Please join us for a conversation with co-authors E.J. Dionne & Miles Rapoport on 100% Democracy, universal voting and how it may be implemented.

7 Apr
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Add to Calendar 2022-04-07 19:00:00 2022-04-07 20:00:00 Book Talk with co-authors E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport: 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting Please join us for a conversation with co-authors E.J. Dionne & Miles Rapoport on 100% Democracy, universal voting and how it may be implemented. Choi Auditorium and on Zoom Occidental College America/Los_Angeles public
Location: Choi Auditorium and on Zoom
Event Date: Apr. 7, 2022

This book talk event at Occidental College will feature a discussion with co-authors E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport on their recently published book by The New Press: 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. Click HERE to register for this free event! 

Join us in person in Choi Auditorium or virtually:
Meeting ID: 895 9493 8640
Passcode: 705644

Sponsored by the Dean of the College, Politics Anderson Fund, Remsen Bird Fund, and Urban & Environmental Policy Department.



Today’s headlines are filled with arguments over restrictions on the right to vote and attempts to expand it. But what if we leapt over the current argument, and made 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?

In 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting, co-authors E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport argue for just that, and it’s not as far out as it sounds at first hearing. Twenty-six countries around the world require participation in elections including Australia, which has required citizens to cast a ballot since 1924 and had over 90% voter turnout in their last major election. The U.S. on the other hand lags behind other democracies, with only 66.8% of eligible voters participating in the record-turnout election of 2020. If Americans are required to pay taxes and serve on juries, why not ask—or require—every American to vote?

Join us on Thursday, April 7, 2022 for a conversation with Dionne and Rapoport about 100% Democracy, universal [civic] voting, and how it might be implemented. 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?


E.J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, 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 Democratic Governance 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 of Common Cause.


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