The Future of Elections: Agenda and Resources

June 14-16, 2017 | Williamsburg, Va.

In the historic setting of Colonial Williamsburg, join us for a three-day conference where we will discuss the future of elections technology and how to pay for it. We’ll bring together legislators, legislative staff, election officials, and election administration experts from across the country to cross-pollinate ideas about how to update the nation's voting infrastructure in an era of limited resources and heightened security concerns.

Visit the conference homepage for information about registration, travel and other logistics. Speaker bios can be found here.

Locations: Virginia State Capitol Building and Woodlands Hotel and Suites Conference Center




1:15 p.m.

Virginia State Capitol

Meet at Virginia State Capitol

We will launch the capitol tour after meeting in the exhibit gallery space inside the public entrance on Bank and 10th streets.

1:30-2 p.m.

Virginia State Capitol

Capitol Tour

The conference begins with an adventure to the capital city of Richmond, Virginia. Explore the history of Virginia under the capitol dome.

2-3:30 p.m.

Virginia State Capitol

House Room 3

Welcome & Elections Technology 101

The Future of Elections has a strong focus on elections technology, and understanding the basics from federal laws to tech 101 will set you up for success. Technology Policy & Funding Conference PPT



Wendy Underhill, NCSL

Chairman Matt Masterson, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Andrew Coopersmith, The Wharton School

Matthew Caulfield, The Wharton School

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Woodlands Hotel & Suites

Conference Center lobby

Conference Registration

This is the first opportunity to check-in for the conference, pick up your welcome packet and badge.

5:00-6:15 p.m.

Woodlands Hotel & Suites

Conference Center lobby

Welcome Meet & Greet

As the buses unload from the expedition to Richmond, attendees can check in for the conference and hotel while enjoying some tasty beverages and light snacks. From there, opportunities for fun times abound in Colonial Williamsburg. Though not formally organized, NCSL encourages you to explore and eat with your like-minded conference attendees. Make a reservation in advance, if possible. Restaurants can fill up quickly in June.


Location: Woodlands Hotel and Suites Conference Center, Williamsburg, Va.

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Conference Center lobby

Conference Registration

This is the second and final opportunity to check-in for the conference, pick up your welcome packet and badge.

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Welcome and What's Pushing Change?

You all carved out time to come together in Williamsburg for a reason. We will launch the conference by hearing what brought you, and what you hope to walk away with. We’ll keep a list of questions and interests and make sure everything gets addressed by the time we leave.



Wendy Underhill, NCSL

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Elections Security: What States Can Do

The desire to achieve secure elections does not lend itself to an easy legislative mandate. Few understand what the Department of Homeland Security’s critical infrastructure designation actually means for states. Hear from national experts about the federal, state and local role in procedural and cyber security of elections.



Adam Ambrogi, Democracy Fund



Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Connecticut

Geoffrey Hale, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity: Election Infrastructure as Critical Infrastructure

Edgardo Cortes, State Election Commissioner, Virginia, Protecting Virginia's Elections: Ongoing Cybersecurity Efforts

Ron Bandes, Network Security Analyst, Election Technology and Security

10:30-11 a.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Using Elections Technology to Make Better Decisions

Elections technologies are intended to cast and count votes, but the information contained in computerized election systems also can be invaluable in helping to better manage elections. This session discusses the hidden world of technology-based election data and how it can be used.



Rebecca Green, William and Mary Law School



Charles Stewart III, MIT Election Data and Science Lab, Using Election Technology to Make Better Decisions: The Case of Precinct Wait Times

11 a.m.-Noon

Clean Voter Lists: Oak Room

Trends & Trendsetters: Cascades



Clean Voter Lists: A Gateway to Election Integrity

Efforts to seal up opportunities for voter fraud can begin with proactive and systematized efforts to clean voter rolls. Doing so helps everyone: voters, administrators, the general public (whose confidence goes up), and elected officials. Learn how.



Amy Cohen, Democracy Works



Shane Hamlin, Electronic Registration Information Center

Representative Esau, Kansas, Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck

Senator Kagan, Maryland

Trends and Trendsetters in Post-election Audits and Recounts

Legislative trends point toward an interest in better audit and recount laws. First, what is a post-election audit? What’s at the cutting edge of post-election audits? (A hint: risk-limiting audits, pioneering this year statewide in Colorado.) And what makes a good recount law, a question posed by many after the 2016 presidential election? 



Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, Nevada



Dwight Shellman, Colorado, Risk-Limiting Audits in Colorado

Mark Halvorson, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota

Nikki Baines Charlson, Maryland, 2016 Post Election Audits in Maryland


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Noon-1:30 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Reliving the 1789 Presidential Election: Lunch and entertainment

To provide a break in the day’s substantive programming, actors from Colonial Williamsburg will reenact the first presidential election while you enjoy a delicious sponsored lunch. You won’t want to miss President-elect George Washington’s acceptance speech.

1:45-3 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Elections Tech Procurement and Funding from the State Perspective

Task forces, hearings, RFPs, vendor demonstrations, testing and certification, maintenance contracts, appropriating funds…procuring elections technology is no easy task for state legislatures. Perhaps the most challenging part of replacing a voting system is figuring out who and how to foot the bill. Federal funding is nowhere in sight, state legislatures are faced with competing priorities, and county budgets are strapped. Luckily we have veterans of the process geared up to guide us through lessons learned and advice for your state.



Amanda Buchanan, NCSL



Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island

Senator Murante, Nebraska

Elaine Manlove, State Election Commissioner, Delaware, Voting Machines in Delaware

Brian Bean, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah

Stanford Ward, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland


Resources for this session:

3-4 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Elections Tech Innovation

Election officials are constantly innovating new and better ways to conduct elections when gaps emerge. There's a desire to share best practices and create a transparent environment. What's out there and what are the barriers to advancement?



Monica Crane Childers, Democracy Works



Amber McReynolds, Denver County, Colorado

Noah Praetz, Cook County, Illinois

Dean Logan, Los Angeles County, California

4:15-5:30 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Vendor Session

Elections technology vendors can contribute important perspectives and expertise to the policymaking process. This session begins with a fifteen minute overview of the elections technology vendor market followed by two-minute product pitches from invited companies. A final a rapid-fire question/answer dialogue is your chance to share directly with vendors what's of interest to you and your voters. You'll get to know the vendors while getting your questions answered.



Doug Chapin, Program for Excellence in Election Administration



Anand Balasubramanian, PCC

Hugh Gallagher, Smartmatic

Edward Perez, Hart InterCivic

Traci Mapps, SLI Compliance, a Division of GLI, LLC

Ben Martin, VR Systems

Larry Moore, Clear Ballot

Kathy Rogers, ES&S

Nimit Sawhney, Voatz

Steve Wolffis, BallotTrax


6-7:30 p.m.


Commissioner Christy McCormick, from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, invites conference registrants to network and enjoy the natural beauty of Williamsburg from her backyard. Transportation will be provided.


Friday, June 16, 2017
Location: Woodlands Hotel and Suites Conference Center, Williamsburg, Va. 

9-10:30 a.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Election Modernization is Great! But Can Your Tech Keep Up?

Election reforms such as vote centers, all-mail elections, automatic/automated voter registration and ranked choice voting have two things in common. First, they are gaining interest across the country. Second, these policies have major technology implications for implementation. We’ll have experts walk through what you need to know.



Senator Ivey-Soto, New Mexico



Kyle Bailey, The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, Maine, Ranked Choice Voting Presentation

Representative Fortner, Illinois, Automatic Voter Registration in Illinois

Amber McReynolds, Denver Elections Director, Colorado

Lester Bird, the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Voting Information Project

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Rubber Meets the Road: Cascades

Military & Overseas: Oak Room



Where the Rubber Meets the Road: State Statutes & the Certification Process

States—not the feds—certify election equipment. And yet, state certification of elections technology usually relies in whole or in part on federal voluntary guidelines. Federal laws also set the stage for accessibility requirements so that all voters have equal opportunity to participate in our democracy. As states explore technology upgrades from existing technology, state certification statutes may need to be upgraded too. Hear some recent examples to help you stay ahead of the curve.



Senator Dee Brown, Montana



Brian Hancock, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Katy Owens Hubler, Democracy Research, State Statutes and the Certification Process

Jim Silrum, Deputy Secretary of State, North Dakota, State Voting System Certification 

Increasing Access for Military and Overseas Voters

Learn about recent innovative efforts to securely expand access to the ballot for military and overseas voters. 



Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund



Kamanzi Kalisa, Council on State Governments

David Beirne, Federal Voting Assistance Program

12-1 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom


1-2:15 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Tying it all together: Your Questions, Answered


Facilitators: The Future of Elections: Tying it all Together

Merle King, The Center for Election Systems, KSU

Brian Hancock, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Dogwood Ballroom

Reasons to stay through the weekend