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Statement from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

Statements from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future on Trump Supporters Storming US Capitol

Statement from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) regarding Trump supporters storming the United States Capitol.

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With the help of the Dornsife Toolkit course “Doing Good: How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit Organization,” undergraduate Joanna Maniti made her dream of building an orphanage and a school in the Philippines a reality. (Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Maniti.)

USC Dornsife News - Students build an orphanage, provide water to the homeless and assist immigrants

USC students in CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan's course, “Doing Good: How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit Organization,” put their classwork into practice by helping the homeless, immigrants, and orphaned children. This course was offered through the Dornsife Toolkit, which provides students with skills that can help them beyond college. USC Dornsife News profiled three amazing students in Akhavan’s course and their efforts to help vulnerable communities.

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Cobb County election officials handle ballots during an audit on Monday in Marietta, Georgia. (Source: Mike Stewart/Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - As Trump attacks election outcome, Americans are less confident in the vote count, USC poll finds

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The post-election poll results found Joe Biden had a 15-point lead with Generation Z and millennial voters. On November 19, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the post-election poll results, including comments from CPF Director Bob Shrum.

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In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, potential voters wait in long lines to register and vote at the Los Angeles County Registrar's office in Los Angeles. A pair of propositions on California's November 2020 ballot would expand voting rights in California - restoring the vote for parolees and allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 before the general election. (Source: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

USC Annenberg Media - Experts say California’s rejection of Proposition 18 highlights resistance toward younger voices in the voting process

Proposition 18, a measure that would have allowed 17-year-olds to vote in certain elections, was voted down in California by a 55% majority, according to the Associated Press. CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan commented on the proposition that if passed, would have given 17-year-olds the right to vote in special elections and primaries if they turned 18 by the next general election date.

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President Trump finishes a campaign rally Sunday in Dubuque, Iowa. Since 2016, he has retained many followers but lost ground among key groups, the final USC Dornsife poll of the election shows. (Source: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Joe Biden leads President Trump by double digits nationally, USC poll suggests

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The final poll results show Joe Biden leads President Trump by double digits nationally in the poll’s daily tracking. It also reveals President Trump has lost ground among key groups that powered his drive to the presidency four years ago. On November 2, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the final poll results, including comments from CPF Director Bob Shrum.

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An official drive-up ballot box is seen outside the public library in Warren, Michigan, Wednesday, October 28, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/David Goldman)

USC Annenberg Media - What is election anxiety and how can consumers manage it?

More so than arguably any election in American history, the divisive 2020 presidential race has provoked an overwhelming sense of anxiety in many Americans. Nearly 70% of American adults said the 2020 presidential election brought them a significant amount of stress. CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan shared his suggestions for reducing election-related stress.

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The USC Athletics Black Lives Matter Action Team spearheaded the Galen Center voting operation in response to lack of voting access in South Central. (Source: Emily Bonilla/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - USC Athletics opens Galen Center as voting site

For the 2020 presidential election, the USC Galen Center served as an official voting center for Trojans and community members. This effort was led by USC Athletics and the USC Athletics Black Lives Matter Action Team and in partnership with various partners, such as the USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) and the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office. CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan and Communications and Media Manager Kristy Plaza shared how CPF helped organize the vote center and bolster voter turnout in the community.

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Map of directions and parking to the USC Galen Center Voting Site (Source: USC University Relations)

Galen Center Voting Site - Frequently Asked Questions

USC's Galen Center is now open for early voting! It will remain open from October 30 through Election Day on November 3. It will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Complimentary parking is available for those voting. Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Voting Center.

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Both USC voting locations will open on Friday, October 30. (Source: Illustration/K Selnick)

USC News - USC community making final push to get out the vote

For months, CPF, VoteSC, USC Athletics’ Black Lives Matter Action Team, and multiple organizations at USC have been encouraging students and community members to register to vote. These voter engagement efforts have resulted in the university turning two buildings into voting centers and encouraging the entire Trojan community to exercise their civic duty. USC News profiled our voter engagement efforts, with CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan detailing our civic engagement efforts to make the voting process as easy as possible.

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President Trump significantly underperformed surveyed voters’ expectations during the September 29 presidential debate, according to new USC Dornsife polling. (Source: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Trump hasn’t recovered from tailspin set off by raucous debate performance, poll shows

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll results show President Trump hasn't recovered from his first debate performance with Joe Biden. On October 14, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the latest results, including comments from CPF Director Bob Shrum.

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