Democracy on Deadline: Take Your Coverage of U.S. Elections to the Next Level


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Democracy on Deadline: Take Your Coverage of U.S. Elections to the Next Level

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Type: Webinar

Originally broadcast on June 28, 2018

Time Estimate: One hour



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Get an inside look at the complex and often confusing landscape of election administration. Find out which specific areas to study when covering state or local elections.

Webinar participants will hear advice from secretaries of state, state election directors, local election officials and practicing journalists. They’ll learn about resources that are available to help them tell powerful stories about the voting process while ensuring accurate, informative content.


  • How to make sense of the rules and laws that apply to elections
  • How voter registration actually works
  • What is required for election results to become official
  • The difference between absentee voting and voting by mail
  • A definition of “ranked choice voting” and why so many places are considering adopting it
  • Whom to contact when you have a question about an election process
  • How to address questions about security, access and integrity in elections


Anyone covering elections, civic engagement, government or politics, including journalists, bloggers, editors, students, and producers.


Kay Stimson

Kay Stimson is a seasoned government relations and public affairs professional, with more than 20 years of experience working with U.S. election officials and media. She spent 17+ years representing the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the oldest professional association for state government officials in the U.S. In this role, she oversaw communications and programming outreach to 54 state and territorial member offices, 100+ media outlets and multiple federal entities, including the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Congress and the White house. In 2017, she was awarded the NASS Medallion, the association’s highest member honor for contributions in state government service.

Tammy Patrick

Tammy Patrick is a Senior Advisor to the Elections program at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on modern elections, Tammy helps lead the Democracy Fund’s efforts to foster a voter-centric elections system and work to provide election officials across the country with the tools and knowledge they need to best serve their voters.