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Institute of Politics to host post-election analysis events

The new Institute of Politics (IOP) at Florida State University plans several virtual post-election events that seek to make sense of one of the most complex and unusual political years in U.S. history.

Drawing from resources throughout the country, as well as within the ranks of FSU faculty, the IOP takes a look at how accurate forecasting has been during this campaign season, how the unique realities of 2020 have affected political activity and how the results of the election will impact the political process for years to come.

In the online discussion “Election Forecasting,” G. Elliott Morris, a journalist with The Economist, and Brad Gomez, chair of the FSU Department of Political Science, will will break down the performance of election forecasting – a tricky process in any election year but even more complicated in 2020.

That event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Tuesday, November 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Full details and a link to join the discussion on Zoom are available here.

The following Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., IOP Director Hans Hassell will present “Campaigns in a New Environment: A Retrospective into Political Campaigns in 2020” at the College of Social Science and Public Policy’s popular public forum Policy Pub, free to the general public.

Hassell will make a brief presentation about politics in a time of crisis and change and other new realities that have made this year’s national elections unlike any others. After his talk, anyone who attends the webinar can ask questions and make comments. To register for this Policy Pub session, click here.

The final post-election IOP event takes place the following evening, Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. “Unraveling the 2020 Election, National and Florida Perspectives” features John Sides of Vanderbilt University and The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog and Steve Schale, former executive director of Unite the Country during the 2020 election cycle.

Sides and Schale provide their expert insight on the 2020 election results and their impact on politics for 2021 and beyond. Full details and a Zoom link are available here. This event is also free and open to anyone.

“The scholars of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), and especially of our new Institute of Politics, are uniquely qualified to examine this unsettling and unpredictable election year,” said Deana Rohlinger, COSSPP associate dean for faculty development and community engagement. “With the participation of political experts from across the country, they will take a deep dive into the processes and outcomes to make them clearer to the general public.”