Doug Chapin

Adjunct Faculty Member
Director, Election Academy

Doug Chapin is the director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration. Chapin came to the Humphrey School after 10 years at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served as director of election initiatives for the Pew Center on the States. Under his leadership, Pew’s elections team successfully lobbied for enactment of military and overseas voting reform in Congress and state legislatures; enlisted dozens of states and technology partners like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook to provide official voting information online and via mobile technology; and worked with election officials, academics, and technical experts to design and implement efforts to upgrade the nation’s voter registration systems.

Prior to serving at Pew, Chapin was an attorney in private practice specializing in election and ethics law. He served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Rules Committee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on federal election legislation and participated in the review of the disputed 1996 Senate election in Louisiana. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University, a master of public administration degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an AB in politics from Princeton University.

In The Media

Doug Chapin, director of the Election Academy, comments in this article noting that more public employees are running for public office. 

Governing
August 13, 2018

Doug Chapin, director of the Humphrey School's Election Academy, is quoted in this story on a Supreme Court decision striking down Minnesota's law that bars voters from wearing political apparel inside polling places.

NPR
June 14, 2018