Your Future Your Vote

Voter Engagement & Education Week

October 19–23

Explore relevant and historical topics related to the electoral process and hear from candidates running for office. This event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to join us.

*All eligible candidates were invited to participate. This schedule is subject to change.

Teach-in Sessions: 11–11:50 a.m.

Oct. 23 | The Electoral College

Virtual Town Halls: noon to 1 p.m.

Oct. 23 | Tom McGarry, Candidate for 6th Legislative District, Position 2

Previously Recorded Events

Oct. 19 | Breann Beggs |  Securing Your Vote
Oct. 20 | Zack Zappone  |  Impact of Private Militias
Oct. 21 | Dave Wilson |  Gender in American Elections
Oct. 22Governor Jay Inslee   Addressing Voter Suppression 

October 23, 2020

Why Not Our Votes? The Rationale for the Electoral College

Kevin Pirch, PhD, Professor of Political Science, EWU; Immediate Past President, and Ex-Officio, Pacific Northwest Political Science Association
11-11:50 a.m. | Teach-in Session 

Every four years, the American public is reminded of the indirect nature of Presidential elections.  Despite being unpopular in modern times, the founders believed that the system was near perfect.  This talk will explore the reasons why the Founders chose to have an indirect presidential election, the benefits and the drawbacks of the system.

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Tom McGarry

Candidate 6th Legislative District, Position 2
Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Town Hall

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October 22, 2020

Make Your Vote Count – Addressing Voter Suppression in the United States

Travis N. Ridout, PhD, Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy Director, School of Politics Philosophy and Public Affairs at WSU, and Co-director Wesleyan Media Project
11 – 11:50 a.m. | Teach-in Session 

This presentation will explore the many ways in which voting rights have expanded over time in the United States—and have contracted in recent years, at least in some places. These efforts to suppress the vote have occurred through state legislation, because of court decisions and by the efforts of campaigns themselves. At the same time, some states have taken dramatic steps toward making the vote more accessible in recent years, such as through automatic voter registration and “vote at home” ballots.

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Governor Jay Inslee

Current Washington State Governor and candidate for Office of Governor
Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Town Hall

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October 21, 2020

Be Strong, But Not Too Strong: Gendered Politics & American Elections

Jacki Tyler, PhD, Asst. Prof of History and Director of Social Studies Education Program, EWU
11 – 11:50 a.m. | Teach-in Session

This presentation will address the ways in which female candidates are described and evaluated in American elections. Beginning with an overview of gendered discourse in American politics, we will explore how the portrayal of female candidates has changed in recent decades, as well as the challenges women face when running for an elected office in the United States today.

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Dave Wilson

Candidate for WA 5th Congressional District
Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Town Hall

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October 20, 2020

Private Militias and the State: Past, Present, and Future

John Collins, PhD, Chertok Endowed Professor and Senior Lecturer of History, EWU
11-11:50 a.m. | Teach-in Session

This presentation will explore the rise of private militias within American society and their relationship to the Constitution, in particular to the first amendment. It will discuss how private militias have made their presence felt during protests in many American cities, and their potential impact at polling stations and in the aftermath of a contested election. It also discusses legal issues relating to militias, including the state’s right to police its citizens.

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Zack Zappone

Candidate for 6th Legislative District Position 1
Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Town Hall

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October 19, 2020

Securing Your Vote

Vicky Dalton, CPA, Spokane County Auditor
11-11:50 a.m. | Teach-in Session

A narrative about voter and mail-in ballot fraud, as well as efforts to reduce the voter accessibility, is increasingly being pushed in some quarters. This presentation will discuss elections administration, including the security of ballots, integrity of the voter registration and ballot handling processes, and describe some efforts to make voting more accessible.

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Breean Beggs, JD

City Council President, City of Spokane
Noon to 1 p.m. | Keynote Address: Your Future Your Vote

John F. Kennedy once said, “All it takes is for a few good people to do nothing for the forces of evil to triumph;” but what shall we then do? Voting is a start but what is the most effective means to translate the energy and vision of young people into moving our community forward. From protesting to organizing to peacemaking- young people are no longer content to wait their generational turn at the wheel. Breean will share strategies on how to be more effective at change-making starting now.

Breean Beggs serves as Spokane City Council President and has practiced civil rights law for twenty-nine years. He focuses on catalyzing positive social change. He graduated from Whitworth University in 1985 and University of Washington School of Law in 1991. He has run for public office three times in Spokane and volunteered on dozens of successful political campaigns.  He has successfully championed dozens of causes over the years, including police reform, criminal justice reform, marriage equality, racial equity, oil pipeline safety, and housing access.

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