The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections: A Conversation with Verm...

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The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections: A Conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, however, much of our election infrastructure is outdated and vulnerable to cyberattacks. The ability of foreign or domestic forces to manipulate election results undermines voter confidence, suppresses turnout, and ultimately threatens our democracy. In order to maintain a healthy business climate, our elections must be fair, secure, and accessible. Election reform is not a partisan issue — it’s a national security issue.

Join us on October 12th for a conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk about how state officials and Congress are working to upgrade election security.

Jim Condos has been at the forefront of these discussions in his own state of Vermont and as the current President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. As Vermont’s chief election official, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections is one of his highest priorities.

Sarah Bonk, a former Apple senior design manager, is working to get the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, co-sponsored by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lankford (R-OK), passed in U.S. Congress. The bill seeks to address vulnerabilities of our election infrastructure with a verifiable post-election auditing process, information sharing between federal and state agencies, and the use of paper ballots.

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While agreeing that action is needed, Secretary Condos is concerned that the bill's mandates for post-election audits are too stringent and amount to unfunded state mandates. "It's important that any legislation passed by Congress regarding election administration includes funding for states to have the resources necessary to continue our work protecting the integrity of our electoral process.”

The October 12th discussion is a unique opportunity to hear about efforts to promote needed reforms in the way elections are run in Vermont and across the country. Join us and learn what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity.

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  • Welcome • Dan Barlow, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Introductory remarks • Ashley Moore, Vermont Main Street Alliance
  • Why secure elections matter to business • Sarah Bonk, Business for America
  • What Vermont and other states are doing to secure elections • Secretary of State Jim Condos
  • Q&A • moderated by Daniel Barlow

Business for America operates as a non-partisan 501(c)(3), dedicated to educating and mobilizing business leaders to support improvements to our electoral and governance systems.

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