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Voting in the Time of COVID-19: Wisconsin’s Experience
The April 7 election in the State of Wisconsin took place at an extraordinarily difficult time – the nation was just beginning to wrestle with the effects of the coronavirus, with significant impacts on the availability of people and resources usually needed to conduct a statewide vote. In addition, fierce partisan disagreements and resulting litigation created a fluid, contentious environment where the “rules of the road” were uncertain for election officials and voters alike. Through it all, Wisconsin’s election community – led by its State Elections Commission – had to navigate both pandemic and politics to hold its primary.

Join Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe for a discussion of the Badger State’s experience in administering the April 7 election and the lessons learned for Wisconsin in 2020 and beyond. Doug Chapin, Director of Election Research, Fors Marsh Group and CEA faculty will moderate.

This webinar is brought to you by the Certificate in Election Administration (CEA) program at the University of Minnesota, a pioneering online academic program that provides comprehensive, semester based courses on election administration taught by national experts.

Jul 14, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Meagan Wolfe
Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator
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.
Doug Chapin
Doug Chapin serves as Director of Election Research for Fors Marsh Group. In his role, Doug is responsible for leading the research, analysis, and delivery of FMG’s election research programs. Doug joined FMG from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where he served as the founder and first director of the Certificate in Election Administration Program. This master- and undergraduate-level certificate program is aimed at students as well as practitioners and works to identify, recruit, and train the next generation of election administrators nationwide. Before this role, Doug served as Director of Election Initiatives for the Pew Center on the States and was the founder of electionline.org, still the nation’s premier source of nonpartisan news and information about election administration across the United States.