About Think the Vote

Voting is more than just turning 18 and walking up to the voting booth. It requires thought and intent in order to make an educated decision. Think the Vote is a website run by the Bill of Rights Institute. Our goal is to connect you with resources to think critically about the things going on around you. This will also equip you with the skills and information to engage in healthy civil discourse with fellow citizens.

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Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute has assembled a talented team to create each of our programs and resources, including a full-time staff with more than 100 years combined experience in the classroom. In addition, we partner with experts, including outstanding secondary school teachers; academics from the fields of American history, political science, and constitutional law; video producers; web site developers and designers; and evaluation and curriculum experts to create engaging materials for students, teachers and parents to use in the classroom and in their daily lives.

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Jeffrey Horne

Jeffrey Horne

Why is Civil Discourse so important to you?

People perceive things differently than one another. Therefore, to live in a functioning society where people’s rights are protected, we must be able to speak to each other in productive ways regarding issues that are difficult to talk about.

What key Issue are you most passionate about?

I am fascinated by Foreign Policy. We live in a day and age where the world is hyper connected. I am interested to see how nations work with one another to navigate these new times.

If you could be in any branch of government, which would it be?

Supreme Court. I find Constitutional law fascinating.

If you could spend a day with one founding father, who would it be and what would you do?

Benjamin Franklin. He was so wise and had experienced so much, that simply chatting on a porch for a day would be the most enlightening event of my life.

Madi Carper

Madi Carper

Why is Civil Discourse so important to you?

The world is full of so many different ideas and opinions, we would be remiss to go through life without discovering and talking about them.

What Key Issue are you most passionate about?

Definitely Free Speech. I believe that free speech is at the root of a rich culture and a thriving country.

If you could be in any branch of government, which would it be?

Legislative. I would enjoy the chance to work toward finding solutions for many of the problems that plague our country.

If you could spend a day with one founding father, who would it be and what would you do?

Thomas Jefferson. His father was the first person to produce an accurate map of the Province of Virginia, so I would want to go orienteering—just to see if he can work a map as well as his father could.

David Bobb

David Bobb

President

David joined the Bill of Rights Institute as president in 2013 and has worked for twenty years at the intersection of civic engagement and education reform. Having taught courses in American politics and public policy in the history and political science departments of Boston College and Hillsdale College, he was also founding director of a national civic education program for high school teachers at Hillsdale College, as well as the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Studies, in Washington, D.C. David has designed online educational programs used by more than half a million participants and is a nationally-recognized proponent of civic education that engages the hearts and minds of students. Author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue (HarperCollins, 2013), David has written for the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, among many other publications. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, where he received fellowships from the Pew, Earhart, and Bradley Foundations.