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Green Institute, Liberty Tree Foundation, and Fairvote Announce Panel on the Crisis of U.S. Election PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart   
September 07, 2005
The Green Institute, The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and Fairvote: The Center for Voting & Democracy will sponsor a panel discussion on the future of U.S. democracy and elections, on Friday, September 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "A Call to Protect and Democratize U.S. Elections: A Panel Presentation on the Challenges to American Elections" will feature political and activist leaders who are experts in a variety of areas ranging from long-term barriers to access to new problems with technology, and the challenges caused by the structure of American elections.

The panel will provide the media with concise information on these problems and offer concrete solutions for restoring the promise of American democracy.  More information is available at the event's web page. The event is intended primarily for media, but a limited number of seats will be available for election integrity activists.

Confirmed participants include Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), 1980 independent presidential candidate John Anderson (who now heads Fairvote), Melanie Campbell of the Coalition for Black Civic Participation, TrueVoteMD and VoteTrustUSA founder Linda Schade, Rebecca Mercuri, and others. Also on the panel will be 2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, who initiated the Ohio and New Mexico recounts in the wake of numerous reports of election manipulation and vote obstruction by Republican officials in those states.
CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

• Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr, initiator of the Right to Vote Constitutional
Amendment,* http://www.house.gov/jackson/
• John Anderson, 1980 Independent Presidential Candidate and Chair of the
Center for Voting & Democracy http://www.fairvote.org
• Melanie Campbell, Executive Director of the Coalition for Black Civic
Participation http://www.bigvote.org
• David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate and initiator of the
Ohio and New Mexico recount efforts http://www.votecobb.org
• Terry Ao, Senior Attorney, National Asian-Pacific American Legal
Consortium http://www.napalc.org
• Rebecca Mercuri: President and CEO of Notable Software and an expert on
electronic voting technology http://www.notablesoftware.org
• Linda Schade, Co-Founder and Spokesperson of TrueVoteMD: Campaign for
Verifiable Voting in Maryland http://www.truevotemd.org
• Juan Cartagena, General Counsel, Community Service Society, New York
http://www.cssny.org

INVITED PANELIST:

. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), longtime advocate of election reform
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