Help America Vote Act program awards $55,000 grant to Benedictine University

Help America Vote Act program awards $55,000 grant to Benedictine University
July 7, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The Center for Civic Leadership and Public Service (CCLPS) at Benedictine University has been awarded a $55,385 grant for 2010-2011 from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to recruit and train college students to become election judges and poll workers.

The grant, made available under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) program, will help fight the increasing shortage of election judges across the state and country. The CCLPS will partner with the DuPage County Election Commission to recruit, train and certify Benedictine students and other local college students as election judges.

The Political Science department at Benedictine University will be offering a new seminar course in the fall for students participating in the program who wish to receive college credit. The seminar will help students gain a contextual understanding of the election process and good citizenship. In addition, other courses across campus will be adapted to include similar content.

However, a student who is not interested in college credit may still become an election judge by completing on online course offered by the DuPage County Election Commission. The only requirement is that the participant be a registered voter and U.S. citizen. A person only needs to be certified as an election judge once, and does not have to reside in DuPage County to participate in the program.

Once a student has completed the online course, they will be certified as an election judge and will be assigned to a polling precinct on Election Day (November 2, 2010). For more information on how to participate in the program, contact Chandra Palmer by e-mail at cpalmer@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.