MicrophonesSummit 2012 takes place at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington D.C. on Fri. Jan. 27, 2012 - Conference 8:00AM - 5:30PM; followed by a Pew-sponsored reception

High-level Keynote Speakers will bring new insights and inspire active dialogue at Summit 2012.

Thought-provoking roundtable discussions will animate discussion, deliberation and questioning of the session topics, as well as engage the audience directly in Q&A.

8:00 AM - Doors Open - Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:45 AM - Opening Remarks - 2012 is Now!
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation
See (video demo) what OVF has in store for overseas and military voters in 2012 - it gets better all the time!

Tom Reilly9:00 AM - Opening Keynote: Security Intelligence in Elections: Managing Cyber Challenges
Tom Reilly,
Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Security, Hewlett Packard

Cyber threats have become more sophisticated, persistent and unpredictable.  As a result, traditional approaches to security must evolve to address the rapidly changing threat landscape and the dizzying increase in the number and types of cyber criminals and cyber threats that are constantly lurking. Relying on secure perimeters or attempting to limit and control access to data are no longer adequate approaches to security; security intelligence is what’s needed, an approach that allows for the kind of visibility and contextual insight that provides a risk-managed view of your organization and the key applications and services it provides. 

Tom Reilly, Vice President and General Manager of HP Enterprise Security Products, will address today’s cyber threats and make recommendations on the steps federal agencies and organizations supporting elections and protecting election integrity can take to manage risk more effectively.

9:30 AM - Session One 
Looking Under the Hood: Military Voting in 2012

Military VoteThe Military Roundtable Session is dedicated to in-depth and spirited discussion of the issues affecting military voter participation. What will bring greater military voter participation? What is being done this year that will make a difference? Continued examination of UOCAVA policies and research has not lessened since the MOVE Act’s passage. Now the focus shifts MOVE Act enforcement and expected 2012 results.

- Roundtable Host and Moderator: Gregory S. Casey, President and CEO, BIPAC
- Roundtable Participants:

  • Jocelyn Benson, Associate Law Professor, Wayne State University Law School
  • Robert Carey, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Tom Tarantino, Senior Legislative Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow/Manager, Civil Justice Reform Initiative, The Heritage Foundation
  • Candace Wheeler, Government Relations Deputy Director, National Military Family Association

10:30 AM - Networking Break

Session Two
New Research in Overseas and Military Voting

11:00 AM - The Pew Charitable Trusts
It’s been nearly 60 years since President Harry Truman urged Congress to ensure that members of the military serving abroad could “enjoy the rights they are being asked to fight to preserve.” Finally, in the Pew Logotwo years since Pew published its "No Time to Vote” report in January 2009 and the passage of the MOVE Act in October 2009,  states have significantly  improved the voting process for military and overseas voters. Pew’s new report highlights the many changes in state military and absentee voting laws to better these voters in 2012 and beyond.

  • David Becker, Director, Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States
  • Sean Greene, Project Manager, Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States
  • Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey, Senior Advisor, Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States

11:30 AM - The Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Overseas Citizens Count Project: Challenges and Rewards of Groundbreaking Research

For anyone considering the challenges around overseas voting, the first question to come to mind is, "What is the population of eligible US citizen voters abroad?" Furthermore, where do they live, and in what countries? Are they clustered or scattered? Without being included in the US Census, overseas Americans are often an invisible citizenry. The Overseas Citizens Count Project is the first attempt to quantify this hard-to-reach population. What are the challenges and rewards of conducting this research?  What did we learn and what can be improved upon?

Paul Drugan, Deputy Director of Research, Federal Voting Assistance Program

  • Dr. Richard Amdur, Principal Researcher, Overseas Citizen Count Project
  • Dr. Fritz Scheuren, Past President of the American Statistical Society and
    Senior Vice President of the National Opinion Research Center
  • Brian Griepentrog, PhD., Director of Research, The Fors Marsh Group

12:00 PM - Special Announcements
12:15 PM - Press Conference

12:15 - 1:30 PM Buffet Lunch and Awards Ceremony

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch and Learn - Optional - Electronic Blank Ballot Distribution  Lunchtime Birds-of-a-Feather Discussion Group

Electronic Blank Ballot Distribution: The IEEE P1622 common data format for election systems. This optional lunchtime discussion presents an overview of the IEEE P1622 standard developed to facilitate blank ballot distribution for overseas voters and discusses how states can utilize this standard in developing ballot distribution systems. The standard is based on OASIS Election Markup Language (EML) and is one piece of an eventual standard being developed to promote interoperability among voting devices and associated databases. Discussion Leaders:

  • John P. Wack - Voting standards researcher for National Institute of Standards and Technology and editor for the IEEE P1622 Blank Ballot Distribution common data format standard
  • David Webber - Information Architect with Oracle and technical editor for the OASIS Election Markup Language standard

Elliot Ackerman1:30 PM - Featured Keynote: Engaging Voters Through an Online Nominating Process, Elliot Ackerman, Chief Operating Officer, Americans Elect

The traditional two-party political process has resulted in increasing voter dissatisfaction and lack of participation. Already, in the current presidential primary, only a fraction of the country has voted and the pool of presidential candidates is quickly shrinking, leaving the majority of American voters shut out of the primary process. Americans Elect is harnessing the power of the Internet to provide every American voter with a third option in this year's presidential election. Americans Elect’s online nominating site empowers voters at home and abroad who are disenfranchised from the political process and gives them the opportunity to be fully engaged.

Elliot Ackerman, COO of Americans Elect, will address how Americans Elect is leveraging our newest technologies, combined with its goal of obtaining 50 state ballot access, to exercise one of our oldest values- putting power back into the hands of the people.

2:00 PM -  Session Three
Inside Scoops: Using Technology to Build Civic Participation

votemouseRecent reports on 2010 election participation by military and overseas voters reveal alarmingly low turnout rates. Will the the tools of technology ultimately transform this lack of participation? Will peoples' desire for political and economic improvement spur real civic engagement? Will technology bring up the stagnant rates of voter participation? Now is the time for the subject to be thoroughly debated by experts, for hard questions to be posed, for more in-depth analysis of the issues. Will technology help us find a way forward with our democracy? What are the potential up- and down-sides?

- Roundtable Host and Moderator: Allison Fine, Senior Fellow, Demos
- Roundtable Participants:

  • Elliot Ackerman, Chief Operating Officer, Americans Elect
  • Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President & CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Matthew Morse, Associate, Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States
  • Matthew Segal, Co-founder, OUR TIME
  • Kevin Wallsten, Cal State Long Beach, specializes on the role of technology in politics

3:00 PM - Networking Break

Kim Alexander3:30 PM - Featured Keynote: Kim Alexander, President and Founder, The California Voter Foundation

Protecting Voter Data Privacy while Expanding Participation
How can states take advantage of technology to expand participation while minimizing risks to voter privacy?

4:00 PM - Session Four
State of the States: New Projects in Overseas and Military Voting

Scores of states and counties across the nation recently applied for a slice of the $20+ million Electronic Absentee Systems for Elections (EASE) grants US-continent-ballot-boxsponsored by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. This roundtable will introduce you to a selection of the award grantees who will discuss what their newly funded UOCAVA research and development programs aim to achieve - and how. What is unique about each of their approaches; what do they foresee as an outcome of this extraordinary effort?

- Roundtable Host and Moderator: Alabama Secretary of State,
Beth Chapman, President, National Association of Secretaries of State
- Roundtable Participants:

  • Thomas E. Connolly, Deputy Director of Public Information, New York State Board of Elections
  • Michael DiSimoni, Deputy Director, Division of Elections, NJ Department of State
  • Beth Fraser, Director of Governmental Affairs, Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Matthew Masterson, Deputy Elections Administrator, Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
  • Don Palmer, Secretary, Virginia State Board of Elections

5:00 PM - Closing Remarks

The Pew Charitable Trusts logo5:30 PM - Please Join Us for a Reception
Sponsored by
The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Center on the States believes that it is a moral imperative to ensure the full enfranchisement of uniformed service members and overseas civilians. Four years ago Pew committed to help remedy challenges facing these voters. Since then, Pew has seen great progress including the passage of the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, and laws in 47 states and the District of Columbia resulting in military voters being better protected than they have ever been in American history.

The Summit 2012 reception, will celebrate the progress and remember the ongoing vigilance required for our military and overseas voters. Speakers will include Pew Center on the States’ Managing Director, Susan K. Urahn, Nevada Secretary of State, Ross Miller, and Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted.

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