Extension News

Plymouth County Officials Complete Election Training

3/23/2006

Cheri A. Nitzschke and Kae Meyer of the Plymouth County Auditor's Office in LeMars recently completed the final sessions needed to graduate from the Iowa State Election Administrators Training (SEAT) program operated by Iowa State University Extension. 

They attended classes in Des Moines in November 2005 and January 2006 to finish their certification.  The SEAT training was part of a series of three sessions offered through the joint efforts of the Iowa State County Auditors Association and the office of Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver.

The program is open to local officials who work with elections, and is designed to insure that the citizens of Iowa have well-administered elections that are fair and accurate, according to Paul Coates, who directs the program.

The program is coordinated through the Office of State and Local Government Programs operated by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Public Policy and Administration Program at ISU. Coates is an ISU Extension political scientist and a member of the Political Science faculty.

Costs of the training were paid by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office from funds received from the Help America Vote Act passed by the United States Congress.  Election workers who complete 50 hours of training in the SEAT program are eligible for certification as election administrators.

The three-session series has been offered annually since 2002. Iowa is a national leader in the development of a professional certification program for election administrators at the state and county level.

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Contacts :

Paul Coates, Political Science, (515) 294-1844, paulc@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu