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FORUM: DO THE ‘AYES’ HAVE IT?: VOTE COUNTING TECHNOLOGY, ELECTION INTEGRITY AND DEMOCRACY
New York, NY — September 23, 2004 — In anticipation of the 2004 presidential election, four election experts will speak about America’s vote counting machinery as the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Cyberspace Law Committee hosts a free public forum, “Do the ‘Ayes’ Have It? Vote Counting Technology, Election Integrity and Democracy,” on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00 PM at NYCLA’s Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street. Panelists are: Adam Cohen, Esq., member, New York Times Editorial Board and author of the editorial series, “Making Votes Count”; Commissioner Douglas A. Kellner, Esq., NYC Board of Elections; Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D., computer expert witness, author (“A Better Ballot Box?” and “Florida 2002: Sluggish Systems, Vanishing Votes”) and Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Harvard University; and Prof. Beth Simone Noveck, author, “Designing Deliberative Democracy in Cyberspace,” Director of the Democracy Design Workshop and Professor of Law, New York Law School. The panel will be moderated by New York appellate attorney Allan R. Pearlman, Esq., of NYCLA’s Cyberspace Law Committee.
“Our panel,” explains Commissioner Kellner, “will provide a state-of-the-art update on issues involving voting technology and election administration in 2004. In our democracy,” he added, “nothing is more important than making sure that every vote counts.”
The New York County Lawyers’ Association was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, NYCLA has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy. For more information about NYCLA, visit http://www.nycla.org.
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