Every enterprise needs an update from time to time, in the United States our electoral systems have gone without any sort of meaningful legislative updates for almost six decades. Now voting and elections administration are being brought into the 21st century with the introduction of HR1. HR1 has been the focal point of the Democratic agenda this Congress, especially in the wake of the 2020 election and the raft of voter suppression bills being pushed in state legislatures across the country. It brings America’s voting systems into the modern age by offering solutions for partisan gerrymandering, election security, voting access, and other issues.
Please join us for a briefing with Professor Barry Burden to discuss HR1, its strengths, weaknesses, and how to help America’s electoral practices - most recently amended in the time of telegram - meet the needs of the twitter era.
Barry C. Burden is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Director of the Elections Research Center and is the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics. His research and teaching are based in American politics, with an emphasis on electoral politics and representation. He is co-editor of The Measure of American Elections, author of Personal Roots of Representation, and co-author of Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government. Burden has also published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and Electoral Studies. Burden is affiliated with the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, and the Election Administration Project.