Oct 11, 2019
What makes an election work? Is it the technology aggregates our preferences? Is it trust that our choices will be fairly counted, that they have an impact? Is it the institutions that manage the voting process? Or is it, ultimately, the people we elect and whether or not they choose to respect the process? What happens to our democracy when these components are stretched and strained?
Ben chats with Holly Ann Garnett, political scientist and elections expert at the Royal Military College of Canada.
About the Guest
Holly Ann Garnett is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and cross-appointed faculty at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Her research examines how electoral integrity can be strengthened throughout the electoral cycle, including electoral management, registration and voting procedures, election technology and cyber-security, civic literacy and campaign finance. She is a co-convener of the Electoral Management Network, and contributes to the Electoral Integrity Project.
Holly Ann was an Endeavour Research Fellow at The Australian National University (2017), a visiting fellow at the Åbo Akademi, Finland (2017), a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney (2014), and a Killam Fellow at Cornell University (2009).
She completed her PhD in Political Science at McGill University (2017), where she was a student member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. She is also a proud alumna of Queen’s University (MA in Political Studies, 2011) and Nipissing University (BA (Hon) in History and Political Science, 2010).
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The Quote of the Week
"When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that
act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not
theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are
their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt
will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather
conservative arrangement when one thinks of it."
- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006), Canadian-born economist