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Mercer hosts symposium on 2018 midterm elections

Tavares Jones (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Mercer University hosted a post-election symposium on Tuesday to get the community talking about the 2018 midterm elections.

Dr. Chris Grant, a political science professor at Mercer, as well as students in the fall semester's "Campaigns and Elections" course, hosted the symposium, which was supported by funding through a research initiative at Mercer.

“Semester project funding is an opportunity for faculty to try out innovative, engaged learning strategies in the classroom,” said Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, director of Research That Reaches Out and associate professor of chemistry. “Our office is focused on supporting faculty in the integration of research and service, and Dr. Grant’s project is a good example of engaging students in research that addresses real-world problems. In this case, it’s voter engagement.”

The event featured a panel on the strategies and results of the 2018 election cycle as well as a panel with former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, activist and CNN commentator and former congressman Jack Kingston and others.

“Understanding how to effectively engage ‘Under 30’ voters will continue to be one of the most important topics of consideration for candidates and their consultants in the coming years,” said Grant. “How ‘Under 30’ voters develop their political identities will shape American democracy for the rest of the century.”

Students also shared research findings on Get Out the Vote, campaigning through social media, campaign messaging and more.


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