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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference SpeakersPhoto of Norman Solomon

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

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

    Meet the National Voting Rights Task Force confirmed speakers for the The Coming 2020 Election Crisis: In Paper We Trust – 3rd National Election Integrity Conference

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  • Legislation
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    AB 840

    The Assembly approved AB 840 today 9/15/17. It will now go to the governor. See the latest updates. It was an accomplishment just to get it called back to the Assembly Elections Committee on Thursday after it left the Senate on Tuesday. This was not a given. The SoS and CACEO were claiming that the amendments were just a “clarification” of the law. Had that interpretation held, AB 840 would have gone straight to the Assembly floor. But we were able to a least avoid that, and had a chance to make our case. We lost in committee, and in the legislature. It’s not always wise to stand up in front of a freight train, but we were standing up for transparency & democracy. I’m proud of everybody who contributed to this cause. The Issues Elections matter, and they are being attacked from the outside and the inside. The foundation of election security is based on paper ballots and random hand counts of the ballots. Section 15360 of the Calif. elections code requires a 1% random “audit”, specifically a “public manual tally of the ballots, including vote by mail ballots …”. This means all vote by mail ballots. San Diego…

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  • 2017 NVRTF Conference Videos
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    1. 2nd Take Back the Vote Conference Opening Statement

    Luci Riley opens up the 2nd Annual “Take Back the Vote!” National Election Integrity Conference. and encourages us all to call CA governor Jerry Brown to Veto AB 840. For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    2. 2nd Take Back the Vote Conference Emcee

    Bob Fitrakis is the MC of the 1st day of the 2nd Annual “Take Back the Vote!” National Election Integrity Conference. He makes his opening remarks about problems with our elections, their tampering, their secret code by private for-profit companies, etc. 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”. For more information on Bob: http://fitrakis.org For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    3. Cambridge Analytica and Trump’s Victory

    Emma Briant speaks remotely from the UK on the 1st day of the 2nd Annual “Take Back the Vote!” National Election Integrity Conference. She talks about Cambridge Analytica and how tailored election messaging powerfully changes election outcomes. Dr. Briant’s presentation was 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…

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    4. Overview of 2016 Election Problems

    Steven Rosenfeld reviews the major problems with the 2016 election. 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. For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    5. The Trials and Tribulations of Trials

    Marilyn Marks is Executive Director of the Coalition for Good Governance. For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    6. Ranked Choice Voting in Massachussetts

    Dr. Paul Thomas (aka Lu Aptifer) is a Lead Organizer volunteering with Voter Choice Massachusetts to educate citizens about Ranked Choice Voting. After more than a decade of election integrity activism, he co-founded, and ​is now a ​former member of, Election Justice USA which during the 2016 Primary Elections formed to take testimony, report on, and help to, or litigate primary contests in Arizona, New York, and California. He wrote the Registration Tampering chapter of the widely distributed 100-page Election Justice USA report, “Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries” (https://goo.gl/n3i8Pm). Website: http://www.voterchoicema.org For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    7. 2016 Recount in Michigan

    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: http://MichiganElectionReformAlliance.org For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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    8. 2016 Recount in Wisconsin

    Karen McKim has been coordinator of the Wisconsin Election Integrity Action Team (WisconsinElectionIntegrity.org) 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: http://WisconsinElectionIntegrity.org For more information on the conference, go to: https://nvrtf.org For more information on election integrity issues, go to: https://countedascast.org For ongoing support of our efforts, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/takebackthevote2

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