The struggle to ensure every eligible American can vote: a view from the front lines

kutsutilaisuus · Webinar · 05.10.2020 16:00 - 17:00


Many legal scholars and political commentators see a potential ”perfect storm” brewing in the US general elections, which culminate on November 3. Among the factors fueling such widespread concern: the exceptional polarization of US politics under the Trump presidency; public health and the economic fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and the recent wave of largely peaceful protests for racial justice and police reform. Lurking on the horizon is the near-certainty that both political parties, as well as non-government organizations, will challenge election procedures and ballot counts in the courts. Moreover, President Trump’s statements that only a ”rigged election” could result in his defeat add further concern about post-election developments. What are the major legal battles now underway or likely to emerge to ensure that all qualified Americans are able to vote, that their votes will be counted, and that they will enjoy fair representation in Congress? And what are the implications of the conduct of the 2020 elections and ongoing national census for the future functioning of American democracy writ large?

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This webinar is part of the Transatlantic Currents webinar series, a monthly webinar series hosted by FIIA featuring American experts of political science and international relations. The series will cover a wide array of timely topics from foreign policy to domestic issues. The webinars will be hosted by Ambassador Deborah McCarthy or Senior Research Fellow Leo Michel from the Institute for National Strategic Studies.

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Opening remarks

Maria Annala

Visiting Research fellow, FIIA

Yurij Rudensky

Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice


Leo Michel

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