Beyond the Ballot: The Evolution of Elections

At MACo’s Winter Conference, an expert panel will explore innovative policies involving elections.

An essential function of Maryland’s county governments is to fund and oversee elections. But some laws and policies fail to recognize modern trends in voter preference, the capabilities of new technologies, and the realities of administering elections in our local communities. At MACo’s Winter Conference, an expert panel will explore innovative policies and new solutions to advance and promote free, fair, and secure elections.

Beyond the Ballot: The Evolution of Elections

Elections are a core function of county government — but times are changing. Modern trends in voter preference, new technology, supply shortages, difficulties recruiting and retaining election judges, new and evolving cyber threats, and defending against disinformation are top of mind for county leaders and local election officials.

Speakers

  • Jared DeMarinis, Director, Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division, Maryland State Board of Elections
  • Alysoun McLaughlin, Acting Election Director, Montgomery County Board of Elections
  • Matthew Weil, Executive Director, Democracy Program, Bipartisan Policy Center

Moderator: The Honorable Cheryl Kagan, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” is at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD, from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

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