Voter Education and Civic Action:

Pratt and the 2020 Election

The nation is currently in the midst of a critical election, which is causing the country to be more divided than any election in modern history. We are in a period of great uncertainty and upheaval with the covid pandemic, lingering pain and protests stemming from the killings of Black Americans, a deeply impacted economy, extreme political partisanship and more. Pratt seeks to encourage and support peaceful engagement, provide information for voters, and create space for community dialogue before, during and after the November 3 election.

Civic Engagement Events: Pre-Election, Election Day, and Post-Election

 

Post-Election and Pre-inauguration: 
What is the “interregnum? What is ballot-curing? And what happens next?

 

What is the interregnum?
Interregnum is the period of time between Election Day and Inauguration Day. This year, it is the 79 days between November 3, 2020 and January 20, 2021.

During this time, there are several key dates: 
November 3 to December 7 -- ballots are counted in each state

December 8, 2020 -- last day for states to resolve election disputes, which must occur no later than 6 days before Electoral College meets

December 14, 2020 -- state electors in the Electoral College meet to cast their ballots for president and vice president, which must occur on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December

December 23, 2020 -- the President of the Senate (which is the current Vice President) must receive electoral vote certificates no later than nine days after electors meet

January 3, 2021-- House and Senate are sworn in

January 6, 2021 -- House and Senate meet to certify the vote of the Electoral College; the candidate that receives at least 270 out of 538 electoral votes becomes the next president

January 20, 2021 -- President-elect and Vice President-elect are sworn in

  • What is “ballot curing”?
    Voters who vote in person at the polls may ask for assistance and clarification from poll workers; those voting by absentee or mail-in ballots cannot. Therefore, when problems arise with a ballot, such as a missing signature or the need to verify information, in some states voters are given an opportunity to fix or “cure” their ballot in time for it to be counted if the ballot had been rejected. This process can take days or weeks. Given the large number of voters who used mail-in ballots this year due to the pandemic, the scale of ballot curing in this election is historic and the process has been longer than in past elections. Ballotpedia has more information about ballot curing. 

  • The Low Down on Ballot Curing 
    Nineteen states require officials to notify voters and allow voters to correct signature errors through ballot curing. Ballot curing is a two-part process that involves notification and correction. Click to visit Ballotpedia: 

  • Ballot Curing: An Election Protection Tool for 2020 

  • What happens next in a contested election? 
    The New York Times provides a diagram outlining the potential legal challenges and recounts in the timeline towards Inauguration Day on January 20, 2021.

  • Pratt Fine Arts Civic Engagement Series 2020-2021
    The Civic Engagement Series invites contemporary artists, grassroots organizers, and local electoral candidates into dialogue around pressing sociocultural issues to investigate how our collective imagination can foster progressive change. Through a series of experimental events shaped by the invited artists and the Pratt Fine Arts’ Fellow in Civic Engagement Amy Khoshbin, the CES focuses on the power of taking action at the local level, both at the polls and in the street.

  • After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy?
    November 12, 2020
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
    Join Facing History and Ourselves and the New York Times Learning Network for a lively community conversation featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, 300th Anniversary University Professor and former Harvard Law School dean Martha Minow, and legal scholar and Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy as we examine what’s next for US democracy, the role of teachers and education, and the future of youth civic participation.

  • Connecting with...
    Pratt President Frances Bronet connects with Pratt’s inaugural Fine Arts Civic Engagement Fellow Amy Khoshbin for a short, lively video discussion on creating social change through art, through voting, and being civically engaged at this critical moment in the United States and the world at large.

  • NYPIRG will host a Virtual Pratt Final Debate Watch Bingo Night for the final presidential debate on Thursday, October 22 at 8:30pm with a Q and A before the debate, and information on absentee ballots, offices are up for election, and more. RSVP here.

  • Emory Center for Ethics webcast, an interview with Dr. Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy, Monday, October 26 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Artist for Democracy will host an event on Tuesday, October 27.

  • NYPIRG at Pratt will run a Student Voter Hotline from 6am-9pm on Election Day where trained professionals and lawyers will help answer student questions. (212) 822-0282

  • The Wide Awakes is an artist collective that will host a 24-hour broadcast Nov 4, post-election live from Fridman Gallery at 169 Bowery—it will be broadcasted online. Follow The Wide Awakes on Instagram.

  • Post-Election Stress Management Workshop from Center for Career & Professional Development: 
    Join Rhonda Schaller for this 50 minute workshop. You'll learn practices to help you stop, breathe, and check in with yourself to release tension and reset the heart/mind/body connection with realistic optimism. Students and Alumni should RSVP through their Pratt Pro account, faculty/staff can click here to RSVP.

  • Pratt Community Dialogue Series: Election Aftermath
    On Thursday, November 5th, join the Center for Equity and Inclusion, Counseling Center, and the Fine Arts' Fellow in Civic Engagement, Amy Khoshbin for a Pratt Community Dialogue from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET to discuss the aftermath of the 2020 election. This event is only open to Pratt students, faculty, and staff. To RSVP, click here and use your Pratt OneKey to receive Zoom information. For any questions or accommodations, email diversity@pratt.edu.

  • Pratt Fine Arts Civic Engagement Series presents “Liberatory Healing, Mutual Aid, Moving Forward, Liberatory Healing, Mutual Aid, Moving Forward” organized by  Amy Khoshbin with Artist Guadalupe Maravilla, Pastor/Mutual Aid Organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz, City Council Candidate Sandy Nurse, Thursday, November 12

  • How can we evaluate if an election is free and fair?

  • Responding to the 2020 election US Presidential Election

Voter Information and Resources

Can’t/Won’t Vote? Here’s What You Can Do to Stay Informed and Be Active

Emotional Aid, Health, and Wellness Support

Resilience, Wellness, and Wellbeing at Pratt  

Engaging in mindfulness at Pratt

Pratt offers daily meditation and mindfulness practices that are open to everyone.

Mondays: Breathe with Me, 8:30–9 AM via Zoom
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  Breath Breaks, 12:30–1 PM via Zoom
Wednesday:  Breath Breaks, 1–1:30 PM via Zoom
Fridays: Meditate with Me, 8:30–9 AM via Zoom