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EOLDN launches NEW communications trainings

May 2024

Media training available for election officials

Thursday, June 13th 2:00pm ET
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The Election Official Legal Defense Network (EOLDN) is pleased to announce the launch of a webinar series to help election officials improve their offices’ communications duties and opportunities.

Election administrators are called upon more than ever to counter misinformation, defend election administration principles, proactively inform the public, and connect and build trust with voters. In 2022, EOLDN addressed this need by retaining a communications firm to provide free, tailored communications support to eligible election offices throughout the country. EOLDN is now expanding its support of election offices by offering free guidance on managing media inquiries and public relations to election officials throughout the country.

The first webinar, Media Training 101, will feature communications experts who will share strategies with election officials about preparing for media interviews, answering the hard questions, and using these interviews to build trust with voters. CGCN, the group providing its expertise, has played a role in EOLDN success stories, arming election offices across the country with the skills and guidance needed to excel at election communications.

We encourage you to share this information with any election worker in any state who may benefit from this webinar.

What's happening at CEIR

Update: Restrictions on private funding of elections

The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) recently updated its Restrictions on Private Funding of Elections Focus Brief to reflect the passage of Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment. Wisconsin now joins 27 other states in restricting private funding for elections. The updated brief describes Wisconsin’s amendment as well as pending legislation from multiple states that are considering enacting private funding restrictions or amending existing restrictions.

CEIR and Committee of Seventy webinar recording: 'Administering Elections in 2024: Lessons from Pennsylvania'

CEIR’s recent webinar “Administering Elections in 2024: Lessons from Pennsylvania” focused on the progress being made in Pennsylvania’s election administration and the Committee of Seventy’s priorities for future reforms. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to check out the recording.

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EOLDN spreads the word

Webinar: Protecting Georgia's election officials & workers

View the recording of last month’s EOLDN webinar with Georgia election officials Joseph Kirk and Gabriel Sterling.

DC Bar Communities

EOLDN addressed the District of Columbia Voluntary Bar Leadership Group to present the election official threat environment and to ask attorneys to join the network.

'Safeguarding the 2024 Election: The Role for Lawyers' with the NYC Bar

Ben Ginsberg, co-chair of EOLDN, addressed the NYC Bar Association as part of its “Safeguarding the 2024 Election: The Role for Lawyers” program. to present the election official threat environment and to ask attorneys to join the network.

Interested in having EOLDN at your event? Contact us at outreach@eoldn.org.

What is EOLDN?

The Election Official Legal Defense Network is the brainchild of former Presidential Commission on Election Administration co-chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg. David Becker, Executive Director of CEIR and an elections expert, leads EOLDN. 

EOLDN offers two services in support of election officials:

Pro Bono Legal Assistance: This service matches experienced pro bono attorneys with election officials who have been harassed and intimidated for simply doing their jobs of running fair elections.

Free Communications Assistance: This service matches election offices with free communications assistance to combat mis-, dis-, and mal-information about elections in their communities, educate voters, and provide general strategy support.

Share Resources with EOs 

Please forward this message to your contacts and take a look at our digital toolkit that makes it easy to share information about our free, safe, and nonpartisan legal and communications services.

Election Officials, Request Help

Click here to request legal or communications assistance on our website, eoldn.org or contact us via email at help@eoldn.org or phone at 1-877-313-5210 anytime.

Click here for EOLDN Terms and Conditions. If you believe you’re eligible to receive help from EOLDN and are interested in requesting assistance from a pro bono attorney or communications professional, we encourage you to get in touch.

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Attorneys, Join Our Network of Lawyers

Please forward this message to attorney contacts, so EOLDN is prepared for 2024 and beyond. We need all types of attorneys, as election officials can experience a wide variety of legal issues stemming from their duties, and many simply need general guidance. Learn about joining the network as a pro bono attorney, or as a law firm, here

Interested in helping us recruit other attorneys or firms into the network? We have information to help you present EOLDN to other lawyers. Please email outreach@eoldn.org for more information.