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January 18, 2020

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Counting Every Vote
Last Featured: 10/18/2004

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Plagued by lingering memories of hanging chads, fraudulent felon lists and butterfly ballots, Congress pledged to reform the election-day practices that tarnished American democracy in 2000. Four years later, investments in new electronic voting machines, voter tracking systems and other advances spelled out in the Help America Vote Act were supposed to address the most significant problems. But concerns about the security of electronic voting systems and accusations of politically motivated scrubbing of the voter rolls, have many questioning if the election will be fair.

Joseph Sandler is a partner at Sandler, Reiff & Young and serves as general counsel to the Democratic National Committee. He was a member of the core legal team for the Gore Recount Committee. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Arent Fox, handling campaign finance and election law matters for Democratic national and state party organizations, members of Congress, candidates and campaigns. He served as general co-counsel of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, as general counsel for the Democratic Governors' Association and as counsel to several state Democratic parties. Sandler currently co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Election Law Committee.

Benjamin Ginsberg is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP and represents numerous political parties, campaigns and leadership PACS, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, Governors, corporations, trade associations, and individuals participating in the political process. In the 2004 and 2000 elections, Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign; he played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. He represents the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee. Ginsberg serves as counsel to the Republican Governors Association and directed Republican redistricting efforts nationwide following the 1990 Census and being actively engaged in the 2001-2002 round of redistricting.

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"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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