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

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:15pm

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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 2020and how they can be overcome.



David Bateman, Government, Cornell University. His research focuses on democratic institutions, with a particular focus on voting rights and representation. 


Amel Ahmed, Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work focuses on comparative democratization, including the origins of electoral institutions and the unintended consequences of electoral reform.

Jacob M. Grumbach, Political Science, University of Washington. His research focuses broadly on the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on public policy, racial and economic inequality, and American federalism.

Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine. He focuses on election law and campaign finance regulation, legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts.

Democracy 20/20: A webinar series sponsored by the American Democracy Collaborative, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs

The Democracy 20/20 webinar series brings together historical and comparative experts to promote deeper understanding of the challenges these unsettling times pose for American democracy. The series goes beyond the day-to-day rush of events to convene conversations that help us understand the broader context of our times and advance the search for constructive answers to our society’s most urgent questions.

Beginning in June 2020, the series will continue through the 2020 election. The stakes for American democracy have never been higher—so please join us for these critical conversations.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Global Cornell, Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, Global Learning, Government



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Scott Beemer


David Bateman, Amel Ahmed, Jake Grumbach, Rick Hasen

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Cornell University, American Democracy Collaborative

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