Joint Center President Joins Knight Foundation Conversation on Elections and COVID-19

On May 28, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined National Association of Latino Elected Officials CEO Arturo Vargas for the Knight Foundation’s conversation on “capturing the votes of all Americans” during the COVID-19 crisis. The conversation is a part of the Knight Foundation’s VISION series that is hosted by the Knight Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer Sam Gill.

During the conversation, Spencer explained that there needs to be a vote-by-mail option for voters amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is accessible to all voters by providing prepaid postage, accepts all ballots postmarked by Election Day, and provides other safeguards. Officials also need to provide safe, sanitary, and uncrowded options for safe in-person voting–both before Election Day (early voting) and on Election Day.

Watch the conversation below.


About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.