Technology and Democracy Converge as U.S. Voting Outreach Goes Global
Overseas Vote Foundation Hosts Annual Summit in Munich

Event Date:     April 4, 2008, Conference 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.;
                      Special Announcement at 4:45 p.m.
Location:        Literaturhaus, Salvatorplatz 1, Munich, Germany

MUNICH, March 6, 2008 - Open debates on US overseas and military voting to take place in Munich at Summit 2008, an event that will illuminate the issues, challenges and opportunities facing US overseas citizen and military voters and organizations which serve the election needs of this estimated 6 million eligible voter community.

 

The Summit agenda will explore the emerging landscape of worldwide voter outreach – a new environment where technology and democracy converge and where the support infrastructure is rapidly changing – creating the possibility for greater US civic participation across the globe.

Will this be the year when a landslide of overseas and military votes arrives in the US ballot boxes? Will this wild card overseas vote swing the US elections this year? Is the US overseas voting system blazing a trail? How has technology enabled this reality and what is contributing to it? What persistent issues remain for overseas and military voters?

Summit 2008 is destined to be the military and overseas voting event of this election year. Participants include US officials, federal agencies, and congressional staff who will meet in Munich together with overseas citizens and military voters. Private sector and business participants include internet voting technologists, thought-leaders, executives, academics, election reformists, military voting action officers, students, fund managers and journalists to the broadest complement and diversity of stakeholders.

30 opinion leaders and pioneers will speak at Summit 2008, including: 

  • Jackie Bugnion, Director, American Citizens Abroad
  • Robert Carey, Senior Fellow, National Defense Committee
  • Michael Caudell-Feagan, Director, Make Voting Work, The Pew Center on the States 
  • Rop Gonggrip, writer, hacker and founder of XS4ALL
  • Andrew Rasiej, Founder of TechPresident.com and the Personal Democracy Forum
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Chair of the US Election Assistance Commission
  • Scott Wiedmann, Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program

Opening Keynote:  will feature Bernard Weber, cultural visionary and founder of the New7Wonders Foundation which conducted the first-ever global election with 100 million+ votes cast online. 

To schedule interviews with speakers
contact info@overseasvotefoundation.org or call +49 89 649 391 33 or +1 202 470 2480. 

Summit 2008 Agenda: a current list of topics and speakers, please see OverseasVoteFoundation:  https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/initiatives-summit2008-agenda-speakers

Speaker Profiles: speaker bios, please see:
https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/initiatives-summit2008-speakersprofiles

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Note to Editors:
The first Summit was held in Washington DC in February 2007 and served as a platform to launch post-election research pinpointing specific voting problems faced by US military and US civilians living outside the US. The event successfully called attention to the continuing problems faced by these voters.  A published report is available at: www.overseasvotefoundation.org/initiatives-research.