Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Ruben Major, Michael Feinstein, Jeanine Rohn, Saill White
The movement for true election integrity continues. This panel will discuss the efficacy of paper ballots and electronic voting machines, as well as voter registration problems and what can be done to protect our elections and end voter suppression. There will also be discussion related to the more than 100,000 voters removed from voter registration rolls in the primary election and what can be done to improve our elections. Additionally, panel members will discuss their respective campaigns and/or activism efforts to improve our Democracy as well as the importance of insuring true election integrity in order for the Progressive movement to succeed.
Ruben Major ran for California Secretary of State as a progressive, corporate-free Democrat on a platform to end private control of our election systems, to institute open source software, and to require 100% paper audits. The campaign called for a nationwide solution by decertifying voting machines vulnerable to hacking. Ruben continues to fight to increase candidate financial disclosure, fight against voter suppression, and work to secure our voter registration rolls. Ruben grew up very poor, but worked hard to become a paramedic and business owne. He earned a law degree and BA & MA in History, obtained training in Counterterrorism, and became a FEMA Certified Incident Commander. Ruben continues the fight to bring true integrity to our elections. www.rubenmajor.com
Michael Feinstein is a former Green Party Candidate for Secretary of State in California, former City Councilmember and Mayor of Santa Monica. He served on the City Council for two four-year terms between 1996 and 2004, and as Mayor from 2000-2002. Born in Athens, Greece, Feinstein was adopted by American parents and brought back to the United States when he was four months old. Raised in St. Louis Park, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis), he graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1977, then majored in philosophy and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982 from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. In between his second and third years at Carleton, Feinstein took a year off and backpacked in 15 countries in Latin America, Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. That started a patten continuing to this day, with Feinstein having traveled in over 45 countries, gaining knowledge and openness to possibilities as he’s learned about different cultures and places all over the world. Feinstein also served as the first California sales representative for Rollerblades in the early to mid 1980s, having gone to high school in Minnesota with the inventor. That also gave him direct experience in starting a trend, which he applied years later when co-founding the Green Party of California in 1990.
Jeanine Rohn has been working to improve our Democracy for many years. She has served as a poll worker on various occasions and also supervised the auditing process as an activist in Los Angeles. She also serves as an Assembly Delegate for the California Democratic Party. She will be discussing her previous observations with regard to Los Angeles elections and voter outreach, education, and auditing of our voting process.
Saill White has been working to make complex data easy to understand for the past three decades. With a degree in Physics from UC Berkeley, her first job after college was helping scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory make sense of stellar search and supernova data. She has since worked in the fields of building energy efficiency, artificial intelligence, operating system virtualization and web interface development. In April 2017 she became aware of a very odd and pervasive statistical implausibility with respect to election data. Statisticians were reporting that in many counties in certain states there were a higher percentage of votes for the Republican candidate in precincts where more ballots were cast. Believing that this implausible correlation must be due to cherry-picked counties with unevenly distributed demographics, she applied her programming and data visualization skills to the task of performing this analysis for ALL the counties and precincts participating in a given race.