U of I Sessions Offer Election Analysis
November 16, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 13, 2020 — The University of Idaho’s Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium plans two sessions next week at which faculty experts will offer analysis and commentary about the 2020 general election.
The first will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, dealing with historical and political factors influencing the results. The second will be Thursday, Nov. 19, focusing on the legal dimensions of mail-in and absentee voting as well as recount procedures.
Both are open to the public. They will begin at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time on Zoom: uidaho.zoom.us/j/94981922332?from=msft.
The Tuesday session is “Making Sense of the Election Results: What’s Next for the USA?” Three political scientists and a historian will reflect on causes and effects of the results, as well as the larger societal trends reflected in the election. Speakers will be: Markie McBrayer, Aman McLeod and Michael Overton, Department of Politics and Philosophy, and Rebecca Scofield, History.
The Thursday session is “Election Law and Litigation: Strict Construction or Serious Confusion?” It will address attempts by President Donald Trump and his allies to stop vote counting in some states and to challenge the vote tallies in others. The panel will consist of Benjamin Cover and Jason Dominguez from the U of I College of Law and Rebecca Green from the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. All are experts in U.S. election law.
Both sessions will include opportunities for the audience to ask questions, said Kenton Bird, co-coordinator of the Renfrew Colloquium.
The weekly speaker series features presentations by U of I faculty members, students and visiting scholars about their scholarship, creative activity and teaching. Founded in 2001, the colloquium honors the late Malcolm Renfrew, a long-time U of I chemistry professor, artist and musician. This year’s series is sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
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