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‘National Conversation’ on politics comes to Ohio State

The Ohio State University will be an epicenter for election law and political reform discussions this fall, leading up to and including the Bipartisan Policy Center  Commission on Political Reform’s National Conversation on American Unity.

The third in a series presented by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Conversation on American Unity will convene former elected officials, community, business, and public service leaders for a town hall meeting. Their discussion will examine current barriers to participation in elective politics and analyze how polarization is discouraging citizens of all ages from engaging in our democratic process.

The series of events, sponsored by the Democracy Studies Program at Moritz, include:

  • Do Partisan Primaries Serve the Public Interest? A COMPAS Conversation, co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26.
  • Fixing American Democracy: The Quandaries of Political Reform The Ohio State University offers interdisciplinary perspectives on a new book by Bruce Cain, Fixing American Democracy: The Quandaries of Political Reform, from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. The event is co-sponsored by Ohio State’s Center for the Study of Democracy and the Mershon Center for International Studies.
  • The Commission on Political Reform’s National Conversation on American Unity The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) will hold its third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with The Ohio State University and USA TODAY in Columbus. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Ohio Union.

    CPR commissioners Secretary Dan Glickman, former Representative Charles Gonzalez and Karen Hughes will be joined by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and others for a conversation on election reform moderated by USA TODAY‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

    The event will convene current and former elected officials and election experts for a town hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections. With Ohio as the “center of it all” for electoral politics, there’s no better place to debate the pressing challenges to our electoral process.

    Joining the Town Hall will be Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which focuses on promoting the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots.

    To attend the event live in Columbus, register here, and join the conversation by submitting questions on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #EngageUSA

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