(mis)Representative Democracy, A New Series From Throughline America has never been a country of one person, one vote. And that's by design. Our system was built by a select few, for a select few. We were never all supposed to get a say.

In this series, we'll take a close look at voting in America, and how that's shaped what American democracy is, what it was meant to be, where it's failed, and what it might become.
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MALCOLM X: Why does it look like it might be the year of the ballot or the bullet?

ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Voting is crucial, and I don't give a damn how you look at it.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Is this America...

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: It was we, the people...

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: ...The land of the free and the home of the brave?

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: ...Not we, the white male citizens.

LYNDON B JOHNSON: At times, history and fate meet in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: So we're talking about this right to vote, this power.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: Part of what we understand in the ongoing battle to stop people from voting is the recognition of what that power means.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: That having a say is foundational to the way that we understand the United States of America and democracy. That's the battle plane we're on.

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RAMTIN ARABLOUEI, HOST:

We're told that all votes matter.

RUND ABDELFATAH, HOST:

That the will of the people matters.

ARABLOUEI: But when you pull back the curtain, is that really true?

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ABDELFATAH: (Mis)Representative Democracy.

ARABLOUEI: A new series from NPR's THROUGHLINE.

ABDELFATAH: Episodes drop Oct. 15.

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