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Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Martha Kropf

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Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Martha Kropf

Date Published:
Thursday, March 13, 2014

North Carolina’s General Assembly enacted several controversial election administration issues in the past year - cutting early voting, requiring photo identification for voting, and changing the machinery on which N.C. voters will cast ballots in the future. The electoral meltdown of the 2000 election continues to drive change all over the country, close to 15 years later.

In the final Personally Speaking talk for the 2013 - 14 season, Martha Kropf, a UNC Charlotte faculty author and national expert on election administration, will explore how the 2000 election still haunts policy makers. The free, public talk is set for Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street.

Kropf, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will consider the sometimes competing values driving election reforms: access and integrity.

We support the University’s mission to serve as a resource to the greater Charlotte area, and this series is an excellent way to share with the community the knowledge and expertise of our faculty.
Nancy Gutierrez, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Kropf’s research has examined a variety of election-related issues including provisional voting, how local election officials implement election policies, and voter turnout. She has authored more than 20 research articles and book chapters on various election and voter turnout-related topics. She co-authored the book Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform with David Kimball.

The Personally Speaking lecture series further connects the community with UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty and their research. J. Murrey Atkins Library partners with the college on the events. Reservations are requested via email or by calling 704-687-1429.

During each talk, the author presents and engages in a discussion with attendees. A reception follows. Complimentary parking is available in lots at 319 E. Ninth Street and 422 E. Ninth Street, across Ninth Street and also across Brevard Street from the building. Attendants will direct guests.

Previous authors in this year’s series include Jonathan Marks on September 24, Aimee Parkison on November 13, and Allison Stedman on February 27.