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The Power Struggle Over Elections

Trump’s Big Lie has convinced a staggering number of Americans that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” — and now some states are trying to create new rules that would allow them to control election results. What does the Constitution say?

Past: Thursday, January 27, 2022 6:00 pm
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  • Franita Tolson
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  • Rosemarie Zagarri
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  • Michael Waldman
  • Ron Brownstein
The Power Struggle Over Elections

The right to vote has erup­ted as a power struggle between states and the federal govern­ment in the wake of the 2020 elec­tion, but who really wields the power? The Consti­tu­tion’s Elec­tions Clause paints a clear picture of the broad author­ity given to Congress to formu­late elec­tion rules. But the far-right is now seek­ing to contort the little-known clause to justify their voter suppres­sion and elec­tion subver­sion plots.

Join us as Bren­nan Center pres­id­ent Michael Wald­man moder­ates a discus­sion with elec­tion scholar Fran­ita Tolson, histor­ian Rose­marie Zagarri, and The Atlantic senior editor Ron Brown­stein to break down the Elec­tions Clause and explore what the future of voting — and the fight over it — will look like as we approach the midterm elec­tions.

Produced in part­ner­ship with New York University’s John Brademas Center


  • Ronald Brown­stein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Senior Polit­ical Analyst, CNN
  • Fran­ita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Univer­sity of South­ern Cali­for­nia Gould School of Law
  • Rose­marie Zagarri, Univer­sity Professor and Professor of History, George Mason Univer­sity; Author, The Polit­ics of Size: Repres­ent­a­tion in the United States, 1776–1812.
  • Moder­ator: Michael Wald­man, Pres­id­ent, Bren­nan Center for Justice

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