UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – As another election cycle draws closer, conversations are emerging about how to make democracy work for everyone – from voting rights to political parties. The McCourtney Institute for Democracy will address these topics head-on at two events taking place in mid-November.

Desmond Meade, Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), will give the Brown Democracy 2021 Medal Lecture at 4 p.m. On November 11, the institute will organize a virtual event at 4.30 p.m. on the future. of the two-party system with former New York presidential and mayoral candidate Andrew Yang and former US Representative Charlie Dent.

Under Meade’s leadership, the FRRC launched Amendment 4, a voting initiative that asked Florida residents whether the right to vote should be automatically reinstated for people who have previously been convicted of a felony. The measure was adopted in November 2018 with the support of 65% of the state’s voters in a broad bipartisan coalition.

Earlier this fall, Meade was named the 2021 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the organization’s “Engineering Grant”. His civil rights were also fully restored, allowing him to pass the bar exam and run for political office.

Yang is an entrepreneur, lawyer and author. His latest book is “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy“. Dent is the McCourtney Institute Fall 2021 Visiting Fellow. He is executive director and vice president of the congressional program of the Aspen Institute and political analyst on CNN.

Yang and Dent agree that the American party system is in disarray, but have different ideas on how to fix it. They will discuss these ideas in a conversation moderated by Jenna Spinelle, communications specialist at the McCourtney Institute.

For more information and to register, visit democracy.psu.edu / events.

Last updated on October 21, 2021