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KNOXVILLE — Election reform will be the focus of a one-day conference to be held March 5 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Baker CenterThe conference, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. The program is a joint effort of the Baker Center, the College of Law, the Department of Political Science and the American Studies Program.

The conference, to be moderated by Edye Ellis, former broadcast news anchor for WBIR-TV Channel 10, will focus on recent innovations designed to improve voting in election administration at the national, state and local levels; the status of the voting rights law; and the importance of the 2010 Census on American politics and government.

The program will feature Robert Stein of the political science department at Rice University; Gregory Mackay, the Knox County administrator of elections; Professor Otis Stephens of UT’s College of Law; Professor John Scheb of UT’s Department of Political Science; the Honorable Joe Armstrong of the Tennessee House of Representatives; and Roderick J. Harrison of the Joint Center for Political Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition, Professor David Folz of the Department of Political Science, Amy Gibson, director of communications and public programming for the Baker Center, and Professor Michael Fitzgerald, fellow for governance studies and director of the Governance Studies Program at the Baker Center, will discuss the Baker Center’s research on election administration and reform.

Registration for the conference is required because of limited seating. Deadline for registering for the program and lunch is Monday, March 1. Cost of lunch is $15, payable at the luncheon. To register, contact Betsy Harrell at or call (865) 974-0931.

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Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,