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Democracy 20/20: Can the U.S. Hold Free and Fair Elections This Fall?

Democracy 20/20 Webinar (July 21, 2020)

Can the U.S. Hold Free and Fair Elections This Fall?

Free and fair elections are an essential element of representative democracy, enabling societies to resolve conflict peacefully and permitting the people to select their public officials and hold them accountable. But Americans’ confidence in the legitimacy of elections has declined, battered by partisan voter suppression efforts and the erosion of the Voting Rights Act, Russia’s attempts to disrupt U.S. elections, and President Donald Trump’s unfounded charges of electoral fraud. Now the coronavirus pandemic presents additional obstacles. This session of our webinar series will assess the challenges to running a free and fair election in 2020—and how they can be overcome.

Moderator: David Bateman, Government, Cornell University

Panelists: Amel Ahmed, Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jacob M. Grumbach, Political Science, University of Washington; Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine

The Democracy 20/20 series is cosponsored by the American Democracy Collaborative, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University.