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Speak up for good government.

Our electoral systems and processes are foundational to our democracy.

The American Society for Quality's Center for Electoral Quality and Integrity (CEQI) has created a document that details key activities for eleven election operations workstreams.

Current efforts are focused on vetting this Operations System map with election officials and election experts to confirm the completeness, accuracy and utility of the document. Once refined and finalized, the Operations System map can provide a framework for organizations to objectively evaluate their election operations and ultimately increase voter confidence.

I recently received this email from Julian from Braver Angels. Julian is a Libertarian who feels like he's spent his whole life surrounded by people who disagree with him. He offers three great lessons for contructively engaging with and for deepening relationships with people who don't agree with him.

1. When you're talking politics and things get heated, stay non-reactive.

2. Focus on the relationship.

3. Unplug from cable news and political fundraising emails.

Julian's detailed recommendations can be found below. I encourage you to check them out and share with others.

Diffusing Tension - Braver Angels 12-2023
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We are less than one year from the next presidential election and many areas just completed their "off-year" election cycle.

In the 1960 State of the Union speech, President Eisenhower said, "In the long perspective of history, the right to vote has been one of the strongest pillars of a free society. Our first duty is to protect this right against all encroachment."

Voting by mail has made it easier for people to vote and overall participation trends are stable or slightly increasing, but trust in the accuracy of elections has been eroding.

We are continually bombarded by political ads, requests for money, and stories about rigged elections and election interference. It's both exhausting and disconcerting.

Against this backdrop, election officials and poll workers feel under siege and fear for their safety. It's not surprising there's a high rate of turnover of poll workers and election officials which further stresses our electoral processes.

Earlier this month, I attended Issue One's virtual event titled, “The High Cost of High Turnover: How the Departure of Election Officials will Impact the 2024 Elections.” This event reinforced my respect and admiration for the officials and poll workers that run our elections. They truly are heroes. One of the themes from the webinar was the need for sustained federal funding to ensure local election organizations have the people and resources needed to optimize election administration. Please add your voice to those that are advocating for this critical support of our democracy.

Our work at the Center for Electoral Quality and Integrity is designed to support election officials and increase voter confidence in our electoral process. I will provide additional details on our work in either my December or January newsletter.


This month's social media posts took a closer look at term limits, the unique approach taken by the Forward Party, and provided resources for navigating the dreaded political discussions that could pop up at holiday gatherings.

I frequently refer to Thanksgiving as the holiday where we have the opportunity to see the glass as half-full. At the beginning of our Thanksgiving dinner, we go around the table to share something we're thankful for. It's a great and fitting way to start the holiday season.

There are many unsettling events occurring in our country and around the world, but there is so much more that unites us than divides us. I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

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