OC High Schools: Nowhere to Go But Up On Voter Registration 

Laura Brill
Laura W. Brill is an appellate and constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles.

Orange County set a participation record in the last presidential election, with more than 80% of registered voters casting ballots, the highest percentage in 40 years. High schools in the OC, however, are not setting any records on a key test of engaging young adults in the political process. Students in California can pre-register to vote at […]

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California High Schools Missing in Action on Voter Registration

Laura Brill
Laura W. Brill is an appellate and constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles.

The health of our democracy depends on widespread participation. We all need an understanding of how our public institutions function and how to make our voices heard. But our country suffers from a serious deficit in basic civic knowledge. Political engagement by young voters is especially low. With the start of the school year just […]

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California’s initiative system is broken

Laura Brill
Laura W. Brill is an appellate and constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles.

When my kids first got video games, we devised a family contract. We spelled out how long they could play, the priority of homework and the acceptance of absolute parental discretion. But no sooner was the ink dry than we realized we needed a few changes. The original deal had a half-hour per day limit, […]

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