Making a Case for Universal Civic Duty Voting

It’s time to start talking about what universal voting would look like in the United States says Miles Rapoport

“We are in a moment when old assumptions are being challenged, and leaders are being called to look openly and thoughtfully at bold new ideas that are being raised”

Yet, there has been virtually no discussion of this potentially game-changing policy in the United States; it is time to begin this discussion. The Universal Voting Working Group is a collaborative effort of 27 scholars, advocates, and election experts who have studied this issue for two years. It has been a joint project of the Brookings Institution and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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From pandemic and political upheaval to foreign influence and misinformation, Miles Rapoport examines the myriad threats to our elections and the opportunities we have to solve these potential failures.

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