Events

Want to find a time to connect with peers in your jurisdiction, your state, or across the country? Check out these events to find one right for you. Not all events listed are open to the public, some events are included to provide notice to potential speakers or those who want to connect with organizers.

  • National Voter Registration Day
    Date: September 20, 2022
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    National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.

    Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

    According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

    The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).

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  • Special from the Frontlines: The United States Supreme Court and American Democracy: View of Three Journalists
    Date: September 20, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Webinar

    The Safeguarding Democracy Project 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. Moderated by Richard L. Hasen and featuring Joan Biskupic, Adam Liptak and Dahlia Lithwick. When: September 20, 12pm Pacific. Where: Online.

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  • FOIA and Government Transparency: A Report Card
    Date: September 22, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    In the more than 50 years that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has been on the books, it has helped revolutionize Americans’ understanding of how their government works in practice. But the agencies and departments of the executive branch that are covered by the FOIA have persistently attempted to thwart its effective implementation.

    The most recent statutory update to FOIA took place in 2016, and with several years of experience with the revised law behind us, it’s fair to ask: Is FOIA working better now? If not, why not? What is it like to battle federal agencies and departments weekly to pry loose information dealing with immigration policy, telecommunications policy, and the national security establishment? What additional changes to FOIA are needed to truly make the law work as intended? Join our expert panel as we discuss these and related issues.

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  • Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Cases: What They Could Mean for Redistricting and Voting Rights
    Date: September 22, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    State legislatures and redistricting commissions in every state except Montana have drawn new district maps. However, many states, particularly in the South where the absence of Section 5 coverage of the Voting Rights Act unleashed a torrent of racial gerrymandering efforts, still face legal challenges to the new lines.

    Starting in October, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing three redistricting cases on appeal by state legislatures in Alabama, Louisiana, and North Carolina that could have profound implications for redistricting as well as voting rights. They are Merrill v. Milligan (Alabama); Ardoin v. Robinson (Louisiana); and Moore v. Harper (North Carolina). The Alabama and Louisiana cases present challenges to the Voting Rights Act. The North Carolina case presents a novel argument that under the U.S. Constitution, state courts do not have the ability to review redistricting actions by their state legislatures–even for compliance with state constitutions and laws. This theory would remove any state court check against illegal actions by state legislatures related to elections, making it easier for state politicians to suppress the vote, draw rigged maps, and cast doubt on election results.

    Presenters will explain the implications of these three important cases and discuss how advocates and funders around the country can engage in the fight for fair representation.

    Cosponsored by Fair Representation in Redistricting, State Infrastructure Fund, and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

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  • Democracy on the Brink / Nuestra democracia en la cuerda floja
    Date: September 28, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    Our democracy is under attack from people wrongly claiming that the 2020 election was somehow “stolen.” State lawmakers are acting on those false claims with legislation that restricts the right to vote and also undermines the election process itself. Add to that the growing problem of disinformation, which sometimes targets specific racial or ethnic groups. Join the Brennan Center for Justice and Brennan en español at NYU School of Law for a conversation about what these efforts mean for the 2022 elections and beyond.

    The discussion was held at a recent convention of the national associations of black and Latino journalists. This premiere YouTube stream will include a live text chat Q&A with Brennan Center election expert Sean Morales-Doyle.

    This event was produced in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

    Spanish language interpretation will be available for this event.

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  • SCOTUS Watch: What the Upcoming Supreme Court Term Means for Democracy
    Date: September 28, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    Join us for a conversation with Campaign Legal Center (CLC) democracy advocates and other special guests to sound the alarm on the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and what its troubling decisions mean for democracy. Together, they’ll talk about the upcoming cases that could dramatically alter the course of our democracy and the immediate and long-term impact of these decisions.

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  • Disinformation, Midterms, and the Mind: How psychological science can help journalists combat election misinformation
    Date: September 29, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and dis-information. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible, targeted, and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to prebunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is more essential than ever as November’s elections near.

    Register now to join the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the American Psychological Association, and PEN America for a free program on Thursday, Sept. 29 to learn how to use these strategies for coverage that informs and empowers your community as it prepares to vote and to discuss the ways disinformation has affected the practice of journalism. The program, which will be held on Zoom, will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and be followed by a Q&A session.

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  • The Path to End-to-End (E2E) Protocols for Voting Systems
    Date: October 6, 2022
    to October 7, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Workshop

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in collaboration with NIST, is initiating a process to publicly solicit, evaluate, and approve protocols used in end-to-end (E2E) cryptographically verifiable voting systems for conformance to the recently revised Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Version 2.0. This workshop will be used to discuss the plan and further develop the protocol requirements and evaluation criteria.

    This workshop will cover the following:

    • A keynote presentation on E2E in voting systems
    • Four discussion-based panels covering:
      • Integrity and Voter Confidence
      • Voting System Security
      • Accessibility and Human Factor Considerations
      • Implementation of E2E in Voting Systems/Testings
    • Next Steps
    • Q&A Session
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  • NPC Headliners Book Event: Major Garrett and David Becker, "The Big Truth"
    Date: October 11, 2022
    Location: Washington, DC
    Category: Book Talk

    Less than a month before the midterm elections, CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett and David Becker, one of the nation’s leading elections experts, will discuss their new book, “The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of THE BIG LIE,” at a National Press Club headliners book event.

    Garrett and Becker’s new book examines the potentially dire consequences for the 2022 midterms and beyond. Filled with interviews with key players — election workers, January 6th Committee members Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md), Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and more — they take a close look at what is known as the Big Lie. Garrett, a veteran Washington correspondent, and Becker, the Executive Director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Integrity, make a case that Big Lie “fraud” allegations evaporate under scrutiny. The authors examine what actually happened in 2020, while reporting on what they call each Trumpian misdirection designed to con and beguile Americans into chasing phantom allegations of election crimes.

    The authors argue that the next midterm and presidential elections will test American democracy more severely than at any time since the Civil War, arguing that how Americans react may determine whether the country is led into another war against itself.

    The program will include a question-and-answer session with Garrett and Becker.

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  • Voter Accessibility: Improving your election coverage for people with disabilities
    Date: October 14, 2022
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    Midterm elections are Nov. 8. Are you prepared to be a watchdog for disabled voters in your communities? What is your newsroom doing to ensure your election coverage is useful and accessible for disabled voters? How are you covering voter rights and accessibility leading up to and on Election Day?

    More than 61 million Americans live with disabilities, yet they remain underrepresented in journalism produced by U.S. newsrooms. As a decisive midterm election approaches, recent coverage shows state and local measures intend to: reduce voting by absentee ballot, limit access at polling locations, and limit information explaining how people with disabilities can cast their ballots.

    On Friday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 ET, join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for a virtual discussion among experts in voter access, disability representation, and accessible news coverage on best practices to cover disabled voters and to highlight voting access issues they may face. Registration for this program is open; it will take place on Zoom.

    Panelists include:

    Thomas Hicks, Chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission
    Jessica Huseman, Editorial director for VoteBeat
    Hannah Wise, Central Region Audience Development Editor for McClatchy and creator of Disability Matters, a toolkit to help newsrooms to better serve the disability community

    Wendy Lu, senior staff editor on the Flexible Editing desk at The New York Times, will moderate the discussion. Lu is also a global speaker on disability representation in the media.

    We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation, supported with funding from the Gannett Foundation. Please email Beth Francesco, deputy executive director for the Institute, with questions.

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  • Vote Early Day
    Date: October 28, 2022
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    Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan movement of media companies, businesses, nonprofits, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans have the tools to vote early. This holiday is a tentpole moment for partners of all stripes to engage with voters and urge them to cast their ballots. Created in 2020, Vote Early Day has brought thousands of national and local partners together in celebration and activation to increase the number of people voting early. This collaborative, open-source model—similar to Giving Tuesday and National Voter Registration Day—ensures that millions more Americans take advantage of their options to vote early through on the ground activations, get-out-the-vote pushes, national communications on traditional and social media, and efforts to create a new culture around voting.Vote Early Day plays a unique role in the push to get voters to cast their ballot. We are a trusted, nonpartisan holiday with supporters on both sides of the aisle. We provide a central moment for a wide range of partners (many non- traditional to the civic space) to engage with voters and urge them to vote early. Our collaboration of thousands of diverse partners allows us to engage in places beyond where voters are used to seeing election messages. This allows us to break through the noise and meet voters where they are.

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