2013 Legislative Summit

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Monday, August 12, 2013

 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Shelby County v. Holder: The Future of the Voting Rights Act

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the closely watched Voting Rights Act case of Shelby County v. Holder. The court found that the criteria for determining discriminatory practices under the act is outdated. Until Congress enacts a new formula, there will no longer be any preclearance requirements for formerly covered jurisdictions under Section 5 of the VRA. Learn more about this landmark decision and how it will impact the future of the VRA at the state and national level.

  • Panelist:
  • Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman, Vogel Attorneys at Law, Virginia
  • Jeffrey Wice, New York Legislature

 

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Census Redistricting Data Office - View from the States

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
The Census Redistricting Data Office has collected first hand experiences and recommendations from participants in the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program. Review the new "The View From The States -- Designing P.L. 94 171 Redistricting Data for the 2020 Census" with Chief of the Census Redistricting Office Cathy McCully. Do not miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse of and influence the program's direction as we move towards 2020.

  • Facilitator:
  • Cathy McCully, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • James Whitehorne, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Understanding Your Legislative District Using the American Community Survey

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Hear from the Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau on the American Community Survey (ACS), which will release state legislative district data for your district later this year. Learn about the many potential uses of ACS data, whether using this treasure chest of data to make policy decisions related to issues such as transportation or education, or simply obtaining an updated demographic snapshot of your constituency in your newly drawn districts.

  • Facilitator:
  • Dr. Nancy Potok, U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Do Redistricting Reforms Work? Evaluating Independent Commissions and New Line-Drawing Criteria

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
In recent years, several states have tried to reform the redistricting process. Their efforts have included adopting independent commissions and using line-drawing criteria such as competitiveness and partisan fairness. How well have these efforts have worked? Are elections more competitive? Are they fairer to the major parties? Is redistricting reform worth the trouble?

  • Facilitator:
  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago Law School, Illinois

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Evaluating Elections: What Really Matters

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
How can lawmakers and the public know that their elections are well run? How can we shift to running elections based on evidence? Learn about national and local efforts to measure elections not in terms of who won and who lost, but in terms of voter access to information, registration procedures, accuracy, waiting times and the successful and on time delivery of voted military ballots.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Ray Holmberg, North Dakota
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, New Mexico
  • Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia
  • Zachary Markovits, Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.

 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Shining the Light on Independent Spending: Campaign Finance Disclosure

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
In the post-Citizens United world, independent spending has surpassed all previous records and "Super PAC" has become a dirty word. Examine competing points of view on whether money in politics is a problem, the role stronger disclosure requirements can play, and pitfalls that disclosure may present.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming
  • Panelist:
  • Douglas Kellner, New York State Board of Elections
  • Peter Quist, National Institute on Money in State Politics, Montana
  • Karen Shanton, NCSL
  • Brad Smith, Center for Competitive Politics, Virginia

 

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Roundtable: Redistricting and Elections Task Force Planning Luncheon

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
Enjoy a convivial lunch while talking about the elections issues in your state, and hearing what's percolating in the other states. While together at this inaugural meeting of NCSL's Redistricting and Elections Task Force, help identify the must-discuss issues for the coming year.

  • Moderator:
  • Delegate Jon Cardin, Maryland
  • Senator Ray Holmberg, North Dakota

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges SOE Software for sponsoring this luncheon.
 

1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

E-Voting: Casting Ballots via Email and Fax

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
While the security risks of Internet voting mean it's not yet ready for prime time, an increasing number of states are experimenting with the electronic return of voted ballots. Initially offered only to overseas and military voters, who may face logistical challenges that make postal voting impossible, its availability is gradually spreading to all voters. Hear about the risks and rewards of online ballot return.

  • Moderator:
  • Ed Packard, Alabama Secretary of State's Office
  • Panelist:
  • Delegate Jon Cardin, Maryland
  • Douglas Kellner, New York State Board of Elections
  • Senator Whitney Westerfield, Kentucky

 

3:30 PM to 4:45 PM

Safeguarding Elections: Before, During and After Election Day

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
Election observers agree on three things: elections must be open to all eligible voters and not to anyone else; votes need to be counted accurately; and election fraud should be caught and prosecuted. Hear about state approaches to safeguard elections, including clean voter registration lists, verifying voter identity, post-election audits and dealing with election misdeeds.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Amy Carter, Georgia
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Bryan King, Arkansas
  • John Lindback, Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.
  • Pam Smith, Verified Voting.org, California
  • Senator Patricia Spearman, Nevada

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Speak Out: The Presidential Commission on Election Administration Is Listening

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B304
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration wants to hear what you think about improving the overall voting experience. The commission is gathering state-based best practices on voter registration lists, voting technology, poll worker recruitment and training, the use of provisional ballots, and everything else related to efficiency in elections.  These commissioners are here to hear from state lawmakers.

  • Moderator:
  • Nate Persily, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, New York
  • Speaker:
  • Michele Coleman Mayes, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, New York
  • Commissioner Ann McGeehan, Texas Secretary of State's Office
  • Christopher Thomas, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Michigan

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Supreme Court Key Cases

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -B313
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights, including constitutional scrutiny of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and other cases with federalism implications.

  • Speaker:
  • Brian Johnson, Georgia General Assembly
  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Voting Technology: The Coming Crisis in Elections

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B314
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
When it comes to elections, voting equipment is the hot topic. Most machines are old, new ones are expensive and certification is at a standstill. Technology has exploded, but can exciting new methods be secure, accessible, affordable and meet young voters' expectations of a paperless, online experience? Legislators play a huge role in sorting this all out.

  • Moderator:
  • Merle King, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
  • Panelist:
  • Dana Chisnell, Usabilityworks, Massachusetts
  • Gail Fenumiai, State of Alaska - Division of Elections
  • Brian Hancock, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Dean Logan, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County, California