January 17, 2018

12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

The Perils and Possibilities of Election Commissions


The Perils and Possibilities of Election Commissions

In the nearly two decades since the controversial 2000 presidential election, numerous commissions have been formed to examine and reform our voting processes. These commissions have issued recommendations on a wide variety of subjects, including voter identification, early voting, and online voter registration, and their influence can be seen in Supreme Court decisions and how we conduct our elections at the federal and local levels. Nearly a year ago, the Trump Administration established a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” which was recently dissolved amid controversy and litigation. This development presents an opportunity to better understand how commissions are supposed to function and how they shape election law and voters’ experiences. Have these election commissions made our system more fair, effective and transparent? How and to what extent have they influenced voter confidence in our elections? And what challenges persist in our election processes that might be worthy of examination by such a commission?

Introduction:
Caroline Fredrickson
, President, American Constitution Society

Panelists:
Robert Bauer,
 Partner, Perkins Coie; Former White House Counsel; Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law at West Virginia University; Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights West Virginia State Advisory Committee
Julie Fernandes, moderator, Advocacy Director for Voting Rights and Democracy at Open Society Foundations; Former deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice
Benjamin Ginsberg, Partner, Jones Day; Former National Counsel to Bush-Cheney Campaigns; Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Natalie Tennant, Manager of State Advocacy on voting rights and elections at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Former Secretary of State of West Virginia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Floor 13, Washington, DC
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 p.m.
This event has been approved for 1.5 hours of California MCLE credit. 

CLE supporting documentation available here