Public Events

The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County welcomes your participation. Attendance at the following is free and open to the public.

Protecting Our Elections

Joe Torre is the Election Director for the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections.  Joe spent 19 years of his career at the Maryland State Board of Elections in the Voting Systems and Procurement Divisions.   He assisted the State Board of Elections in implementing the Touchscreen Voting System Program in 2002 and implementing the Electronic Pollbook Program in 2006.  The last 11 years Joe has served the citizens of Anne Arundel County as its Election Director. 

Nikki Baines Charlson joined the Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Administrator in September 2013. In this role, she assists the State Administrator with managing the office and overseeing the administration of elections in Maryland. Since 2002, Nikki has helped develop and implement numerous projects, including 2016's new voting system and same day registration and address changes during early voting; a Help America Vote Act (HAVA)-compliant voting system and voter registration system; improved voting access for individuals with disabilities; SBE’s first comprehensive post-election audit, and SBE’s suite of online services, including online voter registration and online ballot delivery. 

John T. Willis is currently a Senior Executive in Residence in the University of Baltimore School of Public and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy.  In addition to teaching courses in U.S. Campaigns and Elections and related topics, Professor Willis has conducted extensive research on Maryland political history, elections and demographics. He is the author of Presidential Elections in Maryland, a contributing author to Western Maryland:  A Profile, and the co-author of Maryland Politics and Government, published in 2012 by the University of Nebraska press as part of a national state series that is used in several Maryland colleges and universities.  A widely respected authority on Maryland’s political history and electorate, Professor Willis is a frequent contributor to broadcast and print media and has testified on numerous occasions before federal and state legislative and executive committees.  He is also the managing editor of Election Administration Reports, a biweekly newsletter that is read by election officials throughout the United States and in other countries.From 1995 to 2003, Professor Willis served as the Secretary of State for the state of Maryland.  As Maryland Secretary of State, Professor Willis was responsible for the administration and supervision of over fifty constitutional, statutory, regulatory, customary and traditional functions and services.  He served as a liaison between the executive branch and local elected officials within the state as well as officials from other states and countries.  Special assignments during his tenure included designing and managing Maryland’s Census 2000 efforts to coordinate with the U.S. Census Bureau and chairing the Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee in 2001-2002. As an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), Secretary Willis served as a Regional Vice President, Chair of the International Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Elections and Voter Participation Committee.

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May 15, 2018 Protecting Our Elections: Security of the Systems, Integrity of the Results

October 10, 2017 Brown Bag Luncheon with Author Stephen A. Tillett

September 13, 2017 Annapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum

February 25, 2017 Conversation with District Public Defender

October 26, 2016 Congressional Candidates Forum: Maryland 3rd District

September 20, 2016 Criminal Justice - A New Approach

February 20, 2016 Redistricting Reform: The Time is Now

January 14, 2016 Conversation and Coffee with State Reps

January 13, 2016 Spotlight on Human Trafficking