Will This Election Pick the Next President: Election Break Down and What to Do About It


Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

The upcoming US election is unlike any in recent memory. Many are afraid that this most basic process of Americans voting to select their next President may break down. In this discussion, we’ll explore what election break down could look like: a President refusing to concede, a state legislature disregarding the popular vote, a tie breaker by a Supreme Court some view as illegitimate, Congress deciding the election according to “contingent election” provisions, or something else altogether? We’ll also explore how a wide range of democracy organizations and civic networks are preparing to respond to an election break down. Join two important leaders of those efforts and a prominent scholar of civil resistance for this discussion.

  • Erica Chenoweth, the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Joseph Goldman, President of the Democracy Fund
  • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Archon Fung (Moderator), Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self Government at Harvard Kennedy School

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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. 

The Ash Center encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its events. Should you wish to enquire about an accommodation, please contact our events team at info@ash.harvard.edu prior to the event. 

Additional questions? Email the Ash Center events team at info@ash.harvard.edu.

Justice, Democracy, and the 2020 Election

During the fall of 2020, this series hosted by the democracy program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation will tackle major developments around the election as they unfold, focusing on the democratic process itself, rather than the horse race, and featuring conversations with leading practitioners in the field.