Universal Voting Won't Bring Americans Together

Polarization and underrepresentation are a problem. This isn't the answer.

We'd need a lot more voting booths.

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Some bad ideas just won’t go away. Last month the Brookings Institution joined the recent chorus of voices calling for compulsory voting in federal elections. The authors prefer the softer term “universal,” but it’s the same mischief: Vote or be punished.

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