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Universal Voting

Why should the U.S. require voter participation?

Upcoming: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • E.J. Dionne
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  • Miles Rapoport
  • Alexa Avilés
Universal Voting

U.S. voters turned out in record numbers in 2020, hitting a 13 percent jump from 2016. Even so, the coun­try lags behind many other demo­cra­cies – includ­ing Belgium, Sweden, Australia, Uruguay, and South Korea – when it comes to voting. How would our coun­try be trans­formed if we did away with argu­ments over voting rights and instead commit­ted to an elec­tion process where every citizen not only has the right to vote, but a require­ment to do so?

Twenty-six coun­tries require parti­cip­a­tion in their elec­tions. In 100% Demo­cracy: The Case for Univer­sal Voting, co-authors E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapo­port argue that the United States should follow in their foot­steps. After all, Amer­ic­ans are required to pay taxes and serve on juries. Join us for a conver­sa­tion with the authors and New York City Coun­cil member Alexa Avilés about univer­sal voting and how to imple­ment it.

Produced in part­ner­ship with New York University’s John Brademas Center


  • E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow, Brook­ings Insti­tu­tion; Colum­nist, Wash­ing­ton Post; Co-author, 100% Demo­cracy: The Case for Univer­sal Voting
  • Miles Rapo­port, Senior Prac­tice Fellow in Amer­ican Demo­cracy, Ash Center for Demo­cratic Governance and Innov­a­tion, Harvard Kennedy School; Co-author, 100% Demo­cracy: The Case for Univer­sal Voting
  • Moder­ator: Alexa Avilés, Member (District 38), New York City Coun­cil; Chair, Public Hous­ing Commit­tee