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Safeguarding American Elections: A Bipartisan Conversation

December 6, 2023
La Jolla, CA
Robinson Auditorium, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Partisan polarization poses an ominous and urgent threat to American democracy. How can responsible leaders work together to protect the integrity of elections and restore public confidence in democracy? On December 6, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., we bring together two leading voices on American elections for a candid conversation about how to bring the two political parties together to defend this fundamental pillar of democracy.


  • Jocelyn Benson: Michigan Secretary of State, and an elected Democrat who has been awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal
  • Stephen Richer: Maricopa County Recorder, and an elected Republican who administers elections in the second-largest voting jurisdiction in the United States.


  • Emilie Hafner-Burton: Co-Director, Future of Democracy, UC Institute Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
  • Thad Kousser: Professor of political science, and co-director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego

This event is co-sponsored by UC San Diego’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation’s (IGCC) Future of Democracy Initiative, and the Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute.

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