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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Jun
26
to Jun 27

City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services

  • 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, in-person training for their staff. Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, will lead staff through 10 hours of curriculum that covers modern communication topics such as using Twitter to engage voters as well as visualizing election data to tell compelling stories.

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Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Ohio Secretary of State Summer Conference

Organized by the Ohio Secretary of State, this full-day conference will host federal, state, and local election officials and board members from all 88 counties in Ohio. Attendees will hear from CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, who will present key insights into local government social media best practices, as well as introduce off-the-shelf tech tools that can help modernize election offices.

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Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Missouri Urban Boards Conference

Hosted by the St. Louis Board of Elections, this annual conference is designed for the education and professional development of Missouri's 6 urban election boards and their staff. Join CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel for an afternoon session on the Election Toolkit, a collection of free and low-cost tools to help election officials learn new tech skills and expand professional growth.

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Jun
7
3:00 PM15:00

2017 Annual Maryland Association of Election Officials

Hosted by the Maryland Association of Election Officials, MAEO features a distinguished roster local election officials and Election Boards from all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland. Attendees have the opportunity to be guided through a breakout session and discussion by CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, who will provide key insights into free and low-cost tech tools to help election officials engage their communities and improve how elections are run.

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May
17
to May 18

New Media Ventures Summit

The New Media Ventures Summit is an annual gathering of leaders in technology, media and politics. The high-energy, interactive event will feature presentations and discussions led by entrepreneurs, funders and thought leaders shaping the future of democracy.

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May
17
to May 18

Global Election Technology Summit

  • UC Hastings College of the Laws (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The GET Summit is a multi-day conference and networking event convening leaders in the rapidly evolving space of election technology. This nonpartisan event provides a forum to build the technology infrastructure that enables innovation in election technology. Attendees include government officials, private industry, academia, media, and civil society organizations. Join CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Director of Civic Data, Donny Bridges, as they lead workshops on the topics of off-the-shelf tools for election offices and common data standards.

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May
11
2:45 PM14:45

Association of Election Commission Officials of Illinois

At this one-day conference of the Election Commission Officials of Illinois, Kurt Sampsel, Government Services Associate, will give a one-hour presentation on the Election Toolkit. Kurt will discuss how the Toolkit can help election officials in Illinois, will introduce the newly launched Usability Testing Kit tool, and will discuss CTCL's professional development courses.

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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

MIT Polling Place Technology Workshop

Hosted by Charles Stewart III at MIT, this is a 1-day workshop about the application of technology to improve polling place practices. The convening is an opportunity for those who were involved in programming around voter wait times to share lessons learned in 2016 and hopes for 2020. Executive Director, Tiana Epps-Johnson, and Director of Government Services, Whitney May, will join Mark Pelczarski to share their experiences with the polling place technology featured in the Election Toolkit.

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May
3
11:30 AM11:30

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association Annual Conference

The four-day conference will feature training sessions by county clerks, election officials, and election experts, including CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, who will lead a session on free and low-cost election resources that will improve communication with the public, collect important election data, and streamline processes.  

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Apr
27
to Apr 28

Harford County Training

  • Harford County Board of Elections (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Harford County Board of Elections contracted CTCL to do a custom, in-person training for their staff. Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, led staff through over 6 hours of curriculum that covered modern communication topics such as using Twittter to engage voters and improving the Harford County election website.

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Apr
11
to Apr 13

The Election Officials of Arizona Spring Workshop

Election Officials of Arizona (EOA) features a distinguished roster local election officials in the State of Arizona. Attendees have the opportunity to be guided through a breakout session and discussion by CTCL's Director of Government Services, Whitney May, and Government Services Associate, Kurt Sampsel, who will provide key insights into free and low-cost tech tools to help election officials engage their communities and improve how elections are run.

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Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

75th Annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference

Over 5,000 political science scholars come to the Annual Midwest Political Science Association conference, and they come from the Midwest, of course, but also from across the country and around the world. The Democracy Fund invited CTCL meet this audience as part of a new Tech Classroom presentation series. We put together a presentation that would introduce the Election Toolkit to this new audience before zeroing in on how the tools can be used for research. With knowledge of the Toolkit and with academic research experience of his own, Government Services Associate Kurt Sampsel represented CTCL at the conference. 

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