Summit 2008 is a conference designed to constructively address overseas and military voting issues and challenges that we face today. 

  

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - Rathaus (Munich City Hall), Marienplatz

  • Walking Tour of Historic Munich 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Welcome Reception: 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Munich Rathaus, Ratstrinkstube, Marienplatz
  • Opening Remarks and Presentations: 6:30 p.m.
     - Hans Peter Heidebach, City of Munich,
       Dept of Labor and Economic Development
     - Eric Nelson, Consul General, US Consulate, Munich
     - Paul (Chip) Levengood, Chair (Acting) and
       Treasurer, Overseas Vote Foundation

 

Friday, April 4, 2008 - Literaturhaus, Salvatorplatz 1

  • Welcome from Overseas Vote Foundation: Review of Summit 2008 Goals: 8:30 a.m.
  • Overseas and Military Voting in  2008: View of Emerging Trends and Topics: 8:45 a.m.

 Opening Keynote Presentation

  • Bernard Weber, Founder
    New7Wonders Foundation
     
    The largest worldwide voting initiative ever enacted with 100 Million votes cast!  Bernard Weber - will speak about his inspiration and vision for connecting people, innovative approaches to outreach in the Internet age, and new views of our global culture: 9:00 a.m.

 

A Critical Look at the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act
Panel Discussion: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Does the current overseas and military voting legislation need a face lift?
Is it time for an upgrade?

Critical discussion on the current overseas and military voter legislation and the most glaring issues for states, election officials and voters surrounding the Act.  Topics may include: overseas and military voters participation in caucuses; ballot-counting issues; voter confidence issues; varying state deadlines; voting rights of Americans born overseas, logistics between Federal and State implementations; legislation currently on the House floor.

  • Jackie Bugnion, Director and Board Member, American Citizens Abroad
  • Thomas Hicks, Senior Elections Counsel, House Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Chair, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Todd Rokita, President, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Scott Wiedmann, Deputy Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Moderator: Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, Overseas Vote Foundation

- Networking / Coffee Break -

Military and Overseas Voters Speak Out
Panel Discussion: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

From the perspective of military voters
What assistance do military Voting Action Officer’s need? Who falls through the cracks?  What is the real participation rate and what can be done to improve the system? Do military voters want more options?

  • Robert Carey, Senior Fellow, National Defense Committee
  • Missouri Ludlum, Military Voter
  • Barbara Pepple, Family Readiness Support Assistant, US Army

From the perspective of overseas citizen voters
What is it like to vote as a citizen from overseas?  Do you go to the consulate?  What issues arise?  What happens when you call your election official all the way from Russia?  What hinders participation?

  • Peter Dahlen, American Club of Sweden
  • Lucy Laederich, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas
  • Moderator: Pat Hollarn, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa County, Florida

 

- Midday Break: Lunch will be provided -

Online, Internet-based Voting for Overseas and Military Voters
Debate: 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Discussion of this hot issue affecting overseas and military voters will be of interest to anyone wondering why things aren’t moving faster; how secure is the Internet? What compromises should be made, if any?  Views from both inside and outside of the US?  Is it right, is it risky?  These and other issues will be hotly contested.

- Team Pro – What are we waiting for?
- Team Con
– What’s the rush, what’s the risk?
- And the Vendor perspective
- let us show you....

  • Paul DeGregorio, Chief Operating Officer, Everyone Counts
  • Rop Gonggrijp, Founder, XS4ALL
  • Robert Krimmer, Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation
  • Steven Murdoch, Cambridge University
  • Pablo Sarrias, Vice President, Scytl Secure Electronic Voting
  • Melanie Volkamer, Research Manager, Institute of IT-Security and Security Law University of Passau
  • Moderator: Dr. Fabian Breuer, Global Public Policy Institute

How Other Countries Help Their Diasporas Vote and Participate 
Andy Sundberg, Secretary of the Overseas American Academy, Geneva

and Maria Gratschew, International Organization for Migration
Presentation with Q&A: 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Discussion: What have the other Council of Europe (COE) countries done so far to empower their Diasporas to play a more active role in the political process back home? This presentation will include a discussion of voting while abroad, being represented in the home country parliaments by directly elected representatives, and official government support for overseas representative organizations.

 

Special Announcement
3:45
- 4:00 p.m.

 

- Networking / Coffee Break -

 

The Opportunity for Innovation in Elections
Michael Caudell-Feagan, Make Voting Work Director, The Pew Center on the States
: 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Reaching-out to Overseas and Military Voters: Strategies and Actions for 2008
Panel Presentation:  4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Discussion: Many organizations are emerging with new messages, content and ways to communicate with the hopes of building participation. These panelists will discuss their new outreach strategies in 2008. Discussion will cover how to reach new overseas and military  voters or those who haven’t voted in the past; what are the hurdles; what are the resources available?  What messages and methods will reach overseas and military voters?

  • Robert Carey, Senior Fellow, National Defense Committee
  • Marina Mecl, Director of Voter Outreach, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Andrew Rasiej, TechPresident.com, Personal Democracy Forum
  • Steve Grove, YouTube, News & Politics (video)
  • Moderator: Kate Hurlock, OVF Communications

Closing Remarks and adjourn to dinner
5:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Break 

Gala Dinner - 7:30 p.m. with Keynote Speaker
James Q. Roberts, U.S. Deputy Director
George C. Marshall Center European Center for Security Studies

 

Summary List of Speakers

  • Jackie Bugnion, Director and Board Member, American Citizens Abroad
  • Dr. Fabian Breuer, Global Public Policy Institute
  • Robert Carey, Senior Fellow, National Defense Committee
  • Michael Caudell-Feagan, Senior Director, The Pew Center on the States
  • Peter Dahlen, American Club of Sweden
  • Paul DeGregorio, Chief Operating Officer, Everyone Counts
  • Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Rop Gonggrijp, Founder, XS4ALL
  • Maria Gratschew, International Organization for Migration
  • Thomas Hicks, Senior Elections Counsel, House Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Pat Hollarn, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa County, Florida
  • Kate Hurlock, OVF Communications
  • Robert Krimmer, Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation
  • Lucy Laederich, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas
  • Chip Levengood, Acting Chair and Treasurer, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Missouri Ludlum, Military Voter
  • Marina Mecl, Director of Voter Outreach, Overseas Vote Foundation
  • Steven Murdoch, Cambridge University
  • Eric Nelson, Consul General, US Consulate, Munich
  • Barbara Pepple, Family Readiness Support Assistant, US Army
  • Andrew Rasiej, TechPresident.com, Personal Democracy Forum
  • James Q. Roberts, U.S. Deputy Director, George C. Marshall Center European Center for Security Studies
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Chair, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Todd Rokita, President, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Pablo Sarrias, Vice President, Scytl Secure Electronic Voting
  • Andy Sundberg, Secretary of the Overseas American Academy, Geneva
  • Bernard Weber, Founder, New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Melanie Volkamer, Research Manager, Institute of IT-Security and Security Law University of Passau
  • Scott Wiedmann, Deputy Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

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OVF Summit 2008 is open to all interested overseas citizens, members of the military and foreign services and their families, students, advocates, technologists, innovators, members of congress, election officials, secretaries of state, academics and members of the press.  Please join us!

 

* UOCAVA - Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act - this is the voting act under which overseas citizens and military are granted the right to vote in federal elections.