2014 Voting and Elections Logo

 Dual 2014 Themes:
Grassroots Innovation in Elections and Midterm Mobilization

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Summit 2014 brought together the diverse election community together to openly discuss the real and pressing challenges of improving voting and elections policy and processes for overseas, military and domestic voters. In our highly successful format, selected high-level keynote speakers gave leadoff presentations on current and relevant topics. Key sessions included professionally moderated Meet the Press- style roundtable conversations where audience interaction is encouraged.

Jack Morton AudtioriumLocation
With the generous sponsorship support of the Center for Second Service, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, we were pleased to hold Summit 2014 at the Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st St NW at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This comfortable, high-tech facility offers state-of-the-art audio visual presentations, and bright, spacious open spaces for networking at the conference.

Format and Themes
Summit 2014 was organized in two distinct sections with a 2-hour lunch and network break.

Agenda - view the complete agenda

Speakers - view the speaker bios

Doors Open / Registration / Welcome Coffee - 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks  - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Session: Grassroots Innovation in Elections - 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This session kicked off with an announcement, special guest speakers representing projects from around the country, followed by a high-level keynote and an in-depth roundtable of tech experts.

Afternoon Session: Midterm Mobilization - 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Topics included:

  • Breaking Down Voting Barriers and Moving Forward After Shelby County
  • Findings of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
  • No More Excuses: The Case for Expanding Mail Ballot Eligibility
  • Military and Overseas Voting: New Horizons at the FVAP

Summit has traditionally addressed the voting and election participation issues of military voters and American citizens abroad, and for two years has expanded to include domestic voting issues.

Our goal for Summit 2014 is to broaden and inspire the quest for new approaches to ongoing problems in our elections.

Levengood and Ritchie Summit 2013Networking
Summit brought forward a broad range of speakers who tackle the issues that are currently top-of-mind in the arena of elections and voting. Focused presentations by high-level experts combined with spirited roundtable discussions are a hallmark of Summit.

Ample time for networking was also crucial - as we know, the community comes to Summit to exchange ideas and make new contacts. Networking is a vital and valuable aspect of the conference.

Summit Sponsorships are key to the success of the event. OVF genuinely appreciates the support provided by our Summit Sponsors.  Your sponsorship support is essential to keeping this high-quality program running successfully. To receive a sponsorship package or further sponsorship information, please contact: summit@overseasvotefoundation.org

Location Sponsor Center for Second Service
The Center for Second Service is a new program at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management that trains veterans to continue their commitment to public service. The Center builds on the success of GW’s partnership with the nonprofit, Veterans Campaign, and has seen several of its alumni successfully campaign for elected office. With an enhanced offering of training and education opportunities, the Center for Second Service is the premiere destination for veterans looking for a new opportunity to serve.

Event Sponsors

Global Touch 

Questions and Contact
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact: summit@overseasvotefoundation.org or call +1 (202) 470 2480

We invite you to be part of the Eighth Annual Summit 2014! 

About the Foundation
Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a 9 year track record of successfully developing tools and programs for increased enfranchisement of our overseas citizens and military voters and their families, whose right to vote is protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

In 2012, OVF launched U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) with a goal to provide US domestic voters with state-of-the-art, comprehensive voter services for state-specific voter registration and absentee ballot request.

US Vote is dedicated to bringing best-in-class voter services to millions of American voters: U.S. Census data suggest 48% of nonvoters in the recent election did not vote for reasons that could have been solved by absentee voting. US Vote gives domestic voters the ability to generate accurate and complete state-specific voter registration and state-specific absentee ballot request applications across all states with instructions and local election office addresses, in addition to providing comprehensive voter information tools.

OVF and US Vote are committed to developing a network of organizations, agencies, and concerned citizens who care about and attend to the issues involved with the advancement of absentee voting. Both organizations provide public access to innovative voter registration tools and election services. OVF is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. US Vote is wholly owned and operated by OVF.