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Election Integrity in the States

April 21, 2021 @ 4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Free

Various attempts to change our election laws have caused dramatic waves within American political discourse in recent weeks.

Join Matthew Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer of Maine Policy Institute, and three distinguished guests to discuss current attempts to reform state-level voting systems, in the states and in Congress, and provide a comparison between Maine and Georgia.

The panel will unpack the contents of H.R. 1 and Georgia’s new voting law to help clarify frequently asked questions about these policies and explore what new voting reforms could mean for Maine and how our elections are administered.

The Honorable Bill Diamond represents District 26 in the Maine Senate, comprising the towns of Baldwin, Casco, Frye Island, Raymond, Standish, and Windham. He was first elected to the Maine House in 1976, has served sixteen nonconsecutive terms in the Maine Senate since 1982, and served as Secretary of State from1989 to 1997. He currently chairs the Committee on Transportation. Sen. Diamond worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools in the Windham and Raymond school systems for 20 years and has been a small business owner for over 40 years.

Mr. Buzz Brockway is the Executive Vice President of Public Policy with Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in the Atlanta area with a mission to remove barriers to ensure that every person has access to a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life. Before arriving at GCO, he served eight years in the Georgia House of Representatives where he worked on legislation to fight human trafficking, reform election law, protect student data privacy, and provide additional funding for charter schools. Mr. Brockway worked as an operations manager in the plastics manufacturing industry for over 20 years and, while in the Legislature, ran a small business.

Anthony Marcum is a resident fellow at the R Street Institute, where he focuses on the federal judiciary and separation of powers disputes. He is the co-author of the R Street Institute’s recent publication, “A Primer on H.R. 1, the ‘For the People Act of 2021.’” He has written for both scholarly and journalistic publications, including The Washington Post, Politico, USA Today, and NBC Think. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and an Associate Editor of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Journal. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a JD from Rutgers Law School and a master of laws from Georgetown University Law Center.

To join Maine Policy and our guests for this important discussion, please visit this link on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET or use the button below.

Attendees may also listen in by calling 301-715-8592 and dialing passcode: 021820.

Send your questions for our guests related to the topic at contact@mainepolicy.org.