Matrix On Point: Election Manipulation - Brownbag Discussions on Topics that Matter

Photo of hand manipulating voting puppet
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Social Science Matrix, 820 Barrows
UC Berkeley
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Foreign interference, gerrymandering, voter suppression, the census, the purging of voter registration logs, fake ballots, the malfunction and hacking of voting machines — each of these issues poses a distinct threat to the fairness and security of our elections. Although the right to vote is not constitutionally conferred, it is one of the central ideals of representative democracy.

Given the reality of low voter turn-out and the peculiarities of the Electoral College, the coordination and galvanization of blocks of like-minded voters can prove decisive in shifting elections. As such, many worry that voting rights are threatened by both foreign and domestic forces who seek to sway elections in their favor. With the 2020 general elections fast approaching and the nominee of the Democratic Party still undecided, this election year is bound to be contentious and fraught with anxieties.

This Matrix On-Point, scheduled around Super Tuesday, will consider a wide range of issues related to the security and fairness of our elections. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies.