Navigating the Rapids: Swing State Secretaries and the 2020 Elections


Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

As we approach the final weeks of the election campaign, Secretaries of State - particularly in swing states - face tremendous pressures as they fulfill their responsibilities to provide a smooth, inclusive, and safe election that delivers a trusted result. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is privileged to bring together a bipartisan group of secretaries from the key swing states of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. They will discuss the challenges they are facing, the pressures they are under, and what they are doing to make the November elections work for the citizens of their states.

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Speakers include:

  • Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, Michigan
  • Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania
  • Frank LaRose, Secretary of State, Ohio
  • Miles Rapoport (Moderator), Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Virtual Event Details  

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent out afterward to all who register.

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 

Questions? Email the Ash Center events team at