December 11th Meetup – Technology And Ballot Access – The Texas Voter Choice Act

Our speaker this month will be Carly Rose Jackson, State Director of Texans for Voter Choice. TVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure Texas voters have meaningful choices on the ballot. Carly came to Austin in 2010 to work in Texas politics. She has worked as a legislative aide in the state legislature, as a consultant for candidate campaigns and as a community organizer for nonprofit activist organizations. One of Carly’s goals is to help legislators write laws that are tech-savvy, incorporating the security needs of the public while providing more transparency on how government entities manage the data they collect. We have an opportunity to have those tech-savvy conversations with legislators by advocating for the Texas Voter Choice Act.

The Texas Voter Choice Act provides voters with more meaningful choices on Election Day by dismantling the unnecessary barriers that make it so hard for qualified candidates to appear on the ballot. One of the reforms in the Texas Voter Choice Act would create an online portal for voters to sign nomination petitions for minor party and independent candidates. The online portal would require an initial investment, but TVC believes the investment will add efficiency and transparency to the nomination process. We will look at the fiscal note and have a conversation about the costs estimated by the state. We will also discuss the concerns about fraud and voter privacy raised by legislators. Come learn about voter choice and how modernizing the process can create a fair environment for all Texans.

Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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October 10th Meetup – Technology and Voter Empowerment

Our speaker this month will be Jeff Cardenas. Jeff Cardenas is a technology strategist who is passionate about using technology to democratize power and improve the human experience. Jeff is a McCombs School of Business graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and began his career as a consultant in the Technology practice at Deloitte Consulting. He left Deloitte to pursue his Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) at UT so that he could learn precisely how to grow a business that used innovative technology to empower average people to become more politically engaged. This effort led to the creation of ThinkVoting in partnership with Joseph Santori. Jeff also works with Global Commercialization Office at UT Austin and several other startups to help commercialize breakthrough technologies from around the globe and develop strategies and business models to maximize their potential impact. He currently serves as Director of Product Development for Apptronik Systems, a robotics startup based in Austin, TX.

Jeff is going to be talking about and demo-ing ThinkVoting’s The Voting App. The Voting App is a data aggregation tool that gives every voter the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How for every election – Who is on your ballot, What propositions and ballot items are up for a vote, When important voting dates are, Where you are eligible to vote and the way to get there, Why you want to vote for certain candidates and propositions based on your political beliefs, and How to make it to the polls and make an informed decision. Jeff will also talk about bigger issues surrounding the ideas of democratization of information serving as a counteracting force to money in politics, how data aggregation can lower the barrier of time and effort for being an informed citizen and voter, and what remaining hurdles of access to voter data necessitated the creation of The Voting App.

http://thinkvoting.com/

Come and join us for this special election issue of The EFF-Austin Monthly Meetup.

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Technology And Voter Empowerment

Monday, Oct 10, 2016, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

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Our speaker this month will be Jeff Cardenas. Jeff Cardenas is a technology strategist who is passionate about using technology to democratize power and improve the human experience.  Jeff is a McCombs School of Business graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and began his career as a consultant in the Technology practice at Deloitte Consul…

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