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September 01, 2020 Rapid Response

How to Run An Election – the ABA Way

In August 2020, the American Bar Association passed updated Election Administration Guidelines that we encourage election officials to adopt. The panelists discussed several of the Guidelines, including voting during emergencies, absentee ballots, and voter purging.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Patricia Lee Refo, President, American Bar Association; Partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP


  • Charles H. Bell, Jr., Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
  • Jason D. Kaune, Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
  • Paul M. Smith, Vice President for Litigation & Strategy, Campaign Legal Center; Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law


Joint Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Election Law

Co-Sponsors: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic JusticeABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Section of State and Local Government Law


Presentation: How to Run An Election – The ABA Way

Transcript: How to Run An Election – The ABA Way

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