The Bipartisan Policy Center launched a new task force on improving the voting experience in February 2019. The Task Force is comprised of a geographically and politically diverse group of state and local election officials devoted to making meaningful improvements to United States elections. Members were selected for a variety of reasons to aid in this goal; among them are the partisan preferences of the jurisdictions they serve, the region of the country in which they live, and their perspective on election administration from either the state or local level.
The task force was based on the idea that the voice of the public servants who implement election laws—election officials—is often overlooked when state legislatures and Congress consider election reform. The loudest voices are often reform groups, which influence legislators with passionate and public appeals about the necessity of their favored reform to the health of American democracy.
BPC will promote these policy recommendations built with bipartisan support from state and local elections administrators to members of Congress, state and local policymakers, and election administrators nationally.
Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Nevada County, California
Natalie Adona is the Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Nevada County. Prior to joining the Clerk-Recorder’s office, she was the Senior Research and Learning Associate for the Elections Program at Democracy Fund, a private philanthropy based in Washington, DC. Natalie’s professional interests over the last 15 years center on elections and voting, including public opinion surveys on the topic. She is the co-author of “Understanding the Voter Experience” and the co-author/Principal Investigator of “Stewards of Democracy.” A Vallejo native, Natalie is happy to return to California election administration. Early in her career, she worked as a poll worker trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008 and 2009 and as a student researcher at the Election Administration Research Center at Cal. She has also worked for several elections and voting rights organizations, including MAPLight.org, Project Vote, and the Fair Elections Center.
Natalie holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a M.P.A. from AU’s School of Public Affairs.
EAC Standards Board Member/Executive Director, South Carolina State Election Commission
Andino has served as Executive Director of the SC State Election Commission since 2003. Ms. Andino is responsible for overseeing the conduct of primary, general and special elections in South Carolina to ensure that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner. She is also responsible for supervising county boards of voter registration and elections and serves as agency liaison with the General Assembly. The State Election Commission is responsible for supporting the statewide voter registration system, statewide voting system, performing county compliance audits, administering a training and certification program for county election officials and conducting candidate filing.
Prior to her return to the agency as Executive Director, Ms. Andino took a 2 ½ year hiatus from state government and worked for a global information technology company as a sales representative with responsibility in the public sector.
From 1984 to 2000, Ms. Andino held various positions within the Agency such as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Information Services and Special Projects. During this time, she coordinated the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as “Motor Voter,” assisted in developing a training and certification program for county voter registration and election officials, and coordinated the implementation of the statewide voter registration system in county voter registration offices.
From 1992 to 2000, Ms. Andino was an adjunct faculty member at Midlands Technical College.
Ms. Andino currently serves on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Standards Board and the Council of State Government’s Overseas Voting Initiative Technology Working Group. Ms. Andino is also former President of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) and the South Carolina Deputy Director’s Organization and former Secretary of the SC Information Technology Director’s Association.
Ms. Andino holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Limestone College and a Master of Arts in Computer and Information Resources Management from Webster University.
Director of Elections, Washington State
Lori Augino is the Director of Elections for the Office of the Secretary of State. In this position, Ms. Augino oversees federal, state, and local elections conducted by the 39 local County Auditors in Washington State. The Director of Elections supervises voter outreach and voter registration and is responsible for the maintenance of a statewide voter registration database. This office maintains voting equipment and software integrity in Washington elections and manages the certification and training program for county and state election administrators. The Director develops election-related legislation and provides leadership over all aspects of election administration in Washington State. Prior to her position as Director of Elections, Lori Augino worked for the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for nearly 18 years, serving the citizens of Pierce County as the Chief Deputy Auditor from 2010 to 2013, overseeing the county’s elections, licensing, recording, and animal control. Lori served as Pierce County Elections Manager from 2000 to 2010. Lori managed the closest election (and two recounts) in Washington’s history during the 2004 General Election in Pierce County. In 2009, Lori was named County Election Employee of the Year by former Secretary of State Sam Reed.
City Clerk, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jacqueline (Jackie) Beaudry has over 20 years of municipal government experience and has served as City Clerk for the City of Ann Arbor since 2005. Jackie is a Master Municipal Clerk, a Michigan Professional Municipal Clerk, and has a Master of Public Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Beaudry was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Michigan City Clerk of the Year award. Under her leadership, the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office was recognized as a 2020 recipient of the Election Administration Commission’s Clearinghouse Award for outstanding innovation in elections and a 2021 EAC award recipient for most creative or original “I Voted” sticker.
In Ann Arbor, Jackie manages 53 voting precincts for all city, State and national elections. Election Day management in Ann Arbor includes the administration of voting locations and a new full-service satellite office on the campus of the University of Michigan.
Ms. Beaudry currently serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Task Force on election reform, representing the State of Michigan and local clerks on this national team of experts. She is currently serving a second term on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, and was also appointed by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to serve on a State team to help shape election modernization in Michigan. Jackie has also represented the United States on four international election observation missions in Europe and Asia.
Director of Elections/General Registrar, Nelson County, Virginia
Jacqueline “Jackie” Clark Britt, CERA, is currently serving her fourth term of office as Director of Elections/General Registrar of Nelson County, Virginia. Jackie first took office in 2009 and has, since that time, obtained the Election Center/Auburn University’s professional certification of Virginia Election Registration Official (VERO) and national certification of Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA). This year, she earned the status of Certified General Registrar in the state of Virginia. She is an active member of the Voter Registrar’s Association of Virginia (VRAV), having served twice as VRAV Secretary and as a member of both the Education and Annual Meeting committees.
Jackie is a long-time resident of Nelson County and has promoted awareness of elections through presentations to local service organizations and interaction with the schools, including conducting mock elections and providing voter registration opportunities for high school seniors.
Jackie graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Political Studies. She now resides in Schuyler, Virginia near extended family. She has served the community as co-chairman of the Nelson County Relay for Life event and is a past president of the Nelson County Garden Club.
Director, Division of Elections, Colorado
Dr. Judd Choate is the state elections director for Colorado. Prior to joining the Colorado Department of State, Judd practiced election law at the Denver firm of Kelly Garnsey Hubbell & Lass. He also served as a law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez and as a summer clerk for Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
For several years prior to law school, Judd was a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska, where he taught courses on campaigns and elections. Judd is the author of a book and several peer-reviewed articles on political behavior. He is in line to be the 2017 president of the National Association of State Election Directors.
He has a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and both a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Purdue University. In a previous life, Judd was a scout for the Kansas City Royals.
Supervisor of Elections, Pasco County, Florida
Brian Corley has been serving the citizens of Pasco County as their Supervisor of Elections since 2007 and in that time has presided over thirty elections with more than 1.5 million votes cast. During his tenure, the Pasco County Election’s office continues to be recognized for innovation, efficiency and transparency in serving the voters. He previously served in senior managerial positions with the Pasco County Clerk of the Circuit Court, as well as the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
He is a state-certified election administrator by the Florida Department of State and is the past president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. He has testified numerous times before Florida Legislative Senate and House committees on election and voting related issues.
Nationally, Corley has been a featured speaker and panelist with such organizations as The Bi-Partisan Policy Center, The Elections Assistance Commission, The International Association of Government Officials, The Center for Internet Security, The Pew Charitable Trusts “Voting Information Project” Committee, The National Election Center (Election Cybersecurity Taskforce), the “Vote at Home” Advisory Council, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Government Operations and is an instructor with the Florida Certified Election Professional Program.
Corley has been a resident of Pasco County since 1979 and a proud graduate of Pasco County schools. he has been actively involved in community service with multiple organizations to include: Pasco Education Foundation, Dade City Kiwanis Club, Take Stock in Children Program, Pasco County School District Vision Committee, One Community Now, USF MPA Advisory Board and Empowering Pasco Veterans Board of Directors. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida and has been an adjunct professor in Public Administration for both the University of South Florida and Barry University.
Executive Director, Kentucky State Board of Elections
Jared Dearing has served as the Executive Director for the Kentucky State Board of Elections since 2017. He currently serves on the US Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards board, and as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Elections Directors or (NASED). Prior to his current position, Jared has worked as a policy advisor for Louisville Metro Council and Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff to California Governor Jerry Brown. Jared attended the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in Engineering with minors in Public Policy and Political Science.
State Elections Director, Arizona
Sambo (Bo) Dul is the State Elections Director in Arizona. Prior to joining Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’s administration in January 2019, she was an attorney whose practice focused on election law and voting rights litigation, international anti-corruption compliance and investigations, and immigrant and refugee rights matters. Bo grew up in Tempe, AZ and attended college at Arizona State University. She received her Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law.
Director, New Jersey of Elections
Robert Giles was appointed to the position of Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections on May 1, 2008. Prior to this, he was employed by the Ocean County Board of Elections beginning in 1995 working as an investigator, a voting machine technician, an assistant supervisor and supervisor. He has served on the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) which is responsible for sharing election threat information between the federal government and council partners. He co-chaired the GCC working group that was responsible for developing the Election Infrastructure-Information Sharing Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) Charter and currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor for Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services teaching Election Administration. Robert is currently a member of the Standards Board for the United States Election Assistance Commission. He is also serving as the Standards Board representative on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee which is responsible for developing the next set of federal standards for voting equipment. He is a member of the Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative Working Group and a member of the National Vote at Home Institute’s Circle of Advisors. He served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group for the 2016 Presidential Election. He is a Past President of the National Association of State Election Directors and served as Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Election Officials and was a member of its Legal and Legislative Committee.
Election Administrator, Georgia
Joseph Gloria has been the appointed Registrar of Voters for Clark County, Nevada, since June of 2013, serving just over 1.2 million registered voters in Nevada’s largest county. Mr. Gloria has been in the election profession for over 30 years, starting as a voting machine technician in New Mexico and progressing to the position of Registrar of Voters in Nevada. Mr. Gloria is an appointed member of the Election Assistance Commission Standards Board, and was elected by its members to serve on the EAC Executive Board in April of 2019. He is also a member of the Nevada Election Task Force, which is appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State. He completed his Certified Election/Registration Administrator (CERA) training through the Election Center, graduating in August of 2015. He also completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix and his Master in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Director of Elections, Ohio
Amanda (Mandi) M. Grandjean is the Director of Elections and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Secretary of State Frank LaRose. She is a member of the National Association of Election Directors (“NASED”), the National Association of Secretaries of State (“NASS”), the Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”) Standards Board, the Electronic Registration Information Center (“ERIC”), and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (“BPC”) Election Task Force.
Prior to her time with the LaRose administration, Grandjean served as an attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP, where her practice focused on election law, campaign finance, public policy, ballot initiatives, government affairs, ethics and compliance.
Before joining Bricker, Mandi interned for Speaker John Boehner of the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also served as a media liaison for the U.S. Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, worked as a legal intern with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, and as a law clerk for Judge Daniel R. Hawkins.
Mandi graduated from Miami University magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in journalism and political science, where she also was a member of the Miami Women’s Swimming and Diving Team that won the Mid-American Conference Championship in 2013. She also graduated with honors from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal. As Symposium Editor, she planned and hosted the 2015 Ohio State Law Journal Symposium on the History and Future of Election Law.
She is a member of the Miami Women in Law and Leadership Committee and Ohio Women in Government and a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. She also served as a member of the Miami University Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board. Mandi was selected as a 2019 Miami University 18 of the last 9 award recipient, recognizing outstanding recent graduates.
EAC Board of Advisors Member/ City Clerk, Colorado Springs (CO)
Sarah Ball Johnson is the City Clerk for the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the responsibility of keeping all municipal records, aiding City Council with Council meeting agendas and minutes, conducting all municipal elections, city council district redistricting, and managing the City’s business licensing program. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
She has seventeen years of experience in state Election Administration with the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections, where she also served as the Executive Director for seven years.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Transylvania University and a Masters degree in Public Administration, specializing in state and local government, from the University of Kentucky.
She participated in international election observation trips to Slovakia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Nigeria.
She is a member of United States Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors (United States Senate President Appointee) and serves as Chair of the Board. She serves as a Director on the Board of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association. She was a member of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) and served as Vice President of the NASED Board. She was a member of the United States Election Assistance Commission Standards Board and served as Chairman of the Executive Board.
Joseph Kirk is an election administrator with a history of conducting secure and transparent elections. Joseph began his career by testing and supporting Georgia’s first statewide voting system from 2002-2005 before implementing Mississippi’s TSX Voting System from 2005-2007. In 2007, he accepted his current position as Election Supervisor of Bartow County, Georgia. Joseph graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is a member of the Georgia Association of Voter Registrars and Election Officials. He enjoys creative arts, is competent with a trumpet, and enjoys spending time with his cat.
Boone County Clerk, Missouri
Brianna L. Lennon was elected as Boone County Clerk in November 2018 and sworn into office on December 31st, 2018. Brianna is a graduate of Truman State University and holds a Master’s in Public Policy and a law degree, both from the University of Missouri. Prior to her election as Boone County Clerk, Brianna served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office before joining the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office under former Secretary Jason Kander. As the Deputy Director of Elections and first coordinator of the Election Integrity Unit in the Secretary of State’s Office, she worked closely with local election authorities across the state to ensure that elections were simple, secure, and accessible for voters. Brianna lives in Columbia with her husband, Scott, and two children, Ryan, and Isabel.
Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections
Christopher Piper was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections in January 2018. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, Chris began his career in elections and governmental ethics as a manager of a large trade association’s federal PAC before leading the Virginia State Board of Elections’ Campaign Finance Division. After serving as a political compliance consultant for a multi-national law firm, he returned to the State Board of Elections to manage the Election Services Division before becoming the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council. At a time when the country’s elections faces more challenges than ever before, Chris was more than happy to accept Governor Northam’s appointment to lead the Department of Elections. With a focus on election security and strong, uniform application of laws, regulations, and policies, he is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the Commonwealth’s elections.
Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections
Sherry Poland was appointed Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections in June of 2014. In this role, Ms. Poland is responsible for the day to day operations and administration of all local, state, and federal elections that occur in Hamilton County. Ms. Poland began her career with the Board of Elections in March of 2004. Prior to becoming Director, she served as the Board’s Operations Administrator, where she was responsible for all aspects of the vote counting process. Ms. Poland has administered over 40 elections, including 3 presidential elections.
Prior to joining the Board of Elections, Ms. Poland was a Paralegal and Grand Jury Coordinator for the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 2004. During that timeframe, she also held the position of Adjunct Professor at the Mount Saint Joseph University where she taught Criminal Law for Paralegals.
Sherry has served her community by volunteering for various organizations, boards and committees. She is a lifelong resident of the City of Cincinnati
Director of Elections, Oakland County, Michigan
Mr. Joseph Rozell is the Director of Elections for Oakland County, Michigan. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Oakland University and earned his Certified Elections/Registration Administrator certification from Auburn University. He is a member of the National Association of Election Officials. Mr. Rozell is an adjunct faculty member at Oakland University teaching in the Department of Political Science. In his spare time he officiates high school basketball and football. He currently resides in Huntington Woods, Michigan.
City Commissioner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Al Schmidt is in his third term as City Commissioner of Philadelphia. As City Commissioner, Al is one of three members on the bipartisan Board of Elections where he serves as Vice Chairman. Since first being elected in November 2011, Al has worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring greater integrity to the election process. Al is an advocate of open data initiatives and releasing previously unavailable election data to the public. He has also produced a number of election-related reports, including investigations that have exposed vulnerabilities in the election process and voting irregularities.
Al is a former senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress. He assisted members of Congress, both Democratic and Republican, in conducting oversight of government agencies, programs, and policies – anywhere that taxpayer dollars were spent – to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. Al held a top secret security clearance and was responsible for offering recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies that resulted in improved performance, better interagency cooperation, and cost savings for taxpayers.
Prior to joining GAO, Al served as a policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. The Commission was charged with conducting original research into the fate of assets taken from victims of the Holocaust that came into the possession of the U.S. federal government, and advising the President on policies that should be adopted to make restitution to the rightful owners of stolen property or their heirs.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Al holds a Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University and a B.A. in history from Allegheny College.
Assistant Administrator of Elections, Wilson County, Tennessee
Tammy Smith has been an election official since 2005. She has served as a county election commissioner and a county Administrator of Elections.
She served as an Election Commissioner in Macon County, TN from 2005 until 2008. In 2009, she was appointed as Macon County Administrator of Elections. Her first election was three days after her appointment. In 2011, she moved with her family to Wilson County, TN for her children’s schooling. She accepted the job of Assistant Administrator of Elections in Wilson County. With her as Assistant AOE, Wilson County has two Tennessee State Certified Administrators working together in the office.
Smith has served on several Tennessee Association of County Election Officials committees. She earned the designation of Certified Public Administrator from the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service Institute for Public Service in 2013. In 2020, she received her Certified Elections & Registration Administration (CERA) designation from The Election Center and Auburn University. She was elected by her peers to the inaugural executive committee of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) where she is serving her second term. Smith also serves on a taskforce for the Bipartisan Policy Center for elections.
Smith has been instrumental in implementing many innovative programs and procedures in Wilson County that have improved the voting experience. Electronic poll books, a voting system with a paper component, vote centers, interactive poll official training as well as online training and many community outreach programs are just a few examples of the positive impact Smith has on the administration of elections and the voters of Wilson County.
Tammy graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Marketing & Business.
Deputy Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Ohio
Shantiel Soeder is the Deputy Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and has been serving the voters of Northeast Ohio since she began her career in public service in 2005. During her tenure at the Board of Elections, Ms. Soeder has held several leadership positions and continues to play an integral role in ensuring elections are fair, accurate, and transparent.
Ms. Soeder is an award-winning authority on technological advancement within elections processes and procedures. Her vision and expertise have contributed to Cuyahoga County’s national recognition as a leader in election management and performance. In 2012, she led the initiative to become one of the first election jurisdictions in the nation to implement risk-limiting post-election audits. She was the 2014 recipient of The Election Center’s Eagles Award for the Outstanding Use of Technology for her team’s work on audit log analysis of tabulation equipment and in 2017 oversaw Cuyahoga County Board of Elections conversion to electronic pollbooks.
Deputy Director Soeder currently serves on the Ohio Association of Elections Officials Legislative Committee and is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, Florida
David Stafford has served as Escambia County Supervisor of Elections since his election in November of 2004. A graduate of the University of Florida, Stafford is a past president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and current legislative chair of the National Association of Election Officials.
Since the designation of elections as part of our nation’s critical infrastructure in 2017, Stafford has served on the sector’s Government Coordinating Council as one of nine local election officials nationally. He currently serves on its Executive Committee and helped author the communications and information sharing protocols for the election sector.
Stafford serves on the Council of State Governments Overseas Voting Initiative Working Group, a multi-year partnership with the Department of Defense to improve the voting experience for military and overseas voters. He was a member of the 2017 Florida Military and Overseas Voting Task Force and testified before Congress on the subject in 2011. Stafford was a presenter to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Future of Voting in 2017 and served as a reviewer of its report, “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.”
As an active member of the community, Stafford serves as chairman of the board for Global Connections to Employment and as vice-chair of Lakeview Center. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Pensacola Rotary Club and Pensacola Sports Association, and has chaired the American Cancer Society’s Pensacola Relay For Life and the Friends of Scouting campaign. He is a recipient of the ARC Gateway “Lucy Petree Outstanding Service” Award, was named the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council “Outstanding Citizen Diplomat of the Year,” and was recognized with the “God in Government” Award at the Governmental Prayer Breakfast.
Stafford is a native of Pensacola where he resides with his wife and their two sons, and is an active member of Christ Church.
Director and Legal Counsel, Elections Division Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts
Michelle Tassinari is the Director and Legal Counsel in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and New England School of Law. Ms. Tassinari is the state appointee to the Election Assistance Commission’s Standards Board, Member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Voter Registration Task Force, Advisory Board Member of the MIT, Election Data and Science Lab, and Working Group Member of the Council of State Governments Overseas Voter Initiative. In 2020, she was named as one of 50 Top Women of Law by the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. Ms. Tassinari is President of the National Association of State Election Directors.
Election Commissioner, City of Boston, Massachusetts
Eneida Tavares is the Election Commissioner for the City of Boston and also serves as Chair of the Board of Elections Commissioners, where she oversees the conduct of elections in the City of Boston, in accordance with all relevant federal, state and municipal laws. After spending seventeen years working in city and town elections, Eneida knows what it takes to truly drive an efficient elections cycle. She has successfully implemented new election management software used to assist with Boston’s first ever Early Voting election; improved the city’s procurement process by streamlining the operations and replacing voting machines with new, innovative, user-friendly machines; and presided over the city’s first Citywide recount in almost twenty years. Eneida’s ability to pivot and to think on her feet proved to be evident during the 2020 Presidential election, where due to the global pandemic, she had to innovate safe, effective and secure voting procedures that included: the implementation of expanded vote by mail, in-person early voting, and ballot drop boxes. These changes enabled the citizens of Boston to safely cast their votes.
Director of Elections (Elections Services & Early Voting), Maricopa County Elections Department, Arizona
Reynaldo (Rey) Valenzuela Jr. has for over three decades been working in the field of elections. As the Director of Election Services & Early Voting for Maricopa County, Arizona, he supports the administration and managers of several election processes to include candidate/campaign filing, tabulation, political party/jurisdictional services and the early voting divisions. The Early Voting division presently services the 2.6 million registered voters in the County: with nearly 2.1 million of those voters on a Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).
Rey also has served for the past 15 years as one of the two Representatives from Arizona on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board. In recent years he was elected by the 110 Standard Board members to the EAC Executive Board and served as Vice-Chair in 2017 and then elected to Chair in 2019. On a personal level, Rey considers his most rewarding venture to be his family – with his wife Sally and son Xavier, of which all three are “born & raised” Arizonans, which is as rare as finding Arizona unicorns.
Grace Wachlarowicz recently retired as the Assistant City Clerk, Director of Elections & Voter Services for the City of Minneapolis. For over 25 years, Grace administered all facets of municipal, school district, state, and federal elections. Most recently, she led election administration for the City of Minneapolis, the third largest electoral jurisdiction in Minnesota. Minneapolis is a diverse community with an estimated population of 430,000 and 270,000 registered voters. In her 9-year tenure with the City of Minneapolis, Grace shaped and implemented the Voter Outreach & Education program, helped redesign and grow the Student Election Judge Program, and continuously refined the City’s Ranked Choice Voting method. The City of Minneapolis also experienced growth in voter turnout under Grace’s leadership – especially gaining a higher turnout percentage in local and mid-term elections than was seen in the previous decade.
Grace has a degree in Business Administration, and she is a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) through the Election Center, a National Association of Election Officials.
Grace’s true passion is public service through election administration. She is regularly called upon for advice and guidance and intends to stay active in elections, both at a local and national level, throughout her retirement.
EAC Board of Advisors Member/ Director of Elections, Travis County, Texas
Michael B. Winn has been in the Travis County Clerk’s office since 1998. Michael currently serves as Director of Elections at the Travis County Clerk’s Office (Austin). He is responsible for and manages an office that oversees elections for more than 145 jurisdictions. Michael brings with him more than 20 years of experience in Elections and community service. He has a strong background in public relations, team development and project management. Michael has been a member of IACREOT since 2002; he has served in a number of Key positions within the organization and currently serves as this year’s President. Michael continues his pursuit of understanding the process of managing and conducting elections as he has completed educational requirements and has attained certifications from national professional organizations including The Election Center. Michael lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife, Elizabeth Hanshaw Winn, and has two children, Bryanna and Kaleb.
Executive Director, City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Wisconsin
Meagan Wolfe was appointed as Interim Administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission on March 2, 2018. In that position, she serves as Wisconsin’s chief election official and manages a staff which administers and enforces Wisconsin laws related to elections and voting. Meagan served the agency as Assistant Administrator since April 2017, managing the WisVote staff and IT team, and supervising the implementation of initiatives related to WisVote and other IT applications of the Commission. She has also headed the Commission’s efforts on elections security planning. In addition, Meagan assisted with the overall management and leadership of the WEC staff.
Meagan joined state service as Voter Services Election Specialist in 2011. Initially, she developed and implemented voter outreach communications and resources, both on a public information scale and in assisting individual voters. Meagan conducted countless presentations about the Photo ID law and other voting and registration rules and processes, and developed many resources used by local election officials and organizations to educate voters. Later, she led the multi-year effort to assess the usability and accessibility of the MyVote Wisconsin website and to relaunch the website so that it is easier for voters to use and easier for clerks to assist military and overseas voters.
Prior to joining state service, Meagan worked as a project coordinator and an intellectual property assistant at Madison area law and engineering firms. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.
Executive Director, City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Claire Woodall-Vogg has been with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission for eight years and has been the executive director since July of 2020. Prior to becoming director, Claire combined her passion for voter advocacy and education with her nerdy satisfaction for data and quality control as she oversaw all of voter services for the department. Before working for the Election Commission, Claire was a community organizer for a Milwaukee non-profit. Claire was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and attributes her passion for voting rights to her upbringing in the South by progressive parents who instilled the importance of equity and inclusion in her from a young age. During 2020, barriers that already existed in Wisconsin were exacerbated for communities of color who were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in the City of Milwaukee. Claire and her staff worked to maximize voting opportunities and voter education so that no citizen felt like they were forced to choose between their vote and their health.
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