Ballot Battle: How much do you really know about elections?Date: June 29, 2021Location:Category: Interactive Game Show
Georgia, Arizona, and Texas are among the states passing bills that will restrict local voting laws. These laws will make changes to registration polls, early voting, absentee voting, and voter ID requirements. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are positioned to follow suit — but what does this actually mean for voters? Join Votebeat for Ballot Battle to test your knowledge about how voting and elections work. There will be a quiz, an expert panel, and you might even win a prize! Hosted by Votebeat’s editorial director, Jessica Huseman. Our panelists are Paul Gronke, Professor of Political Science at Reed College and the Director of the Early Voting Information Center, Maurice Turner, the Cybersecurity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), and Michael Miller, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College.
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When: June 29 from 7 to 7:45 p.mClick here to learn more
Communication Strategies & Promoting Trusted Election InformationDate: June 9, 2021Location:Category: Webinar
The National Association of Secretaries of State, with support from The Democracy Fund is presenting a three part webinar series on cybersecurity, media literacy and strategies for communicating #TrustedInfo—all topics we’ve heard that you’d like to hear more on! Webinar 3’s goal is how election officials can effectively communicate to the media and the public about trusted election information. By using specific communications tools, leveraging media and having a robust communications strategy built on #TrustedInfo’s foundation, election officials can promote credible, accurate election information as well as build confidence in the process. 2pm to 4pm Eastern.Click here to learn more
Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election OfficialsDate: June 9, 2021Location:Category: Webinar
Register now for the California Voter Foundation’s webinar, “Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials” on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 11 am- Noon Pacific time on Zoom. This free webinar will feature a presentation by Grace Gordon, UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice graduate and author of a new California Voter Foundation report to be released on June 8th, titled, “Documenting and Addressing Harassment of Election Officials Resulting from the 2020 Election”. This report has been six months in the making and was developed in consultation with CVF President Kim Alexander and CVF Board Chair & Shasta County Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen. The report and webinar will provide an in-depth look at Ms. Gordon’s research findings on the nature and extent of harassment of election officials in numerous states and the reforms needed to protect democracy’s frontline workers. Guest panelists include: Matt Masterson, Stanford University; Tiana Epps-Johnson, Center for Technology and Civic Life; and Amber McReynolds, National Vote at Home Institute. 11a Pacific.Click here to learn more
IGO 4th Annual ConferenceDate: July 15, 2021
to July 21, 2021Location: New York, NYCategory: IGO
The IGO 4th Annual Conference is scheduled for July 15-21 at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City. Check please visit the IGO website for more information about agendas and registration.Click here to learn more
NASED Summer ConferenceDate: August 9, 2021
to August 12, 2021Location:Category: NASED
Twice a year, NASED members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration. Members of the public are welcome to attend at the non-member registration rate. The Summer 2021 conference is scheduled for August 9-10 and will once again be held virtually. Check please visit the NASED website for more information about agendas and registration. When: Aug. 9-12. Where: Online.Click here to learn more
NASS Summer ConferenceDate: August 13, 2021
to August 16, 2021Location: Des Moines, IACategory: NASS
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) will convene in person for the 2021 Summer Conference. It will be held August 13-16 in in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference will feature committee meetings, discussions and various workshop sessions on election administration, cybersecurity, business services, state heritage and more. A preliminary conference agenda is available online here. In addition, an expo area will have a limited number of NASS Corporate Affiliates on-site showcasing their products and services. Please note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health recommendations will be observed throughout the conference. Learn more about the venue’s COVID-19 safety requirements here. There will also be a limited virtual component for those unable to attend in person. Registration for the conference will open in late-May. When: Aug. 13-16. Where: Des Moines, Iowa.Click here to learn more
NCSL Legislative SummitDate: November 3, 2021
to November 5, 2021Location: Tampa, FLCategory: National Association
The Legislative Summit is NCSL’s premier annual event and provides a platform for legislators, staff and other public policy professionals to learn from the nation’s foremost experts, as well as each other, about solutions to the country’s most pressing issues. Watch for registration and hotel details in early June 2021. When: November 3-5. Where: Tampa, FloridaClick here to learn more
NCSL Redistricting SeminarDate: July 14, 2021
to July 16, 2021Location: Salt Lake City, UTCategory: Redistricting
Salt Lake City will host the last installment of NCSL’s Get Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, commissioner, commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In two days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. If you’ve come to an earlier serminar, expect to: Focus on practicalities—anything you need to know to get the job done; A chance to visit with your vendors to ensure that you know what your state’s capabilities are; We’ll review what going to court entails (because almost all states will be in court!); and The census is the hottest question in town, and we’ll have answers. You can meet the experts who you might want to bring to your state (I was going to say consult, but some are free and some are not—but all faculty will make themselves available). Where: Salt Lake City. When: July 14-16.Click here to learn more
State Certification Testing of Voting Systems National ConferenceDate: June 16, 2021
to June 18, 2021Location:Category: Testing & Certification
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after extensive discussion among members of the Conference Steering Committee, a decision was made to offer this year’s conference virtually. We are pleased to announce that VSTOP, with the assistance of at the Center for Internet Security (CIS), will be hosting the virtual conference sessions. The purpose of the conference is to share ideas and solutions for ensuring voting and election system reliability, transparency and integrity through better testing of systems. The primary goal of the conference is to provide a forum for practitioners and academics to share best practices for voting system testing and management, to explore more efficient and effective methods for testing and implementing voting and election systems, and to identify common challenges and potential mitigations to those challenges. Additionally, the conference is meant to be a vehicle to improve the flow of information between the federal, state, county, and municipality testing entities. When: June 16-18. Where: Online.Click here to learn more
The New Danger in Voting LegislationDate: June 4, 2021Location:Category:
Georgia, Texas and other states are pursuing legislation that will make it more difficult to vote, especially for voters of color. Less attention has been paid to a second threat: giving the legislature a greater hand in who counts votes and how they are counted. Will this reform improve or damage the integrity of elections and the confidence of voters in their results?
An impressive panel joins the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center for the Study of Politics and Governance:
Richard L. Hasen, Professor of law and political science, University of California, Irvine and author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust and the Threat to American Democracy.
Michael T. Morley, Professor of law, Florida State University, author in prominent scholarly journals and a member of the Federalist Society.
Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor to the Elections Program at the Democracy Fund will moderate the conversation.
June 4, 12pm CentralClick here to learn more
Virtual Summit: Continuing Threats to Free and Fair ElectionsDate: June 16, 2021Location:Category: Virtual Summit
Elections are more than ballots, polling places, and voting machines. The human component of administering elections was exposed to unthinkable stress and attack during the 2020 cycle. It nearly reached the breaking point. Whether it was persistent and recurring misinformation and disinformation, threats to the personal safety of full-time and volunteer elections office staff, or challenges to the independence of the voting process by political actors, our country is hurtling towards a cliff of retirements of the people who understand voting more than any others. Without dedicated and knowledgeable staff ready and willing to run elections, easy access to a secure ballot cannot be guaranteed for anyone. The Brennan Center, the Ash Center, and the Bipartisan Policy Center invite you to explore the challenges to voting in America and necessarily solutions. The organizations will also be releasing a report. 12pm to 2pm Eastern.
Panel 1 – Election Officials are Under Attack: Katie Harbath ● Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Al Schmidt ● City Commissioner, Philadelphia (PA)
Panel 2 – Election Official Independence and Sustainability: Natalie Adona ● Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Nevada County (NV); Lisa Danetz ● Advisor, Brennan Center for Justice; Chris Hollins ● Former Clerk, Harris County (TX); Justin Roebuck ● County Clerk, Ottowa County (MI)
Additional participants to be announcedClick here to learn more
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