2019 NVRTF Conference

The Coming 2020 Election Crisis: In Paper We Trust – 3rd National Election Integrity Conference

  • Photo of 1. Jim Soper – Opening Remarks – There Is No Magic Bullet

    1. Jim Soper – Opening Remarks – There Is No Magic Bullet

    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

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  • Photo of 2. Bob Fitrakis – Are US Elections Legitimate?

    2. Bob Fitrakis – Are US Elections Legitimate?

    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”.

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  • Photo of 3. Barbara Arnwine – Voter Suppression

    3. Barbara Arnwine – Voter Suppression

    Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq, president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance. Website: Voting Rights Alliance and Transformative Justice Coalition

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  • Photo of 4. Norman Solomon – Media & Voter Turnout

    4. Norman Solomon – Media & Voter Turnout

    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/

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  • Photo of 5. Bennie Smith – Fraction Magic Demo

    5. Bennie Smith – Fraction Magic Demo

    Bennie Smith has a passion for election transparency, serves on the Technical Advisory Team for SMART Elections and is most known locally for his micro-targeting application and predictive analytics method to forecast voter turnout. Smith is most known nationally for a proof of concept application he developed and a research series he participated in to examine election system vulnerabilities. Both were covered by Bloomberg in its Cyber Security Segment and the cover story for Bloomberg Businessweek. Smith’s research uncovered an extraordinarily high-risk tampering mechanism and ultimately provided a new infrastructure for analyzing questionable election results. Smith’s work has been referenced in congressional hearings, cited as the ground work for the Ballot Images Project, and has been presented to Secretaries of States, US Congress Representatives and a number of Election integrity organizations and communication mediums.

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  • Photo of 6. Dr. Richard DeMillo – Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) Cannot Assure the Will of the Voters

    6. Dr. Richard DeMillo – Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) Cannot Assure the Will of the Voters

    Two competing election systems purport to be auditable and software independent: hand-marked paper ballots and paper ballots printed by machines called Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs). In this talk, I will discuss recent work with Andrew Appel and Philip Stark, arguing that BMDs are neither software independent nor meaningfully auditable by Risk Limiting Audits (RLAs). We also introduce two new conditions called contestability and defensibility that are necessary for an audit to confirm election results. Dr. Richard DeMillo’s Bio Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. His research includes numerous articles, books and patents in software engineering, cryptography, and cyber security. He holds what is believed to be the only patent on breaking public key cryptosystems.  He has served as a foreign election observer for the Carter Center and has served on boards of public and private cybersecurity and privacy companies, including RSA Security and SecureWorks. He is a fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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  • Photo of 7. Garland Favorito – Unresolved BMD Security Threats

    7. Garland Favorito – Unresolved BMD Security Threats

    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/

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  • Photo of 8. Dr. Barbara Simons – Election System Security

    8. Dr. Barbara Simons – 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.

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  • Photo of 9. Dr. Philip Stark – RLAs and My Beefs with BMDs

    9. Dr. Philip Stark – RLAs and My Beefs with BMDs

    Philip B. Stark is Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the  University of California, Berkeley. He invented “risk-limiting election audits,” and worked with the Secretaries of State of California and Colorado to pilot and deploy risk-limiting audits. Stark has published more than 200 articles and books and has given lectures in more than thirty countries. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice and five other federal agencies, the Georgia Department of Law, and the Illinois State Attorney. He has testified to the U.S. House of Representatives, the California Senate, the California Assembly, and the California Little Hoover Commission. He has been an expert witness in numerous matters including several election integrity cases. Stark serves on the Board of Advisors of the US Election Assistance Commission and the Board of Directors of Verified Voting Foundation.

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  • Photo of 10. Jonathan Simon – The WeCountNow Campaign

    10. Jonathan Simon – The WeCountNow Campaign

    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.

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  • Photo of 11. Karen McKim – Wisconsin Voting

    11. Karen McKim – 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

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  • Photo of 12. Jennifer Cohn – Voting Machine Vendors: Opacity, Corruption, and Lies

    12. Jennifer Cohn – Voting Machine Vendors: Opacity, Corruption, and Lies

    Jennifer Cohn is an election integrity advocate and writer whose articles on election security have been published in the New York Review of Books, WhoWhatWhy, Salon and TYT Investigates. She is also an attorney who practiced insurance coverage and appellate for many years as a partner with Nielsen, Haley & Abbott LLP in California. Since the 2016 election, she has focused her efforts on investigating insecure computerized election systems and promoting potential solutions. She has about 100,000 followers on Twitter, where her account serves as a blog providing daily updates and commentary on election-security developments throughout the country. Her Twitter handle is @jennycohn1.

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