Election Integrity and Bureaucratic Accountability

October 1: MSLF’s Public Forum in Salt Lake City – Get Your Tickets Now

Join Mountain States Legal Foundation’s Board and Staff for a panel of special expert speakers, followed by a reception and dinner event.


Election 2020: Integrity at the Ballot Box

Mail-in voting. Coronavirus quaranties. Pandemic politics. Oh my! In this high-stakes election year, the national pandemic has made protecting the integrity of the voting process a hotter topic than ever. Keynote speaker Hans A. von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation will speak about election integrity and all the most critical issues surrounding the election process this year.


• Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He is an authority on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, elections, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform.


Is the Administrative State a Virtue or a Vice?

During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen regular clashes between public health bureaucrats and elected officials. The tension between efficient administration and democratic accountability has existed as long as democracy itself. What role should unelected experts play in government policymaking? To what extent do we trust our elected officials to make decisions on technically complex matters? The COVID-19 pandemic has given such questions new urgency and relevance.

Please join us as a panel of experts discusses the tension between expertise and accountability across a variety of policy areas, from public lands management to public health, sharing perspectives from law, policy, and academia.


• Christopher Koopman is the Executive Director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He specializes in regulation, competition, and innovation. His research and commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg, and NPR. 

• Aaron Taylor is Executive Director of the Sutherland Institute in 2020 after working in Washington, D.C., for almost a decade. He has worked in public policy, both in the private sector and in the U.S. Capitol. 

David McDonald is an attorney with Mountain States Legal Foundation.


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guest Registration

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Panel, “The Administrative State”

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception 

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner Speaker, “Election 2020: Integrity at the Ballot Box”


Courtyard Marriott
Union Station Room
345 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101