Election Integrity 2: Urgent Election Reforms for the 2018 Midterms (that Circumvent Media Silence): Reports from the Field

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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. 
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
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Jonathan
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Simon
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Dr. Jonathan Simon is the author of "CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century," is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, and has published numerous papers on aspects of election integrity. He has appeared in "Stealing America: Vote by Vote & Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections," among other places. He tweets @JonathanSimon14. See www.CODERED2014.com.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Allegra
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Dengler
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Chair, Citizens for Voting Integrity
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Citizen activist, former elected official and Democratic district leader.  Election monitoring experience in NY and FL, and a NH recount.  Chair, Citizens for Voting Integrity, advocating for transparent vote-counting in New York State.  Former Chair of Election Reform Task Force of the Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
YahNé
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Ndgo
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Independent writer, singer, activist
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
YahNé Ndgo is part of the community who is building Ubuntu Nation, an international community coordinating efforts to assure that basic living rights, peace, equity, and freedom are enjoyed across the earth. Following an appearance on CNN during which she discussed her stance on the 2016 election race, she has spoken before groups large and small, local and international. She uses this new level of visibility to further her goals to promote Global transformation in concert with progressives everywhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature with a focus on Literary Nonfiction from Bennington College. She owns Deep Blu Womyn Company, a boutique consulting firm that provides marketing, branding business coaching and development to small businesses, organizations, individuals, and officials whose operations are aligned with her humanitarian and Earth centered principals.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Virginia
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Martin
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democratic Election Commissioner in Columbia Co., NY
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Democratic Election Commissioner in Columbia Co., NY since 2008, PhD from RPI in rhetoric and communication. Since the introduction of optical scanners in 2010, Columbia County has conducted full hand-counts of paper ballots. They have developed an efficient, prompt, cost-effective, and fully secure bipartisan process that welcomes public oversight. Its modest funding is spent locally on appreciative and well-trained poll workers.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
John
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Brakey
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Americans United for Democracy, Integrity and Transparency in Elections, Arizona
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Elections investigator, transparency advocate and former business owner, John Brakey is a co-founder of AUDIT AZ (Americans United for Democracy, Integrity and Transparency in Elections), which assisted with winning the RTA election records lawsuit, which awarded the plaintiffs the largest yield of electronic elections data in the country to date. Brakey is often referred to as the “sparkplug” who is highly intuitive and skilled at spotting patterns in large volumes of data.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Lulu
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Friesdat
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Independent documentary producer and Creative director of Shugahworks, a documentary production company
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on election reform and social change. She covered the 2016 Wisconsin presidential recount for alternet.org. She received a Best Documentary award for, “Holler Back—[not] Voting in an American Town,” a film that explores systemic issues in our elections that discourage voter participation. Her network news experience includes editing assignments for CBS Evening News, Nightline, Sunday Morning, The Today Show and Good Morning America. She produced and edited profiles of Democratic candidates for MSNBC, and has done long-format documentary work with NBC News and CNBC. She was on the editing team of “Gideon’s Army,” an Emmy-nominated documentary that follows the personal stories of public defenders in the Deep South, and that received the U.S. Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Ridenhour Prize, fostering the spirit of courage and truth. She is currently in post-production with "The Freedom Cage — #OccupyWallStreet" — a documentary revealing the activist passion that both fueled and sabotaged the Occupy movement, as police and federal agencies systematically dismantled it. Follow her on twitter @LuluFriesdat.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Joel
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Simpson
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
independent activist, photographer, writer
 

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