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100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

EST  | Virtual

Today’s headlines are filled with arguments over restrictions on the right to vote and attempts to expand it. Miles Rapoport, formerly CT’s Secretary of State and E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, advocate for making a commitment to a ‘100% Democracy’, an election process where every citizen has the right to vote and full opportunities to do so—but also the duty to vote, a requirement to participate in our national choices.

Join Rapoport and Dionne (who will be joining us virtually) for an in-person discussion about their new book, 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. The program will be moderated by CT Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill and kicks off Book Talks, a new program series at Connecticut’s Old State House.

The U.S. lags behind other democracies, with only 66.8% of eligible voters participating in the record-turnout election of 2020 while twenty-six countries around the world require participation in elections. Australia, for instance, has required citizens to cast a ballot since 1924 and had over 90% voter turnout in their last major election. Rapoport and Dionne ask: if Americans must pay taxes and serve on juries, why not ask—or require—every American to vote? Is it 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?

This program is pre-recorded.

Learn more about the Connecticut Democracy Center’s Civic Learning Week programming at ctdemocracycenter.org/civic-learning-week.

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