Voter rights and the disenfranchised

Does every vote count? Attorneys Julie Gautreau and Tammy Kaousias grapple with the implications of data and laws that challenge voter access and representation. This podcast episode is excerpted from their remarks during the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Symposium on September 28, 2018, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee.

Gautreau is a lawyer practicing with the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office. As an outgrowth of her work in indigent criminal defense, she has become involved with several organizations advocating for the rights of incarcerated people.

Kaousias was appointed to the Knox County Election Commission as an Election Commissioner in the 2013–2015 term. She has worked for the restoration of rights for those with criminal records and advising candidates on qualification issues, in addition to her practice in the areas of real estate and entertainment businesses and ventures.

Music credit: "Blue Dot Sessions," CC BY-NC 4.0

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Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, The New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.