The upcoming US election is unlike any in recent memory. Many are afraid that this most basic process of Americans voting to select their next President may break down. In this discussion, we’ll explore what election break down could look like: a President refusing to concede, a state legislature disregarding the popular vote, a tie breaker by a Supreme Court some view as illegitimate, Congress deciding the election according to “contingent election” provisions, or something else altogether? We’ll also explore how a wide range of democracy organizations and civic networks are preparing to respond to an election break down. Join two important leaders of those efforts and a prominent scholar of civil resistance for this discussion.
- Erica Chenoweth, the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School
- Joseph Goldman, President of the Democracy Fund
- Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Archon Fung (Moderator), Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self Government at Harvard Kennedy School
Virtual Event Recording
Justice, Democracy, and the 2020 Election
During the fall of 2020, this series hosted by the democracy program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation will tackle major developments around the election as they unfold, focusing on the democratic process itself, rather than the horse race, and featuring conversations with leading practitioners in the field.