The last presidential elections demonstrated the strong mobilization capacity of blocks of voters well known since the early 1980s such as evangelical Christians, still loyal to the Republican Party, but also voters whose volatility is greater, not to mention the scope of demographic mobility. While the federal state continues to withdraw from control of electoral laws and procedures (following the Shelby County v. Holder judgment of 2013), initiatives are being taken in this area by citizens (as in Florida with the 'Amendment 4 intended to reinstate former detainees on the electoral lists), but also by the governors and legislators of certain States to regulate these procedures as well as access to the ballot boxes. In this context, the 2020 turnout record and the violent contestation of the ballot box verdict mark a probable turning point for US democracy. The three speakers of this study day, specialists in the intersection between politics, religion and the rights of women and LGBT + people, will draw lessons from this unparalleled mobilization.
Political Mobilization in the US: New Stakes and Evolutions
organized by Anthony Castet , University of Tours, and Cécile Coquet-Mokoko, University of Versailles-Saint Quentin (Paris Saclay)
Friday, March 19th, 2021 10 am CDT / Friday March 19, 2021 at 4 pm
4 pm Mary Anne Case , University of Chicago: “The mobilization of faith-based organizations for or against Trump's record and candidacy: freedom or justice?”
4:30 pm Mark McNaught , Université Rennes 2: “American Civil Religion from Reagan to Trump”
5 pm Marie Gayte-Lebrun , University of Toulon: “Narrowing the God gap? Religion and the 2020 Election ”
5:30 pm Q&A - exchanges with the public with the possibility of interpretation by Cécile Coquet-Mokoko.
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