Humphrey School News—October 15, 2018

New Steering Committee Will Advise Humphrey School’s Election Training Program


A sign that directs voters into a polling place, with an American flag and arrow
A polling place on Election Day

The innovative Certificate in Election Administration program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs welcomes the expertise of a new steering committee to guide the future development of the program.

The online certificate program, now in its third academic year, trains election officials in the latest technology, security issues, and legal and policy challenges facing the American voting system.

Enrollment in the program is growing, reports Larry Jacobs, professor and director of the Humphrey School’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. The steering committee will help respond to the increased demand by guiding the development of new course offerings and improving the program’s national outreach to the professional election community.

Committee members are prominent national experts in the field of elections and experienced election administrators. In addition to Jacobs, the committee members are:

  • Doug Chapin, Director of Election Research, Fors Marsh Group; instructor, CEA faculty
  • Judd Choate, Director, Division of Elections, Colorado Department of State
  • Amy Cohen, Executive Director, National Association of State Election Directors
  • Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Elections, Democracy Fund; CEA faculty
  • Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, National Association of Secretaries of State

"The steering committee members will serve as vital connections to on-the-ground election officials around the country, and reflect the commitment of the certificate program to serve the profession of election administration," Jacobs says. "We are excited to work with these outstanding experts to identify, recruit, and train the next generation of election administrators nationwide, as well as to advance the training of current election officials."

The nonpartisan program aims to bring more uniformity and agreed-upon best practices to the field of election administration. The fully online certificate program, the first of its kind, has attracted students from around the country and Canada. Nine have completed their certificates and most have landed attractive jobs.

Learn more about the Certificate in Election Administration.

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