Jon Husted will deliver the keynote address at the conference. He is Ohio's 53rd secretary of state. He was elected to the Ohio Legislature in 2000 and served as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, Husted was elected to the Ohio Senate, where he was an advocate for election, campaign finance, and redistricting reform. He was elected secretary of state in 2010. Husted attended the University of Dayton, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. Husted worked for the Montgomery County Commissioners and was vice president of business and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Doug Chapin will discuss how HAVA changed the profession of election administration by introducing new requirements and what skills are (and will be) necessary to carry out those requirements now that the much of the infrastructure built by HAVA is essentially gone. He is the director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. Previously, Chapin served as director of Election Initiatives for the Pew Center on the States at The Pew Charitable Trusts. As an attorney in private practice, Chapin specialized in election and ethics law. He served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Rules Committee from 1997 to 2000. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University, a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an A.B. in politics from Princeton University.
Matthew Damschroder will discuss unexpected consequences (the funding boom, machine certification, second-class accessibility systems and barriers to entry), unfinished business (National Voter Registration Act, HAVA, and the provisional ballot problem), and the future of election administration. He is the deputy assistant secretary of state/Director of Elections Ohio Secretary of State. From 2003 to 2011, he served as director/deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Donetta Davidson will discuss the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website, products the EAC provides to local and state governments, and how local governments are using these tools. She served as chair of the EAC in 2007, 2010 and 2011 and also served as vice-chair in 2008. Before joining the EAC, Davidson served as a local election official in Colorado and was the secretary of state of Colorado from 1999 until 2005. She was first appointed to the office in 1999 by Gov. Bill Owens, was subsequently elected to the office in 2000, and was re-elected to a full four-year term in 2002. In 2005, Davidson was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. She also served on the EAC’S technical guidelines committee and on the Federal Election Commission's advisory panel.
Terri L. Enns , will serve as a moderator during the conference. Enns is a clinical professor of law and a senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She teaches in the Legislation Clinic and Legal Analysis and Writing. Enns is the editor of the Election Law @ Moritz website and has presented many times on election law issues. Prior to coming to Moritz in 2000, she spent three years as the legal counsel for the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus. While at the statehouse, she staffed the judiciary and education committees and worked extensively on school-funding and accountability issues, juvenile criminal law, and the tobacco settlement.
Edward B. Foley will participate in a roundtable at the conference. He is the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law and the director of Election Law @ Moritz at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. A national expert on election law, he teaches and writes in all areas of this field. He co-authored, with his Election Law @ Moritz colleagues, From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States. His current research focuses on improving the processes for resolving disputed elections, and he is the reporter for the American Law Institute project on election law. He is co-authoring a book on the history of disputed elections in the U.S. and has authored many articles on disputed elections. He designed a simulated dispute of the 2008 presidential election and in an essay, explains how this experiment can aid in resolving future disputed elections. He clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States, and has served as state solicitor in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Heather Gerken will participate in a roundtable at the conference. She is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, specializing in election law, constitutional law, and civil procedure. She is a leading expert on voting rights and election law, subjects on which she has published numerous articles, provided media commentary, and testified before Congress. Her proposal that Congress establish a “Democracy Index” – a national ranking system of state election performance – has been incorporated into several bills before Congress. The proposal is the subject of her book, The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System is Failing and How to Fix It. She clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and has worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. She received her A.B. from Princeton University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
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Paul Gronke will serve as a moderator during the conference. He is a professor of political science at Reed College and served as chair from 2001 to 2009. Gronke teaches courses on political behavior, political institutions, and social science research methods. He is co-editor of the Election Law Journal. He studies American politics and empirical political theory, with specialties in the U.S. Congress, elections and electoral behavior, and public opinion. Gronke is the founder and director of the Early Voting Information Center, where he and his team conduct research on early voting and election reform, predominantly in the United States. He is author of the book The Electorate, The Campaign, and the Office: A Unified Approach to Senate and House Elections (Michigan University Press, 2000), as well as articles in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Electoral Studies, American Politics Quarterly (now American Politics Research).
Thad Hall will discuss voter registration and what did and didn’t happen after HAVA. He is an associate professor of political science and research fellow for the Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah. His primary research is in the area of public administration and public policy, with a focus on election administration and policy development in legislatures. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Point, Click, and Vote: The Future of Internet Voting, Election Fraud: Detecting and Deterring Electoral Manipulation, and Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promise of Digital Democracy. He is co-writing Evaluating Elections: A Handbook of Methods and Standards and co-editing Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity Through Election Auditing. Hall has conducted many studies on election administration and reform, including studies on Internet voting, electronic voting, election auditing, public attitudes toward various aspects of the voting process, poll worker attitudes toward the election process, and observational studies of election administration in the U.S. and abroad.
Richard L. Hasen will participate in a roundtable at the conference. He is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. From 2001 to 2010, he served as founding co-editor of the quarterly, peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is author of many articles on election law issues and op-eds and commentaries for national media. He writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. He is writing The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown. He clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino, Calif. firm of Horvitz & Levy, LLP. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from University of California, Los Angeles.
Steven F. Huefner will serve as a moderator during the conference. He is a professor of law and senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he also is director of Clinical Programs and director of the Legislation Clinic. He teaches Legislation, Jurisprudence, and Legal Writing. With his Election Law @ Moritz colleagues, he co-authored, From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States, and is the author of numerous articles. His research interests are in legislative process issues and democratic theory, including election law. He is associate reporter for The American Law Institute project on election law and previously served as the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s drafting committee that prepared the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. He clerked for the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Chief Justice Christine M. Durham of the Supreme Court of Utah. He was an attorney in the Office of Senate Legal Counsel for the U.S. Senate and in private practice in Washington, D.C. He has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
David Kimball will discuss how the size of local jurisdictions is related to changes in election administration, support for HAVA, the need for innovation, partisan conflict over election administration, and the reform community. He is an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. His major publications and research projects include Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform – Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation (co-authored with conference participant Martha Kropf), Lobbying & Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why, Controversies in Voting Behavior, Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government, and the Advocacy and Public Policymaking project. He has presented on and authored many articles and chapters on voting technology and election administration. He received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from Brown University.
Martha Kropf will discuss the impact of HAVA on ballot design. She is an associate professor of political science at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her recent book is Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform – Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation (co-authored with conference participant David Kimball). She has presented on and authored many articles and chapters on voting technology and election administration. She received a B.A. from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from American University.
Ray Martinez III will discuss the future of the EAC. He served as commissioner and vice chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission from 2003 to 2006. He is an attorney and owner of the Martinez Policy Group, a government relations and policy development firm. He also teaches election law as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Charles Stewart III will discuss the topics that largely motivated the passage of HAVA (voting technology, voter registration, and accessibility), focusing on whether elections have gotten better because of HAVA. He is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1985. His research and teaching areas include congressional politics, elections, and American political development. Since 2001, Stewart has been a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, a leading research effort that applies scientific analysis to questions about election technology, election administration, and election reform. He is the MIT director of the project. Stewart is an established leader in the analysis of the performance of election systems and the quantitative assessment of election performance. He received his B.A. in political science from Emory University, and S.M. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.