UNI conference to discuss how to ensure trust and integrity in local elections
Local election officials will join scholars on American elections to participate in a conference at the University of Northern Iowa to explore a number of issues related to election administration and trust in elections.
The Conference on Election Administration and Integrity will feature election officials from Black Hawk and Grundy counties explaining how elections are carried out, how results are verified and how voters can assure that their vote is properly cast and will count.
Students and faculty involved with UNI’s Panthers Vote will discuss how students can register to vote and will talk about activities planned for the fall to encourage student voter turnout. UNI is a national leader in student voting and civic engagement. In 2020, 73.1 percent of our students voted, up seven percentage points from 2016.
Finally, UNI scholars will be joined by David Kimball, professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to discuss what factors shape popular attitudes about and trust in our elections. Kimball will deliver the keynote address “Understanding Public Beliefs About Voter Fraud," which will begin at 3 p.m.
The conference will be held April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Maucker Union Ballroom C. The event is open to the public. It is free for all students, faculty and staff and costs $15 for members of the public. Lunch is included. Register at bit.ly/UNIElectionIntegrity
Scott Peters, Head and Professor, Department of Political Science, firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-273-2727