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National conversation on politics comes to Ohio State

October 4, 2013 | Events

The Ohio State University is an epicenter for election law and political reform discussions this fall, and alumni around the country are encouraged to take part Oct. 15 in the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform’s National Conversation on American Unity.

The third in a series nationwide, the National Conversation on American Unity will convene former elected officials, community, business, and public service leaders 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 the electoral process.

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.

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.

The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Ohio Union. To attend the event live in Columbus, register here, and join the conversation by submitting questions on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #EngageUSA

The Democracy Studies Program at Moritz played an active role in bringing the National Conversation on American Unity to Ohio State and has helped sponsor events in the lead-up to the Oct. 15 event. One featured a conversation on partisan primaries, and another featured an interdisciplinary discussion about a new book by Bruce Cain, Fixing American Democracy: The Quandaries of Political Reform.

For more information about the Democracy Studies Program at Moritz, visit its website.