TODAY: Center for Politics Forum Examines Voting in the Midst of a Pandemic

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – At 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 16, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will hold an online panel exploring how to hold an election in the midst of the public health crisis.

Voting experts will discuss how prepared the country is to deal with the November election in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic, and what government can and should do to prepare.

The panelists are Lee Goodman, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission; Myrna Pérez, director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program; Charles Stewart III, professor of political science at MIT and director of the MIT Election Data & Science Lab; and Matthew Weil, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, will moderate, and the panel will be streamed live at

Thursday’s forum is part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and the Batten School as part of the National Symposium Series.