2014 Conference Program

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9:00 AM REGISTRATION

9:30 AM WELCOME

9:45 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Tammy Patrick, Federal Compliance Officer for Maricopa County Elections Department and Commissioner for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

 

10:00 AM OPENING PLENARY
Election and Voting: A California and National Perspective
Every eligible citizen has the right to cast a vote. This panel will review recent developments in policy and election administration that have helped or hindered this right.

  • Jennie Bretschneider, Office of the Secretary of State (slides)
  • Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Ethan Jones, California State Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting
  • Tammy Patrick, Federal Compliance Officer for Maricopa County Elections Department and Commissioner for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (slides)
  • Kathay Feng, California Common Cause, Moderator

 

11:15 AM MORNING PANEL
Changing Populations, Changing Ballots: Improving Language Access in California
California’s increasingly diverse electorate requires innovative solutions to ensure every voter has equal opportunity to cast their ballot on Election Day. This panel explores new policies and practices to improve access for California’s limited English proficient voters.

  • Steven Ochoa, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Deanna Kitamura, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles (slides)
  • Rosalind Gold, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund (slides)
  • Michelle Romero, The Greenlining Institute (slides)
  • Efrain Escobedo, Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk – Los Angeles County, Moderator

12:30 PM BUFFET LUNCH

 

1:00 PM AFTERNOON PANEL
FOCE Research: Who are California Voters? How are they voting? Can we improve the resources they use to vote?
FOCE research aims to provide insights to tough questions that will help to modernize elections and expand participation in California.

  • Mindy Romero, California Civic Participation Project at the University of California, Davis (slides)
  • Lisa García Bedolla, Center for Latino Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley (slides)
  • Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Clerk
  • Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design
  • Melissa Breach, League of Women Voters of California
  • Catherine Hazelton, The James Irvine Foundation, Moderator

 

2:15 PM INTRODUCTION TO CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Gail Pellerin, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Santa Cruz County
  • Jonathan Stein, American Civil Liberties Union of California
  • Jennifer Pae, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
  • Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation

2:45 PM BREAK

 

3:00 PM SESSIONS

Vote by Many Methods: How Voters Cast their Ballots
Voters have many options to cast their ballot. This panel explores current trends in voting and the best practices to assist student voters and voters with disabilities in casting their ballot.

  • Paul Mitchell, Political Data
  • Gail Pellerin, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Santa Cruz County (slides)
  • Fred Nisen, Disability Rights California (slides)
  • Emily Rusch, CALPIRG Education Fund (slides)
  • Astrid Garcia, Future of California Elections, Moderator

National Voter Registration Act: Expanding Access to Voter Registration in California
SB 35 renewed emphasis on the importance of complying with the National Voter Registration Act. This panel explores successful partnership models for NVRA compliance.

  • Jennie Bretschneider, Office of the California Secretary of State
  • Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters San Diego County (slides)
  • Raúl Macías, American Civil Liberties Union of California (slides)
  • Tho Vinh Bahn, Disability Rights California (slides) (Text Only)
  • Catherine Hazelton, The James Irvine Foundation, Moderator

Voting Information Tools: Resources to Increase Civic Engagement
Voting information tools empower voters with the information they need to cast an informed vote. This panel explores new developments in voter information tools such as websites, look-up tools, and the Voting Information Project.

  • Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters Orange County (slides)
  • Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation (slides)
  • Jay Costa, Maplight (slides)
  • David Becker, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Caroline Vance Bruister, California Forward, Moderator

Unlocking the Keys to a Better Informed Electorate
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is hosting this small interactive workshop to explore and identify the impediments for voters and nonvoters and what information they really need. Bring your experience, questions, and ideas to openly discuss these challenges and potential solutions to state and local voter information.

  • Jennifer Pae, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
  • Dana Chisnell, Center for Civic Design
  • Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design

4:15 PM BREAK

 

4:45 PM CLOSING ROUNDTABLE
Overcoming Challenges in Election Administration, Looking Ahead to 2014 and Beyond
This panel will explore cutting-edge technology to help break barriers in voting.

  • Heather Smith, Rock the Vote
  • Pamela Smith, Verified Voting Foundation
  • Dean Logan, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Los Angeles County
  • Doug Chapin, Future of California Elections, Moderator