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UTTC receives poll worker grant
Part of National Effort to Recruit Election Day Poll Workers
15 August 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College has been awarded a grant from the U. S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to recruit and train college students to serve as nonpartisan poll workers and poll assistants.

      The award is part of the Help America Vote - College Program, established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

Potential poll workers
POTENTIAL POLL WORKERS: Students attending a summer class in leadership at United Tribes Technical College heard a presentation about voting from Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt. UTN photo Dennis J. Neumann.

      UTTC coordinates the North Dakota Tribal Voter Education Project, a cooperative effort with the state's five other tribal colleges.

      This is the second election cycle where UTTC has promoted tribal college student involvement. UTTC was awarded programmatic funds from HAVA through the North Dakota Secretary of State's office in 2006 and 2004. The project is coordinated by Bobbi Jo Zueger, UTTC's Student Financial Aid Director.

      "Elections continue to require many more trained poll workers, and these grants will train the next generation," said EAC Chairman Paul DeGregorio. "We encourage America's college students to answer the call and provide the critical human resources needed to make democracy happen."

North Dakota Tribal Voter Education Project logo

      UTTC was one of nineteen grantees selected from 55 applicants by six panels of independent reviewers from a variety of backgrounds and experience related to elections and higher education.

      The EAC provided a total of $300,000 in grants to develop programs to encourage students enrolled at institutions of higher education (including community colleges) to assist in the administration of elections. UTTC was awarded $18,000.

      EAC is an independent bipartisan commission created by HAVA. It is charged with administering payments to states and developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, implementing election administration improvements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines and serving as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration.

      For more information, please visit www.eac.gov.


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