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All Americans have a voice, but too many Americans face roadblocks when it comes to casting their votes. People who are waiting to become naturalized citizens, people who are undocumented, people who were once incarcerated and so many others are forced to watch from the sidelines as their fellow Americans vote in the next election. The hosts of this podcast, journalists Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas, speak to lawmakers, historians, non-profit leaders and everyday people to unpack the barriers many Americans have to overcome to make sure that their voices are heard during the voting process.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas unpack why Americans living in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, only have the right to vote during the primary elections.

25 min5 d ago
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Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

Hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws and tactics being used to suppress voters’ rights as Americans prepare to elect their next president.

25 min1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas delve into the history of Native Americans, who went from owning the land to being forced to fight for citizenship in the U.S. The hosts also discuss how voter ID laws particularly affect tribal nations.

21 min2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

Ep. 6 - How COVID-19 Stalled Legal Immigrants’ Dreams to Vote in November

In the second part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez discuss how the coronavirus pandemic halted naturalization ceremonies, stopping legal immigrants from being able to vote in the general election.

20 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 6 - How COVID-19 Stalled Legal Immigrants’ Dreams to Vote in November

Ep. 5 - How the Undocumented Are Overlooked In the Voting Process

In the first part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas take a look at how undocumented immigrants can’t vote for the lawmakers responsible for their fate in this country.

20 minSEP 17
Comments
Ep. 5 - How the Undocumented Are Overlooked In the Voting Process

Ep. 4 - Can Americans Who Are Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Vote?

Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the roadblocks faced by Americans who navigate through the criminal justice system. Americans who have been incarcerated or are currently incarcerated often lose the right to vote and have difficulties regaining that right. We hear from Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project, Dr. Jane Gubser from Cook County Jail and artist Natti from CunninLynguists.

22 minSEP 10
Comments
Ep. 4 - Can Americans Who Are Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Vote?

Ep. 3 - A Look at the History of Black Voter Suppression

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas speak to Black historian and author Dr. Carol Anderson about the turbulent history of Black voter suppression and how those racist systems are still at play today.

27 minSEP 3
Comments
Ep. 3 - A Look at the History of Black Voter Suppression

Ep. 2 - Republicans: The Party of Voter Suppression?

In the second part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas discuss instances where the Republican Party has blatantly suppressed voters. We hear from New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Harvard Kennedy professor Thomas Patterson

21 minAUG 28
Comments
Ep. 2 - Republicans: The Party of Voter Suppression?

Ep. 1 - Are Democrats Really Trying to Maximize Voter Participation?

In the first part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez speak to state Democrats and voting organization leaders about how well the Democratic Party is living up to its mission to “maximize voter participation for all Americans.” We hear from Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, Massachusetts state Sen. Becca Rausch, New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Center for Election Innovation & Research executive director David Becker.

21 minAUG 20
Comments
Ep. 1 - Are Democrats Really Trying to Maximize Voter Participation?

America the Voiceless Preview Episode

Fun, short conversation with both hosts talking a bit about their first time voting experiences and how that inspired them to come up with this podcast. Preview AV’s first episode on the Democratic Party.

9 minAUG 13
Comments
America the Voiceless Preview Episode
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Latest Episodes

Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas unpack why Americans living in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, only have the right to vote during the primary elections.

25 min5 d ago
Comments
Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories

Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

Hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws and tactics being used to suppress voters’ rights as Americans prepare to elect their next president.

25 min1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression

Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas delve into the history of Native Americans, who went from owning the land to being forced to fight for citizenship in the U.S. The hosts also discuss how voter ID laws particularly affect tribal nations.

21 min2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship

Ep. 6 - How COVID-19 Stalled Legal Immigrants’ Dreams to Vote in November

In the second part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez discuss how the coronavirus pandemic halted naturalization ceremonies, stopping legal immigrants from being able to vote in the general election.

20 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 6 - How COVID-19 Stalled Legal Immigrants’ Dreams to Vote in November

Ep. 5 - How the Undocumented Are Overlooked In the Voting Process

In the first part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas take a look at how undocumented immigrants can’t vote for the lawmakers responsible for their fate in this country.

20 minSEP 17
Comments
Ep. 5 - How the Undocumented Are Overlooked In the Voting Process

Ep. 4 - Can Americans Who Are Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Vote?

Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the roadblocks faced by Americans who navigate through the criminal justice system. Americans who have been incarcerated or are currently incarcerated often lose the right to vote and have difficulties regaining that right. We hear from Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project, Dr. Jane Gubser from Cook County Jail and artist Natti from CunninLynguists.

22 minSEP 10
Comments
Ep. 4 - Can Americans Who Are Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Vote?

Ep. 3 - A Look at the History of Black Voter Suppression

Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas speak to Black historian and author Dr. Carol Anderson about the turbulent history of Black voter suppression and how those racist systems are still at play today.

27 minSEP 3
Comments
Ep. 3 - A Look at the History of Black Voter Suppression

Ep. 2 - Republicans: The Party of Voter Suppression?

In the second part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas discuss instances where the Republican Party has blatantly suppressed voters. We hear from New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Harvard Kennedy professor Thomas Patterson

21 minAUG 28
Comments
Ep. 2 - Republicans: The Party of Voter Suppression?

Ep. 1 - Are Democrats Really Trying to Maximize Voter Participation?

In the first part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez speak to state Democrats and voting organization leaders about how well the Democratic Party is living up to its mission to “maximize voter participation for all Americans.” We hear from Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, Massachusetts state Sen. Becca Rausch, New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Center for Election Innovation & Research executive director David Becker.

21 minAUG 20
Comments
Ep. 1 - Are Democrats Really Trying to Maximize Voter Participation?

America the Voiceless Preview Episode

Fun, short conversation with both hosts talking a bit about their first time voting experiences and how that inspired them to come up with this podcast. Preview AV’s first episode on the Democratic Party.

9 minAUG 13
Comments
America the Voiceless Preview Episode
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