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Election Summit and Conference held in Ohio, with assistance of Brennan Center for Justice

Common Dreams News Wire posted a press release about the “Election Summit and Conference” convened by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in Ohio. It’s purpose was to reflect on the 2008 election in Ohio and reforms for 2009.

The conference is a useful model for election reform in that the government brought in the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and other non-partisan experts. And, the report speaks of stakeholders and consensus. Though, it should be noted that it is lauded as “bipartisan”, even though some of the issues were in regards to minor party (ie: multi-partisan) issues.

A pull quote of reserved praise from Lawrence Norden, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and Chair of the 2008 Ohio Election Summit, summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of the project:

“Secretary Brunner had tremendous foresight in calling together such a broad group of experts to review the 2008 election and provide recommendations for improving future elections. I hope the summit and conference will serve as a model to Secretaries of State across the country,” says Norden. “While there is still much work to be done in Ohio, I also hope that this document will set the stage for even better election policies and practices in Ohio in the future.”

(excerpt from) Common Dreams News Wire
Brennan Center Releases Report on Brunner’s Historic Election Summit
Bipartisan group reaches consensus on framework for reform for Ohio Elections

NEW YORK – April 8 – Today Lawrence Norden, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and Chair of the 2008 Ohio Election Summit, releases his final report on the historic Election Summit and Conference convened by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in December 2008 and March 2009. The final report finds broad consensus among bipartisan election experts on priorities for election reform in Ohio in 2009.

The Summit and Conference covered a wide range of issues, from ballot access for minor parties to campaign finance enforcement to voting technology. There was broad agreement that some issues cried out for immediate action. Among those were:

* early voting timeframe and procedures;
* the statewide voter registration database;
* provisional voting and voter ID laws;
* poll worker recruitment and training; and
* post-election audits

…The report provides a useful model to anyone in Ohio, or elsewhere, who is interested in crafting a consensus-based elections policy that springs from systematic factual analysis and takes into account difference perspectives on voting and elections.

“The conclusions in this document are based on factual data and public discussion among experts, not on ideology. That’s what made consensus possible,” says Norden. “We solicited feedback from the experts with real knowledge about how elections work, especially in Ohio. Even though they have very different ideologies and professional perspectives, they agree on a lot about how to improve Ohio’s elections.”

Click here to read release from the Ohio Association of Election Officials.

For more information or to set up an interview with Lawrence Norden, please contact Jeanine Plant-Chirlin at 212-999-6289 or 646-265-7721 or jeanine.plant-chirlin at nyu dot edu.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.


  1. paulie paulie March 20, 2013

    You’re being too nice to him, and how did you stumble on this old thread? LOL

  2. The Unvarnished Truth The Unvarnished Truth March 15, 2013

    Eric Dondero’s guiding philosophy is “If you hug my elephant, I’ll kiss your ass.”

    The man literally has no principles that aren’t for sale, cheap. He supports gun rights and free speech, …until Guiliani hires him. He supports legalized prostitution, immigration, and drug legalization, …until the GOP hires him. He thinks social tolerance doesn’t matter, because his Republican owners told him we’re still fighting the evil commies! He once threw down his fork and stormed out of a Mexican restaurant in Houston, TX, because a leftist NPR affiliate program manager tried to extend an olive branch to then-LP-TX-organizer, Anthony Garcia, and guest petitioner Scott Kohlhaas (they both apologized for his insanity, as the program manager was actually offering to let the libertarians air their views for free). Eric thinks his mindless bigotry and servile nature are excused by his loyalty to the Republican Party and the U.S. Military (where he learned to be servile and “just follow orders”). The common labrador retriever has more common sense (and more loyalty, and more book smarts, etc.) than Eric Dondero.

    Scott Kohlhaas has publicly stated his embarrassment at being a referral for Dondero, as have other libertarian activists, such as Jake Witmer and Dondero is well known in libertarian circles as a traitor, sellout, Republican infiltrator, stooge, and pro-war flunky for the flunkys of the military industrial complex. His morals are for sale, and his “personal libertarian hero” is …Teddy Roosevelt. He claims his second favorite book is Atlas Shrugged, and his first-favorite book is “a tale of two cities.” (And now you know how many complete books he’s read.)

    Dondero also embraces the ideology of eugenics, and personally believes that blacks are inferior to whites. He claims to have arrived at this idea by studying anthropology. Wow.

    In short, Dondero is, as has been suggested elsewhere online, “A Real-Life Master Shake.”

  3. paulie paulie April 9, 2009

    As in if you hug my elephant, i’ll kiss your —.


  4. Ian Wilder Ian Wilder April 9, 2009

    That was the old Brennan Center. They mean bi-partisan. As in if you hug my elephant, i’ll kiss your —. The Brennan Center has become very pro-corporate party and anti-third party. They are even backing the same phony campaign finance bill as Common Cause that sets up an apartheid system in favor the corporate parties.

  5. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary April 9, 2009

    My only interaction with ACORN was in ’76 & ’77 while living and working in Arkansas. At that time ACORN was “Arkansas Community Organization for Reform Now”, and was mostly involved in organizing ‘Nam Vets. At that time, NOBODY wanted anything to do with ‘Nam Vets. It was so bad, I left it off my resume. Even the American Legion and VFW wanted nothing to do with ‘Nam Vets.

    While in Little Rock, I lived in the Hillcrest neighborhood, a former slum area that had been taken over by the bohemian/hippie crowd. It really was still a slum.

    ACORN met a lot of times at the Whitewater Tavern. The Whitewater was a hippie hangout. Somehow they got into a tif with the owner, and filed noise grievances with the city.

    The owner hung a sign inside the door “ACORN is a fallen nut”. I haven’t had anything to do with them since.


  6. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary April 9, 2009

    The March Election Summit was attended by several Libertarians. One session on ballot access was led by LPO chair Kevin Knedler.

    I wanted to go, but the $50 fee was somewhat prohibitive and the SoS website didn’t allow for online registration.


  7. Ross Levin Ross Levin April 9, 2009

    I’m pretty sure the Ohio Secretary of State is running for the Senate.

  8. paulie paulie April 9, 2009

    As far as I know, ACORN always pays by the hour, not by the card: $8 an hour, $64 a day.

  9. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder April 9, 2009

    Oh! I googled you. You are a nasty Republican (/Libertarian).

    And you have a radio show and stuff.

    Very nice for you.

    Not so great for justice in the universe. But, heck, it’s always a struggle.

  10. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder April 9, 2009

    Sorry, I don’t know who you are. But, that gave me the vantage point of seeing your hatred in its pure, naked form.

    So, you asked them, and they told you. Maybe they don’t like questions. Especially nosy and condescending questions.

    What you are calling “illegal” is actually “undocumented.” And, you can’t tell it from how people look, what language they speak, nor from them telling you because you asked. You can only tell if you look at the mere, flimsy paperwork which documented and undocumented refers to.

    Sorry that you want to believe that ACORN is bad. You may need them sometime. They have good locals and bad locals, and I am sure good folks and bad folks. But, many of their missions are good and helpful. I know that ACORN is standing up now with people who are being foreclosed on. And, that may be some of my close friends, soon. And, maybe some of yours.

    I will bet there are more people intimidated OUT OF VOTING by repressive Republican tactics and putting extra police on the street on election day, than there are people who CHEAT AND GET TO VOTE.

    Why don’t you go chase down some nasty Republicans? Much more worthy adversaries.

  11. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero April 9, 2009


    My gosh, you are apparently totally clueless as to who I am.

    I asked them specifically if they were American citizens en espanol. They laughed and said “NO!” and added that they just sign the voter registration cards all over the city, cause they know the ACORN guys got $5.00 for each card, and they wanted to help them out.

    I then asked them en espanol, if they planned to vote. And they assured me, that absolutely they were going to send the voter card in for Obama, cause word on the street was that he was going to grant amnesty.

    Three Mexican dudes, right in front of the downtown Cincy Library.

    Want a witness to confirm all this? Arenza Thigpen of Alaska, fellow Libertarian petitioner, who was right there, as well. And who also speaks fluent Spanish.

    Also, you can confirm the story with Libertarian Party petition coordinators Scott Kohlhaas, Sean Haugh and at LPHQ Robert Kraus. Relayed the entire incident to the three of them, word for word.

  12. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder April 9, 2009

    Dear Eric,

    How the f-ck did you know they were illegal aliens by looking at them?

    Or, did you ask them for their papers?

    Also, how are we supposed to know that you are not an illegal alien?

    Can you please post your birth certificate here?

    Kimberly Wilder
    (putting aside my duties as hostess and volunteer staff)

  13. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero April 9, 2009

    I hope they will be discussing the massive voter fraud for the Democrats throughout Ohio by ACORN.

    I personally witnessed ACORNers signing up illegal aliens and 16 year olds to vote in front of the downtown Cincy Library, while petitioning for the Libertarian Party back in July.

    They weren’t even apologetic when I confronted them. Their response: “So long as it’s to elect Obama, it’s legal…”

  14. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder Post author | April 9, 2009

    I posted this article partly so people here think of the Brennan Center as a possible ally with ballot access.

    Years ago, they helped the Green Party in New York, by pushing a lawsuit to make things more fair for all third party candidates here (the Brennan Center is definitely non-partisan) And, we won, and made petitioning more fair (and easier.)

    I think that some folks have come and gone from the Brennan Center since that time. And, their focus is so big, they don’t always have time for election issues.

    Though, a resource to think of. Especially if people could go to them as a set of more than one party, I think.

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