/ U.S. Election Night 2020 – the digital election event
During this four-hour election event – the first in digital format – we livestreamed a discussion on the presidential election between U.S. and German experts including Ann Hesse (Democrats Abroad) and Michael D. Pierce (Republicans Overseas). The discussion was interspersed with live footage of events in the USA, as well as a panel debate, a student debate and musical interludes. In addition to the livestream we provided information about the U.S. election system and the presidential candidates in quizzes, comedy sketches and even an election yoga session. All the political foundations involved in the event had the opportunity to present information about their own activities, as well as analyses, videos and interviews about the election, in a virtual room. They also each had a twenty-minute time slot in the virtual room for live questions. Programme Manager Roland Papesch represented the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, answering questions about the foundation’s activities in and positions on the United States. Almost 2,000 guests logged in to the digital election night, making it a very successful event.
U.S. Election Night 2020 was an event hosted by the German-American Center in Stuttgart and the Baden-Württemberg State Centre for Political Education in collaboration with the Stuttgart Media University, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Baden-Württemberg, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Heinrich Böll Foundation BW, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Hospitalhof and the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry.
Last year's US presidential election and the events leading up to 3 November 2020 shaped public discussion and debate on both sides of the Atlantic. For this reason, Aspen Institute Germany, together with a number of transatlantic partner institutions and political foundations, such as the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, organised the virtual event series "Road to Election Night & Beyond". This series was intended to provide policy makers and the interested public with an intensive discussion on issues surrounding the 2020 US presidential election.
Furthermore, the goal was to promote debate on a strong transatlantic partnership and raise awareness for issues that shape public perceptions in Germany, Europe and the US. In addition, the events were intended to pave the way for a transatlantic conference in Berlin on 20 January 2021, the day of the President's inauguration.
The numerous sessions were attended by Congressmen Ami Bera (D-CA) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), as well as the German Ambassador to the U.S., Dr Emily Haber, Tina Hassel, Head of ARD-Berlin Office, and various international journalists, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, member of the German Bundestag and member of the Board of Trustees and Michael Link MP, member of the Management Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, as well as the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson.