LSU to Host “Behind The Ballot,” a Two-Day Symposium Exploring Influences on Voter Behavior Oct. 29-30

Behind the Ballot10/09/2018
BATON ROUGE – LSU will host “Behind the Ballot: Examining the Influences and Trends Driving Modern Elections” on Oct. 29-30. This event, held in conjunction with Geaux Vote, a non-partisan student organization with the goal of increasing student civic engagement, will feature scholars from the LSU family of campuses, Southern University, elected officials, community leaders, and others. The bipartisan event will take place at various locations across LSU’s campus and is free and open to the public.

“With midterm elections just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to remind our students and our community about how important voting is to our country,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “No matter what your personal politics are, civic engagement is more than just a right – it’s our duty as citizens. LSU is proud to showcase the expertise of our faculty and can’t wait to welcome the community to campus.”

Events will span from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Panels and discussions range from a history of voting rights for the disenfranchised; a look at persuasive creative elements in campaign designs; an exploration of the impact political polls and election forecasting have on voter behavior; a talk about election integrity with cybersecurity experts; and much more. The full working agenda and other developing details are available at

The first day will close with a Secretary of State Candidate’s Forum at 7 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building, with overflow seating in the Lawton Room of Tiger Stadium.

Highlights on Oct. 30 include Walt Handelsman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, who will present “Politics (and Everything in Between) Through the Eyes of Cartoonist Walt Handelsman,” and announce the winners of the Behind the Ballot political cartoon contest for LSU students. Handelsman will also sign copies of his new book, “I’m Drawing as Fast as I Can!”

The symposium will culminate with a keynote presentation by New York Times Op-Ed Editor James Dao, who will discuss “Publishing Anonymous: Opinion Journalism in a Polarized Age,” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the LSU Student Union Theatre, with a reception to follow.

For questions, contact Ashley Arceneaux at or 225-578-0971.



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