Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates

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Voter Registration

NOVA has registered thousands of under-represented voters in food pantries, social service agencies, supermarkets, libraries, correctional facilities, schools, and a local university. 


NOVA uses its own research to maximize voter accessibility for all qualified individuals. As a result, NOVA research and advocacy have improved local and state election laws.


NOVA has testified locally, state-wide, and nationally, resulting in improved voting accessibility. In addition, NOVA collaborates with organizations such as the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections,  League of Women Voters, State Voices, Greater Cleveland Congregations, and Cleveland Votes to further improve voting access for under-represented populations.



Susan Alcorn, President

Susan has testified at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and organized non-partisan forums for political issues and elected offices. A member of the League of Women Voters for many years, she has trained registrars to implement the National Voter Registration Act and managed many voter registration drives.

Fay Walker, Secretary

Fay is Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at The City Club of Cleveland. Fay graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Urban Environmental Policy. Fay is a Truman scholar and Venture for America Fellow who has worked on various campaigns from local to national.

Nora Kancelbaum, Treasurer

Nora has provided assistance in election research and has registered voters for the past five years in hunger centers, supermarkets, county assistance agencies, and community festivals.

Norman Robbins, MD, PhD, Research Director

Norman has directed applied research projects on election administration and policy since 2004. He testified on election reform to Ohio House and Senate Committees, and to the U.S. House Administration Committee. He served (2007-2010) on the Ohio Secretary of State's Voting Rights Institute Advisory Council and also on their NVRA Leadership Team (to improve voter registration by public assistance agencies).

Fred J. Livingstone, Legal Director

Fred is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and a retired attorney from the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, where he specialized in property tax and subsidized housing law. He guided NOVA through the process of successfully obtaining its 501©3 status, and is now devoting attention to election law, especially the area of gerrymandering. He has also championed changes in voting rights laws in Ohio.

Fran Dryer

Fran has been a voter registration volunteer concentrating on the underrepresented population of Cleveland for several election cycles. She has organized volunteers for several voter registration drives, along with maintaining NOVA's social media presence.

Andrew Kohn, Esq.

Andrew is a recently retired attorney who was the General Counsel and Vice President of Operations for Hyatt Legal Plans.  He was active in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections as a canvasser and poll watcher.  Voter registration and rights are at the top of his list of activities he wants to pursue in retirement.

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