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U.S. Election Assistance Commission to Host Summit Ahead of 2018 Election

Jan 3, 2018

Homeland Security Official, Secretaries of State, State and Local Election Officials Among the Day’s Expert Speakers

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will host an all-day summit to highlight a spectrum of issues that state and local election officials will face as they work to administer secure, accessible and efficient 2018 federal elections. The event, scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 10 at The National Press Club, will feature keynote speakers and expert panelists who will address topics such as election security, voting accessibility, and how to use election data to improve the voter experience. 
 
Among the day’s events is a keynote address from Undersecretary Christopher C. Krebs of Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, as well as three panels (Election Efficiency and Integrity: Improving the Voter Experience; Election Security: Solutions and Opportunities; and Election Accessibility: Protecting Privacy and Improving Reliability) led by EAC Commissioners Thomas Hicks, Matthew Masterson and Christy McCormick. The full agenda is below.
 
The EAC’s summit is open to the public and members of the press. Attendees are strongly encouraged to reserve their space by registering here. To request an interview with a summit speaker, make arrangements for broadcast equipment, or seek additional information about the event, please contact Brenda Bowser Soder at bsoder@eac.gov or 202-897-9285. 
 
AGENDA
 
EAC Summit: The 2018 Federal Election
Security. Efficiency. Accessibility. Integrity.
 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration open at 9 a.m.)
Holeman Lounge, The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC  20045
 
 
9:00 – 9:30 A.M.              Doors Open/Registration
 
9:30 – 10:00 A.M.            Welcome & Remarks 
                                                                       
10:00 - 11:00 A.M.           Panel 1 - Election Efficiency and Integrity: Improving the Voter Experience 
EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick (Moderator)
Secretary Barbara Cegavske, Nevada Secretary of State 
Krysha Gregorowicz, Senior Researcher, Fors Marsh Group
Michael Scarpello, Registrar of Voters, San Bernardino County, California 
Charles Stewart III, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, MIT
 
11:00 - 11:15 A.M.            BREAK
 
11:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.    Panel 2 - Election Security: Solutions and Opportunities
EAC Chairman Matthew Masterson (Moderator)
Jeremy Epstein, National Science Foundation’s Deputy Division Director for 
Computer and Network Systems Research
Secretary Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State
Jeramy Gray, Assistant Executive Officer for Technology and Planning, Los 
Angeles County Board of Supervisors, California 
David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, Florida
Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State
 
12:30 - 1:30 P.M.               Lunch Break (On your own)
 
1:30 – 2:00 P.M.                Keynote Speaker – Undersecretary Christopher C. Krebs, DHS
Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security 
 
2:00 – 3:00 P.M.                Panel 3 - Election Accessibility: Protecting Privacy and Improving Reliability
EAC Vice Chair Thomas Hicks (Moderator)
Virginia Atkinson, Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist, International Foundation 
for Electoral Systems
Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist, National Disability Rights Network
Cameron Sasnett, Director of the Office of Elections and General Registrar, 
Fairfax County, Virginia
Stafford Ward, Secretary of the Board & Technology and Voter Services Advisor, U.S. Vote Foundation
 
3:00 - 3:30 P.M.                Discussion/Open Mic & Closing Remarks
EAC Executive Director Brian Newby, EAC Commissioners Masterson, Hicks, McCormick
 
Contact: Brenda Bowser Soder
Phone: 202-897-9285
 
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