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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Jennifer Cohn, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Jennifer Cohn

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA In the wake of the 2016 election, Jenny Cohn became interested in election integrity. Her initial research concerned voting machine vulnerabilities, but she soon wondered how we came to have such a flagrantly insecure voting system. Though her quest continues, what she has unearthed thus far is alarming. Her goal is to verify and separately source (with mainstream media articles wherever possible) each fact that led to our flawed voting system. She is propelled by the notion that we must understand how we got here in order to find our way out. Background: Jennifer Cohn received her BA in Psychology from UCLA and JD from Hastings College of the Law. She practiced law for over 20 years and was a partner with Nielsen Haley & Abbott, LLC in California. Her practice focused primarily on insurance coverage and appellate law. She left the practice of law several years ago to focus on her young family.

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers

    Dr. Emma Briant

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA Dr. Briant’s presentation will be conducted remotely by video. Dr. Emma L Briant is Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) in Journalism at University of Essex, UK. Dr. Briant specializes in researching and publishing on the topics of propaganda and international security, and media debates of politics, inequality and human rights. She has been working on several new projects including research examining Russian propaganda and her new co-authored book with Prof. Robert Entman: What’s Wrong with the Democrats? Media Bias, Inequality and the rise of Donald Trump. From 2013-2017 she was a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Journalism Studies at University of Sheffield and spent 2016-2017 at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. She completed her PhD at Glasgow Media Group, University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 examining changes in Anglo-American counter-terrorism propaganda strategy since 9/11, work that became a book and led to many international invited talks, positive reviews and received recent media attention: Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change (Manchester University Press, 2015). Her publications with the Glasgow Media Group include academic research on media coverage of disability, which was discussed in Parliament in the UK and widely…

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Harvey Wasserman, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Harvey Wasserman

    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 Today, Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN 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…

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers

    Jim Soper

    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

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Norman Solomon, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Norman Solomon

    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/

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Dr. Barbara Simons

    Dr. Barbara Simons

    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…

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers

    Jonathan Simon

    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.

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Steven Rosenfeld

    Steven Rosenfeld

    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.

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers

    Karen McKim

    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

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Virginia Martin

    Dr. Virginia Martin

    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.

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Ray Lutz

    Ray Lutz

    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

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Emily Levy, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Emily Levy

    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/

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