Daniel M. Butler and Joshua Revesz (Yale): Are Ambitious Legislators More Productive When They Run for Higher Office? Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago): Our Electoral Exceptionalism. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): End of the Dialogue? Political Polarization, the Supreme Court, and Congress. An interview with James Fishkin on deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system. The introduction to Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy by J. Eric Oliver, with Shang E. Ha and Zachary Callen. Should voting be mandatory? Voting is not optional in 23 countries — here's why the United States should become the 24th. Shame on you, voter! Jason Brennan on a case for not voting. Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson, authors of The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, on making democracy safer for governing. An excerpt from The Democracy Index by Heather Gerken on how lack of election data impacts policies to combat voter fraud. Two political scientists are publishing a study of the presidential election — as it's happening; Scott McLemee looks at the work-in-progress.