Presidential Election Academy

Information & Schedule of Events

November 8-10, 2023
The UW-Green Bay Virtual Presidential Election Academy will provide you with the skills you need to run the 2024 elections in your municipality.  Join us for a variety of sessions to expand your skills, including working with your county clerk in preparation and having an emergency contingent plan. Participants can earn the UWGB Presidential Election Badge. Plus, earn WEC Continuing Education Credits! 
Tuition & Fees
$179 2-1/2 day package

Date Time Course/ Activity Instructor
Local Government Election 
November 8 8-8:45 a.m. Working with your County Clerk in Preparing for Elections
Learn the role your County Clerk plays in the election process.
Lisa Tollefson, County Clerk for Rock County
  8:45-8:55 a.m. Break  
  8:55-10:55 a.m. Local Candidate Lifecycle:  Registration to Termination
Learn and understand the entire procedure and requirements of how local candidates are placed on the ballot.  The Wisconsin Ethics and Election Commissions will cover the following:  ballot access forms; DOC; nomination paper intake, review, and challenges; campaign finance reporting; attributions; audits; and potential violation. 
Wisconsin Ethics Commission & Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC)
  10:55:-11:05 a.m. Break  
  11:05 a.m.-12 p.m. Do You Have Your Emergency Contingent Plans Developed?
This class is a good exercise on thinking about the many emergency situations that can occur during an election. Many times, we think we are too small or this could never happen to us, but…….it can!
Nancy Zastrow, Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Ixonia
  12:05-1 p.m. Lunch  
Election Preparation
  1-3 p.m. Elections:  Where do I Start?
Election preparation is not an easy task and many of the statutes and procedures are not easy to understand and apply.  This hands-on workshop is an excellent, practical learning experience.
Nancy Zastrow, Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Ixonia
  3-3:15 p.m. Break  
  3:15-5:15 p.m. WisVote Address and Absentee Processes  (ONLY WisVote Users)

WisVote Addresses
Discover how the addressing functions ensure voters get the correct ballot.  Learn how to create new addresses, identify addressing issues, and make changes to existing address data.
WisVote Absentee Ballot Processing
Examine techniques to efficiently manage absentee applications and issues, and tracking and recording returned ballots.  Learn how to generate reports in WisVote to track and review absentee ballots.  Explore WisVote functions designed to help manage a large volume of ballot requests.
Wisconsin Election Committee (WEC)
  3:15-5:15 p.m. What to do with an Absentee Ballot Request or In-Person Absentee Voter?
Learn the process of Absentee Ballot Requests and in person absentee voting.
Nancy Zastrow
Day of the Election
November 9   CHOOSE ONE  
  8-9:30 a.m. Mock Election:  Setting up the Polling Place
Set up your polling place for success with helpful tools and procedures.  Through video participants will view a polling place set-up.
Eric Christianson & Bonnie Chang, City of Madison
  8-9:30 a.m. Absentee Voting in Assisted Living Facilities
In 2014, Wisconsin State law changed regarding absentee voting in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities (CBRFs), qualified retirement homes, residential care apartment complexes, and adult family homes. Consequently, the WEC has issued a 37-page guide to the process. The result is an increase in the number of voters who will or can vote with the assistance of Special Voting Deputies. 
In this class, we will review the changes relevant to local Clerks and offer the procedures the City of Madison has created to deal with the increased administrative workload.
Jennifer Haar, City of Madison
  8-9:30 a.m. Badger Books 
Have you been considered changing to Badger Books or would just like to know if it is worth it.  Learn the pros/cons/challenges; setup ahead of election day; WisVote Interface; reconciling data (the real magic) and tear down.  It will be an exciting informational session from an expert power user who was one of the first Badger Book user.
Lori Stottler, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Janesville
  9:30-9:45 a.m. Break  
  9:45-10:45 a.m. Handicap Accessibility Including Curbside Voting
Do you really understand what handicap accessibility means?  Did you know you have to make accommodations for curbside voting?  Lori Stottler, who has The Wisconsin School for the Deaf and Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in her community is an expert on the laws and best practices for Handicap Accessibility. Come learn what can and should be done.
Lori Stottler
  10:45-11 a.m. Break  
  11 a.m.-12 p.m. Exit Polling and Observers
Observers and exit poll people, you either love them-or you don’t.  Get a better understanding on the lawful rights of observers and exit pollers and how to handle them.
Thomas Lund, City of Madison
  12-1 p.m. Lunch  
Duties after the Polls Close
  1-3 p.m. Elections Don't End at 8 pm:  What to Do After the Polls Close
The voting polls might close at 8 p.m., but the work isn’t done. This session will help you understand what duties clerks have after the polls close on Election Day. Topics will include: forms, Board of Canvassers and counting votes.
Elena Hilby, City Clerk, City of Sun Prairie
  3-3:15 p.m. Break  
  3:15-4:15 p.m. Final Election Wrap-Up
The final election wrap-up is the reporting of election results. Learn the reporting requirements to your county clerk, the importance of precise reporting, and what does the county clerk do with your results.
Lisa Tollefson, County Clerk for Rock County
  4:15-4:30 p.m. Break  
  4:30-6:15 Post Election Reconciliation in WisVote (ONLY WisVote Users)
Reconciliation: Breaking It Down – This class will go through the Post-Election Reconciliation reporting requirements in WisVote, breaking it down into smaller, manageable pieces. This class will also include best practices, tips, and suggestions for entering participants and investigating discrepancies. 
Nikki Perez, City of Madison
More on Election
November 10 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Election Tabletop II
Elections are action packed and can be like a chess game. You never know what will happen next.  This course is a brain stimulating action packed exercise driven by real life scenarios that can occur in the election process.  Test your knowledge, learn from others mistakes, and apply your problem-solving skills. 
Maribeth Witzel-Behl, City Clerk of the City of Madison and Team
  8 a.m.-12 p.m. Mastering the Election Process (all badge earners required to take this class)
Chief Inspector training is a great overview to master election knowledge for any clerk that is responsible for elections. This in-depth session will prepare you for the UWGB 2023 Presidential Badge test and your election IQ.
Lisa Tollefson
Cancellation Policy

All cancellations have a $25 non-refundable processing charge. Cancellations after October 20, 2023 will not receive a refund. Handouts will not be provided to those that cancel. 

Need Help?
For help with registration

Jean Sturzl
Business and Government Outreach Admin
(920) 465-2424

For all other program questions

Laura Nolan
Program Manager, Business and Government Outreach
(920) 465-2772