All Things Voting: Election Reform and Voter Engagement
This pre-recorded workshop, available to all AAC attendees, will focus on voter engagement efforts in the environment of COVID-19, as well as important election reforms such as ranked choice voting.
Panelists will speak about efforts to ensure safe and fair elections during the pandemic, as well as new techniques for increasing college student voter participation and engagement despite remote learning. Lastly, attendees will hear about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting and updates on where it has been implemented.
Rob Richie, President and CEO of FairVote
Rob Richie has been the leader of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992 and was named president and CEO in 2018. He has been involved in helping to develop, win, and implement: ranked choice voting in states and more than 20 cities, fair representation voting systems in numerous Voting Rights Act cases, the National Popular Vote plan in 16 states, and voter access proposals like voter preregistration and automatic voter registration.
Richie is a frequent media source and has been a guest on CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC, On the Media, and Freakonomics. His writings have appeared in every major national publication, including the opinion pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as in 11 books, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal, which is about Electoral College reform, and Whose Votes Count, which is about fair representation voting. He has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He is a graduate of Haverford College, where he serves on its Corporation. Richie and his wife Cynthia Terrell are parents of Savanna, Lucas and Rebecca.
Clarissa Unger, Director of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition at the National Conference on Citizenship
Clarissa Unger is the Director of the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition, a project of the National Conference on Citizenship and the largest nonpartisan network in the United States dedicated to increasing college student voter participation. Clarissa has a background in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and political campaigns and has worked on strategic campaigns both nationally and internationally. Prior to founding the SLSV Coalition, she served as the Development Coordinator for the Robert. J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas where she helped to promote civic and democratic engagement on campus. Clarissa has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.