America's Election System: Facts and Fiction

We have just been through one of the most controversial presidential elections in our lifetimes. Many of us are still scratching our heads wondering how we survived it, or whether it has altered our confidence in the electoral process that has been at the very foundation of our long-standing democracy and a beacon of light to much of the world for over 200 years. Over the course of the class we will: familiarize ourselves with the laws and procedural underpinnings of our unique electoral process; explore the strengths and weaknesses of our decentralized system; examine the role of political parties and their influence over candidate selection; discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a two-party system and the challenges faced by alternative parties and independent candidates; examine primaries, caucuses, and the Electoral College; discuss the influences of campaign financing, media coverage, and social media; examine voter registration and turnout issues; consider allegations of voter fraud and election rigging through gerrymandering and restrictive voter registration laws; and explore ideas as to how the system could be improved and how we can influence positive change.

Dates:September 12 - December 5, 2017
 Tu from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM, 13 sessions
Location:UNLV Paradise Campus (PAR) Room 512
Instructor:Linda Edgeworth
Fee: $0.00

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