Election Day in the United States is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Please join us for a virtual discussion on the U.S. electoral process featuring U.S. Speaker John C. Fortier, director of Governmental Studies at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Moderator Raul “Danny” Vargas, political analyst, and Chat Space Expert Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations, Youngstown State University.

The program will stream to this page at 10:00pm EST (Washington, DC time). If you have any questions for the experts, please submit them below in the chatbox. 

This program is organized by the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Speaker Program in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Interactive Office in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.  

U.S. Speaker: John C. Fortier

John C. Fortier is the director of governmental studies at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship to address key national challenges. Prior to that, he spent a number of years at the American Enterprise Institute, and was the director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College. He is the author of several publications including “Absentee and Early Voting: Trends, Promises, and Perils,” and “After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College.”

Moderator: Raul “Danny” Vargas

Raul “Danny” Vargas is a noted business and community leader, accomplished media commentator, and national political analyst.  Vargas was the national chairman of a national political organization, was appointed by Congress to a commission studying the creation of an American Latino Museum within the Smithsonian Institution, and served on boards of non-profit groups.  He regularly speaks at schools on the importance of education and perseverance.  Additionally, he is a regular media commentator in English and Spanish, appearing on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS and many more.

Chat Space Expert: Paul Sracic

Paul Sracic is the chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University.  He is the author of several publications including, “Ohio Government and Politics,” and  “San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education.”  Sracic’s areas of expertise include American and international politics and law, the U.S. Presidential campaign, U.S. trade politics, the U.S. primary and caucus systems, and the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional interpretation.