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9/11/07: The Right to Vote

Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake County's Clerk Sherrie Swensen is hoping 25 to 30% of registered voters turn out for Tuesday's state-wide primary election. Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar says such low numbers show that our democracy has become lethargic, and that the act of voting is not greatly prized. Keyssar is coming to Utah this week, and today he joins Doug to talk about this hard-won right. It's about race and class and the meaning of democracy in contemporary life.

  • Alexander Keyssar will be on the campus of the University of Utah this Thursday as part of the Marriott Library's September Project. His lecture is called "Democracy as an Ongoing Project," and it will be held at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Orson Spencer Hall. The event begins at 11:50 a.m. For more information on this and other lectures in the series, call 801-585-9521 or click here

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