Voter Confidence: What Can Move the NeedleDate: June 14, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence. Voter confidence is top of mind for elections stakeholders this cycle. In the final part of NCSL’s spring webinar series, U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Christy McCormick will delve into state policies that can increase voter confidence. Perfecting processes and procedures comes first: clarifying all policies before the first vote is cast; cleaning voter lists; adopting strong chain-of-custody procedures for ballots and equipment; updating emergency plans; using pre- and post-election audits; and more. The next job is to ensure all that good technical work is transparent and communicated well to voters and the public.
2pm EasternClick here to learn more
The Election Workforce: The Front Lines of DemocracyDate: March 8, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence. Trustworthy elections are not possible without the work of thousands of front-line workers: election officials and poll workers. Tune in to the first of a four-part webinar series on election administration to hear U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Ben Hovland describe the responsibilities these public servants hold, the perils they face, the benefits of civic engagement and state policies that support them. Bonus: what role do poll watchers or election observers play?
When: 2pm EasternClick here to learn more
The dangers posed by AI and disinformation during electionsDate: March 13, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Panel Discussion
The last year has seen an explosion of accessible generative AI tools, which allow virtually anyone to rapidly and inexpensively create synthetic images, video, audio, and text. As the presidential election approaches, there are serious concerns about an explosion of disinformation and synthetic content that could impact what is expected to be a very close race. Political campaigns have already begun implementing generative AI tools to create advertisements, send robocalls and contact voters, prompting policymakers to propose major legislation and guardrails to protect the integrity of our elections.
On March 13, join the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings for a discussion moderated by Senior Fellow Darrell West along with a panel of experts, about the dangers posed by AI and election disinformation and ways to protect the general public.
Time: 2pm EasternClick here to learn more
Race and Risk of Election SubversionDate: April 9, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
The Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA promotes research, collaboration, and advocacy under the leadership of UCLA Law Professor Richard L. Hasen; one of the nation’s leading election scholars. The Safeguarding Democracy Project is built upon the premise that tackling issues of the U.S. election integrity must be collaborative: across ideologies, across scholarly disciplines, and as a bridge between theory and practice. Speakers: Matt Barreto, Lecturer in Law UCLA School of Law; Sophia Lin Lakin, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project ACLU; and Spencer Overton, The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship and Professor of Law George Washington LawClick here to learn more
Focus on the VotersDate: May 10, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence. Who are the most important people in an election? The voters. In the third installment of NCSL’s four-part webinar series on election administration, U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Tom Hicks will address questions voters often ask and how states “get out the information” to voters. He’ll cover how states ensure the right to vote for people with disabilities and citizens living abroad (military and otherwise).
2pm EasternClick here to learn more
Field HearingDate: March 1, 2024Location: Montgomery AL/OnlineCategory: Hearing
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution holds a field hearing entitled, “Modern-Day Voting Discrimination in Alabama.”Click here to learn more
Exploiting Our Emotions: How social media is designed to divide and what we can do about itDate: March 6, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Book Talk
Our democratic republic is under greater stress than it has been in generations. Why? What are the driving forces? And who’s working on viable solutions? Join Issue One for regular engaging conversations with authors, reporters, scholars, and philanthropists about the challenges facing our democracy and what we can do about it. Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman will sit down with writer, designer, technologist, and media researcher Tobias Rose-Stockwell. The author of “Outrage Machine,” Rose-Stockwell unpacks how social media has evolved from a tool designed to connect society to one with unchecked influence on news, discourse, and democracy. Tune in as the two discuss both the threats posed by social media and potential solutions.
Time: 4pm EasternClick here to learn more
ESRA 2024 ConferenceDate: May 16, 2024
to May 17, 2024Location: Los Angeles, CACategory: Conference
The 8th Annual Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) will be held in person from May 16-17, 2024 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
Call for Proposals
The 2024 conference Call for Proposals is now open through February 16! Learn more about this year’s conference and submit your proposal here.
Registration to attend the 2024 conference has not yet opened. To hear the news first when it does, please sign up to join our mailing list below.Click here to learn more
Election Center Special WorkshopDate: April 24, 2024
to April 26, 2024Location: Portland, ORCategory: Workshop
The Election Center will hold a Special Workshop in Portland, Oregon with a focus on state trainings, certifications and conferences. Covered topics will include AI and election management, training new employees, working with interns, volunteers and law students, executive staffing and working with the Legislature. There will also be presentations by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission and CISA. The workshops will kick off with a tour of the Multnomah County elections office.Click here to learn more
Attack From Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging AmericaDate: February 28, 2024Location: Washington, DCCategory: Book Talk
American society is more polarized than ever before. We are strategically being pushed apart by disinformation–the deliberate spreading of lies disguised as truth–and it comes at us from all sides: opportunists on the far right, Russian misinformed social media influencers, among others. It’s endangering our democracy and causing havoc in our electoral system, schools, hospitals, workplaces, and in our Capitol. Advances in technology including rapid developments in artificial intelligence threaten to make the problems even worse by amplifying false claims and manufacturing credibility.
In Attack from Within, legal scholar and analyst Barbara McQuade, shows us how to identify the ways disinformation is seeping into all facets of our society and how we can fight against it. The book includes:
The authoritarian playbook a brief history of disinformation from Mussolini and Hitler to Bolsonaro and Trump, chronicles the ways in which authoritarians have used disinformation to seize and retain power.
Disinformation tactics–like demonizing the other, seducing with nostalgia, silencing critics, muzzling the media, condemning the courts; stoking violence–and reasons why they work.
An explanation of why America is particularly vulnerable to disinformation and how it exploits our First Amendment Freedoms, sparks threats and violence, and destabilizes social structures.
Real, accessible solutions for countering disinformation and maintaining the rule of law such as making domestic terrorism a federal crime, increasing media literacy in schools, criminalizing doxxing, and much more.
Disinformation is designed to evoke a strong emotional response to push us toward more extreme views, unable to find common ground with others. The false claims that led to the breathtaking attack on our Capitol in 2020 may have been only a dress rehearsal. Attack from Within shows us how to prevent it from happening again, thus preserving our country’s hard-won democracy.
Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal expert for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband, Dan Hurley, have four children and live in Ann Arbor.
McQuade will be in conversation with Kimberly Atkins Stohr. Kimberly Atkins Stohr is a senior opinion writer and columnist for Boston Globe Opinion.Click here to learn more
After the Voting Is Over: Counting, Results Reporting, Recounts (and More)Date: April 12, 2024Location: OnlineCategory: Webinar
It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence. The election doesn’t end when the polls close. Counting (and confirming the count) comes next—along with reporting results and, sometimes, recounts. Join us for the second installment of NCSL’s four-part webinar series on election administration to learn about what happens after voting is over. U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Donald Palmer will consider how all states address these tasks that ensure accurate and verifiable results.
When: 2pm EasternClick here to learn more
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