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Elizabeth Howard

Counsel, Democracy

Liz Howard serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. Her work focuses on cybersecurity and elections. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Howard served as deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Elections. During her tenure, she coordinated many election administration modernization projects, including the decertification of all paperless voting systems, implementation of the e-Motor Voter program, and adoption of online, paperless absentee ballot applications, for which the department received a 2017 Innovations in American Government Bright Ideas Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to her appointment, Howard worked as general counsel at Rock the Vote, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging young people in politics. Before Rock the Vote, she worked as a senior associate at Sandler Reiff in Washington, DC, where she specialized in election law with a focus on voting rights, campaign finance, and postelection disputes. Howard earned her JD from the William & Mary Law School in 2009 and received the Alumnus of the Year award from the William & Mary Election Law Society in 2014.