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"Free To Vote": Lessons From Election 2020

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It’s been two weeks since Election Day, when a record breaking number of people voted in the midst of a pandemic. On today’s Future City we assess the national and local races and ask what lessons they can teach us about elections and ballot access moving forward.

We discuss how election officials pivoted to create safer voting opportunities, the fight to make voting more accessible for currently and formerly incarcerated people, and the impact of both polling and grassroots organizing on electoral politics. 


Lester Spence,Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Dana Vickers Shelley,Executive Director of ACLU of Maryland

Jessica Huseman,lead reporter for ProPublica’s Electionland project

Mileah Kromer,Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center and Associate Professor of Political Science at Goucher College

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year of college. He is also the author of two instant New York Times bestselling books, The Other Wes Moore and The Work.