Ms. Cameron P. Quinn is a leading national expert on US election law and administration, and an experienced, successful manager of work units transitioning through significant change with insufficient resources.
Most recently, Ms. Quinn served in two senior level positions in the federal government, including service as Special Counsel for Voting Matters at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division where she was the senior elections advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights on all matters nationwide pertaining to voting and elections. During her tenure DOJ initiated compliance litigation for the first cases brought under the new Help America Vote Act (HAVA), as well as cases brought under UOCAVA, NVRA & the Voting Rights Act. She took a break from elections to serve as Director of Domestic Programs at the U.S. Peace Corps, where she managed a staff of 20 involved in 5 disparate programs that broadly involved outreach and support to educators, the general public and returning Volunteers. During this period the unit absorbed a 20% resource reduction while still transitioning to newer technology to provide educational material and services in cutting edge formats, and still exceeded goals and targets.
Ms. Quinn previously served as Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official (1999-2003). As Secretary, Ms. Quinn oversaw statewide election administration, voter registration and campaign finance policy and process. Quinn supervised a staff of 27 with a $10 budget, and was responsible for uniform policy for all 134 local jurisdictions. During her tenure, the agency was awarded a 2002 Grace Hopper Government Technology Leadership Award for its online voter services, some of which were “first-in-nation,” as well as a 1999 Digital Sunlight Award for its campaign finance webpages. While she was there, the agency was among the first elections offices in the country to initiate pilot efforts in e-balloting and online absentee ballot tracking to improve voting experiences of military and overseas UOCAVA voters, as well as electronic poll books. Additionally, the agency developed or improved state laws, procedures and compliance for statewide provisional balloting system, absentee balloting, uniform ballot-counting guidelines, voter identification provisions, state recount and contest statutes and other elections and voting procedures, during her tenure. The agency also reinstituted and oversaw state certification process for voting equipment during a period where several new direct record electronic (DRE) systems were approved and the agency had to address novel issues involving security of voting equipment. Ms. Quinn participated in national efforts to improve voter accessibility in elections, and improved Virginia polling place and other voter accessibility, and served on a number of other national and state task forces on various elections issues.
Ms. Quinn also served as the U.S. Elections Advisor for IFES, formerly known as the International Foundation for Election Systems. During this time she worked with several states, US territories and localities to help them with transitional compliance with the new Help America Vote Act.
Ms. Quinn served as an academic advisor to the Federal Commission on Election Reform in 2005 (sometimes called the Carter-Baker Commission). She also has served on advisory boards of several national elections related organizations, including the Reform Institute, the New Voter’s Project, Freedom’s Answer, and Overseas Vote Foundation.
Ms. Quinn is the chapter author of the chapter “Conduct on Election Day” in ABA’s 2008 publication on “International Election Principles: Democracy and the Rule of Law.” Ms. Quinn is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, where she previously served as Assistant Dean.
Before law school, Ms. Quinn served in positions in federal government and in political campaigns. After four years in private practice with Winston & Strawn, she served as Counsel to the Chairman of the US Merit Systems Protection Board. Other state government experience includes two stints as Assistant Attorney General and two General Assembly sessions as a Legislative Aide. Ms. Quinn earned her B.S.B.A. at the University of Florida. In addition to her law degree, she earned a masters degree in accounting from the University of Virginia. Ms. Quinn has been active as a volunteer in both local civic activities & politics.