Best Election Practices and Technology to be Showcased by The National Commission on Federal Election Reform

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Commission of Federal Election Reform

    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Commission on Federal
 Election Reform, led by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, will
 hold its second public hearing at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley,
 California, on April 12, 2001, beginning at 10 am PST.  Following a productive
 first hearing on March 26 chaired by Carter, at which legislative issues were
 explored, this hearing will focus on best election practices and technology.
 Scholars and experts from the CalTech/MIT Voting Project and the California
 Internet Task Force will share expertise.  Kim Alexander, who was recently
 attributed as one of the "25 People Changing the World of Politics & the Net,"
 will offer insights on the use of technology to enhance citizen participation
 in voting.  Cutting edge voting mechanisms will be displayed and their use
 demonstrated.  This hearing furthers the Commission's work to issue
 recommendations this Fall for pragmatic, bipartisan and politically viable
 election reform.
     The hearing is open to the public.  Visit http://www.reformelections.org,
 for a full, updated list of those to testify, as well as live and on-demand
 webcasts.  The current agenda follows:
 
     10:00 a.m.  Demonstration of Voting Technologies: optical scans, touch
                 screens and more
 
     10:20 a.m.  Perspectives of Administrators in the Field with LA County
                 Voting Registrars Conny McCormack and Riverside County
                 Registrar Mischelle Townsend
 
     11:00 a.m.  Election Oversight with FEC Chairman Danny McDonald; and
                 Secretaries of State Bill Jones (CA) and Bill Bradbury (OR).
 
      1:30 p.m.  Citizen Participation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA);
                 Kim Alexander of the California Voting Foundation; California
                 State Assemblyman Rod Pacheco; and Rosalind Gold, National
                 Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
 
      2:30 p.m.  New Technologies with Dr. Michael Alvarez from the CalTech/MIT
                 Voting Project; Dr. David Jefferson of the California Internet
                 Task Force; and Dr. Susan Roth from The Ohio State University.
 
     This hearing is the second of a series of public hearings at presidential
 libraries across the country.  Two more public hearings remain:
 
     * May 24 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, TX;
 
     * June 5 at the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor, MI
              (Former President Ford to preside)
 
     Seats at the Reagan Library Auditorium will be available on a first come,
 first serve basis.  Press accreditation and badging will begin at 9 a.m.
 Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.  Media are asked to pre-register
 via email to zgorski@tcf.org or by fax at 202/483-9430 by COB on Tuesday,
 April 11, 2001.
 
 

SOURCE National Commission of Federal Election Reform
    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Commission on Federal
 Election Reform, led by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, will
 hold its second public hearing at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley,
 California, on April 12, 2001, beginning at 10 am PST.  Following a productive
 first hearing on March 26 chaired by Carter, at which legislative issues were
 explored, this hearing will focus on best election practices and technology.
 Scholars and experts from the CalTech/MIT Voting Project and the California
 Internet Task Force will share expertise.  Kim Alexander, who was recently
 attributed as one of the "25 People Changing the World of Politics & the Net,"
 will offer insights on the use of technology to enhance citizen participation
 in voting.  Cutting edge voting mechanisms will be displayed and their use
 demonstrated.  This hearing furthers the Commission's work to issue
 recommendations this Fall for pragmatic, bipartisan and politically viable
 election reform.
     The hearing is open to the public.  Visit http://www.reformelections.org,
 for a full, updated list of those to testify, as well as live and on-demand
 webcasts.  The current agenda follows:
 
     10:00 a.m.  Demonstration of Voting Technologies: optical scans, touch
                 screens and more
 
     10:20 a.m.  Perspectives of Administrators in the Field with LA County
                 Voting Registrars Conny McCormack and Riverside County
                 Registrar Mischelle Townsend
 
     11:00 a.m.  Election Oversight with FEC Chairman Danny McDonald; and
                 Secretaries of State Bill Jones (CA) and Bill Bradbury (OR).
 
      1:30 p.m.  Citizen Participation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA);
                 Kim Alexander of the California Voting Foundation; California
                 State Assemblyman Rod Pacheco; and Rosalind Gold, National
                 Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
 
      2:30 p.m.  New Technologies with Dr. Michael Alvarez from the CalTech/MIT
                 Voting Project; Dr. David Jefferson of the California Internet
                 Task Force; and Dr. Susan Roth from The Ohio State University.
 
     This hearing is the second of a series of public hearings at presidential
 libraries across the country.  Two more public hearings remain:
 
     * May 24 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, TX;
 
     * June 5 at the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor, MI
              (Former President Ford to preside)
 
     Seats at the Reagan Library Auditorium will be available on a first come,
 first serve basis.  Press accreditation and badging will begin at 9 a.m.
 Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.  Media are asked to pre-register
 via email to zgorski@tcf.org or by fax at 202/483-9430 by COB on Tuesday,
 April 11, 2001.
 
 SOURCE  National Commission of Federal Election Reform