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A Conference on Elections and Democracy


April 6, 2007 - April 7, 2007

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

    This two day conference brought together nationally renowned experts in voting law to discuss key topics in electoral democracy today, including:

    • Voter participation, including fraud and corruption, voter ID requirements, the use and reliability of new types of voting equipment after HAVA, and ongoing issues in campaign finance;
    • Voter representation, including districting and political gerrymandering, the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, and the question of whether the Supreme Court should play a more active role in regulating electoral democracy; and
    • Comparative voting in other democracies, including approaches to elections, districting, and campaign finance.

    Sponsored by:

    American Constitution Society (Stanford Chapter)
    Stanford Law and Policy Review
    Federalist Society (Stanford Chapter)

    Friday, April 6

    Panel 1 – Voter Participation

    Moderator: Jane Schacter, Stanford Law School
    Panelists: Steve Ansolabehere, MIT
    Ben Ginsberg, Patton Boggs LLP
    Nina Perales, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    Nate Persily, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Dan Tokaji, Ohio State University Moritz School of Law

    Saturday, April 7

    Panel 2 – Voter Representation

    Moderator: Pam Karlan, Stanford Law School
    Panelists: Debo Adegbile, NAACP Legal Defense
    Bruce Cain, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science
    Julie Fernandes, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
    Mike Pitts, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
    Paul Smith, Jenner & Block LLP

    Panel 3 – Comparative Voting in other Democracies

    Moderator: Helen Stacy, Stanford Law School
    Panelists: Ned Foley, Ohio State University The Moritz College of Law
    Sam Issacharoff, New York University School of Law
    Dan Ortiz, University of Virginia Law School
    Rick Pildes, New York University School of Law

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