Photos and Video from the Event

  • Photos can be found on Flickr.
  • Video can be found on YouTube.

About the Event

Regardless of political affiliation, reading the headlines on any given day can leave one feeling disillusioned with American democracy. And while extreme partisanship seems ever more prevalent in the world today than in years’ past, one thing remains true—“In a democracy, agreement is not essential; participation is.”

With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching on November 6, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia set out to discover just how important participating in our democracy and voting in all elections, not just those for President, truly is. A week before the 2018 Midterms, our panel of experts discussed political behavior, elections analysis, the campaigning process, political polarization, and voters’ rights issues.

During this event, the Council, in partnership with Bodine High School for International Affairs, recognized students who had the privilege of voting in their first election on November 6, 2018.

About the Panelists

  • Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director for the Wason Center in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jim Schultz, Chair, Government and Regulatory Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor, Finance Director for the Pennsylvania Leadership of the GOP, and former advisor to President Trump

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