Lawrence Norden

Director, Election Reform Program

Lawrence Norden is Director of the Brennan Center's Election Reform Program. He works on a variety of issues related to American elections, from money in politics to voting technology to election security.  During his time at the Brennan Center, he has authored several nationally recognized reports and articles related to law and democracy, including Securing Elections From Foreign Interference (June 2017),  Five to Four (January 2016) and America's Voting Machines at Risk (September 2015).  His work has been featured in media outlets across the country, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has testified before Congress and several state legislatures on numerous occasions.

In 2009, Mr. Norden served as Chair of the Ohio Secretary of State's bipartisan Election Summit and Conference, authoring a report to the State of Ohio for the purpose of improving that state’s election laws. The report was endorsed by the bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials and the Columbus Dispatch, which praised him for “following an independent path” in developing the report and recommendations.

Mr. Norden was the Keynote Speaker at the Sixth Annual Votobit International Conference on Electronic Voting (Buenos Aires, 2008), and the 2009 Electronic Voting Technology Workshop/Workshop on Trustworthy Elections (Montreal, 2009). In June 2009, he received the Usability Professional Association's Usability In Civic Life Award for his “pioneering work to improve elections.”

Mr. Norden is the lead author of the book The Machinery of Democracy: Protecting Elections in an Electronic World (Academy Chicago Press) and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge). He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission’s Board of Advisors, where he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board’s Election Security Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU School of Law.

Selected Media Appearances

The Secret Power Behind Local Elections, The New York Times (06/25/16)
Money ≠ Winning, On the Media/National Public Radio (03/04/16)
The Influence of "Dark Money"Tavis Smiley Radio (10/31/14)
Right to Vote, The Daily Rundown/MSNBC  (01/16/12)
Discussing experiences at the polls, Talk of the Nation/NPR (11/4/08)
Discussing potential problems in Florida, All Things Considered/NPR (10/27/08)
Discussing voting software flaws in Ohio, Lou Dobbs/CNN (08/21/08)
"A Look Under the Hood at Democracy's Engine", The New York Times (09/01/06)

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