In collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the Dukakis Center στο ACT – American College of Thessaloniki will convene a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the topic of “Voting in America: What does the future hold?”. The event took place οn Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 at 18:30 at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. The present event is a follow up to a round table on “Voting in America” staged in Thessaloniki in October 2016.
There are more than half a million elected officials in America, from the dog catcher of Duxbury, Vermont, to the President of the United States. Americans are called upon to vote more frequently and amply than in any other democratic country in history.
Yet voting in America has come to be plagued by a growing number of woes, from perennial voter disaffection to an allegedly outmoded electoral regime, from an excessively decentralized approach nation-wide to election administration to a widespread reliance on shoddy technology and a singular lack of security against hacking, meddling, and malevolent interference by external actors.
2018 is another election year, and the stakes are high. Can citizens cast their ballots with confidence? Are elections safe from outside intervention? Are there any signs of improvement in how Americans administer their elections? How drastic is the current state of affairs?
Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County (Florida)
Charles Stewart III, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aristides N. Hatzis, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law & Theory of Institutions, University of Athens
Athanasios Ellis. Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition