If there’s one thing we know about 2020, it’s that what’s supposed to happen might not. This November will be no exception. In Election 101, we’re getting back to the basics of what’s at stake when you cast your vote. Whether you’re a political novice or longtime expert, this podcast will bring something new and vital to your understanding of what it means to be democratically elected. Hosted by CNN’s Kristen Holmes.
Here's the Latest Episode from Election 101:
This election isn’t just about the race for the White House. For a lot of us, the issues we care most about, are handled at the local level and that’s why it’s important to understand who’s running and what they stand for. This week, Kristen Holmes talks with ProPublica's Jessica Huseman about who else is on your ballot and why they matter.
These days, it’s not so easy to tell what’s true and what’s false on the internet. From trolls to Russian bots, there are a lot of tools being used to destabilize U.S. elections - and they are counting on regular Americans to click and share their false information. In this episode Kristen Holmes and former CIA analyst Cindy Otis help you figure out how to spot disinformation, and stop it from spreading.
Does the vice presidential pick matter on Election Day? In these final weeks of the election, more eyes are focused on that second name on the ballot. Kristen Holmes speaks with Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, about the significance of VP picks past and present, Plus, a few fun facts about the Veep with CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Mo Rocca.
In 2016, poll after poll predicted a Hillary Clinton victory, and voters constantly heard that she was "ahead in the polls." But, what does that really mean? Why were the polls so far off? And if polls can be so wrong about who's going to win the election, why should we bother paying attention to them this time around? Kristen talks with Courtney Kennedy from the Pew Research Center about lessons learned from 2016 and why there is real value in proper polling. Plus, CNN's polling expert Harry Enten teaches us how to spot a bad poll from a good one.
There’s nothing new about voting by mail. Americans have been doing it since the Civil War, and many states primarily vote by mail to this day. But this year, Covid-19 is pushing many states to expand those efforts. And with that expansion has come confusion about how the process works. Today on the show we’re answering all your questions about voting by mail with Tammy Patrick, a senior advisor to the elections team at the Democracy Fund.
Let’s start at the very beginning: voter registration. How do you do it and why does it matter? Registering to vote hasn’t always been simple, and for many Americans, it still isn't. The first step in our electoral process has a long, sometimes dark history that can help us understand many of today's challenges. Kristen talks to Myrna Pérez, the Director of Voting Rights and Elections at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, about why registering to vote is so important in the lead up to this November's election.
If there's one thing we know about 2020, it's that what's supposed to happen might not. This November will be no exception. In Election 101, we’re getting back to the basics of what's at stake when you cast your vote. Whether you’re a political novice or longtime expert, this podcast will bring something new and vital to your understanding of what it means to be democratically elected. Hosted by Kristen Holmes.