Kickoff: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

6:00  - 8:00 PM  Summit 2010: Welcome Reception
Special Guest Speaker: Munich Consul General, Conrad Tribble, US Department of State

Day 1: Thursday, March 18, 2010

9:00 - 9:15 AM Introductory Comments
Chip Levengood, Chairman, Overseas Vote Foundation

9:15 - 9:45 AM A New Era in Overseas and Military Voting
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation
Description: What are the conditions that have catapulted overseas and military voting from its stagnant past to its current position of a dynamic example of electoral reform? A general examination of the historic timeline of overseas and military voting provides a revealing view into our current "place in time".

9:45 - 11:15 AM Military Panel
Voting at the Front Line: Focus on the Military Voter
Description: Approximately six decades ago - bringing the right to vote to our military was already the driving force behind the enactment The Soldier Voting Act of 1942, which represented the first legislation guaranteeing military members a vote in presidential and congressional elections during wartime. To this day, effective implementation of UOCAVA to enable uniformed service members to confidently cast their ballots is both a motivating and frustrating challenge for many involved. To serve these voters properly, we should not depend on hearsay or our imaginations when considering their actual experience. This session will allow us to take advantage of our proximity to several military bases to hear directly from service members and those who work with them about the real experience of participating as a military voter.

  • Kory Benz, Service Voting Assistance Officer, Coast Guard
  • Susan B. Otto, Service Voting Assistance Officer, Navy
  • J. Brian Owens, Service Voting Assistance Officer, Air Force
  • Kenneth Warford, Service Voting Assistance Officer, Marines
  • Richard Lechnir, Commander IMCOM Europe, HNLFOA Mission Support Division
  • Moderator: Dr. Alec Yasinsac, Professor and Dean, School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of South Alabama

11:15 - 11:45 AM Networking Break

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Breakout Sessions: Block 1

1A) LEGISLATIVE: Implications of the MOVE Act
Description: This interactive roundtable discussion is dedicated to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, a topic of primary interest to all attendees of Summit 2010. The session will begin with a brief introduction from the Moderator who will then present the profile of each of the discussion participants. Speakers who are intimately familiar with the MOVE Act and its meaning. The objective is to better understand the implications of the MOVE Act’s implementation at federal, state and local election levels, how it impacts the work of federal and state agencies as well as how it will change the experience of the UOCAVA process for voters. Participants will be invited to delve into the discussion with the session attendees.

  • Uniform Law Commission represented by Chip Levengood
  • Donetta Davidson, Chair, US Election Assistance Commission
  • Matt Dunlap, Secretary of State, Maine
  • John Godley, Senior Program Analyst, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Roland Crim, Director, American Citizens Abroad
  • Moderator: Adam Ambrogi, Administrative and Legislative Counsel, Senate Rules Committee

1B) OUTREACH: Successful Outreach to the Elusive Overseas Voter
Description: How do you reach out to someone you don’t understand? This session will dispel myths about overseas voters and help develop a realistic profile for this elusive demographic while providing constructive ideas and discussion regarding communications that reach these hard to identify targets. Further questions which will be considered in this section: Are new social networking tools the ticket to keeping voters engaged? What’s the risk of voter communication burnout? How do you identify the right tool for you? What are some examples of successful GOTV communications? How do we address the Midterm voter dropout rate? 

  • Matthew Segal, Executive Director, Student Association for Voter Empowerment
  • Pat Hollarn, Founder, Kids Vote Too / President, Operation BRAVO Foundation
  • Scott Wiedmann, Deputy Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Tia Viering, Head of Communications, New 7 Wonders
  • Sam Oliker-Friedland, Deputy Director, Data and Technology, New Organizing Institute
  • Debra Cleaver, Founder and Executive Director, Long Distance Voter
  • Moderator: Clair Whitmer, Director of Voter Outreach, Overseas Vote Foundation

1:00 - 1:45 PM  Buffet Lunch

1:45 - 3:15 PM  Breakout Sessions: Block 2

2A) TECHNOLOGY: Panel: 2010 UOCAVA Technology Futures
Description: UOCAVA is an obvious magnet to new technologies that test our abilities to innovate.  Various new technologies now emerging and how they are coming into play with UOCAVA voting will be the basis of discussion. Cloud computing, social networking, centralized database systems, open source development, data transfer protocols: these are all aspects of technologies that can impact voting from overseas, and they are doing so. Lovers of technology, this session is for you.

  • Gregory Miller, Chief Development Officer, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
  • Pat Hollarn, President, Operation BRAVO Foundation
  • Doug Chapin, Director, Election Initiatives, The Pew Center of the States
  • Lars Herrmann, Redhat
  • John Sebes will speak on behalf of Paul Miller, Senior Technology and Policy Analyst, State of Washington
  • Daemmon Hughes, Technical Development Director, Bear Code
  • Tarvi Martens, Development Director at SK, Demographic Info, Computer & Network Security, Estonia
  • Moderator: Manuel Kripp, Competence Center for Electronic Voting

2B) ACADEMIC: Panel: Future of UOCAVA Research
Description:  This session is designed as three to four academic presentations. Each speaker will present either: 1) an agenda for future research; 2) a research design, or; 3) research results.  Following the individual presentations, the floor will be open for questions and comments and our objective is to encourage the collective consideration of each approach/project, its scope, its relevance and its possibilities.

  • Thad Hall, Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Fellow, University of Utah, USA
  • Mike Hanmer, Associate Professor, University of Maryland represented by Claire Smith
  • Sarah Starkweather,  National University of Singapore, Geography
  • Judith Murray, Americans Abroad Research Project, University of Newcastle   
  • Moderator: Paul Gronke, Consultant to The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Professor, Reed College

3:15 – 3:45 PM Networking Break

3:45 – 4:15 PM Empowering Two Million New Voters
Greg Casey, President, BIPAC
Description: Fostering essential citizen participation in a representative republic must be our highest priority as we adjust our processes and procedures to accommodate the ongoing revolution in communications and transactional technology.  The Internet is  a total paradigm shift that will shape and eventually replace all that has gone before it.  If voting is the greatest exercise of a free society, then we can ill afford to allow it to languish in obsolescence for fear its execution may not be perfect.  Indeed, perfection has never been the goal of representational government.  Rather, it should be our cause to increase citizen participation in the manner and the venue most appropriate to their lifestyles.

4:15 - 4:45 PM Role of the U.S. Consulates in Overseas Voting
Jack Markey, Chief Voting Action Officer, U.S. Department of State
Description: This session offers an overview of the U.S. State Department’s role in the Federal Voting Assistance Program,  the role of Embassy and Consulate voting officers, our election year game plan, the collaborative public-private partnership with American civic and political groups abroad, and new public outreach initiatives.

4:45 - 6:00 PM 

Plenary Panel: State UOCAVA Initiatives: Making a Difference
Description: This prestigious panel will include Secretaries of State, State Election Directors and State Legislators who will to present their state-specific UOCAVA initiatives for 2010. As states become increasingly proficient with new technologies and outreach, they are developing better programs and services for their UOCAVA voters. The strategies and tactics, the objectives and concerns, the peaks and the pitfalls – this plenary will give state representatives the opportunity to inform the UOCAVA stakeholder community of what this challenge involves from their perspective and how they are mastering it.

  • Debra Bowen, Secretary of State, California
  • Jennifer Brunner, Secretary of State, Ohio
  • Pedro Cortes, Secretary of State, Pennsylvania
  • Matt Dunlap, Secretary of State, Maine
  • Natalie Tennant, Secretary of State, West Virginia
  • Moderator: Doug Chapin, Director of Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States

Pre-dinner Break - Change Venue

7:30 - 10:00 PM Gala Reception + Dinner


Special Guest Speaker: Richard Gutjahr
TV Reporter & News Anchor at the BR/ARD Public German Television and formerly CNN in the US. Uber-Communicator, Social Networker, Mac-Addict and now also Innovator of

Day 2: Friday, March 19, 2010

9:00 - 9:10 AM  Welcome

9:15 - 11:15 AM Featured Debate: Internet Voting
Two-team Panel Debate of Pros and Cons - In-depth discussion with Q&A

Internet Voting - Debate of Pros and Cons
Description: This competitive Panel Debate will allow time for in depth discussion with Q&A. The topic is the hot and sticky, controversial and challenging topic of Internet Voting. Two teams will be formed, a Pro-team and a Con-team, with a mix of US and European scientists and activists who will be encouraged to take their gloves off and get the issues on the table for passionate, contentious and potentially entertaining debate. Are there aspects of agreement? And what are the real points of disagreement? The objective is to first define the dialogue then identify the elements of divergence. Audience participation will be a key aspect of this debate session. It is as yet undetermined as to whether a winner of the debate will be identified – but anything is possible.

Moderator: Gregory Miller, Chief Development Officer, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
Andrew Appel, Professor, Princeton University       

Con Side

  • Harri Hursti, Author: Hacking Democracy
  • Constanze Kurz, Engineer/Dipl. Inf., Humboldt University Berlin
  • Pamela Smith, President, Verified Voting
  • John Sebes, Chief Technology Officer, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

Pro Side

  • Alexander Trechsel, Professor of Political Science and Swiss Chair in Federalism and Democracy at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy
  • Christian Bull, Senior Advisor, The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norway
  • Thad Hall, Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Fellow, University of Utah, USA
  • Tarvi Martens, Development Director at SK, Demographic Info, Computer & Network Security, Estonia

Debra Bowen, Secretary of State, California

There will be a short break at an appropriate point during the Debate.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions: Block 3

3A) TECHNOLOGY: Panel: Technology Pilots: Pros and Cons, Blessing or Curse
Description:  The term, “Technology Pilots” trips wildly different switches in the minds of various UOCAVA stakeholders, including those who will be present at Summit 2010. The recently passed MOVE Act requires the execution of pilots to test new methods for US service member voting.  For some, it seems like the logical step forward, a natural evolution of a concept; for others pilots are a step onto a slippery slope and best to avoid at all costs. This panel will tell you why these opposing views co-exist and continue to confuse the best  and the brightest.

  • Paul Docker, Head of Electoral Strategy, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom
  • Carol Paquette, Director, Operation BRAVO Foundation
  • Paul Stenbjorn, President Election Information Services
  • Alec Yasinsac, Professor and Dean, School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of South Alabama
  • Moderator and Speaker: John Sebes, Chief Technology Officer, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

Panel: The Effectiveness of Policy Indexes
Description:  Several new indexes and rankings of states have recently emerged on the academic stage including Pew’s “No Time to Vote,” the CDEM legislative ranking, and the OVF State Policy Index).  The primary aim of this panel is to discuss and debate the effectiveness of these types of state indexes.  Why are indexes needed?  What should they measure?  Do they motivate positive action? Could they be considered manipulative? This session will be interactive and audience participation is encouraged.  Each speaker will prepare 5 minutes worth of remarks and then the panel and floor will be open to discussion.

  • Doug Chapin, Director, Election Initiatives, The Pew Center of the States
  • Pedro Cortes, Secretary of State, Pennsylvania
  • Bob Carey, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Claire Smith, Director of Research, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Moderator: Gary Smith, Operation BRAVO Foundation

12:15 - 1:15 PM Buffet Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 PM FVAP's Roadmap for 2010 and Beyond
Bob Carey, Director, U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
Description: Details on how the FVAP intends to implement the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act and  integrate its new requirements with existing voting assistance programs will be revealed.  As the "new" Director of FVAP, Mr. Carey, will also discuss the new initiatives FVAP is implementing to transform the nature of overseas and military voting assistance, and the experience for both the voter and the election official.

2:00 - 3:15 PM Breakouts Sessions: Block 4

4A) INTERNATIONAL - On The Front Line: Monitoring the Afghan Elections
Daniel Murphy, Election Consultant, DM Election Consulting
Description The recent Afghanistan elections remain clouded in suspicion of election rigging and voter fraud.  The result was a profound loss in confidence in the Afghan government, which has had broad implications on foreign relations, support for the ongoing fight against terrorism and general goodwill toward the Afghan nation. It was a turning point in history, the clock moved ahead and the questions remain. Our speaker spent many months in the heart of the Afghan election battle and comes to Summit 2010 to tell us about his experience and newly found insights.

4B) ACADEMIC: Surveying UOCAVA Voters
Description: This session aims to encourage discussion.  Each participant will present their brief remarks and then the panel and floor will be open. The panel will identify and discuss various aspects of surveying UOCAVA voters: challenges in identifying samples, comparing data, and defining the objectives of such surveys. Questions will include: How can we more accurately define the universe of voters? What methods can be used to ensure a representative sample? What questions are the most important to ask voters?  Is this population about to suffer from survey overload? 

  • Michael McDonald, Professor, George Mason University
  • Tim Elig, Director, Human Resources Strategic Assessment Program, Defense Data Manpower Center
  • Toby Moore, Project Director, Research Triangle Institute
  • Judith Murray, Americans Abroad Research Project, University of Newcastle
  • Moderator: Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation

3:15 - 3:45 PM Networking Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM Engaging Young Adults in the Political Process
Matthew Segal, Executive Director, Student Association for Voter Empowerment
Description: Matthew's presentation will focus on the trends in youth civic participation and discuss ways to make voting more accessible both domestically and abroad. He will also address strategies for engaging young adults in the political process.

4:30 – 5:00 PM Using Social Media to Optimize Voter Outreach
Christina Tribble, Senior Advisor for Social Media, US Department of State

5:00 - 5:30 PM "The Overseas and Military Voting Agenda for 2010" as defined at Summit 2010

5:30 - 6:00 PM Summary and Closing

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