Election 2020 | Research + Perspectives for the Pandemic
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Research-based insights, for policy and public understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, from the MIT-SHASS academic community
ELECTION 2020 | VOTING BY MAIL
In Lawfare, ten recommendations from MIT election expert Charles Stewart III and Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law. "The Covid-19 pandemic...requires an extraordinary commitment at all levels of government, and from the media, political parties, campaigns and voters. The country can meet this challenge if Americans begin to prepare immediately."
MIT-SHASS News "Will the November 2020 election be delayed? The answer is, 'no.' There is no statutory or constitutional authority to do that. Even if the asteroids are raining on our heads and the zombies are roaming the streets on November 3, we will be voting."
This project addresses the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 elections, bringing academics and election administration experts together to assess and promote best practices to ensure the election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access.
In Scientific American, J-PAL affiliate Donald P. Green shares research on a powerful way to get out the vote without having to canvas in person.
SHASS Communications interview "As they do in wartime "people are willing to give the government broader latitude, even to curtail civil liberties, to address this pandemic crisis. But this effect is also short-lived. People are willing to give up some civil liberties for months, but not years."
For this project, the MIT Election Lab collects an enhanced set of data and descriptive materials about the administration of elections in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
ELECTIVE AFFINITIES | ELECTION 2020
Recommended by the MIT Election Lab: In the National Review, Joshua Kleinfeld writes that, "The United States is the beacon of democracy around the world. Let’s show the world that no pandemic can stop our elections."
Videos feature election administrators, practitioners, and academic researhers describing preparations for elections that are both safe and secure during the pandemic.
ELECTION 2020 | VOTE BY MAIL
Writing in The Washington Post, MIT election expert Charles Stewart III writes why it’s not clear whether “at-home voting” can be ramped up nationwide by November.
In National Memo, MIT Professor of Political Science Charles Stewart III, analyzes the scramble for voting materials, machinery, and manpower — all the behind-the-scenes actions following the seemingly simple decisions by 10 states and territories to postpone primaries until June.
ELECTION 2020 | VOTING BY MAIL
In The New York Times, MIT Professor and electoral expert Charles Stewart III discusses how the U.S. states are searching, rapidly, for ways to protect democracy’s most sacred institution.
CIVIC PERSPECTIVES | DEMOCRACY
In Foreign Affairs, MIT economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu comments on the slow, inadequate U.S. federal response to the coronavirus threat, noting that independent expertise always dies first when democracy recedes.
In Marketwatch, Charles Stewart III, the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and head of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, writes about logistical challenges facing election officials.