CONFERENCE & EVENTS

NEWS

 

 

Online CERA & CERV Session

In the spirit of continuity of operations, we are offering our first CERA & CERV courses using online tools that Auburn University uses regularly for remote instruction.

Conference is

in Session

Professional Education Program

ONLINE SESSION

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.

CERA & CERV Courses

History I: Ancients to 1781

Instructor: Steve Brown, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

11.

&

Tuesday May 12

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Tuesday May 26

11:00am - 1:30pm

History II: 1781 to Modern Era

Instructor: Bridgett King, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

12.

Wednesday May 13

12:00pm - 1:30pm

&

Wednesday May 27

11:00am - 1:30pm

Introduction to Election and Voter Registration Systems Administration

Instructor: John Morris, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

1.

&

Thursday May 14

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Thursday May 28

11:00am - 1:30pm

Management and Leadership Concepts in Election and Voter Registration Administration

Instructor: Kelly Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

2.

Friday May 15

12:00pm - 1:30pm

&

Friday May 29

11:00am - 1:30pm

Note: the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor or a Certified Elections Monitor. 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.

Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

333 West Kilbourn Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

Summer Session canceled due to COVID-19

Professional Education Program

SUMMER SESSION

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.

CERA & CERV Courses

Implementation Of New Programs In Voter Registration & Elections Administration

Instructor: Kathleen Hale, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

8.

Saturday July 25

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday July 26

9:00am - 12:00pm

Communications In Election & Voter Registration Administration

Instructor: Kelly Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

6.

Sunday July 26

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Monday July 27

9:00am - 4:30pm

Modern Federal Election Law & Regulations: 1965 To Present

Instructor: Ryan Williamson, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

9.

Tuesday July 28

9:00am - 4:30pm

Wednesday July 29

9:00am - 12:00pm

Facilitating Voter Participation

Instructor: Soren Jordan, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

7.

Thursday July 30

9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday July 31

9:00am - 12:00pm

Constitutions, Courts, And Cases To 1965

Instructor: Steve Brown, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

10.

Friday July 31

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday August 1

8:00am - 3:30pm

Note: the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor or a Certified Elections Monitor. 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.

Professional Education Program

SPECIAL SESSION

Grand Hyatt Seattle

721 Pine St

Seattle, WA 98101

Voting Options

In preparation for Elections 2020

THE HOTEL AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY

AND DIXON CONFERENCE CENTER

241 South College Street

Auburn, AL 36830

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.

CERA & CERV Courses

History I – Ancients to 1781

Instructor: Steve Brown, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

11.

Monday May 11

9:00am - 4:30pm

Tuesday May 12

9:00am - 12:00pm

History II – 1781 to Modern Era

Instructor: Bridgett King, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

12.

Tuesday May 12

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Wednesday May 13

9:00am - 4:30pm

Note: the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor or a Certified Elections Monitor. 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.

Election Center Auburn Conference Cancelled due to Coronavirus, COVID-19

Professional Education Program

SPECIAL SESSION

Planning & Budgeting for Elections & Voter Registration

Instructor: Kathleen Hale, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

3.

Thursday May 14

9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday May 15

9:00am - 12:00pm

Election Information Access & Security

Instructor: Mitchell Brown, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

4.

Friday May 15

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday May 16

8:00am - 3:30pm

Special Session postponed until further notice due to COVID-19

 

Grand Hyatt Seattle

721 Pine St

Seattle, WA 98101

Voting Options

In preparation for Elections 2020

Public Trust & Integrity

Grand Hyatt Seattle

721 Pine St

Seattle, WA 98101

Conference Theme

Seattle is our host city for the April 2020 Election Center Special Workshop. The theme for the conference will be Public Trust and Integrity.

We will hear from your colleagues and stakeholders in election administration on how to instill trust and maintain the intergrity of election administration among a growing challenge of public perception by the voters, candidates, advocacy groups and the media. Come to Seattle and network with your peers and learn from leading experts how to make the 2020 Election the best it can be!

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.

CERA & CERV Courses

Planning & Budgeting for Elections & Voter Registration

Instructor: John Morris, Ph.D.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

3.

Saturday May 2

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday May 3

8:00am - 11:00am

Election Information Access & Security

Instructor: Mitchell Brown, Ph.D.,

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

4.

Saturday May 2

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday May 3

8:00am - 11:00am

Public Trust  and Integrity

Instructor: Kathleen Hale, Ph.D.,

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

RENEWAL COURSE - Credit For This Course Is Given Only To Graduate Student Renewing Their CERA Status.

21.

Saturday May 2

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday May 3

8:00am - 11:00am

Note: some of the courses listed above can be applied toward your certification as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator, a Certified Elections Registration Vendor or a Certified Elections Monitor 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.

Conference canceled

due to Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

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.

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

 

 

 

Elections COVID-19 Working Group

Joint EIS COVID-19 Working Group Guidance Resources

April 9, 2020

Download the Joint EIS COVID-19 Working Group Guidance Resources:  Please find below the Joint EIS COVID-19 working group documents listed below. These resources are meant to be used by Election Infrastructure Subsector stakeholders as they navigate the COVID-19 challenge in relation to conducting elections. We greatly appreciate the efforts by so many who have worked tirelessly to develop these products. Members login for these valuable resources.

1. Outbound Mail Ballots

2. Ballot Applications

3. Inbound Mail Ballot Process

4. Signature Verification & Cure

5. Electronic Ballot Delivery

6. Ballot Drop Box

 

2020 Professional Practice Program Submission Submission Deadline June 12, 2020

 

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Download the 2020 Professional Practice Program Flyer for more information!

It is that time of year again. The Professional Practices Program is an opportunity in which election officials can publicly share their successful practices. So, now is the time to put your best onto paper and share it with your colleagues. It is our hope that you will make time to help this program grow and to enrich our profession further. In order to evaluate and select winners and to prepare for the presentations at the National Conference, we have set a deadline of June 12, 2020 for submission of all papers. See you in Denver, Colorado!

Elections COVID-19 Working Group

Vote by Mail Project Timeline

March 31, 2020

Download the Vote by Mail Project Timeline:  This timeline was a joint effort by CISA and subject matter experts who worked with some of our colleagues in the states and local level as well as private sector to develop as part of the Elections COVID-19 Working Group. Members login to download.

 

 

 

 

This timeline is meant to answer many of the questions CISA is getting from state and local officials about what steps need to happen and when, when regarding vote by mail processes.  This is not meant to assume an ALL-mail election, but instead the steps needed to be taken, even if you are expanding VBM significantly in your state.  Stay well and be safe!

 

 

United States Postal Service Industry Alert

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS UPDATE

 Customer Signature Service

COVID-19 Response and Prevention

A number of cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have recently been confirmed across the country.

The safety and well-being of our employees & customers is our highest priority. Members login to continue reading.

 

 

GRADUATION APPLICATION DEADLINE

For those who have completed the requirements and all core course work of The Election Center's Professional Education Program the time is now to take that final step in culminating your hard work and professional achievement. Depending on your course of study please apply now for graduation and receive your much deserved professional certification in election administration and voter registration. There are three different programs with their corresponding certifications:

 

  • Certified Elections Registration Administrator
  • Certified Elections Registration Vendor

 

Your completed Application for Graduation and payment must be received by the Election Center Office in Katy, TX by June 1, 2020 in order to graduate in August 2020 from the CERA and  CERV Program.

Please complete your application for graduation form today!

2020 Election Outreach

Toolkit

For Election Offices Serving UOCAVA Voters

Are you ready for 2020 elections? To support your voting assistance efforts, we created toolkits with new outreach materials for Service members and U.S. citizens residing overseas. We’re here to help you help them vote absentee from anywhere in the world.

 

Inside you'll find:

 

  • Social media posts and graphics for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
  • Blog, message board and LinkedIn posts
  • Blurbs for emails and websites
  • Infographics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the outreach toolkit

Get more materials to help you help absentee voters

 

The Election Center has partnered with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in their #TrustedInfo2020 education effort! #TrustedInfo2020 will help get voters the information they need to effectively participate in our democracy by highlighting election officials as the trusted sources for credible election information. Download the toolkit.

 

 

 

 

 

Also available to you for this campaign is a #TrustedInfo2020 toolkit which provides you with:

·  Website & Social Media Accounts

·  Timeline

·  Sample press release

·   Sample social media posts and graphics

·   Sample email

You can learn more about this effort by checking out NASS's #TrustedInfo2020 webpage.

 

NASS Launches #TrustedInfo2020: A Public Election Education Initiative

Special Workshop Presentations

Greenville, South Carolina

The Election Center Special Workshop, Voting Options In Preparation for Elections 2020 was held in Greenville, South Carolina February 12-16, 2020. We heard from your colleagues and stakeholders in election administration on the myriad of alternative voting options and methods for our voters as well as how those options are changing and working across the country. In addition new voting methods and the security issues encompassing those methods were presented for discussion. Please see below the names of the speakers, their agencies and the various topics addressed. Please log in as a member to access their power point presentations.

Welcome to South Carolina

Marci Andino, State Election Director South Carolina

Voting Options In Preparation for Elections 2020

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Christy McCormick, Chairwoman

Benjamin Hovland, Vice Chair

Donald Palmer, Commissioner

Thomas Hicks, Commissioner

Understanding and the Use of Electronic Ballots

Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director Center for Civic Design

Alternative Election Systems in the U.S.

Robert Montjoy, Auburn University

USPS Mail Support Initiatives for 2020

Dan Bentley, Principal Product Management, USPS Specialist, U.S. Postal Service

Gary Bartlett, Fair Vote

Delivering Democracy Challenges and Solutions with Voting by Mail in 2020

Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund

FVAP Federal Voting Assistance Program

Meghan Kelly, State Legislative Affairs Specialist

2020 Census and the Redistricting Data Program

James Whitehorne, Chief, Census & Voting Rights Data Office

The State of Redistricting An Overview

Wendy Underhill, Director – Elections & Redistricting Program, NCSL

CISA Support Initiatives for 2020

Matt Masterson, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor

Expanded Access Through Mobile Voting

Amelia Powers Gardner, Utah County Clerk/Auditor

Vote By Mail Michigan No Excuse Absentee

Ginny Vander Roest, Training and Communications Manager, Michigan Bureau of Elections

Logical Election Policy Recommendations of BPC's Task Force on Elections

Matt Weil, Director, Elections Project | Bipartisan Policy Center

Automatic Voter Registration Same Day Registration

Joe Gloria, Registrar, Clark County Board of Elections, NV

Programs to Recruit Student Poll Workers (Video)

DC Board of Elections Staff

How Election Polls Are Conducted And Used

Paul Gronke, Professor, Early Voting Information Center, Reed College

Voting Rights For People With Disabilities And The ADA

Elizabeth Johnson Senior Trial Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Noah Praetz, Consultant, Department of Homeland Security

Joint Election Officials Liaison Conference 2020

Washington, DC

Topics and Presentations

The Joint Election Officials Liaison Conference (JEOLC) was held in Washington DC January 9-10 2020. Please see below the names of the speakers, their agencies and a brief description of each of their topics. Please log in as a member to access their power point presentations. If you were at JEOLC or not able to join us, we hope this brief summary and presentations will provide additional information to assist in the conducting of election administration in your jurisdiction. If you have any questions about the topics or presentations at JEOLC, please contact the Election Center at services@electioncenter.org or call 281-396-4309. Thank you to all of our speakers for a dynamic and substantive JEOLC program. The Election Center Special Workshop in Greenville, SC, February 12-16, 2020 is our next event. Please register today!

Delivering Democracy: Challenges and Solutions with Voting by Mail in 2020

Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor; Democracy Fund

Information on anticipated 2020 Vote by Mail trends, current partnerships with USPS, and available resources for election officials

Access to the Vote: People with Disabilities

Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist; National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

An introduction to National Disability Rights Network and an overview of current issues with poll site accessibility.

Elections Infrastructure ISAC: Preparing for 2020

Ben Spear, Director; Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC)

An introduction to who the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center is and a description of their offerings for elections-focused cyber defense tools.

ESI #Protect 2020 The Last Mile

Matt Crane, Elections Subject Matter Expert; Lafayette Group

An overview of CISA’s ‘Last Mile’ initiative to engage local jurisdictions, vendors, and campaigns to strengthen relationships and provide effective information sharing on current election security threats.

CISA Election Security Initiatives

Geoff Hale, Director, Election Security Initiative; Department of Homeland Security

An overview of the current election security services offered by DHS for jurisdictions to effectively detect and mitigate security vulnerabilities on their networks.

Investing in Elections

Kathleen Hale, Professor and Election Administration Program Director; Auburn University

Mitchell Brown, Professor; Auburn University

A presentation of the current findings from their ongoing research project of the overall costs to elections.

Report from the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

Commissioners: Christy McCormick, Chairwoman; Benjamin W. Hovland, Vice Chair; Donald L. Palmer; Thomas Hicks

 A report on the current changes to staffing and financing in the EAC and the highlights of the 2018 EAVS survey.

#TRUSTEDINOF2020  Election Officials are your trusted sources for election information

Maria Benson, Director of Communication, National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS)

An overview of the current social media campaign partnership to fight misinformation and disinformation about elections for the upcoming 2020 elections.

2020 Trends in State Voter Registration and Elections Legislation

Wendy Underhill, Director of Elections & Redistricting Program; National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

A summarized review of 2019 legislative news across all 50 states.

Federal Voting Assistance Program 2020 Update

David Beirne, CERA, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

An overview of the FVAP 2020 initiatives for training and education of UOCAVA voters.

Geo-Enabled Elections  Geographic Information Systems in Election Administration

Jamie Chesser, Geospatial Program Manager; National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

An introduction to NSGIC and updates on the current state pilot programs using GIS systems in elections.

U.S. Government Accountability Office Work on Election Administration Issues

Rebecca Gamble, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues; US Government Accountability Office

An overview of the current reports issued by the GAO in regards to election administration and efforts on select issues taken by the DOJ.

A Framework for Election Vendor Oversight

Lawrence Norden, Director, Election Reform Program; Brennan Center for Justice

A Presentation on the federal certification program for election system vendors and resources.

CERA Graduates in The News

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...

 

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Tarrant County, Texas

"There is a passion in this industry with people who work in it, you see it in the courses.   It brings people from every state together. "

Jennifer Anderson

Elections Administrator

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Hays County, Texas

"They've really helped me to gain confidence, they've really help me to learn at a fast pace. And for those who don't understand all the dynamics in elections that is saying something"

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"I have the statewide perspective and the national because of my role in the national secretary of state's executive board. So it allows us to kind of put the full picture together..." .

One of the best indications of a programs success is the way it touches the lives of the people involved. Take a look as  our students share their own story and experiences with our certification program. Watch Our Student's Stories here.

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