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Election 2020

  • Julie Owono and Evelyn Douek

    ‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

    November 7, 2020

    Ahead of the 2020 presidential election in the United States, experts from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society convened to discuss how platforms are approaching mis- and disinformation and what they can improve going forward.

  • Hard lessons from a tough election

    November 6, 2020

    The Harvard Gazette recently asked scholars and analysts across the University to reflect on lessons learned in a variety of areas from this unprecedented and…

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    Election 2020 debrief: What happened and what’s next?

    November 5, 2020

    In an “Election 2020 Debrief” event, a panel of Harvard Law School professors agree that the essential divisions of the American electorate remain unresolved, but find cause for some highly cautious optimism.

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    HLS in Congress 2020

    November 5, 2020

    Harvard Law School graduates continue a long tradition of helping guide the nation’s affairs as members of Congress. On Nov. 3, 20 HLS alums faced the voters, either as sitting members of the House and Senate, or as challengers. 

  • Legal experts shake their heads at GOP election suits

    November 5, 2020

    President Trump has made no secret of his intention to file legal challenges in key states where election results were close. Legal scholars are not convinced there’s a plausible argument that his legal team could make in these new actions that would prove successful in court.

  • Recalling another strange, historic election

    November 3, 2020

    Kenneth Mack, a historian and Harvard Law School professor, weighs in on the unusual history of America's first woman presidential nominee and its first Black vice presidential pick in 1872, just seven years after the end of the Civil War.

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    Harvard Law class games out worst-case election scenarios—and ways to remedy them

    October 30, 2020

    Given the strong possibility that Tuesday night’s presidential election will not go off without a hitch, a group of Harvard Law School students have launched a website that explores every other possible election scenario.

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    Why I vote

    October 30, 2020

    Members of the HLS community share why they believe voting is important.

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    Ranked-choice voting, explained

    October 26, 2020

    On Nov. 3, voters in Massachusetts and Alaska will have the opportunity to adopt ranked-choice voting (RCV) statewide. HLS Lecturer Peter Brann argues that Maine has led the nation in adopting the system that better ensures that the most popular candidate in any election wins.

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    How It All Adds Up

    October 26, 2020

    Lawrence Lessig discusses institutional threats to representative democracy.

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    An Election for the History Books?

    October 15, 2020

    Harvard professors place the 2020 presidential race in historical context and consider its impact on our future.

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    Simulating responses to election disinformation

    October 14, 2020

    In an effort to combat multiple potential vectors of attack on the 2020 U.S. election, two Berkman Klein Center affiliates have published a package of “tabletop exercises,” freely available to decisionmakers and the public to simulate realistic scenarios in which disinformation threatens to disrupt the 2020 election.

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    Tracing the disinformation campaign on mail-in voter fraud

    October 2, 2020

    A new report from Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and a team of researchers from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society shows that the mail-in voting fraud disinformation campaign—intentionally spreading false information in order to deceive—is largely led by political elites and the mass media.

  • A group of 15 students posing in front of a classroom, holding a sign,

    ‘A democracy can only be as strong as the citizens who participate in it’

    September 23, 2020

    This fall, the Equal Democracy Project turns its focus to voter registration and engagement.

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    Should Democrats pack the Supreme Court?

    September 23, 2020

    Mark Tushnet discussed with Harvard Law Today the possibilities for, and potential pitfalls of, any effort by an incoming Democratic majority to pack the Supreme Court.