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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Elections Policy: Looking Ahead to 2014

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Even though 2013 wasn't a big year for elections, it was a big year for elections policy: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. It also addressed proof of citizenship requirements for voters—a topic that was re-addressed by Arizona and Kansas. New and stricter voter ID laws were enacted, and then challenged in courts. The phrase "internet voting" was heard more than ever, although few U.S. citizens truly vote that way. And polling place management is on everyone's agenda to avoid long lines. But what about 2014? Hear what election experts predict.

  • Moderator:
  • Doug Chapin, Program For Excellence In Election Administration, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Ned Foley, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • John Fortier, Bipartisan Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Green, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Alysoun McLaughlin, Montgomery County Board of Elections, Maryland

 

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

The Future of Elections: Apps and Gadgets

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Voting technology may not change as quickly as cell phone technology does—but it is still changing (for the better). Learn about electronic poll books, ballot marking tools, and mobile apps that help voters and administrators. What are the pros, the cons, and the politics to consider before going ahead?

  • Moderator:
  • Jeremy Epstein, SRI International, Virginia
  • Panelist:
  • Jared Marcotte, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Peggy Mayfield, Indiana
  • Scott Stinson, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Virginia

 

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

NCSL Task Force on Redistricting and Elections: Lunch and Business Meeting

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Break bread together while talking about the elections issues in your state, and hearing what’s percolating in other states. At the same time, help set the 2014 agenda for NCSL's Task Force on Redistricting and Elections.

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

 

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

The View from Capitol Hill: Congressional Staffers Talk (and Listen)

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Look ahead on election policy with key congressional staff.  What are the top issues for Congress?  What legislation can we expect to see in 2014?  And what are their views of who is in charge of elections -- states or the feds?  Task force members will have an opportunity to weigh in on these questions as well.   

  • Panelist:
  • Stacy Ettinger, U.S. Congress, Senate Rules Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas Hicks, U.S. Congress, House Committee on House Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Schalestock, U.S. Congress, House Committee on House Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Vinovich, U.S. Congress, Senate Rules Committee, Washington, D.C.

 

2:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Redistricting and Elections Enforcement and the Department of Justice

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Hear from Gilda Daniels, a law professor and former deputy chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations, on how the department will continue to enforce the Voting Rights Act following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

  • Speaker:
  • Gilda Daniels, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The Voting Rights Act in a Post-Shelby County World

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Now that a key portion of the Voting Rights Act has been struck down, what ideas has this engendered?  Are Sections 4 and 5 still necessary components of the VRA, or are they obsolete?  Does the VRA in its present form provide sufficient legal recourse for potential violations?  Could the formula for determining preclearance requirements be modernized?  Hear from different research specialists share their perspectives and participate in a  roundtable discussion to voice your ideas, opinions and concerns. 

  • Moderator:
  • Senator David Blount, Mississippi
  • Speaker:
  • Mark Braden, Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.
  • Julie Fernandes, Open Society Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

 

9:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Field Trip: Arlington's Elections Office

  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections

Join us as we tour the elections operations in Arlington County, Virginia.  This is our chance to ask how absentee requests are handled; how election workers know that the right voters are voting—and no one else is; why elections cost so much money, and who’s paying for them anyway; the role of citizen poll workers—why we love them and need them, and also why we worry about them; and more. See how policy becomes procedure. Advanced registration is required. Contact wendy.underhill@ncsl.org. Bus departs from the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. 

Tour guides: 

  • Don Palmer, State Election Director, Virginia
  • Linda Lindberg, Arlington General Registrar, Virginia

 


  • Facilitator:
  • Linda Lindberg, Arlington County, Virginia
  • Donald Palmer, Virginia State Board of Elections