STUDENT STORIES

Our CERA and CERV graduates approach election administration and voter registration from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Take a look as  our students share their own story and experiences in our professional certification program.

CONFERENCE & EVENTS

NEWS

Remote CERA & CERV

Courses 9, 10, 11 and Renewal Courses 18 and 21

Conference Begins

Registration deadline date, Friday, April 2, 2021

 

Course 11. History of Elections I: Antiquity to 1789

Course Description

Course 21. Election Integrity and Public Trust

This is a renewal course and is only available to current graduates.

Course Description

 

First Zoom Session

concurrent courses 11 & 21

Thursday April 15, 2021

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Individual and Group Project Work

concurrent courses 11 & 21

April 16 - April 28 2021

Second Zoom Session

concurrent courses 11 & 21

Thursday April 29, 2021

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Course 18. Conflict Management

This is a renewal course and is only available to current graduates.

Course Description

Course 9.  History of Elections III: 1965-present

Course Description

Course 10. Constitutions, Courts, and Cases

Course Description

 

First Zoom Session

concurrent courses 9, 10 & Renewal 18

Friday April 16, 2021

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concurrent courses 9, 10 & Renewal 18

April 17 - April 29 2021

Second Zoom Session

concurrent courses 9, 10 & Renewal 18

Friday April 30, 2021

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Note: some of the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor and some can be applied by our graduates toward your renewal certification of the same. Anyone participating in these courses is eligible to receive CEUs (continuing education units) from the Auburn University's Master of Public Administration  (MPA) Program through the Department of  Political Science.

Special Workshop Virtual Event

The in person Special Workshop scheduled to be held in Pasadena, CA, February 25-26, 2021, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. This event will now be held virtually over the same dates February 25-26, 2021.

Conference Begins

Professional Education Program

The Election Center's Professional Education Program is a course of study designed to instill the highest level of professional knowledge and expert skill in election administration and voter registration management practices. Our professional educators and specialist have been paired with skilled, seasoned elections and registration practitioners so that the course work offered during our Professional Education Program conferences are related directly to your professional needs. Our continuing education program is designed and organized to have more substance and information directly related to your profession, than other groups and associations.

Remote CERA & CERV Classes

The in person CERA/CERV classes that were going to be held at the in person Special Workshop will now be offered remotely (see classes with dates and times below).

New Developments in State and Federal Election Law   renewal class

This is a renewal class and is only available to current graduates.

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First Zoom Session

Thursday February 18, 2021

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February 18 - March 3, 2021

Second Zoom Session

Thursday March 4, 2021

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Facilitating Voter Participation

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First Zoom Session

Friday February 19, 2021

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February 19 - March 4, 2021

Second Zoom Session

Friday March 5, 2021

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Implementation of New Programs In Voter Registration & Election Administration

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First Zoom Session

Friday February 19, 2021

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February 19 - March 4, 2021

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Note: some of the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor and some can be applied by our graduates toward your renewal certification of the same. Anyone participating in these courses is eligible to receive CEUs (continuing education units) from the Auburn University's Master of Public Administration  (MPA) Program through the Department of  Political Science.

Online CERA & CERV Session

Conference Begins

Registration deadline date, Friday, February 26, 2021

 

Remote CERA & CERV Class

We are offering remote courses beginning in February and each month thereafter through October 2021 separate from those remote courses being offered when we cancel an event.

History of Elections III: 1965-present

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First Zoom Session

Friday March 12, 2021

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Individual and Group Project Work

March 12 - March 26, 2021

Second Zoom Session

Friday March 26, 2021

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9. History of Elections III: 1965-present

Course Description

Beginning with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 we will explore modern federal election law including the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 (VAEHA), National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and the Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act (MOVE). This course will focus on how these federal laws impact your election processes and how they affect the voters and their ability to access and participate in the voting process.

Note: The course listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor. Anyone participating in this course is eligible to receive CEUs (continuing education units) from the Auburn University's Master of Public Administration  (MPA) Program through the Department of  Political Science.

Election Center Special Workshop

April 21-25, 2021

Houston, TX

Hilton Houston Post Oak

by the Galleria

2001 Post Oak Blvd

Houston, TX 77056

CERA Classes

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Modern Federal Election Law & Regulations: 1965 To Present

10.

Constitutions, Courts, And Cases To 1965

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Risk Management Policy and Practice   renewal class

This is a renewal class and is only available to current graduates.

PEP Special Session

May 10-15, 2021

Auburn, AL

THE HOTEL AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY

AND DIXON CONFERENCE CENTER

241 South College Street

Auburn, Alabama 36830

CERA Classes

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Ethics in Election and Voter Registration Administration

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Communications In Election & Voter Registration Administration

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History I – Ancients to 1781

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History II – 1781 to Modern Era

PEP Summer Session

July 10-17, 2021

Denver, CO

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel      Denver Tech Center

7801 East Orchard Rd

Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

CERA Classes

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Introduction to Election and Voter Registration Systems Administration

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Management and Leadership Concepts in Election and Voter Registration Administration

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Planning & Budgeting for Elections & Voter Registration

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Election Information Access & Security

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Ethics in Election and Voter Registration Administration

Election Center 36th Annual National Conference

August 21-25, 2021

Scottsdale, AZ

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 East Greenway Parkway

Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

CERA Classes August 21-22, 2021

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History I – Ancients to 1781

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History II – 1781 to Modern Era

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Strategies for Intergovernmental Collaboration and Cooperation   renewal class

This is a renewal class and is only available to current graduates.

36.

Public Procurement Policy and Practice   renewal class

This is a renewal class and is only available to current graduates.

ELECTION CENTER COMMITTEES

Attention Active Election Center Members!

Please join one or more of the following Election Center Committees and get involved with shaping programs and policies. To join a Committee please call 281-396-4309 or e-mail services@electioncenter.org and tell us what committee(s) you would like to serve.

Program Planning Committee

The Program Planning Committee serves to provide the Election Center Executive Director and Program Director  with the theme, agenda and prospective speakers during the development of each Special Workshop and National Conference. The Committee convenes via telephone and e-mail as needed.

Postal Task Force

The Postal Task Force serves as the Election Center's liaison with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide open and ongoing communications among the organizations and to help ensure a strong partnership that services the needs of the nation's voters in exercising their democratic rights. We meet twice per year at JEOLC in January and the National Conference in August and via e-mail with significant announcements.

Election Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee serves as the Election Center's liaison with the United States Congressional staffers to provide open and ongoing communications to Election Center members regarding new and pending federal legislation related to elections administration and voter registration. The Committee serves at the pleasure of the Election Center Executive Director and the two Committee Co-Chairs are Travis Weipert, CERA, Johnson County Auditor, Iowa and David H. Stafford, CERA, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, Florida. We meet once per year at the National Conference in August and during the year via e-mail and conference calls with significant federal legislation.

 

 

GRADUATION APPLICATION DEADLINE

Your completed Application for Graduation and payment must be received by the Election Center Office in Katy, TX by June 1, 2021 in order to graduate in August 2021 from the CERA & CERV Program.

Please complete your application for graduation form today!

For those who have completed the requirements and all core course work of The Election Center's Professional Education Program Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) or Certified Elections Registration Vendor (CERV) the time is now to take that final step in culminating your hard work and professional achievement. Please apply now for graduation and receive your much deserved professional certification in election administration and voter registration.

Topics and Presentations

The Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee (JEOLC) was held as a Virtual Event January 14-15 2021. Please log in as a member to access the various presentations and download today.

United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

Commissioners: Benjamin W. Hovland, Chairman; Donald L. Palmer; Christy McCormick; Thomas Hicks

Election Official Liaison Committee Postal Service Update

Anthony Albence, CERA, Chair Postal Task Force; Dan Bentley, Principal Product Management Specialist, USPS

Elections Infrastructure ISAC: Preparing for 2020

Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund

JEOLC Lessons Learned 2020

Julie Wise, King County Director of Elections

Investing in Elections: JEOLC 2021 Update

Dr. Kathleen Hale, Professor, Auburn University and Dr. Mitchell Brown, Professor, Auburn University

GAO: Congressional Reports Impacting Election Administration

Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, US Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC

CISA Election Security Update To JEOLC

Geoff Hale, Director of the Election Security Initiative

2020 Recap and Looking Ahead

Ben Spear, Director, EI-ISAC

Federal Voting Assistance Program JEOLC

David Beirne, Director FVAP

National Vote at Home Institute: The Future of Mail Voting

Amber McReynolds, CEO | National Vote at Home Institute

Election Reform Takeaways from 2020

Matt Weil, Director, Elections Project | Bipartisan Policy Center

CERA Graduates in the News

Tulsa Mayor recognizes David Boddie

CERA certification

David T. Boddie, Elections Official for Tulsa County Election Board in Oklahoma received his Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) from the Election Center this past summer and was recently recognized for that achievement by G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa Oklahoma, commemorating his completion of the certification program and achievement as a CERA graduate.  Congratulations to David for this esteemed recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In commemoration of David's accomplishment, the certificate presented  from Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum

 

Recognition Award

We would like to congratulate Hays County, CERA graduate Jennifer Anderson and the following CERA graduates for their distinction and recognition in serving voters with disabilities in TexasTravis County CERA graduates, Dana DeBeauvoir, Dan Roman, Monica Johns, Amanda Katzer, Bruce Elfant, Tiffany Seward, Thomas Miller and LeeAnn Castillo.  From Cameron County, CERA graduate Remi Garza and from  McLennen County, CERA graduate Kathy VanWolfe.

Elections Website Ranks High On Disability Access Scale

Originally Published on Corridor News Website  September 24, 2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County’s Elections Office was recently recognized for its website, both from the local League of Women Voters and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx).

 

The site ranked fifth out of all 254 Texas counties in terms of ensuring full participation in all aspects of the voting process for people with disabilities.

 

DRTx, under the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Program, evaluated all Texas county websites between January 2019 and January 2020. Reviewers included persons with disabilities.

 

Anderson invited Molly Broadway, HAVA Training and Technical Support Specialist with Disability Rights Texas, to assess the county’s Vote Centers during the application process to ensure the polling locations met Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

 

Their findings show that Hays County scored in the top five list of county websites based on the following criteria:

 

  • If there is specific elections department information for each county,
  • If that information was accessible (via screen reader), and
  • If disability-specific information was provided.

 

Hays scored 87 percent on the assessment. The other counties in the top five were Cameron (92%), Travis (92%), Gray (89%) and McLennan (89%).

 

For the second consecutive year, the League of Women Voters recognized Hays County with an award for providing accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on a safe and secure election website.

 

The site received a rating of Outstanding for the 2020 Texas primary election website review.

 

“Our office is grateful to both the League of Women Voters and Disability Rights Texas for recognizing our website for being both inclusive and accurate,” Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson said. “Every member of our staff is committed to ensuring all voters in Hays County have an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process.”

 

 

Board of Elections Employees Receive Certifications

Originally Published with the Union County Government and in The Enquirer Journal - Monroe, North Carolina   October 8, 2019

Board of Elections Employees Receive Certifications Board of Elections Chairman Harry B. Crow, Jr., Juanita Reyes, Kristin Jacumin and County Commission Chairman Richard Helms at the Board of County Commission meeting on October 7, 2019

Three employees with Union County’s Board of Elections are being recognized for their achievements in earning professional certifications.

Kristin Jacumin, Director of Elections for Union County, recently earned the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by The National Association of Election Officials in Orlando, Florida.

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Lafourche election official to receive national certification

Originally Published in the Daily Comet Larfourche Parish, Louisiana Aug 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Lafourche Registrar of Voters Mike Boudreaux

Lafourche Registrar of Voters Mike Boudreaux has been chosen to participate in a national accreditation program in Florida this week.

Boudreaux is traveling to Orlando to receive his certification as an elections and registration administrator, a designation earned through a multi-year course through the Election Center’s Professional Education Program, Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

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Caldwell County's Elections Administrator receives CERA certification and special recognition from State Representative

Pamela Ohlendorf, a Caldwell County Elections Administrator has been participating in the Election Center's Professional Education Program over the course of several years where she has received continuing education credit from Auburn University in election administration and voter registration.    Read More...

Pamela Ohlendorf holding the certificate and Texas state flag flown at the capitol in commemoration of her CERA graduation August 20, 2019

 

Elections director earns CERA title

Originally published in the Wapak Daily News - Wapakoneta, Ohio

Michelle L. Wilcox, Director for the Auglaize County Board of Elections will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program.

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Michelle Wilcox

Arldt Earns Highest Mark

Originally published in the Lexington Leader - Lee County, Texas July 31, 2019

Carla R. Arldt, Elections Administrator for Lee County, Texas will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

 

Carla Arldt, seen above, Elections Administrator for Lee County, earned her CERA.

“Lee County is indeed fortunate to have Carla as one of the top designated professionals in America.  Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education... Read More...

 

Election Workers Conflict Resolution Checklist helps election workers identify examples of typical problems and situations election workers encounter when helping voters. The checklist provides examples and strategies for a vast range of problems, from disruptive and agitated behavior to common question voters have. We thank Chris Moore, CERA graduate and Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Leon County FL for developing the checklist and making it available to the entire election community. Download your copy today!

Cyber Essentials Toolkit

Chapter 5 : Your Data, What The Business is Built On

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Cyber Essentials Toolkit Chapter 5 : Your Data, What The Business is Built On

Download this toolkit from our Election Security Infrastructure area. This chapter focuses on providing leaders with an understanding of what it takes to ensure their organization’s data is secure and recoverable. Topic areas include: learning what information resides on the organization’s network; learning what is happing on the network; domain name system protection; learning how the organization’s data is protected; leveraging malware protection capabilities; establishing regular automated backups and redundancies of key systems; and leveraging protections for backups. Members login for these valuable resources.

October 15, 2020

CERA FALCULTY PUBLICATIONS

The Future of Election Administration

Mitchell Brown

Kathleen Hale

Bridgett A. King

Once again, the Election Center is pleased to announce the Palgrave Macmillan publication of The Future of Election Administration written by three of our esteemed CERA faculty at Auburn University; Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale & Bridgett A. King.

 

About this Book

Stakeholders in the operation of American elections are keenly focused on policy reform, resource allocation, administrative professionalism, voter access and accessibility, equipment security, and system integrity.

The Future of Election Administration is an edited volume that gathers the perspectives of today’s most forward-thinking practitioners and experts of policy, advocacy, and research about the importance of particular election practices, the professional and operational challenges that election administrators and voter registrars face, and emerging issues in the field. Through its combination of multiple perspectives to describe, analyze, and anticipate key dynamics and dilemmas as well as its emphasis on the practical aspects of administration, this book makes a unique contribution to the election administration literature.

About the authors

Mitchell Brown is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University, USA. Her scholarship focuses on empowerment processes for marginalized groups, including electoral strategies and program evaluation for public and nonprofit organizations. She contributes regularly to the CERA program.

Kathleen Hale is Professor of Political Science and director of the graduate program in election administration at Auburn University, USA. She serves on the Election Center’s Board of Directors and the MIT Data and Election Sciences Lab advisory board, and directs Auburn University faculty in CERA, the national professional certification program for election officials established in partnership with the Election Center.

Bridgett A. King is Assistant Professor of Political Science and director of the MPA Program at Auburn University, USA. Her research focuses on political participation, voter disenfranchisement, and citizen perceptions of the electoral system. Formerly a voting rights researcher in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, she contributes regularly to the CERA program.

Reviews

“This volume has assembled state-of-the-art work by some of the very best election administration scholars. With extant theory as its foundation, this work exhibits the highest of thought and evidence on many challenging topics related to voting, including federalism, resources, professionalism, technology, and even the quality of democracy itself. In doing so, this work succeeds in both contextualizing election administration in the American political climate and illuminating a path forward for future research.” (Kyle L. Saunders, Professor, Political Science, Colorado State University, USA)

“Both The Future of Election Administration and its open access companion, The Future of Election Administration: Cases and Conversations provide a much-needed framework for organizing the multiple stakeholders in the field of election science. Combined, they highlight the pressing questions in the field, the progress that has been made, the experiences on the ground that make a difference, and the future challenges we face.” (Lonna Atkeson, Professor, Political Science, University of New Mexico, USA)

The Future of Election Administration

Cases and Conversations

Edited by

Mitchell Brown

Kathleen Hale

Bridgett A. King

  • Highlights practical problems, questions, and challenges for understanding, studying, and taking part in election administration
  • Provides guidance from practitioners across the country on tackling the various issues faced in election administration
  • Presents a series of case studies at the national, state, and local level to underscore issues and suggestions

About this book

As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical responses to these changes from the national, state, and local levels. This book is designed to be a companion piece to The Future of Election Administration, which surveys these critical dimensions of elections from the perspectives of the most forward-thinking practitioner, policy, advocacy, and research experts and leaders in these areas today. Drawing upon principles of professionalism and the practical work that is required to administer elections as part of the complex systems, this book lifts up the voices and experiences of practitioners from around the country to describe, analyze, and anticipate the key areas of election administration systems on which students, researchers, advocates, policy makers, and practitioners should focus. Together, these books add to the emerging body of literature that is part of the election sciences community with an emphasis on the practical aspects of administration.

About the authors

Mitchell Brown is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University, USA.

Kathleen Hale is Professor of Political Science and director of the graduate program in election administration at Auburn University, USA.

Bridgett A.  King is Assistant Professor of Political Science and director of the MPA Program at Auburn University, USA.

Reviews

“Both The Future of Election Administration: Cases and Conversations and its companion, The Future of Election Administration provide a much-needed framework for organizing the multiple stakeholders in the field of election science. Combined, they highlight the pressing questions in the field, the progress that has been made, the experiences on the ground that make a difference, and the future challenges we face.” (Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor, Political Science, University of New Mexico, USA)

Auburn University Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Election Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Election Administration is a 15 credit hour program within the Auburn University Master of Public Administration Program. The certificate requirements include 3 required courses and 2 electives, which are available online.

The curriculum is designed to provide graduate level students and practicing professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in election administration. The certificate can be earned while pursing an MPA or independently. Courses cover institutional arrangements, law and policy, and critical contemporary issues facing the election administration community. Students are also required to complete an ePortfolio.

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CURRICULUM

Required Courses

POLI 6270 Seminar in Election Administration

POLI 6280 Election Regulation and Reform

POLI 7920 Internship**

Electives

POLI 6150 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

POLI 6290 Public Sector Information, Security, and Risk Management POLI 6470 Comparative Election Administration

POLI 7520 Program Evaluation

**Practitioners can use the Election Center Certified

Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) program certification to fulfill the internship requirement.

EPORTFOLIO

To complete the certificate, students create an ePortfolio, a professional website that demonstrates mastery and showcases knowledge and skills.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT

Kathleen Hale, JD, PhD

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, Graduate Program in Election Administration

 

 

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