The Election Verification Network 2022 Annual Conference will be held March 16-18 in Washington DC at Gallaudet University.
Join us for a stimulating and timely conference that will also feature keynote speeches on the top election security issues. Attendance at EVN 2022 is by invitation. Please contact us for more information.
The conference will be held Wednesday, March 16 – Friday, March 18 8:30am to 5:30pm at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Google Maps)
This program may be subject to change
8:00am Breakfast/Check-in – Sponsored by OSET Institute
Josh Benaloh, Microsoft Research
8:30am Opening Remarks
Josh Franklin, EVN Conference Co-Chair
9:00am Keynote – CISA’s Support to the Election Infrastructure Sector
Geoff Hale and David Kuennen, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
9:45am State Elections Security Updates
Moderator: Turquoise Baker, The Brennan Center for Justice; Panelists: Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, Pima County, AZ; Joseph Kirk, Bartow County, GA; Trevor Timmons, CO Dept. of State
Panelists will discuss plans for bolstering election security ahead of the 2022 election, expected challenges for the upcoming election cycle, matters pertaining to physical security of election officials, and ways to improve collaboration between local and state election officials and organizations.
11:00am Best Practices for Responding to Glitches During an Election
Moderator: J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan; Panelists: Harri Hursti, Nordic Innovation Labs; Philip Stark, University of California, Berkeley
Problems involving election technology gain public attention in nearly every election cycle, but they are rarely formally investigated. This makes problems more likely to reoccur and leaves fertile ground for misinformation. Post-incident technical investigations are widely practiced in other fields that prioritize safety and reliability, including transportation and engineering, and they are an opportunity for election officials to display rigor, transparency, and a drive for continuous improvement that could enhance both accuracy and public trust. This panel will involve speakers who participated in technical investigations in Michigan and New Hampshire following the 2020 election, who will share their experiences and
recommendations for practice.
12:15pm Annual EVN Awards
Gowri Ramachandran and Turquoise Baker, The Brennan Center for Justice
1:00pm Lunch – Sponsored by Verified Voting
2:15pm Using Ballot Images to Strengthen Trust in Elections
Moderator: John McCarthy, Verified Voting; Panelists: Matthew Bernhard, VotingWorks; Mark Earley, Leon County, FL; Carly Koppes, Weld County, CO
An increasing majority of scanners create and can preserve digital ballot images and cast vote records. Some states and local jurisdictions have begun to make ballot images publicly available as part of their efforts to rebuild trust in elections. This panel will discuss opportunities and challenges of using ballot images to improve elections and help convince losing candidates and their supporters that they lost fair and square, as well as how we can prevent and discover alteration of ballot images.
3:30pm Break – Sponsored by OSET Institute
3:45pm Mobile Voting: Because BMDs Weren’t Controversial Enough
Moderator: Aleks Essex, Western University, Canada; Panelists; Matthew Bernhard, VotingWorks; Vanessa Teague, University of Melbourne
In a post-2020 landscape where even vendors now call paper ballots “the gold standard of election security,” the online voting industry is in urgent need of a shake-up. While some are forging ahead with new initiatives to increase transparency, others seem determined to repeat bad outcomes. This panel will discuss the industry’s direction drawing on recent developments in the US, Australia, Canada and Switzerland.
5:00pm What’s Next for EVN
Josh Benaloh, Microsoft Research & Chair, EVN Coordinating Committee
8:00am Breakfast/check-in – Sponsored by OSET Institute
Pre function area
Josh Benaloh, Microsoft Research
8:50am Comments of Election Integrity
U.S. Congressman James R. Langevin (D-RI)
9:00am Getting Ready for 2022
Moderator: Susannah Goodman, Common Cause; Panelists; Mark Lindeman, Verified Voting; Jesse Littlewood, Common Cause; Gowri Ramachandran, The Brennan Center for Justice
We are now in the 2022 election cycle. This panel will review what is being done to ensure that voters have the right information they need to vote, to protect voters and election administrators from mis- and disinformation, to ensure the process is as resilient and transparent as possible, and to confirm election outcomes.
10:30am Creating Baseline Cybersecurity Controls
Moderator: Genya Coulter, OSET Institute; Panelist: Josh Franklin; Cameron Quinn, OSET Institute; Ion Sancho; John Sebes, OSET Institute
The EAC and CISA provide guidelines for manufacturers and elections professionals respectively to ensure voting and election administration systems have cybersecurity controls to securely manage an election, but is that guidance alone sufficient? What should be the baseline set of cybersecurity preparations, activities, resources, services, and tools to help ensure an election is verifiable, accurate and secure? What are the top line best practices and what is needed to be ready for the coming midterm elections?
12:00pm Keynote – Bridging Evidence To Trust In the Election Security Ecosystem
Kathy Boockvar, Center for Internet Security
12:30pm Lunch – Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation
1:45pm How More Robust Nonpartisan Election Observation Can Help Save U.S. Elections
Moderator: Stafford Ward; Panelists: David Alan Levine, Alliance for Securing Democracy; Avery Davis-Roberts, The Carter Center.
Given the barrage of threats to U.S. elections, more robust nonpartisan election observation could be critical to helping ensure the integrity of future elections, beginning with the 2022 midterms. Nonpartisan observation can provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the election process and give them greater faith that elections are free and fair; help check bad- faith actors seeking to undermine confidence in U.S. elections; and provide critical information to those on the front lines of elections as they strive to continuously improve their processes.
3:15pm Lightning Talks
4:30pm Close and Toast
Mark Lindeman, Verified Voting