Universal voting makes sense

Miles Rapoport

In our book “100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting,” E.J. Dionne and I make a case for universal voting — that voting should be a required civic duty for every American citizen.

Universal voting could be enacted federally or — more likely — by states or municipalities. If adopted, it would dramatically increase voting participation; make the voting electorate a complete reflection of our population; make government more responsive to everyone; improve the nature of our political campaigns; and lessen our toxic polarization, at least to a degree.

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Joseph Savoca

I wouldn't go as far as Australia. What about simply requiring all 18 year olds to register to vote similar to registration for Selective Service? My guess is the far right extremists would call it radical and an attack on freedom or some such thing. They don't want everyone eligible to vote to be able to, only their base.

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