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Webinar — Restoring Confidence in American Elections

In 2005, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, co-chaired the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform. They understood that public confidence in elections was critical to the survival of American democracy. Now, with the U.S. facing an unprecedented crisis of confidence in our electoral processes, The Carter Center and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are collaborating on a series of conferences looking at key election issues.

On April 29, leading experts on election administration from across the country discussed questions on many American’s minds:

  • Can a presidential election be stolen?
  • What is the electoral landscape across the country?
  • What do the state-level legislative changes really mean for voter access and election security?

Learn more about the series and watch video of each panel at The Carter Center website.


Registration has closed.


8:45 a.m. CDT



Opening Remarks

Paige Alexander
CEO, The Carter Center

9:00 a.m. CDT




Barbara Smith
Vice President, Peace Programs, The Carter Center 

John Williams
Fellow, Presidential Elections Program, Baker Institute

David Becker
Executive Director and Founder, Center for Election Innovation & Research

9:15 a.m. CDT



Panel I: Can a Presidential Election be Stolen?

Moderated by: Major Garrett, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

Al Schmidt
Former Philadelphia City Commissioner

Matt Masterson
Former Election Lead, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security

Natalie Adona
Deputy Clerk, Nevada County, California

11:00 a.m. CDT



Panel II: Should we be worried about our elections?

Benjamin L. Ginsberg
Co-chair, Election Official Legal Defense Network

Robert F. Bauer
Co-chair, Election Official Legal Defense Network

12:45 p.m. CDT


Panel III: Legislation, Audits and Action in the States

Moderated by: David Becker, Center for Election Innovation & Research

Mark Jones, Ph.D.
Fellow in Political Science, Baker Institute; Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, Rice University

Jocelyn Benson
Michigan Secretary of State

Julietta Henry
Director, Milwaukee County Election Commission 

Gabriel Sterling
Georgia Deputy Secretary of State

 2:15 p.m. CDT    

Closing Remarks

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center

John Williams
Fellow, Presidential Elections Program, Baker Institute

2:30 p.m. CDT    




Fri, April 29, 2022
8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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