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Election Bites: From Recommendations to Reform
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Amb. Urszula Gacek, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Election observers issue recommendations for how to improve future elections. But do these really bring about change—especially in the U.S.?
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Election Bites: Redistricting 2021
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Kevin Johnson, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
With the 2020 census complete, it will soon be time for states to redraw congressional and state legislative districts. How does this process work—and how should it work?
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Election Bites: Election Reform
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Lia Merivaki, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
Now that the 2020 cycle is over, everyone is talking about improving future elections. But improvement is in the eye of the beholder. Can we find a happy medium between making it easier to vote and holding secure elections? Can't integrity and access go hand in hand?
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Election Bites: Election Reflection
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Larry Garber, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
The 2020 races are finally in the rearview mirror. Time to take a few minutes to look at what went well, what pandemic innovations we might want to keep, and what needs improvement.
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The Future of Democracy Now
The Atlanta Press Club
Panelists: Alan Abramowitz, PhD, the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University; Paige Alexander, CEO, The Carter Center; David Carroll, PhD, Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center; Andra Gillespie, PhD, Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference, Emory University.
Join us for a discussion about the lessons of 2020 and a forecast for what's next.
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Election Bites: Digital Divide
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Michael Baldassaro, Carter Center Consultant

A member of a Carter Center team that has been monitoring U.S. social media for disinformation, hate speech, and violent rhetoric will share key findings.
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Election Bites: Validating the Election
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Larry Gerber, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

On Jan. 6, Congress meets to read out the slate of electors from each state and tally the Electoral College votes. This process is a formality, but it promises to offer a little more drama than usual this year. Just before the process kicks off, learn a little about what can and can’t happen.
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Election Bites: Once More to the Polls
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Kevin Johnson, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
Georgians return to the voting booth Jan. 5 to settle two of the most hotly contested Senate races in history. Did you know Georgia is one of the only states that holds runoffs? Why? And how does it work in other places? What’s likely to happen if these races end up as close as Georgia’s presidential race?
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Election Bites: A Toxic Brew
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Nathan Stock, Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program Consultant
Polarization. Dehumanization. Disinformation. Though November’s election was largely  violence free, all the factors that made many worry about the possibility of violence still exist. With all eyes on Georgia’s Senate runoff, our conflict resolution expert discusses these factors and what we can do about them.
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Election Bites: Electoral College Reform
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist
: Kevin Johnson, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
On Dec. 14, electors will meet in their states to vote for president and vice president, a key step in one of the most unusual election systems in the world. Join us for a discussion of our peculiar institution and the proposals to make it better reflect the will of the people. 
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Election Bites: Can Dead Cats Vote?
Carter Center Democracy Program
Panelist: Lia Merivaki, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

On the last day to register to vote for Georgia’s Senate runoffs, our expert takes a look at how voter registration works, including the way that voter rolls are cleaned, the safeguards in place to help ensure that the voters on the books are indeed living humans who legally reside in Georgia, and more.
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Election Bites: The Final Countdown
Carter Center Democracy Program
Larry Garber, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team
Election season is winding down, but there are still important steps ahead. Next week brings the safe harbor deadline, and the week after, states' electors cast their votes. But what is a safe harbor deadline? Who chooses state electors? And how does the Electoral College even work?
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Election Bites: Secret Ballots
Carter Center Democracy Program
Avery Davis-Roberts, Carter Center Democracy Program
The right to cast ballots in secret is a basic election principle. But did you know this wasn’t always so in America? Learn more about the history of ballot secrecy and its relationship to voter intimidation and vote buying – and how ballot secrecy is protected in today’s world of voting machines and mail-in ballots.
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Positive and Peaceful Elections
The Carter Center & The King Center
Positive and Peaceful Elections
Nov. 3 is almost here. With tensions rising and misinformation flying, learn what some of Georgia’s most influential voices think you can do to help ensure that the 2020 election is calm and credible. Panelists: Brad Raffensperger, Ga. Secretary of State; Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center; Paige Alexander, CEO of The Carter Center; Georgia General Assembly Rep. Karen Bennett, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, 2019-20; George T. French Jr. , president of Clark Atlanta University; moderated by Monica Kaufman Pearson, WSB-TV Retired Main Anchor and Reporter.
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The 2020 Election: Are you Prepared?
Conversations at The Carter Center 
The 2020 U.S. election is likely to be more complicated than those in the past. Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin Johnson, senior member of The Carter Center’s U.S. Election Expert Team, and Jennifer Morrell, partner at Elections Group, discuss what to expect this election season and how officials keep elections safe. Suzanne Malveaux, CNN National correspondent, moderates. 
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Risks to Human Rights and Credible Elections During an Online "Infodemic"
International human rights and misinformation experts discuss the impact of misinformation on human rights and elections. Speakers: Dominique Day, U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Kate Jones, Oxford University Law; Irene Khan, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion; Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center. Moderator: The Carter Center's Avery Davis-Roberts. Opening remarks: Danica Damplo of Universal Rights Group. 
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Election Bites: Get Informed
Carter Center Democracy Program
Lia Merivaki, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

What’s the difference between a legal and illegal ballot? Why did vote counting take so long in some states but seem to go so quickly in others? What happens when fraud is alleged? With rumors flying, where can voters turn for accurate information? Get answers to these and other questions and find out how to be a more educated voter.
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Election Bites: Recounts & Audits
Carter Center Democracy Program
Kevin Johnson, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

As the initial vote counting wraps up, talk turns to recounts and audits. Nearly half of all states do automatic recounts if the margin of victory is below .25 or .5 percent; in others, losers must request and pay for recounts. But what exactly are officials counting? And what’s the difference between a recount and a postelection audit?
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Election Bites: How Community Leaders Can Support Peaceful Elections
Carter Center Democracy Program
Nathan Stock, Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program Consultant

The possibility of election-related violence is making headlines nationwide, and the Center is partnering with grassroots organizations to offer conflict prevention training and disseminate messages supporting a peaceful electoral transition. Learn what community and faith leaders can do to mitigate possible violence.
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Election Bites: Preventing Fraud & Safeguarding Ballots
Carter Center Democracy Program
Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund

Patrick spent 11 years as an election official in Maricopa County, Arizona, and now provides election officials across the country with the knowledge and tools they need to best serve voters. She’ll offer an inside look at some of the safeguards in place to make sure that absentee ballots don’t get lost, that citizens vote once and only once, and that counting procedures are accurate.
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Election Bites: What to Expect Election Night – and Beyond
Carter Center Democracy Program
Larry Garber, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

What is likely to happen after the polls close? Find out what many people are saying about how long we’ll have to wait for results, the likely spread of disinformation, and the possibility of election-related court cases in the days and weeks after Nov. 3.
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Election Bites: An International Observer Looks at U.S. Elections
Carter Center Democracy Program
David Carroll, Director, Carter Center Democracy Program

Carroll has been involved in about 80 of the Center’s 111 election missions. Hear what he has to say about international election standards and how the U.S. does and doesn’t measure up to those, and what the 2020 U.S. election has in common with some of the 39 other countries in which we’ve worked.
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Election Bites: Election Observers & Voter Intimidation
Carter Center Democracy Program
Lia Merivaki, Carter Center U.S. Election Expert Study Team

Learn more about the various kinds of observers you may see at the polls on the Election Day – their goals, what they can observe, and what rules are in place to help ensure that they can promote transparency in our election processes without subjecting voters or election workers to intimidation. 
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Election SOS Journalist Training: International Standards for Elections
Learn about international standards for elections and how they relate to key aspects of the electoral process here at home this year, as well as lessons that can be drawn from election experiences overseas.
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Election SOS Journalist Training: Vicarious Trauma and Protecting Yourself as the Reporter
Learn about vicarious trauma, its impact on them, how to recognize the signs, and how to cope as we head into a fraught election and aftermath. 
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Election SOS Journalist Training: Transparency: A Key to Public Confidence in Elections?
Learn about how transparency and opportunities for access to the electoral process for both the media and the general public can help promote confidence in elections and their results.
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Securing Our Right to Vote
Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander, GA ACLU Executive Director Andrea Young, and Fair Fight Consultant Cathy Woolard discuss how to ensure equal access to the polls for the upcoming election in this event hosted by ADL Southeast. 
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Tips for Transparency: How Local Election Officials Can Strengthen Voter Trust in Elections
Learn more about the steps election officials can still take before Nov. 3 to ensure transparency in the mail-in voting process. Featuring election officials from Orange County, California; Weber County, Utah; and Boulder County, Colorado. Produced jointly with National Vote at Home Institute. 
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