As we wrap up our series on the various ways employees have used their service time to volunteer, we thought we would check in with the president of ECE, Margit Schatzman, to learn about her personal experience volunteering at the voter registration polls. Here's what she said:
"Voting is the most important right and responsibility in a democracy. I learned that lesson at an early age when I accompanied my mother to vote for the first time. She became a naturalized United States citizen after fleeing Soviet-occupied East Germany as a refugee after the Second World War. Her gratitude for the right to vote in a free country never wavered. In retirement, she became an election inspector and at age 88 she still votes at every election, now by mail-in ballot.
I attended a training program offered by the League of Women Voters to learn about the system used in Wisconsin to register voters and how to help others navigate the easy-to-use system. After receiving training, I joined others at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to assist people to check their registration status, update their information or become newly registered.
Everyone comes to the DMV! It was gratifying to assist teens who would be voting for the first time, helping those who had completed incarceration reconnect with their voting rights, or show an older citizen how to confirm registration data using newer technology on a smartphone.
My next voting experience is being a volunteer voting inspector. The family tradition continues!"
~Margit Schatzman, ECE® President
|Margit Schatzman has been involved in international admissions and credential evaluation for over 30 years. She began at ECE in 1983 as an Evaluator. In 1985 she became Vice President. She has been president of ECE since January 1, 2007. She is a frequent speaker at U.S. and international conferences on topics such as credential evaluation principles and methods, and falsified and altered documents.|