Our weekly bulletin board
Here are the highlights of what fix-the-system groups are planning for the coming week — and other events important to the cause of reforming democracy.
Monday, October 26
'UnRepresented' — Film Screening & Panel Discussion, 7 pm Pacific
Join Fix Democracy First, League of Women Voters of WA, and Meaningful Movies Project for a very special film screening and panel discussion of "UnRepresented" featuring: Daniel Falconer, "UnRepresented" film director; Sheila Krumholz, executive director of Center for Responsive Politics; Ellen Weintraub, commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission; Carl Parrish, community and social activist.
Tuesday, October 27
What you can do to stop voter suppression, noon Eastern
The Fulcrum is convening a panel of experts to discuss how everyone can help put a stop to unlawful voter suppression and intimidation — threats to the already troubled democracy we're dedicated to covering.
Native American Voting Rights, noon Pacific
This is part of the "Democracy Evolved: The Future of American Elections" event series hosted by Idaho Law Review and the McClure Center for Public Policy Research.
Wednesday, October 29
Vint Cerf, "Father of the Internet," will launch the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative review of what it has seen, heard, and can learn for November 3rd and beyond.
What to Look for on Election Night, 5:30 pm Eastern
Before polls close on the West Coast or swing states Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have reported, Americans will know either: Joe Biden has won a decisive victory, or the election will take months to be resolved. You don't have to plan to stay up all night worrying about the presidency or perhaps even the Senate. The election canaries will tell you relatively early if Biden has won decisively or if the fight over the election will last for months, possibly ending up in the Supreme Court or Congress. Reform Elections Now will break down what to you need to know about election night.
Thursday, October 29
Foreign Interference & Electoral Politics, 9 pm Eastern
This is the second part of Open Gov Hub's three-parts series of events, "Polarized: U.S. Democracy in Crisis," that seeks to answer the question: What can we learn from from other countries to defend our democracy?
Saturday, October 31
National Depolarizing Within Workshop, 2 pm Eastern
Join Braver Angels for a conversation about how to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer," be critical without demonizing, dismissing or stereotyping large swaths of the population and strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.
Meanwhile, check out our latest news and opinion stories:
The Supreme Court weighed in twice on election laws this week — sorta. The justices made life harder for voters with disabilities by upholding Alabama's curbside voting ban. But it deadlocked 4-4 on whether tossup Pennsylvania may count mailed ballots arriving three days after Election Day. That means the deadline is extended, for now. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, though. The case could end up back in front of the justices after Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed early next week.
Speaking of late ballots in battleground states, North Carolinians' for now may show up nine days after Election Day. But the Supreme Court could revisit that decision, too. And other legal fights still aren't nailed down with 10 days until voting must cease.
In California, the Republicans have removed some of their fake drop boxes, while Democrats are backing off their fight against them. A little further east, Ohioans are going to be stuck with their limited number of drop boxes after voting rights advocates dropped their suit in the battleground state.
What probably could've helped everyone out during this coronavirus election season was reading this deep dive into why elections almost all by mail work so well, and have bipartisan support, in Colorado.
And while polarization continues to be a huge problem, this new poll from FixUs shows that there are also a lot of things Americans agree on.
Keep that energy, folks.
— Tristiaña Hinton
Our weekly op-ed highlight reel
News is the heart of what we're about. But The Fulcrum is also a forum for debate about what's ailing American democracy and what could make the system healthier. So here are the most provocative opinion pieces we've posted this week.
"Obama has evolved in the past 20 years — from the target of a partisan gerrymander into the invisible gerrymanderer," writes Howard Gorrell, a former Republican Party election statistician and a longtime congressional aide.
Don't ignore this crucial voting bloc, says Maggie Stern of the Children's Defense Fund.
"Two unique and easy-to-use new technology tools have emerged just in time to put unprecedented power in the hands of the electorate," writes Brian Baird, a former Democratic congressman.
Meanwhile, here are our latest news stories: