Buffeted By Many Storms: The Local Election Official Experience from 2018-2022

Portrait of Dr. Paul Gronke
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
June 7, 2023 - 11:00 am CDT
- 12:00 pm
Dr. Paul Gronke will discuss the findings of the Local Election Official Survey project.

The Elections & Voting Information Center (EVIC) at Reed College has conducted a survey of local election officials (LEOs) for the past 4 years that provides local officials with an important and timely opportunity to weigh in on issues of concern in the profession. The LEO Survey is a vital resource for election administrators, policy makers, and researchers to understand local election administration in the U.S. and create space for LEOs to be heard in local, regional, national, and international discussions about electoral integrity, administration, and reform in America. Join Dr. Paul Gronke, founding director of EVIC, as he discusses the findings of the LEO Survey project. Colorado Election Director Judd Choate will moderate.


Paul Gronke is founding director of the Elections & Voting Information Center (EVIC) and a professor of political science at Reed College. Gronke is a nationally known scholar of American politics, elections, and research methods. Under Gronke’s leadership, EVIC has become a national center of excellence for policy research and publicly engaged scholarship into election administration, election reform, and electoral integrity. A major focus of Gronke’s current research is the Local Election Official (LEO) Survey which EVIC has been undertaking since 2018. Gronke is regularly featured in national and regional media outlets as a commentator on politics and elections. Gronke currently serves on the Advisory Board for the MIT Election Data Science Lab (MEDSL) and the National Vote at Home Institute’s Circle of Advisors.


Judd Choate is the Director of Elections for the Colorado Department of State. Judd was the president of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) in 2017 and served on the Executive Committee of the Government Coordinating Council (GCC) created by the Department of Homeland Security when elections was designated critical infrastructure. Judd was formerly was a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska and author of a book and several peer-reviewed articles on political behavior. He has a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University.

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