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Democracy Volunteers Online Symposium on Electoral Integrity

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Our first ever online conference will bring you the best and the latest view on electoral integrity from academics and professional experts.

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Provisional conference agenda

Keynote Speaker (10:00 to 10:45):

Running and observing elections in COVID-19 times: Challenges and opportunities

Dr Alistair Clark, Reader in Politics at Newcastle University.

Alistair has research interests including political parties, party organisation, electoral integrity and administration. Dr Clark has given expert evidence to the Scottish parliament, House of Commons and House of Lords and regularly engages with practitioners and policymakers.

Papers for Discussion:

Challenges in the UK (11.15 to 12.30 BST)

‘Intimidation not Frustration’: explaining why young voters go missing on polling day.

by Dr John Ault and Harry Busz (Democracy Volunteers)

The Challenges of Family Voting at UK Elections.

by Christopher Wigfield (King’s College, London)

Wider Challenges (13.30 to 14:45 BST)

Patterns of voter fraud in Hungary across three elections.

by Zsófia Banuta and Elliott Goat (Unhack Democracy)

‘Relaxed or reserved?’ : Social attitudes to ‘family voting’ in Sweden and Finland – a comparative study of voter interference in Finno-Scandinavia.

by Benjamin Sharpe (Leiden University) and Luis Harrison (Leeds Beckett University)

Democracy on Trial: The Best of The Worst Forms of Governments and The Challenges of the COVID-19 Crisis.

by Agnese Cigliano

Social Media (15:00 to 16:00 BST)

Online and Social Media observation by International Election Observation Missions Overview, Analysis and Proposals.

by Alex Folkes

Hate speech towards candidates during the 2019 UK General Election

by Sam Cunningham (PoliMonitor)

Special Guest (16:00 to 16:45)

Ideas for securing democratic elections from the threat posed by foreign interference and the vulnerability of elections to cyber attack amid the current pandemic.

by David Levine (Elections Integrity Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy)

Plenary(16:45 to 17:30)

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