Case Report: Election Special Edition - August 24, 2020

This week, we’re bringing you a special edition of Case Report focused on the other big story of the current moment: the 2020 election. Between now and November 3rd, we’ll be sending an election-focused version of this newsletter once a month to highlight resources, research, and commentary from our network. That includes everything from how to safely vote amidst a pandemic – check out this Health Voting guide for state-by-state information – to analysis of the candidates, the future of American democracy, and the administration of elections during this unprecedented year. 

If you have suggestions for these special editions of Case Report, please touch base with your thoughts - I'd love to hear from you. As always, it’s important to remember that SSN does not take policy positions and does not align with any candidate or party, but we do welcome the expression of views by our members.

Election Imperatives 2020: A Time of Physical Distancing and Social Action

SSN member Nancy Thomas and her team at the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education released a companion report to their earlier Election Imperatives Version 2.0 that offers ideas for political learning on campus in the current context, an equity checklist for everyone in higher education, and recommendations to increase student participation in the 2020 election and beyond. [Tufts University]

A Cautious Celebration of Kamala Harris's Historic VP Nomination

Joining a panel of Black women activists, scholars, and politicians, nurse and reproductive health researcher Monica McLemore unpacks the significance of Kamala Harris’ historic nomination to the Democratic Party ticket and encourages consideration of the candidate’s full record, including her work on maternal health equity. [Harper’s Bazaar]

NC needs more poll workers this year, but the pandemic has made them harder to find

As the COVID-19 pandemic contributes to poll worker shortages across the states, political scientist Rachael Cobb provides analysis of the challenges election officials are likely to face in North Carolina this November and what it could mean for the vote. [The Charlotte Observer]

Women Won The Right To Vote 100 Years Ago. They Didn’t Start Voting Differently From Men Until 1980.

With the gender gap in voting patterns at its widest in decades, political scientists Mary-Kate Lizotte and Erin Cassese examine how factors like COVID-19, the recent Black Lives Matter protests, and sexism could drive women at the polls this year. [FiveThirtyEight]