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As absentee and early voting ballots are cast and Nov. 6 approaches, election law experts will gather at The University of Toledo College of Law Friday, Oct. 19, to consider how the country’s elections are conducted, financed and monitored.

The free, public symposium, “Votes and Voices in 2012 — Issues Surrounding the November Election and Beyond,” is sponsored by the UT Law Review and will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the newly renovated McQuade Law Center Auditorium.

Symposium panels are slated to address topics that will include political gerrymandering — the subject of an Ohio ballot measure — and the controversial voter identification laws being rolled out across the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and campaign finance reform also will be discussed. Citizens United and the later ruling in SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission paved the way for “super‐PACs” and the record $3.98 billion spent by political parties and outside interest groups during the 2010 elections — a sum that is sure to be eclipsed by 2012 election spending.

“The issues addressed in this symposium could not be more important,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the UT College of Law. “They go to the heart of what it means to live in a democracy.”

Panelists will include Michael Boos, vice president and general counsel for Citizens United, and Cynthia Bauerly, commissioner of the Federal Election Commission. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will deliver the keynote address at 11:45 a.m.

For more information and to register, visit law.utoledo.edu/electionlaw or call 419.530.2962.

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