As Americans go to the polls for the 2022 general elections, officials and electoral systems continue to face unprecedented threats. Officials are trying to prevent election subversion; counter misinformation and disinformation; and secure the safety of voters, poll workers, and elections officials on election day and beyond. This occurs while voters and officials face new restrictive voting laws that are already having an outsize impact on people of color and other historically marginalized communities. The 2022 election also comes as a massive effort continues to undermine democracy by spreading the long-debunked “big lie” about widespread fraud in the 2020 election and other conspiracy theories that erode confidence in our system. Meanwhile, seemingly few can find agreement across the ideological spectrum on how we come together to address these challenges and strengthen our democracy. Americans are asking: How do we find common ground in the United States to address these threats, and what can be done?
Please join the Center for American Progress for a virtual event that will assess the current threats to our elections, analyze what state officials are doing to address the issues, and explore opportunities to find a common understanding of how Americans can come together to safeguard our democracy. Two national leaders who have been responsible for administering statewide elections, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman (D-PA) and former Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-KY), will join us for this bipartisan event.
Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Leigh M. Chapman, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania
Trey Grayson, Former Secretary of State, Kentucky
William Roberts, Managing Director, Democracy Policy, Center for American Progress