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BPC Announces 2016 Election Event Series

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center today announced its 2016 Election Event Series, with monthly events designed to explain the mechanics and decision-making behind key moments in the presidential campaign, including caucuses and primaries, conventions, and selecting a running mate. The series began today with a discussion of how campaigns succeed in the Iowa caucuses, days before that high-stakes and little-understood event.

“Our series will give depth to key milestones and institutions of the campaign. How does Iowa work? What is the delegate math for victory? How should the nominees select a vice presidential nominee? What’s new in campaign techniques and fundraising?” said John Fortier, director of BPC’s Democracy Project. “Our panels and expert guests will provide much-needed context throughout the 2016 campaign.

BPC’s Election Event Series will include:

February 22 | The Primary Campaign: What You Need To Know
Now that the nomination contests have begun, what is the delegate math for victory? How are the remaining delegates selected? What are delegates and superdelegates? How are primaries run?

April | Choosing a Vice President
The vice president is one heartbeat away from the presidency, yet presidential nominees have a short time to find, vet and select their running mates. Hear from insiders who have been part of the vice presidential selection process.

May | Campaign Advertising
From direct mail, in-person canvassing, broadcast television, cable TV, internet ads, and social media, a campaign strategist has many options in the messaging arsenal. How are campaigns allocating scarce resources to persuade an turnout key voters?

July | Campaign Finance Update
What does the 2016 fundraising look like in comparison to past election cycles? Who has raised how much? How important are independent groups relative to political parties and candidates? How is fundraising affecting the way we elect a president?

September | Are We Ready to Run Our Elections?
A lot goes on behind the scenes before Americans show up to the polls to vote on Election Day. Are jurisdictions ready to run a smooth election? What will we see of polling place lines, early voting, voting by mail, election innovations and election problems? Hear from voting experts including members of the President’s Commission on Election Administration.

October | How Would They Govern?
The nominees have been crowned and everyone is focused on Election Day 2016. But what happens on January 20, 2017? How will each candidate staff up his or her administration? How will the president-elect work with Congress? Are there ways to improve upon the last few years of partisan stalemate? What do we know about the background of the candidates that could tell us how they would govern?

November | Transition to Governing
Campaigning and governing are very different. There are 73 days between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration Day 2017. The new president needs an administration ready on Day One. What are the lessons learned from past transitions that are essential for the incoming administration?

Event dates and participants will be announced in the coming weeks.