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Book Talk: 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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?
The program will be followed by a book-signing and light refreshments. Program co-sponsored by Everyday Democracy.  Click here to register


April 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


At CT’s Old State House AND Live Streamed