Panel will address details of voting in Douglas County in 2020

Monday, March 02, 2020

LAWRENCE — In Part II of the “Educate & Act: Civic Engagement in 2020” series, experts will speak to the process of voting, with specific attention to voting in Douglas County in 2020. The event will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at The Commons in Spooner Hall.

The panel will feature Jamie Shew, Douglas County Clerk; Patrick Miller, University of Kansas associate professor of political science; Kelly Whitten, KU director of state relations, and Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, KU student. Each panelist will give a brief presentation and respond to audience questions.

Some of the panel’s topics::

  • What are the primaries like in Kansas?
  • How can I vote if I’m away from home?
  • How can I participate in advance voting?
  • What are important deadlines I need to know?
  • What are trends in voter turnout on campuses?
  • What should I expect to see in my polling place?
  • How does a KU affiliation affect my involvement?

Led by The Commons, the Center for Service Learning and the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, “Educate & Act: Civic Engagement in 2020” is a collaborative three-part series leading up to the national presidential election in fall 2020. The series features experts on different aspects of U.S. democracy and centers opportunities for civic engagement. It is intended to help demystify elements of the systems and processes at work in the U.S. democracy. It is also an opportunity to ask questions of local experts who study and work in this realm. Programs in this series feature campus resources as well as specialists beyond the university.

In Part II: The Voting Process, presenters will speak on topics that bear relevance to faculty, staff and students at KU as well as first-time voters. This event is nonpartisan and informational.

The third event in the series, “Voting from the Margins,” will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 7.