Apr 27, 2020
WEBINAR: How to Hold a National Election during a Pandemic
The Council hosted a discussion about the possible need for new approaches to voting—by mail or electronically—and the potential concerns those ideas raise for our national election in November.
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About the Event
The Constitution and federal law require a national election to occur on November 3 of this year. The United States has held elections before in difficult times—in wartime, several times, and in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Nonetheless, the challenges posed by conducting this year’s election in the face of the continuing threat of COVID-19 are essentially unprecedented.
Some advocate moving quickly to create systems for the nation to vote by mail or electronically this fall. Others argue that such alternative means of voting, particularly if rushed into place, could create huge opportunities for fraud and threaten the integrity of the vote.
- Myrna Pérez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Program
- Commissioner Douglas Kellner, Co-Chair of theNew York State Board of Elections