Free and Equal to Host Electoral Reform Symposium December 7 in Denver

Free and Equal Elections Foundation is hosting its annual Electoral Reform Symposium on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00am to 5:00pm, at The Lot at RiNo Art District in Denver, Colorado. Fair Elections for Colorado is sponsoring the event. Registration begins at 8:30am. Watch the symposium here.

Free and Equal’s annual Electoral Reform Symposium brings together intellectuals and experts to share ideas on how to reform the electoral system in the United States. Given the political climate, it’s time to connect and have open conversations that yield real solutions.

Leaders contributing their knowledge, expertise and voices for electoral reform this year listed in the schedule below:

8:30 – 9:00 Registration, coffee

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome – Free & Equal Founder Christina Tobin –

9:15-9:45 Vote At Home System
Executive Director of VOTE at HOME Amber McReynolds

9:45-10:45 Gerrymandering Forum
Professor of Mathematics at University of Colorado Boulder Jeanne Nielsen Clelland and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Colorado College Dr. Beth Malmskog

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Multi-winner Proportional Representation
Voting Methods Team co-leader for Boulder County League of Women Voters Celeste Landry

11:30-12:00 Open The Presidential Debates

Founder of Open The Debates, Eli Beckerman and Christina Tobin

12:00-12:50 Lunch

1:0-1:30  “How Boulder’s upcoming ONLINE petitions for ballot initiatives will revolutionize democracy”
– Evan Ravitz

1:30-2:15 Risk-Limiting Audits Forum
Election integrity advocate Neal McBurnett and election quality activist Harvey Branscomb

2:15-2:45 Fair Representation Act
Represent Women director Cynthia Terrell

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Alternative Voting Methods Forum
Fair Vote founder Rob Richie, Equal Vote Coalition volunteer Clay Shentrup, Equal Vote Coalition representative Matt Otis and Center For Election Science Founder Aaron Hamlin

4:30-4:50 Free and Equal Elections Vision For The Future

Christina Tobin

4:50-5:00 Blockchain Voting Election Assistant App
Nexus founder Colin Cantrell (pre-recorded)

Primary symposium topics for 2019 include alternative voting methods (ranked-choice voting, approval voting, score voting and STAR voting), multi-winner proportional representation, fair representation act, risk-limiting audits, gerrymandering, vote-at-home system, fair representation act, electoral reform and the future of blockchain voting. The symposium will be moderated by Free and Equal Founder Christina Tobin.

The event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Free and Equal website and Facebook page. Attendees are encouraged to participate during the Q&A portion of the symposium. Production by Stoney Hill Studios. Please RSVP here.

Event address: 3435 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado

Come join us on for an engaging gathering of electoral reform minds.

In unity,

The Free and Equal Elections Team

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About Free and Equal Elections Foundation

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to broaden electoral choices through education and direct positive action. Free and Equal leads national, state and local efforts to open the electoral process in the United States by hosting all-inclusive gubernatorial, Presidential and senatorial debates; organizing Electoral Reform Symposiums; producing United We Stand tours; supporting individuals running for office; and creating a blockchain Election Assistant App to promote transparency and empower voters with information about all their candidate choices.

Since 2009, Free & Equal has hosted electoral reform symposiums to unite intellectuals and experts to share and debate reforms to the U.S. electoral system. Past panelists and speakers include President of The League of Women Voters of Colorado Nancy Crow, Deputy Secretary of State of Colorado Suzanne Staiert, FairVote founder Rob Richie, Nexus founder Colin Cantrell, Ballot Access News founder Richard Winger and more.

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