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Threats to Ohio 2020 Election AFF-Columbus

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The Athletic Club of Columbus

136 East Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43215

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Join AFF Columbus as we learn of potential threats to 2020's election with Secretary of State LaRose and Capital Law Professor Bradly Smith

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Elections play a fundamental role in American’s democracy, but some Americans are uneasy over the security of, and threats to, our elections. States have long dealt with electoral fraud; however, today’s election crimes are more than just ballot-box stuffing. Election officials’ concerns have expanded to voter confidence, polling devices, and election hacking. What is Ohio doing to ensure our voter rolls and election infrastructure are secure from potential threats?

Likewise, some Americans are concerned with the rise of voters who rely on social media for political news, viewing social network platforms as a threat to democracy by permitting misinformation, thus misshaping citizens’ perceptions of political reality. Is this a real threat to our democratic elections? Does social media influence Americans’ political beliefs? Does the misinformation shared on these platforms have an impact on voters’ decisions or likeliness to participate in elections? Social network platforms are testing new methods and practices to deal with false political ads leading up to 2020, but lawmakers are calling for social media platforms to regulate political and campaign ads. Are they stifling political speech?

Join AFF Columbus as we hear from Secretary of State Frank LaRose and former Chairman of the Federal Elections Commission andCapital University Law School Professor, Bradley Smith, about the possible threats to our democratic elections, what Ohio is doing to prepare for this year’s election, and how social media platforms are responding to regulatory pressures. We’ll meet at the Athletic Club of Columbus starting at 5:30 PM, with presentations beginning at 6:00 PM and networking to follow. Appetizers will be provided and your drinks are on us!

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Frank LaRose took office as Ohio's 51st Secretary of State on January 14th, 2019. He served two terms in the State Senate prior to being elected to statewide office and is a United States Army Veteran. In his role as Ohio’s chief elections officer, he’s working to ensure Ohio’s elections are secure, accessible and accurate.

Bradley A. Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law position at Capital University Law School where he has been on faculty since 1993. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance, author of "Unfair Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform", and co-author of “Voting Rights and Election Law”. In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including as Chairman of the Commission in 2004.

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