September 19 – 22, 2019
Dallas, Texas

America in One Room (A1R) is a historic gathering of 500 American voters who will participate in a nonpartisan discussion about the major issues of the 2020 presidential election. The participants—our citizen-delegates—are carefully selected to form an accurate, representative sample of the entire American electorate in all its political, cultural, and demographic diversity.

Over the course of the event, the delegates will learn about the issues; deliberate amongst themselves in a thoughtful, civil, and substantive fashion; and have town-hall discussions directly with presidential candidates. Their views on the issues and the relative merits of the candidates will be documented and shared with the public, candidates, and policymakers, giving a clearer, more balanced, and more informed idea of the political landscape heading into the election.

A1R is organized as a Deliberative Poll®, under the supervision of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. The participants are selected using stratified random sampling, with survey work conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. A1R will be managed and produced in collaboration with By the People Productions and is a Helena Project. For press inquiries, please contact

Voices of America in One Room

Imagine being a part of a large group of people, all with differing points of view, socio-economic beliefs, and backgrounds. Now imagine you were asked to discuss a variety of important issues, such as the economy, the environment, and immigration. In September of 2019, a total of 526 registered American voters were brought together to discuss important issues that impact all of us. Participants were respectful, addressed each talking point more objectively, and simply approached these issues as individuals who are being impacted by them daily.

From The Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, this is Voices of America in One Room. Join us this season as we revisit experiences from the event, and talk about important social issues that impact all of us.

America in One Room—Election Follow-Up

The participants in the Deliberative Poll in Dallas and the control group were surveyed in a recent follow-up conducted by NORC. 463 of the original deliberators and 710 of the original control group responded. They were asked about how much they followed the campaign, what they thought of the government’s handling of the Covid crisis and who they planned to vote for. Results for both the deliberators and the control group are presented here.

Snapchat Video Series

Snapchat has launched an 8 part video series based on America In One Room.

YouTube Video

Former US President Bill Clinton discussed America in One Room at the annual annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture at Georgetown University Law School.



Briefing Material




This webinar is for League of Women Voters. Video recording is available here.