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Redistricting Moneyball 2020

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project invites you to an exciting virtual town hall in which we're presenting our "Redistricting Moneyball 2020" findings! This online discussion will feature Project director Professor Sam Wang, Jacob Wachspress and Connor Moffatt.

For the last several months, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project and Princeton Election Consortium have been working on an electoral model which we're calling "Redistricting Moneyball 2020." As an organization dedicated to leveraging data, math and law insights into nonpartisan fair redistricting, we've been eager to figure out how best to fight gerrymandering during the 2020 election cycle. Using our model, we can tell anti-gerrymandering activists, experts, and donors which 2020 races are strategically likely to be the most effective investments of time, attention and resources.

Location: Webinar

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: the Electoral College

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

In collaboration with Labyrinth Books, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project will host a Fixing Bugs in Democracy talk on the Electoral College. The Fixing Bugs in Democracy series features experts discussing structural problems in American politics, and how we can fix them. Professor and Director of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project Sam Wang will introduce author Jesse Wegman and professor Julian Zelizer.

The framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of political equality and majority rule. How can we tolerate the Electoral College when every vote does not count the same, and the candidate who gets the most votes can lose? Isn't it time to let the people pick the president?

In this thoroughly researched and engaging call to arms, Supreme Court journalist and New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman draws upon the history of the founding era, as well as information gleaned from campaign managers, field directors, and other officials from twenty-first-century Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, to make a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College. He shows how we can at long last make every vote in the United States count—and restore belief in our democratic system. He is joined for a conversation about his new book by political historian Julian Zelizer.

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Location: Webinar

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Organizing During a Pandemic

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Activist and political organizer Katie Fahey in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the subject of how to organize during a pandemic. Katie used social media to fight gerrymandering in Michigan, creating Voters Not Politicians. Now she runs The People, a national non-profit dedicated to democratic reform. Katie will speak about how the Internet can be used as a force for change, especially during our current public health crisis.

Location: Streaming video

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Microtargeting

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Federal election commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the topic of microtargeting. Experts argue that microtargeting fractures civil society by creating separate digital realities for each of us, which can be problematic during a pandemic. Commissioner Weintraub will explain what microtargeting is, why it's worrying to democracy, and what concerned citizens can do about it.

Location: Streaming video

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