Election Matters Forum

Coming October 2, 2012, 5:30- 8pm-

As the Republican and Democratic conventions officially kick off election season, it is difficult to imagine either party making inroads into a seemingly divided electorate. We invite you to discuss the election in a non-partisan environment with a distinguished panel including many Princetonians. What role does the media, big money, and polling influence voters’ choices? Are there really any true Independents? Are our national politics so polarized that we can no longer expect broad consensus on our country’s most pressing issues? Is the electoral college system still the fairest way for Americans to elect a president? In Pennsylvania and other states, voters are learning about the new voter identification law. What will the effect of those changes be on voter turn-out and the outcome of the general election?

We invite you to join the Princeton Club of Philadelphia on October 2, 2012 to explore these questions relating to the upcoming election. Panelists will include representatives from government, the media, and academia.

Moderator:  Princeton University Professor Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics. 


Benjamin D. Geffen ’00, Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia – counsel for the plaintiffs challenging the new Pa. Voter ID law.

Ellen Mattleman Kaplan ’75, Vice President and Policy Director, Committee of Seventy – a non-profit, non-partisan “good government” organization which promotes more effective and efficient government, fair elections and an honest political culture in Philadelphia and the region.

Kathy Kiely ’77, Managing Editor, the Sunlight Foundation -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike.

Stephanie Singer, Chair, Philadelphia City Commissioners – chair of the office responsible for administration of elections in the City of Philadelphia.


Location: The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadephia


Cost: $20 PCOP Members, $25 Non-Members, $15 Students 


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Please RSVP by September 30th.