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December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

In Focus This Week

Reflections on the Election Audit Summit
Foundational concepts of auditing and elections were pushed, stretched, and tested

By Clair De Soi, communications manager
MIT Election Data & Science Lab

Last week, over a hundred engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, election officials, and others invested in improving U.S. elections braved Boston’s dropping temperatures to participate in the Election Audit Summit. A project of the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project, the summit was supported by MIT’s Election Data & Science Lab.

The two-day conference was designed to explore the intersections of the scientific, policy, and legal issues related to post-election auditing. As concerns over the integrity of the computer systems that manage elections in the United States increased following the 2016 election, the conference organizers began to develop ideas for a forum that would allow the scientific and election administration communities to collaborate and advance the ways we identify and prevent attempts to subvert the effective administration of elections.

What resulted from their efforts was not just a meeting of the minds to discuss technical innovations and methods in election audits. It was also a lively conversation of how we can, collectively, put those ideas into practice—the essential steps to setting audits up for success, and in doing so, secure both an election’s integrity and voters’ confidence in it. If you weren’t able to attend, recordings of every session are available online—but if you don’t have a day and a half to spend with them, we’ve also summarized a few of the major themes and takeaways for you here.

There were, of course, important discussions of the scientific side of things. “Elections are being run under more exacting tolerances,” said Charles Stewart III, a professor at MIT and one of the conference organizers, in the opening panel, underlining the need for election policies, equipment, and even the people involved to strive for new levels of technical precision and clarity. Presentations covered Bayesian and k-cut sampling methods, risk-limiting audit (RLA) strategies, the possibilities and challenges of end-to-end verifiability, and more. In parallel, participants discussed suggestions for how to explain complicated techniques to voters and policymakers in ways that are easy to grasp.

Foundational concepts of auditing and elections were pushed, stretched, and tested by participants over coffee in the hallways and during panels. How—and which—stakeholders should be involved at which stages of an election audit? Where and when should data be accessible, and to whom? What steps can we take to improve and normalize audits, build voter confidence in election processes, or deter malicious interference? Who might be a useful resource as we do so, beyond the usual #electiongeek suspects?

An important theme that emerged in nearly every panel was the absolute impossibility of effective innovation without connecting it directly to the mundane realities and complexities of election systems as a whole. “An audit is no better than the paper trail it uses,” offered Philip Stark of the University of California at Berkeley on the first morning; Whitney Quesenbery of the Center for Civic Design took that and ran with it, challenging attendees to consider “democracy as a design problem,” and to think more critically about the tangled implications of a decision as seemingly simple as the formatting of a single paragraph of ballot text.

Throughout the summit, we were lucky to have insights and expertise from folks around the country who have been in the weeds of audit implementation for years. A panel of Coloradan experts drew from their experiences to illustrate the necessity of a safe learning environment and layered trainings for election workers. To implement an RLA effectively, they emphasized, they had to “go slow to go fast,” planning ahead to provide enough time and space for workers to ask questions, make mistakes, and build their confidence. Stories from New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, California, and Michigan—where a pilot RLA had wrapped up just a few days before the summit convened—also offered important lessons on successful audit research and implementation.

None of the panelists or participants pretended that audits offered a panacea. “There are no silver bullets in elections,” commented Matthew Masterson (of the Department of Homeland Security), in a closing discussion; a truth that perhaps no one understands better than those who work inside those elections. That said, we’ve gathered some of the best advice offered at the summit to offer to you here:

  • Make laws vague; make rules specific. Instead of codifying (one might say calcifying) all of your audit policies and procedures up front, give them the space to evolve. Allow yourself the capacity to improve and adapt as you gain knowledge.
  • Have empathy. To improve elections, academics must build relationships with election officials that are based on trust. Understand the needs of voters and stakeholders first, and provide recommendations that are actionable and digestible for election administrators.
  • Complex systems fail in complex, nonlinear ways. No one likes to dwell on failure, but Ben Adida of VotingWorks put on his Silicon Valley hat and called for the election community to do just that. Success gives us one set of lessons learned; what can the failures teach us?
  • Common. Data. Format. This could be an entire post on its own, but standards for a common data format came up repeatedly as an important element in ensuring that all states can conduct the most effective RLAs going forward.
  • Collaboration is key. As co-organizer Jennifer Morrell of Democracy Fund put it, collaboration is essential to solving many of the complex problems facing election officials today, including audits. Ultimately, this is a hinge on which the rest of these takeaways depend.

So, where to from here? Beyond a few days of conversations, where does this Election Audit Summit put us?

Well, for one thing, we hope that it provided fertile ground for new collaborations (see what we did there?) on post-election audits. Strong auditing procedures, conducted with transparency, can play a critical role in ensuring that voters have high confidence in the election process and integrity of the results. There’s a growing community of experts in academia, public service, and grassroots circles alike that are developing more scientifically rigorous approaches to auditing elections—the summit was just a taste. We hope you’ll stay tuned to what they’re doing (see, for example, our expanding and not at all exhaustive list of suggested resources), or dip a toe into a new collaboration yourself.

Election News This Week

North Carolina 9th District Update: While the investigation into what happened in North Carolina’s U.S. House District 9 race continues, state and local authorities are preparing for the very real possibility that the election will be done over. Both chambers of the state Legislature have approved a bill that would require another primary to be held in the 9th District if a new election is mandated. One affected county, Mecklenburg, anticipates that a new election will cost around $500,000. Also this week, Jens Lutz, the vice chairman of the Bladen County board of elections resigned. According to WBTV, Lutz was one of the first to sound the alarm about absentee ballots in the race.

A scan by the U.S. Postal Service found that 29 of 33 uncounted ballots in the Iowa House 55 race were placed in the mail before the deadline passed and the losing candidate—who lost by only nine votes—wants them counted. Democrat Kayla Koether filed legal action to have the ballots counted. According to The Courier, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines have filed a motion to dismiss Koether’s petition to county the 29 ballots. The petition argues that the court does not have jurisdiction over the matter.

What once was lost, now is found. Recently the owners of a Huntsville, Alabama wine store discovered a box in the basement filled unopened election envelopes dating to 1984. While they appeared to be sealed absentee ballots from 1984, Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger said all of the envelopes had canvassing statements inside. WHNT said Barger, alongside sheriffs deputies, picked up the box of the materials. He said they will turn them over to the local Democratic party.

Personnel News: Texas Secretary of State Ronaldo Pablos is stepping down effective December 15. Maria Valadez has been appointed interim registrar of voters in Lake County, California. Interim Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R) has been elected to his first full term as secretary. Congratulations to Carol P. Heard, chief elections official with the Decatur County, Georgia board of elections and voter registration who has been designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator. Carol Fosmo is retiring as the Elko County, Nevada clerk. Congratulations to Monmouth County, New Jersey Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon for receiving the 2018 Person of the Year Award from the Monmouth County Fraternal Order of Police, Superior Officer’s Lodge #30. Cherokee County, South Carolina Registration and Elections Director Suzanne Turner is stepping down. Michelle Hunter Jaeger, who was recently elected to serve as the Pike County, Missouri clerk has informed the county commission that she will not accept the position. The Glynn County, Georgia Board of Elections voted to terminate Elections and Registration Supervisor Monica Couch, effectively immediately. Washington County, Colorado Clerk Garland Wahl is retiring. Garth Fell has announced that he will seek the Snohomish County auditor’s seat. Current Auditor Carolyn Weikel is term-limited. Luke Burton is resigning as the Darke County, Ohio elections director.

In Memoriam: O.C. Pleasant, former chairman of the Shelby County, Tennessee election commission died over the weekend. He was 75. Pleasant was the longest serving member of the Shelby County election commission and served form the mid-1970s to 2009. For 24 of those years, he was chairman of the election commission. According to the Daily Memphian, after leaving the Election Commission in 2009, Pleasant remained involved in election issues through the Memphis Branch NAACP.

Saline County, Illinois County Clerk Roger Craig, who was installed in office just two weeks ago has died. He was 57. According to the Southern Illinoisan, Craig ran against incumbent Kim Buchanan in the Republican Primary Election in March. At the time, he cited the battle between Buchanan and the county board as his reason for entering the race. Craig previously served as trustee for the Harrisburg Township.

Rosanell Eaton, lead plaintiff in a North Carolina voting rights lawsuit that reached the U.S. Supreme Court died on December 8. She was 97. According to The New York Times, Eaton, an obscure civil rights pioneer in her younger years, became a cause célèbre after President Barack Obama cited her courage in his response to a 2015 article in The New York Times Magazine about growing efforts to dismantle the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Eaton was a lifelong devotee of voting rights. She registered to vote for the first time in 1942 at the age of 21 after facing down three white men who tried to stop her from entering the Franklin County, North Carolina courthouse.

Legislative Updates

Kansas: Sedgwick County officials will plan to lobby their legislative delegation to introduce a bill that will allow the county to move to vote centers.

Maryland: The Town of Chevy Chase Council voted unanimously to extend voting rights to non-citizens in local elections. Those now eligible to vote must have green cards, be in the country for diplomatic purposes or those working toward U.S. citizenship. “One of the reasons I think we were sympathetic was that we heard from non-citizens who have been residents in town for a long time and are eager to participate in democracy,” Mayor Barney Rush told Bethesda Magazine. “We care about having an inclusive community where people who wish to participate in our civic activities are able to do so, and this is one way people can contribute.”

Michigan: The Senate has approved legislation that would gut a recently-approved voter initiative. The approved bills would cut off voter registration at 14 days ahead of election and allow a resident to opt out of automatic voter registration and would force voters to show more identification and prove citizenship before voting.

Also in Michigan, the House Elections Committee has approved a bill that will legalize ballot selfies. “The First Amendment right to free speech is primarily for political speech,” sponsoring Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland told The Detroit News. “In today’s day and age, social media is often how people support their candidates and their causes.”

North Carolina: A bill shaping the make-up of the North Carolina State Board of Elections is on its way Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Under the bill the board would move back to five members, with all of them appointed by the governor. The board will also be split back into two parts, with an ethics commission taking on the role of ethics enforcement.

Tennessee: Senate Minority Chairman Raumesh Akbari is planning to sponsor legislation automatically restoring the right to vote for people with low-level felony convictions.

Virginia: Delegate Charniele Herring is planning on introducing legislation to allow for no-excuse absentee voting. “It’s already happening in 38 other states and it’s time for us to get rid of our old ways of doing things,” Herring told WAVY.

Legal Updates

Kansas: The ACLU has filed a motion opposing the dismissal of its voting rights case against Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox. “We aren’t asking for the moon,” said ACLU of Kansas legal director Lauren Bonds. “Our plaintiffs need, deserve and are legally entitled to an accessible polling place, in town. That’s more than reasonable.” Cox was sued after she moved the one Dodge City polling location outside of town about a mile from the nearest bus stop.

Massachusetts: Chief U.S. District Judge Patti Saris has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system the commonwealth uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes. The judge rejected the challenge that it violates the principle of “one person, one vote.”

Mississippi: Canton Alderwoman Vickie McNeil has been charged with four counts of voter fraud in the 2017 Canton municipal election. Courtney Rainey, Donnell Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Desmand King and Sherman Matlock have also been charged with various voter fraud-related charges. Kin is the deputy clerk for Canton.

Tech Thursday

South Carolina: The state Election Commission has released a request for proposals for a new statewide voting system. According to Chris Whitmire, the commission is asking for proposals for two different types of systems: ballot marking devices and hand-marked optical scan systems. “Just about everybody who has a stake in an election has expressed support for replacing the current voting system with a system that has paper,” Whitmire told The Post and Courier. The commission is hoping the Legislature will provide $60 million for the new system and they would like to have it in place by 2020.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Efforts to end democracy, II, III, IV | Election security | Election fraud, II | Voter fraud, II | Election night

Arizona: Ballot signatures

Arkansas: Secretary of state

California: Every vote counts | Ballot harvesting

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V, VI | Election reform | Electoral dysfunction

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights, II | Voting system

Maine: Ranked choice voting, II |

Massachusetts: Ranked choice voting

Louisiana: Secretary of state, II

Nevada: Election integrity | Election consolidation

New Hampshire: Secretary of state

New Jersey: Vote by mail

New York: Voter suppression | New York City BOE, II

North Carolina: Election fraud, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII | State board of elections | Voter ID, II

Ohio: Licking County | Board of elections

Oklahoma: Poll workers

Oregon: Voting system

Pennsylvania: Voting machine costs, II, III

South Carolina: Ballot initiatives

Tennessee: Instant runoff voting

Washington: Ranked choice voting

EAVS Update

Launch of the 2018 EAVS and New Resources

David Kuennen, senior research program specialist
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

With the midterm elections now behind us, the EAC has begun implementing the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)(opens in new tab).

The EAVS is the agency’s biennial survey that collects the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration from nearly 6,500 local election jurisdictions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Pollsters and journalists are already off to the races writing the first draft of history on the 2018 midterms. The EAVS allows us to tell the official election administration side of the story. From record turnout levels to shifts in voting methods, and changes in voting technology, we should have some really interesting things to say about how the 2018 elections were run and the changing landscape of U.S. elections.

This week, we are excited to launch the data collection period for the 2018 EAVS and share the data collection templates with respondents. Along with the new templates, the EAC and its implementing partner, Fors Marsh Group, are taking a number of steps to make the survey easier to complete, strengthen data quality and completeness, and improve accessibility of the data.

Some of these efforts include new resources.

Webinar: Overview of the 2018 EAVS(opens in new tab) – Moderated by EAC Vice Chair Christy McCormick, webinar panelists discuss a number of topics helpful for respondents, including what’s new for the 2018 survey, the EAVS data collection timeline, resources available to respondents, and helpful hints for completing the survey.

A series of six “bootcamp” videos, which provide detailed section-by-section and question-by-question guidance for completing the survey. These include:

Section A(opens in new tab), related to voter registration data;

Section B(opens in new tab), related to military and overseas voting data;

Section C(opens in new tab), related to domestic civilian by-mail voting data;

Section D(opens in new tab), related to polling place and poll worker data;

Section E(opens in new tab), related to provisional ballot data; and

Section F(opens in new tab), related to voter participation and election technology data.

While these resources primarily seek to help respondents complete the 2018 EAVS, we also hope that they can provide to other interested stakeholders insights into the data collected by the survey and the process we use to collect it.

EAVS respondents can find the data collection templates, instructions, and additional resources on the 2018 EAVS Portal(opens in new tab).

Look for more information about the 2018 EAVS in the New Year, as we plan to provide additional updates on the EAVS and related news!

FVAP Updates

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

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 mid-winter conference “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” theme underscores the critical importance of IGO’s ongoing commitment to its members. The opening Keynote Speaker will be Frank Kitchen and his “I LIVE FRESH!” The Five Step Recipe for Being a Difference Maker and Life Changer presentation as well as a joint workshop, “IT’S OK TO PLAY” Gaming Your Way to a Positive Culture. We will once again offer CPL educational courses, division specific education, joint education sessions, committee meetings, team building activities and business partner workshops. Where: Irvine, California. When: January 6-10, 2019

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 Directors — The 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.

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.

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.

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.

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In Focus This Week

December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

In Focus This Week

What’s next for elections and cybersecurity
Training, assessing, planning

By M. Mindy Moretti
electionline.org

Despite months (years) of worry, the 2018 election has come and gone without a whiff of hacking or foreign interference.

In the days following the election, Charles Stewart, III who runs the MIT Election Data & Science Lab reported that voters surveyed following the election were 68 percent either very or somewhat confident that local officials had taken adequate steps to secure the election. That was up 15 percentage points since June.

With public confidence high in election security and no reports of any cybersecurity incidents during the 2018 election, how should state and local elections officials be focusing their attention in preparation for 2020?

We asked some of the leaders in the elections cybersecurity field what they will be doing for the next two years and what they would recommend state and local officials focus on as well.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Matt Masterson with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) said that election officials CISA has worked with and talked to recognize that the risks posed to election systems are not going away and are going to adapt and increase.

After each election most offices take some time to evaluate what went well, what didn’t and how they can get better, Masterson said. As they prepare to conduct that after action report he would encourage them to take stock of their cyber posture.

“Take a full inventory of their systems (every office should have a complete understanding of what systems they have in their office, who owns them, how old they are, and how they are configured and managed), understand their network architecture, review and update their cyber incident response plan, update aging systems, ensure regular and consistent patching of systems, etc. The good news is that DHS/CISA has resources to help support them as they conduct this review.”

CISA can scan their outward facing systems with its remote cyber hygiene scans, conduct a cyber-security resilience review or review their network architecture. All of these services are free and prioritized for election officials!

Masterson said CISA will continue to work to support state and local officials by regularly sharing threat information. In addition, a priority for 2019 is to share information and educate funders, state and local appropriators, on the election risk environment and the real need for regular and consistent funding and resource allocation for election offices.

“We are currently working with all fifty states and over fourteen hundred local jurisdictions. We are proud of that level of partnership and engagement but recognize we have a lot more work to do. We know we need to continue to work with states to ensure information and services are reaching their local election officials, particularly in midsized and small localities. Through projects like the “last mile” poster project and outreach from the EI-ISAC we are hopeful that the election sector will remain our fastest growing sector,” Masterson said.

Additionally, he noted, CISA is excited to build on the work it’s done with the GCC and SCC to understand the scope and nature of the risks to elections and have more in-depth conversations about some of the harder issues in this sector, these include items such as getting to 100 percent auditability by 2020 and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of audits, supply chain management, and patching of election systems.

Center for Internet Security

Complacency. Ben Spear, director of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) is worried about complacency.

“Complacency is always a risk,” Spear said. “Just because there wasn’t an issue this cycle doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be issues in the future. But the election officials I spoke to seem to believe that.”

Spear said he expects cybersecurity to remain a top concern for elections officials in the next two years, but that for many, it’s now part of their job instead something “new” in addition the other election administration duties they have. He said he’s been cheered to see that so many of the newly elected elections officials have already been reaching out to EI-ISAC.

He said that in the next few months and years it’s vitally important that state and local elections officials continue to focus on training, citing some of the trainings offered by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Department of Homeland Security and others. He stressed the importance of building a base knowledge in cybersecurity before then moving on to more detailed training.

In addition to training, Spear said a top priority for all elections officials should be assessing their risk.

“You can’t start to fix something until you do an assessment,” Spear said encouraging officials to get and use CIS’ assessment tool and handbook. “That assessment tool allows you to frame where you stand and where you need to go.”

As for CIS, Spear said the organization will continue to be engaged with counties and states and work with organizations like the National Association of Secretaries of State and National Association of State Election Directors.

“We’re still somewhat drying the ink ourselves and doing some look back at how things went and what we want to do going forward,” Spear said. One thing that is important to me is going forward beyond the Handbook with a roadmap. We only had 7-8 months with the Handbook, now we’ve got two years to really help people formulate their roadmaps.”

And if you aren’t already signed up for the EI-ISAC (What?!? You aren’t?!?!), get signed up as soon as possible.

Defending Digital Democracy Project

According to Robby Mook, senior fellow  and Mari Dugas, project coordinator cybersecurity is an evolving challenge and that vigilance is the price of success.

“…[T]o stop paying attention now will most certainly mean something bad happens next time,” Mook and Dugas said. “We’ve seen great momentum from state and local elections officials on issues of cybersecurity though, so we hope that continues to be a priority.”

For their part, during the next two years, D3P will continue to be focused on resilience and training. The D3P team is assisting states who are conducting their own table top exercises as a way to expand cybersecurity training to a broader group of election officials.

“The 2016 election began to create more of an awareness of election cybersecurity, and the goal now is to keep that momentum going. To that end, we are encouraging our partners at the state and local level to continue to train their staffs in cybersecurity best practices and develop strong incident response communication plans,” explained Mook and Dugas.

Mook and Douglas said that it’s important for state and local elections officials to focus on cybersecurity basics and those basics should not be underestimated.

“We include our top 10 recommendations in our State and Local Election Cybersecurity Playbook, they explained. “However, as more is happening around elections on social media platforms, having an incident response communications plan in place is also a critical component of security.”

Center for Democracy and Technology

“…[I]n the wake of 2018 I am a bit worried that because there were no serious attacks that people might become complacent or not consider it an urgent area on which we need to seek continuous improvement,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at CDT.

Hall said it’s important to remember that just like in finance, “past performance is no indication of future results.”

“Election security is going to require continual improvement because we’ll never know when we’re a juicy target for someone, and the attack methods those malicious attackers use will only improve over time, so must we,” Hall said.

To that end, he had some recommendations for what state and local officials should spend their time doing over the coming months. He said it’s not that much different than before 2018: two-factor authentication, good password/credential management, and DDOS attack protection.

“In the longer term, it’s going to be important to move to systems that cannot run malware (e.g., Chromebooks for staff) and moving election information systems to regional or county data centers where concentrating the security needs of a number of local entities can help them leverage their capacity to better focus the limited resources they do have for cybersecurity,” Hall said.

Hall also said that it will be important for election officials to demand support in precinct-based voting systems for risk-limiting audits.

As for things outside the voting system, Hall said security experts and elections officials will have to start cultivating a culture of security across the election ecosystem.

“Just as certain kinds of election staff can specialize in larger jurisdictions, we will need to have election officials understand that they will need to have good security expertise on staff or they will need to be able to think through these issues themselves and make decisions that can protect them given their level of operations.”

For example, he said, it makes much more sense for a small jurisdiction to use office suites like Microsoft Office 365 and Google’s GSuite then to try and run their own office software that they would have to update, etc.

“We’ll want to have a sense of what it looks like to be a mature election cybersecurity operation and various levels of capability. That requires larger jurisdictions having meetings of their election cybersecurity people and people like us in civil society and elsewhere being able to translate the learning happening there to the smaller jurisdictions,” Hall said.

 

Federal-State Updates

This week, in a meeting that lasted about a minute, the Senate Rules Committee approved the nominations of Donald Palmer and Benjamin Hovland to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

According to The Hill, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Missouri.) told reporters after the meeting that he believes that both nominees will move through the Senate together, and appeared hopeful that leadership will bring them up for a vote soon.

“Whatever it takes to get that commission to where it actually can function,” Blunt told The Hill.

 

Election News This Week

Voting Machine Update: Now that the 2018 election all but in the books, many states and counties are looking ahead and considering the purchase of new voting equipment. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has mandated that all counties purchase new equipment to include an auditable paper trail in time for 2020. Many counties have expressed concerns about their ability to pay for the new equipment. Senate Republican Whip John Gordner (Columbia County) wants to require legislative approval to replace the machines and set up a commission to hold public hearings. In Louisiana, when issued and then rescinded a bid to purchase new voting equipment, it appears that the process to get new equipment may be stalled with no time to resume the process. In Ohio, $104.5 million in state money is available for counties to purchase new voting equipment. Many counties are already working on selecting the new equipment and hosting public previews.

North Carolina District 9 Update: Last week, the North Carolina State Board of Elections refused to certify (twice) the U.S. Congressional District 9 race citing ballot irregularities. While the board is continuing its investigation, it seems that Bladen and Robeson counties had about 3,400 absentee ballots that were not returned, yet it seems that at least some of those ballots were harvested by campaign workers. Officials in both Robeson and Bladen said they had expressed concerns to the SBOE previously about individuals turning in large amounts of ballots. While the SBOE is conducting their own investigation, local reporters have been tirelessly working the issue. During all of this, the Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Andy Penry resigned and Bladen County Elections Directory Cynthia Shaw has stepped down.

This is a good doggo. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Government Center was briefly evacuated this week after Nevie, the bomb-sniffing dog cued in on packages containing voter registration documents. Nevie, a 3-year-old German shepherd smelled the packages three times and each time she sat down indicating she detected explosives. According to The Morning Call, the building was partially evacuated and the packages inspected. Turns out the packages were mailed by a Northampton County employee who had been deer hunting recently and had trace amount of gunpowder on this hands that transferred to the packages. 13/10 get that good doggo an “I Voted” sticker.

And speaking of “I Voted” stickers, three cheers for St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Clerk of the Courts Melissa Henry who didn’t let state budget problems interfere with her voters’ ability to get “I Voted” stickers during the December runoff. For about $842 Henry created and printed 50,000 stickers. “I tried to personalize them for our parish,” Henry told The New Orleans Advocate. “Whatever I can do to encourage people to get out and vote.”

A special shout out to Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott’s office that donated 425 pounds of non-perishable food to a local Christmas food drive. This year’s donation brings the nine-year donation amount to 3,100 pounds of food. “Each year I have been touched by the outpouring of support from my staff and others in the community who have chosen to give to help those in need,” Scott told Space Coast Daily.

Personnel News: Emily Uhlenhake is retiring as the Paddock Lake, Wisconsin clerk. Karen A. Yarbrough has been sworn in as the new Cook County, Illinois clerk. Linda Pyell is retiring as the Stark County, Illinois clerk. Steven Chaffin has resigned from the Marion County, Ohio board of elections. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has suspended Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes (D) and replaced her with Peter Antonacci (R). Jennifer Gossick has been appointed clerk of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Republican Brad Raffensperger has been elected Georgia secretary of state. Several Colorado county clerks chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and will be retiring soon. Those include Bent County Clerk Patti Nickell, Otero County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy and Crowley County Clerk Lucile Nichols. Siskiyou County, California Clerk Colleen Setzer is retiring after 20 years as clerk and 38 years as a county employee. Bill Gardner has been re-elected as New Hampshire’s secretary of state. Matthew Dunlap was re-elected as Maine’s secretary of state.

 

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) have introduced a bipartisan bill to create a program within the State Department to share information with U.S. global allies about election security. According to The Hill, The measure would establish a way for the United States and other countries to share information on the best practices for administering elections, such as combating disinformation campaigns and conducting post-election audits. The bill is a companion to similar bipartisan legislation passed by the House earlier this year.

Florida: State Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) said he plans to file a bill that would create process for how the voting rights of around 1.5 million ex-felons will be restored beginning on January 8.

Kentucky: State Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington) plans to introduce two pieces of election legislation. One bill would allow for early voting in the Commonwealth on the three Saturdays before the election. He also is proposing a bill that would lower the voting age in all local elections to 16.

Michigan: The Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday passed bills designed to help implement and clarify Proposal 3, which expanded voting access for Michiganders.

Nevada: Assembly Bill 50 for the 2019 legislative session would make it state law to have all local elections in even years. A similar bill failed in 2015.

New York: The New York City Council has approved a bill that requires the Department of Corrections to inform individuals released from a city jail that their voting rights have been reinstated. The notification must be in writing and DOC must also offer every released individual a voter registration from.

Also in New York City, Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Justin Brannan are working on separate pieces of legislation that would increase the number of interpreters permitted at polling sites and an increase in the number of languages recognized by the board of elections.

North Carolina: By a 67-40 vote, the House has approved Senate Bill 824 that sets the rules for the voter-approved photo ID amendment.

Wisconsin: A 141-page plan from the state’s Republican Party that among other things seeks to weaken the power of the incoming Democratic governor would also restrict early voting to two weeks. The legislation was approved and now moves to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.

Legal Updates

Connecticut: Preston Democratic Registrar Cheryl Roberts has requested a civil protection order against form Republican Registrar Norman Gauthier. Roberts alleges that Gauthier continues to closely monitor her and question her work including remaining in the poll workers’ area of Town Hall after the polls closed on election night.

Also in Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has barred the secretary of state from certifying the winner in Stratford’s election for the state house.

Georgia: In a settlement approved by a federal judge, Georgia elections officials consented to lift restrictions on who may serve as a language interpreter for voters who need assistance at the polls. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the settlement invalidates a Georgia law that said voters in state elections could only use interpreters who are close family members, caretakers or voters registered in the same precinct.

Also in Georgia, a federal judge approved a consent order between Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and state Democrats that allows the counting of absentee ballots that arrive after the December 4 runoff as long as they are postmarked by December 4.

Indiana: According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Kathy Kozuszek, the Democrat representative in the Porter County Voter Registration Office, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming her fight for overtime pay led to the voter registration office being stripped of its responsibilities to run elections. Instead, she contends, the responsibility was put into the hands of the Porter County clerk. Kozuszek names the county, Porter County Election Board, Porter County Clerk Karen Martin and Porter County Election Board Chairman David Bengs as defendants in the lawsuit.

Iowa: Polk County District Court Judge Scott Beattie has ordered Winneshiek County auditor to work with the U.S. Postal Service to try and read barcode data on 33 ballot envelopes in a contested House race.

New Jersey: Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso has ordered a recount of the mail-in and provisional ballots in the November Bayonne board of education race.

Tech Thursday

Maryland: A report published by the Department of Homeland Security concluded that the Maryland elections systems hosted by a vendor with financial ties to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin were not compromised. According to StateScoop, The investigation, conducted by the Hunt and Incident Response Team from DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, found no unauthorized access or statistical anomalies in network activity that would suggest malicious behavior.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voting invention | Voter suppression | Obstacles to voting | Ranked choice voting | Vote by mail

Florida: Election reform | Signature matches

Georgia: Missing votes | Secretary of state

Indiana: Election reform

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights, II

Louisiana: Secretary of state race

Maine: Well-run elections | Ranked-choice voting, II, III | Election confidence

Michigan: Secretary of state

New Hampshire: Secretary of state, II, III

New York: Election laws

North Carolina: Election threat | Election fraud

Ohio: List maintenance, II

Oklahoma: Poll workers

Pennsylvania: Election code | Ex-felon voting rights

South Carolina: Election fraud

Texas: List maintenance

Virginia: Polling places

Wisconsin: Voting rights

FVAP Input

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

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 mid-winter conference “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” theme underscores the critical importance of IGO’s ongoing commitment to its members. The opening Keynote Speaker will be Frank Kitchen and his “I LIVE FRESH!” The Five Step Recipe for Being a Difference Maker and Life Changer presentation as well as a joint workshop, “IT’S OK TO PLAY” Gaming Your Way to a Positive Culture. We will once again offer CPL educational courses, division specific education, joint education sessions, committee meetings, team building activities and business partner workshops. Where: Irvine, California. When: January

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.

National Association of State Election Directors — The 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.

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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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.

Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, Contra Costa County California — The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder is currently recruiting for the position of Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, located in the Recorder’s Division of the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department, in downtown Martinez, CA. The Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist is a lead technical position assigned to one of the specialized units of the Recorder’s Division: Recording, Clerk Services, Imaging/Indexing and Archive/Warehouse Services.  This position performs the most complex and technical support activities associated with the day-to-day operations of the Clerk-Recorder Division; provides lead direction to Clerk-Recorder Division personnel, including Clerk-Recorder Services Technicians, clerical and temporary staff. Salary: $51,772.20 – $62,929.32. Deadline: December 7. 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.

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.

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In Focus This Week

November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

In Focus This Week

Reflections on an election
Communication, collaboration and commitment

By Tammy Patrick
Democracy Fund

I like to say that every election has a story to tell, and that sometimes we don’t know what the story is until well after the votes have been counted, canvassed, and winners declared.

Although not all three of those are completed in every jurisdiction, the majority of administrators are ready to close the book on the 2018 Midterm.

So. What’s the story?

Leading up to November 6th election, administrators spent countless hours going over the defense of every aspect of the election’s process — from registration databases to polling place lookup tools, user authentications to election results reporting.

Hundreds of officials in dozens of states participated in scenario planning like the Belfer Defending Digital Democracy Table Top Exercise (TTX) to think through contingency and recovery plans should a disruptive event impact the process.

Hurricane Michael hit Florida before Election Day. All along the Atlantic Coast optical scan voting machines jammed as paper ballots swelled from increased humidity and moisture. Fires raged in California as they processed and counted ballots post-election.

The 2018 Midterms saw competitive races all across the country that drew scrutiny on well-established protocols and practices as though they were brand-new. (In fact, the Merriam-Webster definition of “close” as an adjective is “the election results were so close that the votes had to be recounted”.)

So, in other words, the perpetual, historical, run-of-the-mill, catastrophic, election challenges.

We thought that the story would be different.

We thought it would be all cyber.

Since elections were declared Critical Infrastructure, there has been a concerted effort by many to establish the necessary communication and support channels across multiple governmental agencies and geographic regions in time for this year’s election.

Election Day 2018 at ElectionLand. Photo by Erin Lefevre for ProPublica

Indeed, many states divide election responsibilities in such a way that unraveling the proper channels of reporting is itself an ongoing effort. Hundreds of election offices are now members of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a resource for sharing information and a collaboration platform run by the Center for Internet Security. Congress appropriated 380 million dollars for security enhancements.

Supervisors, Registrars, Recorders, Auditors, Clerks, Legislators, Secretaries of State, State Boards of Elections, Elections Directors, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), reporters, editors, voter advocacy groups, poll workers, voting equipment vendors and manufacturers, law enforcement, Election Assistance Commission (EAC), professional associations of election officials, voters—we all have a role to play in safeguarding the franchise.

November 6th saw the second federal election for ElectionLand, a ProPublica “coalition of newsrooms around the country…covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots”. ElectionLand enlisted election experts to help identify misinformation (like the doctored video in Ohio purportedly showing voting equipment flipping votes or the “notices” circulating that voting was moved to Wednesday), to serve as liaisons to election officials, and therein increase the accuracy of reporting.

This election also saw the first time that DHS stood up an unclassified situation room where representatives from many of these groups could collaborate and coordinate responses.

More will need to be done in 2019, in 2020: more resources will be required, more training. There isn’t one singular answer to defending our elections from interference and there isn’t a finish line to cross—adversaries will continue to evolve in the sophistication of their assault and we must remain vigilant and one step ahead of them.

We can only do this successfully if we do this together, united.

Indivisible.

Federal-State Updates

Donald Palmer and Benjamin Hovland, nominated to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission by President Donald J. Trump testified before the Senate Rules Committee this week as a step in their nomination process.

According to The Hill, Committee Chairman Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said during the hearing Wednesday that while in the past he did not understand the need for the EAC to exist, the concerns raised over election security helped change his perspective.

“However, the threats posed by bad actors and their exploitation of cyber vulnerabilities have highlighted the need for election administrators to have access to real time security information, technical assistance, and best practices,” Blunt said in his opening statement.

Election News This Week

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Franklin County, Ohio officials may postpone final approval of 2019 spending authority for the county board of elections until the BOE approves a plan to broadcast public service announcements that inform residents about coming elections and new voting equipment. The general fund allocation to the board of elections is about $9.4 million with $245,000 ear-marked for public service announcements. “It is a waste to take taxpayer dollars to use those dollars to hire media consultants and pay for television advertising that there’s going to be an election,” BOE Member Brad Sinnott told the paper. Commissioners, who were angered when the board chose not to do advertising for the 2018 election argue that  the advertising is important to keep the voters informed about everything from new voting machines to new polling locations.

The clock is ticking for Utah cities to decide whether or not they want to move to a ranked-choice voting system for local, non-partisan elections. The move, allowed by a new law, is being touted by former State Rep. Kory Holdaway as a way to save money and increase turnout. “It eliminates the need for a primary election, so you have more voters making the decision. You’ve got those voters coming up with a 50 percent plus one rather than a plurality,” Holaway told KSL. Although cities must notify the state elections by January 1, 2019 if they will move to the system, they are allowed to back out of it as well if they find implementation not working.

In her proposed $23.6 billion budget plan for the next two years, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has included $2.7 million to begin providing prepaid postage for the state’s entirely vote-by-mail system. In a Tweet following the release of the budget, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said: “I’m pleased @OregonGovBrown agrees with my budget recommendation for pre-paid postage for all Oregon vote-by-mail ballots. This will help our military members, people experiencing disabilities, and those who live far from ballot dropboxes.”

If you’re going to vote for a member of historic district committee it seems only appropriate that you vote on an historic voting machine and that’s exactly what happened this week in the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts when the town clerk used a voting machine that dates back to at least the 1930s to conduct the election. Voters—all 18 of them—fed their marked paper ballots into the wooden ballot box. A crank on the side of the machine pulled the paper ballot inside and, according to the Cape News, with a click and the sound of the bell, the vote was added. “I love that machine,” William Collins, chairman of the historic district committe. “It’s very appropriate for this election.”

Pumpkin is on the move! Maybe. The Athens County, Ohio board of elections has voted 3 to 1 to relocate the county’s elections office, and home to Pumpkin the elections cat, from Court Street to Campbell Street. The new location will allow the board of elections to store all its equipment in one location and have training for poll workers onsite. The new location also offers more parking. However one BOE member and some members of the county commission that makes the decision have expressed concerns that the move may suppress the votes of students.

And a special shout out to Amber McReynolds, the former Denver elections director, for being named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year.

Personnel News: Katie Hobbs (D) has been declared winner of the Arizona secretary of state race. Broward County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has submitted her resignation. Hoover City, Alabama Clerk Margie Handley is retiring April 30 and her assistant Lisa Lindsey is retiring on December 31. Both women have been with the city for around three decades. Sue Rennells is retiring as the Coles County, Illinois clerk. JoAnn Carretto is retiring as the La Salle County, Illinois clerk.

Legislative Updates

Arkansas: Rep. Charles Blake (D-House District 36) has filed HB 1004, the Voter Integrity and Security Act which if approved would automatically register eligible voters at the DMV unless they opt out. The bill also intends to define voter intimidation as a felony, streamline the current DMV voter registration system and remove deceased voters from the rolls more quickly.

Georgia: Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell has introduced legislation that would prevent the government from purging voters simply because they have not voted in recent elections. House Bill 6 would eliminate a state law that allows the secretary of state to target inactive voters, cancelling their registrations after six years with no contact or voting.

Illinois: By a vote of 35-21 the Senate failed to overturn a veto on legislation that would have withdrawn Illinois from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Kansas: With support of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary of State-elect Scott Schwab is proposing legislation that would repeal the secretary of state’s prosecution authority and instead leave that authority with the attorney general and local county and district attorneys.

Kentucky: Legislation that would automatically restore the voting rights to certain ex-felons upon completion of their sentences is expected to be pre-filed in advance of the next legislative session.

Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill into law that expands civics education requirements in local school districts; requires schools to assign civics projects to eighth-grader and high school students; and establishes a program aimed at encouraging voter registration in high school. The law also has a media literacy component.

Michigan: The Senate has given final approval to changes put forward by the House on a bill that will allow the state to move to online voter registration.

New Jersey: According to WHYY, a bill restoring voting rights to tens of thousands of current and former inmates is slowly moving through the Legislature. Hearings are possible before the end of the year. Under the measure, people serving prison time for any felony conviction, as well as those on parole and probation for a felony offense, would have the right to vote. If passed, New Jersey would join Vermont and Maine, the only two states in the country that don’t restrict the voting rights of convicted felons in any way.

North Carolina: The Legislature returned this week to begin work on the voter-approved ID law. Under the draft bill, boards of elections would provide registration cards with photos that could be accepted as ID. Other acceptable IDs would include driver’s licenses, tribal IDs, military and veteran ID cards, state ID cards the state DMV provides to non-drivers, and IDs from North Carolina’s public universities — but not community colleges or private universities. The Senate gave the bill preliminary approval on Wednesday with final approval expected at press time before moving to the House.

Rhode Island: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said that she will once again push legislation that will allow the state to allow early voting. “The increases we’re seeing in mail ballots and emergency mail ballots point to the fact that Rhode Islanders want to vote on days other than Election Day and feel comfortable doing so,” Gorbea said. “And our system should make it easier for them to exercise their right to vote.” A bill to allow early voting has stalled for five consecutive years.

Legal Updates

Arizona: The Navajo Nation has dropped a lawsuit in which they claim early voting procedures used in three counties violate the rights of tribal residents.

California: Napa County Superior Court Judge Mark Boessenecker has dismissed a case against Napa County Clerk-Recorder, Assessor and Registrar of Voters John Tuteur. The case, initiated by grand jury charges of “corrupt or willful misconduct” stemmed from an employee complaint about several tax-related issues. “It’s unfortunate this process took place,” Tuteur told the Napa Valley Register. “I’m glad it’s over. The time and money spent was wasted, but the results are what I had hoped for and expected.”

Also in California, prosecutors filed felony charges against nine people suspected of paying homeless people on Skid Row to forge signatures on ballot initiative petitions and voter registration forms.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has sued Fresno County to find out which ballots the elections office rejected. According to ABC 30, Fresno County is arguing it doesn’t have to provide those records because voters’ names and addresses are private information. The DCCC says the clerks already use this information, which is how political parties target for mailers. A Fresno County judge ruled against the DCCC and Kern County judge has yet to rule.

Connecticut: Judge Barbara Bellis has denied a motion for a temporary injunction to block the secretary of state’s office from certifying the results of a contested house election in the town of Stratford.

Georgia: A lawsuit filed by an election integrity group and three voters blames the state’s 16-year-old DRE voting machines for drop-off votes in the lieutenant governor’s race. There were about 80,000 fewer votes in the lieutenant governor’s race than in the other 10 statewide races.

Also in Georgia, a federal lawsuit, backed by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, is calling on a federal judge to overturn state laws that resulted in purged registrations, canceled ballots and other obstacles to voting. The lawsuit, filed by a new group called Fair Fight Action, demands that Georgia use paper ballots to validate the accuracy of elections, stop canceling voter registrations of those who haven’t participated in a recent election and guarantee enough election equipment so voters don’t have to wait in line for three hours or more. It also seeks to weaken the state’s “exact match” law, which stalled voter registrations of some legitimate voters because they had hyphenated or long names.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta has filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to intervene and allow voters with limited English proficiency to use an interpreter at the polls during the upcoming runoff election. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, voters are allowed to bring anyone as their interpreter in elections with a federal candidate on the ballot, as long as the interpreter isn’t their employer or an official from their union, but laws on interpreters are more restrictive in elections in which there are only state candidates on the ballot. Voters in state elections may only use an interpreter if they’re a close family member, caretaker or voter registered in the same precinct.

Kansas: Attorney General Derek Schmidt contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach should not be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private.

New Jersey: Andrea Palmucci-McGillicuddy, 52, has been charged with fraudulent voting, interference with elections and other related issues. Palmucci-McGillicuddy is the former chief investigator of Mercer County elections.

Pennsylvania: Harry Sandoe Maxwell Jr., 70 of Collingdale, has been charged with forgery, tampering with records, conspiracy and violations of the election code, all first-degree misdemeanors. Maxwell allegedly filed an absentee ballot for a person who died in 2017.

Also in Pennsylvania, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Davis dismissed a legal challenge filed in a contested state senate race that claimed the Commonwealth’s deadline for excluding absentee ballots is unconstitutional. Davis did not provide an explanation for his ruling.

South Carolina: Anderson County has reached a settlement with the U.S. government that will require that every polling site in the county be accessible to voters with disabilities beginning in 2019.

Texas: The Texas 2nd Court of Appeals has upheld a voter fraud conviction that sent a woman with a sixth-grade education and is a mother of four to jail for eight years for having inadvertently voted illegally. According to the Patch, During her trial, the woman acknowledged the illegality of her 2012 and 2014 votes in Dallas County, but maintained she never meant to break the law. Her attorney argued some government forms allow applicants to declare permanent residency status, but the voting application in neighboring Tarrant County (to where Ortega subsequently moved) had not such option to check off. Lacking the option, she ticked the “citizen” box.

Utah: Third District Judge James Gardner dismissed U.S. Rep. Mia Love’s challenge to the ballot-counting processing in Salt Lake County. In effect, the campaign was asking the judge to “create expansive new rights” empowering candidates to intervene in ballot tabulation, Gardner wrote. That debate belongs in the Legislature rather than in the courts, Gardner added.

Tech Thursday

Tech Companies: Democracy Live recently closed a $4.5 million funding round in order to continue to grow it’s cloud-based ballot platform. The new funding allowed Democracy Live to develop a ballot guide for Amazon’s voice-controlled operating system, Alexa in time for Election Day. “The funding has allowed is to focus on deploying a highly secure, certified balloting platform used by the military, voters living abroad and the over 30 million voters with disabilities in the U.S,” Democracy Live President Bryan Finney told GeekWire. “We expect over the coming years, each of the 200 million voters in the U.S. we be able to access our ‘OmniBallot’ voting technology via the cloud, or a polling place tablet.”

West Virginia: A total of 144 voters in 31 countries used West Virginia’s blockchain voting app to cast their ballot in the November 6 election. “For the first time in our nation’s history, military and overseas citizens were able to cast ballots in a federal election using a mobile device. If this technology were not available, many of those soldiers and citizens would not have had the opportunity to participate in our democracy. This pilot will provide actual voting transactions for the independent auditors to review and analyze the first deployment of blockchain technology in an American election,” Secretary of State Mac Warner told the Dominion Post. Warner expects an  audit of the second pilot process to take two to three months.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voting wars | Election system, II, III, IV | Recounts | Voting process | Ranked choice voting | Voting attacks | Fixing American elections | Vote counting | Election protection | Election administration | Election security, II, III | Election irregularities | Help America Vote Act | Voting problems | Election rhetoric | Voting rights, II, III | Election reform | Turnout

Arkansas: Reflections on an election

California: Poll workers | Ex-felon voting rights | Orange County | San Francisco

Colorado: Voting system

Florida: Election system, II, III | Recount, II | Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV | Election laws | Election problems, II, III | Leon County | Broward County | Supervisor of elections | Volusia County | Election lessons

Georgia: Election security | Secretary of state race, II, III | Voting process

Idaho: Lessons learned

Illinois: I Voted stickers

Indiana: Voting process

Iowa: Vote-by-mail | Ex-felon voting rights, II

Kansas: Voter fraud| Secretary of state, II | Election laws | Voting system

Louisiana: Secretary of state race

Maine: Student voting rights | Ranked choice voting, II, III | Voting Rights Act | Voting rights

Massachusetts: Voting rights

New Hampshire: Secretary of state, II, III, IV, V | I Voted stickers

New Jersey: Vote by mail, II

New Mexico: Ballot counting | Election reform | Open primaries

New York: Election reform

North Carolina: Polling places; Voter ID, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

Ohio: List maintenance

Pennsylvania: Polling places | Election security | Election law | Early voting| Voting machines

South Carolina: Voting machines

Tennessee: Shelby County

Texas: Voting machines, II | Election workers

U.S. Virgin Islands: Early voting

Utah: Election reform

Washington: Voter education

Wisconsin: Primary dates

West Virginia: Turnout | List maintenance

Clearie Awards

Celebrating Your Election Day Successes

Brian Newby, executive director
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

The November 30 deadline to enter the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2018 Clearinghouse competition is right around the corner. We want to hear from you about the initiatives that produced positive results during this election season. It’s easy to enter and a great way to celebrate your office’s successes.

Also known as the “Clearies,” the EAC’s election administration awards celebrate best practices in election administration across America. While most of you and your hard-working elections office colleagues are currently wrapping up Election Day efforts and recovering from the 2018 midterms, as you reflect on your work, we hope you’ll consider entering this year’s competition so that we can honor your recent efforts and promote your accomplishments.

During the time around the 2018 elections, EAC Commissioners and staff visited more than 12 states and elections offices to observe and learn. As we traveled the country and met with state and local election officials from coast-to-coast, we witnessed first-hand countless fresh and innovative election initiatives. It is these types of efforts, both small and large, that exemplify the spirit of the Clearies. We want to hear about all of them, and those tips that produced results along the way.

There are three categories for this year’s competition: 1) innovations in elections, 2) best practices related to the recruiting, training, and retaining of election workers, and 3) accessibility for voters with disabilities.

Best practice entries for the competitions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Outreach efforts
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Replicability

In your email submissions to clearinghouse@eac.gov, please provide a brief summary of your program and attach any relevant documents, pictures, and links that support the submission. In the subject line, applicants should state which particular category they are entering. If candidates have submissions for more than one category, please email them separately.

We purposely keep the Clearies entry process simple and straightforward. Applications from all perspectives and types of jurisdictions are encouraged to submit their work. And since we recognize that this is a very busy time of year, submissions can be as simple as a half-page narrative or as complex as a series of documents and multimedia.

The EAC is committed to highlighting the hard work, determination, and “can do” spirit that election officials bring to Election Day tasks. To make this year’s competition even more meaningful, the EAC has dedicated the 2018 Clearies in memory of the life and legacy of Wendy Noren and R. Brian Lewis. To read more about these leaders and their great contributions to the elections community, click here.

If you have questions about the awards, please email the EAC’s Patrick Leahy at pleahy@eac.gov. We look forward to receiving your entries for the 2018 Clearinghouse Awards.

 

Upcoming Events

Council of State Governments Annual Conference — The Council of State Government will hold its 2018 National Conference in the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati area in December. Keynote speakers are J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and Story Musgrave who started life in the Marines and finished is public service at NASA where he spent more than 1,200 hours in space. The conference will include a 2.5 hour session on election cybersecurity communications mapping. Where: Cincinnati, Ohio. When: December 6-8.

Election Audit Summit—The Election Audit Summit will provide a space for participants from across the scientific, policy and legal worlds to discuss new developments in the field of post-election auditing, and engage in the ongoing conversation on the current status and future directions of the election audits in the United States. Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts. When: December 7-8.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 mid-winter conference will be held in Irvine, California, January 6-11, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

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.

National Association of State Election Directors — The 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.

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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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.

Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, Contra Costa County California — The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder is currently recruiting for the position of Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, located in the Recorder’s Division of the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department, in downtown Martinez, CA. The Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist is a lead technical position assigned to one of the specialized units of the Recorder’s Division: Recording, Clerk Services, Imaging/Indexing and Archive/Warehouse Services.  This position performs the most complex and technical support activities associated with the day-to-day operations of the Clerk-Recorder Division; provides lead direction to Clerk-Recorder Division personnel, including Clerk-Recorder Services Technicians, clerical and temporary staff. Salary: $51,772.20 – $62,929.32. Deadline: December 7. 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.

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.

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In Focus This Week

November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

In Focus This Week

Election 2018
A state-by-state look at the 2018 midterms

By M. Mindy Moretti
electionline.org

(Editor’s Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, electionline Weekly will not publish next Thursday the 22nd and the Daily News will not publish on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd. We hope you have a very happy (and peaceful!) Thanksgiving and we sincerely hope that the hardworking elections officials, staff and volunteers can take a break, even if just for a day.)

As we noted last week, Election Day 2018 saw a series of issues, but for the most part it was relatively business as usual, even with the high turnout and the counting and recounting drama that has ensued in small number of states.

Elections officials see it all including an egg smashed between absentee ballots in Anoka County, Minnesota. Thanks to Paul Linnell for sending this in!

There were long lines. There were machine malfunctions. There were power outages. Some people weren’t able to cast their ballots. There were puppies, goats and a chicken. In other words, in most states, it was a fairly typical Election Day, even though turnout was fairly atypical for a midterm in most states.

Last week we took a broad view of how things went and this week we’ll take a closer look at how Election Day 2018 went in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There is still a lot more to cover from the election that was and we’ll do that throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.

And as well all know some counties and states are still counting and recounting ballots.

But for now, here’s a state-by-state look at the election. And don’t forget to check out our Election Day Dispatches for all the news from November 6.

Alabama —The Yellowhammer State rolled out electronic pollbooks more broadly this election and from all reports, things seemed to go well. While the e-poll book roll out went well, that doesn’t mean the day was without problems. In Montgomery County, some voters received incorrect ballots, some polling places opened late and some ran out of provisional ballots and change-of address forms. Madison County voting machines had problems tabulating ballots. Incumbent Secretary of State John Merrill was elected to a second term.

Alaska — The biggest news out of the biggest state was probably about how awesome the state’s early voting “I Voted” stickers were, but there was some other news. Early morning voters at one Anchorage polling place were without paper ballots after an election worker left them at home. Voting machine problems delayed the results in some areas of Southeast.

Arizona —Election Day in Arizona was vastly different than primary day. Although there were still some issues that arose, overall things went well. In Maricopa County, one polling place failed to open on time because the building had been foreclosed on overnight, and there were some issues with lines, but overall it was a major improvement from the primary. In a move that we’ll label brilliant, the Arizona Humane Society brought PUPPIES to one polling place for people to pet while they waiting in line. All the puppies were available for adoption. At press-time ballots are still being counted including more than 100,000 in Maricopa County. The race for secretary of state seems headed for a runoff.

Arkansas — Voters in Arkansas approved a constitutional amendment that will make the state’s existing voter ID law legal. Baxter County, which consolidated from 22 individual polling sites to 11 vote centers faced long lines on Election Day. Some voters in North Little Rock received incorrect ballots. Results were delayed in Phillips County due to faulty software. Officials in Benton County failed to count 900 ballots on election night because of an overlooked thumb drive. Republican John Thurston, Commissioner of State lands since 2011 was elected secretary of state.

California — While vote counting continues in many counties in California, there were some Election Day issues to talk about. Voters reported voting machine issues in Los Angeles County and Orange County. In San Diego County there were reports of a few dozen voters being left off the poll books. In San Joaquin County, a school board race was left off hundreds of ballots. Large turnout at vote centers lead to long lines and wait times in Sacramento County. Last-minute voters were faced with long lines, waits at the Riverside County registrar’s office. In Cudahy, a chicken walked into a polling site and distracted voters enough that they complained to county election officials. And incumbent Secretary of State Alex Padilla was elected to a second term.

Colorado — Although overall turnout is still shaking out, Colorado, with its system of vote-by-mail and vote centers had about a 78 percent turnout rate, one of the highest in the nation. There were some glitches in Mesa County including long lines, computer problems and a fire alarm. Voters in Aspen approved a ballot measure to change the municipal election day. In the race for secretary of state Democrat Jena Griswold defeated incumbent Wayne Williams.

Connecticut — The biggest problems in The Nutmeg State occurred in New Haven where once again the registrar of voters struggled to keep up with the volume of residents choosing to register and vote on Election Day. In Meridian, hundreds of voters were told they weren’t on the voter rolls. And like other areas, wet ballots caused problems with counting. Incumbent Secretary of State Denise Merrill was re-elected.

Delaware Strong storms didn’t stop voters in the First State from casting their ballots. There were some complaints about voters being asked for ID, although state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove pointed out that’s the longstanding practice.

District of Columbia — Voters and poll workers rushed to the aid of a voter in one D.C. precinct and administered CPR to save the voter’s life after he suffered a cardiac arrest. As the D.C. Fire & EMS tweeted after the incident, the voter did not get to cast his ballot, but he did get to live. Also in D.C. for a long time the city had only 99 percent of precincts reporting because on precinct—Precinct 110—the poll workers did not electronically transmit the results to the Board of Elections and then when a BOE representative went to the polling place to retrieve the results, the polling place was locked. Official were eventually able to retrieve the software on Wednesday.

Florida —While Florida has been pretty much all anyone can talk about since Election Day due to recounts in several hotly contested races, to be fair, Election Day itself in the Sunshine State was pretty smooth sailing  with only a few minor problems. We’ll go more in-depth into the recount in the weeks to come, but as for Election Day, like everywhere else, there were lines at polling places throughout the state. A man with a gun in a car in the parking lot of a Palm Bay polling placed caused some panic before he fled the scene. In Melbourne a man threatened to blow up the supervisor of elections office. Voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Amendment 4 which will automatically restore the rights to ex-felons once they’ve completed the terms of their service.

Georgia — Election 2018 is far from over in Georgia. On Election Day itself voters faced hour-long waits. Some of it was due to volume, some it was due to malfunctioning machines and others it was due to a lack of sufficient voting machines. Georgia remains in the headlines long after Election Day because the governor’s race has yet to be called with multiple lawsuits determining how and when absentee and provisional ballots will be counted. One thing is certain, the race to be Georgia’s next secretary of state is headed for a December runoff.

Hawaii — There was very little trouble in paradise on Election Day, but some Waianae polling places reported running out of same day registration forms. On Oahu, there were several broken voting machines early the morning that had to be fixed.

Idaho — High turnout in Bingham County forced the county elections office to bring additional voting machines to one polling place in Blackfoot. A high number of absentee ballots slowed the count in Latah County. Canyon County found 39 additional ballots from military and overseas voters that were not included in the election night, but were ultimately counted. Voters in Bonner County were alarmed that a paving project at the polling site was inhibiting access to the polling place.

Illinois — Two polling places in DuPage County were forced to stay open until 7:30pm due to machine failures earlier in the day. Students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb County complained about long lines that prevented some of them from casting a ballot. The Danville Election Commission’s website suffered some sort of technical glitch on election night and people weren’t able to check it for results. During the initial posting of results, McHenry County failed to include 10 of thousands of votes. One polling place in Hyde Park temporarily ran out of ballots. Voters in Bloomington rejected a question that would have dissolved the city’s election commission.

Indiana — With 99 counties, there were numerous minor glitches and problems, and voters waiting in line throughout the Hoosier State, but nowhere were there problems like in Porter County and in Johnson County on Election Day. In Porter County, the county’s commission asked the FBI to investigate what they called “scores of alleged violations of Indiana Election Law.” The county did not even begin counting ballots until Wednesday morning, this after 12 of the county’s vote centers opened late on Election Day. Porter County Commissioner Jim Biggs attributed the county’s woes to a variety of factors, including heavy voter turnout, but told the Indianapolis Star “big changes” were needed to prevent a report of the situation in the county of about 170,000 residents. “What we have here is a total breakdown in the process,” he said. In Johnson County, Clerk Sue Ann Misiniec told The Daily Journal that it was a “perfect storm” of problems that lead to machine malfunctions on Election Day and late results on election night. Incumbent Secretary of State Connie Lawson was re-elected.

Iowa — There were very few reports of problems with the state’s voter ID. About 30 ballots in Winneshiek County arrived without postmarks and therefore could not be counted. For the first time Iowa counties conducted a post-election audit. Incumbent Secretary of State Paul Pate was elected to a second term.

Kansas — As was the case in several states, college students at Kansas State ran into issues when trying to cast their ballots due to a voter registration mix-up. Counting in Wichita County took longer than usual. “Human error” led to inaccurate election results being published by the Crawford County Clerk’s office. Platte County suffered a power outage during voting, but voters were able to continue casting ballots. There were few reported problems with Dodge City’s single re-located polling place, although county officials did bar the media from the polling place. Republican Scott Schwab has been elected secretary of state.

Kentucky — In Fayette County, high turnout forced the clerk to send 30 additional voting machines to polling places and people had plenty of complaints about the county’s voting machines. One Knott County polling place faced issues at the start of the day. A locked ballot box slowed down the early morning vote in Jefferson County. Early morning voters in Owensboro got the wrong ballots. In Hartford, it took a coin toss to determine who would be the sixth member of the city council.

Louisiana — Issues arose at a New Orleans polling place that allegedly refused to open its parking lot to voters with disabilities. In Livingston Parish Registrar Jared Andrews reported that polling places remained open during a power outage, despite what media reports said. In sad news, there were no “I Voted” stickers for voters this year with the secretary of state’s office and local elections offices doing some finger-pointing over costs. And in the secretary of state’s race incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R) will face attorney Gwen Collins-Greenup (D) in a runoff.

Maine — The big news out of Maine is that the state’s new ranked choice voting system came into play in a Congressional race. Ballot counting is ongoing at press time, but Republican Bruce Poliquin who seemed to be losing in the ranking of ballots filed suit saying the system violated his constitutional rights.

Maryland — Although turnout was high, there were relatively few problems throughout Maryland on Election Day except in Prince George’s County where one polling place ran out of ballots and it took officials, who blamed rush hour traffic, hours to get additional ballots to the site.  Voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow for same-day voter registration.

Massachusetts — A faulty voting machine in Falmouth had to be replaced. Linda Hathaway the Stow town clerk noted that Election Day is not really all that different than throwing a party—for 5,300 people. In Boston, although voters faced wait times of up to two hours, the voting was going smoothly, it was just a volume issue. At least one voter in Monterey faced an issue with a poll worker asking for a photo ID although the state does not require it. Incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin was re-elected for a seventh term.

Michigan — Interim Pontiac City Clerk Garland Doyle said that contrary to reports, there were no issues with absentee ballots. Large turnout in the Detroit area meant long lines. Voters in Houghton County, who thought they had registered to vote online turned up at the polls only to discover that they were not since Michigan does not  yet have online voter registration. Like voters in many other states, those in Michigan faced power outages as well. Voters in Michigan overwhelming approved Proposal 3 which will change the way they vote in future elections. In the secretary of state race, Democrat Jocelyn Benson defeated Republican Mary Treder Lang.

Minnesota— Results from Jackson County weren’t uploaded to the state’s website until 1:20am on Wednesday due to technical difficulties. Due to a high volume of absentee ballots and write-ins Olmstead County was  delayed in reporting results. The City of Tower once again faced problems on Election Day. Incumbent Secretary of State Steve Simon was re-elected.

Mississippi — Long lines faced voters in Harrison County. Greene County experienced a historic midterm election turnout of more than 71 percent, but hundreds of would-be voters were not allowed to cast a ballot. They filled out voter registration applications that were later rejected because attempts to verify their address failed. Mississippi will hold several runoffs in December.

Missouri— There was some confusion about what ID voters had to show in the Show-Me State. For hours elections officials in Clay County struggled with voting machines, but it wasn’t the fault of the machines, it was poll workers who were not properly operating the machines. A voting machine problem in Kansas City forced voters to leave their ballots in a pile to be scanned later. And high turnout saw several polling sites run low on ballots.

Montana — Heavy turnout and registration issues lead to long lines and delayed results in Butte County. Gallatin and Missoula counties saw an increase in provisional ballots. Wintry weather also caused some issues for voters in parts of the state. Cascade County had some issues getting all their ballots counted on election night.

Nebraska — High voter turnout, blank ballots and counting machine problems were among the things that lead to a delay in Saunders County election results. Republican Bob Evnen was elected to replace retiring Secretary of State John Gale.

Nevada — Voters faced long lines well past poll closing time which elections officials blamed on high turnout and a move to vote centers. In Las Vegas, 82 of 172 sites remained open past the 7p.m. close time. Some sites in Washoe County were open three hours after closing to accommodate voters in line. Computer programming problems slowed voters in Lyon County. Voters in Nevada approved Question 5 which will make registration automatic when they obtain a new or renew their driver’s license.

New Hampshire — Strong turnout and registration was reported throughout Manchester. A woman was seriously hurt when she was pinned under a car at a polling place in Windham. Other traffic problems and technical issues were among the calls fielded by the state’s Election Day Hotline.

New Jersey — As anticipated, the biggest issue in New Jersey stemmed from the state’s new vote-by-mail law. Not only were voters confused by the new law, but elections officials struggled with it as well leaving many ballots uncounted for several days after the polls closed. New voting equipment in parts of Union County proved troublesome for voters and elections officials.

New Mexico — There were very few issues on Election Day in the Land of Enchantment, but problems did arise on Dona Ana County on election night. The county received way more absentee ballots than it anticipated and it took longer to tally those than expected and now a candidate who had been winning on election night is losing and has asked the New Mexico State Police to impound the ballots. Incumbent Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver was re-elected.

New York — Perhaps you should expect problems on Election Day given that New York City has more than 9 million residents, but voters in Gotham once again faced a problem-filled day on Election Day. This time the problems seemed to stem from problems with wet ballots and not enough ballot-scanning machines to go around. Things got so bad at one point in the day that the president of the city council called on the board of elections director to resign. For his part, the BOE director accepted some of the blame, but also blamed voters for the problems and a two-page ballot. Voters in Saranac Lake had issues voting because of their IDs. In Ontario County poll workers ran pens under hot water to try and get them to work. And in our favorite Election Day tradition in the Empire State, women in Rochester placed their “I Voted” stickers on the grave of Susan B. Anthony.

North Carolina — High volume and high humidity caused problems in North Carolina on Election Day. The humidity caused issues with ballots properly feeding into the counting machines in Wake, Cumberland and a handful of other counties. Severe weather also knocked out power to a number of polling sites. Lenoir County and Wake County had some issues with election night tallies. Voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require them to show a photo ID at the polls in future elections.

North Dakota — After failed lawsuits, Native American tribes scrambled to get members IDs in order to cast ballots on Election Day and although there were some issues with IDs, Native voter turned out in record numbers on the 6th. Incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger won re-election, but announced that this will be his final term.

Ohio — Power, or lack thereof plagued many polling places throughout the day in Ohio, but voters were able to continue casting ballots, even if it meant doing it by flashlight in some instances. Some counties, such as Lucas and Miami had issues with reporting results. A new voter alert system in Hamilton County, while functioning properly, caused a quite a bit of confusion with voters. Due to high turnout, elections officials in Cuyahoga County had to print additional ballots. Republican Frank La Rose was elected secretary of state.

Oklahoma — Although there were reports of minor problems in polling places on Election Day, it was “nothing out of the ordinary,” according to Bryan Newell, director of operations for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. Newell told local media it appeared elections officials were fixing those problems quickly.

Oregon — Oregon votes by mail and has automatic voter registration so the only thing we really have to report about in Oregon is that voters in Lane County shot down an effort to change the county’s voting system to the STAR system. STAR stands for Score Then Automatic Runoff which would have allowed voters to award each candidate a score ranging from 0 to 5. The two candidates with the highest cumulative scores would then go to an instant runoff.

Pennsylvania — Like most states, there were reports of high turnout which lead to long lines and wait times, and while there were technical issues in the commonwealth, there weren’t any major voting machine issues. In Pittsburgh, a man threatened to shoot up a polling place, in York County, there was a bomb threat and sadly in Forks Twp., a woman who had just voted was struck and killed by a car.  In Luzerne County, 15 of the county’s 220 e-poll books had battery issues. Philadelphia voters got their own, very special “I Voted” stickers.

Rhode Island — Like in many other states, there were reports of long lines to vote on Election Day in Rhode Island. A voting machine on Prudence Island had to be replaced and the new one had to be sent over on a ferry. And while initial reports were that no one at all voted in one Providence precinct, it turns out that one, one lone voter actually showed up an voted that day. Incumbent Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea was re-elected.

South Carolina — The biggest news out of the Palmetto State on November 6th was the ongoing problems that plagued the state’s aging voting equipment. The problems with the machines were exacerbated by high turnout and  lead to long lines in many of the state’s counties. And in Charleston, the machine issues were compounded by nearly 200 poll workers not showing up as assigned. Delays just didn’t plague voting either. A couple of counties—Richland and Beaufort—had reporting issues.

South Dakota — Following numerous problems with e-poll books during the primary earlier this year, Election Day was a a relatively smooth affair. Sioux Falls voters reported seeing KKK flyers on the ground at one polling place, but no one contacted the police about it. Republican Steve Barnett won the race for secretary of state.

Tennessee — Like many other states, Tennessee faced severe weather on Election Day that knocked out power to some polling places. Paper ballots had to be used in 3 Knox County polling places. One Shelby County polling place opened late and the county also experienced some issues during tabulation due to outdated equipment. Voters waited two hours to cast a ballot in Antioch. A computer glitch delayed results in Hawkins County. And in Memphis, voters shot down the city council’s attempt to repeal instant runoff voting.

Texas — Heavy voter turnout that began during early voting in Lone Star State showed no signs of slowing down on Election Day. About 400 Election Day ballots in Brazos County were uncounted after they were left in a voting machine. Straight-ticket voting, which has seen its last election in Texas, went out with a bang in Denton County. Vote centers in Nueces and Wichita counties were deemed successful. Four polling sites in Laredo ran out of ballots. Polling hours were extended in Harris County to accommodate the crowds. Travis County’s website crashed on Election Day.

U.S. Virgin Islands — This was the first major election the Caribbean territory has held since the devastation of Hurricane Maria and by all accounts, things went well and turnout was high. The territory is now preparing for runoff elections in December.

Utah — Although many people in Utah chose to cast their ballot by mail, people still showed up at the polls on Election Day. In Utah County that meant people were still waiting in line three hours after the polls had closed. Gov. Gary Hebert did not mince words over the administration of the election in Utah Co. “The voting public deserves better,” the governor told the Deseret News in a prepared statement. “Anytime we have a glitch on election night, Utah County seems to be the epicenter of dysfunction.”

Vermont — Election Day was relatively smooth in Vermont, but Vermont Public Radio did report that non-English speaking voters had issues at the polls in Burlington. Incumbent Secretary of State Jim Condos was re-elected.

Virginia— Turnout was high during early absentee voting and on Election Day throughout the Commonwealth. In the city of Chesapeake, voters in one precinct received incorrect ballots. Like other states, polling places in Virginia were hit with power outages, but voting continued. In Roanoke County, e-poll books could not connect to the server so poll workers relied on paper rolls. Dozens of Radford students were turned away from the polls after there were issues with their ballots.

Washington — Although turnout was high, there few if any problems reported in this all vote-by-mail state.

West Virginia — Like many states, voters in West Virginia faced severe weather on Election Day with some suffering power outages. In Kanawha County there was a 1,700 vote discrepancy between the printouts from the voting machines and the ballot stubs from the poll workers. The secretary of state’s office is investigating why voters were left of the rolls in Raleigh County. And in the most talked about thing in the Mountain State from the 2018 election, about 144 West Virginians in 30 states used the new Voatz app to cast their ballots.

Wisconsin — Election Day was relatively trouble-free in the Badger State with record midterm turnout. There were some issues though such as in Milwaukee where 2,000 absentee ballots had to be remade after there were issues with the glue to seal the envelopes. Misprinted ballots were given to at least 54 voters in Stratford and hundreds of voters go incorrect ballots in Howard. GOATS! A group called Next Gen Wisconsin hosted a Votes and Goats petting zoo at a polling place in Stevens Point. Although there was no news of it on Election Day, a Milwaukee-area man was charged with making threats against polling places. And on opposite ends of the spectrum there were reports of two poll workers wearing inappropriate clothing.

Wyoming —Like many states, Wyoming saw in an increase in early/absentee voting ahead of the 6th.Election Day and night were relatively smooth in the Cowboy State. In Campbell County, elections officials did have to remake about 30 absentee ballots in order for them to be counted. Incumbent Secretary of State Ed Buchanan (R) was elected for the first time (he had previously been appointed to the seat).

 

Federal-State Updates

The Washington Post has a report this week, that President Donald J. Trump will soon replace Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

According to The Post, The president has grumbled for months about what he views as Nielsen’s lackluster performance on immigration enforcement and is believed to be looking for a replacement who will implement his policy ideas with more alacrity. The announcement could come as soon as this week, three of these officials said.

The paper notes that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who is also on shaky ground in the Administration, is pushing for the president to keep Nielsen.

Election News This Week

This week, the Iowa Public Safety Advisory Board recommended that the state should restore the voting rights to formerly incarcerated residents. The Iowa Legislature created the board about eight years ago to analyze current or proposed criminal laws. It is comprised of 16 voting and six non-voting members that include four lawmakers. the advisory board voted to recommend lawmakers restore the voting rights of offenders. Details such as whether that would begin after completing prison or making restitution would be left to lawmakers to decide. No members opposed the recommendation, which was taken via a voice vote Wednesday. Iowa remains one of only two states that permanently ban felons from voting unless their rights are restored by the governor.

Allen County, Indiana Elections Director Beth Dlug has been getting an ear full since Election Day. Not over how the election was administered, by all accounts it was smooth and efficient, but because the county did not hand out “I Voted” stickers on Election Day. “That’s the No. 1 question I get,” Dlug told the Journal Gazette.. “Everyone wants a sticker.” Dlug said that in the past she had not purchased the stickers because of the cost, but said that given the demand, she is starting to relent.

Retiring Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale recently awarded the Scottsbluff Star-Herald  with the Civics Recognition Award for the paper’s coverage to election issues in the state. “My office follows statewide media in terms of reporting and covering elections,” Gale said when presenting the award. “Print media does such a fabulous job of presenting trustworthy and extensive information on election deadlines, how to register, who are the candidates and the issues, how to vote early and a lot more.” Gale also honored the Sidney Sun-Telegraph.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently announced that Scott Simon had been re-elected secretary of state and within moments, the NPR host began receiving congratulatory tweets. Wait…what? Seems the Star-Tribune had inadvertently written Scott instead of Steve in a headline and the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday ran with it during his Saturday’s show. Fortunately, as far as we know, we’ve never suffered the same typo fate as the Star-Tribune did, but as long time NPR listeners, we do have to remind ourselves every time we write about Minnesota, that it’s STEVE Simon! Congratulations to Secretary Simon on his re-election and to Scott Simon on his brief brush with election-geek fame.

Get Well: Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Boone County, Kentucky Clerk Kenny Brown who suffered a heart attack late on election night. According to the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Brown is in stable condition and Election Supervisor Dawn Spritzky is in charge until he returns. On Monday, Brown updated his Facebook page to let everyone know that he was home and doing well.

Personnel News: Wanda William, Edgartown, Massachusetts town clerk will retire on November 30. Robyn Crittenden has been appointed Georgia secretary of state after Brian Kemp resigned. Joan Weaver, Cullman County, Alabama election coordinator is retiring. Marion County, Ohio Board of Elections Deputy Director Sue Schwamberger, who has been in the post since 2012 has been fired by the BOE. Andrew English (R) a Navy veteran and general counsel for Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has announced his candidacy for Kentucky secretary of state. Macon County, Illinois Clerk Steve Bean is retiring. John Million has resigned from the White County, Indiana board of elections after 30 years.

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: According to Capital Public Radio, when Democrats take control of the House in January, the first legislative vote will be on H.R. 1 that will establish automatic voter registration and reinvigorate the Voting Rights Act.

Federal Legislation: This week, the House unanimously approved a bill to establish a new cybersecurity agency known as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The bill will also rebrand DHS’ main cybersecurity unit, known as National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency. That means that the headquarters will be a full-fledged operational component of DHS.

Delaware: According to Delaware Public Radio, some lawmakers have said they will again try to bring forward legislation that would allow for early voting in the First State. State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf said it would help Delawareans avoid potential barriers to voting – like bad weather.

District of Columbia: Seven members of the Council of the District of Columbia voted to table a bill that would have extended voting rights to 16-year-olds, not only for local elections, but also federal elections. “It’s not dead,” Charles Allen, the councilmember who introduced the bill told The Washington Post. “But something has to change for the votes to be able to bring it back. Clearly, I’ve got some colleagues that are afraid of change. Change can be scary.”

Mississippi: State Sen. David Blount said that he will introduce legislation in January to reform some of the state’s voting laws including the need to have an absentee ballot notarized which Blount equated to a poll tax.

New York: The Assembly’s Standing Committee on Election Law will hold a public hearing in Manhattan to review Election Day operations and possible ways to improve the voting experience.

Legal Updates

Alabama: Attorneys representing black students at Alabama A&M University filed a federal lawsuit asking that the students’ votes in the midterm election be counted. As evidence, the lawsuit includes screen shots of the Alabama Secretary of State’s website showing the four students filing the lawsuit as ineligible the day of the election and eligible two days later. U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala ruled that the votes of the students would not count.

Maine: Republican candidate Rep. Bruce Poliquin has sued the state of Maine over the use of the voter-approved ranked choice voting system. The suit argues that the new ranked-choice law distorts the wishes of voters, particular those who chose to only select one candidate.

New Jersey: Lizaida Camis, 55, of Hoboken, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to conspiracy to use mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election in Hoboken, authorities said.

New Mexico: Representing four voters from around the state, former Attorney General Paul Bardacke asked the state Supreme Court to strike down New Mexico’s closed primary election system, contending it violates a provision of the state Constitution prohibiting the government from using public funds to benefit private organizations. He argues the public should not have to foot the bill for primary elections if the only people allowed to participate are voters affiliated with private associations.

Also in New Mexico, Republican state Representative and congressional candidate Yvette Herrell wants New Mexico State Police to impound all absentee ballots cast in Doña Ana County in the Nov. 6 general election. On election night, Herrell was leading, but once all provisional and absentee ballots were counted her opponent was in the lead.

New York: State Supreme Court Justice Patrick F. MacRae, on Friday, asked the sheriff’s deputies in eight counties to secure computer memory sticks from voting machines, paper ballots, absentee ballots, affidavit ballots and related election records in the 22nd Congressional district race.

Pennsylvania: Voting rights advocates have sued the commonwealth over its deadlines to return absentee ballots. The suit called the deadline “unreasonably early.”

Texas: The Texas Attorney General’s office has arrested nine additional people for allegedly voting illegally in the 2017 Edinburg municipal election. To-date, 14 people have been arrested for voting illegally in 2017 in Edinburg.

Bexar County Judge Stephani Walsh has denied a request to extend the deadline to count provisional ballots in Bexar County meaning they must be validated by 5 p.m. on Tuesday with military and overseas votes being accepted until 7p.m.

U.S. Virgin Islands: USVI Attorney General Claude Walker filed a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the board of elections from registering new voters in advance of the November 20 runoff. The court granted the restraining order on Wednesday.

Utah: U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer dismissed a case over whether or not Willie Grayeyes should be allowed to run for office in Utah. In June, Grayeyes sued San Juan County  after he was kicked off the ballot based on allegations that he resided in Arizona rather than Utah. In the lawsuit his attorneys argued that those allegations violated his constitutional rights, specifically his right to vote. Grayeyes is from Navajo Mountain, a community close to the Utah-Arizona border. Limited roads require residents to travel back and forth between the two states. Grayeyes currently leads his Republican opponent by 95 votes in a race for San Juan County commissioner.

Wisconsin: Brand Baker, 20 is being held for allegedly making threats and referencing a polling location. A search warrant noted that Baker said he wanted to go to a polling place and “air it out.”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Before 2020 | Voting machines, II, III | Election integrity| Election security | Voting rights, II, III, IV, V | Election reform | Vote-by-mail | Same-day registration | I Voted stickers | Election hacking | Ballot design | Voter fraud, II, III, IV, V | Automatic voter registration | Early voting

Alabama: Voter suppression

Arizona: Ballot counting

Arkansas: Voter suppression

California: Voting booth nostalgia | Ballot postage | Ballot counting, II, III | Voting system

Colorado: Election season

Connecticut: New Haven problems, II | Voter ID | Young voters

District of Columbia: Voting age

Florida: Voter fraud | Broward County, II | Recount, II, III | Vote-by-mail | Undervotes | Amendment 4 | Election system, II | Bay County | Fake ballots

Georgia: Voting issues | Voting system | Voting rights | Vote counting

Idaho: Election judges | Spanish-language ballots

Indiana: St. Joseph County | Voting issues | Porter County, II, III

Kansas: Ford County | Voter participation

Kentucky: Election reform

Louisiana: Secretary of state

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Minnesota: Otter Tail County | Turnout | Ex-felon voting rights

Missouri: Voter access | Ex-felon voting rights

Montana: Ballot counting

New Hampshire: Secretary of state race, II

New Jersey: Ex-felon voting rights, II | Vote-by-mail | Voting system

New Mexico: Voting process

New York: New York City BOE, II, III, IV | Ballot style | Franklin County | Early voting | Vote-by-mail

North Carolina: Voter ID, II, III, IV | Election observation

North Dakota: Voter ID | Native American voters

Pennsylvania: Early voting | Election improvements

South Carolina: Voting machines | Lines

Texas: Election judges | Election Day | Early voting | Turnout | Harris County

U.S. Virgin Islands: Board of elections, II

Utah: Election security | Election woes

Virginia: Ex-felon voting rights

Washington: Vote-by-mail | Election security

West Virginia: Poll workers | Election preparation | Kanawha County

Wisconsin: Election judges | Early voting | Voter ID

Clearie Awards Deadline Extended!

EAC Extends Deadline for Third Annual Competition for Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has extended the deadline for submissions for its third annual “Clearie” awards, a national competition for best practices in election administration, until Friday, November 30, 2018. This year, the Commission will present awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers. All entries must be received no later than Friday, November 30, 2018.

This year, the Clearie awards are dedicated the life and legacy of Wendy Noren and R. Brian Lewis. Wendy Noren served as Boone County Clerk for over three decades and was a member of the EAC’s Board of Advisors before passing away in July 2018 following a long battle with cancer. R. Brian Lewis served as Counsel to the office of the Senate Majority Leader before his passing and was an early and steadfast proponent of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and election officials. Both were luminaries in the field of election administration who will long be remembered for their work and friendship.

“Election officials are known for their commitment to the values expressed in the EAC Clearie awards: excellence, innovation, maintaining accuracy and integrity in the election process and ensuring all eligible citizens can cast a ballot,” said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. “The Clearies are a testament to their work and dedication and highlight best practices other election administrators can emulate.”

This year’s entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Outreach efforts
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Replicability

All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email to clearinghouse@eac.gov. Nominators should use the following subject lines based on entry category: Election Worker Competition, Accessibility Competition or Outstanding Innovations Competition.

All entries must include a brief summary of the election program nominated and attach relevant documents, images and links that can be used to assess the entry. Submissions should also include contact information for the person submitting the program for consideration. Each entry must be submitted in a separate email.

For more information about this year’s competition, please contact Patrick Leahy at pleahy@eac.gov.

Upcoming Events

Council of State Governments Annual Conference — The Council of State Government will hold its 2018 National Conference in the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati area in December. Keynote speakers are J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and Story Musgrave who started life in the Marines and finished is public service at NASA where he spent more than 1,200 hours in space. The conference will include a 2.5 hour session on election cybersecurity communications mapping. Where: Cincinnati, Ohio. When: December 6-8.

Election Audit Summit—The Election Audit Summit will provide a space for participants from across the scientific, policy and legal worlds to discuss new developments in the field of post-election auditing, and engage in the ongoing conversation on the current status and future directions of the election audits in the United States. Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts. When: December 7-8.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 mid-winter conference will be held in Irvine, California, January 6-11, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

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.

National Association of State Election Directors — The 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.

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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In Focus This Week

November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

In Focus This Week

Lines, glitches, humidity, goats. In other words a typical election
Pre-election fears of hacking fail to materialize

By M. Mindy Moretti
electionline.org

The 2018 election has already been hacked! Voter suppression! Voter fraud! Those were some of the headlines that screamed at voters and elections officials in the days leading up to the 2018 general election, but in the light of the day, the 2018 election turned out to be far less chaotic than many people anticipated.

Yes, there were lines. There were machine malfunctions. There were bomb and gun threats. Some people were denied their right to vote. There were goats. But with turnout hovering around 49 percent, from a seasoned-election observers eye, the 2018 election was fairly business as usual—at least as far as the process goes.

This week, given time constraints, we’re just doing a brief review of Election Day 2018. Next week we’ll take a look at what happened — good, bad, silly and sad — state-by-state and in the coming weeks we’ll drill down into some of the bigger issues that arose, why they arose and what the next steps are. You can also check out our Election Day Dispatches.

Election Security — For two years the security of America’s elections have been drilled into our heads. From the Department of Homeland Security, all the way down to the smallest election authority, officials worked and worried to make sure that the 2018 elections were secure. And at the end of the day, election security really turned out to be a non-issue in 2018. The Department of Homeland Security’s cyber unit fielded some false alarms, but no hacks.

Voter ID — Voters in Missouri and Iowa faced new voter ID requirements this year and some issues did arise in Missouri where a judge had altered the rules in the days leading up to the election. In Iowa, initial reports indicate that overall things went smoothly. In North Dakota, where Native American tribes had fought the state’s ID law to the last minute, turnout of Native Americans broke records. In additional ID news, voters in North Carolina and Arkansas both voted to amend their state’s constitutions to institute voter ID.

Voter Registration — Millions of voters registered to vote in the waning days of the election cycle and overall it seems that counties were able to get all those folks on the rolls. Election day registration in Connecticut created huge lines in some towns. Voters in Nevada approved automatic registration. In Maryland, voters approved election day registration and in Michigan, as part of a larger election-reform package, voters approved same day registration.

Lines/Turnout — Although the numbers aren’t final yet, turnout is hovering right around 49 percent which is the highest midterm turnout in years. The last time midterm turnout broke 49 percent was 1966. Not every state broke midterm records, but many did. Large turnout lead to lines in many places as well as ballot shortages some states including Ohio and Maryland. And a preliminary analysis by CIRCLE found that voters aged 18-29 increased their overall turnout to 31 percent which is 10 percent higher than for the 2014 midterms.

Voting Equipment — While prior to Tuesday, we expressed some concern about voters seeing new equipment for the first time might cause confusion or delays, in reality it was aging voting equipment that seemed to cause the most of the issues both in voting and counting. Issues ranged from ballot printer malfunctions, calibration problems with aging touchscreen machines, and humidity and dampness warped paper ballots.

Power Outages — Due to severe weather, polling places across the country faced power outages throughout the day on Tuesday although there were no reports of the voting being affected by the outages.

Secretary of State Races — Secretary of state offices were on the ballot in 24 states. There will be nine new secretaries (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska and South Dakota),  in the coming months and we’ll meet them all in due time and incumbent secretaries (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming)  were re-elected in 13 states. There will be runoffs in Georgia and Louisiana.

Election News This Week

It’s never a good time for a fire, but a few days before a midterm election is an especially bad time, but that’s what happened to the Shenandoah County, Virginia registrar’s office when a printer malfunctioned. Fortunately no one was hurt but the damage from the fire and sprinkler system was enough that the office will have to relocate for the foreseeable future. “Based on our preliminary review of the damage resulting from the sprinkler system’s activation, it appears all voter records and any absentee ballots casts in advance of next week’s election have been protected and are secure. We are grateful the damage was not more extensive,” Lisa McDonald, Shenandoah County voter registrar told WHSV.

Concern has been growing over the use of schools as polling places in Nassau County, New York and recently the North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth reached out to the Nassau County BOE offer town facilities as potential future voting sites. “Please know that my number one priority is maintaining the safety and security of our communities here in North Hempstead,” Bosworth told The Island Now. “In order to further protect our children, residents, teachers, and school administrators, I believe it would be prudent for the Board of Elections to consider this request.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, Harford County Elections Director Kevin Keene and Deputy Director Dale Livingston were put on paid administrative leave on October 31 and Cynthia Allred, secretary of the county board of elections, was named acting director. William G. Christoforo Jr., president of the board of elections refused to comment on the situation. Allred, who said no acting deputy director is in place “at this time,” declined to provide further information on why Keene and Livingston are on leave, or who had made the decision to put them on leave.

When her son with autism expressed an interest in voting, Massachusetts mother Susan Senator knew she would have to do something to help ease his anxieties so she created booklet for her son called “Voting is really important. Here’s how to do it.” According to CNN, the nine-page resource walks him through the process, complete with pictures of the ballot, which he could practice bubbling in, and reminders about the candidates running for different positions. “For any person, the more you know about how something works, the better you’re going to perform,” Senator said. We love this idea!

Personnel News: Will County, Illinois Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots will retire following the 2018 elections. She has been in the clerk’s office since 1976 and the clerk since 2002.

Legislative Updates

District of Columbia: The Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety has approved a bill that would extend voting rights to 16-year-olds in the District in all elections, including federal elections. The bill is expected to come before the full council on November 13.

Montana: Secretary of State Corey Stapleton will testify before the State Administration and Veteran’s Affairs Committee on Nov. 13 regarding spending on two contracts including one for $265,000 to reprint the state voter guide after errors were found.

New Jersey: In April Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation into law requiring automatic voter registration at all state Motor Vehicle Commission offices by November 1 and on November 1, the MVC announced that the system was live. All eligible state residents who apply for a driver’s license, an examination permit, a probationary driver’s license or a non-driver identification card will be registered to vote.

Legal Updates

California: Richard Anthony Hamilton, 22 has been charged with voting twice in the 2016 presidential election as well as the primary. He was also registered twice, once with his actual birthdate and once with a false birthdate.

Also in California, Deidra Vrooman has been charged with felony election fraud for casting two ballots in the 2016 primary election. Vrooman was mailed two ballots, one from Nevada County and one from Alameda County. She was living out of her car at the time and did not know where she was currently registered, so she sent both back. “It was just my right to vote, so I voted,” Vrooman explained to KRON. “I was mailed two ballots by the government so I was just following instructions to send them both in.”

Florida: U.S. District Judge Mark Walker rebuked Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan for not following his September court order to provide sample ballots available at early voting sites. According to News 4, Walker rebuked Hogan and ordered that sample ballots in Spanish be at all voting precincts on Election Day.  “The cause of this motion was Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan’s strained and selective reading of this Court’s preliminary injunction order,” Walker wrote. “His reading … inexplicably ignored this Court’s unambiguous language.”

Georgia: U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross ruled that Georgia’s “exact match” requirement voter identification “places a severe burden” on prospective voters and will not apply for the midterm. According to Courthouse News Service, Ross directed Kemp’s office to allow  county election officials to permit individuals flagged and placed in pending status due to citizenship to vote a regular ballot by furnishing proof of citizenship to poll managers or deputy registrars. “To be clear, once an individual’s citizenship has been verified by a deputy registrar or a poll manager, that individual may cast a regular ballot and the vote counts,” Ross said.

Kansas: U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree said forcing Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox to open an additional polling location in Dodge City so close to the election would not be in the public’s interest. Crabtree did question Cox’s actions though. And while the court must evaluate the fully-developed facts governing this claim on a later day, the court notes, for now, its concerns about Ms. Cox’s ‘LOL’ comment and questions whether it manifests a disregard for the ‘fundamental significance’ that our Constitution places on the right to vote,” Crabtree wrote.

New York: On Election Day, the League of Women Voters sued the state of New York over the state’s voter registration cutoff date calling it “arbitrary and unnecessary.” “As a direct result of the voter registration cutoff, many thousands of constitutionally eligible voters in every election cycle are denied their fundamental right to vote,” says the complaint according to Courthouse News Service, which attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

North Dakota: A last-ditch legal effort to halt North Dakota’s voter ID law was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland. In his two-page order, Hovland said it was too close to the election to make any changes. He noted that “federal courts are unanimous in their judgment that it is highly important to preserve the status quo when elections are fast approaching.”

Texas: District Judge Justin Sanderson ordered that dozens of voters whose mail-in ballots were slated for rejection should be notified in time to vote on Tuesday. At least 86 mail-in ballots were flagged last week for potential discrepancies in signatures between the application form and the returned ballot, elections office.

Tech Thursday

Social Media: A group of volunteer researchers and technologists led by Guardians.ai, a New York startup that’s focused on protecting pro-democracy organizations from information warfare and cyber-attack released a study that identified what they said is a coordinated network of Twitter accounts that push false and misleading narratives about election integrity with hashtags like #VoterFraud. According to Bloomberg, they found a core of 200 accounts that tweeted or were mentioned in tweets more than 140 million times over the last year.

Computer Servers: A survey by ProPublica found that computer servers that powered Kentucky’s online voter registration and Wisconsin’s election results reporting site ran software that could potentially expose information to hackers or enable access to sensitive files without a password. According to ProPublica, officials in both states said that voter-registration data has not been compromised and that their states’ infrastructure was protected against infiltration. Still, Wisconsin said it turned off its FTP service following ProPublica’s inquiries. Kentucky left its password-free service running and said ProPublica didn’t understand its approach to security.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voting system, II, III, IV, V, VI, |Voter privacy | Election fears | Too poor to vote | Millennials | Election hacking | Audits | Voting rights, II | Department of Justice | Online voting, II | Voter suppression, II | Voting problems | Election integrity | “I Voted” stickers

California: DMV problems | Vote count | Los Angeles County

Colorado: Secretary of state race | Weld County

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V | Election-day holiday | Seminole County

Georgia: Brian Kemp | Wait times | Election workers

Illinois: Poll workers | Early voting

Kansas: Secretary of state race

Louisiana: Secretary of state race

Massachusetts: Secretary of state race

Missouri: Early voting, II, III

New Jersey: Vote-by-mail

New Mexico: Turnout

New York: New York City voting problems, II

North Carolina: Voter ID | Election holiday

North Dakota: Voter ID

Ohio: Secretary of state race

Rhode Island: Secretary of state

South Carolina: Voting system

Tennessee: Voter suppression

Utah: Election Day registration

Clearie Awards Deadline Extended

EAC Extends Deadline for Third Annual Competition for Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has extended the deadline for submissions for its third annual “Clearie” awards, a national competition for best practices in election administration, until Friday, November 30, 2018. This year, the Commission will present awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers. All entries must be received no later than Friday, November 30, 2018.

This year, the Clearie awards are dedicated the life and legacy of Wendy Noren and R. Brian Lewis. Wendy Noren served as Boone County Clerk for over three decades and was a member of the EAC’s Board of Advisors before passing away in July 2018 following a long battle with cancer. R. Brian Lewis served as Counsel to the office of the Senate Majority Leader before his passing and was an early and steadfast proponent of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and election officials. Both were luminaries in the field of election administration who will long be remembered for their work and friendship.

“Election officials are known for their commitment to the values expressed in the EAC Clearie awards: excellence, innovation, maintaining accuracy and integrity in the election process and ensuring all eligible citizens can cast a ballot,” said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. “The Clearies are a testament to their work and dedication and highlight best practices other election administrators can emulate.”

This year’s entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Outreach efforts
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Replicability

All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email to clearinghouse@eac.gov. Nominators should use the following subject lines based on entry category: Election Worker Competition, Accessibility Competition or Outstanding Innovations Competition.

All entries must include a brief summary of the election program nominated and attach relevant documents, images and links that can be used to assess the entry. Submissions should also include contact information for the person submitting the program for consideration. Each entry must be submitted in a separate email.

For more information about this year’s competition, please contact Patrick Leahy at pleahy@eac.gov.

Upcoming Events

Council of State Governments Annual Conference — The Council of State Government will hold its 2018 National Conference in the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati area in December. Keynote speakers are J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and Story Musgrave who started life in the Marines and finished is public service at NASA where he spent more than 1,200 hours in space. The conference will include a 2.5 hour session on election cybersecurity communications mapping. Where: Cincinnati, Ohio. When: December 6-8.

Election Audit Summit—The Election Audit Summit will provide a space for participants from across the scientific, policy and legal worlds to discuss new developments in the field of post-election auditing, and engage in the ongoing conversation on the current status and future directions of the election audits in the United States. Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts. When: December 7-8.

International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 mid-winter conference will be held in Irvine, California, January 6-11, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.

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.

National Association of State Election Directors — The 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.

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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Assistant Inspector General for Audit, U.S. Election Assistance Commission —The Assistant Inspector General for Audit (AIGA) directs or conducts performance audits, evaluations, inspections and reviews of EAC programs, functions, and operations. The incumbent maintains personal contact with key senior officials within and outside of EAC, such as management and officials of CIGIE, OMB, GAO, other Federal and state agencies, contractors and educational or research groups. Participates with the IG in developing the annual audit plan; determining the scope of each audit; developing and adjusting audit guides when necessary to meet special or unusual circumstances; and participating in entrance and exit conferences with auditees (city, county, state, and/or EAC officials). The AIGA supervises the work of subordinates, if any, and monitors the work of contractors. Salary: $119,5897-$141328. Deadline: November 30.  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.

Certification Project Manager, Hart InterCivic — The Certification Project Manager manages state and federal certification projects of our Hardware and Software products, under the direction of the Certification Program Manager. The Certification Project Manager must be able to exercise sound judgment and interact with regulatory authorities in a professional manner, particularly in high-pressure situations. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Relations Manager (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Customer Relations Manager to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be responsible for effectively and proactively managing the day-to-day relationship, administration and technical/product support of one or more assigned customer accounts. Additionally, the CRM will serve as project manager for specialized projects such as pre- and postelection day support, new product implementations, and/or product upgrades/updates. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Government Affairs, Hart InterCivic — The Hart InterCivic Director of Government Affairs oversees all aspects of support services for Hart’s government relations activities for state and federal government entities. These include: identifying and engaging critical stakeholders at the federal, state, and county level, researching and providing consistent and proactive communication of company’s regulatory strategy, partnering with key internal cross-functional departments, participating in industry forums ensuring active engagement where most critical, and developing monitoring/measurement tools to provide visibility and transparency. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Program Manager, CIS— the Elections Program Manager is assigned to the Elections Infrastructure ISAC (EI-ISAC) at the Center for Internet Security. Reporting to the Director of the EI-ISAC, the Elections Program Manager will partner with other cybersecurity team members to promote the CIS mission and help support our growth. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a subject matter expert on and represent the EI-ISAC in public forums regarding election infrastructure issues. The Elections Program Manager will work with the EI-ISAC Director to build relationships in the elections community and identify tools, products, and initiatives that meet the security needs of election officials. 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.

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.

Inside Sales Representative, Runbeck — to support our desired growth and market expansion, we continue to hire outstanding talent in multiple departments. We are looking for highly motivated, dedicated and talented individuals who will be able to contribute significantly to the success of the company while receiving great opportunities for professional growth and financial benefits. Responsibilities include: Contact potential or existing customers to inform them about a product or service; ability to present solution and its value to a prospect over the phone; answer questions about products or the company; ask questions to understand customer requirements and close sales; enter and update customer information in the database; keep records of calls and sale and note useful information in the CRM; process orders in an accurate manner; and go the “extra mile” to meet sales quota and facilitate future sales. Application: In order to apply, please send a resume to Tammy White: twhite@runbeck.net.

Program Manager, Overseas Voting Initiative, Council of State Governments — the Program Manager of CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative, funded through a cooperative agreement with the US Dept. of Defense (DOD) Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), provides day-to-day management and oversight of the Initiative, including research and policy analysis of electronic absentee voting systems for military voters, and development and dissemination of educational policy programming and deliverables to state leaders in support of the cooperative agreement. The Program Manager works within CSG’s Center of Innovation and in cooperation with CSG’s policy and executive management teams as well as regional offices, affiliates and members to support, monitor and improve state elections processes for military and overseas voters. 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 Level Software Developer, BPro — We are a well-established small business that has been developing requirements and producing software for the needs of state governments since 1985 and continue to maintain and upgrade many of those systems. We have offices in Pierre, South Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota, Minnesota & Virginia. We’re currently looking for an energetic and intelligent .Net Developer to join our growing team. Our ideal candidate is one who loves to learn, enjoys working as a team, and who can multitask and meet deadlines. Skills required: .NET, VB, VBA, ASP, SQL, HTML, and JavaScript. A four-year college degree is the minimum educational requirement. All applicants must have excellent written and verbal communications skills. 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, Runbeck— Runbeck Election Services is looking for full stack enthusiasts who are comfortable tackling end-to-end and enjoy building products that solve big problems and delight customers. We’re a collaborative team who knows how to get things done (Lone Rangers need not apply). We believe that small teams focused on shipping software move the fastest and make the most impact. The ideal candidate for this position has extensive back end skills (C#, MVC, ASP.Net, SQL Server) paired with solid web and desktop skills (IIS, JavaScript, HTML 5, CSS, jQuery, WPF, Win Forms). Must have a solid grasp of our basic toolset (Jira, Visual Studio). Willing to learn new plug-ins and IDE enhancements in order to boost your productivity and are excited to introduce us to new tooling experiences that have worked for you in the past. You bring discipline and care about implementation practices. You are familiar with Agile/Scrum processes, practice common design patterns, embrace clean coding principles, and employ many other techniques in an effort to bring a high level of software craftsmanship to your finished product. Application: In order to apply, please send a resume to Tammy White: twhite@runbeck.net.

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.

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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In Focus This Week

November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

Election Day Dispatches 2018

It’s Election Day in America and your electionline team will be with you throughout the day providing updates and posting all the news that’s fit to post.

There’s a lot of news to cover this year from cybersecurity to weather to turn and beyond, so if we miss something that you think is relevant, please email us (mmoretti@electionline.org) or send us a Tweet @electionline and we’ll get it posted.

We’ll be providing updates all day, but look for them around 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Depending on how things are going, we may do additional postings.

If there’s breaking news, we’ll update this site as quickly as possible and you can always check on Twitter @electionline

Our first batch of stories are up where they usually are in the Daily News section of our site, so check there to get all your early morning news. And check out our most recent edition of electionline Weekly where we talk about the 10 things we’ll be watching today…in addition to everything else!

Good luck! And may the democracy gods have mercy on our souls.

9:20 a.m. Update

Polls are open with lines and some malfunctions

Polls are now open throughout a large portion of the nation. There are reports about lines due to heavy turnout and there are some early morning issues.

In Gwinnett County, Georgia, which had already seen its fair share of issues during early voting, the voting machines are down at one polling place leaving hundreds of voters to wait.

Several pollings sites in Maricopa County, Arizona opened late and were having issues. In Chandler, the polling place opened late because the landlord had locked the building overnight.

In Ohio, several polling places were without power, but generators were making it possible for the voting to continue.

Voters in polling places in Virginia and Kentucky were initially given the wrong ballots.

When voters arrived at one voting site in Detroit, there were not voting machines to be found. It turns out they were locked in a closet.

We’ll be back in a few hours when the whole country will be voting. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

And as always, if we’ve missed something let us know mmoretti@electionline.org

National News: Today’s the biggest test for election security | How several states prepare for severe weather, power outages during an election

Arizona: Chandler polling place experiences problems | Maricopa Co. Recorder: Some polling places experiencing problems | Landlord locked Chandler voting site

Connecticut: Heavy morning turnout | Long lines at polls

Florida: Some voters heading to the wrong precinct | People line up in South Florida

Georgia: Long lines at the polls | Voting lines form | Machines down, hundreds wait at one Gwinnett location

Idaho: County braces for turnout, orders extra ballots

Illinois: Polls open in Chicago and across Illinois

Iowa: What’s different at your polling place this year?

Louisiana: Registrar of Voters: All precincts open despite televised reports

Kentucky: Wrong ballots handed out at Owensboro polling place

Michigan: Voters turned away due to missing voting machines

Mississippi: Long lines of voters in Harrison Co.

Missouri: Long lines in St. Louis area

New Jersey: Strong early turnout

New York: Election Day Problems: Reports of broken machines, long lines | Sloppy start on Election Day

Ohio: Problems reported at local precincts | Two polling places without power after crash | Power outages causes delays for some Dublin area voters | Voting issues at Hawkins Elementary | Dublin polling place without power, voting continues | Officials monitoring reported problems in Lucas Co.

Oklahoma: Polling places are now open through Oklahoma

Pennsylvania: Strong early turnout | Voters forced to wait at Squirrel Hill polling place | Polls open with steady stream of voters

South Carolina: Voting issues on Election Day

Tennessee: Severe weather causes disruptions to voting

Texas: It’s Election Day in Tarrant Co. and turnout shows no signs of slowing down| Voting officials under scrutiny amid heavy turnout

Utah: Election Day arrives–but more than 600K Utahns have already voted

Virginia: Wrong ballots sent to Chesapeake precinct | Charlottesville and Albemarle see heavy turnout

West Virginia: Wood Co. polling location changed

Wisconsin: Columbia Co. stocks up on extra ballots

11 a.m. Update

Traffic, long lines, machine malfunctions and a gunman

Americans from coast to coast are now casting ballots as Election 2018 is in full swing.

The police had to be called to a Greenwich, Connecticut polling place after issues arose over parking.

One polling place in Palm Bay, Florida was on lockdown following reports of a gunmanin the area.

Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott told Florida Today her office received word before 9 a.m. that a person was seen in the parking lot, sitting in a car with a gun in his lap. He did not brandish the weapon, she was told.

“He didn’t get out of the car and drove off,” she said. “Palm Bay police did a traffic stop and he was taken into custody … we’re not sure what prompted that.”

We on the East Coast have a fondness for saying, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity and for voters in Wake County, North Carolina that’s certainly been the case this morning as the humidity as caused issues with voting machines.

Although it’s still early in the day, commissioners in Porter County, Indiana are calling for polling places to remain open late tonight after there were issues getting up and running this morning.

Weather has knocked out power to at least three polling places in Knox County, Tennessee. Voters are still casting ballots on paper, but the move to paper means those ballots won’t be counted until later in the week.

We’ll be back in a few hours. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

National News: Oops, we forgot to plug in the voting machine | No, ICE will not be stationed at polling places | Google Doodle encourages voters to Go Vote | Students across the U.S. walk out to vote in midterms |

Alabama: Voter turnout heavy at some sites |

Arizona: After heavy early voting, Election Day starts with some bumps in the road

Connecticut: Police resolved crush at GHS after voters couldn’t find parking

Florida: South St. Pete polling place has glitch | Long lines, huge turnout for Election Day | Gunman causes alarm, brief closure of Palm Bay voting precinct

Georgia: Gwinnett officials experience problems at 4 polling locations

Idaho: Idaho sticks with paper ballots on voting day

Illinois: Dead voters, dirty tricks. Fighting voter fraud

Indiana: Porter Co. commissioners call for polls to remain open late

Kansas: As Dodge City voting gets underway, complaints are few | ‘A strong turnout’ in Sedgwick Co.

Maryland: Pouring rain, glitches greet Maryland voters

Michigan: Small snags hit polling places in Genesee Co. | Lansing City Clerk: No polling places affected by power outage

New York: As historic election begins, scattered voting problems reported | Why am I not getting an ‘I Voted’ sticker? | Polling problems at some NYC precincts

North Carolina: Humidity causing problems for Wake Co. voting machines

Ohio: Hamilton Co. voter scanner machine may cause confusion, but not a glitch

Pennsylvania: Problems reported at polling places | Squirrel Hill polling site opens late due to election judge suffering medical emergency

South Carolina: Election officials respond to machine malfunctions | Long lines at some polling places across Florence Co. | Election officials respond to machine malfunctions after voter complaints | Several Horry Co. residents report problems at the polls

Tennessee: 1 Shelby Co. voting site opens late | Paper ballots in use in 3 Knox polling places, won’t be counted till Friday

Texas: Border Patrol to conduct crowd control exercise in El Paso on Election Day | Why the ‘I Voted’ stickers are so popular | Polls are open, but some locations having technical difficulties

1:30 p.m. Update

Power outages, bomb threats and machine malfunctions

Power outages continue to hamper, although not stop voting across the country as severe weather makes its way through. Most voters are still able to cast their ballots on paper.

Polling places in South Carolina and Florida reported problems with elevators making it difficult for voters with disabilities to get to the voting room.

Voters in Houston, Texas, which had already seen record turnout during early voting are facing long lines on Election Day due to technical difficulties at numerous polling places.

In Washington County, Pennsylvania, not to far from Pittsburgh, a man was arrested for threatening to shoot up a polling place. Across the state in York County, voting was delayed for about 10-15 minutes after someone told voters there was a bomb in the building.

And a special shout-out the the D.C. Board of Elections for another smooth voting experience, which we just did!

We’ll be back in a few hours. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

National News: Voting waiting times staggering as machines not working in some states | Voter help hotline busiest in decades | Midterm election voters disappointed by lack of ‘I Voted’ stickers | Reports of long lines and broken machines as voters head to the polls

Alabama: Jammed voting machines, cell phone bans and other Election Day issues

Connecticut: Some polling places report slight issues

Florida: Shell point precinct has brief issue with elevator

Georgia: Long lines, issues reported across Atlanta

Indiana: Tippecanoe Co. will not extend voting hours | Oakbrook Church, KHS vote centers lose power |

Kansas: Power outage at Platte Co. location

Kentucky: Locked ballot box causes issues at polling precinct

Louisiana: No serious problems seen

Maine: Polling places packed with voters | Secretary of state Matt Dunlap visits polling places

Massachusetts: 107-year-old at polling place: Get out there and vote | Faulty voting machine replaced in Falmouth | ‘I Voted’ sticker are a hot commodity

Michigan: Husband and wife duo have worked so many elections they’ve lost count | Crews restore power to polling places | Voters stalled, turned away from malfunctioning machines

Missouri: Voting machine malfunctions in Clay Co. | Some Kansas City voters wait two hours to cast their ballot | Ballot scanner problem; Voters feel uneasy leaving ballots in a pile

Montana: Missoula voters should allow extra time at four locations

Nevada: Problems reported at several polling locations

New York: Ballot scanner breakdowns plague NYC polling places | Voting machines get mixed up in Westchester

North Carolina: Humidity causes issues in Wake, other NC counties

North Dakota: Tribes scrambling to print new IDs

Ohio: Why the voting machine spit out your ballot in Hamilton Co. | Computer issues force some to cast paper ballots |

Oklahoma: Minor issues reported at some polling places

Pennsylvania: Voters brave long lines, rain to make statements | Philly voters report broken voting booths, long lines | Voting problems, only a few, easily fixed | Voting problems reported in Pittsburgh area | Man arrested after threatening to shoot up polling place | Person hit by car outside of polling place dies | Confusion on where to vote in Bethleham Twp. | Bomb threat delays voting in York Co.

Rhode Island: Voting machine on Prudence Island replaced

South Carolina: Voting machine problem in Richland Co. causing ‘mismarking’ | Elevator broken at Hattiesburg precinct

Tennessee: Power outages force some TN polling places to use paper ballots

Texas: Voters report election day problems in Houston | Some issues reported at two DFW polling places | Long lines, difficulties reported at many Houston sites | Voters rattled as power outage knocks out some machines

Virginia: Roanoke Co. using paper ballots | Power outage doesn’t deter voters

West Virginia: Precincts battle severe weather on Election Day

3:15 p.m. Update

ID issues, polling places forced to stay open late and PUPPIES!

There have been lots of crazy stories today, but we now want to bring you the best story of the day! The Arizona Humane Society is bringing adoptable puppies to polling places for voters to hold while waiting in line.

“What better way to relieve the stress of voting and the long lines than with adorable, adoptable puppies from the Arizona Humane Society,” Kelsey Dickerson with the AHS told Arizona Family.

Several polling places in Monroe County, Indiana ran out of ballots when turnout proved to be greater than anticipated.

Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne says her office is quickly printing and delivering more ballots as needed.

Browne says they planned for slightly above the 2014 midterm turnout, which was 26 percent. But as of 2 p.m., turnout is already up to 41.9 percent.

“We could never have anticipated this,” Browne told Indiana Public Media.

In Missouri, where the state’s voter ID law under litigation until just about the last minute, observers noted that voters were being told they had to have a photo ID in order to vote although a judge’s late ruling said they do not

The speaker of the New York City Council has called for the resignation of the city’s Board of Elections executive after a morning plagued with problems lead to long lines at many Gotham polling sites

“Every election is like Groundhog Day: long lines, polling site issues, huge problems. Now we’re blaming the weather? It’s unacceptable & unfair to voters. Michael Ryan should resign & we should begin a top to bottom review of how this happened. It’s time for new leadership at BOE” Speaker Corey Johnson said in a tweet.

And we’ve had a topless voter in Tennessee.

We’ll be back in a few hours. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

National News: Voters face long lines, machine snafus, ‘mosh pit’ crowds

Arizona: Meet the polling place puppies

California: San Diego Co. registrar allows voters to easily find their polling places | Voters report sporadic problems at polling places around Los Angeles | Why do we get ‘I Voted’ stickers?

Delaware: Big turnout, voter ID confusion, rain highlights first half of Election Day

District of Columbia: Eastern Market voting machine breaks causing delays

Florida: State says Election Day starts smoothly | Precinct in Sarasota Co. opens without proper ballots | Security guards block access to polling place inside gated community | NAACP demands polling sites be available to hurricane victims

Georgia: Reports of long lines and machine malfunctions | Gwinnett voting machines problem fixed, but long lines persist | In predominantly black Atlanta neighborhoods, voters say there aren’t enough machines | Crowds fill Atlanta polling places

Indiana: Several Monroe polling places run out of ballots as turnout soars | 12 polling places to stay open late

Kansas: Ford Co. officials report voting going smoothly | Dodge City voters cast their ballots at new location 

Kentucky: Knott Co. polling station starts Election Day with issues

Massachusetts: Election monitors report few problems so far | ‘Election Day is like throwing a party for 5,300 people’

Maryland: Harford election directors put on leave, interim director in place | Probably faster and more efficient than any vote we’ve had

Michigan: Voters stalled, turned away by malfunctioning machines | Houghton Co. Clerk: Some voters thought they were registered to vote online

Minnesota: More than 615K absentee ballots received

Missouri: A dozen ballot counting machines down in Clay Co. | Voters report confusion at the polls due to voter ID law | ‘One ballot every second’

New Jersey: New law in NJ causes confusion for voters | It’s raining voters

New York: Wet ballots cause problems in New York City |  Long lines greet some voters | No ‘I Voted’ stickers at the polls | Council speaker calls for resignation of NYC BOE exec

North Carolina: Malfunctioning machines create problems in Forsyth Co. | Poll worker has helped with ballots since 1950 | Voting period may be extended in Gastonia

Ohio: Power outage affects 5 polling places | Voting continues after Jefferson Twp. power outage

Pennsylvania: Haverford College’s new voting site draws strong crowd | At least 100 voters in Phoenixville receive wrong ballot

Rhode Island: Rhode Islanders wait in long lines to cast their ballots

South Carolina: Voters say machines flipped their votes | ‘Check your ballot’

Tennessee: Man not allowed to wear Trump t-shirt votes topless | Back up generator fails at Knox Co. polling location

Texas: Polling place problems being resolved | Voting computer ‘locks up’, no one turned away

Virginia: Officials report robust turnout, lines

Wisconsin: Misprinted ballots give to at least 54 in Stratford

5 p.m. Update

Voter ID issues in North Dakota, violence at the polls and Jack McCoy

Some Native American voters experienced problems with North Dakota’s new voter ID law. According to The Associated Press, State Elections Director John Arnold says he hasn’t heard of any widespread problems at reservation polling sites. But Professor Carla Fredericks with the University of Colorado’s American Indian Law Clinic says dozens and perhaps hundreds of American Indians are having issues with the state’s recently tightened voter identification laws.

According to The Associated Press, a Harris County, Texas deputy has cited a poll worker for misdemeanor assault after she allegedly bumped a voter during an argument and made a racist comment. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter the deputy responded Tuesday morning to a disturbance call at a polling site in Houston.

A poll worker in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was assaulted by a voter this morning. According to a local television, it’s unclear what lead to the altercation.

In California, one polling place in San Diego County received an incomplete polling book affecting about 46 voters.

Due to budgetary constraints, voters in Louisiana did not get “I Voted” stickers this election cycle. In 2016, the Louisiana stickers featuring Blue Dog became quite the internet sensation.

And some voters in Connecticut got a ride to the polls from New York City District Attorney Jack McCoy…oh wait, we mean actor Sam Waterston.

We’ll be back in a few hours. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

National News: DHS watching for any problems with voting machines | ‘I had been taking my right to vote for granted’ New voters reflect on Election Day | Why are long lines at polling places not a voting rights issue?

Alabama: Madison Co. voting machines having problems counting votes

Alaska: Anchorage election officials forgets ballots at home

Arizona: Glitches and long lines don’t deter these young voters

Arkansas: Some voters given incorrect ballots in Little Rock | Flu shots offered on Election Day

California: Voting machine issues reported throughout LA County | San Diego Co. polls open smoothly; mail-in ballots higher than expected | Dozens of San Diegans left off voters rolls

Connecticut: Law & Order actor gives voters rides to the polls

Georgia: Chatham Co. polling places see long lines, possible voting issues | Gwinnett plagued with Election Day problems including forgotten chords | Jesse Jackson: Issue at Fulton polling site was ‘classic voter suppression’

Illinois: Reports of broken machines, long lines in DuPage Co. | Chicago could extend voting at least 5 places | County clerk gets more time with border collie

Indiana: Temporary glitch causes slowdown in Elkhart Co. | Some Northwest Indiana polling places to remain open late | Republicans ask judge to reconsider his ruling that 12 sites stay open

Kansas: With no polling place in this town, Latino voters still turnout

Kentucky: Machine glitch quickly fixed

Louisiana: No ‘I Voted’ sticker for Louisiana voters

Maryland: Voters weather steady rain, ballot problems

Massachusetts: Monitors report mostly smooth Election Day so far | Despite hours-long lines at 2 Boston polls, voting going smoothly

Michigan: High turnout at Lansing area polling places

Minnesota: Under steady drizzle, voters line up to have their say

New Hampshire: Pedestrian pinned under car outside of polling place

New York: Ballot scanner snafu exasperates voters | New York City purged 200K voters in 2016. It wasn’t a mistake | Driver crashes into parked cars at polling place | Yonkers teen casts ballot despite recovering from stroke | Women are placing their I Voted stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave

North Carolina: Humidity stops up some voting machines in Cumberland Co. | Some voters scramble to find new polling place | Poll worker assaulted by voter in Winston-Salem

North Dakota: ID problems for some Native Americans

Pennsylvania: Line of voters greet Hamburg poll worker | Machine issues, tension in Hazelton

Tennessee: Voters wait two hours in Antioch

Texas: Election officials blame problems on ‘operator error’ | Border Patrol postpones training exercise | Texas poll worker cited with misdemeanor assault

U.S. Virgin Islands: VI voters swarming to the polls

Wisconsin: Dane Co. turnout hits 50% at 2pm

7 p.m. Update

Sticker shortage, long waits and late nights

Polls have begun to close on the East Coast, but there are still hours to go on the West Coast (and in Alaska and Hawaii).

A voting rights group in Ohio filed a lawsuit seeking to allow those in police custody the ability vote. The suit was filed in the Southern District Court of Ohio and alleged violations of the 1st and 14th Amendments.

A motorist crashed into a Bakersfield polling place and ran away, prompting police to lock down voting, reported The Bakersfield Californian. Elections officials asked voters to avoid the site and vote at another polling place.

Lots of reports of voters being disappointed because they didn’t get an “I Voted” sticker, but one illustrator on Twitter is making them for people, so that’s cool!

We’ll be back one last time in an hour or so. Please note that the links we list are live when we list them. Sometimes media outlets continuously update stories throughout the day, so if what you’re looking for isn’t there when you click, the link, scroll down.

National News: On Election Day voting problems appear across the country | People who can’t get their hands on ‘I Voted’ sticker are utterly disappointed | This illustrator’s making hand-drawn ‘I Voted’ stickers for people on Twitter

California: Voters report some names missing at polling places | 2-hour wait at LA County voting site | Ballot error, polling place lockdown. Here’s the latest

Colorado: Despite mail ballots, some voters still appreciate the allure of the polling place

Florida: Melbourne man threatens to blow up supervisor of elections office | State asked to investigate Lake Park voting complaints

Indiana: Polling place problems brings judges order to stay open past 6pm | Technology problems repaired, voting won’t be extended

Iowa: Secretary of state says recounts may be necessary

Kentucky: 30 extra voting machines sent to Lexington

Louisiana: No ‘I Voted’ sticker? Secretary of state blames budget

Maryland: Two-hour wait reported at Clinton polling site

Massachusetts: Broken voting machines, long lines reported in Mass

Michigan: Local clerks report high turnout

Missouri: Confusion over voter ID leads to polling lines

Montana: Missoula, Gallatin counties report increase in provisional ballots

New Jersey: Gloucester Co. tries new voting machines | Somerset Co. polling place opens an hour late

New Mexico: Big turnout reported at Bernalillo Co. vote centers

New York: Election Day Angst: Voting machines crash all over New York | Board of elections explains problems with voting

North Carolina: Heavy turnout as voters question ‘inactive’ status | Power goes out at Apex polls, but voting continues | Severe weather is knocking out power to polling places

Ohio: Voting rights groups file lawsuit requesting that those in police custody be allowed to vote

Oklahoma: Ballot scanner problem fixed in Oklahoma City

Pennsylvania: Voting machine problems confirmed in Luzerne Co. | Calibration problems reported in Irwin | Voting delayed in Taylor precinct | Wait times pile up at several polling locations | High turnout, no major issues reported in York Co. | These ‘I Voted’ stickers are so Philly | ACLU concerned about county’s handling of absentee ballots

South Carolina: Richland Co. says review your ballots | Election officials respond to machine issues

Texas: Students rally for voting rights at Texas’ oldest HBCU | Turned away twice, Dallas teacher fought back and then voted | Poll hours extended in some areas | Tarrant Co. voters overcome minor setbacks at polls | Travis Co. voting website crashes

West Virginia: Polling places move past power outage problems

8:30 p.m. Update

Closing time, 911, CPR and GOATS!

Polls are now closed on the East Coast–except where they’ve been ordered to stay open. This will be our last post for the evening, but we’ll be back bright and early tomorrow morning (around 6 a.m.) with the Daily News.

In South Carolina, a woman waited so long for curbside voting that she called 911 for help.

Voters in Georgia have filed a last-minute lawsuit seeking to prevent Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), who is also a candidate for governor, from overseeing the counting and results process.

Washington, D.C. poll workers and voters rushed to save a man suffering from cardiac arrest while waiting to cast his ballot. Along with the help of a 911 operator and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a group of bystanders and poll workers teamed up to administer CPR and save the man’s life, WJLA reported.

“He didn’t get to vote, but he got to live,” D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted.

Elections might seem like a zoo to some, but in Central Wisconsin they took that heart when on polling place also hosted a petting zoo featuring GOATS!

And we’re gonna end on a high note (GOATS)! Stick a fork in us, we’re done…till tomorrow morning!

National News: No Russian hacking, but plenty of voting problems | Judges rule to keep some polling sites open |

Alaska:  Alaska’s ‘I Voted’ stickers are way cooler than ours

California: Voter interest high, problems few in California | Costa Mesa voters take city’s new voting system for a spin | Alaska’s ‘I Voted’ stickers are way cooler than ours

District of Columbia: Bystanders save man’s life at polling place

Florida: Controversial church sign angers Pasco voters

Georgia: Polls close across metro, but hours extended in Gwinnett | Voting machine hiccup as Kemp casts his ballot | Judge orders Gwinnett precinct to stay open until 9:25 | Voters file lawsuit seeking to keep Kemp from overseeing election results

Hawaii: Minor voting problems reported in Oahu

Kansas: Ford Co. bars reporters from Dodge City polling place | Some Dodge City Hispanics voting provisionally

Missouri: ‘Why does this happen every single time?’ | High turnout has voting sites running out of polling places | Process moving smoothly amid strong turnout

Montana: Election issues lead to long lines at Butte Civic Center

Nebraska: Locals wonder where they will vote after hall is closed

New York: Elections boss: Voters share part of the blame

Ohio: Complaints of missing, late absentee ballots | Trumbull voters use flashlights in the darkness

Rhode Island: Island’s lone voting machine fails | Portsmouth polling place moved due to gas leak

South Carolina: Woman calls 911 for voting help

Texas: Polling locations experience problems | Polling sites in Laredo experience problems

Utah: Fraud-sniffing dogs?

Virginia: ‘I Voted’ sticker designed by 9-year-old girl

Wisconsin: Polling places in Columbia Co. busy on Election Day | Central Wisconsin polling place luring voters in unique way

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