Wed. October 21: The State of Elections: Recounts, Reforms, and Revolutionizing Democracy

Picture 39Please save the date for an engaging forum on “The State of Elections: Recounts, Reforms, and Revolutionizing Democracy” featuring Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie as the keynote.

Who is Ritchie?  As Secretary of State for Minnesota, he has a championed a number of election reforms that have transformed voter participation.  More recently, Ritchie has been in the news as he skillfully managed the contentious recounts of the highly contested Senate race between the now Senator Al Franken and challenger Norm Coleman.  Ritchie will share a behind-the-scenes look at that important election and the innovative election reforms that he has implemented. Picture 40

As they say on the Home Shopping Network… “but that’s not all!”  Secretary Ritchie will be joined in a conversation about the balancing twin goals of expanding voter participation and ensuring voter security by Kafi Blumenfield (President of Liberty Hill Foundation), Dean Logan (Los Angeles County Registrar), Tom Saenz (MALDEF’s new President), Tracy Westen (CEO of Center for Governmental Studies).

What can we learn from Minnesota?  Is Los Angeles, the largest voting jurisdiction in the country, ready to handle a closely watched recount like the Franken/Coleman race?  Is Los Angeles, the most diverse county in the country, equipped to serve all our voters?

Space is VERY limited so please be sure to RSVP here or call (213) 252-4552.

We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday October 21, 2009

Time: 6pm Reception / 6:30pm Welcome / 7pm Panel Discussion

Location: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013