Threats to the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election

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American democracy rests on voters having confidence in the legitimacy of elections. But any number of events can undermine that confidence, including targeted interference by malicious actors, a refusal by losing candidates to accept defeat, severe weather events, and widespread infrastructure failures. When Americans are unable to cast ballots as expected or results are not as clear as anticipated, there will inevitably be complaints about perceived bias in the system that allows partisans to attack the process itself. The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Director of the Elections Project, Matthew Weil, joins with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) for a discussion about the voting process, principles of election legitimacy, and why Americans should have confidence in American elections. Moderated by Galen Druke, podcast host and reporter at ABC News’ FiveThirtyEight.

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Galen Druke


Jena Griswold

State of Colorado

Matt Weil

Bipartisan Policy Center

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