Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

In an age when saying the wrong thing in a Twitter post could leave you ghosted by onetime friends—or worse—we find our country torn apart at the political seams. But things don’t need to be this way. Constructive social discourse is not dead, it just needs a little resuscitation. From CurtCo Media. ​ Consider Meet Me in the Middle your political rehab. Each week, Ed Larson (Pulitzer Prize winning historian, author, and world-wide lecturer) invites guests from across the ideological spectrum—including politicians, activists, and celebrities—to sit down, discuss the issues, and if not find consensus, at least find common ground. So bring an open mind and remember, we’re more alike than different.



episode 42: 42 - Counting the Vote with Former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan

Former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan joins the show to discuss both technicalities and expectations to the very unique upcoming presidential election. 

With the unprecedented nature of a pandemic occurring alongside this year's presidential election, voting expert Robin Carnahan, host Bill Curtis, Pulitzer Prize Winning Political Historian Ed Larson, and International Trade Attorney Jane Albrecht help us navigate the uncertainty of what’s to come in November. Robin also helps to illuminate the differences from state to state on how votes are processed. One thing is for sure, the sooner you can get your vote in, the more certainty the nation will have on election day. 


2:36 What is the state secretary of state's functions when it comes to elections?

3:26 Has there been times in the past where candidates have tried to invalidate the results of an election?

4:45 What is the history and timeline to the present day expedited election results?

5:42 Individual state preparedness for the massive increase in mail-in votes

6:50 How would Robin ensure confidence in the election results. 

9:04 Is there validity to President Trump's concerns of mail-in voting fraud?

11:04 Why does the presidential voting system still feel so archaic compared to other online industries such as banking?

14:45 The logistics and security of the present day digital in-person voting systems?

17:42 Why does President Trump believe that the Republicans benefit from fewer people voting? 

20:50 Will the US know the next President by the end of election night? 

23:50 What will the individual states do if President Trump denies the validity of the results.  

26:04 Where will the likely appeals from this election occur if President Trump decides to act against the results?

26:45 Voter suppression past and present in the US.

30:45 Robin's final thoughts on the optics of the US internationally after this unprecedented election? 


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Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Ed Larson and Jane Albrecht

Produced and Edited by: Mike Thomas

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