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MARCH 1, 2001
10:58 AM
CONTACT:  Common Cause
Jeff Cronin or Susan Quatrone, 202-736-5770
Common Cause to Host Forum on
Election Reform March 2
WASHINGTON - March 1 - Common Cause will convene a diverse and distinguished group of election experts and civic leaders to advance the current debate on the future of voting reform on Friday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jurys Washington Hotel in Dupont Circle, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Spanning a wide range of cutting-edge election reform issues, the discussion will include Internet voting, maximizing citizen access to voting, the pros and cons of the Electoral College, and the likelihood of reform being passed in the current Congress.

Participants in the forum, which will be moderated by Common Cause President Scott Harshbarger, include:

-- Thomas Mann, the Senior Fellow in American Governance and former director of Government Studies at the Brookings Institute, is one of the preeminent scholars on election reform and money in politics. He is currently working on a book about the future of Internet voting.

-- Melanie Campbell, a community leader with 15 years experience, is Executive Director of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, a membership organization dedicated to increasing African-American participation in the democratic process. Campbell was recognized as one of Washington D.C.'s Top Forty Under Forty Emerging Leaders.

-- Robert Pastor is the Goodrich White Professor of International Relations at Emory University and President of Common Cause Georgia. An expert on developing democracies, he has organized international delegations to monitor and mediate elections in 20 countries including Nicaragua, Mexico, the West Bank, Liberia, and China.

-- Roy Saltman, a computer scientist and leading consultant on election policy and technology, has written numerous publications on the accuracy and effectiveness of computerized voting, both in the United States as well as in developing countries.

-- Martin Siegel is Special Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and was formerly Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Senator Schumer has co-sponsored the Voting Study and Improvement Act, a leading bill this year on electoral reform which commissions a study on voting systems and allocates matching grant money for states to reform their balloting processes.

For more information, contact the Common Cause Press Office at 202-736-5770.


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