By Carly Sauvageau
As the 2020 election wraps up, the last four years as well as what the next four years holds, is heavy on the American people’s minds. The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts recently held its second event in the webinar series “Second Tuesdays with Political Science.”
“Previewing the 2020 Election: What to Watch For and Why It Matters” held in October was moderated by Assistant Professor Ian Hartshorn and featured a discussion between panelists Jeremy Gelman and Christina Ladam, both assistant professors at the University of Nevada, Reno. This webinar looked at aspects of the 2020 presidential election such as the expected large turnout for early voting and how events such as COVID-19 and the death of Justice Ruth Bater Ginsburg might affect the election. Assistant Professors Gelman and Ladam also discussed possible scenarios after election day, and explained differences in voter participation in mail-in and in-person voting and why getting reliable polling data at the state level is difficult.
During these post-election days, the discussion of election processes and results, the question of what effects the presidental win will have on American politics rings true to the time we are in right now.
The Second Tuesdays series continues on November 10, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m. to discuss the post-election results, what will happen between now and January 20, 2021 and what effect the results of one of the most important elections in United States history has had on American politics. The webinar will again be open to questions from attendees.