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Turnout 2020: Reaching America’s Hard-to-Reach Voters in a Pandemic

In 2016, 43 percent of eligible voters — nearly 100 million people — didn’t cast a ballot in the presidential election. But why? Is it a lack of faith in our election system? And what would happen if they turned out to vote?

Past: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Myrna Pérez
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  • Evette Alexander
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  • Trey Grayson
  • Abby Kiesa


In 2016, 43 percent of eligible voters — nearly 100 million people — didn’t cast a ballot in the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. But why? Was it due to a lack of faith in our elec­tion system? Or a defi­cit of inform­a­tion and interest? Who are these eligible citizens?

A ground­break­ing new report by the Knight Found­a­tion, 100 Million Project:  the Untold Story of Amer­ican Non-Voters, seeks to answer these import­ant ques­tions. Its find­ings have signi­fic­ant implic­a­tions for the 2020 elec­tion and the future of our demo­cracy

Please join us for a virtual panel discus­sion on Amer­ica’s wide­spread prob­lem of disen­gage­ment from the polit­ical process. How do we bring these voices into our demo­cracy? What struc­tural changes might facil­it­ate greater parti­cip­a­tion? And in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps must we take to promote voter turnout, partic­u­larly for hard-to-reach groups?

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with the Knight Found­a­tion, New York University’s John Brademas Center, and the Bren­nan Center for Justice.

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  • Trey Grayson, former Secret­ary of State of Kentucky
  • Evette Alex­an­der, Director of Learn­ing and Impact, Knight Found­a­tion
  • Abby Kiesa, Director of Impact, Center for Inform­a­tion and Research on Civic Learn­ing and Engage­ment, Tisch College at Tufts Univer­sity
  • Myrna Pérez, Director, Voting Rights & Elec­tions, Demo­cracy Program, Bren­nan Center for Justice

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