Special Edition: Election Issue 2020

We don’t have to tell you how important this election year is. Over the past months, we at The Campus have watched the Middlebury community dive headfirst into activism, organizing and getting out the vote — and we’ve been busy, too. Just as politics has permeated every part of our lives, you’ll notice that the issue spans all five of our sections: below, you’ll find coverage of local and national races, interviews with elected officials (and election hopefuls), a podcast about the intersection of athletics and politics and an op-ed about the role of politics in romance, among much more. 

This year, we’re also advocating with many of our NESCAC peer publications that Election Day should be a college holiday. Speaking of Election Day, check out our guide to voting in Middlebury — and for more about the making of this issue, read our Notes from the Desk. To quote from it, “Thank you for reading, and thank you for caring. So much is at stake.”

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Heading into gubernatorial election, Governor Scott sustains as Lieutenant Governor Zuckerman campaigns
For Dave Silberman, forgotten high bailiff position offers new kind of platform
U.S. Congressman Peter Welch talks race, climate change, and bipartisanship
‘Larger than partisanship’: A Vermont Democrat works with Lincoln Project Republicans to defeat President Trump
Incumbent Christopher Bray makes a fourth run for Addison County Senate seat
Ruth Hardy adapts campaign to the times in second run for Vermont State Senate
‘I wrote myself in’: Asa Skinder ’22.5 runs for high bailiff in Vermont’s Washington County
Middlebury voting guide 2020: If you can vote, you can vote in Vermont
Unable to vote, non-citizen students watch election with bated breath
Neutrality versus activism: professors face a conflict of pedagogy in the classroom
Students reflect on voting in two consecutive “elections of a lifetime”
MiddVotes demystifies the absentee ballot process
Student political groups brace for Election Day, aftermath
Mail Center takes on increased workload during election season
Hamilton Forum debate contends with the power of the Supreme Court
It’s time for Election Day to be a college holiday
Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other
Predicting the 2020 election: Will forecasters repeat mistakes made in 2016?
Four years in retrospect: A political scientist’s lessons in engaging with the abnormal
MASK OFF, MIDD: The Politics of Romance
The fate of the American melting pot
After a long history of suppression, minorities still find barriers at the ballot box
Why you should vote — right now
Student athletes help Middlebury become student voter registration frontrunner in NESCAC, country
College football, the American presidency and a century of entanglement
Siefer’s Scoop episode #7: Middlebury student-athletes committed to political activism
Drawing near, 2020 election permeates classrooms across disciplines
Reel Critic: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’
‘Landslide Lyndon’: Robert Caro’s accounts of a president with a penchant for showmanship and voter fraud
Election Issue Front Page