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Election 2020

Election 2020

“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.” —Sharon Salzberg

The president of the United States of America has a huge influence on how the world responds to international crises, such as wars, global pandemics, and climate change, as well as domestic issues like health care and the economy. Every four years, the American people exercise their right to vote for the candidate they want for president, but often voters are less informed than they would like to be about candidates, policies, and current affairs that might influence their vote.

Fortunately, OHIO is home to an abundance of faculty experts from a variety of disciplines who can help us understand some of the more subtle issues around this year’s election.

Ask the Experts Election 2020 Livestream Recordings

Moderated by Samantha Pelham

Side-by-side headshots of Katherine Jellison and Sarah Poggione

October 1—Katherine Jellison and Sarah Poggione

Topic: How women have and continue to change the political landscape in the United States. 

View recorded livestream

Side-by-side headshots of Geoff Dabelko, Daniel Skinner, and Dina Lopez

October 15—Geoff Dabelko, Daniel Skinner, and Dina Lopez

Topic: How do climate change and health care intertwine, and how are they reflected in the candidates’ policies?

View Recorded Livestream

Side-by-side headshots of Emmanuel Jean-Francois, Nukhet Sandal, and Mario Grijalva.

October 22—Emmanuel Jean-Francois, Nukhet Sandal, and Mario Grijalva

Topic: How other countries view America’s current election in terms of being concerned with their own countries’ relationship with America.

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Side-by-side headshots of Kevin Mattson and Karen Riggs

October 26—Kevin Mattson and Karen Riggs

Topic: How politics has become entertainment on social media platforms and how social media activism may boost or diminish campaigns.

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Side-by-side headshots of Anirudh Ruhil, Stephen Scalan, and Charles Smith

October 29—Anirudh Ruhil, Stephen Scanlan, and Charles Smith

Topic: How the Black Lives Matter movement will affect this year’s election.

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Side-by-side headshots of Daniel Karney, Roberto Duncan, and Glen Dutcher

November 2—Daniel Karney, Roberto Duncan, and Glen Dutcher

Topic: How the candidates’ proposed economic policies affect contributors to economic growth, energy and environmental issues, and how workers will be impacted.

View Recorded Livestream


Civic Engagement

Want to learn more about how you can get involved? Visit the CCCE's website about civic engagement to learn how to stay informed about the political and community-based processes that shape the world around us.  


Civic Engagement Website

Key Dates

  • Absentee Ballot Deadlines

    Request: October 31
    Return by mail: Postmarked by November 2
    Return in person: November 3 by 7:30 p.m.

  • Early Voting

    October 6–November 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

  • Election Day

    November 3