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In hindsight, I should have pushed a little more, but I was so taken aback, I didn't know what to say. It never occurred to me at the time that someone wouldn't want to open up voting in ways that gave everyone a right to vote. But, in reading the article Reich shared as well as other recent news stories, there's definitely a greater effort afoot to limit voting rights in our country. That's a BIG problem.
So in the days ahead, I'll think about ways to forward this new idea in my own state, Massachusetts--a state that's typically dedicated to democratic action. Perhaps we can be the first state in the union to foster a mandatory government class that ends with students' right and registration to vote even if they are younger than 18. Imagine how that would empower people of Massachusetts to listen more to the issues and get involved. I also imagine that if every student started to vote, then that could inspire their other family members to get out the vote.
How can we ensure that we have more voter participation throughout the country so that we don't have only about 50% of voters weighing in on national elections as important as the Presidency? One way is to begin high school mandatory government classes and voter registration--that would improve participation which would result in a government that better reflects the needs and interests of the populace.