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Local Election Officials To Receive Highest Designation For Profession - Brevard NC


Tracie T. Fisher, director for Transylvania County Board of Elections, and Jeff Storey, deputy director, will be designated as certified elections/registration administrators (CERA), the highest professional achievement.

The two will be recognized in ceremonies Aug. 19 conducted by the Election Center at The Hilton Hotel at Penn Landing, Philadelphia, Pa.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of 12 core courses taught by the Master’s in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University, ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications and voter participation, among others.

The program’s intent is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, the center’s director. “This graduating class of 61 professionals takes us to 980 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

The Transylvania County Board of Elections recognizes the value of having employees designated as among the top professionals in America.

“The board is fortunate to have two such highly educated election professionals serving the people of Transylvania County,” said David Morrow, chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Elections.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a nonprofit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America.

Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related corporations.

The center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University, as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.

“I have always felt my job was special, but this program emphasized the ethical commitment we have to the democratic process and our role in protecting the public’s interest,” Fisher said. “Not many people know what we do, but we really serve as their representatives to make sure the process is fair to all. The CERA program teaches us that we act as the referees to make sure the rules are followed by all.”

Storey added, “The CERA program has been a great resource that provides a broad scope of instruction and tools to assist with administering elections. It has given us the opportunity to observe best practices and share our experiences with other state election officials.”


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