Event Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Live Webcast: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ovf-summit2011

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8:00 - 8:30 AM  Welcome Coffee and Networking
Join us prior to the event to meet new and known contacts and get the dialogue started!

8:30 - 8:45 AM Summit Welcome
Chip Levengood, Chairman, Overseas Vote Foundation

8:45 - 9:15 AM Featured Keynote Speaker
The Department of Justice’s Enforcement of UOCAVA and the MOVE Act
Assistant Attorney General, Thomas E. Perez, Department of Justice

9:15 - 10:00 AM Presentation of OVF 2010 Post Election Survey Results
Dr. Claire M. Smith, Director of Research, Overseas Vote Foundation
Description: Results of OVF’s Fourth Post-General Election surveys will be announced.  Publications of both the Election Official and Voter Surveys will be distributed.  This year’s findings will give us our first glimpse into the real world impact of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.  What worked and what didn’t?  Was there a significant change in voter satisfaction? Did the new provisions streamline voting procedures? What can we expect in the future as more voters become aware of their new rights under MOVE?

10:00 - 11:30 AM Expert Panel: Optimizing Technology to Assist Overseas and Military Voters: What’s On the Table, What’s Not, and Why
Description: This panel will bring together several top US experts in computer science, cyber security, election policy and law to delve into the serious technical considerations that must be addressed when determining how best to optimize technology to improve overseas and military voting processes. In order to comply with the MOVE Act, many states have implemented new technologies, or will, with the aim of assisting UOCAVA voters in their voting process. What happened in this vein in 2010 and what do the experts say we can learn from it? What are the technical challenges that need to be confronted as more and more states take advantage of technology to meet their goals in serving UOCAVA voters?

This panel will actively discuss these and other issues of essential importance to our state election officials and voter communities. Time will be provided for questions and discussion with members of the audience. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Josh Benaloh, Cryptographer, Microsoft Research
  • Asst. Professor J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan
  • Joe Jarzombek, Director for Software Assurance, National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security
  • Professor David R. Jefferson, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Moderator: Assoc. Professor Candice Hoke, Director, Center for Election Integrity, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

11:30 - 11:45 AM Mini-Networking Break

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Panel: State-specific Experiences with MOVE Implementation
Description: Panelists will share details of the challenges their states faced in the first year of implementing the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. First-hand insights into the process of election reform as it hits the road will be discussed. Officials will weigh in and reflect on the efficacy of the changes mandated by MOVE for the overseas and military voting process and administration.  What challenges did states face in the short-term and what obstacles, if any, will they face in the long run?  What more should be done?  And what do these officials recommend to others in the community of overseas and military voting advocates, agencies, and administrators? Panelists include:

  • Robert Brehm, Co-Executive Director, State Board of Elections, New York
  • Todd Valentine, Co-Executive Director, State Board of Elections, New York
  • Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State, Texas
  • Linda Lamone, State Administrator, Maryland
  • Sam Reed, Secretary of State, Washington
  • Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, Minnesota
  • Rokey Suleman, Executive Director, State Board of Elections and Ethics,  District of Columbia
  • Moderator: Richard Smolka, Editor and Founder, Election Administration Reports

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Buffet Lunch

2:00 - 2:15 PM  Annual Summit Awards and Announcements
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President & CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation 

2:15 - 3:15 PM Panel Presentation: Busting Barriers in Electoral Reform: UOCAVA Legislative Update
Description: The work of UOCAVA electoral reform continues! In this session, panelists will cover three main areas of legislative concern: 1) state-level legislation affecting military and overseas voters; 2) the status on the Uniformed Law Commissions efforts to stimulate state adoption of the new “UMOVA” law; 3) and MOVE Act proposed amendments. This session will allow for the audience to pose questions to the panelists. Panelists include:

  • Adam Ambrogi, Administrative and Legislative Counsel, Senate Rules Committee
  • Jennie Bowser, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Kieran P. Marion, Legislative Counsel, Uniform Law Commission
  • Matthew Morse, Senior Associate, Election Initiatives, The Pew Center on the States
  • Moderator: Dr. Donald S. Inbody, Department of Political Science, Texas State University

3:15 - 3:45 PM Pew Election Initiatives: Election Administration and the "New Normal"
Doug Chapin, Director, Pew Election Initiatives
Description: The recent Great Recession has ushered in an era of the “new normal”, which represents a fundamental change in the resources and options open to policymakers across the county. Doug Chapin, Director of Pew’s Election Initiatives, will discuss the impact of the “new normal” on election administration – and identify how current reforms underway in the area of military and overseas voting could end up benefitting all American voters.

 3:45 – 4:00 PM  Mini-Networking Break

4:00 - 4:30 PM 2010 Election Cycle Programs and 2012 Initiatives
Bob Carey, Director, U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
Description: One day after FVAP conducts a 2010 "Lessons Learned" workshop with state and local election officials, Summit participants will hear of FVAP's analysis of the 2010 Election Cycle, FVAP's key programs in that cycle, and how the results of the 2010 cycle will influence its plans for the 2012 cycle.

4:30 - 5:15 PM  Survey of Emerging Technologies
Description: New things are happening! Let's hear about them! This session will provide an opportunity for 4-6 technology developers, providers, implementers or visionaries to present, in a rapid format (brief vignettes), the UOCAVA-relevant technology that they are developing or envisioning. Speakers include:

  • James E Clark, USMC, Chief of Operations, Military Postal Service Agency
  • Joshua Franklin, Engineer, Testing & Certification Program, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Laura Potter, Business Development Manager, Konnech Corporation
  • Gregory Miller, Co-Executive Director, Chief Development Officer, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
  • David RR Weber, Information Architect, Oracle Corporation
  • Aaron Wilson, Project Manager, Scytl Secure Electronic Voting
  • David Beirne, Deputy Director, Voter Assistance, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Moderator: Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President & CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation

5:15 PM Closing Remarks

5:30 PM Summit 2011 - Sponsored Cocktail Party

7:00 PM Summit 2011 - Event Dinner
(Optional Dinner - sign-up incorporated in online event registration)

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