Aug. 31, 2020
Denver—With more than 5,025 legislative seats up for grabs in November, a slew of ballot measures to be voted on and redistricting set to take place in the near future, election issues are dominating the lineup for the upcoming NCSL Base Camp 2020, Sept. 15-17.
The online meeting presented by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will provide an platform for legislators, staff and other public policy professionals to learn from national policy experts and thought leaders about solutions to the country’s most pressing state issues.
Select election-related sessions follow (all times Eastern):
Amy Walter Looks Ahead to the November Election | Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Join Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, for an insider’s insights into November’s elections. Explore the federal landscape, learn where the surprises will occur and hear a few predictions. Share what is happening in your state—and hear what’s going on elsewhere—during interactive breakout discussions. While there are no guarantees in any election, you’ll leave with a better understanding of the electorate, candidates, politics and intrigue contributing to an extraordinary election year.
Election 2020: What's at Stake in the States | Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
On Nov. 3, America’s voters will decide on 6,000 legislative races, 11 governor races and more than 100 state ballot questions. Is major political change coming to the states? NCSL’s experts break down the data and discuss the trends and key issues that will frame the 2020 election. This will be the biggest election in 20 years: Only five times in a century does a general election determine both the president and each state’s leadership that will guide the redistricting process.
- Tim Storey, executive director and elections expert, NCSL
- Amanda Zoch, public fellow for Elections and Redistricting, NCSL
The Future of Redistricting | Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 4-5 p.m.
Experts look at the political arena and how the 2020 census data will affect redistricting efforts in 2021. What strategies will political parties take in this once-in-a-decade process? Find out what the stakes are and get all the angles on this hot topic.
- Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue, North Carolina
- Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Ohio Senator and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman
Elections: What to Expect When the Unexpected Happens | Wednesday, Sept. 16 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.
COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench into the middle of primary season and is sure to be an issue in November’s elections. It’s not the only possible emergency a state could face, though. Natural disasters, cyberattacks and active shooters could all derail Election Day. More likely than a real emergency is a contested election, which could lead to a recount, or to the courthouse. Does your state have a contingency plan? Learn how to prepare for the unexpected—legally and otherwise—and explore the legislature’s role in a crisis.
- Tammy Patrick, senior advisor, Elections Program at Democracy Fund
NCSL’s 2020 Base Camp official sessions are open to the press. Registration is required, but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is live. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.