‘Moment of Great Peril’: UCSD Professor Joins Call to End Filibuster, Rescue Democracy

UCSD professor emeritus Gary Jacobson, shown in 2014, signed letters in June and November. Photo by Nikolas Becker via Wikimedia Commons

For the second time in five months, some of America’s leading “democracy researchers” are sounding the alarm about voting rights – and condemning what they call Republican efforts to deny them.

“This is no ordinary moment during our democracy,” said a 700-word letter published Monday in newamerica.org. “It’s a moment of great danger and risk.”

Academics who sign a letter entitled “Statement in Support of the Freedom to Vote Act” include dignitaries such as Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Laurence Tribe of Harvard and Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

And from San Diego: Gary Jacobson, acclaimed professor of political science emeritus at UC San Diego.

The 77-year-old academic, author of several books, once served on the board of directors of National Electoral Studies.

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