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The 2020 Election and the Fate of U.S. Constitutional Democracy

  • When: October 29, 2020, 4–5 pm
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The 2020 election is taking place at a time of deep anxiety about the future of the American experiment. Rampant polarization, misinformation, and violence have marked the run-up to the election, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has put great pressure on polling systems. And yet the real risks to constitutional democracy in the United States are not of sudden collapse, but instead slow processes of democratic erosion that have been in operation for some time and will continue after the election regardless of the outcome.

Join the American Bar Foundation on Thursday, October 29, for a discussion about the 2020 election and what the future holds for the United States. Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq, co-authors of How to Save a Constitutional Democracy, will provide an analysis of the election landscape and proposals for managing the risk of democratic decline going forward. Susan Stokes, the Director of the Chicago Center for Democracy at the University of Chicago, will discuss the implications of the election for the health of democracy in the United States.

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