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United States Election Assistance Commission Election Data Summit How Good Data Can Help Elections Run Better Held at American University School of Public Affairs 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 VERBATIM TRANSCRIPT 1
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The following is the verbatim transcript of the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Election Data Summit “How Good Data Can Help Elections Run Better” held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The summit convened at 9:05 a.m. and recessed at 4:34 p.m. EDT. ELECTION DATA SUMMIT MS. LYNN DYSON: Before we get started with formal introductions, I just wanted to introduce myself, first and foremost, of course, to say welcome, but you’ll get many welcomes in a few moments. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Karen Lynn-Dyson. I am the EAC Director of Research, Policy and Programs. During the course of the next two days if you have any questions, at all, please come to me and feel free to ask me anything and everything that you might need an answer to, from the ridiculous to the sublime to the deep to the contemplative. Housekeeping, obviously you got here, so you found your way here. Restrooms are right across the hall. There is a water station that is also right across the hall. We are not providing meals. However, there is a campus cafeteria. Best way to find that is if you go back out onto the courtyard, look for the pandas, and it is the building to the right right beyond the pandas. For those of you who are looking for Starbucks and haven’t yet found that, right where the pandas are is a causeway and if you walk through that causeway and walk down to the ground level that’s where you will 2
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find Starbucks, Subway, assorted eateries. Campus cafeteria food is actually quite tasty. And I think that is it, in terms of logistics and housekeeping. Presumably, you’ve all found parking, as well. That’s quite accessible I have found. So again, thank you for coming. Thank you, all of you who are speaking. I think it’s going to be a really exciting and interesting couple of days. CHAIRWOMAN McCORMICK: Welcome, everyone, to the EAC’s 2015 Data Summit. My name is Christy McCormick. I’m Chair of the Commission and I want to, also, on behalf of my fellow Commissioners, Vice-Chair Tom Hicks and -- where’s -- Commissioner Masterson. Thank you very much for coming. We appreciate your interest in this very kind of technical and geeky topic, but important one. It is an exciting and noteworthy occasion for us to get election practitioners and election researchers together, as well as legislative-type people, candidates and officeholders together to discuss data, which I don’t think has occurred before. So through a series of conversations today and some talks we’ll be exploring some of these data issues in greater depth, and perhaps we’ll come to a deeper respect for each other’s viewpoints on how we can use data and how it’s collected, and also, how we can get good quality data, which is so important for improving elections.
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