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Free and fair elections: Lessons for the US from the rest of the world

Seminar   |  past event  |  Mar 10 2021

Nigeria Elections. (Credit: Pretoria News)

CEGA is organizing a panel as a part of the Center for Security in Politics’ event on Free and Fair Elections, led by former president of the University of California Janet Napolitano. This panel will look at election security from an international comparative aspect focused on election security practices in Latin America, South Asia, and West Africa. What might the United States be able to learn from what’s being done in these regions to protect against election interference and voter fraud?

11:00am – 12:30pm PST – Lessons for the US from the rest of the world

International panel focusing on election security and practices around the world and lessons the U.S. can learn. The format will be a roundtable where each panelist gives a 3-min overview (no slides needed) of their research and its implications for holding effective elections, followed by a moderated discussion. Susan Hyde has agreed to chair and moderate the panel, and it will feature: Thomas Fujiwara, Aila Matanock, Gianmarco Leon, Kate Casey.

1:00 – 2:30pm PST – Lessons from Battleground States

Keynote panel with high-level officials from key battleground states in the 2020 election who will discuss their experience, their insights, and their recommendations for improvements needed in election security — led by Janet, and featuring Jocelyn Benson (Michigan Secretary of State), Katie Hobbs (Arizona Secretary of State), Josh Shapiro (Pennsylvania Attorney General) and Chris Krebs (Director CISA at the DHS)

3:00 – 4:30pm PST – Securing the Vote and Preparing for What’s Next

Domestic panel of experts focusing on lessons learned in the 2020 U.S. election, what to focus on next in election security, how to fix the issues the US encountered, etc. The panel will be led by Phil Stark and Henry Brady, both at Berkeley, and will also respond to points made in the first two panels.

This event will be hosted as a Berkeley Conversation, live-streamed on Youtube and Facebook. To register your interest in attending and submit questions in advance, use this form (linked at the top right as well).

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