Public Program, Online Event Voting During a Pandemic: The 1918 Elections in Massachusetts 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online event. Registration is now closed. Peter Drummey, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/influenza_broadside.jpg

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

While the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the voting process this election year, it is not the first time that consequential national and local elections have taken place during a health care crisis. In the fall of 1918, during the waning days of the First World War and just after the peak of a virulent influenza epidemic—the “Spanish Flu”—citizens of Massachusetts voted in primary, and then in state and national elections.  Did the 1918 pandemic influence the outcome of elections here and elsewhere in the United States? What can we learn from looking back at those elections today?

Please note: this is an online program. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event.