Lake’s trial. Plus, get Marc’s thoughts on Congress passing the Electoral Count Reform Act in the omnibus spending bill.


Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023

December 16, 2022 | 45:46

In the last episode of Defending Democracy of 2022 — and the first episode via podcast — Marc and Paige talk about election challenges in Arizona, how oral argument in Moore v. Harper went, the future of Georgia runoff elections and what to expect in 2023.


Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, Oh My

December 2, 2022 | 45:08

Marc and Paige cover counties in Arizona and Pennsylvania that refused to certify election results, early voting in Georgia and how Senate Bill 202 is harming voters in the runoff and the Moore v. Harper case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court next week.


It’s Time for Another Election in Georgia

November 18, 2022 | 29:33

Marc discusses the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia and the legal fight to expand early voting and complaints of “conspiracy” in Arizona’s elections are actually the effects of Republican voter suppression laws.


Election Deniers Lost Big

November 11, 2022 | 43:44

Marc and Paige analyze what happened during the midterm elections and the victories for democracy, what’s next in redistricting and what to expect in the coming weeks.


The Election Is Around the Corner

November 4, 2022 | 52:03

Marc and Paige talk about what to expect in Tuesday’s midterm elections and the lawsuits that could affect voters.

Merrill v. Milligan Debrief

October 4, 2022 | 55:54

Abha Khanna, partner at Elias Law Group and advocate for the Caster parties in Merrill v. Milligan, and Marina Jenkins, director of litigation and policy at the National Redistricting Foundation, join Marc to discuss the oral argument about Alabama’s congressional before the U.S. Supreme Court. As one of the lawyers who spoke before the Court, Abha shares her insights into how the justices reacted to arguments from both sides and Marina analyzes how this case could affect redistricting around the country.


Everything Else in Court This Week

October 4, 2022 | 55:30

Marc and Paige cover all of the other voting rights news and court action you may have missed during Merrill v. Milligan, including a victory in Montana, a slew of new Republican lawsuits in Arizona, Michigan and New York and important hearings in Delaware, North Carolina, Texas and more.


Look Who’s Back: Pennsylvania’s Undated Mail-in Ballots

OCTOBER 11, 2022 | 39:42

In a breaking episode, Marc and Paige return to the saga of Pennsylvania and undated mail-in ballots to break down what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to vacate in Ritter v. Migliori means and how it affects voter.


Mass Voter Challenges Surge

OCTOBER 14, 2022 | 51:20

Marc and Paige go over litigation updates from Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina and more, as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) executive order regarding election rules in counties affected by Hurricane Ian and the rapid increase in organized mass voter challenges across the country.


Intimidation at Drop Boxes

OCTOBER 21, 2022 | 50:31

The U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in Moore v. Harper and updates in various Pennsylvania lawsuits. Plus, Marc and Paige discuss the worrying reports of voter intimidation in Arizona and what to do if you feel intimidated when voting.


Democracy is on the Docket

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | 48:30

Marc and Paige discuss the litigation fighting against voter intimidation in Arizona, a New York election official refusing to count ballots, the counties pushing to hand count ballots and updates in Pennsylvania.

We Must Protect the Election Certification Process

September 2, 2022 | 45:45 

Marc and Paige review a victory for voters in Wisconsin, the latest photo ID ballot initiative to be struck down in Nevada and the vulnerabilities in the election certification process.

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It’s 2022 and Republicans Are Still Trying To Overturn the 2020 Elections

September 9, 2022 | 51:44 

Marc and Paige cover Republicans’ latest lawsuit to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Michigan (yes, really, there’s a new lawsuit about it) and the GOP’s continued attacks on drop boxes and ballot curing in Pennsylvania.


What Motivates Young Voters

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 | 54:33

Cristina TzintzĂşn Ramirez, president and executive director of NextGen America, joins Marc and Paige to discuss the power young voters have in upcoming elections. Cristina explains what motivates this group of voters to get to the polls, why young voters may not necessarily identify as Democrats and the need for greater civics education.


How Gerrymandering Impacts Voters and Voting

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 | 1:08:04

Guests Stephanie Young, executive director of When We All Vote; Kelly Burton, president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates; Maya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Alex Birnel, advocacy director of MOVE Texas, discuss with Marc and Paige the impacts of gerrymandering on Black and brown communities and why voters must stay in the fight for fair maps.


What To Expect From the U.S. Supreme Court’s New Term

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 | 1:08:25

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, joins Marc to discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term, what’s at stake for voting rights and what he’s watching out for in oral argument in Merrill v. Milligan.

We Have More Power When We All Vote

August 5, 2022 | 57:26 

Stephanie Young, executive director of When We All Vote, talks with Marc about the importance of voter education and civic history, the real impact of voter suppression laws and When We All Vote’s plans to engage more voters.


The Threat of Republican Vigilantes and Voter Intimidation

August 12, 2022 | 51:18 

Marc and Paige discuss the latest voting news from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Montana. Plus Marc explains how conservative groups are publishing inaccurate voter rolls and encouraging “vigilantes” to observe and question voters — creating a perfect storm for voter intimidation.


What a Week It’s Been

August 19, 2022 | 50:47 

Marc and Paige cover breaking news out of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia, as well as Florida’s announcement that the state’s new elections crime unit arrested 20 individuals for illegally voting and new lawsuits in Arizona.


Wins, Losses and Continuing the Fight

August 26, 2022 | 50:59 

Marc and Paige discuss the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Mississippi regarding felony disenfranchisement, new voting lawsuits filed this week, a victory in Arkansas and the conclusion of the undated mail-in ballot issue in Pennsylvania.

The Threat of ISL to Our Democracy

JuLY 14, 2022 | 53:39 

Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general and chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates, joins Marc to discuss the threat of the independent state legislature theory, how it could impact voting rights and redistricting and what reforms are needed to prevent catastrophe.


So What About This New ECA Reform Bill?

JuLY 22, 2022 | 50:45 

Marc and Paige discuss news on Ohio redistricting, Texas voter assistance and litigation in Pennsylvania over undated mail-in ballots. Plus, Marc offers his thoughts on the proposed Electoral Count Act reform bill and explains why it may not be the best fix to the outdated certification process.


The Saga of Undated Mail-in Ballots in Pennsylvania

JuLY 29, 2022 | 50:32 

Marc and Paige recap the latest news about undated mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania and Congress’ hearing on the dangers of the independent state legislature theory, plus updates on litigation in Montana, Wisconsin and Delaware.

Featured Episodes

A Troubling New SCOTUS Case

June 30, 2022 | 46:20 

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it granted a petition to hear Moore v. Harper, opening up review on the radical independent state legislature (ISL) theory during the Court’s next term. Marc Elias explains why the ISL theory is dangerous to our democracy and lays out exactly what’s at stake.

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The Importance of State Legislatures to Our Democracy

JUNE 17, 2022 | 51:08 

Daniel Squadron, co-founder and executive director of The States Project, joins Marc to discuss the threat of the independent state legislature theory to our elections and why we must keep fighting for majorities in state legislatures.

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You Should Run For Something

June 3, 2022 | 46:40 

Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something, and Marc discuss how elections need to be protected on the local level by pro-democracy officials and the new Clerk Work initiative.

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The Fight for Fair Maps Continues

May 13, 2022 | 49:50 

Kelly Burton, president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates, and Marc discuss redistricting updates and cover how this redistricting cycle has gone and the importance of fighting for fair maps.

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