Over the last year, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the R Street Institute have been leading an initiative to support efforts to define and consolidate a conservative agenda for democracy. The organizations have organized off-the-record convenings in Washington, DC, Utah, Indiana, and Texas, bringing together elected officials, election administration officials and experts, advocates, scholars, and leaders in the broader democracy and election sphere. The efforts are currently focused on a conservative agenda for building trust in elections.
This public event follows a national off-the-record convening with over 80 participants.
Panelists will explore a new set of conservative principles for building trust in elections, which have been compiled based on feedback from previous convenings, and discuss efforts needed to build conservative trust in elections in 2024. We will also release brand-new polling conducted by Gallup that investigates the current state of election trust in America.
12pm – 1pm ET: Lunch
1pm – 1:20pm ET: Opening Remarks
- Eli Lehrer, President, R Street Institute
- Ron Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
- Video: Governor Spencer Cox (R-Utah)
1:20pm – 2:15pm ET: Research Panel: State of Election Trust
About: This panel will share new polling data from Gallup investigating levels of trust in U.S. presidential elections. The data explores factors—such as personal characteristics and opinions/attitudes—that distinguish conservatives who believe Biden won the 2020 election from those who believe Trump won the 2020 election. The expert panel will discuss those findings in the context of broader research on election trust amongst conservatives from experts in the broader field, including challenges and opportunities leading up to the 2024 election.
- Hahrie Han, Inaugural Director, SNF Agora Institute
- Sarah Fiorini, Consultant Analytics, Gallup
- Mindy Finn, Executive Director, Citizen Data
- Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor MIT
2:15pm – 3:15pm ET: Conservative Principles to Build Trust in Elections
About: This panel will unveil and explore a new set of conservative principles to build trust in elections. Election officials will discuss their current efforts to demonstrate the efficacy of elections, important policies to pursue, and other communication strategies.
- Kim Wyman, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
- Deidre Henderson, Lieutenant Governor, Utah
- Gabriel Sterling, COO, Georgia’s Office of the Secretary
- David Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections
3:15pm – 3:30pm ET: Break
3:30pm – 4:20pm ET: The 2024 Election: What’s Needed from Conservatives
About: This panel will explore new ideas to engage with voters and build trust in elections leading up to the 2024 elections. Building on the presented research and election principles, the panelists will talk about their current efforts, inside and outside of government, to engage with constituents, and the most important opportunities and thorniest challenges present in the next year.
- Jeff Vanderslice, Director of Federal Government Affairs
- Ben Ginsberg, Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow
- Scot Turner, Executive Director of Eternal Vigilance Inc
- Amelia Gardner, Commission Chair, Utah County Commission
4:20pm – 4:30pm ET: Closing and Reflections
About: A review of the efforts of the SNF Agora Institute/R Street Institute partnership and an exploration of next steps.
- Scott Warren, Fellow, SNF Agora Institute
- Matt Germer, Associate Director and Fellow, R Street Institute
4:30pm – 6pm ET: Reception