Professor Andrew Ferguson wrote a blog post at NYU's Press Blog about how citizens view voting and jury duty differently. The blog post is in support of Prof. Ferguson's new book, Why Jury Duty Matters.
Prof. Ferguson writes, "Why do we think of voting as something more connected to our democratic identity? Why of the twin political rights of voting and jury service—the two markers of full political citizenship—do we value the right to vote more? The answer is that we misunderstand the value and values of jury service to democracy.
Why Jury Duty Matters sets out to reframe the debate by showing the importance of jury service to our democracy. To understand the value of jury service you need to understand its history, its constitutional connection, and its personal relevance to citizenship.