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The Election Official Legal Defense Network (EOLDN) is a project of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research. EOLDN connects licensed, qualified, pro bono attorneys with election administrators who need advice or assistance. Election workers from all over the country, at the state and local level, can contact EOLDN via this website or by phone (1-877-313-5210) at any time, to request to be connected to a lawyer or a communications professional who can help them, at no cost. This service is available regardless of the election official’s political affiliation, or whether they work in a blue or red state or county.

EOLDN is the brainchild of former Presidential Commission on Election Administration co-chairs Bob Bauer (former White House Counsel during the Obama Administration) and Ben Ginsberg (longtime Republican election lawyer who represented President George W. Bush’s campaign). Bauer and Ginsberg serve as EOLDN’s co-chairs, and, along with EOLDN’s advisory board of experts, attorneys, and election officials, help guide this effort, recruit volunteer lawyers, and educate election officials about the services available.

CEIR is led by Executive Director David Becker, a well-known expert in the elections community, with over two decades of experience protecting democracy. Before founding CEIR in 2016, Becker was Director of the Elections Initiatives portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts.  He also served seven years as a senior trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Leadership

Bob Bauer
Bob Bauer
Co-Chair, EOLDN
Ben Ginsberg
Ben Ginsberg
Co-Chair, EOLDN
David Becker
David Becker
Executive Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research

Advisory Board

Natalie Adona
Natalie Adona
Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Nevada County, CA
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County, FL
Jocelyn Benson
Jocelyn Benson
Secretary of State, Michigan
Damon Circosta
Damon Circosta
Chair, North Carolina State Board of Elections
Brian Corley
Supervisor of Elections, Pasco County, FL
Matt Crane
Executive Director, Colorado County Clerks Association
Molly Fitzpatrick
Clerk, Boulder County, CO
Jordan Fuchs
Deputy Secretary of State, Georgia
Bill Gates
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County, AZ
Joe Gloria
Registrar of Voters, Clark County Election Department, Clark County, NV
Tommy Gong
Deputy County Clerk-Recorder, Contra Costa County, CA
Trey Grayson
Member, Frost Brown Todd; Former Secretary of State, Kentucky
Judge Thomas Griffith
Former Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Ricky Hatch
Clerk, Weber County, UT
Julietta Henry
Director, Milwaukee County Election Commission
Sarah Ball Johnson
Clerk, Colorado Springs, CO
Neal Kelley
Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
Joseph Kirk
Election Supervisor, Bartow County, GA
Brianna Lennon
Clerk, Boone County, MO
Dean Logan
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County, CA
Lisa M. Marra
Director of Elections, Cochise County, Arizona
Matt Masterson
Stanford Internet Observatory; formerly Election Lead, CISA
Michael Morley
Sheila M. McDevitt Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Secretary of State, New Mexico
Chris Piper
Former Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections
Brad Raffensperger
Secretary of State, Georgia
Stephen Richer
Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
Justin Roebuck
County Clerk | Register of Deeds, Ottawa County, MI
Al Schmidt
President & CEO, Committee of Seventy
Steve Simon
Secretary of State, Minnesota
David Stafford
Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, FL
Gabriel Sterling
COO/CFO, Georgia Secretary of State
Clifford D. Tatum
Harris County Elections Administrator, Harris County, TX
Wesley Wilcox
Supervisor of Elections, Marion County, FL
Wayne Williams
Former Secretary of State, Colorado
Michael Winn
Chief Deputy, Harris County Clerk, TX
Claire Woodall-Vogg
Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Milwaukee, WI