ABOUT THE National Election Defense Coalition
The NEDC is a national network of recognized experts in cybersecurity and elections administration, bipartisan policymakers, and concerned citizens and movement-builders. We are working to build a bipartisan consensus on the need for reform, while building a comprehensive, cost-effective plan to secure the vote in coming elections.
At a time of extreme partisan polarization, we believe that the issue of election security is a rare area of agreement. Key constituencies include civil rights advocates, Libertarians, national security conservatives and the tech community.
Coalition leaders and key partners include:
Justin Talbot-Zorn - Legislative Director to three Democrats in Congress, Truman National Security Fellow, and regular contributor to the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Time, and Wired.
Alex Halderman – Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan and expert witness on cybersecurity and elections for the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) – Prominent national security and intelligence analyst, Fox News contributor, Vice President of the London Center for Policy Research.
Michael Ostrolenk - Libertarian leader and policymaker with a track record of building successful left-right coalitions in fields ranging from healthcare to the Pentagon budget.
Ben Ptashnik - Former Vermont State Senator, Member of the Government Operations Committee, who spearheaded the state’s campaign finance and election reform laws.
Victoria Collier – Widely-published writer, radio commentator, and researcher on election security issues for two decades.
Jan BenDor - Founding member of the Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA), Michigan statewide coordinator.
Reverend Rodney Sadler - Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary, associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, and member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP.
Nancy Price - Co-chair, Alliance for Democracy
Dr. Virginia Martin - County Election Commissioner, Columbia County, New York. Since the introduction of optical scanners in 2010, she and her Republican counterpart have conducted full hand counts of paper ballots in every election. They have developed an efficient, prompt, cost-effective, and fully secure bipartisan process that welcomes public oversight.
Jason Smith, Election Integrity advocate, Director of documentary I Voted?
Our partners range from trusted research institutions to leading advocacy organizations, and from progressive public interest group to conservative national security organizations, including:
The Brennan Center for Justice
The London Center for Policy Research
Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
The Center on National Security at Fordham Law School