Davin Phoenix, Political Science, UCI | Michael Tesler, Political Science, UCI | Danielle Thomsen, Political Science, UCI | Marty Wattenberg, Political Science, UCI  

moderated by Graeme Boushey, Political Science and Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy, UCI

The 2020 Election saw almost 160 million Americans casting their vote, producing the highest turnout rate among citizens since the beginning of the 20th Century. The election itself was remarkable for the record participation of partisans supporting both presidential candidates, revealing an engaged but divided nation.

Join the Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy and the Department of Political Science for a panel discussion with faculty experts who will break down what they’ve learned from the election results, what questions remain to be answered, and what it means for the future of the country and our democracy.

The panelists will discuss important factors shaping the election, including:

  • What to make of the electoral process and the efforts to count the vote.
  • How Covid-19 shaped the election.
  • How accurately polling predicted the outcomes of the races, why pollsters struggled, and what we can learn about turnout and vote choice among key constituent groups.
  • How the 2020 election impacted the composition and diversity of Congress.
  • What challenges will face the next presidential administration.
  • What the outcome tells us about the state of American democracy.

The panelists will also discuss the outcome of key congressional and gubernatorial races impacting the national political landscape. This is a non-partisan event.

Please note this webinar will be recorded for educational purposes. Pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to confirmed registrants prior to the event. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, or for further information, please email Ekua Arhin, earhin@uci.edu.


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