Summit 2015 Conference Agenda

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Agenda for Thursday, February 5, 2015 / Location: Jack Morton Auditorium, Media & Public Affairs Building, George Washington University

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8:00 AM

8:30 AM Doors Open / Welcome Coffee
8:30 AM 8:45 AM

WELCOME - Conference Opening - Featuring Summit 2015 Co-hosts

8:45 AM 9:15 AM
Opening Keynote

Congressman Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District

9:15 AM

10:45 AM

U.S. Vote Foundation presents Breakthrough Ideas - The Promise of Tech and Innovation to Engage Voters


  • 9:15 - Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, U.S. Vote Foundation - Kickoff

  • 9:20 - Mark Listes, Director, Revive My Vote w/ Interviewer: Johanna Berkson, President,

  • 9:35 - Joseph Kiniry, Research Lead, Rigorous Software Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography, and Audits-for-Good, Galois, Inc. - Promises of Technology to Increase the Transparency and Trustworthiness of Elections

  • 9:50 - Rachna Choudry, Co-founder, POPVOX w/ Interviewer Steven Roberts, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University - Leveraging Technology to Empower Constituents and Inform Lawmakers

  • 10:05 - Manu Koenig, Founder and CEO, Civinomics - Vote the News: Why the Future of Voting Will be Habit Forming

  • 10:20 - Nancy Bordier, Founder and CEO, and Joe Firestone, Co-Founder, Re-Invent Democracy, Inc.
    w/ Interviewer: Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat - Overcoming Systemic Voter Disempowerment with a system-changing technology

  • 10:35 - Roundtable Review - Final reflections and statements from all presenters

There will be 2-minute "bridge" presentations between dialogues - Bob Blaemire, (Catalist); Augusta Featherston, (International Foundation for Electoral Systems); Professor Paul Herrnson, (Roper Center); Ursula Kaczmarek, (U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation)

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10:45 AM 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM

12:45 PM

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law presents Talk Voting to Me: Engaging and Protecting the American Voter

Roundtable Discussion Featuring:

  • Deborah Barfield Berry, Washington Correspondent, USA Today, Moderator

  • Andrew Aydin, Co-author, MARCH; Digital Director & Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative John Lewis

  • Daniel Gonzalez, Training and Outreach Manager, Analyst Institute

  • Tom Hicks, Commissioner, United States Election Assistance Commission

  • Terence “TC” Muhammad, Logistical & Leadership Committee Coordinator, Hip Hop Caucus

  • Jim Dickson, Vice President, Organizing and Civic Engagement, American Association of People with Disabilities

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12:45 PM 2:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM 2:30 PM
Afternoon Keynote

Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President, Progress 2050, American Progress

2:30 PM

4:15 PM

FairVote presents Making 227 Million Votes Count in Every Election

  • 2:30 Welcome, Rob Richie, Executive Director, FairVote

  • 2:35 Valerie Ervin, Executive Director, Center for Working Families and John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center - Electoral Reform and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

  • 2:55 Michael Lind, Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation and  Krist Novoselic, Chair of Board of Directors, FairVote - Opening Up the Ballot and Fair Representation Elections

  • 3:15 Paul Jacob, President, Citizens in Charge Foundation and Jeanne Massey, Executive Director, FairVote Minnesota - Ranked Choice Voting from the Political Left, Right and Center

  • 3:35 Cynthia Terrell, Director, Representation 2020 and Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress, Center for American Progress - How to Make Our Elected Leaders More Representative of Women, Racial Minorities and Our Full Diversity

  • 3:55 Josh Silver, Director, Represent.US and Jamie Raskin, State Senator, Maryland and professor at Washington College of Law - Building a Pro-democracy Movement

There will be 2-minute "bridge" presentations between dialogues from Dave Meslin (Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto), Drew Spencer (FairVote), Amaris Montes (FairVote), Claire Daviss (FairVote) and Dania Korkor (FairVote).

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4:15 PM 4:45 PM

Networking Break

4:45 PM 6:00 PM

Overseas Vote Foundation presents Focus on Overseas and Military Voting

Roundtable Discussion Featuring:

  • Don Inbody, Texas State University - Moderator - Opening Statement

  • Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

  • Kamanzi Kalisa, Director, Overseas Voting Initiative, Council of State Governments - Concerns of State Governments and How They are Responding to Overseas and Military Voters

  • Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services - What Service Personnel are Experiencing with the Overseas Vote

  • David Mermin, Partner, Lake Research Partners - Some Observations about the Progress of FVAP

  • Judy Murray, Research Consultant, Overseas Vote Foundation - Issues Faced by Civilian Overseas Voters

  • Rob Richie, Executive Director, FairVote - An Initiative to Enable UOCAVA Voters to More Effectively Participate in Run-off Elections and Party Caucuses

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6:00 PM 6:15 PM

Conclusions and Closing

6:15 PM 7:30 PM

Summit 2015 Reception - Sponsored by the Veteran's Campaign


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