A Real Right to Vote with Richard L. Hasen & Erwin ChemerinskyDate: February 15, 2024Location: Los Angeles, CACategory: Book Talk
Throughout history, too many Americans have faced needless barriers to voting. Part of the blame falls on the U.S. Constitution, which does not contain an affirmative right to vote. Richard L. Hasen, Director of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project and author of the new book A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy, draws on troubling stories of state attempts to disenfranchise military voters, women, African Americans, students, former felons, Native Americans, and others, arguing that American democracy can and should do better. Joining Hasen is Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and leading scholar of the U.S. Constitution, Erwin Chemerinsky. Co-presented with the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law. Limited books will be available for purchase.Click here to learn more
Rick Hasen — A Real Right to Vote - with Representative Jamie Raskin, Sherrilyn Ifill, and Pam FesslerDate: February 17, 2024Location: Washington, DCCategory: Book Talk
Throughout history, too many Americans have been disenfranchised or faced needless barriers to voting. Part of the blame falls on the Constitution, which does not contain an affirmative right to vote. The Supreme Court has made matters worse by failing to protect voting rights and limiting Congress’s ability to do so. The time has come for voters to take action and push for an amendment to the Constitution that would guarantee this right for all.
Drawing on troubling stories of state attempts to disenfranchise military voters, women, African Americans, students, former felons, Native Americans, and others, Richard Hasen argues that American democracy can and should do better in assuring that all eligible voters can cast a meaningful vote that will be fairly counted. He shows how a constitutional right to vote can deescalate voting wars between political parties that lead to endless rounds of litigation and undermine voter confidence in elections, and can safeguard democracy against dangerous attempts at election subversion like the one we witnessed in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
The path to a constitutional amendment is undoubtedly hard, especially in these polarized times. A Real Right to Vote explains what’s in it for conservatives who have resisted voting reform and reveals how the pursuit of an amendment can yield tangible dividends for democracy long before ratification.
Richard L. Hasen is professor of law and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project. His books include Cheap Speech, Election Meltdown, and The Voting Wars.
Hasen will be in conversation with Rep. Jamie Raskin, Sherrilyn Iffil, and Pam Fessler.
3pm EasternClick here to learn more
Communications Workshop: Sh%t Happens: How Election Officials Can Respond Effectively When Mistakes Are MadeDate: February 20, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
Join The Elections Group and ideas42 on Zoom at noon (EST) on Tuesday, February 20, for a workshop designed to prepare your office to communicate effectively when mistakes are made. No matter how much you plan or how many contingencies your office puts in place during election season, there are inevitably times when sh%t happens. Tune in on Tuesday to hear from an official who’s been there, and for expert tips and the latest proactive and reactive communications resources to assist your office. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, enhance your skills and prepare.Click here to learn more
Election Center Special WorkshopDate: February 21, 2024
to February 25, 2024Location: Nashville, TNCategory: Workshop
The Election Center will hold its February special workshop in Nashville. The workshop will presentations of professional practice papers. Additionally several CERA classes will be held in conjunction with the workshop. When: Feb. 21-25. Where: Nashville, Tennessee.Click here to learn more
Misinformation and Disinformation: Is Democracy in Crisis, and Is It at Risk of Failing?Date: February 22, 2024Location: Online/Washington, DCCategory: Panel Discussion
According to a 2023 poll, only one in 10 Americans have confidence and give high ratings to the way that democracy is conducted in the United States. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed believe our country’s democracy is flawed.
People are concerned about the state of elections, the performance of Congress, inflation, crime, and the southern border. Fear about these issues is exacerbated by rampant misinformation and disinformation.
Join us for an in-person and virtual panel that will provide insights and solutions to these threats to democracy. Panelists will also explain the best way to fight misinformation and disinformation before elections this year.
Online viewers may register here: https://rstreet-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ppuK9uodRzONoaOm5WHCrQ#/registrationClick here to learn more
Attack From Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging AmericaDate: February 28, 2024Location: Washington, DCCategory: Book Talk
American society is more polarized than ever before. We are strategically being pushed apart by disinformation–the deliberate spreading of lies disguised as truth–and it comes at us from all sides: opportunists on the far right, Russian misinformed social media influencers, among others. It’s endangering our democracy and causing havoc in our electoral system, schools, hospitals, workplaces, and in our Capitol. Advances in technology including rapid developments in artificial intelligence threaten to make the problems even worse by amplifying false claims and manufacturing credibility.
In Attack from Within, legal scholar and analyst Barbara McQuade, shows us how to identify the ways disinformation is seeping into all facets of our society and how we can fight against it. The book includes:
The authoritarian playbook a brief history of disinformation from Mussolini and Hitler to Bolsonaro and Trump, chronicles the ways in which authoritarians have used disinformation to seize and retain power.
Disinformation tactics–like demonizing the other, seducing with nostalgia, silencing critics, muzzling the media, condemning the courts; stoking violence–and reasons why they work.
An explanation of why America is particularly vulnerable to disinformation and how it exploits our First Amendment Freedoms, sparks threats and violence, and destabilizes social structures.
Real, accessible solutions for countering disinformation and maintaining the rule of law such as making domestic terrorism a federal crime, increasing media literacy in schools, criminalizing doxxing, and much more.
Disinformation is designed to evoke a strong emotional response to push us toward more extreme views, unable to find common ground with others. The false claims that led to the breathtaking attack on our Capitol in 2020 may have been only a dress rehearsal. Attack from Within shows us how to prevent it from happening again, thus preserving our country’s hard-won democracy.
Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal expert for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband, Dan Hurley, have four children and live in Ann Arbor.
McQuade will be in conversation with Kimberly Atkins Stohr. Kimberly Atkins Stohr is a senior opinion writer and columnist for Boston Globe Opinion.Click here to learn more
A Real Right to Vote: A Conversation with Rick HasenDate: February 29, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Book Talk
For many Americans, the freedom to vote is unfairly conditioned on where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money they have. Several amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been passed over the decades extending this fundamental freedom to voters of color, women and citizens who are 18 years of age. However, the lack of an overarching amendment guaranteeing the right to vote leaves our democracy vulnerable because the freedom to vote is treated differently depending on where voters live and how courts handle disputes over their rights. In his new book, “A Real Right to Vote,” Law Professor Rick Hasen explains why a constitutional amendment is necessary, and why now is the time to begin a campaign in support of such an amendment. As Professor Hasen explains, enshrining voting rights in the Constitution will benefit all Americans, no matter which side of the political aisle they sit on. In discussion with Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter, Professor Hasen will describe his vision for the freedoms an amendment on voting rights would protect, its potential impact on our democracy, and why he believes it’s possible to pass such an amendment, despite a challenging political climate.Click here to learn more
Race and Risk of Election SubversionDate: April 9, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
The Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA promotes research, collaboration, and advocacy under the leadership of UCLA Law Professor Richard L. Hasen; one of the nation’s leading election scholars. The Safeguarding Democracy Project is built upon the premise that tackling issues of the U.S. election integrity must be collaborative: across ideologies, across scholarly disciplines, and as a bridge between theory and practice. Speakers: Matt Barreto, Lecturer in Law UCLA School of Law; Sophia Lin Lakin, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project ACLU; and Spencer Overton, The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship and Professor of Law George Washington LawClick here to learn more
ESRA 2024 ConferenceDate: May 16, 2024
to May 17, 2024Location: Los Angeles, CACategory: Conference
The 8th Annual Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) will be held in person from May 16-17, 2024 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
Call for Proposals
The 2024 conference Call for Proposals is now open through February 16! Learn more about this year’s conference and submit your proposal here.
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