Candice Hoke, Director for the Center of Election Integrity, speaks on election integrity, voting machines, and the Ohio vote controversy- Chautauqua Institution
Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church.
Like many women in her generation, the Rev. Campbell was first a wife, mother and community volunteer. At age 50, the Rev. Campbell was ordained. She was already a leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement where she gave leadership for over 30 years.
Professor Hoke is the founding Director of the Center for Election Integrity at Cleveland State University and an Associate Professor of Law. She was a Yale Law Journal editor, a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Boston) and a staff member of the North Carolina Governor's Office before becoming a law professor.
At 17 she was named a member of the North Carolina Governor's Inaugural Committee. Before becoming rigorously nonpartisan, she had worked for both Republican and Democratic candidates, including in election protection for the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign and for the third party candidates who triggered the Ohio 2004 presidential recount.
At Cleveland-Marshall College of Law she currently teaches Election Law, Regulatory Law, and Employment Law.
Professor Hoke's broad-based election reform work has been focused on both the Ohio and national election levels.
Most recently, she has served as a research Team Leader for the California Secretary of State's landmark scientific study of voting systems (2007), as Project Director of the Public Monitor of Cuyahoga Election Reform (2006-08), and is a member of the American Bar Association's Advisory Commission on Election Law (2007-).
She proposed and led the first post-election audit in Ohio (Cuyahoga, November 2006), and has served as an on-site consultant for post-election auditing in another of Ohio's major counties (March 2008). She has testified to Congress on the need for independent election auditing as a critical component for rebuilding public trust in the election system.
Professor Hoke is a member of the Advisory Boards of three election reform organizations, including the Verified Voting Foundation and the Florida Voters Coalition, and a member of the Ohio Secretary of State's Voting Rights Advisory Council. She has spoken widely on election reform issues, including on the dangers posed by the current regulatory approach to voting machines.
She has provided media education on voting technology and election administrative issues to promote better reporting and a more knowledgeable public. For the Center, she has authored numerous public reports and memoranda addressing elections issues. The Center's work has been covered by the New York Times and the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project, and the Center has been profiled in a Pew Charitable Trusts' electionline.org publication.
Professor Hoke and the Center for Election Integrity are dedicated to achieving verifiable accuracy, voter access, legal compliance, and transparency throughout the electoral administrative system."
Candice Hoke does not blame Ohio for its 2004 voting problems; she believes the situation might have happened anywhere given the ineptitude of the election system.
Problems with voting in Ohio included voters being crossed off registration lists, votes for Kerry getting switched to Bush, and a fake terrorist attack keeping observers from entering tabulation rooms.
Candice Hoke seethes about the "single worst act" of Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell during the 2004 presidential election: undermining the election by postponing the recount until after the electoral votes were sent to Washington.