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Deliberative Forum: How Do We Fix America’s Troubled Election System? 1 (Video Forum)

September 14, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


With The People Series

NED affiliated personal and professional development. Minnesota State is offering several opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in practices designed to improve the functioning of our democracy during today’s polarized times.


As Americans prepare to go to the polls on November 3, 2020, many voters worry about the integrity of the election process. Recent polls show that four in ten Americans question the fairness of the U.S. voting system. Fully 41 percent say that the U.S. is not prepared to keep the November 2020 election safe and secure. Will we be able to cast our ballots on election day? Will our votes be accurately counted? Will our voting systems be hacked or otherwise manipulated? And will the elections be decided by voters or, as in the recent past, be thrown to the courts or the Electoral College?

Join this forum to discuss options for what we should do to ensure equal justice and fair treatment in our communities, offered exclusively for Minnesota State students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute’s With The People initiative!

Free Resource

This is a video based forum
A forum is a nonpartisan, moderated, interactive discussion around a central question or topic. The purpose of a deliberative forum is to listen to and talk with other participants about possible actions or solutions to the question, as well as possible drawbacks from each action.

This forum will be conducted in a virtual environment with both video and text-based interactions. You will receive a link to log into a Zoom meeting when you register. Sharing your video is encouraged by not required. Depending on the number of participants, you may be broken into discussion rooms within Zoom.

Once in your discussion room, you will receive a link to access an online, text-based platform called Common Ground for Action (CGA). You will not need to download any software; CGA runs through your web browser. You will read information about the options and enter in your responses using your mouse and keyboard. You will need access to an internet connection and a way to input text. It is recommended that you use a computer (either laptop or desktop) or tablet with a separate keyboard. CGA is not designed for use on smart phones.

Forums generally last 2 hours and participants should plan to join on time and stay for the entire discussion.

RSVP Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register.

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Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page.


Please contact Teri Lyn Hinds.


September 14, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



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