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Whitepaper from the EAC Starting Point: U.S. Election Systems As Critical Infrastructure


June 13, 2017

(EAC)  On January 6, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson designated U.S. election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, a decision that was later affirmed by current DHS Secretary John Kelly. Since the designation was announced, state and local election officials across the country have raised questions about the day-to-day impact of the designation and how it will benefit their work to conduct accessible, accurate and secure elections. This document details DHS’s critical infrastructure designation and what election administrators can expect moving forward. It also provides a glossary of terms frequently used in conjunction with correspondence and discussions about the critical infrastructure designation.

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Why Don't Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences by Bridgett A. King and Kathleen Hale, Editors

How do socialization, mobilization, and legal structures help—or hinder—participation in the political process?

Once again, The Election Center is pleased to announce the ABC-CLIO publication of Why Don't Americans Vote?: Causes and Consequences  by two of our esteemed CERA faculty at Auburn University:

Bridgett A. King, and Kathleen Hale.

"Elections not only determine who will fill an office; they have a lot to say about how the democratic process works—or doesn't work—in 21st-century America. This fascinating book sheds light on that question by focusing on factors that currently shape elections and political participation in the United States. It covers issues that are consistently in the media, such as gerrymandering; voter ID; and rules pertaining to when, where, and how Americans register and vote.

But it also goes beyond the obvious to consider issues that are often overlooked—civic education and engagement, citizen apathy, and political alienation, for example." - Publishers Website


Hard cover autographed copies signed by both authors will be for sale at The Election Center's 33rd Annual National Conference in Orange County, California, August 19-23, 2017. This is indispensable reading for election professionals. Be sure to pick up your copy.

Author Information:

Bridgett A. King, PhD, is assistant professor of political science at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, and an instructor in the Election Center's Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) program.


Kathleen Hale, JD, PhD, is associate professor of political science and director of the MPA program at Auburn University, Auburn, AL. She is a board member of the Election Center and an instructor in the Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) program.


Elections Security Checklist©
Election Security: Risk Assessment, Defense And Disaster Recovery Aspects


The Election Center: Elections Security Checklist©

Election infrastructure is vital to the essential functioning and administration of elections. From voter registration databases to voting machines many systems of election administration critically utilize and depend upon information technology throughout the process. The Elections Security Checklist© will help guide

the election professional through the process of identifying the elements in your inventory of critical election systems. Next the Elections Security Checklist© steps the user through multiple risk assessments for each system followed by the physical, network, and application defensive measure assessments. The final stage of the evaluation addresses the various aspects of physical, network and application disaster recovery. What was formerly available to our members only, is now available to the entire election community with sincere compliments from The Election Center.

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2018 Conference And Events
Hyatt Hotel in Orange County California, The Location of The Election Center 33rd Annual National Conference


2017 Professional Practice Papers 33rd Annual National Conference Garden Grove, CA


Our Annual National Conference showcased the contributions of election officials from many jurisdiction throughout the country. The professional ingenuity, innovation and excellence exhibited by our colleagues in election administration was demonstrated and shared to the election community with the publication of our most recent professional practice papers. The use of technology, partnering as well as time and cost saving measures are just some of the lessons learned and topics covered in this years presentations. Be sure to review the award winners as well as the abundance of examples offered in the papers of merit.

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New Release Of Auburn University
And CERA Faculty Publication

The Election Center is pleased to announce the Palgrave Macmillan publication of Administering Elections: How American Elections Work written by three of our esteemed CERA faculty at Auburn University; Kathleen Hale, Robert Montjoy, & Mitchell Brown.

Since the 2000 presidential election, attention to and scholarship about American elections have exploded alongside myriad proposals for election reform. This book provides a framework for a broader understanding of this critical dimension of American democracy by providing a digest and analysis of contemporary American election administration practices. Using a systems perspective, the authors provide policymakers, election officials, candidates,  Read More...




Help America Vote Act (2002) 15 Years Later

October 30, 2017

(NASS)   The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) marked the 15th Anniversary of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) by reflecting on HAVA's successes and urging Congress to fulfill their promise and appropriate the remaining $396 million for state and local governments to improve and secure the nation's election systems. Read The Entire Article...


33rd Annual National Conference Presentations Garden Grove, CA
33rd Naitonal Conference Presentation Title pages

This year's National Annual Conference presentations exhibit a vast array of topics comprising: Election Security and Critical Infrastructure, Tracking Troubleshooters on Election Day, Utilizing Local Partnerships to increase voting Accessibility, Ordering Replacement Ballots via phone or internet, as well as the Management of Polling Place Lines.


Individual presentations from the following agencies, offices and institutions included: Cook County Clerk's Office, The Los Angeles Registrar/County Clerk, The United States Election Assistance Commission, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Director of Multnomah County Elections, and The El Paso County Colorado Clerk & Recorder.

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Election Center Special Workshop San Antonio Texas


Security, New Systems and Models of Election Service Delivery












In addition to the topics covered in the Special Workshop, the following core curriculum in election administration and voter registration being offered during the conference include:




Introduction to Election Administration

Management and Leadership

Using Surveys, Focus Groups, & Polling to Collect information to Help Election Officials

Note: any of the core courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Vendor Administrator or a Certified Elections Monitor. Anyone participating in these courses is eligible to receive CEUs (continuing education units) and certificates upon successful completion.


February 28 - March 4, 2017

 San Antonio, Texas

Hyatt Regency

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How We Keep Voting Secure

June 7, 2017

(TAMPA BAY TIMES)  For those of you who read only headlines, you may have been misled. There was no "vote hack." The sub-headline adds detail: "At least five elections offices received emails meant to compromise systems."


Are we vulnerable? Of course we are. But vulnerability isn't news to us, and it probably isn't news to anyone who works or uses a computer. So let's take a breath and look at what we know.


I spent 35 years in law enforcement — nobody has to convince me that there are bad actors in the world...


Craig Latimer, the writer is Hillsborough County supervisor of elections.


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