55 Voices for Democracy: Conny McCormack
The series “55 Voices for Democracy” is modeled after the BBC radio speeches through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland, and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until November 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. In this election year, Thomas Mann’s conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever.
"55 Voices for Democracy" is an initiative that waslaunched by the Thomas Mann House in October 2019. With this new podcast series, Los Angeles Review of Books, Thomas Mann House, Goethe-Institut Boston, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Wunderbar Together are expanding upon the successful series.
Starting on October 20, 2020, Tom Lutz and Tom Zoellner will engage in a vivid conversation with intellectuals, artists, and activists about the question of how to renew democracy today. Among the first guests are Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, and the political scientist Chantal Mouffe.
Episode 3: Conny McCormack on Election Mechanics
Conny McCormack served as the Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk for Los Angeles County from 1995 to 2008. She served in similar positions in San Diego and Dallas counties, and has served as an international observer of fair elections in more than a dozen countries.
She talks to LARB politics editor Tom Zoellner about the day-to-day work of making an election happen, the inevitability of human error in the process, and the well-established lack of fraud in American elections over the last century.
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