Elections and Infections: Politics During a Global Pandemic
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Event


On the eve of the June 2 Pennsylvania primaries, we're hosting a special virtual event to discuss politics and voting during a pandemic.

How can states hold elections in a time of social distancing?  Could policies like mail-in voting help?

In the United States, how has the crisis changed Donald Trump’s chances for reelection, and what does this mean for the global order?

Around the world, how are other countries responding to the challenge of holding elections in the age of COVID-19, and what can this crisis teach us about the resilience of democratic systems?

Join Perry World House, Penn’s Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES), and the Fels Institute of Government for answers to these and more questions with Congressman Charlie Dent and Professor John Lapinski.

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Charlie Dent is a Global Order Visiting Fellow at Perry World House. For seven terms, Dent represented the 15th District of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Congress. During that time, he served on the House Committee on Appropriations, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, and sat on the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Previously, he served six years on the Homeland Security Committee. Dent is currently a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and a contributor on CNN.

John Lapinski is the Robert A. Fox Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and the Director of the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies. He also serves as the Faculty Director for the Executive Masters of Public Administration program within the Fels Institute of Government and as the Director of the Elections Unit at NBC News. In his role for NBC News, Lapinski is responsible for projecting races for the network and produces election-related stories through exit polls for NBC NewsMSNBCCNBCTelemundo, and all of NBC’s digital properties. Dr. Lapinski earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2000, and previously was an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. He came to Penn in 2006. His primary area of research is concerned with understanding national elections as well as lawmaking in Congress through empirical analysis. He is the author of The Substance of Representation (Princeton University Press, 2013) and co-author (with David A. Bateman and Ira Katznelson) of Southern Nation (Princeton University Press, 2018).