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January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

In Focus This Week

Outlook for state election legislation 2019
More than 2,000 election-related bills may be introduced this year

By Katy Owens Hubler, Democracy Research
On behalf of the National Conference of State Legislatures

Welcome to the 2019 legislative session!

Whether you view this time of year as exciting or approach it with trepidation (what is the legislature going to do this year?!?) it’s helpful to have an idea of what may be coming. As of writing, legislative sessions have begun in 43 states and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is tracking several hundred election bills.

As much as we would like a crystal ball sometimes, it’s impossible to predict what legislation will be introduced and what will pass. But, we know that legislation is sometimes reactive so we will probably see a lot of bills introduced in response to headlines stemming from the 2018 election. These may fall lower in the list of priorities as time goes on and the headlines fade in people’s memories.

Then there’s the age-old cliché of legislation being like sausage-making (by the way – see this article for legislators meeting for actual sausage-making prior to session) so much of what we see introduced at the beginning of the year will be substantially different before sessions draw to a close.

Going into 2019, there is the additional dynamic of one-party control of both chambers in all but one state legislature (Minnesota). A total of 36 states have a “trifecta” where one party controls both chambers in the legislature as well as the governorship. Whether this will translate into more bills being enacted remains to be seen.

What can we expect? If history is a guide, then something over 2,000 election-related bills will be introduced in the 50 states this year. Of those, perhaps 10 percent will be enacted. Those odds are disappointing for those who are looking for change, or potentially a relief, for those who prefer a steady state.

With those caveats aside, here are the topics of interest in election legislation so far in 2019.

Absentee voting and vote-by-mail
Voting by mail ballot will be a big topic in 2019, both from the perspective of expansion in some states and from the security angle—how do states verify the ballot came from the intended voter and was not tampered with in the process?

Three states mail ballots to all eligible voters (Colorado, Oregon and Washington) and Utah and California and are in the process of moving in that direction. Illinois (SB 195, HB 257), Nebraska (LB 163), New Jersey (AB 1797), New York (AB 778), South Carolina (HB 3179), Virginia (HB 1658) and Wyoming (HB 36) all have bills to establish all-mail elections in those states.

In many states that aren’t “all-mail” election officials have seen an increase in the number of voters opting to vote absentee. According to the latest Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), “The total number of voters who voted early, absentee or by mail more than doubled from 24.9 million in 2004 to 57.2 million in 2016, representing an increase from one in five of all ballots cast to two in five of all ballots cast.”

More will have the opportunity, if new legislation passes. Last year Michigan voters approved a ballot measure that included (amongst other things) no-excuse absentee voting, leaving just twelve states that do not have pre-election day voting options for all voters (either early voting or no-excuse absentee voting or both).

In a particularly fast-moving “suite” of bills this week both chambers of the New York legislature passed a bill to establish early voting (SB 1102). Another bill (SB 1049) proposing a constitutional amendment to eliminate excuses for absentee voting also passed, though in New York proposed constitutional amendments have to pass the legislature twice and then be put to voters, so this change won’t be implemented for a while yet.

Many of the states that don’t currently offer pre-election day options are considering them this year. In Connecticut (HJR 10), Indiana (SB 86, SB 261), Missouri (HB 209, HB 368, HJR 5), New Hampshire (CACR 6), Pennsylvania (SB 33), Texas (HB 325, SB 164), and Virginia (HB 1641, HB 1794, HB 1959, SB 114, SB 602, SB 1035, SB 1672) bills have been introduced to remove excuses for voting absentee. And early voting is being considered in Connecticut (SB 23), Kentucky (SB 63), Missouri (HJR 5), Mississippi (SB 2026), South Carolina (HB 3040, HB 3266, SB 142) and Virginia (SB 1075).

Another area of focus, though, will be on how to prevent a situation like the one in North Carolina in 2018 where absentee voters entrusted their ballots to individuals who may have tampered with their votes along the way. So, the return of absentee ballots on behalf of other voters is on the minds of legislators. Sometimes known as ballot collecting or ballot harvesting, this practice was banned entirely in Montana last year via a legislative referendum. There’s a fine line that legislators have to navigate between permitting this practice, especially for populations that have difficulty returning absentee ballots via other means, and regulating it to address a situation like the one in North Carolina.

What has been introduced on this topic so far? A bill in California (AB 17) would prohibit an employer from asking an employee to bring his or her mail ballot to work or from voting it at work. A bill in South Carolina (SB 331) would prohibit a person from knowingly collecting voted or unvoted absentee ballots. Both come with penalties.

Legislators may also be looking at requiring absentee voters to submit identification with absentee ballots. States that receive all (or the majority) of ballots through the mail or drop boxes have developed detailed procedures for verifying the identity of voters returning these ballots (usually through signature verification) and allowing voters to come in and “cure” their ballot if a discrepancy is discovered. States that are moving in this direction or that are seeing an increase in absentee ballots are taking a deeper look at their processes.

The ballot measure that passed in Arkansas last year enshrining its voter ID requirement in the state constitution included a provision that absentee voters must enclose a copy of valid photographic identification with his or her ballot.

Other absentee voting measures: changing the timing of when absentee ballots can be processed in order to more quickly produce results (South Carolina SB 141), permitting absentee ballots postmarked by the day of the election to be counted even if they were not received by the close of polls (Connecticut HB 5268) and prepaid postage (Washington SB 5063).

Registration
Since 2010 the biggest topic in voter registration has been the expansion of online voter registration. Now that 38 states and the District of Columbia have enacted this option, we’ve seen a slowdown in legislation, although the year is yet young.

The new hot topic is automatic voter registration, which has been enacted or implemented administratively in sixteen states now. The latest to join the club are Michigan and Nevada, where ballot measures were approved during the 2018 election. So far in 2019 bills have been introduced in Arkansas (HB 1004), Connecticut (SB 24), Georgia (HB 18), Indiana (SB 349), Minnesota (HB 45), Mississippi (HB 423), Missouri (HJR 5), South Carolina (HB 3041), Texas (HB 79, HB 140/SB 103) and Virginia (HB 2390, SB 1063).

Same-day registration, which allows voters to register and vote in one stop at a polling location, has been around in some states since the 1970s and has seen a rise in recent years. There are now seventeen states with same day or election day voter registration, and bills have been introduced in Indiana (SB 32, HB 1256), Kentucky (HB 7), South Carolina (HB 3040), Texas (SB 102) and Virginia (HB 1904). A bill in Connecticut (HB 5205) seeks to eliminate the option in that state.

Ranked Choice Voting
Now that Maine has taken the plunge and conducted its 2018 statewide election using ranked choice voting (RCV), interest in other states is on the rise.  Although Maine was the first to enact and implement RCV on the state level, municipalities in several states have long conducted elections this way. States considering dipping their toes in the RCV waters are considering authorizing RCV for local jurisdictions.  In 2018 the Utah legislature enacted a pilot project (HB 35) to allow municipalities to try out RCV in 2019 and reports are that five cities in the state are considering doing just that. So far in 2019 RCV legislation has been introduced in Connecticut (HB 5036) for primary elections, Indiana (SB 306) for municipal elections, Maryland (HB 26) for primary elections in Baltimore, Missouri (HB 27 for state and federal offices and HB 28 for all local elections), New York (SB 796) for the city of New York, Virginia (HB 2097) for local and constitutional office (by choice of the local governing body), and Wyoming (SF 65) for all primary and general elections with at least two candidates.

Audits and Voting Equipment
Audits have been a hot topic among election geeks lately, but does this translate to interest in legislatures? In 2018 the number of post-election audit bills introduced in legislatures nearly doubled when compared to previous years. It’s a good bet that 2019 will be similar. Bills to establish post-election audits have been introduced in Indiana (HB 1315), Missouri (HB 543, SB 113), South Carolina (SB 140, SB 202), and Texas (SB 277). Two other bills in Indiana (SB 405 and SB 570) would require risk-limiting audits.

And, to conduct audits states need voting equipment that is able to produce an audit trail. Bills in Indiana (HB 1315, SB 570), Missouri (HB 543, SB 113), Mississippi (HB 28), New York (SB 308), South Carolina (HB 3304, HB 3043, HB 3302, SB 182, SB 183, SB 140), Texas (SB 277, HB 22) all deal with the phasing out of paperless voting machines or requiring a paper trail for new equipment, and in some cases include an appropriation. New Hampshire HB 345 would require new ballot counting equipment to be acquired at regular intervals, and bills in Texas (HB 362) and Wyoming (HB 21) would create grant funds to assist local governments with purchasing new voting equipment.

The upcoming presidential election
In the year preceding a presidential election there are always bills that address the process. This is when states shift the dates of their primary elections to be relevant in choosing presidential candidates. It is also the time when states look at the presidential nominating process, so we expect to see legislation on the electoral college, joining or withdrawing from the National Popular Vote Compact, and putting penalties on faithless electors.

After the 2016 presidential election another issue cropped up in state legislation – requiring presidential candidates to disclose income tax returns in order to appear on the ballot. Many bills were introduced in 2017 (with no enactments) and a new crop of bills have been introduced this year already (see California SB 27, Mississippi HB 24, New Hampshire HB 440 and HB 202). This is the year when we may also see some changes in primary types, whether a state’s primary is open to all voters or limited to political party members.

To track bills throughout the year take a look at NCSL’s Election Legislation Database and (to steal a line from Doug Chapin) stay tuned!

Election News This Week

The shutdown of the federal government has touched many aspects of American life and not just for those who work in the affected agencies. And now it’s impacting Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s ability to purchase new voting equipment. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer the county is getting ready to purchase new equipment as part of state mandate, but the equipment they want to purchase has not received its final federal certification because the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is part of the shutdown. If the government doesn’t reopen soon and the system get its certification, the county will have to find an alternative. “We’re essentially preparing to have two different systems ready to go, with the hope that it’s the new one,” Lee Soltysiak, the county’s chief operating officer and clerk of its election board told the Inquirer.

Every vote really does count. Two seats on the Fairmont, West Virginia city council are changing hands after additional ballots were counted last week. In mid-December it was discovered that 57 ballots from one voting machine in the 36th precinct. Judge Patrick Wilson approved a petition to recount the ballots including the 57 previously uncounted ballots. In one race, that was initially decided by a coin toss because it ended in a tie Josh Rice, who lost the coin toss, ended up winning by six votes. In the second race, which also ended in a tie, following the addition of the 57 ballots Barry Bledsoe ended up winning by three votes. “Regardless of what the outcome would have been, I have full faith in our system, like Randy Elliot said I believe we have about 280 machines and this is the first time that this has happen to my knowledge in the 18 years of using them.” Bledsoe told WBOY.

The Maricopa County, Arizona Board of Supervisors has voted to establish a working group of county employees to look to review how the county conducts elections and what changes can be made to improve the process for 2020 and beyond. According to The Arizona Republic, the working group established will be comprised of county employees from the auditing team, human resources department, recorder’s office and other relevant areas. The supervisors allotted up to $50,000 for the group. One change the working group will consider is splitting up the elections duties—as allowed by Arizona law—between the county’s recorder and the board itself. “We’re stepping in an area that I don’t think has ever been done before, where we’re looking long-term at elections,” Supervisor Steve Gallardo told the paper.

Personnel News: David Maeda has been appointed the Minnesota director of elections. Raymond Williams has been appointed chairman of the U.S. Virgin Islands Board of Elections. Fritz Schoen has been appointed to the Lucas County, Ohio board of elections. Jimi Williams-Cox has been appointed Saline County, Illinois clerk. David Kennedy has joined the Hall County, Georgia elections board. Yvonne Pearson has retired as the Greenlee County, Arizona director of elections. Carolyn Weston has joined the Marion County, Ohio board of elections. Adam Booth has resigned as the Columbiana County, Ohio board of elections director. And a special shout out to our former colleague Sam Derheimer who has been hired as the director of government affairs for Hart InterCivic.

Research and Report Summaries

The National Conference of State Legislatures released a web-report on election security last month: Election Security: What Legislators (and Others) Need to Know. The report summarizes key issues in election security, aggregates existing resources on the topic, and outlines steps that state legislators can take to support voter confidence and strengthen election infrastructure.  

Connecticut released a report on adopting vote by mail on January 12. Former Governor Daniel Malloy commissioned the study by executive order in February 2018. The report was prepared with assistance from the National Vote at Home Institute. The report examines considerations for adopting vote by mail in Connecticut, including the modes of vote by mail in use around the country, common election security issues faced with vote by mail, steps for implementation, and statutory changes that would be needed for adoption.

(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)

Legislative Updates

Delaware: House Bill 38 would allow voters to cast their ballots at designated polling sites up to 10 days ahead of any general, primary or special election, including the weekend before election day.

Two other pieces of proposed legislation would allow for election day registration and would combine the state’s presidential and state primaries.

Florida: The Cape Coral city council voted 7-1 to move the dates of municipal elections to coincide with larger races on even-numbered years.

Illinois: More than four decades after the DuPage county clerk’s office was stripped of its elections duties, elections will once again fall under the purview of the office. The county board vote 11-7 to dissolve the DuPage Election Commission and transfer its functions back to the county clerk’s office immediately. The seven Democrats voting against the dissolution had wanted to wait until after the April election to make the move.

Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is proposing a constitutional amendment that would restore the voting rights to ex-felons upon the completion of their sentence instead of waiting on the governor to restore their voting rights.

New Hampshire: HB 106 amends the general statutory definitions of “resident or inhabitant” and “residence or residency” to include an intent to maintain a principal place of physical presence for the indefinite future. The bill restores language removed from the law in 2018 by HB 1264.

HB 105-FN, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters, would effectively repeal SB3, which is still being argued in the courts because of a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire.

The House Election Law Committee recently held hearings on two constitutional amendments. In one, 17-year-olds would be allowed to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the date of the general election and the other would make absentee ballots available to all voters.

New York: This week, the General Assembly approved a sweeping package of legislation that will dramatically change elections in the Empire State. Included in the package of bills was the creation of one week of early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, pre-registration of 16-year-olds and election day registration, although that will take an additional constitutional amendment.

North Dakota: House Bill 1270 would require county commissioners to get the consent of a majority of legislative district party chairmen before designating or changing polling places. The bill also would require the county commission to consult with legislators in the districts affected before establishing or altering precinct boundaries. According to the Grand Forks Herald, Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt said the proposal appears to be an effort to pre-empt the county from establishing vote centers.

South Dakota: House Bill 1027, filed at the request of the State Board of Elections would require county auditors to provide paper voter-registration lists and bound paper poll books as backups at polling places were electronic poll books are used.

The Senate has tabled a bill that would have allowed political attire to be worn at polling places.

Tennessee: Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) has introduced a bill that would automatically restore the voting rights of those convicted of a felony upon the completion of the terms of their sentence.

Virginia: The Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, by an 8 to 6 vote, voted down a proposal that would have restored an ex-felon’s right to vote automatically upon completion of the terms of their sentence.

Washington: Sen. John McCoy (D-Tulalip) has pre-filed SB 5079, The Native American Voting Rights Act of Washington which would modify the minimum information required for voter registration under state law, to allow for “unmarked homes” and “a nontraditional residential address may be used when a voter resides on an Indian reservation or on Indian lands.”

West Virginia: The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to mandate a runoff for state Supreme Court elections where no candidate earns a clear majority vote. It also OK’d a bill to ensure people unable to leave their homes to vote can receive an emergency absentee ballot.

Wyoming: Sen. Bo Biteman (R-Ranchester) has introduced Senate File 32 that would stop voters from changing parties less than 10 weeks before a primary election.

Also in Wyoming, HB36 that would have allowed county commissioners to choose to run state and federal elections entirely by mail failed by a 4-3 vote in the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee.

Legal Updates

U.S. Supreme Court: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a New York case and decide whether a civil lawsuit that was the result of a 2009 Rensselaer County election may continue. According to the Times Union, The court agreed to hear an argument over a legal question that will decide whether Democratic Rensselaer County election commissioner Edward G. McDonough was too late filing an $8 million federal civil rights lawsuit against former special prosecutor Trey Smith. McDonough was accused of committing 74 felonies as part of a scheme in the 2009 primary election to forge more than 50 absentee ballots to benefit Democratic candidates in city council races. He was acquitted twice of forgery and possession of a forged instrument charges, with the second acquittal coming on Dec. 21, 2012.

Alabama: Elbert Melton, mayor of Gordon, has been found guilty of two counts of voter fraud. Last September, a grand jury returned indictments against Melton on three charges of absentee ballot fraud and one charge of second-degree theft of property.

Georgia: A Cobb County judge will hold a hearing this week in a lawsuit challenging the election of Lt. Gov.-elect Geoff Duncan. The case alleges that a drop-off in votes for lieutenant governor indicates the election between Duncan, a Republican, and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico was flawed and should be redone. Duncan won by more than 123,000 votes.

Hawaii: According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, details over how the U.S. Postal Service and the Honolulu City Clerk’s office handled late-arriving mail ballots Nov. 6 may be a deciding factor in how the state Supreme Court rules in a challenge of Councilman Trevor Ozawa’s apparent victory over challenger Tommy Waters.

Iowa: Joseph P. Hentzel, 40, of Iowa City, has been arrested and charged with voter misconduct for providing a false residential address on an absentee ballot request form for the November 2108 election.

Minnesota: The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a District Court judge was correct in dismissing a petition to put a ballot measure to move municipal elections to even-numbered years for lack of proper signatures.

New Jersey: William Rojas, 68, of Hoboken has been indicted on the charge of promoting a voter bribery scheme by use of the U.S. Mail in 2015. Rojas is charged with violation of the federal Travel Act for causing the mails to be used in aid of voter bribery contrary to New Jersey state law.

North Carolina: Lawyers for Republican legislators have filed a motion in federal to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state’s new voter ID law. The suit argues that because the governor did not support the law that his administration cannot properly defend it in court.

South Carolina: U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs has said she will rule within the next 10 days on a lawsuit asking for federal oversight of the state’s purchase of new voting machines. Childs could dismiss the lawsuit, which asks for a court order requiring the S.C. Election Commission to buy new, high-security voting machines. Or she could let the suit proceed.

Tennessee: Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin has dismissed a lawsuit by several prospective Memphis city council candidates that sought to deem instant runoff voting legal in Tennessee.

Texas: Marites Canete Curry has been indicted on one count of illegal voting. Curry is a not a U.S. citizen and is alleged to have voted in Navarro County in November 2016.

Wisconsin: The League of Women Voters, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and three Wisconsin voters filed a lawsuit in Dane County court alleging the new laws, including the shortening of early voting, should be voided because lawmakers illegally convened a legislative session to take up the Republican-authored bills.

Tech Thursday

Georgia: The Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections (SAFE) Committee voted 13-3  to recommend a voting system with touchscreens and printers as Georgia’s next statewide voting system. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, except for election officials and lobbyists, every voter who made public comments supported hand-marked paper ballots. County election supervisors backed ballot-marking devices, saying they’re similar to the touchscreens that voters are accustomed to.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Congress | Voting is easy | Voting problems;

Arizona: Vote-by-mail

Connecticut: Voter access

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII | Voting rights

Georgia: Voting rights | Election reform | Election security;

Indiana: Porter County | Election laws | Local elections turnout

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Missouri: Boone County

New Jersey: Early voting

New York: Ranked choice voting | Election reform, II

North Carolina: Election fraud, II

Pennsylvania: Voting process | Voting equipment | Same-day registration;

Utah: Ranked choice voting

Upcoming Events

A Practical Guide to Risk-Limiting Audits — With the spotlight on election security, election administrators need tools to provide voters with confidence in all stages of our electoral system. Join election officials, cybersecurity experts, policy makers, and others for a practical overview of cutting-edge post-election audits, which provide statistical confidence in election outcomes. As election officials across the country continue to look for opportunities to make their systems and procedures more secure before the 2020 election, what should election officials know about risk-limiting audits? What are they? What tools are necessary? How do they work in states with different voting systems? How much do they cost? We’ll tackle these topics and more. Sponsored by Microsoft, Brennan Center For Justice, Common Cause, National Election Defense Coalition, and Verified Voting. Where: Washington, DC. When: January 31.

National Association of State Election Directors — The NASED Winter Conference will be held in Washington DC, February 1-4, 2019. Sessions on the agenda include: Engaging White Hat Hackers, Beyond Risk Limiting Audits, Engaging Minority Populations, Voter Registration Modernization and updates from Congress and the EAC. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 1-4.

National Association of Secretaries of State — The NASS Winter Conference will be held in Washington, DC, February 1-4, 2019. Sessions on the agenda include: Election Reform in the 116th Congress, 2019 State Legislative Trends for Election Reform, and Signature Verification and Processing Absentee Ballots: Methods, Postmarks, Processing and Tabulating Timetables. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 1-4.

The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future— Please save the date as the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Democracy Fund analyze key moments in election administration during the 2018 midterm elections, and look ahead to what steps can be taken to improve the voting experience for all Americans in 2020. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 14.

Election Center Special Workshop — The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 7 (Facilitating Voter Participation); Course 8 (Implementation of New Programs); and Renewal Course 31 (Election Storytelling ). Where: Birmingham, Alabama. When: February 25-26.

Election Center Special Workshop —The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 9 (Enfranchisement, Enhancement, Enforcement ); Course 10 (Constitution, Courts & Cases to 1965); and Renewal Course 14 (Crisis Management). Where: Virginia Beach. When: April 24-28.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, July 11-17. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada July 11-15, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of State Election Directors — The NASED Summer Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, July 14-16, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

Job Postings This Week

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

Administrative Assistant, Center for Election Innovation & Research— the Administrative Assistant will work full-time and play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of CEIR, including our program operations, finance, and human resources functions. This person will collaborate in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work, supporting our ability to grow and expand our impact. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make a substantial impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit leadership. The Administrative Assistant will work in the Washington, DC Metro Area, usually in CEIR’s office, although sometimes working from home may be possible. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for an Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead) position. This position will provide logistical support for ballot collection, fleet, and warehouse tasks as well as lead processes, projects and temporary staff. With over 60 ballot drop box locations throughout King County, this is a work group that continues to grow and evolve. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a detail oriented person with warehouse/receiving experience, data entry and strong interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for two Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead) positions in Ballot Processing and Voter Services. These positions will lead processes, projects, and people which will include leading, coaching, mentoring, and training temporary and regular staff. Leads may also provide assistance and/or participate in long-term cross-training in multiple work areas to meet organizational agile efforts. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a customer service oriented person with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Assistant Registrar, Richmond, Va.— the purpose of the class is to assist citizens in registering to vote and to assist in the election process by providing clerical assistance and customer service. The class is responsible for maintaining accurate voter registration records and for providing election information and services to candidates and the general public. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed according to set procedures under direct supervision. Salary: $24,108-$39,076. Deadline: January 20. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Campus Outreach Lead, Democracy Works— As campus outreach lead, you will sustain and grow the TurboVote higher education partnerships program. You will be responsible for renewing contracts with existing higher education partners and bringing on new partners by generating leads, carrying those leads through necessary follow up tasks, and formalizing partnerships with signed contracts. In this role, you will build relationships with key stakeholders at colleges and universities, as well as with fellow nonprofit organizations that support civic engagement at colleges and universities. You’ll become an expert in the world of higher education and cultivate a passion for promoting civic engagement. Also, you will persistently navigate the bureaucracy of external organizations. Salary: $50,000 to $65,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Certification Manager (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Certification Manager to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is a cross -functional leader playing a key role in managing certification efforts for Dominion Voting products. In this role, you will act as a representative of the company with State and Federal certification officials, test labs, and other key internal and external stakeholders throughout the certification process. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Chief Departmental Operations, San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Voter Services Division — The County of San Diego, Registrar of Voters (ROV) invites résumés from qualified candidates for Chief, Departmental Operations to fill a vacancy in the Voter Services Division. The Chief, Departmental Operations is an unclassified management classification reporting directly to executive management  and oversees a major functional area or several small programs including creating program policy and supervision of staff. This position provides leadership and oversight over the functions and activities of the Department’s Voter Services Division. The primary responsibilities are to direct the processing of voter registration affidavits; maintenance of voter registration records; verification of State and local petitions (i.e. initiative, referendum, recall and nomination); organization of call center functions; management of mail ballot program and mail ballot voter records, including preparation, mailing, verification, and processing of mail ballots; coordination with external organizations including United States Postal Service and ballot printing and mailing contractor; ensuring State and federal reporting requirements are completed; and coordination of San Diego County Employee Retirement Association Board Member Elections. The Chief, Department Operations provides leadership, supervision, and management of staff responsible for voter service activities. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

City Clerk, Prior Lake, Minnesota — carry out the statutory functions of the position and oversee the administration of council meetings, elections and municipal licensing.  Process Data Requests and maintain records. Work involves City Council and public interaction. Responsible for all election activities including: Hiring, training and scheduling election judges; Perform required ballot and equipment testing before every election, maintain election equipment and supplies; Prepare and file all required agenda reports and legal notices related to elections; Prepare state and county documents required for precinct boundary changes and polling location changes. Ensure all polling locations are available, coordinate set up and take down of  election polling place equipment for each election; Conduct required public accuracy testing; Coordinate all election day activities including supply pick up, election judge meal deliveries, troubleshoot polling place issues that come up, drop off of post- election supplies, ensure all election results have been transmitted; Administer candidate filing affidavits, campaign finance  report filings, and certification of filing. Deadline: Jan. 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Clerk of the Board/Elections Director, Santa Cruz County, Arizona — Under the direction of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and guidance from the Santa Cruz County Manager, performs statutory duties of the Clerk of the Board pursuant to ARS 11-241 and other statutory duties, to include preparing, publishing and posting the agenda for the Board of Supervisor meetings.  Under limited supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty to plan, organize, coordinate, direct and manage all activities of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. This is an at-will position. Plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and manages all activities of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; oversees daily operations and programing; develops and administers departmental budget and oversees expenditures, develops and administers training and education for election staff and volunteers.  Develops and implements procedural and technical improvements as they relate to elections; ensures quality control of all aspects of election from ballot production to public information; manages projects, coordinates with other county/state departments and outside vendors. Salary: $69,186. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research — the Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and have a broad range of responsibilities designed to support CEIR’s mission. In this position, the Deputy Director will play an integral role in the development and execution of CEIR’s programming, strategic communications, and continued growth as an organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Deputy Director’s primary workplace will be CEIR’s Washington, DC office. The Deputy Director also must be available for business travel as needed. CEIR believes that working alongside and understanding the diverse mix of people who are affected by elections and American democracy is key to achieving our mission. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, non-discriminatory work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician Supervisor, San Joaquin County, California — The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voter’s Office is looking to fill two vital Elections Technician Supervisor positions within the department and to create an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies. This is a fast-paced elections office with a vibrant staff and diverse electorate. In 2019 we anticipate installing a new voting system and upgrading many of our operations. There are three areas the Elections Technician Supervisor may be assigned: Precinct Operations, Voter Registration and Candidate Filing & Campaign Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Field Sales Director, Hart InterCivic — the Field Sales Director works primarily on the road and from a home office when he/she is not on business travel. The Field Sales Director is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in a defined region. Today, this role is a single contributor and does not directly manage people.   This position will report to the VP of Sales. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Architect / Senior Software Engineer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for an accomplished, Boston MA based Architect/Senior Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical and leadership skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem: Bringing transparency to democratic elections. The successful candidate will implement new products and features under tight deadlines. You will be using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with front-end web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical and leadership skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in security, performance, and resilience. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Software Developer, Clear Ballot — The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

IT Security Administrator (Denver) – Dominion Voting is looking for an IT Security Administrator to join our IT team in Denver, Colorado! We are looking for a security minded individual who can perform both day-to-day technical management and maintenance of IT security programs, and who can also strategically assess and enhance the overall IT security enterprise-wide. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager (Austin, TX) – Hart InterCivic — Hart InterCivic is looking for a project manager to work with our Professional Services Team.  The project manager oversees the deployment of voting systems and training to both existing and new Hart customers. The ideal candidate has experience in the elections industry, is PMP certified, and is motivated to achieve success for our customers with initiative.  Travel up to 80 percent. Reports to the Manager of Professional Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Regional Sales Manager, Clear Ballot— The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) position will represent Clear Ballot in a designated territory to engage prospective customers, educate them on the value of partnering with Clear Ballot, and close New Business. This position is a Hunter. The RSM will be responsible for managing and growing their assigned territory and meeting quarterly and annual sales goals. Previous sales experience in high growth organizations is a plus. RSM’s will be responsible for understanding the Clear Ballot portfolio and effectively communicating the value we bring to the market. Measures of success include: high levels of sales activity, regular and consistent reporting and communication of progress, progress toward quarterly and annual quota attainment, and overcoming obstacles to get the job done. We currently have open positions in Florida and Boston. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Sales Engineer, Clear Ballot — Our Sales and Marketing team is looking for a seasoned, hardworking and energetic Sales Engineer with proven experience and a passion for selling technology solutions. This role is responsible for being the primary technical resource for our sales force while also actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process. You will be required to have an in-depth technical knowledge of Clear Ballot’s Clear Vote suite and demonstrating the product capabilities to prospective customers. The ideal candidate must also be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction. Measures of success include new customer acquisition rates, renewal rates, upselling, cross-selling, customer satisfaction and contribution to overall sales team and new customer success Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Software Developer (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Senior Software Developer to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Developer III (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Software Developer III to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System and Data Specialist, ERIC — Using independent judgment and delegated decision-making authority, the Systems and Data Specialist performs analysis, project management, trouble shooting, problem resolution, quality assurance, and documentation concerning mission-critical ERIC functions: 1) uploading of state data and data from secondary sources to ERIC; 2) delivery of timely and accurate reports to ERIC members; 3) hosting and maintenance of ERIC data; and 4) providing consistently high quality service and support to ERIC members.  This position actively participates in business continuity planning, risk assessments, security reviews, and other efforts to protect ERIC’s system and data. Salary: $80K-$95K. Deadline: January 28, 2019. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot — We are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technology Support Specialist, Durham County, North Carolina — Evaluates and recommends ways to streamline and automate routine office functions for the Board of Elections; Researches technological enhancements to Board of Elections systems and processes; Creates custom reports, data visualizations, conducts research and performs data analysis as instructed by supervisory staff; Develops and maintains databases using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or other coding systems to enhance and automate processes; Assists in auditing and maintaining the Board of Elections geocode and jurisdictional assignments database in conjunction with City/County GIS; Performs troubleshooting of office equipment, software and systems with the advice and support of the Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department; Maintains Durham County Board of Elections databases and systems in conjunction with the State Board of Elections and Information Systems & Technology and department; Programs and performs logic and accuracy testing on Board of Elections equipment; Responsible for maintaining custody, security, troubleshooting, and maintenance of voting equipment and corresponding software; Responsible for assisting with ballot configuration, programming, and coding as it relates voting system preparation; Performs audits of voting systems to ensure functionality and accuracy; Performs reconciliation and tabulation activities; Ensures the proper creation, preparation, and distribution of electronic poll books systems used by the Durham County Board of Elections; Performs other administrative tasks as assigned by supervisory staff. Deadline: Jan. 31. Salary: $47,916-$86,248. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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Ballot Scanners
Ballot readers. $500. Buyer will be responsible for pick and shipping to buyer’s location. Contact Wilfred Cochico, purchasing officer City of Lakewood: 562-866-9771 ext. 2640 or via email: WCochico@lakewoodcity.org.

King County Elections also has 17 Photoscribe DRS PS960 image-based high volume scan machines including cases, extender trays, end guides and some extra parts available, free of charge. More information about these units can be found here: If you are interested, contact Nate Valderas at nathan.valderas@kingcounty.gov by January 18, 2019. Shipping costs at the expense of recipient.

Voting Booths
Each aluminum briefcase contains the following: aluminum legs, privacy shield, writing base, light assembly. All units are in great shape dimensions are 22”x 18”x 3“. MFG: ESL. Election supplies Limited, Napa California. Quantity: 400 Price per unit is $50. Contact Greg Larson 408.569.1004

Voting Machines
King County Elections has approximately 150 Diebold TSx units that are available free of charge. Each DRE unit has a touchscreen, base with folding legs, printer component, and keypad. All units are in working condition. Includes additional parts such as privacy doors and leg brackets. If you are interested, contact Kortney Kinzer at kortney.kinzer@kingcounty.gov by January 18, 2019.

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In Focus This Week

January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

In Focus This Week

New kids on the block
Meet the new chief elections official in 13 states

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline

A new year means new faces in 13 state election offices around the nation.

They come from a variety of backgrounds including county elections offices, social work, and the business community. They are lawyers and Army veterans. Many have served in their state Legislatures.

As they ramp up their new offices, there are plenty of new faces, but also some faces familiar to the elections world serving as staff or on transition teams.

They’ve got big plans for their offices in the coming years, but before we get to that, let’s meet the 13 newest kids on the block.

Alaska — Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer is in charge of elections in Alaska, although the bulk of the work and oversight is done by the Division of Elections. As part of his duties, Meyer gets to appoint who runs the Division of Elections and in December he appointed Gail Fenumiai to serve as director. Fenumiai has 17 years of experience with the Division of Elections and previously served as its director from 2008 to 2015. “Gail has the skills, wisdom, experience and judgement to restore Alaskan’s faith and trust in our elections process and that is exactly what we pledge to do.” said Meyer.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/akelections

 

Arizona — Former State Sen. Katie Hobbs (D) was elected in November. Before being elected, Hobbs was a social worker for 25 year and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010 before elected to the Senate in 2012 where she served as Minority Leader. In her inauguration speech this week, Hobbs vowed to “restore faith and confidence” the secretary’s office. “You never again want to arrive at a polling place to see long lines and wait times so lengthy you’re disenfranchised as a voter simply because you had to get to work or school or home and could wait no longer,” she said according to the Arizona Republic.
Twitter: @SecretaryHobbs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SecretaryHobbs

 

Arkansas John Thurston (R) will be sworn into office as Arkansas’ new secretary of state on January 15. Thurston previously served as the state’s Commissioner of Lands for two terms. Shortly after his election, Thurston told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that one of his top priorities in office would be streamlining the office itself. “The governor wants to consolidate and streamline,” Thurston told the paper. “I think that’s just good government, and every constitutional office and state agency should be doing that.” According to the paper, Thurston said his first order of business will be to develop a management structure that supports his style and encourages a healthy work environment.

 

Colorado — New Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold was sworn into office this week. According to the state’s website, she is the youngest elected secretary of state in the country. This is her first elected office and before her election Griswold practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney. “I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as secretary of state. I will protect our elections and increase voter turnout…. Our state and our country deserve a democracy that we all can believe in.”
Twitter: @COSecofState
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ColoradoSoS

 

Florida — Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel (R) was appointed by newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to serve as the state’s 34th secretary of state. Ertel was first appointed to serve as the Seminole County supervisor of elections in 2005 and was subsequently elected and re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Prior to that he worked as a journalist and served in the Army for eight years. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Ertel said being secretary of state is “a very big job that goes beyond just elections….” But, he acknowledged, “the most high-profile thing we’ll really focus on in the beginning is help establish trust in the [election] process among Florida voters.” On his first full day in office as secretary, Ertel was spotted putting together is own office chair so we look for him to be very hands on!

 

Georgia — Following a December runoff election, Brad Raffensperger was elected as secretary of state and will be sworn in on January 14. Raffensperger was the CEO and owner of a specialty contracting and engineering design firm before being elected. He also served two terms in the Georgia General Assembly. According to NBC News, Raffensperger said he would make preventing voter fraud his priority, pledging to continue former Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s practice of strictly enforcing voter ID laws and pruning registration rolls of inactive voters. Following his election, Raffensperger was appointed to the SAFE Commission that is reviewing the state’s voting equipment and procedures and is soon expected to make recommendations on how the state elections should move forward.

 

Kansas — Monday, January 14 will mark the first day on the job for new Secretary of State Scott Schwab (R). Schwab was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. During his time in the House Schwab served as chairman of the House Elections Committee. Although as chair of the House Elections Committee, Schwab helped shepherd through some of Kansas’ more controversial election laws like proof-of-citizenship and voter, in an interview with Associated Press he pledged to make the office less visible. “People want things to calm down,” Schwab told the AP. Adding, “Every time you have a person take over an office, it’s going to have somebody else’s, somebody new’s, fingerprints,” he said. “We want folk to know there’s a new secretary of state and things will be handled differently.”

 

Michigan Jocelyn Benson (D) was sworn in as Michigan’s 43’rd secretary of state earlier this year. Prior to her election she served as CEO and President of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and dean of Wayne State University Law School. She is co-founder of Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and services to military spouses and their children. In her inaugural speech, Benson talked about beginning her career in Montgomery, Alabama and being impacted by the civil rights movement. “And now, as your Secretary of State, I will work every day to bring that same commitment as our state’s chief election officer to protect your vote, your voice, and our democracy.”
Twitter: @JocelynBenson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichiganSoS

 

Nebraska Bob Evnen, who is set to be sworn in at press time is replacing John Gale who served Nebraska as secretary of state for 18 years. Evnen has a background in business law and has served on the Nebraska State Board of Education for eight years. In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald before his swearing in, Evnen said voter ID will be one of his main focuses as secretary of state, although it won’t be the first thing he introduces. He told the paper he would spend the next year looking at voter ID laws in other states before drafting and introducing his own legislation in 2020. “Having integrity in your voting system is absolutely fundamental in our democracy,” Evnen told the paper.

 

OhioFrank LaRose will serve as Ohio’s 51st secretary of state and will be sworn into office on January 12. Before being elected secretary, LaRose served in the Ohio Senate from 2011-2018. While in the Senate he sponsored a bill to eliminate six days of early voting and prohibit county boards of elections from sending unsolicited absentee voting applications. Before running for Senate, LaRose earned a Bronze Star as an Army Green Beret. “I’m humbled by the outpouring of support I received in this election, and it will be my honor to serve as your next Secretary of State. My vision is an Ohio with a thriving democracy and a prospering economy for everyone,” LaRose said on his transition website. “I plan to bring new ideas to this office and work harder than ever before to streamline the services we provide to businesses, be an advocate for entrepreneurs, and ensure that our elections remain secure and accessible.”

 

Pennsylvania Kathy Boockvar was appointed acting secretary of the commonwealth on January 5. Boockvar is an attorney with a background in public interest law and policy, election administration, and nonprofit healthcare administration. Most recently, she served as senior adviser to the governor on election modernization, leading and managing initiatives to improve security and technology in Pennsylvania’s elections and voting systems, in collaboration with federal, state, and county officials.
Twitter: @PaStateDept

 

South Dakota Steve Barnett was recently sworn in as South Dakota’s newest secretary of state. Before being elected to secretary of state, Barnett worked in the constituent services office for Sen. John Thune. He also served two terms as state auditor. “I always enjoyed public service…The secretary of state’s office will give me a chance to visit with constituents. I look forward to the opportunity to do that,” Barnett said in an interview with SDPB. In the interview Barnett said he was looking forward to getting involved with the National Association of Secretaries of State noting that it is important to know what other states are doing in the field of elections, especially when/if problems arise.

 

Texas David Whitley is the 112th Texas secretary of state. He was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in December 2018. Before being appointed secretary, Whitley served as deputy chief of staff and appointments director for Abbot. Whitley also worked with Abbott when he was attorney general.  “I am confident that in his new role as Secretary of State, David will continue to safeguard the integrity of our elections and maintain Texas’ standing on the international stage,” Abbot told the Caller Times. In remarks while opening the legislative session Whitely said he would make election integrity one of his top priorities and vowed to work with counties. “Whether it’s a local, state, or national election, our county officials are at the vanguard of defending our democratic process,” Whitley said. “I would like to extend a hand in partnership and offer the Secretary of State’s office as a steadfast resource as we continue to work together to protect and preserve our most cherished civic institution Our democracy is only as strong as the electoral process that maintains it, and I look forward to working with all of you to make it even stronger.”
Twitter: @TXSecofState
Facebook: www.facebook.com/txsecretary

 

Election News This Week

New Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman is hitting the ground running and that includes a proposal to move Texas’ largest voting jurisdiction to a vote center system. “Life gets in the way; you’ve got to pick up the kids, or go to another job,” Trautman said at her office Monday. “But if people actually had a choice of when and where to vote, I think you would see a big difference in turnout.” According to the Houston Chronicle, 52 Texas counties, including some neighboring Harris, use vote centers. Harris County currently uses 46 vote centers for two weeks of early voting. Trautman told the paper she would begin by using those 46 sites as well as neighborhood-based polling sites and the review the resulting data to determine where and how many vote centers to have.

On Tuesday, nearly 1.5 million formerly incarcerated residents of the state of Florida became eligible to register to vote and hundreds, if not thousands took advantage of their right on day one. We’re not going to lie, some of the stories coming out the Sunshine State on Tuesday were truly heartwarming. Registrants cried and hugged after they filled out their forms. They were greeted by bands and cheering supporters. All over the state, supervisors of elections came out of their offices and stepped up to the counter to greet the new voters and help them fill out their forms. Some counties even gave out “Future Voter” stickers! There were great stories from counties all over the state, here are just a few: Alachua, Bay, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon,  Manatee, Ocala, and Sarasota. It really was a good day.

The battle of wills in Franklin County, Ohio between the county commission and the board of elections continues. Last year, the board of elections refused to authorize money to pay for GOTV efforts around early voting. County commissioners pushed back and forced the BOE to do limited advertising. Now,  the commission has approved funding for the BOE through the end of January, but will not approve any additional funding, including cost-of-living and merit raises for elections board employees until an MOU is signed regarding advertising. “Either they’re going to agree to voter education or I’m not going to vote for this,” said Commissioner John O’Grady according to the Columbus Dispatch. “I’m not going to play this game all year.”

Congratulations to the South Carolina State Election Commission which is celebrating 50 years of overseeing elections in the Palmetto State. The General Assembly approved legislation creating the independent agency in 1968 with the first SEC taking office on January 1, 2019. Prior to the creation of the state election commission, the state’s elections were overseen by a secretary of state. In 50 years, the election commission has only had four executive directors. The current state commission consists of five board members, an executive director and 26 staff. “With the level of technology in elections today, the cyber security required to protect the state’s election infrastructure, and the public scrutiny of the election process, the election environment has changed dramatically,” current executive director Marci Andino said in a statement. “But through all that, we’re still working towards the same goal, making sure voters are able to register and vote and have confidence the process is fair and impartial.”

Personnel News: Iowa Elections Director Dawn Williams has retired and we’ll have an exit interview with her in the coming weeks.  Mike McMurry, Harrison County, Texas elections administrator has submitted his resignation. He will be joining Hart InterCivic in late January. Bruce Saferin has been suspended from the Lucas County, Ohio board of elections. Fritz Schoen has been appointed to replace Saferin. New Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab recently announced that Brian Caskey will remain as the state’s elections director. Former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has officially announced his run for the Colorado Springs city council. Rebecca Lawson has retired as the Cooke County, Texas clerk. Nancy Sheer is retiring as the Madison County, Nebraska clerk. Michael Winn has stepped down as the Travis County, Texas elections director and will taking on that role in Harris County. Phil Giavasis has resigned from the Stark County, Ohio board of elections. Christine Pellegrino has been hired by the Suffolk County, New York board of elections. Dale Manzo, a businessman has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Missouri secretary of state in 2020. Sam Deiwert has resigned from the Carroll County, Indiana board of elections. Daniel Shults has been named the director of the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners. Sambo “Bo” Dul has been appointed director of elections for the state of Arizona. Don Bell has been appointed voting machine technician in Greene County, Tennessee. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Sonja Buffa has been appointed Warren, Michigan city clerk. Bill O’Neill has been appointed registrar of voters in El Dorado County, California.

Research and Report Summaries

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its Democracy Index 2018 report on January 9. Beginning in 2006, the index has scored and ranked 165 countries and 2 territories based on 5 categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. The report characterizes the United States as a “flawed democracy,” ranking 25th overall in 2018 (down from 18th place in 2008). The 2018 report gives the highest scores to Norway, Iceland, and Sweden and the lowest to North Korea, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively. Canada (tied for 6th), Uruguay (15th), Costa Rica (20th), and Chile (tied for 23rd) are the only countries in the western hemisphere to rank ahead of the United States in the 2018 index.

(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation:  Not long after gaveling open the new session of Congress, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) introduced HR1, the For the People Act. Among other things, the bill requires the Department of Homeland Security  to conduct threat assessments ahead of elections, creates security standards for voting machine vendors, addresses online voter registration, list maintenance and allows the EAC to provide grants to states for improving their election systems.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) have each introduced legislation The Vote-By-Mail-Act was included in HR1 and would require state to register to vote any resident who provides personal information at a local motor vehicle administration as well as allowing for vote-by-mail nationwide.

Connecticut: Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford Springs) has introduced legislation that will repeal a law that allows the state to participate in the National Popular Vote.

Florida: Sen Joe Gruter (R-Sarasota) has introduced a bill that would have local supervisors of elections enter into an agreement with local courts to get a list of jurors who identified themselves as noncitizens. The bill would also require the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide a monthly list of “persons who identify themselves as aliens” to the Department of State to crosscheck those names with state voter registration database.

Illinois: According to the Peoria Star Journal, Knox County board member Jared Hawkins was about 300 signatures short to put a referendum on the 2019 ballot that if approved would have eliminated the Galesburg Election Commission.

Indiana: Indiana Senate Bill 9 went into effect on January 1, allowing individuals seeking mental health treatment in an institution the ability to register to vote at the institution’s address where they reside.

Also in Indiana, Rep. Tonya Pfaff (D-Terre Haute) has filed House Bill 1256 that would extend polling hours to 8 p.m. and allow residents to register to vote up until 12pm on Election Day.

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is sponsoring legislation that would change how elections in Porter County are handled. The bill would increase the number of officials on the county’s election board from three to five and all absentee and early voting ballots would be counted at a central local. There is also an anti-nepotism clause.

Maryland: After Maryland voters approved election day voter registration in November, members of the General Assembly will now have to work out the details of implementation. The bill would all but eliminate the use of provisional ballots for election day registration.

Also in Maryland, the General Assembly will consider a bill to allow the Baltimore City Council to establish ranked choice voting for city elections.

Missouri: Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) has introduced a bill that would move the state to an ranked choice voting system.

New York: A number of bills have been introduced by members of both parties that would eliminate altogether or severely limit the use of schools as polling places.

North Dakota: In a unanimous 90-0 vote, the House has a approved a bill that will allow poll workers to work half days.

Ohio: The Lucas County Commission has unanimously approved a request from the county’s board of elections to extend the Precinct Election Official Leave Program for 2019. This will mark the 14th year the county  has allowed county employees to take paid time off to work the polls on Election Day.

Pennsylvania: According to The Reading Eagle Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to introduce more than 20 bills this session that would reshape the state’s election rules. Among the bills is one for pre-registering 16-and 17-year-olds, one to allow curbside voting for voters with disabilities, one that would create a secure, online system for military voters to cast their ballots, and bills for early voting and easier absentee voting.

Virginia: Del. David Toscano (D-57th) has introduced a bill that would allow cities and counties to move to a ranked choice voting system if they chose to.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is proposing legislation that would repeal the state’s voter ID law. The bill will be patroned by Sen. Mamie Locke and Del. Kaye Kory. Northam has also thrown his support behind Locke’s legislation that would create no-excuse absentee voting.

Wyoming: Senate File 65 would implement ranked choice voting for Wyoming primary and general elections.

Legal Updates

Federal Litigation: The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down the Democratic National Committee’s attempt to reopen discovery in a case aimed at keeping in place a consent decree that limited the Republican Party’s use of poll-watching and ballot security efforts.

Alaska: The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Bart LeBon in the race for House District 1. The election was challenged by Kathryn Dodge who disputed the certified votes in the election LeBon won by one vote.

Arizona: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that a larger panel of judges will review an appeal of a trial judge’s denial of a challenge to the state’s ballot harvesting law.

California: Judicial Watch and state elections officials have reached an agreement over how the state handles records for inactive voters. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the state adheres to federal rules, and the settlement “will not lead to unnecessary removal of active and eligible voters. Safeguards remain in place to ensure … procedures are followed before canceling any voter registration records.”

Also in California, Deidra Vrooman of Nevada County has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor fraud charge in a case alleging that she voted twice in 2016.

Connecticut: Registrars in Wallingford have agreed to a consent order with the State Elections Enforcement Commission acknowledging that security procedures at schools that serve as polling places violate state law on voter identification requirements.

Florida: In a 4-3 decision, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Orange County may continue to hold nonpartisan elections for offices such as sheriff and tax collector as long as those races are decided only in the general election.

Also in Florida, this week U.S. District Judge Mark Walker heard from both sides in the case over whether former Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes should be reinstated to her position. On Wednesday Walker found that former Gov. Rick Scott exceeded his authority when he suspended Snipes. Walker refused to reinstate Snipes, but he did order current Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue an order by the end of January explaining why Snipes was removed from office and grant Snipes a special hearing before March 31.

Hawaii: The State Supreme Court  has ordered the Office of Elections and the Honolulu city clerk to provide more information about how mail ballots were collected for the November 6 election.

North Dakota: The state’s Attorney General is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Spirit Lake Sioux over the state’s voter ID law. According to KNOX, The attorney general’s office wants the lawsuit dismissed on several grounds, including that tribal members named in the complaint weren’t impeded from voting on Election Day.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Election reform | Voting rights, II, III | Electronic voting machines | HR1, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII | Cybersecurity | Fair elections | Suffrage

California: Napa County

Delaware: Election reform

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X | Seminole County | Vote-by-mail |

Iowa: Absentee voting

Minnesota: Voting system

Nebraska: Secretary of state, II

North Carolina: Election fraud, II, III | State Board of Elections

Ohio: Turnout | Franklin County | Lucas County

Oregon: Turnout

Pennsylvania: Same day registration, II, III | Voter access

Tennessee: Barriers to voting | Voting rights

Texas: Harris County

Virginia: No-excuse absentee voting | Late ballots

FVAP Update

New voter registration/ballot request and back-up ballot forms on Federal Register now

The current draft Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) prescribe two standard federal forms. Both forms require review and public comment every three years. The FPCA (SF-76), can be used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, while the FWAB (SF-186) serves as a backup ballot if the voter doesn’t receive a requested ballot in time.

FVAP leveraged feedback from voters and election officials to update the forms to clarify their use and requirements.

The revised forms simplify instructions for voters and include:

  • Clarification of National Guard classification for use of the form.
  • Alterations to the list of states requiring additional information.
  • Clarification of registration and ballot request instructions.

Form usability is an essential part of the redesign process. To help ensure the form is easy and intuitive from a voter’s perspective, please download and complete it as if you were registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot or voting the FWAB. Provide usability comments via the links below.

To view the FPCA Federal Register Notice:
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092-0001

To view the Draft FPCA Form:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092

To view the FWAB Federal Register Notice
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091-0001

To view the Draft FWAB Form:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091

To submit comments and suggestions online: Comments and usability feedback should be submitted on the Federal eRulemarking Portal using the links above or https://www.regulations.gov by January 22, 2019.

Submit comments and usability feedback by mail at the address below by January 19, 2019:

Department of Defense
Office of the Chief Management Officer
Directorate for Oversight and Compliance
4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24 Suite 08D09
Alexandria, VA 22350-1700

Please do not send comments directly to FVAP.

Upcoming Events

A Practical Guide to Risk-Limiting Audits — With the spotlight on election security, election administrators need tools to provide voters with confidence in all stages of our electoral system. Join election officials, cybersecurity experts, policy makers, and others for a practical overview of cutting-edge post-election audits, which provide statistical confidence in election outcomes. As election officials across the country continue to look for opportunities to make their systems and procedures more secure before the 2020 election, what should election officials know about risk-limiting audits? What are they? What tools are necessary? How do they work in states with different voting systems? How much do they cost? We’ll tackle these topics and more. Sponsored by Microsoft, Brennan Center For Justice, Common Cause, National Election Defense Coalition, and Verified Voting. Where: Washington, DC. When: January 31.

National Association of State Election Directors — The NASED Winter Conference will be held in Washington DC, February 1-4, 2019. Sessions on the agenda include: Engaging White Hat Hackers, Beyond Risk Limiting Audits, Engaging Minority Populations, Voter Registration Modernization and updates from Congress and the EAC. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 1-4.

National Association of Secretaries of State — The NASS Winter Conference will be held in Washington, DC, February 1-4, 2019. Sessions on the agenda include: Election Reform in the 116th Congress, 2019 State Legislative Trends for Election Reform, and Signature Verification and Processing Absentee Ballots: Methods, Postmarks, Processing and Tabulating Timetables. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 1-4.

The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future— Please save the date as the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Democracy Fund analyze key moments in election administration during the 2018 midterm elections, and look ahead to what steps can be taken to improve the voting experience for all Americans in 2020. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 14.

Election Center Special Workshop — The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 7 (Facilitating Voter Participation); Course 8 (Implementation of New Programs); and Renewal Course 31 (Election Storytelling ). Where: Birmingham, Alabama. When: February 25-26.

Election Center Special Workshop —The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 9 (Enfranchisement, Enhancement, Enforcement ); Course 10 (Constitution, Courts & Cases to 1965); and Renewal Course 14 (Crisis Management). Where: Virginia Beach. When: April 24-28.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, July 11-17. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada July 11-15, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of State Election Directors — The NASED Summer Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, July 14-16, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

Job Postings This Week

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Administrative Assistant, Center for Election Innovation & Research— the Administrative Assistant will work full-time and play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of CEIR, including our program operations, finance, and human resources functions. This person will collaborate in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work, supporting our ability to grow and expand our impact. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make a substantial impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit leadership. The Administrative Assistant will work in the Washington, DC Metro Area, usually in CEIR’s office, although sometimes working from home may be possible. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for an Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead) position. This position will provide logistical support for ballot collection, fleet, and warehouse tasks as well as lead processes, projects and temporary staff. With over 60 ballot drop box locations throughout King County, this is a work group that continues to grow and evolve. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a detail oriented person with warehouse/receiving experience, data entry and strong interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for two Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead) positions in Ballot Processing and Voter Services. These positions will lead processes, projects, and people which will include leading, coaching, mentoring, and training temporary and regular staff. Leads may also provide assistance and/or participate in long-term cross-training in multiple work areas to meet organizational agile efforts. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a customer service oriented person with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Assistant Registrar, Richmond, Va.— the purpose of the class is to assist citizens in registering to vote and to assist in the election process by providing clerical assistance and customer service. The class is responsible for maintaining accurate voter registration records and for providing election information and services to candidates and the general public. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed according to set procedures under direct supervision. Salary: $24,108-$39,076. Deadline: January 20. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Campus Outreach Lead, Democracy Works— As campus outreach lead, you will sustain and grow the TurboVote higher education partnerships program. You will be responsible for renewing contracts with existing higher education partners and bringing on new partners by generating leads, carrying those leads through necessary follow up tasks, and formalizing partnerships with signed contracts. In this role, you will build relationships with key stakeholders at colleges and universities, as well as with fellow nonprofit organizations that support civic engagement at colleges and universities. You’ll become an expert in the world of higher education and cultivate a passion for promoting civic engagement. Also, you will persistently navigate the bureaucracy of external organizations. Salary: $50,000 to $65,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Certification Manager (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Certification Manager to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is a cross -functional leader playing a key role in managing certification efforts for Dominion Voting products. In this role, you will act as a representative of the company with State and Federal certification officials, test labs, and other key internal and external stakeholders throughout the certification process. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Chief Departmental Operations, San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Voter Services Division — The County of San Diego, Registrar of Voters (ROV) invites résumés from qualified candidates for Chief, Departmental Operations to fill a vacancy in the Voter Services Division. The Chief, Departmental Operations is an unclassified management classification reporting directly to executive management  and oversees a major functional area or several small programs including creating program policy and supervision of staff. This position provides leadership and oversight over the functions and activities of the Department’s Voter Services Division. The primary responsibilities are to direct the processing of voter registration affidavits; maintenance of voter registration records; verification of State and local petitions (i.e. initiative, referendum, recall and nomination); organization of call center functions; management of mail ballot program and mail ballot voter records, including preparation, mailing, verification, and processing of mail ballots; coordination with external organizations including United States Postal Service and ballot printing and mailing contractor; ensuring State and federal reporting requirements are completed; and coordination of San Diego County Employee Retirement Association Board Member Elections. The Chief, Department Operations provides leadership, supervision, and management of staff responsible for voter service activities. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research — the Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and have a broad range of responsibilities designed to support CEIR’s mission. In this position, the Deputy Director will play an integral role in the development and execution of CEIR’s programming, strategic communications, and continued growth as an organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Deputy Director’s primary workplace will be CEIR’s Washington, DC office. The Deputy Director also must be available for business travel as needed. CEIR believes that working alongside and understanding the diverse mix of people who are affected by elections and American democracy is key to achieving our mission. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, non-discriminatory work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist-Ballot Processing, Pierce County, Washington— the Auditor’s Office is currently recruiting for an Elections Specialist position that is assigned to the Ballot Processing area. This position is located at the Pierce County Elections Center in Tacoma, WA.  The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. An employee in this class is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the activities of an assigned election area. This is a working specialist position. Work involves planning, distributing, assigning work to accommodate work fluctuations and changes; monitoring work compiled; taking corrective action to maintain acceptable quality standards; and training election workers assigned to work in their particular areas. Specialists perform day­-to-­day assignments specific to their assigned area. Employees are expected to perform work in all election areas as assigned including customer service and voter registration. Salary: $29.51-$37.33/hour. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician Supervisor, San Joaquin County, California — The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voter’s Office is looking to fill two vital Elections Technician Supervisor positions within the department and to create an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies. This is a fast-paced elections office with a vibrant staff and diverse electorate. In 2019 we anticipate installing a new voting system and upgrading many of our operations. There are three areas the Elections Technician Supervisor may be assigned: Precinct Operations, Voter Registration and Candidate Filing & Campaign Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Training Administrator, Prince William County, Va.— the Elections Training Administrator role is vital to successful and smooth elections in PWC. This role will be responsible for the election training schedule, developing relevant content for Officer of Election training sessions, and conducting trainings. Candidate must be comfortable answering difficult legal questions, have experience training a range of people and have experience as a public speaker. Work is performed under general supervision of the Director of Elections / General Registrar. Salary: $55,828-$94,770. Deadline: January 10. Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.

Field Sales Director, Hart InterCivic — the Field Sales Director works primarily on the road and from a home office when he/she is not on business travel. The Field Sales Director is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in a defined region. Today, this role is a single contributor and does not directly manage people.   This position will report to the VP of Sales. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Architect / Senior Software Engineer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for an accomplished, Boston MA based Architect/Senior Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical and leadership skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem: Bringing transparency to democratic elections. The successful candidate will implement new products and features under tight deadlines. You will be using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with front-end web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical and leadership skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in security, performance, and resilience. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Software Developer, Clear Ballot — The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center— CLC’s General Counsel provides advice and guidance regarding legal issues involving the organization’s work and operations. This includes advising on best ethics practices, legal compliance with applicable laws and advising on risk management. CLC’s General Counsel will also serve as a senior litigator in the Voting Rights & Redistricting programs which engage in litigation around the country, both to ensure the constitutional implementation of existing laws and to defend new reforms against legal challenges. CLC also participates in trial and appellate cases through friend-of-the-court briefs, engages in educational efforts (such as know-your-rights trainings) and provides legislative drafting assistance to legislatures and organizations seeking to improve election law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

IT Security Administrator (Denver) – Dominion Voting is looking for an IT Security Administrator to join our IT team in Denver, Colorado! We are looking for a security minded individual who can perform both day-to-day technical management and maintenance of IT security programs, and who can also strategically assess and enhance the overall IT security enterprise-wide. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager (Austin, TX) – Hart InterCivic — Hart InterCivic is looking for a project manager to work with our Professional Services Team.  The project manager oversees the deployment of voting systems and training to both existing and new Hart customers. The ideal candidate has experience in the elections industry, is PMP certified, and is motivated to achieve success for our customers with initiative.  Travel up to 80 percent. Reports to the Manager of Professional Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Regional Sales Manager, Clear Ballot— The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) position will represent Clear Ballot in a designated territory to engage prospective customers, educate them on the value of partnering with Clear Ballot, and close New Business. This position is a Hunter. The RSM will be responsible for managing and growing their assigned territory and meeting quarterly and annual sales goals. Previous sales experience in high growth organizations is a plus. RSM’s will be responsible for understanding the Clear Ballot portfolio and effectively communicating the value we bring to the market. Measures of success include: high levels of sales activity, regular and consistent reporting and communication of progress, progress toward quarterly and annual quota attainment, and overcoming obstacles to get the job done. We currently have open positions in Florida and Boston. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Sales Engineer, Clear Ballot — Our Sales and Marketing team is looking for a seasoned, hardworking and energetic Sales Engineer with proven experience and a passion for selling technology solutions. This role is responsible for being the primary technical resource for our sales force while also actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process. You will be required to have an in-depth technical knowledge of Clear Ballot’s Clear Vote suite and demonstrating the product capabilities to prospective customers. The ideal candidate must also be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction. Measures of success include new customer acquisition rates, renewal rates, upselling, cross-selling, customer satisfaction and contribution to overall sales team and new customer success Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Researcher, Public Policy Evaluation Research, Fors Marsh Group — FMG is hiring for a researcher on the Public Policy Evaluation team which serves to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community. This is done through a) articulating the public’s needs, b) conducting rigorous evaluation to assess how these needs are being met, and c) working with our clients to improve these programs and policies. This job is best suited for an individual who enjoys research, has experience leading research team, possesses excellent attention to detail, continuously strives to learn and develop, and prefers working in a cooperative environment. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Software Developer (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Senior Software Developer to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Developer III (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Software Developer III to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Staff Editor, Brennan Center for Justice— the Brennan Center seeks an experienced and confident Staff Editor to play a key role in our growing editorial team. The Staff Editor will work closely with the Director of Editorial Strategy in shaping the Brennan Center’s revamped online content strategy, ensuring that we respond quickly to news developments and helping to position us as a leading voice on the issues of democracy and the Constitution that are currently at the center of the national conversation. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System and Data Specialist, ERIC — Using independent judgment and delegated decision-making authority, the Systems and Data Specialist performs analysis, project management, trouble shooting, problem resolution, quality assurance, and documentation concerning mission-critical ERIC functions: 1) uploading of state data and data from secondary sources to ERIC; 2) delivery of timely and accurate reports to ERIC members; 3) hosting and maintenance of ERIC data; and 4) providing consistently high quality service and support to ERIC members.  This position actively participates in business continuity planning, risk assessments, security reviews, and other efforts to protect ERIC’s system and data. Salary: $80K-$95K. Deadline: January 28, 2019. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot — We are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

 

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Ballot Scanners
Ballot reader. $500. Buyer will be responsible for pick and shipping to buyer’s location. Contact Wilfred Cochico, purchasing officer City of Lakewood: 562-866-9771 ext. 2640 or via email: WCochico@lakewoodcity.org.

 

 

 

King County Elections has 17 Photoscribe DRS PS960 image-based high volume scan machines including cases, extender trays, end guides and some extra parts available, free of charge. More information about these units can be found here: If you are interested, contact Nate Valderas at nathan.valderas@kingcounty.gov by January 18, 2019. Shipping costs at the expense of recipient.

Voting Booths
Each aluminum briefcase contains the following: aluminum legs, privacy shield, writing base, light assembly. All units are in great shape dimensions are 22”x 18”x 3“. MFG: ESL. Election supplies Limited, Napa California. Quantity: 400 Price per unit is $50. Contact Greg Larson 408.569.1004

Voting Machines
King County Elections has approximately 150 Diebold TSx units that are available free of charge. Each DRE unit has a touchscreen, base with folding legs, printer component, and keypad. All units are in working condition. Includes additional parts such as privacy doors and leg brackets. If you are interested, contact Kortney Kinzer at kortney.kinzer@kingcounty.gov by January 18, 2019.

 

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In Focus This Week

January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019

In Focus This Week

Exit Interview: Minnesota’s Gary Poser
After almost 30 years in elections, “Competent Bureaucrat” is ready to retire

Being called a “Competent Bureaucrat” by a major media outlet might not sound like a compliment, but it is something outgoing Minnesota Director of Elections Gary Poser is proud of.

And now, after almost 30 years as a “competent bureaucrat” working in the field of elections, Poser is ready to become a most excellent retiree.

Before becoming director of elections in 2007, Poser had more than 17 years of elections experience working in Anoka, Hennepin and Washington counties in Minnesota. He has served on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Standards Board, chair of ERIC and in numerous executive roles in the National Association of State Elections Directors.

“It’sbeen an honor to work with Gary over the years as part of Minnesota’s top-notch election team. It will be hard to imagine the state election office without him – but I know how much he loves his home state and I have no doubt he will absolutely enjoy his retirement,” said Doug Chapin, director of elections research at Fors Marsh Group and University of Minnesota instructor. “Hopefully he won’t be a stranger, but if I ever need to find him I can always consult the Pierz High School football schedule!”

Congratulations and good luck Gary!

Why have you decided to retire at this time?
Because I am eligible to! I’ve completed participating in 17 state general election cycles, which includes 3 statewide recounts and 3 redistricting periods – I’m ready to retire!

What are you most proud of during your time in Minnesota elections?
Being able to serve the voters of Minnesota, who continually turnout in high numbers is something I’m very proud of.  There are so many other things from implementing online voter registration, online absentee applications, joining ERIC, expanding absentee and mail ballot modules in our statewide voter registration system, etc.  Obviously surviving the 2008 U.S. Senate Recount was a major accomplishment and actually resulted in the St. Paul Pioneer Press labeling me as a “Competent Bureaucrat” in an article about the upcoming Governor’s recount in 2010.  I don’t know of any other state employee being declared “competent” by a major newspaper, so I’ll go with that as what I’m most proud of.

Is there anything you were not able to accomplish as director of elections that you really wish you had?
There is always a long list of potential computer-type projects one would like to see accomplished that never quite make it up the priority list based on resources and needing to implement required changes due to law changes first, etc.  More mobile optimization of our election night reporting website would probably be high on that list.

Minnesota usually ranks at or near the top of the nation in voter turnout–do you feel some responsibility for that? Is there (self-imposed) pressure to stay #1?

I think there is self-imposed pride in wanting to stay # 1.  The quality of the candidates to make races close and the legal framework of how our elections work are big factors of turnout that are not in our administrative control.  Making sure the we are enacting the laws as they do exist in ways that ease the administrative burdens of our local election officials and making the voter’s experience in the polling place or when voting absentee as positive as possible are the things we can do well so that voter’s continue to return regularly.

We can take responsibility for that part, but “we” includes my staff here at the Office of the Secretary of State as well as all the local election officials who work hard to make that happen.

What’s your advice to election officials caught in the middle of fierce, partisan legislative fights like the Minnesota saw on voter ID in 2012?
I think the best election officials can do is to be transparent and fair in how they administer the elections.  The partisan fights need to stay in the political arena and not be brought into how the election itself is administered.  Keep your head down and out of the line of fire.

You began your career at the county level before moving on to the state, how important do you think that is, for someone to work in local elections before moving on to the state level, either in the secretary of state’s office or as the chief elections official?
I think there is a difference between it being helpful versus being important.  Having been at the county level, it was a huge help to me in understanding things from a local point of view and helped me to explain things in ways that were easily understood by the local election officials because I talked the same language.  I think a state director coming in without that experience can still accomplish great things, it takes more time and effort to learn the system from both the state and local perspectives all at once but it can certainly be done. I’m just grateful that I had that experience coming in to the job.

If you could design the perfect elections system, what would it look like?
I don’t think there is a perfect elections system. It needs to meet the needs and wishes of the local community and that varies from state to state and changes over time.  However, I think we spend an awful lot of time trying to get individuals to register to vote when the government already has so much of that data. It would be much more efficient to start with the existing government data and add to it rather than maintaining a completely separate database.  I would definitely support automatic registration efforts.

Overall, what innovations would you like to see the elections community work on in the future?
I think the immediate future will continue to involve strengthening security around elections infrastructure and finding ways to implement and maintain that infrastructure all the way to the local level.

What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to hiking in many of the great state parks and traveling the bike trails in Minnesota.  I still need to check off baseball games at more ballparks around the country and will reinvigorate my efforts on my genealogy hobby.  In the elections arena, I hope to explore the possibilities of participating in international observations.

Federal-State Updates

With just hours to spare before the deadline, the Senate signed off on numerous presidential appointees including Donald Palmer and Benjamin Hovland to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. This is the first time the commission has had a full complement of commissioners in what seems like forever.

Election News This Week

Seminole County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel has been named the Sunshine State’s next secretary of state. Ertel has served as the Seminole County supervisor of elections since 2005. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Ertel noted that while the secretary of state has responsibilities other than elections, elections will be the focus at the beginning of his term following the problems some counties faced in November. “We need to instill the best practices to ensure all counties run as well as [those did in November],” Ertel told the paper. “And on a state level, we have to make sure we do what we can do to give counties the tools they need to run great elections.” Congratulations Mike!

Officials in DuPage County, Illinois are working to determine when, exactly, they will finally disband the county election commission and fold those duties into the clerk’s office. “I’m waiting for some direction from the clerk,” Board Chairman Dan Cronin told the Daily Herald. “I think it makes all the sense in the world to do it on (Jan. 15). I don’t see any obstacle, but I want to work with the clerk. I want to get this right.” The last time the county clerk’s office oversaw elections in DuPage was in the 1970s to there are a lot of details to be worked out. New Clerk Jean Kaczmarek had previously indicated she would like to wait until after the April election for the transition. “I know what I want to do,” Cronin said. “I just don’t know what the clerk wants to do. And I want us to work together.”

Ouch, this is not good news. According to an analysis by The Spokesman-Review, almost half of the 5,180 Spokane County, Washington young people between 18 and 25 who registered to vote in 2018 didn’t actually bother to cast a ballot. According to the paper, the areas with the greatest number of newly registered voters who didn’t vote were in precincts around the county’s two major college campuses, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington universities. “Young voters have always been a challenge,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman told the paper. It’s the state’s job to provide a secure system to remove barriers to registering and voting, and make sure voters have the information they need, Wyman said. But it’s the job of the candidates and the campaigns, not the state, to increase turnout.

Personnel News: Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R) has said that he will seek re-election in 2020. Bill Shubat is retiring as the Belmont County, Ohio board of elections director after 24 years on the job. Bill Freytag is retiring as the deputy director of the Richland County, Ohio deputy director of elections. Vera Dulaney is stepping down after 36 years on the job as the Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska clerk. Debbie Door has worked her final election in Franklin County, Missouri and has retired after 16 years on the job as county clerk. Paula Lantz is retiring after 26 years as the White County, Indiana clerk. Congratulations to Lynn Bailey who is celebrating 25 years as the Richmond County, Georgia board of elections executive director. Shauna Geddes has retired as the Franklin County, Utah clerk. Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has announced that he will run for governor in 2020. Mary White has retired as the Bath, Maine city clerk. Leslie McCarty is the new Daviess County, Kentucky clerk. Terri Hollingsworth has been sworn in as the new Pulaski County, Arkansas clerk.

Research and Report Summaries

Election Data Services released its 2018 Apportionment Study on December 19. Based on newly released Census Bureau population estimates for 2018, the study finds that six states would gain an additional seat (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon) or two seats (Texas) in the House of Representatives following the 2020 decennial census and subsequent reapportionment of seats, while seven would lose a seat (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia). The study includes trend analyses to project additional apportionment changes due to further population changes before 2020. As reapportionment also affects the allocation of Electoral College electors among the states, the study also examines how expected upcoming reapportionment changes would have impacted the outcomes of the past five presidential elections.

National Voter Registration Day issued its final report on 2018 National Voter Registration Day on December 19. The report finds that National Voter Registration Day partners and volunteers supported the registration of 865,015 people on the holiday (September 25, 2018), including more than 200,000 collected by community partners in the field and more than 600,000 collected by major digital and media partners. Texas experienced the most registrations collected by community partners on National Voter Registration Day (19,469), while California reported the most online registrations (95,872). The report further highlights that a record 4,087 community partners were engaged in the effort, including 145 election offices.

(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)

Legislative Updates

Florida: A new year brings new laws and in Florida, that means the state will finally join ERIC and therefore be able to crosscheck its voter registration database with 24 other states and the District of Columbia.

Indiana: Sen. Timothy Lanane (D-Anderson) has filed a bill that would allow Indiana residents to register and vote on election day.

Nevada: A new law on the books this week expands the restoration of voting rights to some former felons. Under the new law, those who were dishonorably discharged from probation or parole, meaning they didn’t pay full restitution or otherwise didn’t fulfill the terms, also get their voting rights back.

New Hampshire: A bill being proposed for the 2019 legislative session would give town moderators the authority to postpone local elections and official-ballot town meetings — in which all warrant articles appear on the ballot — if inclement weather could put the public at risk.

Utah: The Cedar City Council voted 3-1 not to participate in a pilot program for ranked choice voting in the 2019 election cycle. Those voting against participating in the program cited a lack of funding to make the necessary updates to the voting system and not enough time for voter education.

Vermont: According to VTDigger, legislators in both chambers of Vermont’s Legislature plan to introduce legislation that would move the state to a system of ranked-choice voting.

Wyoming: Sen. Bo Biteman (R-Ranchester) has introduced a bill that would require voters looking to switch their party to fill out an application before a notary or election official, which would then be filed with the county clerk. The bill also sets parameters for when voters could change their party affiliation.

Legal Updates

Hawaii: The State Supreme Court is weighing the results to two close races, one for Honolulu city council and the other for Senate. According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, the Supreme Court ordered the Office of Elections to produce information on the margin of error as well as information regarding how a voter’s intent is preserved in a close race when their ballots might contain “marginal marks” — anything that wasn’t clearly filling in the appropriate box next to a candidate’s name.

Iowa: James Gibson, 68 has been charged with one count of first-degree election misconduct for trying to register to vote even though he has prior felony convictions.

Kansas: According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Ford County has paid more than $70,000 in legal fees to the firm representing County Clerk Debbie Cox who was sued by voting rights advocates over her decision to relocate the one polling place in Dodge City to an area outside of the city limits and about a mile from the nearest bus stop.

Montana: Richland County Judge Katherine Bidegaray has halted the recount in the Musselshell County sheriff’s race, finding that the challenger and the county elections office didn’t follow state laws governing recount procedures.

Oklahoma: Tera Beth Long, 36, of Sallisaw, faces one count of false affidavit in voting registration and one count of voting illegally for allegedly voting twice in Sequoyah County.

West Virginia: At a hearing this week in Marion County Circuit Court over 57 uncounted ballots that were discovered two weeks after the November 6 election Circuit Court Judge Patrick Wilson granted a writ giving the Fairmont canvassing board five days to count the ballots.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voter fraud | Election security | Voting rights, II, III | Blockchain | HR1 | 2018 elections | U.S. Postal Service

Alabama: Ex-felon voting rights

California: Motor voter, II | Ballot harvesting

Florida: Secretary of state, II, III

Idaho: Runoffs

Kansas: Voting system

Maine: Election reform | Ranked choice voting

Nebraska: Secretary of state

New Mexico: Secretary of state

New York: Election reform, II, III, IV | Automatic voter registration

North Carolina: Election fraud, II | State Board of Elections | Compulsory voting

Texas: Harris County

Utah: Ranked choice voting

Vermont: Absentee voting | Election security

West Virginia: Paper ballots

FVAP Update

New voter registration/ballot request and back-up ballot forms on Federal Register now

The current draft Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) prescribe two standard federal forms. Both forms require review and public comment every three years. The FPCA (SF-76), can be used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, while the FWAB (SF-186) serves as a backup ballot if the voter doesn’t receive a requested ballot in time.

FVAP leveraged feedback from voters and election officials to update the forms to clarify their use and requirements.

The revised forms simplify instructions for voters and include:

  • Clarification of National Guard classification for use of the form.
  • Alterations to the list of states requiring additional information.
  • Clarification of registration and ballot request instructions.

Form usability is an essential part of the redesign process. To help ensure the form is easy and intuitive from a voter’s perspective, please download and complete it as if you were registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot or voting the FWAB. Provide usability comments via the links below.

To view the FPCA Federal Register Notice:
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092-0001

To view the Draft FPCA Form:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092

To view the FWAB Federal Register Notice:
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091-0001

To view the Draft FWAB Form:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091

To submit comments and suggestions online: Comments and usability feedback should be submitted on the Federal eRulemarking Portal using the links above or https://www.regulations.gov by January 22, 2019.

Submit comments and usability feedback by mail at the address below by January 19, 2019:

Department of Defense
Office of the Chief Management Officer
Directorate for Oversight and Compliance
4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24 Suite 08D09
Alexandria, VA 22350-1700

Please do not send comments directly to FVAP.

Upcoming Events

Joint Election Officials Liaison Conference (JEOLC) —The Election Center’s Joint Election Officials Liaison Conference (JEOLC) will be held in Arlington, Virginia, January 10-11, 2019. Watch this space for more details and agendas.

A Practical Guide to Risk-Limiting Audits — With the spotlight on election security, election administrators need tools to provide voters with confidence in all stages of our electoral system. Join election officials, cybersecurity experts, policy makers, and others for a practical overview of cutting-edge post-election audits, which provide statistical confidence in election outcomes. As election officials across the country continue to look for opportunities to make their systems and procedures more secure before the 2020 election, what should election officials know about risk-limiting audits? What are they? What tools are necessary? How do they work in states with different voting systems? How much do they cost? We’ll tackle these topics and more. Sponsored by Microsoft, Brennan Center For Justice, Common Cause, National Election Defense Coalition, and Verified Voting. Where: Washington, DC. When: January 31.

National Association of State Election DirectorsThe NASED Winter Conference will be held in Washington DC, February 1-4, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of Secretaries of State — The NASS Winter Conference will be held in Washington, DC, February 1-4, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future— Please save the date as the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Democracy Fund analyze key moments in election administration during the 2018 midterm elections, and look ahead to what steps can be taken to improve the voting experience for all Americans in 2020. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 14.

Election Center Special Workshop — The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 7 (Facilitating Voter Participation); Course 8 (Implementation of New Programs); and Renewal Course 31 (Election Storytelling ). Where: Birmingham, Alabama. When: February 25-26.

Election Center Special Workshop —The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 9 (Enfranchisement, Enhancement, Enforcement ); Course 10 (Constitution, Courts & Cases to 1965); and Renewal Course 14 (Crisis Management). Where: Virginia Beach. When: April 24-28.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, July 11-17. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada July 11-15, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

National Association of State Election DirectorsThe NASED Summer Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, July 14-16, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

Job Postings This Week

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

Administrative Assistant, Center for Election Innovation & Research— the Administrative Assistant will work full-time and play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of CEIR, including our program operations, finance, and human resources functions. This person will collaborate in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work, supporting our ability to grow and expand our impact. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make a substantial impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit leadership. The Administrative Assistant will work in the Washington, DC Metro Area, usually in CEIR’s office, although sometimes working from home may be possible. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for an Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead) position. This position will provide logistical support for ballot collection, fleet, and warehouse tasks as well as lead processes, projects and temporary staff. With over 60 ballot drop box locations throughout King County, this is a work group that continues to grow and evolve. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a detail oriented person with warehouse/receiving experience, data entry and strong interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for two Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead) positions in Ballot Processing and Voter Services. These positions will lead processes, projects, and people which will include leading, coaching, mentoring, and training temporary and regular staff. Leads may also provide assistance and/or participate in long-term cross-training in multiple work areas to meet organizational agile efforts. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a customer service oriented person with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Assistant Registrar, Richmond, Va.— the purpose of the class is to assist citizens in registering to vote and to assist in the election process by providing clerical assistance and customer service. The class is responsible for maintaining accurate voter registration records and for providing election information and services to candidates and the general public. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed according to set procedures under direct supervision. Salary: $24,108-$39,076. Deadline: January 20. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Certification Manager (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Certification Manager to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is a cross -functional leader playing a key role in managing certification efforts for Dominion Voting products. In this role, you will act as a representative of the company with State and Federal certification officials, test labs, and other key internal and external stakeholders throughout the certification process. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Chief Departmental Operations, San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Voter Services Division — The County of San Diego, Registrar of Voters (ROV) invites résumés from qualified candidates for Chief, Departmental Operations to fill a vacancy in the Voter Services Division. The Chief, Departmental Operations is an unclassified management classification reporting directly to executive management  and oversees a major functional area or several small programs including creating program policy and supervision of staff. This position provides leadership and oversight over the functions and activities of the Department’s Voter Services Division. The primary responsibilities are to direct the processing of voter registration affidavits; maintenance of voter registration records; verification of State and local petitions (i.e. initiative, referendum, recall and nomination); organization of call center functions; management of mail ballot program and mail ballot voter records, including preparation, mailing, verification, and processing of mail ballots; coordination with external organizations including United States Postal Service and ballot printing and mailing contractor; ensuring State and federal reporting requirements are completed; and coordination of San Diego County Employee Retirement Association Board Member Elections. The Chief, Department Operations provides leadership, supervision, and management of staff responsible for voter service activities. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research — the Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and have a broad range of responsibilities designed to support CEIR’s mission. In this position, the Deputy Director will play an integral role in the development and execution of CEIR’s programming, strategic communications, and continued growth as an organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Deputy Director’s primary workplace will be CEIR’s Washington, DC office. The Deputy Director also must be available for business travel as needed. CEIR believes that working alongside and understanding the diverse mix of people who are affected by elections and American democracy is key to achieving our mission. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, non-discriminatory work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist-Ballot Processing, Pierce County, Washington— the Auditor’s Office is currently recruiting for an Elections Specialist position that is assigned to the Ballot Processing area. This position is located at the Pierce County Elections Center in Tacoma, WA.  The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. An employee in this class is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the activities of an assigned election area. This is a working specialist position. Work involves planning, distributing, assigning work to accommodate work fluctuations and changes; monitoring work compiled; taking corrective action to maintain acceptable quality standards; and training election workers assigned to work in their particular areas. Specialists perform day­-to-­day assignments specific to their assigned area. Employees are expected to perform work in all election areas as assigned including customer service and voter registration. Salary: $29.51-$37.33/hour. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician Supervisor, San Joaquin County, California — The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voter’s Office is looking to fill two vital Elections Technician Supervisor positions within the department and to create an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies. This is a fast-paced elections office with a vibrant staff and diverse electorate. In 2019 we anticipate installing a new voting system and upgrading many of our operations. There are three areas the Elections Technician Supervisor may be assigned: Precinct Operations, Voter Registration and Candidate Filing & Campaign Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Training Administrator, Prince William County, Va.— the Elections Training Administrator role is vital to successful and smooth elections in PWC. This role will be responsible for the election training schedule, developing relevant content for Officer of Election training sessions, and conducting trainings. Candidate must be comfortable answering difficult legal questions, have experience training a range of people and have experience as a public speaker. Work is performed under general supervision of the Director of Elections / General Registrar. Salary: $55,828-$94,770. Deadline: January 10. Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.

Field Sales Director, Hart InterCivic — the Field Sales Director works primarily on the road and from a home office when he/she is not on business travel. The Field Sales Director is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in a defined region. Today, this role is a single contributor and does not directly manage people. This position will report to the VP of Sales. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Architect / Senior Software Engineer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for an accomplished, Boston MA based Architect/Senior Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical and leadership skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem: Bringing transparency to democratic elections. The successful candidate will implement new products and features under tight deadlines. You will be using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with front-end web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical and leadership skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in security, performance, and resilience. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Software Developer, Clear Ballot — The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5. The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center— CLC’s General Counsel provides advice and guidance regarding legal issues involving the organization’s work and operations. This includes advising on best ethics practices, legal compliance with applicable laws and advising on risk management. CLC’s General Counsel will also serve as a senior litigator in the Voting Rights & Redistricting programs which engage in litigation around the country, both to ensure the constitutional implementation of existing laws and to defend new reforms against legal challenges. CLC also participates in trial and appellate cases through friend-of-the-court briefs, engages in educational efforts (such as know-your-rights trainings) and provides legislative drafting assistance to legislatures and organizations seeking to improve election law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

IT Security Administrator (Denver) – Dominion Voting is looking for an IT Security Administrator to join our IT team in Denver, Colorado! We are looking for a security minded individual who can perform both day-to-day technical management and maintenance of IT security programs, and who can also strategically assess and enhance the overall IT security enterprise-wide. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager (Austin, TX) – Hart InterCivic — Hart InterCivic is looking for a project manager to work with our Professional Services Team.  The project manager oversees the deployment of voting systems and training to both existing and new Hart customers. The ideal candidate has experience in the elections industry, is PMP certified, and is motivated to achieve success for our customers with initiative.  Travel up to 80 percent. Reports to the Manager of Professional Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Regional Sales Manager, Clear Ballot— The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) position will represent Clear Ballot in a designated territory to engage prospective customers, educate them on the value of partnering with Clear Ballot, and close New Business. This position is a Hunter. The RSM will be responsible for managing and growing their assigned territory and meeting quarterly and annual sales goals. Previous sales experience in high growth organizations is a plus. RSM’s will be responsible for understanding the Clear Ballot portfolio and effectively communicating the value we bring to the market. Measures of success include: high levels of sales activity, regular and consistent reporting and communication of progress, progress toward quarterly and annual quota attainment, and overcoming obstacles to get the job done. We currently have open positions in Florida and Boston. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Sales Engineer, Clear Ballot — Our Sales and Marketing team is looking for a seasoned, hardworking and energetic Sales Engineer with proven experience and a passion for selling technology solutions. This role is responsible for being the primary technical resource for our sales force while also actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process. You will be required to have an in-depth technical knowledge of Clear Ballot’s Clear Vote suite and demonstrating the product capabilities to prospective customers. The ideal candidate must also be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction. Measures of success include new customer acquisition rates, renewal rates, upselling, cross-selling, customer satisfaction and contribution to overall sales team and new customer success Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Researcher, Public Policy Evaluation Research, Fors Marsh Group — FMG is hiring for a researcher on the Public Policy Evaluation team which serves to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community. This is done through a) articulating the public’s needs, b) conducting rigorous evaluation to assess how these needs are being met, and c) working with our clients to improve these programs and policies. This job is best suited for an individual who enjoys research, has experience leading research team, possesses excellent attention to detail, continuously strives to learn and develop, and prefers working in a cooperative environment. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Software Developer (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Senior Software Developer to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Developer III (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Software Developer III to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Staff Editor, Brennan Center for Justice— the Brennan Center seeks an experienced and confident Staff Editor to play a key role in our growing editorial team. The Staff Editor will work closely with the Director of Editorial Strategy in shaping the Brennan Center’s revamped online content strategy, ensuring that we respond quickly to news developments and helping to position us as a leading voice on the issues of democracy and the Constitution that are currently at the center of the national conversation. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System and Data Specialist, EIRC — Using independent judgment and delegated decision-making authority, the Systems and Data Specialist performs analysis, project management, trouble shooting, problem resolution, quality assurance, and documentation concerning mission-critical ERIC functions: 1) uploading of state data and data from secondary sources to ERIC; 2) delivery of timely and accurate reports to ERIC members; 3) hosting and maintenance of ERIC data; and 4) providing consistently high quality service and support to ERIC members.  This position actively participates in business continuity planning, risk assessments, security reviews, and other efforts to protect ERIC’s system and data. Salary: $80K-$95K. Deadline: January 28, 2019. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot — We are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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