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Business School to Offer Program for Voter Registrars

September 18, 2015 By: Combined Reports

The School of Business will play a critical role in the first professional development program for Connecticut’s voter registrars, teaching the classes that will lead to certification.

The program, launched on Sept. 14, consists of eight classes addressing topics such as the legal role of the registrar, how to prepare for and execute Election Day, and various state and federal voting regulations. Each registrar has two years to complete the certification program, which culminates with a final exam.

“The UConn School of Business is pleased and honored to provide this educational service, which will bring greater clarity and professionalism to the state’s election process,” says John A. Elliott, dean of the School of Business.

Classes will be taught through the school’s Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI), located at the Stamford campus, and registrars will be able to attend classes via live video feed at campuses throughout the state. There are 338 voter registrars in Connecticut.

The program is necessitated by the fact that the job of registrar of voters has changed significantly as election administration has become more technical and regulated at the state and federal level, according to Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s chief election official.

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