Policy and Elections Technology Conference Agenda and Resources


Our agenda for Santa Fe provided lawmakers and others with accurate, objective information on policy choices relating to the changing field of elections technology--provided by a faculty that includes the nation's luminaries in the field. Resources from this meeting are available below.

There was time to network with colleagues from around the country who face the same questions, and to see a bit of Santa Fe's famous art scene.

As part of the program, we visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and provided optional tours of the New Mexico State Capitol's nationally reknowned art collection.

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Day 1 | Wednesday, June 3
Time Sessions

1-3 p.m

Santa Fe County Clerk's Office

102 Grant Avenue

Pre-Conference Visit to a Local Elections Office

See first-hand what election technology has been recently integrated in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

3:30-4 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel,

Palace Ballroom 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

We kicked off the conference with a brief welcome to the Land of Enchantment and an overview of the meeting agenda and goals. 

Speakers: Dianna Duran, New Mexico Secretary of State

                 Wendy Underhill, NCSL


4-4:30 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel,

Palace Ballroom 

History of Voting Technology 

A fast photo tour of the last 100 years of voting systems and election administration.  

Speaker: Kimball Brace, Election Data Services

Resources: Kimball Brace's Presentation on the History of Voting Equipment

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel, 

Palace Ballroom

Voting Technology 101

This “everything you need to know in 60 minutes or less” session introduced participants to the lay of the land—what is so important about voting technology anyway?  A background on voting system testing and certification and how legislators play a role.

Speakers: Brian Hancock, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

                 Chris Thomas, Director of Elections, Michigan 

Resources: Brian Hancock's Presentation on Voting Technology 101

6-7:30 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel, Rooftop

Welcome Reception

Welcome commissioners from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Enjoy cocktails and appetizers and get to know your colleagues from across the country as well as experts in the elections field.
Day 2 | Thursday, June 4

9-10 a.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel, 

Palace Ballroom

Report on NCSL's Elections Technology Project

The Elections Technology Project visited eight states to conduct a one-day meeting connecting legislators who serve on election committees, legislative staff who deal with elections policy, and state and local election officials to explore technology’s role in running efficient elections. What was discussed in these meetings? What was learned? What future steps are states considering taking? 

Moderator: Katy Owens Hubler, NCSL


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel, 

Palace Ballroom 

Recommendations from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration: Voter Registration Modernization, Voting Technology and the Human Element

Members of the bipartisan presidential commission, along with staff from The Pew Charitable Trusts, highlighted the PCEA’s recommendations for up-to-date voter registration practices, policy frameworks for election-related technology, and how the people who run elections—officials and workers—make all the difference. Some of these practices may require enabling legislation. 

Moderator: Tammy Patrick, Bipartisan Policy Center

Speakers:   David Becker, The Pew Charitable Trusts

                   Chris Thomas, Director of Elections, Michigan 


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel, 

Palace Ballroom 

The Impact of Legislation on Election Systems: Design, Cost and Life Span

Get the viewpoint from election system vendors on how legislation and rule-making impacts emerging technologies. 

Moderator: Doug Chapin, University of Minnesota

Speakers:  Steve Trout, Clear Ballot

                  Monica Crane Childers, Democracy Works 

                  Kathy Rogers, ES&S

                  Lori Steele Contorer, Everyone Counts

                  Joe Kiniry, Galois

                  Eddie Perez, Hart Intercivic

                  Greg Miller, OSET Foundation (did not attend)

                  Jonathan Brill, Scytl 


1:45-3 p.m.

Drury Plaza Hotel,

Various Rooms

Early Voting, All-Mail Voting, Vote Centers – What are the Technology Implications?

Moderator: Wendy Underhill, NCSL

Speakers: Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, Colorado 

                 Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, New Mexico

                 Michael McDonald, University of Florida


Testing and Certification: How do you know the equipment is doing what you need? What is the role of legislators?

Moderator: Merle King, Kennesaw State University

Speakers:  Commissioner Matt Masterson, EAC

                  Brian Hancock, EAC


3:15-5 p.m.

Usability, Accessibility and Ballot Design: What do lawmakers need to know?

Moderator: Dan Diorio, NCSL

SpeakerWhitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design


Evaluating Elections:  What do legislators need to know about post-election procedures, audits and technology?

Moderator: Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico

Speakers:   Pam Smith, Verified Voting Foundation 

                   Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Bernalillo County, New Mexico


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Georgia O’Keeffe  Museum

217 Johnson Street,

Santa Fe, N.M. 87501

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Private visit of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and browse through works by O’Keeffe. An introduction to the exhibit was provided by the museum’s curator, Carolyn Kastner. 
Day 3 | Friday, June 5

9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

New Mexico State Capitol, 

Room 307

What is Pushing Change in Voting Technology?

The needs of voters are pushing changes. Military and overseas citizens need a speedy and secure system; voters with physical and cognitive disabilities have challenges that technology can help; and incremental steps moving toward Internet-assisted voting. 

Moderator: Merle King, Kennesaw State University

Panelists:   Michael Winn, Travis County, Texas

                  Matt Boehmer, Federal Voting Assistance Program

                  Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, U.S. Vote Foundation

                  Diane Golden, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

                  Pam Smith, Verified Voting Foundation


12:15-12:30 p.m.

New Mexico State Capitol, 

Room 307

Closing Remarks

Resources: NCSL's blog: Legislative Lessons on Elections Technology

1:45 p.m.

New Mexico State Capitol, 



Guided Art Tour of the Santa Fe Capitol (Optional)

The New Mexico State Capitol, often referred to as the “Roundhouse” because of its circular structure, houses a permanent, public collection of contemporary art by artists of New Mexico. It is a unique example of how art and politics can enhance each other. For more information on this unique blend of politics and art, please read the article in State Legislatures Magazine "A Roundhouse of Art."