On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative joined with the Bonner Scholars Program, Unity in Community, the Ada Jenkins Center, North Mecklenburg Communities United, and the Department of Political Science at Davidson College to host a deliberative forum on voting, which was free and open to the public.
Just weeks before the 2020 Presidential election, Americans across the political spectrum were expressing concern about the integrity and future of elections in the United States. While the coronavirus pandemic increased public attention on local, state, and federal elections processes, concerns about our election systems had long been present in public debate.
Following a National Issues Forum guide and format, participants were split into small groups of 4-7 people that were moderated by facilitators trained and certified by the DCI. Groups discussed a range of different options for reforming our election processes and identifying areas on which they both agreed and disagreed.