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FOCE 2020 Virtual Conference: Responding to This Moment in Elections

May 14, 2020

This conference convened soon after California Governor Newsom’s announcement that every California voter would receive a ballot by mail for the November 2020 General Election. To view the entire conference, click here [1]. For conference highlights only, click here [2].

Welcome by Rosalind Gold, Chief Public Policy Officer, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, FoCE Advisory Board Chair [3]

Opening Remarks by The Honorable Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State [4]

Panel One: Is California prepared for November 2020? Introduction by Cathy Darling Allen, County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, Shasta County, FoCE Advisory Board Member [5]

Panel Two: What do we consider when expanding voting by mail in a state as diverse as California? Introduction by Paul R. Spencer, Staff Attorney for Voting Rights, Disability Rights California, FoCE Advisory Board Member [9]

Panel Three: How do we ensure language access in elections through a COVID-19 response? Introduction by Katy Flaherty, Project Coordinator, Future of California Elections. [14]

Closing Remarks by Ben Hovland, Election Assistance Commission, Chair. Introduction by Guadalupe Flores, Deputy Director, Communications and Outreach, Future of California Elections. [15]

Final Reflections by Astrid Ochoa, Executive Director, Future of California Elections. [16]