WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8) — Hans von Spakovsky, recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on elections and election reform, has joined the American Civil Rights Union’s Policy Board.
Mr. von Spakovsky is manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.
“We’re honored to welcome Hans to the American Civil Rights Union Policy Board,” said ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson. “With J. Christian Adams also on our board, we now have the two leading election experts in the nation to assist our Election Integrity Defense Project.”
A former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Justice Department, Mr. von Spakovsky provided expertise in enforcing the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
He is the co-author with John Fund of the book Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk (Encounter Books, 2012).
Before joining Heritage in 2008, Mr. von Spakovsky served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections, including public funding.
A former litigator, in-house counsel and senior corporate officer in the insurance industry, Mr. von Spakovsky worked on tort reform and civil justice issues there for more than a decade.
He has served on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and on the Fulton County (Ga.) Board of Registrations and Elections. He is a former vice chairman of the Fairfax County (Va.) Electoral Board and a former member of the Virginia Advisory Board to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
A 1984 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, Mr. von Spakovsky received a bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently resides in Vienna, Va.