Webinar: US Elections and the Politicization of Voting?

This webinar examines the reasons for which voting methods have become a political debate in the US, outlining the arguments on both sides and exploring the greatest causes for concern. 

Members event, Webinar
13 July 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

The decision to extend or limit mail-in and absentee ballots rests with the local and state governments in America’s federalist system. Although the decision-making process is becoming increasingly partisan. Given the COVID-19 context in which the 2020 primaries and – possibly the presidential election – are taking place, efforts to enhance and improve mail-in voting systems in the US have been explored, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. However, some critics have argued that absentee balloting measures have lead to high levels of voting fraud and should not be extended. Does the data support this assertion?

  • With what considerations are states moving towards or away from enhancing their absentee balloting efforts?

  • Given the clear need to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future, why is there such staunch opposition to mail-in voting and what are the implications of this for the presidential election?

  • Which communities are likely to be most impacted by not being able to vote by mail?

  • What can this debate tell us about enfranchisement in America?

  • And is there a path forward to securing the election while ensuring that every American can vote safely?

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