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Did Democracy Pass the Stress Test? What’s Next for Structural Reform?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm PST
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The 2020 election pushed representative democracy to the breaking point. With our expert panelists, we will break down the results and outline potential breakthroughs to renew free and fair elections both in California and nationally.
  • How well did our democratic structures do to withstand voter suppression, voter intimidation, and cybersecurity threats?
  • Were citizens able to vote safely and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Did the media respond responsibly to engage the public to ensure all votes were counted?
  • What impact did forward-thinking voting rights policies have, especially in California, in closing voter participation disparities by race and age?
  • What impact did philanthropy play in preserving a free and fair election?
  • What steps can be taken to renew democracy ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs and how can philanthropy support these efforts?


Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Nathaniel Persily is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in other departments. He directs several election-related projects including HealthyElections.Org, the Stanford-MIT project which supported local election officials to provide safe voting options for the 2020 election.
Jonathan Mehta Stein, Executive Director, California Common Cause
Jonathan Mehta Stein is the executive director of California Common Cause, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works on voting rights, redistricting, and money in politics reform to build a better California democracy.




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