Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Election Integrity Summit


13 Dec 2023    
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Gerald R. Ford Museum
303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504
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As we approach the 2024 election cycle, the state of Michigan will likely once again be front and center, playing a critical role in the future of our nation’s democracy. Since the 2020 election, several changes have been made in Michigan to help avoid a repeat scenario of election deniers. Voters amended the state constitution to expressly foreclose legislative and other political interference in elections. Michigan’s legislature also gave officials more flexibility to open, verify and scan mail and absentee ballots before election day.

As a business and community leader, your attendance is paramount during this critical time in our nation’s democracy. We must all come together in this endeavor. Join our expert panelists as they engage in a lively discussion on election law the current state of election integrity.

Register HERE! 


5:30 PM Food and drink reception

6:30 PM Program


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl Street, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

About Our Panelists:

Tracy Brame

Associate Dean, Cooley Law School

The Associate Dean of Experiential and Practice Preparation and the Director of the Cooley Innocence Project, Brame is also the Immediate Past President of the Grand Rapids Bar.


Chris Thomas

Former Director of Elections, State of Michigan

Thomas was appointed by President Obama as a Commissioner to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The purpose of the Commission is to improve the election experience for voters.


Gen. Michael McDaniel

Director of Homeland Law LL.M., Cooley Law School

McDaniel was appointed the Dean of the Lansing Campus in August 2016. He also serves as a tenured professor and Director of Homeland & National Security Law programs at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation has partnered with Keep Our Republic, a nonpartisan civic education organization dedicated to protecting a republic of laws and strengthening checks and balances of our democratic electoral system, to bring you this event with the Ford Leadership Forum.