This half-day virtual conference considers a new danger to American democracy that emerged during the 2020 election season: the risk to the fair counting and certification of votes.

The Fair Elections and Free Speech Center at UCI Law brings together leading election officials, scholars of democracy, lawyers, political strategists, and legal scholars to consider both problems and solutions to the risk of election subversion. What risks do those who administer elections and study authoritarianism and democratic backsliding see in the current U.S. political process? What can Congress, states, and courts do to assure that election results reflect the will of the people and that everyone respects fair election results and the rule of law?

Opening remarks by Howard Gillman, Chancellor, UCI

Participants Include:

  • Julia Azari, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Political Science, Marquette University
  • Bob Bauer, Professor of Practice, NYU Law
  • Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law
  • Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Stanford University, Hoover Institution
  • Edward Foley, Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Benjamin Ginsberg, Lecturer, Stanford Law School
  • Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science; Co-Director, Fair Elections and Free Speech Center, UCI Law
  • Gretchen Helmke, Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Steven R. Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Mara Liasson, Correspondent, NPR
  • Isabel Longoria, Election Administrator, Harris County, Texas
  • Sarah Longwell, Co-Founder, Defending Democracy Together
  • Michael Morley, Associate Professor, FSU College of Law
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP LDF
  • Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU Law
  • Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State, Georgia

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