Apr
24
to Apr 25

CTCL Training: Building a New Election Website

  • Pulaski County Clerk MO (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whitney May and Kurt Sampsel from the Government Services team will work with the Pulaski County Clerk’s staff to create a new election website.

CTCL will provide a modern election website template, as well as training and written curriculum that covers website navigation best practices, writing election information in plain language, and publishing election data in usable formats.

In addition to getting a new, voter-friendly election website with this training, Pulaski County Clerk staff will also gain the skills to update and maintain their own website content. Learn more about our professional development program.

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Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Training: Election Data and Nonpartisan Messaging

Whitney May and Kurt Sampsel from the Center for Technology and Civic Life's Government Services team will lead a 3-hour training for 50 local election officials from the D.C. metropolitan area. Attendees will learn ways to collect, analyze, and visualize election data to tell compelling stories. They'll also leave the training with nonpartisan messages and tools they can use to encourage people to participate in elections. Learn more about our professional development program.

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Mar
8
4:40 PM16:40

Future of California Elections 2018 Conference

Kurt Sampsel, CTCL's Government Services Project Manager, will participate in a panel on the topic of publishing important voting information online. In the panel, "Searching for Election Information: A Practical Overview of How Voters Acquire Election Information Online," participants will talk about how people consume civic information online and discuss steps that election officials can take to better meet their communities' information needs.

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Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Leveraging Digital Tools to Expand Voter Access

Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life, will speak at the Bob Graham Center in the Pugh Hall Ocora about her work in modernizing voter communication and engagement by bringing together expertise in research, training, data analysis and software development. Learn more.

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Feb
3
4:45 PM16:45

Modern Elections: Engaging, Accessible, and Secure

Join advocates from inside and outside government who are innovating to make our elections engaging, efficient, accessible, and secure. Learn how your advocacy can help bring these changes to scale—from the top to the bottom of the ballot. Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life, will moderate a panel of civic leaders that will cover topics including: online voter registration, automatic voter registration, finding voting information online, and the Colorado voting model, and registering young people to vote. 

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Feb
3
10:45 AM10:45

Unrig Summit: Spark Stage

  • Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every good idea begins with a spark. Friday and Saturday, democracy reform leaders from across America will take the stage to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change. Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life, will lead a talk entitled "Vote Local": Ever enter the voting booth only  to find names on your ballot you’ve never heard, running for positions you couldn’t define? You’re not alone. Learn about resources to help you confidently vote from the top of the ticket all the way down. 

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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

CTCL's 3rd Annual Ballot Data Convening

The Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Democracy Fund are hosting our third annual convening of civic data practitioners and funders on January 26th in Washington, DC. This one day meeting will bring together a range of organizations that deal with data about candidates, referenda, elected offices, and election results. We're excited to share with everyone the concrete progress that has been made by our 2017 working group and for organizations to share their plans for 2018. As always, the goal of this convening is to work with the ballot data community to see how we can best collaborate to improve how we drive voter participation and engagement.

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Jan
17
to Jan 18

CTCL Training: Building a New Election Website

  • Hodgeman County Clerk KS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whitney May, Director of Government Services, and Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate will work with the Hodgeman County Clerk’s staff to create a new election website.

Center for Technology and Civic Life will provide a modern election website template, as well as training and written curriculum that covers website navigation best practices, writing election information in plain language, and publishing election data in usable formats.

In addition to getting a new, voter-friendly election website with this training, Hodgeman County Clerk staff will also have the skills to update and maintain their own website content.

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Jan
15
to Jan 16

CTCL Training: Building a New Election Website

  • Marshall County Clerk KS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whitney May, Director of Government Services, and Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate will work with the Marshall County Clerk’s staff to create a new election website.

Center for Technology and Civic Life will provide a modern election website template, as well as training and written curriculum that covers website navigation best practices, writing election information in plain language, and publishing election data in usable formats.

In addition to getting a new, voter-friendly election website with this training, Marshall County Clerk staff will also have the skills to update and maintain their own website content.

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Dec
11
2:30 PM14:30

CTCL Training: Accessible Communication for Election Offices

  • City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services office contracted CTCL to do a custom, online training for their staff. Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, will lead staff through 90-minutes of curriculum that covers guidelines for making their communication more accessible to everyone in the community. Learn more about our courses for election officials.

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Dec
8
9:30 AM09:30

Rock The Vote Connected Online Voter Registration Convening

Hosted by Rock The Vote, the convening brings together election experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of Connected Online Voter Registration (OVR). CTCL’s Director of Government Services, Whitney May, will moderate an afternoon conversation with distinguished panelists Edgardo Cortés, Matt Masterson, Marian Schneider, and Natalie Tennant. Their discussion will focus on working with election officials to advocate for and implement OVR given all the competing priorities in the field.

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Dec
4
2:30 PM14:30

CTCL Training: Improving Your Election Website

  • City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services office contracted CTCL to do a custom, online training for their staff. Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, will lead staff through 90-minutes of curriculum that covers ways to improve their election website, making it more usable and voter-friendly.

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Nov
7
12:00 AM00:00

CTCL Research Project: Collecting Data on Voting Times

Center for Technology and Civic Life is part of a nationwide research project that's looking to answer the question "How long does it take to vote a ballot?" The data collected through this project will power a free tool that election officials can use to make decisions about resource allocation, poll worker training, and voter education. This is a public/private partnership between Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CTCL, Mark Pelczarski, and election offices across the country. 

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Nov
1
to Nov 2

CTCL Training: Election Data and Public Communication

  • San Francisco Department of Elections Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whitney May, Director of Government Services, and Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate will work with the San Francisco Department of Elections to enhance their election data and public communication efforts.

CTCL will provide customized instruction on collecting, analyzing, and visualizing election data using free tech tools. We’ll also lead group discussions and breakout exercises about the modern communication topics of accessibility and social media. Learn more about our courses for election officials.

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Sep
6
to Sep 7

CTCL Training: Building a New Election Website

Whitney May, Director of Government Services, and Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate will work with the Edwards County Clerk’s staff to create a new election website.

Center for Technology and Civic Life will provide a modern election website template, as well as training and written curriculum that covers website navigation best practices, writing election information in plain language, and publishing election data in usable formats.

In addition to getting a new, user-friendly election website with this training, Edwards County Clerk staff will also have the skills to update and maintain their own website content.

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Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

CTCL Training: Enhancing Social Media Outreach

Our Government Services team at Center for Technology and Civic Life designed and taught a custom online training course created to meet the needs of the St. Louis County Election Board and their social media outreach program.

During the course, Whitney May, Director of Government Services, and Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate led election staff through audits of their Twitter and Facebook performances, as well as best practices from the field. They also discuss the importance of setting goals, writing effective messages to mobilize people to participate, and using analytics to measure impact and make decisions.

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Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Oregon Association of County Clerks Annual Conference

Hosted by the Oregon Association of County Clerks, the annual conference brings together Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials, and others who perform like duties in Oregon. CTCL’s Kurt Sampsel was invited to Redmond to lead a session on election data best practices. He’ll also share resources to help election officials learn new tech skills and expand their professional growth.

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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Summer School: Collecting, Analyzing, and Visualizing Election Data

The use of data has already begun to change the way that elections are understood and conducted in the U.S. But the ways that data are collected, processed, and reported are still unreliable and inconsistent, and election officials may not know how they can be making the most of the data they’re producing.

This 90-minute course will introduce you to practical approaches for collecting and analyzing data, visualizing it, and presenting it persuasively using commonly available tools. Learn more: techandciviclife.org/summer-school

 

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Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Summer School: Accessible Communication for Election Offices

Learning principles of accessible communication benefits everyone in your community—not just people with disabilities—and learning to make civic information accessible can make you a more effective, thoughtful communicator and serve your community better.

Our 90-minute course provides an overview of challenges and principles associated with making civic information accessible. Learn more: techandciviclife.org/summer-school

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Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Summer School: Improving Your Election Website

People are increasingly looking online for civic information, and research shows that they prefer local websites over state websites. Unfortunately, many local and county election websites are missing important information or are difficult to navigate. With this training, you’ll develop new communication and publishing skills that you can immediately put into action to create a user-friendly election website. Learn more: techandciviclife.org/summer-school

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Jul
19
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Summer School: Social Media for Voter Engagement

Increasingly, people are looking online for election information on mobile devices and social media platforms. With that in mind, this training will equip you with tools to better understand your audience, put information where they are looking for it, and engage them with well-designed graphics. Learn more: techandciviclife.org/summer-school

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Jul
12
1:00 PM13:00

CTCL Summer School Orientation

This summer, we’re offering our 90-minute professional development courses for the first time in a convenient online classroom. It’s an easy, affordable way for you to get together with election officials from around the country while learning new skills to better serve your community. And to kick off things off, we’re also offering an orientation that’s free for anyone to attend. And to kick off things off, we’re also offering an orientation that’s free for anyone to attend. Learn more: techandciviclife.org/summer-school

 

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Jul
11
2:00 PM14:00

Learning about ElectionTools.org with Nonprofit VOTE

CTCL’s Kurt Sampsel will join Nonprofit VOTE to discuss ElectionTools.org and the work we are doing to help elections officials by providing low-cost tools to promote civic engagement and make voting easier. Kurt will give an overview of the tools available and then dive into our Voter Registration Drive Kit. Register here: http://bit.ly/July11thWebinar

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