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Continuing Threats to Free and Fair Elections

Without dedicated and knowledgeable staff ready and willing to run elections, easy access to a secure ballot cannot be guaranteed for anyone.

Past: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00 pm
This is a virtual event.
Continuing Threats to Free and Fair Elections

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.

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with the Bipar­tisan Policy Center and the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center.

SPEAK­ERS PART 1, ELEC­TION OFFI­CIALS AND ELEC­TIONS UNDER ATTACK

  • Natalie Adona, Assist­ant Clerk-Recorder/Regis­trar of Voters, Nevada County
  • Katie Harbath, Elec­tions Fellow, Bipar­tisan Policy Center
  • Gowri Ramachandran, Demo­cracy Program Coun­sel, Bren­nan Center for Justice
  • Al Schmidt, City Commis­sioner, Phil­adelphia
  • Moder­ator: Matthew Master­son, Non-resid­ent Policy Fellow, Stan­ford Inter­net Obser­vat­ory

SPEAK­ERS PART 2, ELEC­TION OFFI­CIAL INDE­PEND­ENCE AND SUSTAIN­AB­IL­ITY:

  • Lisa Danetz, Inde­pend­ent Consult­ant, Bren­nan Center for Justice
  • Chris Hollins, Former Clerk, Harris County
  • Aaron Ocker­man, Exec­ut­ive Director, Ohio Asso­ci­ation of Elec­tion Offi­cials
  • Justin Roebuck, County Clerk, Ottawa County