A 'Statement of Concern': JMU Prof Among Dozens Warning Of Voting Restrictions

Jun 2, 2021

The 'Statement of Concern,' posted on the New America website and signed by Tim LaPira and about 100 other scholars, ends with this warning: 'Our democracy is fundamentally at stake. History will judge what we do at this moment.'
Credit Tim LaPira

Francis Fukuyama and UVa’s Larry Sabato are among roughly 100 scholars who signed a 'Statement of Concern' published online this week.  It’s a response to Republican-led efforts around the country to restrict voting rights.  And they support a bill in Congress called the ‘For the People Act’ that would protect voting rights nationwide.  The statement also calls for the end of the filibuster in the Senate.  Dr. Tim LaPira, a political science professor at JMU, also signed that statement.  WMRA's Bob Leweke asked him to describe the threat as they see it.

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Timothy M. LaPira, PhD, is professor of political science at James Madison University in Virginia. His expertise is on Congress, lobbying, and evidence-based political reform. His books include Revolving Door Lobbying (University Press of Kansas, 2017) and Congress Overwhelmed (University of Chicago Press, 2020).