100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

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About the Author

E.J. Dionne is the author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country and co-author (with Miles Rapoport) of 100% Democracy (The New Press). He 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 lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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 secretary of the state. He also served as president of Demos and of Common Cause. The co-author (with E.J. Dionne) of 100% Democracy (The New Press), he lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Praise for 100% Democracy:
"A persuasive argument for mandatory voting. . . . Backed by copious data and a firm grasp of the legislative process, this is a cogent call for rethinking the electoral process."
--Publishers Weekly

"In an era when most states have introduced some type of legislation restricting voting, empowering citizen participation must be protected as the cornerstone of democracy. The authors' justification for inclusivity is potent and timely."

"Sometimes the most complicated problems have the simplest answers, and in this inspiring, direct, and fast-paced book, Rapoport and Dionne make a slam-dunk case for universal voting."
--Zephyr Teachout, associate professor of law, Fordham University School of Law, and author of Break 'Em Up

"In this short but powerful work, Dionne and Rapoport make a thoroughly convincing argument that voting should be both a right and a duty. At a time when one party is doing all it can to restrict the franchise, there is no book more vital to the ongoing struggle to achieve the true democracy we deserve."
--Michael Kazin, professor of history, Georgetown University, and author of What It Took to Win

"In these times of crisis for democracy, it is time to think boldly about how we revitalize it. Universal civic duty voting, as E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport explain, would transform our system of elections."
--Tova Wang, democracy fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

"Brilliantly demonstrates the profound crisis already facing American democracy--one that the 2020 election demonstrated rather than resolved--and shows us the way out: a path that means more democracy, rather than succumbing to a fear of the people. Drawing inspiration from both foreign and local experiences, Dionne and Rapaport offer a clear and insightful blueprint not just for where to get to--but how to get there. A brilliant and necessary contribution."
--Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, and co-author (with Tom Ginsburg) of How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

"A vital contribution to our ongoing discussion about democracy in America that persuasively argues that voting should not just be a right but a duty. The claim that the best answer to vote suppression and disenfranchisement is universal participation rests on data, history, and the urgent necessary for a democracy under serious challenge."
--Caroline Fredrickson, former president, American Constitution Society, and author of The Democracy Fix

"As the great Progressive reformer Jane Addams once said, 'The cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy.' In their thought-provoking and timely new book, Dionne and Rapoport explain how universal voting can help us achieve a more truly representative and inclusive democracy."
--John F. Kowal, vice president of programs, Brennan Center for Justice, and co-author (with Wilfred Codrington III) of The People's Constitution