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Indiana Secretary of State 2021 Clearinghouse Award Winner

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Outstanding Innovations in Elections - Large Jurisdictions

Development of Professional Certificate in Election Administration, Technology and Security Program

With changes in the laws and technology associated with elections in recent years, the need for professional certification education in the area of election administration, technology, and security was recognized and responded to. The Indiana Secretary of State partnered with Ball State University to create an innovative collegiate level certificate program designed to provide substantive, researched-based, training and education in election administration technology and security. 

Throughout one-year and 170 program hours, the Certificate in Election Administration, Technology and Security provides instruction and experiential training on: 

  • Election law 

  • Election Day reporting 

  • Election personnel training and management 

  • Information technology and security basics 

  • Operations and troubleshooting of voting systems and electronic poll books 

Participants also complete capstone projects and participate in mentorship with program faculty and state election officials. Capstone projects are designed to be useful in the participant's county.