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 an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.