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35th Annual National Conference

Orlando, Florida

Professional Practice Papers

in Election Administration and Voter Registration

2019 Awards

Once again, the Professional Practice Paper awards highlighted the unique contributions of election officials across numerous jurisdictions as they shared the outcomes and insights of their successful practices. The 2019 Awards showcase the examination and experimentation of our colleagues as they worked to improve and refine various processes in election administration and voter registration.

 

With security concerns at the forefront of elections today, one paper surveys a pilot study examining the increased convenience and security of a blockchain-based mobile voting application to qualifying voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This application was combined with an additional third-party audit tool to independently verify the election outcome. Another, paper explores the use of dynamic interactive data visualization software in displaying voter participation and ballot returns, making election information more transparent and easier to understand. These are just two of the projects presented.

 

Below are all the titles and the colleagues whose contribution made for another great year in our Professional Practice Program.  Be sure to review all of the award winners as well as the papers of merit and the state entry.

 

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Enhanced Security and Access for UOCAVA Voters

Jocelyn Bucaro, Deputy Director of Elections, Denver Election Division, Colorado

Shelby Miller, Election Division Assistant, Denver Election Division, Colorado

How’s Turnout? - Visualizing Daily Ballot Returns

Steve Sharp, Senior GIS Analyst, Denver Elections Division, Colorado

Paul Huntsberger, Senior Data Architect, Denver Elections Division, Colorado

Encouraging Young Voices: Alachua County Supervisor of Elections' Partnership with the University of Florida

Kim A. Barton, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, Alachua County, Florida

Visual Storytelling: Election Night Results Dashboard

Steve Sharp, Senior GIS Analyst, Denver Elections Division, Colorado

Paul Huntsberger, Senior Data Architect, Denver Elections Division, Colorado

Youth Empowerment Summit: Encouraging Youth to Say “YES!” to Leadership

Jesse Salinas, Registrar of Voters, Yolo County, California

Interactive Sample Ballot

Joe Szuszwalak, Communications Specialist, Denver Elections Division, Colorado

Miami-Dade County Elections Social Media Revitalization

Suzy Trutie, Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Government Affairs & Media Relations Miami-Dade County, Florida

Election Maps for Everyone Inspiration from colleagues, taken to the next level

Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Office, Boulder County, Colorado

Selfie Stations

Kari Ewalt, Community Relations Manager, Osceola County, Florida

Elections Cybersecurity Risk Assessment & Benchmarking Tool

Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County Clerk, Cook County, Illinois

Rahul Patel, Elections Information Security Officer, Cook County, Illinois

Ed Michalowski, Deputy Clerk of Elections, Cook County, Illinois

Tonya Rice, Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois

VoteSure:  A Public Education Campaign Encouraging Voters to be Vigilant of Election Misinformation

Jana M. Lena, Elections Division Chief, California Secretary of State's Office Sacramento, California

 

 

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Inclusion and Integrity II: Innovation, Investment, and Critical Conversation

A Symposium

Auburn, Alabama

October 13-15, 2019

Auburn University Hotel And Conference Center

Inclusion and Integrity II: Innovation, Investment, and Critical Conversation continues the conversation in the election community between experts running elections in the field, researchers, advocates, and vendors. Our format includes plenary speakers, panels, and workshops, as well as time for networking.

 

Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center are available at $139/night. The registration fee is $100 and includes hosted meals (Monday October 14 breakfast, lunch, and evening reception; Tuesday October 15 breakfast and lunch).

 

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35th Annual National Conference

 Orlando, Florida

 Conference Presentations

This year's National Annual Conference presentations exhibited a vast array of topics with updates from the Election Assistance Commission, The BPC Task Force reported on goals and methods to create meaningful bipartisan election reform, as well as multiple in depth discussions on Election related Cybersecurity and Data Analytics.

 

Below are the topics and titles presented at our 35th Annual National Conference. We would like to thank each and every contributor who made this years presentations another enriching learning experience for our members in the election community.

 

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U.S. Election Assistance Commission

#Election Prep 19

Commissioner Christy McCormick, Chair

Commissioner Ben Hovland, Vice-Chair

Commissioner Don Palmer and Commissioner Tom Hicks

U.S. Election Assistance Commission EAVS Update:

Election Administration and Voting Survey

David Kuennan, Senior Research Program Specialist

Young Adult Civic Engagement for 2020

Expanding and Educating the Youth Electorate through Election Administration Partnerships

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Ph.D., Director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts  University

Caryn Scheel, Student Election Judge Coordinator, City of Minneapolis

Grace Wachlarowicz, Director of Elections and Voting Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bipartisan Policy Center: Reports from Election Task Forces

BPC Elections Task Forces

Matthew Weil, Director of the Elections Project, Bipartisan Policy Center

Timothy Harper, Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center

Tonya Rice, Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois

Joe Gloria, Registrar of Voters, Clark County, Nevada

Cybersecurity Update

CISA Election Security

DHS:  Matt Masterson, Senior Advisor, Department of Homeland Security

GCC: David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, FL

SCC:  Ericka Haas, Systems Engineer & Technical Liaison, Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. (ERIC)

EI-ISAC: Mike Garcia, Senior Advisor for Election Best Practices

Elections Security Toolkit

GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections

Joshua Lawton, Global Communications Officer,  Global Cyber Alliance

Geo-Enabled Elections Project

Geo-Enabled Elections

Jamie Chesser, Geospatial Programs Manager, National States Geographic Information Council

Auditing Magnolia A-C

Election Validation Project  Increasing Trust in Elections Through Audits, Standards and Testing

Jennifer Morrell, Consultant, Democracy Fund and

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

Recounts

What Makes Florida Elections Famous?  R-E-C-O-U-N-T

Paul Lux, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa, Florida

Election Data Analytics

Data-Driven Decisions by You for Your Voters

Amber McReynolds, Executive Director, Vote at Home

Data-Analytics

Alysoun McLaughlin, Deputy Director, Montgomery County, MD

 

 

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)

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...

 

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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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

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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..." .

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