Expecting the Unexpected: Election Day in America

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) presents:

"Expecting the Unexpected: Election Day in America"


Benjamin L. Ginsberg
Veteran Republican Election Lawyer and CNN Commentator

Joshua Geltzer
Founding Executive Director
Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Georgetown University Law Center

Moderated by:

Katie Biber
Former General Counsel to Romney for President

While uncertainty underpins so many aspects of life in 2020, one thing is certain: No one knows exactly what will happen on —and after—November 3rd in America. With Election Day turned into an election season, questions loom, as states adapt to altered voting procedures, a large influx of mail-in ballots, and early voting in huge numbers across the country. Meanwhile, President Trump is already casting doubt about the system, suggesting that he may not accept the result should Democratic candidate Joe Biden outperform him. Come November, America may be facing a tough political, and potentially legal, fight that could grip a nation still reeling from the pandemic.

What are the different scenarios that could play out on Election Day and in the days, weeks, and months after? Join us for a discussion with leading U.S. legal experts to discuss what to expect and what role precedents and constitutional controls will play in the process.

Speaker Bios:

Benjamin L. Ginsberg is a nationally known political law advocate with 38 years’ experience representing participants in the political process, including four of the last six Republican Presidential nominees. His representations ranged across a variety of election law and regulatory issues. Ginsberg served as co-chair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration which produced a much-lauded report on best practices and recommendations for state and local officials to make U.S. elections run better.

Joshua Geltzer serves as the founding executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an International Security Program Fellow at New America and an Executive Editor at Just Security. Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Katie Biber is a technology leader with deep experience counseling high-growth companies. In 2020, she became Chief Legal Officer at Brex, the $3 billion fintech startup reimagining financial systems for growing companies. Katie oversees all legal, compliance, and regulatory activities across Brex. Earlier in her career, Katie worked as a political and election lawyer, representing candidates, political party committees, and nonprofit groups in high-stakes enforcement actions, congressional investigations, and litigation. During her many years in politics, she served on multiple political campaigns, including as general counsel to Romney for President in 2012.


If you have any questions, please contact William Stewart-Wood at WStewart-Wood@gmfus.org.

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Oct 22 2020


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