Election Officials to Examine 2008 Voting Process and Discuss Solutions to Continuing Challenges

Contact: Janet Lane, 202.552.2037

Washington, DC - 12/01/2008 - While the 2008 election had fewer systemic problems than other recent elections, it did reveal some important challenges facing the American voting system. State election officials and policymakers now are turning their attention to an analysis of what worked, what did not and what could be improved.  Hosted by the Pew Center on the States, in collaboration with the JEHT Foundation, “Voting in America—The Road Ahead” brings together Secretaries of State, state election directors, policymakers, nonpartisan experts, and other officials at a conference to discuss innovations and reforms in the administration of our elections. 

“Voting in America—The Road Ahead”
The conference will spotlight key issues including:

  • Results of the 2008 Survey of Performance of American Elections (A poll conducted by MIT) 
  • The Impact and Future of Early Voting
  • The Optimal Election System—Ambitious Visions from State Officials
  • Voter Registration: Evaluating Models for Reform
Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Florida
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Missouri
Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortés, Pennsylvania
Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Kentucky
Christopher Edley, Jr., Advisor, Obama-Biden Transition Team
Bob Bauer, General Counsel, Obama for America
Trevor Potter, General Counsel, John McCain 2008
Andrew Kohut, President, Pew Research Center
Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jean-Pierre Kingsley, President, IFES, former Chief Election Officer for Canada
Pam Fessler, Correspondent, National Public Radio

December 9 –10, 2008
Agenda at: www.pewcenteronthestates.org/VotinginAmerica

555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Please enter through the Freedom Forum Entrance on Sixth Street, N.W.

Make Voting Work, a project of the Pew Center on the States, seeks to foster an election system that achieves the highest standards of accuracy, accessibility, efficiency and security.  The initiative examines the most pressing election problems, and undertakes and evaluates pilot projects and experiments designed to address them. This research will inform our efforts to identify effective solutions through changes in policies, practices and technology.

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