March 26, 2010
Here's one of the basic facts of American political life that every adult should know: The Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. Why? Because when it was written voting was a jealously guarded prerogative. Our founding fathers never, ever expected the franchise to be widely applied. The upside of their omission, today, is that we have many options through state and local governments to adopt reforms such as proportional voting and instant run-off elections. We also could, and should, consider more fundamental constitutional changes. To get at some of these questions I turned to Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote. Rob gets top marks for thoughtfulness and it was a real pleasure to talk with him. Total runtime an hour and six minutes. Enjoy!