Time12:00PM6:00PM EST Location555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C., 20001
Events hosted by RSI AND In-Person AND Virtual

Conservative Agenda for Democracy

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

Panel 1

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.

Panel 2

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.

3:15pm – 3:30pm ET: Break

Panel 3

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.

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.

4:30pm – 6pm ET: Reception