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Election Security Forum


Start Time
Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:30 PM

End Time
Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:30 PM


The Commission hosted a public forum wherein it facilitated a 3-panel discussion regarding election security and voting system certification. 

This forum was be open to the public and was also streamed.

Draft Agenda

Call to Order (Chairwoman McCormick)

Pledge of Allegiance (Chairwoman McCormick)

Roll Call – Adoption of Agenda (Chairwoman McCormick)

Commissioners’ Opening Remarks

Staff Opening Comments to Introduce Topic:

  • Brian D. Newby, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Panel I: Secretaries of State

  • Honorable Denise Merrill, Secretary of State, Connecticut
  • Honorable Kyle Ardoin, Secretary of State, Louisiana

Panel II: State, Federal, and Technical Representatives

  • Jerome Lovato, Director, Testing and Certification, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Jared Dearing, State Election Director, Kentucky
  • Ginny Badanes, Director, Strategic Projects for Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program
  • Matt Scholl, Chief, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Geoffrey Hale, Director, Elections Division, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security

Panel III: Industry Representatives

  • Will Crumbley, Vice President of Engineering, Clear Ballot
  • Chris Wlaschin, Vice President of Systems Security, ES&S
  • Bernie Hirsch, Chief Information/Security/Quality Officer, Microvote
  • Ed Smith, Director, Global Services, USA Smartmatic
  • Jack Cobb, Laboratory Director, Pro V&V
  • Jesse Peterson, Security Specialist, SLI Compliance

Commissioners’ Closing Remarks


Seating is extremely limited; the event will also be livestreamed on

Event Documents


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