Monday, October 12, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CET 

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From logistical challenges to disinformation campaigns and attacks undermining the integrity of the election process, the 2020 Presidential Election—set against the backdrop of a global pandemic—promises to be unlike any other U.S. election in history. No matter the outcome, November is bound to be a tumultuous time. 

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is pleased to invite you to a virtual discussion with U.S. election officials to explore what preparations different states are making to help mitigate risks. What steps are being taken to ensure access for all eligible voters, to protect the integrity of the election process, and to defend against criminal and malicious activity? Join us for critical insights from the District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Virginia.


Karen Brinson Bell has served as executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections since June 1, 2019. She has worked in elections administration since 2006 in county, state, and national roles. As North Carolina’s chief elections official, she leads about 85 full-time employees at the state agency, which is charged with administering elections and campaign finance compliance, overseeing the 100 county boards of elections, and ensuring voting for more than 7 million voters.

Alice P. Miller is Executive Director of the DC Board of Elections. She assumed the position of chief operating officer for the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2008 and served as the EAC’s Acting Executive Director from 2012 to 2015. Prior to her tenure at the EAC, Miller served as the former General Counsel and Executive Director of DCBOE and the president of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). She also served on two of the EAC’s external advisory boards and on the Election Administration Advisory Panel for the Federal Election Commission. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Election Center. 

Christopher E. “Chris” Piper was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections in January 2018. He began his career in elections and governmental ethics as a manager of a large trade association’s federal PAC before leading the Virginia State Board of Elections’ Campaign Finance Division. After Piper served as a political compliance consultant for a multi-national law firm he returned to the State Board of Elections to manage the Election Services Division before becoming the Commonwealth’s first executive director of the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council. 

Derek Chollet is executive vice president and senior advisor for security and defense policy at GMF. Before joining GMF, he served as U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and held a number of senior positions at the White House and U.S. State Department. His forthcoming book is The Middle Way: How Three Presidents Shaped America’s Role in the World.

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Securing the 2020 Presidential Election: A Discussion on Threats, Prevention, and Mitigation with Local U.S. Election Officials hosted by German Marshall Fund of the United States