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A National Conversation on Electoral Reform


WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: The Ohio State University, Ohio Union (Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom), 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH, 43210

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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) held its third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with The Ohio State University and USA TODAY in Columbus, OH.

Former Governors of Ohio Ted Strickland and Bob Taft, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie joined BPC commissioners Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman, former Representative Henry Bonilla, and many more. USA TODAY‘s Susan Page moderated the discussion.

The event convened current and former elected officials and election experts for a town hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections. With Ohio as the “center of it all” for electoral politics, there’s no better place to debate the pressing challenges to our electoral process.

Joining the town hall were Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. This commission focuses on promoting the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots.


1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Opening Remarks and Introduction

Joseph A. Alutto
Acting President, The Ohio State University

Rev. Floyd Flake
Former U.S. Representative (D-NY); Pastor, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Moderated Panel Discussion: Redistricting, Disputed Elections, and Election Capacity


John Fortier
Director, Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project


Secretary Jon Husted
Ohio Secretary of State (R)

Secretary Mark Ritchie
Minnesota Secretary of State (D)

Robert Bauer
Partner, Perkins Cole LLP

Ben Ginsberg
Partner, Patton Boggs LLP

2:20 pm – 3:50 pm
Town Hall Meeting: A National Conversation on American Unity


Susan Page
Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY


Henry Bonilla
Former U.S. Representative (R-TX); Partner, The Normandy Group

Jo Ann Davidson
Former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives

Dan Glickman
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (D)

Victoria Kennedy
Co-founder, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Reihan Salam
Lead Writer, National Review Online

Governor Ted Strickland
Former Governor of Ohio (D)

Bob Taft
Former Governor of Ohio; Distinguished Research Associate, University of Dayton

Ann M. Veneman
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Former Executive Director of UNICEF

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Jason Grumet
President, Bipartisan Policy Center