Americans are living through a time of rising uncertainty about the institutions of our democracy. We see this in battles over voter access and voter ID; campaign finance; states, including North Carolina, being sued for their elections laws; and accusations from active candidates about vote-rigging.
Amid a longstanding and worsening pattern of low voter turnout, especially for primary and off-year elections, U.S. voters seem to be more alienated and disillusioned than ever about the value of engaging in their own democracy. What are the implications for the future of our country if these trends continue? What can informed citizens do, beyond simply voting, to strengthen and protect democratic norms and institutions in 2018 and beyond? Why should we bother?
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Ruhlen, Rebecca N