Case Report: Election Special Edition - October 15, 2020

Associate Director of Communications and Producer, No Jargon

We are less than one month away from Election Day and over 17 million votes have already been cast. If you have not voted yet, you can participate in the first-ever Vote Early Day on October 24th – their website has state-specific information on how to request a mail-in ballot or where to go for early in-person voting. 

In this special election edition of Case Report, we highlight some of the many opinion pieces SSN members are publishing in the leadup to the election. If you are an SSN member interested in writing a piece, please be in touch. As always, 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.

Will the US media call the right winner on election night? Don't count on it
In anticipation of a disputed presidential election, Henry E. BradyIra KatznelsonMargaret LeviJane MansbridgeRobert D. Putnam, and Theda Skocpol join fifteen other former American Political Science Association presidents to make the case for bipartisan and authoritative panels to work with the media as returns start to come in. [The Guardian]

Scholars Strategy Network: What’s at stake in the November election
The Maine SSN chapter took over the editorial page of the local Kennebec Journal to highlight some of the top issues at stake in the 2020 election. The feature includes an introduction from chapter leader Robert Glover followed by pieces from Ryan LaRochelle and John Dorrer on economic security, Steven E. Barkan and Lisa Miller on social stability, and Anna McGinn and Brieanne Berry on environmental sustainability. [Kennebec Journal]

Kamala Harris is likely to bring in Indian American voters, this research finds
Senator Kamala Harris’ Indian ancestry could help mobilize America’s growing constituency of Indian American voters – with important implications for key swing districts – writes political scientist Sara Sadhwani about her new research on voting behaviors among Asian Americans. [Washington Post]

How faculty can help increase STEM student voter turnout (and turnout across all disciplines)
In this blog piece, SSN’s Civic Engagement Manager Samantha Perlman and Science Rising’s Melissa Varga lay out concrete strategies to help faculty educate students on voting and increase their turnout this fall. [The Bridge]

Purdue prof, picked to moderate governor’s debate, gets unruly lesson from Trump-Biden Tuesday night
“I’m not a journalist, but I aspire to have that sort of mastery over a subject to draw people in to give people the best parts of themselves.” In a Q&A, political scientist Nadia Brown discusses how she will bring her lived experience and professional expertise to her role as moderator for Indiana’s second gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, October 27th. [Journal & Courier]

In case you missed it...

No Jargon Episode 227: Elections Rule

In this special episode, Professor Thessalia Merivaki lays out how election administrators are addressing the many challenges they face ahead of November 3rd, what we can expect when it comes to counting ballots, and what types of voter suppression to watch out for.