The 2020 Election: Make Your Vote Count
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
- Virtual. Registration at https://tinyurl.com/MSU2020ElectionForum
The MSU Leadership Institute will host a forum for first-time and returning voters on October 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. titled “Make Your Vote Count.” Aimed at empowering Montana State University students and community members to feel confident in casting their 2020 ballot, this virtual, interactive event will feature a panel of local political experts and student representatives. Local political experts on the panel are State Senator Mike Phillips and former Representative Jon Knokey.
Phillips has served 14 years as a state legislator, first elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2006 and then the Montana Senate in 2012, where he will serve through 2020. Phillips founded the Montana Legislative Climate Change Caucus and was recruited in 2009 by the White House to join a coalition of state legislative leaders to work with the Obama administration and the U.S. Senate to pass clean energy jobs and climate change legislation.
Knokey was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2016 where he served on the budget and appropriation committee. In 2020, he ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor as Attorney General Tim Fox’s running mate. Knokey has taught college courses on the Constitution and wrote the book “Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership.”
The panel will be moderated by Eric Raile, PhD. Raile is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University-Bozeman. He teaches primarily in public policy and public administration and worked previously in the U.S. executive branch. Raile has contributed to news media reports about campaigns and elections for over a decade.
“From pandemic to serious economic and environmental challenges, the need for effective public policies in the United States has rarely been greater,” Raile said. “The selection of the right individual for the presidency is crucial for dealing with these challenges. The same is true for other national and state-level positions, as these individuals will work with or seek to counterbalance the president’s policy objectives. These choices will have ramifications for decades.”
The United States 2020 Presidential election serves as the first Presidential-level election for many Montana State University students. Additionally, it is regarded as an election of great importance to the MSU community, state of Montana, and the country as a whole. The election panel will offer an opportunity for both first-time and returning voters to ask questions, gain new perspectives, and ultimately make a plan for their participation in what will be a consequential national conversation.
Presented by the Montana State University Leadership Institute, this forum is presented in partnership by the Office of the President - extension Government Affairs, the Office of the Provost, ASMSU, Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, and the Office of Student Engagement.
Free and open to the public, registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/MSU2020ElectionForum. For more information, please call the MSU Leadership Institute at 406-994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership or http://www.facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute.
- Leadership Institute