Update Your Web Presence to Keep Up with Voters

ELECTricity, CTCL’s network of local election officials, is launching a first-of-its-kind training program in building and maintaining an election website. Following the success of the election website pilot project in 2014 and online prototype testing earlier this year, we’ve created new learning opportunities for local election officials who want to build an effective, straightforward election website with a modern look and feel.
We’re offering three different learning approaches to choose from. For officials seeking in-person instruction, we offer tailored training at your election office. If you’d prefer to learn alongside other election officials, you can attend one of our online workshops offered this fall and winter. And for folks who like an independent study, there’s a self-paced online course.

Learn more about the election website training program, including dates, prices, and scholarship opportunities.

Currently nine jurisdictions across the country have completed the training and are using our website template to publish their election information and connect with voters online. Here’s what participants have had to say about their experience building a website with ELECTricity:

“I would highly recommend this course to other election officials. This course helped me build a website that had all the right bells and whistles! Being able to provide voters instruction and keep them informed with deadlines by visiting one site is always beneficial [. . .]. Election officials should truly hop on board with technology and [the] Building an Election Website Course will bring you right up to speed with the do's and don'ts.” -- An anonymous election official who completed the online course
“It is a great information site for my office. I believe once the word it out it is going to save me a lot of time in my office with things such as phone calls, maps, registration questions, election questions, etc.” -- Amber Moore, Election Administrator for Hardeman County, TN

Gain new tech skills and modernize your website in advance of the 2016 elections. Sign up for your training today. The last day to enroll is September 18.

Get to know your instructor

Kurt Sampsel is excited to join CTCL as its newest team member. With a background in teaching, research, and journalism, he has a passion for fostering inventive thinking and for helping to promote political and civic engagement.

To CTCL, Kurt brings 10 years of experience teaching at the college level, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also earned a Ph.D. In addition to leading a classroom, he enjoys designing new courses and curricula as well as providing supportive feedback to students on a one-on-one basis. In his time as a teacher and tutor, Kurt is proud of having had the opportunity to work closely with students from many different backgrounds, from teenagers to retirees.
Kurt’s interest in civics, politics, and the public interest was heightened by his research, which focused on the Federal Communications Commission and government regulation of media, communications, and culture. This work demonstrated to him the power of technology and communications to support civic involvement and make American democracy more democratic. And while working for a public affairs program on an NPR station, he attempted to harness this power.
When he’s not working, Kurt is probably eating Chicago-style pizza – his favorite food, ever. Connect with Kurt at kurt@techandciviclife.org.