Moderator Margaret Hoover, Host of PBS Firing Line, is joined by David Daley, bestselling author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count; David Frum, senior editor, The Atlantic; and Jason Torchinsky, senior adviser and general counsel, National Republican Redistricting Trust, to take a big picture look at the House of Representatives, addressing the fundamental question: is it representing Americans as the framers and the Constitution intended? They will discuss the factors involved in representation in the House – with a focus on the actions and solutions being proposed now across the political spectrum.
The Constitution established the House of Representatives to reflect the political will of each state’s populace, but how has that actually worked? From the country's very first Congressional election in 1788, political opponents have tried to control the shape of districts for their own advantage. And who votes within each district is decisive to the outcome. With the decennial redistricting process getting underway, and state legislatures considering a slew of voting regulations in response to the record voter turnout of the 2020 elections, what are the considerations for American democracy?
The House of Representatives first convened at Federal Hall on March 4, 1789. Through the centuries, legislation has attempted to clarify and mandate equity in representation, responding to such monumental changes as the 14th Amendment as well as major national population shifts. Are we at another decisive moment for reform?
Federal Hall adviser Sam Roberts will introduce the program, which is co-presented with the Cornell Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.
DEBATE DEFENDS DEMOCRACY is presented by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall in partnership with New York University and the National Park Service.