Politics

Voting rights

Throughout history, Americans have fought and died for the opportunity to vote -- the nationwide effort to ensure every vote is cast, and counted this election year. In this edition of My America 2008 from "The Tavis Smiley Show" -- with voter registration deadlines fast approaching, an exploration of the importance and impact of voting and efforts to make sure every vote is counted.

Producer Linda Blake profiles Prison Rights Activist Dorsey Nunn of All of Us or None, about his work to register and empower ex-felons to vote.

Producer Jon Tkach looks at the wave of voter registration amongst newly naturalized American citizens.

Then Gracia Hillman, former Executive Director of the League of Women Voters and current commissioner with the US Election Assistance Commission, warns of possible plans to use foreclosure lists as a tool to challenge votes.

"The Tavis Smiley Show" is a weekly show offering a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators. "The Tavis Smiley Show" is produced by Tavis Smiley productions, and distributed nationwide by PRI. This piece is a part of the "Tavis Smiley Show’s" series "My America 2008" which profiles the challenges and triumphs of everyday Americans and how their lives will be affected by the plans and policies of the Presidential candidates.

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