AFF Columbus: Threats to Ohio 2020 Election
February 12, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Athletic Club of Columbus
136 E Broad St, Columbus,
Elections play a fundamental role in American democracy, but some Americans are uneasy over the security of, and threats to, our elections. States have long dealt with electoral fraud; however, today’s election crimes are more than just ballot-box stuffing. Election officials’ concerns have expanded to voter confidence, polling devices, and election hacking. What is Ohio doing to ensure our voter rolls and election infrastructure are secure from potential threats?
Likewise, some Americans are concerned with the rise of voters who rely on social media for political news, viewing social network platforms as a threat to democracy by permitting misinformation, thus misshaping citizens’ perceptions of political reality. Is this a real threat to our democratic elections? Does social media influence Americans’ political beliefs? Does the misinformation shared on these platforms have an impact on voters’ decisions or likeliness to participate in elections? Social network platforms are testing new methods and practices to deal with false political ads leading up to 2020, but lawmakers are calling for social media platforms to regulate political and campaign ads. Are they stifling political speech?
Join AFF Columbus as we hear from Secretary of State Frank LaRose and former Chairman of the Federal Elections Commission and Capital University Law School Professor, Bradley Smith, about the possible threats to our democratic elections, what Ohio is doing to prepare for this year’s election, and how social media platforms are responding to regulatory pressures. We’ll meet at the Athletic Club of Columbus starting at 5:30 PM, with presentations beginning at 6:00 PM and networking to follow. Appetizers will be provided and your drinks are on us!