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[FIELD TRIP]: Support the election administrator, support the voter.

On Wednesday, September 4 at the dark hour of 5am, NOI’s team of young election administration enthusiasts embarked on a special journey. We pointed the needle north, rolled out of our nation’s capital, and landed in Philadelphia, PA for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s (PCEA) fourth Public Meeting.

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The all-day agenda included panels of local election officials, state election officials, political scientists, researchers, lawyers, and wonks. It was a thrill ride. Discussion topics ranged from emergency preparedness, usability and accessibility, and limited english proficiency (LEP) in elections.

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The presentations and follow-up Q&A satisfied our appetite for solid EA information, for sure. But then the Commission did that thing they do: they opened the mic to the public.

We were faced with big questions: Could we, as folks who work directly with election administrators and their data, sit on our duffs and not speak up? Could we, as voters who have experienced a range of election services, ignore this opportunity to have our voice heard? Could we, as change-makers, keep quiet? The answer was a resounding nope.

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We jumped on the golden opportunity to talk about ELECTricity, our newest election administration project, and how it can help make elections better.

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You can find the full text of our public comments here, but we want to share the highlights to get you amped about the work:

“The peaceful transition of power in our country, as a result of an election, is a modern miracle. Robin Carnahan, former Missouri Secretary of State, has brilliant framework to allow us to consider elections as a service, wherein, as an election administrator:

  • You work year round, but your shop is only open a few days per year.

  • You prepare for all of your customers to show up on one day.

  • Your front-line employees are paid minimum wage, work a 16-18 hour shift, and, on average, are over 70 years old.

  • Your customers expect their experience to be a perfect 30 minutes or less.

Election administrators across the country face common challenges, but little, if any, infrastructure currently exists to help overcome those challenges. At this precise moment, no one is successfully facilitating connections between administrators to share solutions. As a result jurisdictions are expending already limited resources spinning and reinventing the wheel.

The existence alone of this commission is legitimizing the work of election administrators everywhere. Election administration has never been sexier. But elections are too important to stop here. Earlier this year at IACREOT we launched a knowledge network of local election administrators across our country. We are calling this network ELECTricity; a network that thrives on peer learning, that raises the professional standard of election administration, and that promotes continuing education. A network of, by, and for local election administrators. It is our hope that you, as a Commission, will encourage election administrators to engage with us.

Elections are profoundly human. It’s no surprise that election administration is people-powered. ELECTricity believes the most effective way to dignify election legislation and the most effective way to dignify the taxpayers’ purchase of voting systems is by investing in the professional development of the people who conduct elections. We believe that by championing election administrators’ smart practices we will see better-educated voters; fewer problems at the polls; increased confidence in elections; and ultimately, increased voter participation.

We believe that by supporting the election administrator, you are supporting the voter.”

Are you excited yet? Join the EA knowledge network and sign up for ELECTricity’s newsletter.


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The Rev David Riitho Gathanju and the Rev Festus Kaburu Gitonga suing on behalf of the church said the Rev David Muhia Githii’s claims had defamed the church.

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RAILA ODINGA is afraid of another defeat by UHURU/ RUTO in 2017, so assume threats Mipasho

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RAILA ODINGA is afraid of another defeat by UHURU/ RUTO in 2017, so assume threats

Monday May 25, 2015 – A section of Jubilee Alliance members on Sunday gathered at PCEA Nanyuki where they castigated former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, for threatening to boycott the 2017 Presidential election if the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not disbanded. Speaking after a Sunday service, leader after leader said Raila is afraid of another looming defeat by the Jubilee Alliance and that is why he is blaming everybody from IEBC to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). “We know Raila Odinga is afraid of another defeat and that is why he has started blaming everybody including himself,” Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, said. Kuria said Raila is a perennial loser and he should stop blaming IEBC for his election loss. The fiery MP asked Raila to blame his people over the loss and stop blaming the commission and its chair, Isaac Hassan. “The IEBC does not vote. It is the Kenyan electorate that votes to elect leaders,” Kuria said. The MP also expressed confidence that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto, will be re-elected again in 2017.


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Don’t blame your failures on IEBC, Ruto tells Opposition

Deputy President William Ruto has defended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from critics, saying the Opposition must put their house in order if they want to earn the confidence of Kenyans. Speaking in Nanyuki Town after attending a church service at the Nanyuki PCEA Church on Sunday the Deputy President said the IEBC does not elect leaders but the people of Kenya do. He…

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MT @electionline #VoteCenters coming to Texas, one county at a time. http://ift.tt/1yPo5y4 #BallotDelivery #PCEA #VaGA2015 @GovernorVA

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