1. Partnership with the University of Michigan School of Information leads to Election Assistance Commission award for outstanding innovation

    Mark Rivett posted January 24, 2020

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.

    Read Full Story at the Election Commission Website

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    On January 23rd, 2020 The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced the six winners of the 2019 Clearinghouse “Clearie” Award for Outstanding Innovations in Election Administration. The awardees harnessed the buy-in of election officials to secure statewide databases and election management systems, utilized geographic information systems to improve operations, developed apps for shortening lines, conducted extensive outreach to tribal lands, engaged the community with roundtable discussions, and requested real-time feedback from voters through a QR code.

    One of the six winners of the 2019 Clearie Award is the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office Line Tracking Project

    The Line Tracking Project is the culmination of several years of extensive research studying voter wait times. The project features a new public website allowing voters to check wait times at their local polling place and access additional tools to facilitate the voting process. The website and tools were introduced in 2018 and improved upon during the 2019 elections. As home to the University of Michigan, many Ann Arbor polling places previously experienced long wait times. In partnership with the University, the project team continues to evaluate how line counts, website data, e-pollbook numbers, and ballots cast can be harnessed to improve the voter experience.

    In the summer of 2018, staff in the City’s Information Technology Department introduced the City Clerk to Scott TenBrink, Project Manager for the University of Michigan School of Information Citizen Interaction Design program. A partnership was established and two students were awarded a fellowship opportunity to study the City’s line management questions. Questions from the City Clerk’s Office included how to manage long lines, how the number of people in line equates to the total amount of time in line and how long is too long for a voter to wait in line. The team worked with the City Clerk’s Office to design a solution that would both help better understand voter turnout behavior and use technology to manage the line.

    The University students proposed a solution that the City Clerk work with the City’s Information Technology Department to develop a simple mobile application that could be used by City staff or election inspectors to report Election Day line counts in real-time using a calculator-style tool to input counts.

    The City ultimately created a web application, eliminating the need to require election inspectors to download a new application and for ease of training.

  2. Congresswoman Haley Stevens Addresses The Science Coalition at a Headliner Breakfast

    Mark Rivett posted January 15, 2020
    Haley Stevens

    From Left to Right: Executive Director of Federal Relations for U-M, Michael Waring; President of The Science Coalition, Lauren Brookmeyer; Michigan’s 11th District Congresswoman, Haley Stevens; Assistant Director of the U-M Washington Office, Madeline Nykaza; Assistant Vice President Federal Relations for Research, Kristina Ko; and Government Relations Associate, David Bluhm.

    On Wednesday, January 15th, at U-M’s invitation, Congresswoman Haley Stevens addressed The Science Coalition at a Headliner Breakfast event. Congresswoman Haley Stevens serves on both the House Education and Labor Committee and House Space, Science and Technology Committee, where she serves as Chairwoman of the Research and Technology Subcommittee. In addition, Congresswoman Stevens’ is a founding co-chair of the Women in STEM Caucus, which The Science Coalition helps to support. At the event, Congresswoman Stevens provided remarks on her efforts in Congress to support research universities and the federal research and development enterprise.

  3. PSIP Wraps up 50th year

    Mark Rivett posted November 15, 2019

    It has been a fabulous 50th year of our intern program!

    Please check out the news below on ways you can be engaged with PSIP!

    Attend the Welcome Reception

    Attend this annual event held in early June in DC! Welcome the new student intern cohort, meet scholarship recipients, and connect with other U-M alumni and friends.

    Become an Alumni Mentor

    Serve as a summer mentor to PSIP students while they are interning in DC. Share professional advice, offer a tour of your workplace, and share your tips about living in the city over coffee or a meal.

    Email Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu) to be added to the mentor interest list for Summer 2020

    Contribute to the Endowed PSIP Scholarship

    As part of its 50th year celebration, alumni and staff created the PSIP Endowed Scholarship to enable future students a transformative PSIP experience in DC.

    Our new 1st Gen Group offers students who are first-generation college students extra support and resources.

    Donate by contacting Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu) or Kyle Nowels (knowels@umich.edu) or online at www.giving.umich.edu/give/700531

    Serve as a Speaker

    PSIP students love hearing from alumni! Offer to speak on a panel in DC or Ann Arbor (if you are planning a trip back to campus).

    Share Internship Openings

    Inform PSIP staff about summer internship opportunities in your DC offices, so you can showcase the caliber of U-M students to your organization.

    Send to Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu)

    Participate in Informational Interviews

    Sign up for the University Career Alumni Network (UCAN) to share insights about your field, career path, education and advice for new professionals. Students initiate the interaction for a phone or skype call. Time commitment is minimal.

    Go to: http://myumi.ch/qg2oA

    Join us on Social Media

    Link up with PSIP alumni and learn about our students’ achievements at:
    Instagram: @psip_umich
    Facebook: Public Service Intern Program
    Twitter: @psip_umich

    Alumni Spotlight: fill out this form if you are interested in being featured on the PSIP Instagram page.

    Again, we thank you for your support of PSIP and look forward to your continued involvement.
    Go Blue!

    Lynn Halton, PSIP Supervisor

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