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100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Jews United for Democracy and JCA
Location Details:
Online event (FREE)


Join Jews United for Democracy and Justice & Community Advocates as two preeminent democracy scholars & authors discuss their theory of voting as more than a right, but also
as a requirement of citizenship.

New Book: "100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting" (New Press, March 22, 2022)

Authors: E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport

Date and time: Wed, March 30, 2022 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT


A timely and paradigm-shifting argument that all members of a democracy must participate in elections, by a leading political expert and Washington Post journalist

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", authors 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.


E.J. Dionne is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the WashingtonPost, university professor at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country.

Miles Rapoport is the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center for DemocraticGovernance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. He formerly served in the Connecticut state legislature and as Connecticut’s secretary of the state. He also served as president of Demos and Dionne and of Common Cause.
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