How voting rights and redistricting shape climate policy

Fighting distrust and polarization in the elections process is key to a healthy democracy and enabling fairer public policy.

On the Political Climate podcast this week:

Many Americans are pessimistic about the U.S. election system. From skepticism around mail-in ballots and voting machines to coping with long lines and shuttered polling places, voter confidence has slumped. When it comes to climate, research shows that 66% to 80% of people polled support major mitigation policies. But are election-related barriers preventing these voter preferences from being captured at the ballot box?

With the midterm elections less than a week away, we’re examining the fundamentals of the democratic process: the right to vote and public trust in elections. We’ll also discuss how the redistricting process influences both electoral outcomes and policymaking — including on climate and energy issues.

Political Climate hosts Julia Pyper, Shane Skelton and Brandon Hurlbut are joined by Christian Grose, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southern California, to discuss his research on how to improve voter access and voting rights and reduce polarization. Grose, who serves as academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, also previews new polling numbers on Proposition 30, an environmental-related ballot measure in California. Finally, he explains why you should care about redistricting if you care about climate change.

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