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Clark University encourages eligible students to register to vote and participate in the democratic process. Make your voice heard!

Upcoming Events

 

The 2020 Election and the Future of American Political Parties

Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
Professor Rob Boatright, political science

Although we don’t know what will happen in this November’s election, the 2020 election so far has shown us that the two political parties today look quite different today than they were just a few years ago. In this talk, Professor Boatright will review how the parties have changed their views, whether these changes will endure beyond the Trump Presidency, and how this year’s primary elections for the House and Senate compare to those of previous years.

Part of Alumni Affairs’ “Beyond the Classroom” series

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Gender, Politics and the 2020 Presidential Election

Thursday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
Professors Valerie Sperling, Kristen Williams, and Danielle Hanley, political science

Please join us for a panel discussion on gender and the 2020 US presidential election. Professors Sperling, Hanley, and Williams will each briefly address a unique aspect of the gendered nature of the upcoming election. Topics to be explored include masculinity, misogyny, intersectionality, identity politics, and the international landscape. A Q & A will follow. Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies

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Dynamic Programming — Versatile Optimization Technique for Coin Changing, Gene Sequence Alignment, and Gerrymandering

Thursday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1 p.m.
Professor Li Han, math and computer science

“Programming” in this case means “planning” — no computer programming/coding background is required.

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Climate Change and the 2020 Election

Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
Professor Rob Boatright, political science; Jim Gomes, MIT; Dana Fisher, University of Maryland, and Matto Mildenberger, University of California, Santa Cruz

American voters are more concerned about the effects of climate change today than ever before, and a majority of Americans believe that the federal government is doing too little to address it. Extreme weather events over the past year — including tornadoes and rain in the Midwest, fires on the West Coast, and a string of hurricanes — have made the climate particularly relevant during this election year.

How has citizen activism regarding climate policy evolved over the past decade? And how have candidates in 2020 addressed citizens’ views on the environment?

This panel will explore the role climate change is playing in American politics today, the policy choices that this year’s candidates face, and what the election results will mean for America’s involvement in global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Co-sponsored by A new Earth conversation

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Post-Election 2020: What Just Happened?

Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m.

With the understanding that the election may still be undecided, we will gather the day-after for a conversation about the results. Bring your questions for Clark’s experts, as we address what we know about election returns; when and how decisions will be made and how information will be communicated; the important roles played by different constituencies in the process; the historical precedents involved; and the psychological impacts of perceived threats, uncertainty, resistance, and protest. Sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

Moderated by Esther Jones (Dean of the Faculty/English/Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies): Critical race studies

Panelists:

  • Rob Boatright (Political Science): American political parties & campaigns and election
  • Jack Delehanty (Sociology): Progressive religious activism and conservative Christian discourse
  • Mark Miller (Political Science/Law & Society): Congress and the courts
  • Ousmane Power-Greene (History): African American social and political movements
  • Johanna Vollhardt (Psychology): Psychology of collective violence, oppression, and resistance

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Tracking the Gendered Politics of a Global Pandemic

Thursday, Nov. 5, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
Professor Cynthia Enloe, IDCE

It will be just two days after the U.S. election, so while it will be tough to think globally, this may be exactly when we need to use our feminist curiosities to track the links between local and global politics. The coronavirus has caused illness, deaths, and dislocations in virtually every country on this small blue planet. But the pandemic has played out differently in the lives of women and men in different countries. Health care inequities are gendered everywhere, but how exactly? In this session, we’ll start asking: Why is domestic violence rising in this pandemic? How are job losses and stresses in a pandemic gendered? How does masculinization shape our presumptions about who we call an expert in a pandemic?

Part of Alumni Affairs’ “Beyond the Classroom” series; co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies

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The Campaign of Miner Bo

Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Virtual film screening and Q&A with director Todd Drezner

Zoom link to come

Co-sponsored by the Screen Studies Program


Past Events

Democracy or Voting Theory? Can Voting Ever Be Fair?

Thursday, Oct. 22, from noon to 1 p.m.
Professor Amir Aazami, math and computer science

In the 2004 governor’s election in Minnesota, exit polls indicated that the person who won was quite possibly the least favorite candidate of a majority of the voters. There was no foul play, but it makes us wonder: Did this really represent “the will of the people?” Another example: In the 2008 mayoral election in Burlington, Vermont, a different candidate would have won if the voting method had been “instant run-off” instead of plurality voting — and yet another candidate would have won if the winner had been decided by the so-called “Condorcet method.” Is there a “best” way to vote? Can voting ever truly be “fair” — and what does “fair” even mean here? Absolutely no math or STEM background of any kind is required.

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Register to Vote

You may register in either Massachusetts or your home state, depending on which address you consider your residence for voting purposes. You may register from your home state and request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you, or you may register to vote from your Massachusetts address. You may not, however, be registered to vote in more than one place.

  • Register in Massachusetts by Oct. 24 to vote in the Nov. 3 general election.
  • Visit Vote.org to learn about deadlines and requirements in your home state.

How to Vote

Vote by Mail

Early Voting in Massachusetts

  • To minimize crowds, the state of Massachusetts has added extra early voting days this year. Early voting for the Nov. 3 election is scheduled for Oct. 17–30, including the weekends of Oct. 17–18 and Oct. 24–25.
  • All Massachusetts early voting locations are posted at MassEarlyVote.com.

Early Voting in Worcester

  • Students and others registered to vote in Worcester can vote right near Clark, in the St. Peter’s Catholic Church gymnasium, 929 Main St. (across the street from the ASEC Center), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

View all early voting schedules and locations in Worcester

Election Day Voting

  • The City of Worcester’s Voter Assistance page is a good source for voting information.

More Information

The 1998 Higher Education Act requires all postsecondary institutions to make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration information to all students. As a result, we are providing the following information about voter registration. We hope you will find this data useful!