Sidebar        Democracy Studies Program to host multiple events on voting and election law

The Ohio State University Democracy Studies Program will host several discussions throughout the month of September on voting rights and the 2016 presidential election. See the list of events and times below. 
The 2016 Presidential Election: Data, Polarization, or Personality? 
George Washington University political scientist and founder of “The Monkey Cage” John Sides, along with Ken Goldsteinprofessor of politics at the University of San Francisco, and Luke Thompson, former director of analytics at Right To Rise Super Pac, will discuss the 2016 presidential election. This presidential election cycle has already upended popular accounts on candidate selection, media affects, and the electoral importance of money and campaign infrastructure. Will this historic cycle contradict yet more conventional wisdom in its final ten weeks? Join two of the nation’s most widely cited and respected political scientists, and a senior campaign official with extensive experience in this cycle, on Friday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, as they explain the trends that really mattered, the likely electoral outcome in November, and where American politics goes from here. Tom Wood, an Ohio State professor of political science, will moderate. This event is sponsored by The Ohio State University Democracy Studies program. Registration requested.

The Post-Shelby Voting Rights Act
The 2016 presidential election will be the first in 50 years without the full force of protection of the Voting Rights Act. Despite some recent wins striking down voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, many voters still don’t have a clear path to the ballot box. Gerry Hebert from the Campaign Legal Center will be the featured speaker for this discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 12:10 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law. This event is co-sponsored by the Moritz American Constitution Society and The Ohio State University Democracy Studies Program.

Voting Rights Panel
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, an interdisciplinary panel of Ohio State scholars will consider the affects of voter registration, voter identification, and early voting laws on African Americans, as well as attention to the intersections of race, gender, and class as it relates to the presidential candidates and proposed policies. Panelists include: Daniel Tokaji, professor of law and senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz; Wendy Smooth, professor and chair of undergraduate studies in the Department of Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Ted Allen, associate professor in Integrated Systems Engineering. Simone Drake, professor and vice chair of African American and African Studies will moderate. Sponsored by the Department of African American & African Studies and The Ohio State University Democracy Studies program.

What About the Electoral College?
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:10 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law will explore this issue: “In this particularly crazy election cycle, no one is talking about the Electoral College. Is the Electoral College still relevant or is it a thing of the past?” This event is co-hosted by the Ohio State chapter of the Federalist Society and The Ohio State University Democracy Studies Program.