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Scholars' Hub @ Home | Claim the vote, claim the country: On the question of 2020 US elections and the commons

4 November 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Adam Churchard, PHD Candidate, Politics, LA&PS; Dr. Anna Agathangelou, Professor, Department of Politics, Faculty of LA&PS

Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests over police brutality and racism, the US is holding its elections. America’s democratic infrastructure is under unprecedented strain as it attempts to hold a federal election largely through mail-in ballots, while incumbent President Donald Trump continues to make unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud and refuses to commit to accepting an election loss. This presentations will examine how the US political system functions, in particular systemic voter suppression against Black, people of colour, poor, and women voters, and critical contestations by different populations to claim the vote. They will also reflect on the US presidential election, its implications for Canada and the world, and conceptions of democracy and the commons in the United States and beyond.