Brian Newby

last updated 11/23/2017

Brian D. Newby

Executive Director at Election Commission of India

General Information


Public Works and Safety Committee

Election Commissioner -

Election Commissioner - Johnson County Department of Human Services

Director Strategic Planning - Sprint Corp.


Master's Degree - Public Administration , University of Missouri-Kansas City

bachelor's degree - Communications Studies , University of Missouri-Kansas City


Board Member - The California Association of Voting Officials

Member - US Youth Soccer

Member - Knights of Columbus

Member - National Alliance for Youth Sports Inc

Secretary of State - Kansas

Member - International Association of Clerks , Recorders

Johnson County Election Commissioner - Coalition for Better Cities

Board Member - NACRC

Board Member - Sierra Club

Faculty Member - Baker University

City Council Member - City of Shawnee

City Council Member - Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

Board Member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter - Public Relations Society of America

Board Member for the Kansas City Chapter - Wedgewood Homes Association

Board Member for the Kansas City Chapter - Kansas Premier Soccer League

Leadership Fellow - Achievement

Board Member - National Association of County Records

Member - National League

Recent News  

EAC and Brian Newby Sued for Adding Proof of Citizenship Requirement - Lawyers Democracy Fund

A lawsuit has been filed against the Election Assistance Commission and its Executive Director Brian Newby by a coalition of voting groups.
The suit alleges that Newby impermissibly changed the instructions on the federal voter registration form to require proof of citizenship to complete a registration in Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas, in accordance with state laws. View the complaint here.

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CAVO - Board Members

Brian Newby
Brian D. Newby is currently the Executive Director of the United States Election Assistance Commission. Brian was first appointed Johnson County Election Commissioner by Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh in January 2005 and has served under Secretary of State Chris Biggs and the current Secretary, Kris Kobach. Newby has administered more elections than any of his predecessors and is the only Election Commissioner in state history to have been appointed by both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. During his tenure, the office has received national recognition for operational and technological innovation excellence.

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Voting Rights Groups Ask Federal Court to Move Forward in Case Over Burdensome Voter Registration Requirements | Brennan Center for Justice

Newby, a case challenging a federal official's decision to change federal voter registration forms to require documentary proof of citizenship in Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia. (That change is currently blocked by an earlier decision in this lawsuit.)
In the case, plaintiffs argue that Brian Newby, the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, was not authorized to make this change on behalf of the Commission, which Congress stipulated can only act with bipartisan agreement of three of the agency's commissioners. In the briefs, plaintiffs point out that the agency was split along partisan lines over whether Newby acted within his purview, and acknowledged that they failed to reach a decision in a memo filed in federal court earlier this summer.

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