CSAD Updates for Fall 2022

Director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy Joseph Klesner provides an update on CSAD programming and encourages everyone to exercise the right to vote.


At the Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD), our student associates have spent many hours this fall helping fellow students and other community members who wish to vote in Ohio complete their voter registrations. With the guidance of CSAD Associate Director Nancy Powers ’83, they have also produced a non-partisan voter guide, so that Knox County residents can enter the voter booth more knowledgeable about the backgrounds and issue stances of candidates for offices at all levels and about the several issues on the Ohio ballot this November. The voter guide is now available at kenyon.edu/votes

As CSAD’s new director, I encourage everyone in the Kenyon community to remember their civic opportunity and responsibility to vote. The health of our democracy depends on our civic engagement, including turning out to cast our ballots on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8) or beforehand following the absentee and early voting laws in the states in which we live. If you are uncertain about voting rules in your community, Professor Powers and I recommend consulting the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at eac.gov/voters, where voters from any state can find information about registration, early voting and polling sites. We also suggest visiting guides.vote, which is a great place to find objective, non-partisan comparisons of candidates, prepared by professional journalists. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7-8 p.m. ET, CSAD will sponsor a virtual program, open to all members of the Kenyon community, in which alumni experts will assess the national political situation given the outcomes of the midterm elections. Registration is now open for this free, virtual event.

Joesph Klesner 
Director, Center for the Study of American Democracy
Professor of Political Science