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Conference Speakers Announced for The Coming 2020 Election Crisis: In Paper We Trust

Meet Our Nationally-Recognized Election Integrity Leaders

Ben Adida, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference SpeakerBen Adida – VotingWorks

Conference Discussion Topic: Open Source Voting

Ben Adida is CEO of VotingWorks. His passion is using technology to empower individuals and level the playing field. Ben has extensive experience in voting systems, identity & payments, health IT, security & privacy, and Web architecture. He has developed free software for more than 20 years and Web software for close to 25 years. He is a Board Member at Creative Commons.

Previously, Ben was VP of Engineering at Clever, Director of Engineering at Square, Director of Engineering at Mozilla, Research Faculty at Harvard Medical School / Children’s Hospital Boston, and research fellow with the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard. Ben co-founded three bootstrapped startups: ArsDigita (1998), OpenForce (2000), and Webdash (2005). He received his PhD from MIT’s Cryptography and Information Security group.

Website: VotingWorks


Jan BenDor – Michigan Election Reform Alliance, Founding Member

Conference Discussion Topic: Michigan Voting

Jan BenDor is a founding member of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Michigan Election Reform Alliance.org, which advocates for voter protection and comprehensive election security. A state-accredited elections administrator and election worker trainer, with lengthy experience as a deputy township Clerk, she volunteers as the Michigan Election Reform Alliance Statewide Coordinator. MERA is advancing a state bill for mandatory hand count audits of the vote, and is currently leading the effort to stop gerrymandering in Michigan, with a coalition of democratic rights advocates–Voters Not Politicians.com. Jan joined the Board of Directors of the National Election Defense Coalition in 2014. NEDC is working in Washington to enact bi-partisan legislation that would end all use of paperless voting machines, mandate manual audits, and put teeth into enforcement of federal laws against voter purging and suppression.

Website: MichiganElectionReformAlliance.org


John Roberts BrakeyJohn Brakey – AUDIT USA

Conference Discussion Topic: Ballot Image Audits

John R. Brakey is a longtime election transparency activist from Arizona who has specialized in electronic voting machine security and hacking issues for nearly two decades. His group, Americans United for Democracy Integrity and Transparency – AUDIT-AZ, a nonpartisan organization, has been involved with or filed numerous lawsuits that have challenged reported election results and illegal election procedures. It has exposed the problems with insiders and vendors due to the fact that our elections have been computerized, privatized and outsourced.

Presently, our focus is on solutions to make Elections Transparent, Track-able and Publicly Verified. The new digital technology which is fully capable of “… retains individual digital ballot images for auditing and adjudication” is being suppressed and destroyed. This tech is rapidly replacing the old “Mark Sense” optical scanners. The new Digital Image Scanners that count Hand Mark Paper Ballots produce ballot images that must be used to De-Corrupt our Democracy by: Link to paper: www.tinyurl.com/ybzjktjr

Website: ElectionNightmares.com


Garland Favorito, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference SpeakerGarland Favorito – VoterGA, Co-Founder

Conference Discussion Topic: Georgia Voting

Garland Favorito is a Career Information Technology professional with over 40 years of in-depth experience in internet systems design, business systems analysis, database administration, application development, systems integration, systems life cycle methodologies, computer programming, project management, and multi-factor security for financial transactions.

Website: https://voterga.org/


Dr. Robert J. Fitrakis

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Bob Fitrakis is a lawyer, political author and writer, political candidate, and Professor of Political Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College. He has been the editor of the Columbus Free Press since 1993 and wrote extensively about the U.S. presidential election, 2004 and related 2004 U.S. election voting controversies. His latest work he co-authored with Harvey Wasserman, originally called “the Strip & Flip Selection of 2016”, was updated to “The Strip & Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen Elections”.


Lulu Friesdat – New York Journalist and Filmmaker

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Lulu Friesdat is an Emmy award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on election reform and social change. She received a Best Documentary award for Holler Back — [not] Voting in an American Town, a film that explores systemic issues in our elections that discourage voter participation. Her network news experience includes assignments for CBS Evening News, Nightline, Sunday Morning, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. She produced profiles of Democratic candidates for MSNBC, and has done documentary work with NBC. A two-time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award, her articles have been published on Alternet and Salon.

Website: www.hollerbackfilm.com


Emily LevyEmily Levy – AUDIT USA

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Emily Levy has been a leader in the election security movement since 2004, when she coordinated the first phase of the precinct-level statistical forensic investigation into the presidential election in Ohio.

She has worked on election projects in her home state of California as well as in Arizona, New York, Wisconsin, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Her writings on election issues have been published by The Hill, Op-Ed News, and The BRAD BLOG.

Website: https://www.auditelectionsusa.org/


Ray LutzRay Lutz – Citizens Over Sight (San Diego)

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Ray Lutz, trained as an engineer in electronics and software, founded Citizens Oversight in 2007 to enable civic engagement. Most recently, he has been active improving election integrity using the Snapshot Protocol and intense oversight of election processing. Sued San Diego County Registrar Michael Vu in 2016 for deficient auditing procedures, and won. Now appealing to extend to all counties. Also suing San Diego county for voted ballot accessed. Started the Open Ballot Initiative to use ballot images to provide election oversgiht. In 2011, Ray was arrested for attempting to register voters, and he sued the City and won.

Website: Citizens Oversight


Virginia MartinDr. Virginia Martin – Elections Commissioner, Columbia County, New York

Conference Discussion Topic: Audits

Dr. Virginia Martin was appointed Democratic Election Commissioner in Columbia County, New York in 2008. She received her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in rhetoric and communication and has taught at both RPI and the University at Albany. Since the introduction of optical scanners in 2010, she and her Republican counterpart have conducted full hand counts of paper ballots in every election. They have developed an efficient, prompt, cost-effective, and fully secure bipartisan process that welcomes public oversight. Its modest funding is spent locally on appreciative and well-trained poll workers. Martin is frequently called upon by various organizations and the media to speak about her county’s vote-tabulation process.


Karen McKim – Wisconsin Election Integrity, Coordinator

Conference Discussion Topic: Wisconsin Voting

Karen McKim has been coordinator of the Wisconsin Election Integrity Action Team since its formation in 2012. The group focuses on management of elections technology, particularly as it relates to verification of computer-tabulated results. In October 2014, we achieved one important objective: Convincing the state elections agency to make it clear that local clerks can verify accuracy before they certify results. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the UW-Madison, and is retired from a 30-year career in state government, working in management auditing and quality assurance. In 2016, she ran for county clerk.

Website: WisconsinElectionIntegrity.org


Steven RosenfeldSteven Rosenfeld – Journalist for Alternet

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Steven Rosenfeld has been an award-winning American journalist for nearly 30 years. He covers national affairs for AlterNet.org, including democracy issues. Previously, he has reported for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio and Vermont newspapers. He has written several books on U.S. elections, including an account of partisan voter suppression in Ohio in 2004’s presidential race, a profile of Vermont’s 1990 House race electing Socialist Bernard Sanders to Congress and a forthcoming book, Inside Job: How American Elections Are Still Rigged Against Voters.


Jonathan Simon – Author of Code Red

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Jonathan Simon is the author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century and Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting as the foundation of American democracy. He specializes in election forensics and has been an advocate for electoral integrity since 2002, authoring many papers and collaborating with numerous other researchers and organizations. He tweets @JonathanSimon14, blogs at www.CodeRed2016.com/blog, and can be reached at verifiedvote2004@aol.com.


Dr. Barbara SimonsDr. Barbara Simons – Verified Voting

Conference Discussion Topic: Election System Security

Barbara Simons is a former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the nation’s largest educational and scientific computing society. She is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering of U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in computer science. A fellow of ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she also received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award. An expert on electronic voting, she published Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?, a book on voting machines co-authored with Douglas Jones. She has been on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission since 2008, and she co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of Department of Defense’s Internet voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security concerns. She was a member of the National Workshop on Internet Voting, convened by President Clinton, that conducted one of the first studies of Internet Voting and produced a report in 2001. She co-authored the July 2015 report of the U.S. Vote Foundation entitled The Future of Voting: End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting. She is retired from IBM Research.


Norman Solomon, National Voting Rights Task Force PresenterNorman Solomon – Author, Columnist, and Activist

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, author and activist. His dozen books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” The Humanistmagazine described the book as “a definitive historical text” and “an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets.”

A full-length documentary film, narrated by Sean Penn, was based on “War Made Easy.” The New York Times review called the film “ultimately persuasive” and said: “Many of its arguments have been made before … but Mr. Solomon digs deeper and hammers harder.”

Solomon is the founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He is IPA’s executive director and the coordinator of its ExposeFacts program.

He is co-founder and national coordinator of the online organization RootsAction.org, which now has 1.5 million active supporters.

Website: https://www.normansolomon.com/


Jim Soper – Counted As Cast, National Voting Rights Task Force

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Jim Soper has been a democracy advocate since 2005. He is co-chair of the Voting Rights Task Force, and author of CountedAsCast.org. He has also been a senior software consultant, and teacher.

Website: countedascast.org


Harvey Wasserman, National Voting Rights Task Force PresenterHarvey Wasserman – Journalist, Activist

Conference Discussion Topic: TBA

Harvey Wasserman is an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for renewable energy. He has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for over 30 years. He has been a featured speaker on TodayNightlineNational Public RadioCNN Lou Dobbs Tonight and other major media outlets. Wasserman is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service,[1] an investigative reporter, and senior editor of The Columbus Free Press where his coverage, with Bob Fitrakis, has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.”[2] He lives with his family in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Wasserman’s articles have appeared in the New York Times,[9] the Huffington Post,[10] and other newspapers and magazines. His first book, Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States, was first published by Harper & Row (NY) in 1972 (introduced by Howard Zinn), with approximate sales of 30,000 copies. (The book has been republished by Four Walls, Eight Windows (NY).)[11]

In the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation, Wasserman relates stories about people and animals living near nuclear weapons facilities, mining and waste storage sites, uranium processing plants, and nuclear power reactors. For example, farmers in central Pennsylvania whom he spoke to reported abnormalities in their animals in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Farmers living near the Rocky Flats plutonium factory in Colorado, and near the West Valley Reprocessing Plant in upstate New York, have also complained of defects and illnesses among their animals.[12]


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