TODAY: Pew’s Voting in America 2016


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I’m honored to be attending and taking part in the third edition of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ “Voting in America” – a quadrennial meeting designed to look back at the past election and ahead to the future of democracy and the voting process across the nation. Here’s the official description:

On Thursday, Dec. 8, The Pew Charitable Trusts will host its Voting in America Summit. The event will bring together academics, advocates, campaigns, and administrators in the elections field to discuss the evolution of voting administration over the past four years.

Participants will explore a range of topics, including the use of technology in the 2016 election and how it can be deployed better in the future, how changes in voter registration practices and other election laws affected the election, and how improved data collection and analysis can inform and improve the administration of elections.

The live webcast will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

Get insights, stats, and commentary, and join the conversation by following #VotingInAmerica on Twitter.  

And here’s the agenda:

9–9:10 a.m.

Welcome & Registration

Michael Caudell-Feagan, The Pew Charitable Trusts

9:10–10:10 a.m. Looking Back at 2016

Moderator: Tom Conroy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Mike Dimock, The Pew Research Center
Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:10–11:10 a.m. The Voting Information Project (VIP): Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: Doug Chapin, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Chetan Sabnis, Google
Maria Bianchi, Democracy Works
Marc Burris, North Carolina State Board of Elections
Samidh Chakrabarti, Facebook


11:10–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Voter Registration Moves Into the Modern Era

Moderator: Samuel Derheimer, The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Honorable Jeanne Atkins, Oregon secretary of state
John Lindback, The Electronic Registration Information Center
The Honorable Kim Wyman, Washington secretary of state

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–2:30 p.m. The Current and Future Impact of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA)

Moderator: Pam Fessler, NPR

John Fortier, Bipartisan Policy Center
Ben Ginsberg, Jones Day and co-chair of the PCEA
Tammy Patrick, Bipartisan Policy Center and member of the PCEA

2:30–3:30 p.m. Data-Driven Decisions in Election Administration

Kevin Kennedy, former director and general counsel of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Thomas Hicks, commissioner, Election Assistance Commission
Amber McReynolds, Elections Division of the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, Denver city and county
Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:30–3:50 p.m. Break
3:50–4:50 p.m. Looking Forward to 2020 and Beyond

Jen Tolentino, Rock the Vote

Judd Choate, Office of the Colorado Secretary of State
Kathay Feng, California Common Cause
Justin Riemer, Republican National Committee
The Honorable Natalie Tennant, West Virginia secretary of state

4:50–5 p.m. Closing

It should be a fascinating day … stay tuned!

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