The Vote and Democracy

The Vote and Democracy

7/23/22 - 7/30/22

In the first months of 2021, hundreds of bills have been introduced in state legislatures aimed at restricting, expanding and protecting voting access for millions of Americans. Following the 2020 election, what is the state of the American franchise? Is our system truly one person, one vote, and how can we ensure that every eligible voter has access to the polls, and that the vote is trustworthy and secure — particularly from the threat of foreign intervention? We’ll also examine what distinguishes America’s elections, especially the state-by-state approach to navigating and employing systems of voting, and carrying out mandatory redistricting following the 2020 census.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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The Vote and Democracy
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  • Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson - Monday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Monday, July 25, 2022.

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    Premiering at 2 p.m. ET Monday, July 25, 2022.

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    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

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  • Diana Aviv

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

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    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

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    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Friday, July 29, 2022.

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    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, July 29, 2022.

    Katherine M. Gehl is the founder and chairman of The Institute for Political Innovation, a cross-partisan, not-for-profit organization that contributes theory, scholarship, and strategy to catalyze model, modern political change in America. Gehl...

  • Wajahat Ali

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Friday, July 29, 2022.

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