advocating voter modernization to a FOX News audience

In lieu of a substantive blog post today, here’s a link to my op-ed on
FoxNews.com, “Why the GOP’s future could depend on Romney’s ability to connect with young people.” I float an argument for modernizing the voting system that I mean (sincerely, and not just for tactical reasons) to appeal to a Fox-News-reading audience:

Most states prevent eligible voters from registering during the very period when interest in a campaign reaches its height, the last month before an election. What business would require you to sign up for its service months in advance and then appear in person at a particular location during limited hours to obtain it?

That is no way to encourage political participation in a great democracy, and it’s one reason that U.S. turnout is usually the lowest among all the developed democratic countries in the world.

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.
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