Jason Kander Says Only One Party “Wants to Let Black People Vote”

Listen to him talk about his fight to protect voting rights.

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Jason Kander keeps busy. He’s a combat veteran, a former Missouri secretary of state, the founder of voting rights advocacy group Let America Vote, a podcast host, and a candidate for Kansas City mayor. Now he’s written a memoir, Outside the Wire, which traces his path from a soldier in Afghanistan to a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery interviewed Kander last week at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, where they talked about Kander’s book, his unforgettable 2016 campaign ad, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s “villainous superpower,” and the GOP’s strategy of disenfranchising likely Democratic voters. “One party wants to keep the federal government out of our elections, and the other party wants to let black people vote,” Kander said.

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