Virtual Event: E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport
The Case for Universal Voting
moderated by MARIA TERESA KUMAR
April 1, 2022
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes professors E.J. DIONNE and MILES RAPOPORT for a discussion of their book 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. Their discussion will be moderated by American activist MARIA TERESA KUMAR.
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About 100% Democracy
Americans are required to pay taxes, serve on juries, get their kids vaccinated, get driver’s licenses, and sometimes go to war for their country. So why not ask—or require—every American to vote?
In 100% Democracy, E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport argue that universal participation in our elections should be a cornerstone of our system. It would be the surest way to protect against voter suppression and the active disenfranchisement of a large share of our citizens. And it would create a system true to the Declaration of Independence’s aspirations by calling for a government based on the consent of all of the governed.
It’s not as radical or utopian as it sounds: in Australia, where everyone is required to vote (Australians can vote “none of the above,” but they have to show up), 91.9 percent of Australians voted in the last major election in 2019, versus 60.1 percent in America’s 2016 presidential race. Australia hosts voting-day parties and actively celebrates this key civic duty.
It is time for the United States to take a major leap forward and recognize voting as both a fundamental civil right and a solemn civic duty required of every eligible U.S. citizen.
Praise for 100% Democracy
“Sometimes the most complicated problems have the simplest answers, and in this inspiring, direct, and fast-paced book, Rapoport and Dionne make a slam-dunk case for universal voting.” —Zephyr Teachout, associate professor of law, Fordham University School of Law, and author of Break ’Em Up
“In this short but powerful work, Dionne and Rapoport make a thoroughly convincing argument that voting should be both a right and a duty. At a time when one party is doing all it can to restrict the franchise, there is no book more vital to the ongoing struggle to achieve the true democracy we deserve.” —Michael Kazin, professor of history, Georgetown University, and author of What It Took to Win
“In these times of crisis for democracy, it is time to think boldly about how we revitalize it. Universal civic duty voting, as E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport explain, would transform our system of elections.” —Tova Wang, democracy fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
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