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Election Law and Election Technology: What’s New; What’s Next

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The next “new” thing in election administration will revolve around technology. As voting machines throughout the country are approaching the end of their useful lives, they will need to be replaced with voting systems using new technology like “block chain”.

How will this happen? What are the factors to be considered?

The voting systems now in use in the United States include: Mechanical Lever machines which are old; Punch Card Systems which were discredited in Florida in 2000; Optically Scanned Paper Ballots which are not viable in large and complex ballots; and some “touch” screen ATM like devices.

As Legislators create the election policy, including establishing standards for voting equipment, are they tech savvy enough to make the right decision?

Voting equipment, electronic poll books, election management systems, and other hardware and software should be designed to serve the voters and election administrators and provide appropriate verification, handicapped accessibility and multiple language capability. The equipment should use: metrics to determine inconsistency, allow alternative election formats ,include the qualities of maintainability and reliability and make voting – a most important “right” -- simple, easy and usable for all.

Join NYCLA’s Law and Technology Committee and a panel of experts as they explore these very important issues and their impact on “voting rights,” as well as address rising concerns about "what's next?" or even "what's possible?"

Lecturer Bios

Joseph J. Bambara, Esq.

Joseph J. Bambara is currently In House Counsel and a VP of technology architecture at UCNY, Inc. His e-mail address is For the last 15 years, he has been acting as Counsel for small to mid-size technology firms in the metro area. Most recently, he has worked on cloud computing, social networking, mobile media and outsourcing contracts. He has done work with intellectual property especially as it pertains to mobile and enterprise software, SMS mobile marketing issues as well as trade/service marks. In addition to presentations at Lawline, he has done CLE’s on law and technology for New York County, the New York City Bar Association and National Constitution Center. Prior entrepreneurial career includes developing applications for the financial, brokerage, manufacturing, medical, and entertainment industries on the mobile and enterprise platforms. Mr. Bambara has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Computer Science. He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He has taught various computer courses for CCNY's School of Engineering. He is member of the New York County Lawyers Association Cyberspace Committee and an active member in the International Technology Law Association. He has authored the following books: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) (McGraw-Hill, 2007), J2EE Unleashed (SAMS 2001), PowerBuilder: A Guide To Developing Client/Server Applications (McGraw-Hill, 1995), Informix: Client/Server Application Development (McGraw-Hill, 1997), Informix: Universal Data Option (McGraw-Hill, 1998), SQL Server Developer's Guide (IDG, 2000). He has taught numerous courses and given many presentations on all aspects of the law and enterprise and mobile development in cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Orlando, Nashville, New York, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.

James L. Kapsis

Jim Kapsis VotRite , is Managing Partner- Votrite International LLC. He acts as system integrator of VotRite, based in Mineola, New York. Jim has patented two voting systems fragments that will increase the security, speed, and simplicity of voting to the general public. Mr. Kapsis has a long record of successfully guiding local, national, and multi-national clients to the 21st Century technology of voting and has written numerous articles on voting for the general public .perfected a voting machines that defines user confidence and security. As an inventor of two patents . (U.S. Patent Application No. 12/043,590 – Voting Apparatus with Secure Ballot Box Assembly (KAPSIS) was approved June 20, 2011). Updated Patent No. 3/274,410 filed on October 17, 2011. He was able to develop a Verified voter Paper Trail for the voting machine. In 2013,he developed the software for the Stand alone voting machine which has been used in many organization, union, colleges throughout the United States. In 2015, Votrite International LLC acquired VotRite from PDSH Ltd. VotRite with hardware and software was designed with the user in mind and has been developed in compliance with the specifications of the Help American Vote Act (HAVA) law 107 and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) VVSG 2005 Standards.

Lance H. Koonce, Esq.

Lance Koonce specializes in intellectual property litigation and counseling for clients in the advertising, publishing, music, television/film, fashion, and consumer products fields, and has extensive experience analyzing the implications of emerging technologies. As a litigator and partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he has 20 years of experience trying complex commercial cases in state and federal court, including jury trials. Lance writes and speaks frequently on IP and technology issues, and is the founder of the blog, which focuses on how blockchain technology intersects with the creative industries. Co- Chair of New York County Lawyers Association Law and Technology Committee. He received a BA from Duke University and a JD from University of North Carolina School of Law.

Rick Ungar

Rick Ungar is the popular, widely read senior contributor on politics and health care policy at He also appears as a host and senior political contributor at Newsmax TV, where he holds down the left-leaning side of the argument, along with frequent appearances on numerous other political television programs. In addition to a packed writing and television schedule, Ungar maintains a busy radio schedule as a talk radio host at SiriusXM, and as a regular guests on a variety of other Sirius XM and terrestrial broadcast programs, where he brings insight and an approachable demeanor to dealing with the issues of the day. Ungar comes to the world of political and health policy commentary with a background in the entertainment industry as an executive and creative writer/producer, and where he also served many years as the president of the Marvel Character Group. He received a BA from Ohio State University and a JD from Wayne State University School of Law;

David Webb

David Webb is a conservative radio personality based in the New York City area.Radio: Webb is host of The David Webb Show on SIRIUS XM Patriot (channel 125) which airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. until midnight ET.Webb has worked for a variety of radio stations during his career including WILDAM/ Boston, WHTZ-FM/New York, KZFX-FM/Houston, KLOL-FM/Houston, KKTL-FM/Houston and KRLD-AM/Dallas.Television: Webb has been featured on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC TV and more.

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