Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Simpson
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Joel
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
independent activist, photographer, writer
Reading List: 
Jonathan Simon: "CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century" 2016 edition, http://www.electoralsystemincrisis.org/, https://www.mintpressnews.com/donald-trump-warned-of-a-rigged-election-was-he-right/224326/, http://www.thomhartm
Abstract: 
The most urgent, and under-reported issue currently facing our political landscape is what can be done to ensure a secure and accurate vote count for the 2018 mid-term elections and beyond. Although it has received little publicity, there is tremendous activity and concern around the country on this topic. From major advocacy groups with funding, to small online conference calls—and now even a proposal to the Democratic National Committee demanding a 50-state strategy to overturn paperless systems—the urgency of this issue is surging into the national conversation. In a recent bombshell announcement on CNN, James Woolsey, the former director of the CIA warned, "There's a real danger here, because approximately 25 percent of our voting machines in the United States do not have paper backups, so if the electronics have been tampered with, you will never know, and you can't do a recount...We've got to get that fixed...The rest of this is very minor by comparison." Strategies are emerging on how to move most quickly and efficiently to transparent and verifiable systems. Elections are locally controlled, and there is much that individual activists can do to affect the electoral process. Panelists will outline the concrete work they have done in their communities and discuss with attendees what each of us can and must do to put safeguards on our election infrastructure and restore democracy through honest elections in this country. 
Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance