Vote Early DayDate: October 28, 2022Location:Category:
Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan movement of media companies, businesses, nonprofits, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans have the tools to vote early. This holiday is a tentpole moment for partners of all stripes to engage with voters and urge them to cast their ballots. Created in 2020, Vote Early Day has brought thousands of national and local partners together in celebration and activation to increase the number of people voting early. This collaborative, open-source model—similar to Giving Tuesday and National Voter Registration Day—ensures that millions more Americans take advantage of their options to vote early through on the ground activations, get-out-the-vote pushes, national communications on traditional and social media, and efforts to create a new culture around voting.Vote Early Day plays a unique role in the push to get voters to cast their ballot. We are a trusted, nonpartisan holiday with supporters on both sides of the aisle. We provide a central moment for a wide range of partners (many non- traditional to the civic space) to engage with voters and urge them to vote early. Our collaboration of thousands of diverse partners allows us to engage in places beyond where voters are used to seeing election messages. This allows us to break through the noise and meet voters where they are.Click here to learn more
It’s Time to Audit: Every State, Every ElectionDate: October 20, 2022Location: OnlineCategory: Panel Discussion
Presented by The Heritage Foundation: While in-depth financial and accounting audits are a standard practice in the business world, they are almost nonexistent in public elections. Should all states require comprehensive audits of their voter registration, voting, and vote tabulation processes and systems? How should such audits be conducted and who should conduct them? What should auditors be reviewing and what standards should they apply to election administration? How often should audits be conducted and how many political subdivisions within a state should be audited?
On the eve of the upcoming midterm elections, this timely issue is vital to ensuring the honesty and integrity of elections. Join us for a discussion of this important topic with current and former election officials.Click here to learn more
Voter Accessibility: Improving your election coverage for people with disabilitiesDate: October 14, 2022Location: OnlineCategory: Panel Discussion
Midterm elections are Nov. 8. Are you prepared to be a watchdog for disabled voters in your communities? What is your newsroom doing to ensure your election coverage is useful and accessible for disabled voters? How are you covering voter rights and accessibility leading up to and on Election Day?
More than 61 million Americans live with disabilities, yet they remain underrepresented in journalism produced by U.S. newsrooms. As a decisive midterm election approaches, recent coverage shows state and local measures intend to: reduce voting by absentee ballot, limit access at polling locations, and limit information explaining how people with disabilities can cast their ballots.
On Friday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 ET, join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for a virtual discussion among experts in voter access, disability representation, and accessible news coverage on best practices to cover disabled voters and to highlight voting access issues they may face. Registration for this program is open; it will take place on Zoom.
Thomas Hicks, Chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission
Jessica Huseman, Editorial director for VoteBeat
Hannah Wise, Central Region Audience Development Editor for McClatchy and creator of Disability Matters, a toolkit to help newsrooms to better serve the disability community
Wendy Lu, senior staff editor on the Flexible Editing desk at The New York Times, will moderate the discussion. Lu is also a global speaker on disability representation in the media.
We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation, supported with funding from the Gannett Foundation. Please email Beth Francesco, deputy executive director for the Institute, with questions.Click here to learn more
To Save Democracy, Make It Worth Saving: Get More DoneDate: October 12, 2022Location: Hybrid EventCategory: Panel Discussion
Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Alice Rivlin’s posthumous book, Divided We Fall contains an urgent message to the American public: Get involved in making democracy work better or risk losing it.
Alarmed at the state of American politics and policy, Ms. Rivlin combined scholarship with personal experience to call on political leaders of both parties to break stalemates and make the compromises necessary to reach bipartisan agreements. Following her passing in 2019, Ms. Rivlin’s son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Sheri Rivlin, completed her manuscript.
Join BPC for a discussion on the state of politics and public policy, as well as the legacy of the late Alice Rivlin.
Co-Author, Divided We Fall; Son of Alice Rivlin
Co-Author, Divided We Fall; Daughter-in-Law of Alice Rivlin
Bob Reischauer, Ph.D.
Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Former President, Urban Institute; Senior Fellow of Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Editor-at-Large, The Bulwark; Former Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Weekly Standard
Isabel Sawhill, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Former Vice President and Director of Economic Studies, Brookings Institution; Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget
Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Ph.D.
Former Executive Director, National Institute of Civil Discourse
Former Mayor of Washington, DC; Board Member, BPC
Ruth MarcusClick here to learn more
Associate Editor & Columnist, Washington Post
Information Security, Minority Communities, and 2022 ElectionDate: October 12, 2022Location: OnlineCategory: Panel Discussion
November’s upcoming midterm elections are the first federally administered elections since 2020, which were notable for the numerous attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy and security of the presidential election. The presidential election also highlighted the role of information security and operations in election, and how mis/dis/malinformation interacts with the US democratic process. As the US heads into election season, why should election security expand to include information security, and how does this impact minority communities within the US?
New America’s #ShareTheMicInCyber Fellowship program is pleased to invite the public for a virtual panel discussion on the role of information security and operations in election security. There will be a moderated panel discussion, followed by an audience Q&A session.
Staff Director, House Committee on Homeland Security
Nicole Tisdale, @HiNicoleTisdale
Founder and Principal, Advocacy Blueprint
Ron Ford, @CyberNewEngland
Manager, Security Governance, Rapid7
Bridget ChanClick here to learn more
Program Manager, #ShareTheMicInCyber, New America
NPC Headliners Book Event: Major Garrett and David Becker, "The Big Truth"Date: October 11, 2022Location: Washington, DCCategory: Book Talk
Less than a month before the midterm elections, CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett and David Becker, one of the nation’s leading elections experts, will discuss their new book, “The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of THE BIG LIE,” at a National Press Club headliners book event.
Garrett and Becker’s new book examines the potentially dire consequences for the 2022 midterms and beyond. Filled with interviews with key players — election workers, January 6th Committee members Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md), Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and more — they take a close look at what is known as the Big Lie. Garrett, a veteran Washington correspondent, and Becker, the Executive Director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Integrity, make a case that Big Lie “fraud” allegations evaporate under scrutiny. The authors examine what actually happened in 2020, while reporting on what they call each Trumpian misdirection designed to con and beguile Americans into chasing phantom allegations of election crimes.
The authors argue that the next midterm and presidential elections will test American democracy more severely than at any time since the Civil War, arguing that how Americans react may determine whether the country is led into another war against itself.
The program will include a question-and-answer session with Garrett and Becker.Click here to learn more
The Path to End-to-End (E2E) Protocols for Voting SystemsDate: October 6, 2022
to October 7, 2022Location: OnlineCategory: Workshop
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in collaboration with NIST, is initiating a process to publicly solicit, evaluate, and approve protocols used in end-to-end (E2E) cryptographically verifiable voting systems for conformance to the recently revised Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Version 2.0. This workshop will be used to discuss the plan and further develop the protocol requirements and evaluation criteria.
This workshop will cover the following:
- A keynote presentation on E2E in voting systems
- Four discussion-based panels covering:
- Integrity and Voter Confidence
- Voting System Security
- Accessibility and Human Factor Considerations
- Implementation of E2E in Voting Systems/Testings
- Next Steps
- Q&A Session
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