The conference program is available here, accompanied by an accessible version here. Please note that slideshows and video of every session is not available.

Opening Remarks from the Honorable Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

Opening Plenary – Looking Back and Moving Forward: A Retrospective Panel on the 2016 Election Cycle and How it Impacts Future California Elections

Keynote by David Becker, Executive Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research

Session A – Empowering Communities: The California Voting Rights Act

Session B – Making Voting Accessible and How Voters with Disabilities Can Assist with Election Planning

  • Moderator: Lori Shellenberger, Election Reform and Voting Rights Strategist
  • William Moore, Peer Instructor, We Care A Lot Foundation, The VOTE! Project
  • Fred Nisen, Supervising Attorney for Voting Rights, Disability Rights California
  • Gail Pellerin, County Clerk, Santa Cruz County
  • Jose Pena, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Dayle McIntosh Center-Anaheim

Session C – Meeting the Needs of a Diversifying Electorate: Language Access in California’s Elections, Past and Future | slides

  • Moderator: Deanna Kitamura, Voting Rights Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
  • Jesse Salinas, Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Yolo County
  • Deep Singh, Executive Director, Jakara
  • Jonathan Stein, Voting Rights Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Session D – Path to the Polls: Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Pre-registering California’s Youth

Session E – Achieving Greater Consistency in Californians’ Vote-by-Mail Experience

Session F – Diving into California’s Voter’s Choice Act: A Close Look at SB 450

Session G – #GettingitRight: Voting Information for the Modern Electorate

  • Moderator: Jen Tolentino, Director of Policy & Civic Technology, Rock the Vote
  • Maria Bianchi, Project Manager, Voting Information Project, Democracy Works
  • Steven Carda, NVRA and Voter Outreach Program Manager, Office of the California Secretary of State
  • Samidh Chakrabarti, Product Manager for Civic Engagement, Facebook
  • Michael Hogan, Partner Manager, Google

Session H – Winning Strategies to Engage Underrepresented Communities

Closing Plenary: Vote Centers in Action – The Experiences of Other States