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January 6, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General


Tracy Munford


Attorney General Peter C. Harvey Announces New Jersey's Inaugural County Election Officials Training Program

First in a Series of Training Sessions For County Election Officials


New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, in conjunction with Rutgers University and the New Jersey Association of Election Officials (NJAEO), is providing an unprecedented county election officials training program. (training program brochure - 400k pdf - free pdf plugin)

The Inaugural New Jersey County Election Officials Training Program begins tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2005, at the Center for Government Services at Rutgers University – The State University of New Jersey, and is designed to train county election officials, including board of election members, superintendents of elections, county clerks and related personnel in the duties and responsibilities of their office in an effort to comply with the federal requirement for training in the “Help America Vote Act of 2002” (HAVA).

“One of the primary goals of HAVA is to maintain the integrity of the electoral process,” said Attorney General Harvey. “Informed election officials are a critical component to fair elections which is why this training is essential. The New Jersey County Elections Officials Training Program also allows New Jersey to meet a mandate of the HAVA requirements.”

The first training course is entitled “Basic County Elections Administration” and deals primarily with the election responsibilities that are faced by every county at every election. The session will focus on voter registration, write-in candidates, legal notices, absentee and paper ballots, polling places, challengers, training of board workers, Election Day procedures, electoral integrity and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Funding for this course will be provided by the Office of the Attorney General using federal funding under the HAVA.

The Basic County Elections Administration course is a four-day course that will be offered three times in three different locations; New Brunswick, Hammonton and Newark. Course instructors are Donna Kelly, Senior Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety; Joanne S. Armbruster, Superintendent of Elections for Atlantic County and President of the NJAEO; Robert Giles, Executive Supervisor, Ocean County Board of Elections; Maria Havasy, Commissioner of the Passaic County Board of Elections and Ernest C. Reock, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University.

Additional training sessions, entitled Voting Devices and Advanced County Elections Administration will be held in the fall of this year. The Voting Devices course will cover voting machines, storage, shipping, maintenance, and security. The Advanced County Elections Administration course will cover investigations and report writing, redistricting and mapping, recounts, finance and billing, candidate filings and financial disclosure.

For more information about the county election officials training program, call 732-932-3640 or visit on line at or

>> New Jersey County Election Officials Training Program brochure (400k pdf - free pdf plugin)

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