Miles Rapoport is the president of Demos, a national research and advocacy organization. He was secretary of the state of Connecticut from 1995 to 1998 and served 10 years in the Connecticut legislature.
If nothing else, the 2000 election mess has
begun to produce real political engagement and debate about democracy.
For some this debate will focus narrowly on improving election equipment
and modernizing election administration. Conservatives may even try to
turn the debate to one that restricts voting opportunities under the
guise of efficiency, racial neutrality, and eliminating fraud. But for
progressives, this is a moment to expand the debate into one about
making democracy as inclusive and vibrant as possible. This means fusing
disparate strands of a pro-democracy movement into a multiracial
coalition that honors and supports the agenda of communities of color