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