Symposium on Voting and Election Reforms

Organized by the “Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kennesaw State University, Prillaman Hall room 1000

The selection of political leaders is critical for the formulation of public policy, which in turn directly impacts economic and social outcomes. The “Symposium on Voting and Election Reforms” – organized by the “Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity ” – will examine issues related to the process of such public choices from both an academic and applied perspective. The events of the Symposium will consist of four different sessions as described below. The Symposium is free, but attendees must register in advance (registration for either all or only some of the four sessions is permissible).

  • Session 1 – 9:00am to 9:50am:
    • opening remarks
    • short presentation on “Individual versus Social Preferences and Choice” (Timothy Mathews, KSU Professor of Economics)
    • short presentation on “Voting and Elections from an Economic Perspective” (James Boudreau, KSU Visiting Professor of Economics)
  • Session 2 – 10:00am to 11:00am:
    • short presentation on “Voting and Elections from a Political Science Perspective” (Kerwin Swint, KSU Professor of Political Science)
    • presentation on “The Need for Voting Reforms” (Krist Novoselic, FairVote Board of Directors Chair and former member of the band Nirvana)
  • Session 3 – 11:10am to 12:10pm:
    • keynote lecture on “Alternative Voting Rules with an Emphasis on Ranked Choice Voting” (Rob Richie, FairVote co-founder and Executive Director)
  • Session 4 – 2:15pm to 3:20pm:
    • screening of documentary film “Rigged 2016” (introduction by David Shock, KSU Professor of Political Science)

Please note that all fields are required.

Registration for this event is now closed.

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