CONFERENCE & EVENTS

 

NEWS

 

April 24-28, 2019

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Westin Virginia Beach

Town Center

 

 

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.

 

9.

 

Enfranchisement, Enhancement, Enforcement Modern Federal Election Law & Regulation: 1965 to Present

Instructor: Bridgett King, Ph.D.

 

Saturday April 27

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday April 28

8:00am - 11:00am

 

10.

 

Constitution, Courts & Cases to 1965

Instructor: Kathleen Hale, Ph.D., J.D.

 

Saturday April 27

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday April 28

8:00am - 11:00am

 

Crisis Management  (Renewal Course)

Instructor: Mitchell Brown, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

14.

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

Saturday April 27

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday April 28

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.

Election Center Special Workshop

Improving the Integrity of Voter Registration and Election Operations

 

Friday May 17

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday May 18

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.

Election Center

Professional Education Program

Auburn Special Session

May 13-18, 2019

Auburn, Alabama

Auburn Hotel At

Auburn University

 

 

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.

 

11.

 

History I : Ancients to 1781

Instructor: Steve Brown, Ph.D.

 

Monday May 13

9:00am - 4:30pm

Tuesday May 14

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

12.

 

History I I : 1781 To Modern Era

Instructor: Soren Jordan, Ph.D.

 

Tuesday May 14

1;30pm - 4:30pm

Wednesday May 15

9:00am - 4:30pm

 

1.

 

Introduction To Election and Voter Registration Systems

Administration

Instructor: Mitchell Brown, Ph.D.

 

Thursday May 16

9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday May 17

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

2.

 

Management and Leadership Concepts in Election and Voter Registration Administration

Instructor: Kelly Krawcz;yk, Ph.D.

 

Friday May 17

1;30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday May 18

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.

GRADUATION DATE

URGENT DEADLINE  — JUNE 1, 2019

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
  • Certified Elections Monitor

 

Your completed Application for Graduation and payment must be received by the Election Center Office in Katy, TX by June 1, 2019 in order to graduate in August 2019 from the CERA, CERV or CEM Program. Please complete your Application For Graduation Form today!

 

So be sure to use this application form whether you are applying for Certified Elections Registration Administrator, Certified Elections Registration Vendor or Certified Elections Monitor.

 

Special Workshop Presentations

Birmingham Alabama 2019

Lessons Learned in 2018

In Preparation for Elections 2020

Our Birmingham 2019 Special Workshop addressed an assortment of issues derived from the lessons learn during the 2018 midterm election cycle. Your colleagues and stakeholders in election administration shared information on lessons learned during the midterms with an eye toward applying these insights to the Presidential Election in 2020. The following agencies, offices and institutions delivered presentations: The Alabama Secretary of State, U.S. Election Assistance Commision, Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Federal Voting Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Voting at Home, Auburn University, and The Election Center.

 

Presentation topics included:

 

Election Administration Professionalism Index

Election Administration and Voting Survey 2018

A UOCAVA Update

Postal Service Updates

2018 Midterms: What Happened, What We’ve Learned, & 2020 Vision

2018 Florida Elections What Happened

Let's Put Voters First

Election Security

Elections in Alabama

Services Available from The Election Center

 

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2019 Professional Practice Program Submission

Submission Deadline June 7, 2019

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 7, 2019 for submission of all papers. See you in Orlando, Florida!

Download and review the 2019 Professional Practice Program Flyer  for more information.

Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee

Arlington, VA

2019 Conference Presentations

JEOLC 2019 addressed an assortment of themes in election administration, election security and analysis of the 2018 Midterm Elections with presentation from the following agencies, offices and institutions: Auburn University, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Center for Internet Security (CIS), Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (EISCC), Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC), United States Postal Service (USPS), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and University of South Florida.

 

Presentation topics included:

 

Keynote: 2018 Midterm Election Cycle Reveals a Changing Electorate

2019 Joint Liaison Official Election Committee United States Postal Service Update

EISCC JEOLC Briefing

Elections Infrastructure Security National Landscape & Path to 2020

Investing In Elections Professional Measurement Project

Election Stories From 2018

Election Administration Professionalism Index

Defending Democracy

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

 

 

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Our Student's Stories

Drew Stewart

Voting Technology Vendor

Fort Worth

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. "

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

Incident Handling Overview For Election Officials

The Department of Homeland Security

website: https://www.dhs.gov/

September 26, 2018

(DHS)  The Home Land Security overview provides election officials with cyber incident handling steps to assist with incident readiness and the incident response services that the Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate can provide, by request, through its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Download your copy today

July 6-13, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Hyatt Regency

333 West Kilbourn Ave

Milwaukee, WI 52303

 

 

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.

 

2.

 

Management and Leadership Concepts in Election and Voter Registration Administration

Instructor: Kelly Krawczyk, Ph.D.

 

Saturday July 6

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday July 7

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

1.

 

Introduction to Election and Voter Registration Systems Administration

Instructor: Mitchell Brown, Ph.D.

 

Sunday July 7

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Monday July 8

9:00am - 4:30pm

 

4.

 

Election and Voter Registration Information Management and Technology

Instructor: Kathleen Hale, Ph.D., J.D.

 

Tuesday July 9

9:00am - 4:30pm

Wednesday July 10

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

5.

 

Ethics in Election and Voter Registration Administration

Instructor: Jonathan Fisk, Ph.D.

 

Thursday July 11

9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday July 12

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

3.

 

Planning and Budgeting for Elections and Voter Registration

Instructor: Rober Montjoy, Ph.D.

 

Friday July 12

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday July 13

8:00am - 3:30pm

Professional Education Program

Summer Session

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.

Our Student's Stories

Jennifer Anderson

Elections Administrator

San Marcos

Hays County, Texas

Paul D. Pate

 Secretary of State

 

Des Moines                    Polk County, Iowa

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.

This toolkit is designed to support election offices in their efforts to reach UOCAVA voters — Service members, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing overseas — and help them vote absentee in the 2018 elections from anywhere in the world.

You’re welcome to customize and publish the content in this toolkit on your channels to best serve your UOCAVA voters.

 

Go here to download your copy of the toolkit assets and instructions today

2018 Digital Media Content Toolkits

for Election Officials from FVAP.GOV

34th Annual National Conference Presentations

New Orleans, LA

 

This year's National Annual Conference presentations exhibit a vast array of topics comprising: Securing Elections in 2018 and Beyond, Election Officials as IT Managers, Improving the accuracy of voter registration rolls, The implementation of New Voting Systems, Updates on Security Threats from Homeland Security and much much more.

 

Individual presentations from the following agencies, offices and institutions included: The United States Election Assistance Commission, The Director of Elections Oakland County , Michigan, Homeland Security, National Voter Registration Day, Electronic Registration Information Center and many more.

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2018 Professional Practice Papers

34th Annual National Conference

New Orleans, LA

 

Our Annual National Conference showcased the contributions of election officials from many jurisdictions 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 media campaigns to inspire and educate voters, and the leveraging of existing USPS Informed Delivery to provide an interactive touch point for voters in an entirely vote by mail election. These are only a few of the projects presented. Be sure to review all of the award winners as well as the papers of merit.

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New Ballot Service Type

IDs  -  Effective August 20, 2018

MAY 22, 2018

The United States Postal Service® remains steadfast in its commitment to the democratic process and the election community. As states and localities increasingly use mail in the election process, the Postal Service remains ready to support the growth in vote-by-mail initiatives. The USPS and Election Community Partners identified the need to increase official ballot mail visibility within the automation environment which has led to solutions to include the use of:

 

 •   Matching Serial Numbers in the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) for outgoing and returning ballots, allowing the mailer to track and identify the recipient on both outgoing and incoming ballot mail.

 

  •   New Service Type Identifiers (STID)s in the IMb to distinguish ballot mail in the mail flow effective August 20, 2018.

 

The ballot mail solution led to the assignment of 23 STIDs to enable tracking of outgoing ballot mail and one unique STID for all returning ballots (votes). These STIDs are available on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/mailing/service-type-identifiers

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.

 

Administering Elections

How American Elections Work

Auburn University And CERA Faculty Publication

ADMINSTERING ELECTIONS Book Cover

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...

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