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The Brennan Center's Efforts to Promote Usability Testing in Elections: A Case Study in Effective Advocacy

Invited Speaker Lawrence Norden (New York University School of Law)
Usability perspectives
3:30pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009

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This session will be a Q&A between Whitney Quesenbery and Mr. Norden discussing their advocacy work in this area: the creation of a report identifying the need for usability testing; getting buy-in from key stakeholders before report is published; distribution of that report to relevant public officials and media; developing a message for the media to build momentum; building a coalition, and creating a plan for persuading public officials to adopt recommended proposals.

Lawrence Norden is the project director for the Brennan Center's Voting Technology Project, which studies the intersection of law, technology, usability, accessibility and security in elections. As Senior Counsel at the Center, Mr. Norden works in the areas of voting systems, voting rights and government accountability. Recently appointed Chair of the Ohio Secretary of State's bipartisan election summit, Mr. Norden is currently involved in drafting a report to Secretary Brunner for the purpose of improving Ohio's election administration practices and laws. In addition to his voting work, Mr. Norden also edits and writes for the Brennan Center's blog on New York State, ReformNY. Mr. Norden is the lead author of The Machinery of Democracy: Protecting Elections in an Electronic World (Academy Chicago Press 2007) and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge 2007).