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Democracy and COVID-19: What Happens Next? (online)
Date Tuesday April 14
Time 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Type Panel Discussion
Organizer/AuthorThe Commonwealth Club
Location Details
Online via livestream

When: Tuesday, April 14 @ 3:00 PM PT

Where: Onlive via livestream (FREE, register below)

Within weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted almost every fabric of American life. Workplaces have moved to remote or closed, cities have shut down, and the country has largely grounded to a halt.

In a pivotal election year, more than a dozen states have postponed their primaries, campaigning has moved to the digital world, and individual civil liberties have been curtailed to prevent community spread.

What effects will this have on America and the world’s democratic systems?


Join our two experts as they break down our changing world.

James Fallows
National Correspondent, The Atlantic; Co-author, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America; Twitter @JamesFallows
James Fallows has written for The Atlantic for more than 40 years, and his award-winning reporting has taken him through Asia, Europe and across the United States.

Kori Schake
Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute;
Twitter @KoriSchake
Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and her distinguished career in government includes working at the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Council
at the White House.

PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION: The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have canceled our in-person programming. However, we are proceeding with a large and diverse slate of live online events, and we are making them FREE for all. Donations are welcome and may be made during the registration process.

Added to the calendar on Thursday Apr 2nd, 2020 9:05 PM
by The Commonwealth Club
Tuesday Apr 14th, 2020 2:57 PM
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Wednesday Apr 8th, 2020 4:29 PM
COMMON DREAMS: " 'A Day That Will Live in Infamy': This Is What It Looked Like When Wisconsin Forced In-Person Voting During a Pandemic"

"...public health officials and civil rights advocates condemned the state's Supreme Court and Republican legislative leaders for allowing in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic and thwarting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' last-minute efforts to address voter safety concerns."

"Those who had applied for absentee ballots but not yet received them, and those who had not applied for an absentee ballot by last Friday's deadline, were forced to decide whether to risk exposure to the coronavirus in order to exercise their right to vote."

"People are being forced to risk their lives to. . .fulfill their right as an American to vote." --Dr. Jeannette Kowalik, Milwaukee Health Commissioner
VOX: "Democrats should make voting reform a nonnegotiable baseline
for the next stimulus bill"

By Vox writer, David Roberts

"The best way for Democrats to ensure that November’s elections are viewed as free and fair amid a coronavirus pandemic is to make them so. The best way to make them so, in the time remaining, is to implement universal access to postage-paid mail-in ballots with extended deadlines, serviced by a funded and functional Postal Service."
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