Journal of Legislation and Public Policy hosts symposium on election administration

On April 1, the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy hosted a symposium titled “Helping America Vote: The Past, Present, and Future of Election Administration.” The symposium, held in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice, focused on legislative reforms to improve the current system of elections—including voter registration, voting technology, ballot design, voter ID laws, and the selection of election officials.
The day-long symposium began with remarks from Michael Waldman '87, executive director of the Brennan Center, who spoke about the importance of voting issues. Three panels and a roundtable discussion followed. Panelists included Wendy Weiser, Larry Norden '96, and Justin Levitt of the Brennan Center; Trevor Potter of Caplin & Drysdale; Edward Foley and Steven Huefner from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University; Christopher Elmendorf of the U.C. Davis School of Law; New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh '98; Michael Pitts of Indiana University School of Law; Charles Stewart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kristen Clarke of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Marc Elias of Perkins Coie. The moderators were Charles Seligson Professor of Law John Ferejohn and NYU Professor of Politics Jonathan Nagler; Tanya Clay House of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Jerry Goldfeder '67 of Stroock, Stroock & Lavan.

This fall, the journal plans to publish a special symposium issue, featuring articles from the panelists.

Posted April 16, 2010