Free Webinar Will Teach Science-Based Strategies for Safer In-Person Voting

Boca Raton, Florida June 15, 2020 – In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, administering elections is more challenging than ever. The safety of in-person voters, election staff, volunteers and other election stakeholders is paramount. Transitioning entirely to mail-in elections is logistically impossible, and millions of voters will cast ballots in person in 2020 and beyond. Auburn University’s Election Administration Initiative will host a webinar that will look at science-based strategies for safer in-person voting.

The webinar will feature Drs. Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown of Auburn University, election technology expert Ed Smith of Smartmatic, and founder Michael Diamond of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS), a global health nonprofit active in preventing the spread of infectious disease. The event will include a 30-minute moderated discussion followed by a 30-minute audience Q&A session.

The webinar is free and is geared for Secretaries of State, elections officials and administrators, and other government officials that have a role in election events. The event is limited to 500 participants on a first come, first-served basis.

"Science-Based Strategies for a Safer In-Person Vote"

Wednesday, June 24

2:00 pm EST / 1:00 pm CST

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About Auburn University

Auburn University offers the country’s leading program in election administration. The Graduate Certificate in Election Administration is a 15-credit-hour program within the Auburn University Master of Public Administration Program. The curriculum is designed for students and practicing professionals. Courses cover institutional arrangements, law and policy, and critical contemporary issues facing the election administration community.

About TIPS

The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) launched in 2015 is a not-for-profit that exists to advance innovations, ideas, and processes that make a difference in global health. TIPS extends to 30+ countries and is the key strategic partner for many notable organizations, initiatives, and events. In the past few years, TIPS has contributed millions of dollars worth of scientific impact through various programs and initiatives. Currently, TIPS is conducting 20+ COVID-19 efficacy studies for innovations and processes for air, water and surfaces. For more, visit