- 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
-- 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
-- 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.
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