The mission of the Elections Department is to conduct reliable elections and accurately maintain voter registration records for Dallas County’s citizens. Uphold the laws, policies and court decisions of federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Commit to excellence and competence by maintaining the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the election process. Maintain public confidence in honest and impartial elections. Provide equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process. Responsible for just and equitable treatment to the general public, elected and appointed officials and county staff. Maintain a positive role in community relations by being accessible, informative and receptive to both individual citizens and groups. Protect the public’s interest from manipulation for personal or partisan gain while respecting the rights of all. Maintain a productive and efficient operation through a well-managed election environment through actions and communication. Maintain the highest level of integrity in performing all duties of the electoral process. It is therefore understood, the nurturing and protecting Democracy are a team effort in the profession of voter registration and election administration.
Toni Pippins-Poole, CERA, CCPA
Elections Administrator, Dallas County
Toni Pippins-Poole began her service with the Dallas County Elections Department in 1988 as the Assistant Elections Administrator, and in 2011 was appointed the Elections Administrator. Toni’s long career has helped to lead Dallas County for twenty-four years as a progressive office: conducting more than 300 contracted elections, shaping the training curriculum for election workers and election procedures, streamlining costs and increasing effectiveness, while spearheading voter registration drives. Toni has worked with the Federal Voting Assistance Program of the Department of Defense, Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department Voting Rights Section on voting over the Internet, developing and implementing standards; and piloted a program for Dallas County military personnel overseas to register and vote over the Internet for the presidential election in 2000. In 2011, Toni was selected as a consultant to facilitate the International Organization for Migration for Southern Sudan Out of Country Voting. A testament to her expertise, she testified before the West Texas District Court in its review of the hotly contested 2011 redistricting matter. Toni takes great pride in her department’s work to ensure fair and equal access to the electoral process for the registered voters of Dallas County.
The Dallas County Elections Department has 45 full-time employees and over 5,000 election workers during major elections, with an annual budget of $6-$8 million. Toni’s office typically contracts elections with 47 entities which include political subdivisions and vendors. The county has an official population of 2,368,139 and is now the ninth most populous county in the U.S. Dallas County is the 2nd largest county in the state of Texas. Its county seat is Dallas, which is also the largest city in the county, the third-largest city in Texas, and the eighth-largest city in the U.S. Dallas County is the most populous county within the metropolitan area and contains the largest of its principal cities. Dallas County to date has a total of 1.2 million registered voters.
Toni earned a B.B.A. from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce, and earned a certification as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) from Auburn University. Toni also holds these certifications: Chancellor’s Comprehensive Certificate in Public Administration (CCPA), Election & Voter Registration and System Administration, Management Concepts in Elections and Voter Registration Administration, Ethics in Elections & Voter Registration Administration, Elections & Voter registration Information Management and Technology, Law of Elections and Voter Registration.
Toni is a member of the following associations:
Texas Association of Elections Administrators; International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; International Service Association of Elections and Registration Officials; Texas Secretary of State Task Force; EAC Task Force; Election Center
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