Reception: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The 2022 midterm elections have been called “one of the most important elections in our lifetime” by President Biden. On November 8, a polarized electorate cast votes on the control of US Congress as well as important state and local political questions. These votes were cast in a moment when unsubstantiated claims of election fraud have undermined bipartisan trust and faith in the democratic process.
Join UCI political science professors Heidi Hardt, Marty Wattenberg, and Louis DeSipio in a discussion of the 2022 midterm elections. The panelists will unpack trends in voter demographics and turnout, discuss the key issues motivating voters, provide context about how the 2022 election compares to previous elections, and discuss the implications of the midterm elections for both domestic and foreign policy moving forward. The panelists will deliberate what the 2022 election indicates for the state of American democracy, and offer preliminary insights and lessons for the 2024 presidential contest.