Summit 2014 LogoSummit 2014 was held Thursday, January 30th at the Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Participants heard from key voices in the election community who are ready to address the real and pressing challenges of improving voting and elections access and policy for all US voters – domestic, overseas, and military.


Morning Session: Grassroots Innovation in Elections
In an industry starved for resources, where is innovation coming from? This session introduced change-makers of our time and look at how they aim to change elections elections and our future voting landscape.

Afternoon Session: Midterm Mobilization
The afternoon session took on the tough voting issues of our time. We touched on the VRA, Recommendations of the Presidential Commision, Absentee Voting Issues, Big Data in Elections, Overseas and Military Voting, and more. 

A Formidable Speaker Line-up Awaits You - See Speaker Bios

Our Summit 2014 Agenda

8:00 a.m. - Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation [ bio ]

9:15 a.m. - Grassroots Innovation in Elections - Opening Keynote
Tammy Patrick, Commissioner, Presidential Commission on Election Administration; and Federal Compliance Officer for Maricopa County Elections Department, Arizona [ bio ]

9:40 a.m. - Announcing a Research-based Approach to Remote Voting
Adam Ambrogi, Principal, Investments at the Democracy Fund [ bio ]
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation [ bio ]

10:00 a.m. - Featured Guest Speakers: Grassroots Innovation in Action

  • Dean Logan, LA County Recorder Registrar - Innovation in Action: The Los Angeles Voting Systems Assessment Project [ bio ]
  • Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County, TX - Innovation in Action: The STAR Project [ bio ]

10:40 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - The Promise of End-to-End Verifiable Remote Voting - What It Is and How It is Different
Josh Benaloh, Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft Research [ bio ]

11:20 a.m. - Roundtable Discussion:

Host and Moderator:  Unpacking the Voting Technology Debate
Mary Brady, Manager, Voting Program,
National Institute of Standards and Technology
[ bio ]


  • Duncan Buell, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina [ bio ]
  • Keith Instone, User Experience Consultant [ bio ]
  • Ron Rivest, Vannevar Bush Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [ bio ]
  • Philip Stark, Professor and Chair of Statistics, University of California Berkeley [ bio ]

12:00 p.m. - Midday Networking Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation

2:10 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction
Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law [ bio ]
2:20 p.m. - 2014 Midterm Mobilization - Opening Keynote
U.S. House of Representatives: Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

Joy-Ann Reid 2:45 p.m - Roundtable Discussion

Joy-Ann Reid, former Managing Editor of and On-Air Contributor, MSNBC [ bio ]

Breaking Down Voting Barriers: Moving Forward After Shelby County v. Holder

  • Gilda Daniels, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore [ bio ]
  • Robert Kengle, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law [ bio ]
  • Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute [ bio ]
  • Steve Huefner, Professor of Law, Ohio State University [ bio ]

3:30 p.m. - Break

Featured Keynotes

4:00 p.m. - No More Excuses: The Case for Expanding Mail Ballot Eligibility
U.S. House of Representatives: Congresswoman Susan Davis [ bio ]

4:20 p.m. - Selected Findings and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

  • Bob Bauer, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Former Obama Campaign Counsel [ bio ]
  • Ben Ginsberg, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Former Romney Campaign Counsel [ bio ]

4:50 p.m. - Evolution of the Voter File: How Voter Lists Became the "Big Data" of Modern Elections
Robert Blaemire, Director of Business Development, Catalist [ bio ]

5:10 p.m. - Military and Overseas Voting - New Horizons at the FVAP
Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program [ bio ]

5:30 p.m. - The Work of the Center for Second Service
Seth Lynn, Director, Center for Second Service [ bio ]

6:00 p.m. - Special Guest Speaker
Peter Gaytan, Executive Director, The American Legion [ bio ]

6:20 p.m. - Awards and Closing

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