When: June 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
What: Mandatory voting debate
Where: 1530 P St NW, Washington DC 20005 – Carnegie Institution of Science
(Washington, D.C.) – On Monday, June 27, Ralph Nader and the Center for Study of Responsive Law will host a public debate on the pros and cons of mandatory voting.
Norman Ornstein will be arguing for mandatory voting. Norman Ornstein is a long-time scholar of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call and is an election analyst for CBS News. He serves as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series.
Fred Smith will be arguing against mandatory voting. Smith is the founder and president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public policy group and international NGO in Washington, DC. He addresses complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance and is a frequent guest on national TV and radio programs, as well as a prolific writer.
Mark Green will be the moderator. Green has been a public interest lawyer, an elected public official, author, and TV/radio commentator. An honors graduate of both Cornell University and Harvard Law School, he is the author or editor of 22 books, including “Losing our Democracy.”
The event is open to the public.