Harvard Votes Challenge

  • 2020 Apr 17

    Census Innovations During COVID-19

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    This event concluded on April 17, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    The decennial census is a cornerstone of America’s democracy, and the current pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to obtain an accurate count. Everything from hospital and school facilities planning to economic development programs and emergency preparedness relies on census data. Listen to our first discussion on the 2020 U.S. Census here.

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  • 2020 Apr 01

    VIRTUAL EVENT A Full Census Count Amidst Pandemic

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    YouTube Livestream
    Census Day is Wednesday, April 1st! Counting every person in the census is critical to the proper functioning of a democracy. Join a conversation with census experts for an update on the 2020 census and bring your questions on how we can achieve a full count.
    • Jonathan Tran, California Endowment
    • Teresa Acuña, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Moderator)
    • Ajay Saini, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
    • Beth Lynk, The Leadership Conference...
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  • 2019 Sep 24

    National Voter Registration Day

    9:30am to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

    Join us to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. Faculty, staff, and students will be available to help voters register, update registration, and sign up for election alerts. 

    Coffee, donuts, pizza, and more will be served throughout the morning. 

  • 2018 Nov 02

    Getting out the Vote with Harvard Votes Challenge

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center foyer, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200N

    Join us for a conversation with Gwen Camp MC/MPA 2019 and Mike Miesen MPP 2019 about the Harvard Votes Challenge, GOTV, and understanding why it can be so hard to turn voters out to the polls. Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of Democratic Governance Programs at Ash will moderate.

    Lunch, as always, will be served.  

    The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to...

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  • 2018 Oct 17

    Levar Stoney and Virginia’s Campaign to Restore Felon Voting Rights

    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, for a discussion about the state of voting rights, including the restoration of voting rights for felons. 

    Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union at the Harvard Kennedy School.

  • 2018 Oct 12

    HUBWeek -- Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    The Ideas Dome, HubWeek, Boston City Hall Plaza

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    A persistent and deeply troubling problem of American democracy is low voter participation. The US ranks 28th out 35 OECD countries in voting turnout--55 percent of voting age population in 2016. On the presumption that this is unacceptable, and we want the widest possible participation in American democracy, what would it take to seriously move the needle on this issue, to have 80 percent of Americans voting?  What policies could really work?  What cultural shifts do we need to make? How can new technologies and platforms be best utilized?  How can young people become a new civic generation?... Read more about HUBWeek -- Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture

  • 2018 Oct 03

    Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

    Join us and Harvard's Institute of Politics for an event featuring: 

    • Rev. William J. Barber, II, President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
    • Laverne Berry, Attorney and Voting Rights Advocate, Producer, Capturing the Flag
    • Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Brittany Packnett (Moderator), Fall 2018 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement, Teach For America, Co-Founder, Campaign Zero... Read more about Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It
  • 2018 Oct 03

    Special Screening of Capturing the Flag

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer 140, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

    Join us and Harvard's Institute of Politics for a screening of special screening of Capturing the Flag, an unexpected story about American Democracy. In the film, a tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - 2016 “posterchild” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.

    Watch the trailer here: http://www.capturingtheflag.com/trailer/

    Join us after the screening at 6:00 PM in JFK Jr. Forum for an event, "Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It."

  • 2018 Oct 03

    Decoding the Ballot Box: Do You Have Questions About Voting in the U.S.?

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    L-166, the IOP Conference Room, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Sara Clark, Senior Partnerships Associate, TurboVote; Carmen Hicks, Product/Research, TurboVote; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts, for a discussion about the nuances of casting a ballot in the U.S. This talk is for everyone from first-time voters to seasoned political professionals and will cover the voting process from voter registration to election day results.

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  • 2018 Sep 25

    National Voter Registration Day -- Harvard Votes Challenge Registration Table

    11:00am to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Wexner Building, Near the Social Stairs (Sunshine Lobby), Harvard Kennedy School

    Join us on National Voter Registration Day to help the Harvard Kennedy School meet our Harvard Votes Challenge goal of registering 90% of eligible students. The Harvard Votes Challenge team will be available to help students sign up as well as answer questions about the Challenge. 

    Harvard Votes Challenge pins, stickers and pizza will be provided. 

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