Program for Excellence in Election Administration

In 2007, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs launched the Program for Excellence in Election Administration. Minnesota has long been a leader in developing independent, non-partisan, well-trained election administrators. The program brings together non-partisan administrators and expert analysts from the region and nation to share innovations and strategies for fair and effective elections administration.

The Program for Excellence in Election Administration serves township, city, county, and state-level election staff, elected officials, county attorneys and auditors, and citizen leaders. Research into best practices is integrated into short-courses, on-line courses, seminars, conferences, and national forums addressing the key challenges facing election administrators and legislators setting election policy.

For additional information about this program, please contact Doug Chapin, Director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at or 612-625-9116.

Certificate in Election Administration

America’s election system faces an urgent need for professionals who are well-trained in the latest technology and techniques in the field and well-versed in the legal and policy challenges facing our voting system. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is responding to this widespread need with a pioneering, online program to prepare professionals in election administration.

For more details, visit the CEA site.

Past Conferences

February 6, 2010 & February 20, 2010 – Measuring the Fairness of the 2008 Minnesota Senate Recount. (Taught and led by Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney, and Pat Diamond, Chief Deputy, Hennepin County Attorney’s office.)

January 21, 2010 – Advising Election Administrators in 2010.

May 28-29, 2009 – Innovations in Election Technology Conference

May 27, 2009 – Election Technology Preview Day

January 24, 2008 – Challenges in Election Law and Administration

April 13-15, 2008 – The Future of Election Reform: 2008 and Beyond