electionline Weekly

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

In Focus This Week

2019 elections legislation in review
With many Legislatures now done, what happened in 2019

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline.org

Although there’s no catchy Alice Cooper song to mark the season, many state Legislatures have finished or are finishing up their work for 2019.

It was a busy year for election legislation with thousands of bills being filed. Bills covered everything from ex-felon voting rights to voter ID to same day registration to what to wear the polls and whether or not you can bring a weapon with you, not matter what you’re wearing.

While some state Legislatures are still in session and there are others that don’t adjourn, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at some of the elections legislation that was on the table this year.  This is just a snapshot of what was happening in the states this year. It’s always good to bookmark the State Elections Legislation Database brought you by our good friends at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Voter Registration

The TN Legislature put limitations on 3rd-party voter reg groups.

Automatic voter registration. Election day registration. Same day registration. Limits on third-party voter registration groups. There were countless bills regarding some aspect of voter registration this year. After Republican lawmakers threatened a filibuster, a bill that would have allowed automatic voter registration in Connecticut failed at the end of the session. A bill in Kansas for same day registration never got past the committee level. Maine is poised to become the 18th state to allow automatic voter registration. The Nevada Legislature has approved same day registration. In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 672 into law that allows for election day registration. The New York Senate is currently considering automatic voter registration.  Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is working with legislative Republicans and Democrats on automatic voter registration. A bill in South Carolina that would have extended the voter registration deadline initially passed the House before ultimately failing. The voter registration-related bill that probably generated the most headlines this year was in Tennessee where the governor has now signed a bill into law that will criminalize elements of the third-party voter registration process. The Utah Legislature has designated February 14 at Women’s Voter Registration Day.  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed a bill that would have required people assisting others to sign up to vote to provide their own information on the paper registration forms.

Vote At Home

Hawaii will move to a vote by mail system in 2020.

Paid postage, all vote-by-mail elections, uniform bar code usage and signature cures were just some of the vote at home legislation that was considered this year. The California Assembly has approved a bill that will cover the cost of return postage for all mail ballots. District of Columbia Councilmember Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward One) has introduced a bill that will send a mail ballot to every voter in DC and, at press time, would keep Election Day precinct-based polling places. Following issues with signatures in the 2018 election, the Florida Legislature has approved a bill that will allow vote at home voters to cure their signatures if a problem is discovered at the supervisor of elections office. Beginning in 2020, Hawaii will become a vote-by-mail state. In Iowa, all counties are required to pay for and use the same barcode system so mail ballots are treated equally statewide. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill that requires election officials to notify voters before their mail-in ballots are thrown out because of signature problems. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are currently considering a bill that would allow voters in the commonwealth to cast their ballot by mail. Lawmakers in Oregon are considering postage-paid vote at home ballots. Following in the footsteps of King County, the Washington Legislature has approved a bill that will provide postage-paid return envelopes to voters. In Wyoming, a bill that was supported by the county clerks and would have allowed counties to choose to vote-by-mail failed.

Ranked Choice Voting

The MD Assembly denied Montgomery County’s push for ranked choice.

Following Maine’s successful deployment of ranked choice voting in 2018, a number of state Legislatures considered bills that would mirror Maine’s, but none of those bills really gained much traction. The states include Hawaii,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. Although Maine successfully used ranked choice in 2018, efforts to expand the voting system to more elections did not have enough support to move forward. In Maryland, one bill that would allowed the city of Baltimore to use ranked choice voting was pulled and another bill that would have allowed Montgomery County to use the system failed in the General Assembly. It should be noted that while RCV didn’t have a successful year at the state level, a number of local jurisdictions considered moving to a ranked system.

 

 

Ex-Felon Voting Rights

The Iowa Legislature failed to enfranchise ex-felons this year.

It was a big year for voting rights for those formerly incarcerated and even for those awaiting trial. Arkansas will now allow restore the voting rights to formerly incarcerated children after they finish their sentence and parole.  In the District of Columbia, where the city council remains in session, Robert White (I-At-Large) has introduced a bill that would allow District residents serving time in federal prisons to cast a ballot. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law that would require ex-felons to pay all fines and fees before their rights may be restored.  In Illinois, SB2090, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, would allow anyone who is being held, but not yet convicted, to cast a ballot. It would also allow a county with a population of more than 3 million to set up a temporary polling place in a county jail. Despite support from the governor and overwhelming support from the public, a bill in Iowa that would have lifted the permanent ban on voting rights for ex-felons failed. Lawmakers in Kentucky are still considering a bill that would lift the permanent ban on voting rights for ex-felons. Efforts in Louisiana to change the voting rights for parolees and probationers went nowhere this year. At least 18 bills were filed in Mississippi that would have reformed felony voting rights restoration and none of them advanced. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed AB431 into law. The new law restores voting rights to ex-felons upon release from prison, not at the end of their sentence.  An amendment that would have automatically restored the voting rights of those released from incarceration in Virginia failed along party lines. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation into law that streamlines the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights and the restoration of those rights.

Voter ID

The NC Legislature made it easier for students to vote this year.

There was a time when the voter ID subhead was jam-packed with news, but not really this year. In Louisiana, a bill has been approved that will allow military IDs to serve as a form of ID to vote. In Maine, a move to require photo ID to vote never made it out of committee. North Carolina’s General Assembly approved legislation that would make it easier for student IDs also serve as voter IDs. The Pennsylvania Legislature, which remains in session, is considering a bill that require an ID vote, although it is not a strict photo ID bill. A bill that would have allowed Virginia residents to use out-of-state college IDs in order to vote failed again.

 

Election Security Updates

The National Governors Association announced last week the six states that will participate in the organization’s latest cybersecurity policy academy.

Officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia will spend the next six months studying election security to come up with plans and practices to protect the integrity of their voting systems ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The 2019 academy will focus more closely on issues related to election security, from building protections around voter registration databases to developing better communications between agencies. Participants will include governors’ office staffers, election directors and statewide cabinet agencies, the NGA said.

After being accused of being a one-man roadblock to election security legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said this week that the Senate will have an election security briefing.

“We intend to have a briefing on election security,” McConnell told reporters during a weekly press conference according to The Hill, all the while not responding to questions about whether the upper chamber will take up any election security legislation.

Reps. Jim Himes, D-Connecticut, and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas introduced new legislation that would establish election interference as a Federal crime. The bipartisan bill, dubbed the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act, would make it a Federal crime to hack a voting system used in a Federal election.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) have written a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding answers from the agency on its response to Russia’s attempts to have VR Systems during the 2016 presidential election. According to The Hill, the senators questioned the FBI on whether it had investigated those machines for attempted hacking, and also how the FBI is ensuring that local and state election officials “feel comfortable reporting potential cybersecurity incidents” to authorities. The senators have given Wray until July 12 to respond.

2019 Election Updates

Maine: A lack of power didn’t stop Eliot Town Clerk Wendy Rawski from tabulating ballots following this week’s election. Using emergency lights from the fire department and a few camping lantern, Rawski was able to tabulate the ballots after they were cast on Tuesday.

New Jersey: The Union County board of elections discovered three uncounted provisional ballots while organizing polling place supply bags. Two of the ballots should have been counted and one was from a voter who was not registered. The ballots were added to the tally which did not alter the results.

Pennsylvania: It didn’t make national headlines, but as we point out, there are tied elections every voting cycle and this year has been no different. There were four tied races in Mercer County which were all decided this week by drawing numbered ping pong balls from a bag. Whoever chose the #1 ping pong ball was the winner. “It’s kind of weird, but you have to determine it somehow so I guess it’s the way it is,” candidate Mark Skidmore told WYTV.

Virginia: Voters headed the polls in the commonwealth this week and while the biggest story was low voter turnout, there were a handful of isolated issues. In Roanoke, voters had to cast provisional ballots for about two hours when issues with laptop computers prevent poll workers from checking in voters. The problem was discovered just before 6 a.m. when the polls opened and a fix was deployed to all precincts by 9:30 a.m. Redistricting approved by a panel of federal judges earlier this year caused some issues for voters in Yorktown who showed up at the wrong polling places or simply couldn’t figure out where to vote after reviewing new maps. “It’s not a happy election,” Judy Ruston, chief election officer for one polling place in Hampton City told the Virginia Pilot. Ruston said many would-be voters left confused and frustrated. Chesterfield County, which split five precincts experienced issues as well.

Election News This Week

In November 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed several communities in Butte County, California including the town of Paradise. According to the Enterprise Record, the fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history with 85 lives lost, 19,000 structures destroyed and 14,000 families displaced. Since the fire, Butte County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Candace Grubb and her staff have worked tirelessly to keep track of residents not only for voter registration purposes, but also vital records. Now with 19,000 displaced voters, Grubb is seeking to opt into the California Voter’s Choice Act which will allow the county to move to vote centers and mail ballots in time for the March 2020 primary. The county will have 13 vote centers and every voter will receive a mail ballot with a return-postage paid envelope.

Lessons learned. A lot of counties are going to have old voting equipment to get rid of in the coming months so consider this a cautionary tale. Licking County, Ohio offered its old AccuVote-TSx machines on GovDeals.com and the Columbus Dispatch bought a lot of them and gave them to area high schools to see what their engineering students could do with them. According the paper, while the actual elections software was removed before the sale, the units were otherwise functional. Students were easily able to access administrator functions without access cards and they had access to an internal activity log. That being said, as engineering teacher Greg King pointed out, “To tamper with a statewide election, it would take a lot of resources and a pretty sophisticated organization or somebody on the inside.” Following inquiries from The Dispatch, Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office issued an advisory to county election officials reminding them of disposal requirements. “Under no circumstances should a voting machine be sold to someone who’s not an authorized user,” said LaRose.

Mythbusters for Elections? Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is hiring four staff members to investigate voter fraud in The Copper State. “Consider us the `MythBusters’ of election fraud claims and rumors,” Ryan Anderson, a spokesman for Brnovich told KTAR. “If there is fraud, let’s investigate it, let’s prosecute it and work to eradicate it,” Anderson said. “If there’s not fraud, then let’s give the public the confidence they deserve in their elections.” While voter advocacy groups thing the money — $530,00 — would be better spent elsewhere, Democratic election officials, including Secretary of State Katie Hobbs see it as a chance to boost confidence in elections. “If this unit will help maintain the integrity of Arizona’s elections and election systems, then I am all for it,” Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a statement.

Mybusters for Elections, Part II. This week, Paco County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Brian Corely sent a letter voters — which he also shared on social media — urging his voters to be aware of possible cybersecurity threats ahead of next year’s election and how misinformation can easily spread on social media. He urged voters to be vigilant to misinformation and to think twice and even contact his office before sharing something questionable on social media. “There were an untold number of Americans who unknowingly helped perpetuate some of the half-truths and outright lies by retweeting something or sharing something they saw on social media. We just want to have the policy if you see something, say something,” Corely said.

Who dunnit? According to Wicked Local, on May 13, Maynard on May 13, Town Clerk Michelle Sokolowski discovered that a basket by the clerk’s window, where she routinely places paperwork was missing. The paperwork included voter registration cards that had been submitted to the town clerk’s office to be logged into their computer database and the paperwork filed. The police were called and video reviewed and the police have concluded that the missing paperwork was the result of a clerical or custodian error and not a criminal act.

Congratulations to Brevard County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott and her team for raising more than $3,000 for Project HUNGER. The money will go toward the Feed & Read summer program for children. “As a mother, I am very passionate about helping children in need,” Scott told the Viera Voice. “We are honored this money will make a difference in the lives of children in our community.”

Personnel News: Eneida Tavares is the new interim head of the Boston Elections Department. She replaces Dion Irish who is moving to the city’s inspectional services department. Former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has been named a “Leader of Democracy” by the League of Women Voters of Colorado. Diane Olmer is resigning as the Platte County, Nebraska election commissioner after 23 years on the job. Former Daviess County Clerk David “Oz” Osborne has resigned from the Kentucky board of elections after only one meeting. Bill Luther has been appointed to the Arkansas state election commission.

In Memoriam: Raniero “Renny” Travisano who served one term as Middlesex County, New Jersey clerk has died. He was 82.

Legislative Updates

Maine: By a 19-14 party-line vote, the Senate has a approved a bill that would make Maine the 18th state to institute automatic voter registration. The bill, which is backed by Secretary of state Matt Dunlap would automatically register residents doing business with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Also in Maine, the House has vote against a bill (85-61) that would have allowed municipalities to prohibit guns from polling places. The bill would have allowed towns, counties and school boards to adopt their own policies with regard to banning “the carrying of dangerous weapons” at polling places. The Senate also rejected the bill.

New Hampshire: The Senate has approved HB 106 which would essentially repeal HB1264 that was approved last year. The new bill eliminates the requirement that eligible voters register their cars and obtain a New Hampshire’s driver’s license in order to register to vote.

New York: Under legislation currently being considered, the presidential preference primary would be held on April 28.

Oregon: The House has approved Senate Bill 670 that would prevent elections officials from putting their name on voters’ pamphlets, ballot return envelopes or any other printed materials included with the ballot during the elections in which they are a candidate. The bill goes back to the Senate for the approval of an amendment.

The Oregon Voting Rights Act (House Bill 3310) was approved by the Senate 28-0. The bill puts Oregon in line with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by ensuring there is a local and community-driven process to ensure protected classes have equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.

Legal Updates

California: The ACLU is suing the Fresno County clerk for removing a Unitarian church as a polling place in response to a complaint about their Black Lives Matter banner. The lawsuit says county clerk Brandi Orth asked church leadership to remove the banner and when they refused, she moved the polling place to a different church.

Michigan: Genesee County Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah has signed a temporary restraining order preventing the city clerk’s office from printing the August primary ballots until Farah can determine if the candidates filed proper paperwork.

New Hampshire: Todd Krysiak, 36 of Alton has been charged with voting twice in the 2016 election. According to state prosecutors Krysiak voted in his hometown as well as in Leominster, Massachusetts.

According to the Valley News, Dee Milliken is under investigation by the state’s attorney general for voter fraud after she helped her son, who has cerebral palsy and a seizure condition, cast his ballot in 2018. “I’m still in shock. All weekend, that’s what I’ve been thinking about,” Milliken told the paper. “Do you have to have a certain IQ to vote? What about if you have a stroke or Alzheimer’s?”

New Mexico: Eight district attorneys from across New Mexico are asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to strike down a provision of House Bill 407 which calls for aligning elections for district attorneys to the gubernatorial election cycle. A writ of mandamus was filed June 8 against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver. “We appreciate the Secretary of State’s Office working with us to try to find a solution to the problem created by HB 407 outside of litigation,” DA John Sugg told the Alamogodo Daily News. “After reviewing the relevant case law, we have concluded that a petition for writ of mandamus is the appropriate legal mechanism to address the unconstitutional provision of HB 407.”

North Carolina: Terrell Graham, 31, of Goldsboro, and David Williams, 55, also of Goldsboro, have been charged with corruptly taking the oath prescribed to voters. Keymonti Winn-Hocutt, 19, of New Bern is charged with corruptly taking the oath prescribed to voters and double voting.

Virginia: Cameron Sasnett, former head of Fairfax County’s elections division who was fired in 2018 is suing the county’s electoral board for $750,000. According to WTOP, the lawsuit alleges that the electoral board intentionally violated Virginia law by wrongfully firing Sasnett over disagreements about state election law and elections policies. Additionally, Sasnett,drug distribution charges filed against Cameron Sasnett last year were dropped by prosecutors last week, apparently due to his cooperation with a broader investigation.

Tech Thursday

Tech Companies: Voatz, a mobile-focused voting and citizen engagement platform,  has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Medici Ventures and Techstars with participation from Urban Innovation Fund and Oakhouse Partners. The company plans to leverage the funds to enhance the accessibility and usability of its technology, and to grow its security footprint as it launches new pilot programs with states, cities and select international jurisdictions.

Vendors: According to TechCrunch, ES&S has said that it will no longer sell paperless voting machines. ES&S chief executive Tom Burt confirmed the news in an op-ed in Roll Call where he also called on Congress to approve legislation mandating a stronger election machine testing program.

Illinois: The State Board of Elections has launched a redesigned website that optimizes site access for cellphones and tablets.

New York: The New York State Board of Elections has approved three vendors to provide e-poll books to counties to help implement early voting at vote centers. The companies are KNOWiNK, Robis, and Tenex.

South Carolina: The state Election Commission announced this week a $51 million deal with ES&S provide the state with voting machines that will include a paper ballot. The deal includes more than 13,000 new voting machines to be used statewide. “There can be no question as to the accuracy of the election,” John Wells, chairman of the state Election Commission said according The Post and Courier. However not everyone was happy with the choice including the League of Women Voters. “We think it was a mistake,” Christe McCoy-Lawrence, co-president of the SCLWV told the paper. “Putting a computer between the voter and his ballot is not necessary.”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Election security, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII | Paper ballots | Voter suppression, II | Voter access | Vote at home

Alabama: Turnout

Florida: Bilingual election materials | Election security

Maine: Ranked choice voting

New Hampshire: Turnout | Election legislation, II

New York: Automatic voter registration | Ranked choice voting, II

Pennsylvania: Election reform

Virginia: Election security

Texas: Suffrage | Secretary of state, II | List maintenance, II, III

Washington: Election costs

Upcoming Events

Common Data Formats for Election Systems Webinar — We’ve been talking about common data formats for years, but what are they really? We will discuss the history of their development, benefits and potential use cases. We’ll also provide resources for implementation and how to get started. When: June 21, 12:30 EDT. Where: Online

U.S. Election Assistance Election Data Summit — The U.S. Election Assistance Commission invites you to attend the 2019 Election Data Summit. The event coincides with the release of the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) and will feature expert speakers examining how to use data to help America vote. The day’s keynote speakers and panel discussions will include a look at data within the newly released biennial EAVS survey, as well as broader panel conversations covering issues such as how data can be used to address election security, improve voter registration, modernize election management systems, and enact best practices for serving voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting (UOCAVA) Act. Attendees are strongly encouraged to register in advance and arrive on time in order to guarantee entry. The EAC will accommodate as many registrants as possible, but due to strict room occupancy limits, preregistration may not necessarily guarantee entry if the room is at capacity. This event will also be livestreamed at www.eac.gov. When: June 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Russel Senate Office Building; Room 301

National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Election Center 35th Annual National Conference: This year’s Conference attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the final stretch of the 2019 Election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial critical infrastructure information, new election initiatives and tons of practical and meaningful election administration tools and resources including the newest innovations and ideas to help election officials as the 2020 presidential year quickly approaches. When: Aug. 17-24. Where: Orlando.

Job Postings This Week

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Bilingual Resources and Marketing Specialist, Gwinnett County, Georgia —  Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections is responsible for planning and organizing all election voter-related activities and assist Gwinnett’s cities and special districts with election preparations. The division is comprised of staff that are proud to be part of a team that works together to assure that every vote counts. This position will be responsible for marketing and outreach for our Elections Division. The incumbent will create marketing material, work with community partners/organizations and conduct outreach related to Gwinnett County’s Election Division and the Bilingual Election Law (Sec. 203 of the Voting Rights Act). The incumbent must be proficient in oral, written and reading comprehension of the Spanish language. The primary responsibility for this position will be to educate and inform various community organizations, registered and prospective voters about election processes in both English and Spanish. The incumbent will also be required to set up and take down tables, display boards and various marketing materials for public events. Salary: $42,1620 $48,486. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Communications Coordinator/Assistant, Boulder County, Colorado— assist Communications Specialist with various duties for the Clerk & Recorder office. The bulk of this time will focus on the work of the Elections Division; however, individual will assist in some tasks and communication campaigns that cover Motor Vehicle and Recording divisions. Description of Work: This is an hourly, non-benefited position funded now through early December 2020. Ideal candidate can work between 18-30 / hours week. Hours/days are flexible to work around school or other existing work schedule. Occasional weekend or evening support may be needed.The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, familiarity with WordPress or similar website editing platforms, have a positive attitude, be able to take initiative, and be relatively outgoing. Great position for anyone interested in elections who is a junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student in communications, marketing, journalism, political science, or related field. This is an hourly. non-benefited position and is expected to end in December 2020. Work hours are flexible and will average 18 to 30 per week. The position works out of Boulder. Salary: $18-$20/hour. Deadline: June 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic— The Customer Support Consultant is responsible for providing application and hardware support to Hart InterCivic customers via telephone and email for all Hart InterCivic products.  The Support Consultant is also responsible for monitoring all requests to ensure efficient, effective resolution. The successful CSC will work directly with customers and other staff members. The position is responsible for responding to customer contacts, dealing with issues in a professional manner, providing technical direction to customers in a manner they can understand and being a customer advocate.  The CSC must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 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.

Election Clerk 2, Pierce County, Washington – This position primarily involves data entry and processing of voter registration transactions, with moderate to heavy customer service interactions (phone and in-person) for 4-5 weeks prior to an election. Maintain voter registration/elections database. Key and update voter registration information from paper forms, Department of Licensing and on-line submittals. Register new voters, updates voter addresses and researches voter registration records. Provide customer service information at the front counter and over the telephone. Understand content, intent, and applicability of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as they apply to election activities. Coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner. Process records using the state voter registration database. Issue ballots to voters. Respond to customers using the PC Elections email account. Assist on special projects. Research voters’ records to ensure proper counting of ballots. Assist Election Specialists as assigned. Provide information for candidates regarding candidate filing. Perform essential voter registration functions of an Election Clerk 1. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds Other duties as assigned. Salary: $24.41 – $30.55 Hourly. Deadline: June 16. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, Anoka County, Minnesota — Transparent and accurate elections that allow for the genuine expression of the will of the voters are the bedrock of our democracy. The Anoka County Office of Elections and Voter Registration works closely with local jurisdictions to administer elections with integrity, ensuring all eligible voters can register to vote and cast their ballot through an efficient and credible process. The Elections Specialist who joins the Anoka County Elections team will play a critical role supporting the planning, preparation and execution of core election functions, including voter registration, absentee voting and election day activities. The ideal candidate will be familiar with and comfortable using technology. This team player will demonstrate flexibility and an ability to adjust priorities on short notice. The Elections Specialist will have a strong sense of quality customer service and must engage voters, candidates and other stakeholders in a nonpartisan and respectful manner. This full-time, benefit-eligible position is located at the Anoka County Government Center. Salary: $19.10 – $19.67 Hourly. Deadline: June 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

IT Support Specialist, Collier County, Florida— The IT Support Specialist works closely with IT staff to provide technical support and assistance to all staff located within the Supervisor of Elections office. This person will work with a wide variety of elections industry specific technologies to include hardware, software, programming, printers, and applications. In addition, this person will be providing support and assistance for non-election industry networking technology to include workstations, servers, printers, etc. The primary areas of responsibility for the IT Department include Network and associated Infrastructure, Hardware and Software Support, Database Administration, Daily Backup and Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Voting Equipment and Related Technologies to include Ballot Design and Tabulation, a variety of Programs, and Geographic Information Systems. The IT Support Specialist’s duties include hardware support including but not limited to, file servers (virtual and physical), storage (SAN and NAS), workstations (desktops and laptops), switches, printers, and scanners (image and barcode). Support also includes all election related equipment. Software support includes software applications for both election and non-election related software products. Applications include but are not limited to a variety of Microsoft applications (Windows 7 & 10, SQL, Access, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Projects, Visio, Word), Adobe products (Acrobat, Reader) Photo Shop, as well as industry specific voter registration software. Other responsibilities include a variety of administrative tasks such as reports and logs. Accuracy and attention to detail is crucial. Salary: $45,000 – $60,000 annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Officer: Elections and Political Processes — The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer to join its Election and Political Processes Team and work with NDI’s regional teams, country teams, local partners, and international partners to advance electoral integrity, promote accountability and encourage citizen engagement in electoral processes. The Program Officer will work with other members of the Election and Political Processes Team to support: country-level programs, which involve citizen election monitoring (including parallel vote tabulations (PVTs)); international election observation efforts; international workshops, academies and conferences; and global initiatives, including, for example, the Open Election Data Initiative (OEDI). This position is based in Washington, DC and will require periodic travel. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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In Focus This Week

June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019

In Focus This Week

What Suffrage means to me
The nation’s top female elections officials talk about Suffrage

By M. Mindy Moretti
electionline.org

One hundred years ago this week, the Senate approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ultimately give women the right to vote.

After the June 4, 1919 passage (the House approved it two weeks prior) it took 16 months to get three-fourths of the states to ratify the Amendment.

Wisconsin is credited with being first and it was Tennessee that pushed the needle over the line for ratification on August 26, 1920.

Interestingly, several states — Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia — rejected the 19th Amendment initially, but eventually ratified the Amendment after it was law with Mississippi being last in 1984.

During the next 16 months we’ll be highlighting the Suffrage movement in different ways, including last week’s look at three exhibits celebrating the centennial.

This week, we asked the highest ranking female election official in each state what Suffrage means to them. The responses come from large and small states, from both coasts and the Heartland. We heard from Democrats, Republicans and some whose party affiliation we have don’t even know! It’s a fascinating read and we really hope that you will enjoy it as much as we did.

Thank you to everyone who responded.

Alaska
Gail Fenumiai, director, Division of Elections
I cannot imagine not having the right to vote.  It is the core of our nation’s democracy. I am thankful for the courageous and wonderful women who fought hard for this precious right.  As an election official, it is hard for me to comprehend barring individuals from voting. It is our job to ensure that we never forget their struggles and continue to strive to remove barriers to voting and provide equal access for all.

 

Arizona
Katie Hobbs, secretary of state
In August of 2018, during the suffrage celebrations, I was a candidate for Secretary of State. The moment I realized that I would (hopefully) be in the office for the 100th anniversary was profound. The magnitude of what this anniversary means, how far we have come, and the opportunity to be in a position to help create a meaningful celebration gave me chills. Arizona has been a state where women lead, and I am grateful to all the women who paved the way for me. I also feel an incredible sense of responsibility to continue to be vigilant and protect access to our elections for everyone who is eligible. My daughter will be able to vote for the first time in 2020, during the 19th Amendment Centennial. She represents the next generation of voters who will share their stories to ensure future generations never take this right for granted.

Arkansas
Leslie Bellamy, director
I think especially for me as an election official the fight for the passage of our 19th Amendment has not only provided me a right to voice my opinion through casting my ballot, but a career path I am passionate about.  I started in elections over 20 years ago as a Voter Registration clerk, and will end my state career as Director of Elections for the state of Arkansas. The suffrage movement has provided a path where I can participate in legislative changes to carry on the movement of not being denied the right to a voice.  I continue to utilize my experience to work in legislative sessions and training sessions to protect the democratic process with the evolving industry.

California
Jana Lean, chief of elections
The hundred year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote reminds me that not so long ago in history, women were suppressed and marginalized in our society. We have made huge strides, but we are again at a crossroads where the rights of women are being threatened.

I believe it is not just our civic duty to let our voices be heard through the ballot box, but it is a moral imperative to protect the rights of all of the women who will follow us. It is our time to continue the impressive work of the Suffragettes that paved the way for us today.

Respectful discourse, the peaceful transition of power, and fair representation is the foundation our county was built on. I think we should honor the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote by continuing the fight for free and fair elections for everyone!

Colorado
Jena Griswold, secretary of state
The significance of the 19th Amendment’s 100th anniversary is both historic and an important reminder that we must continue to strive for access to our democracy. Because of the suffragists who advocated to expand the right to vote to women, Colorado became the second state to allow women to vote in 1893. On this anniversary of women across our country gaining that right, we must commit to ensuring, as a nation, that every eligible voter can have their voice heard in our elections. Together, we can build a democracy that all Americans can believe in.

Connecticut
Denise Merrill, secretary of state
The movement for women’s suffrage is a testament of the power of direct action to expand democracy. Not just a reminder of the laws that were changed, I plan to use this centennial anniversary as a reminder of what is possible when ordinary people organize in the name of justice. And, although we celebrate the end of the denial of the right to vote on the basis of sex, it’s important to also remember that it was only a first step towards universal suffrage and equality of the sexes, and it left out women of color almost entirely.

We should celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment as more than a single event, and instead celebrate it as the introductory chapter in the long stories of women’s equality and voting rights alike. We will mark the centennial, but we will also use it to remember the work that remains. It is a promise to remain committed to that work until it is complete.

Delaware
Elaine Manlove, election commissioner
While I’ve never seen myself as a “feminist”, voting is not something I take for granted.  I am thankful to the women who went before me and fought for all of us to have this right. There should have never been a fight!  If we are governed by the law, we should be able to vote on those who make those laws.

 

District of Columbia
Alice Miller, executive director
Having worked in elections for most of my career, this 100th anniversary of suffrage resonates with me for a number of professional and personal reasons. As women throughout the District of Columbia occupy an increasing number of elected offices both locally and nationwide, and occupy other high level positions of authority, enfranchising voters of all genders is vitally important for the protection of accurate representation in our city. As the mother of a daughter, I am committed to ensuring that the next generation of voters and candidates in the District of Columbia feels that their electoral process is available and accessible to them regardless of their race, gender, or national origin. On this historically significant anniversary, it is my hope that we continue to make progress so that all District voters feel they can participate in our elections.

Florida
Laurel M. Lee, secretary of state
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which provided women the right to vote. The suffragist movement was a long and difficult battle, but it was fought with the utter and absolute conviction that women should be full and equal citizens with the right to participate in our democracy.

These women, and the men who supported them, paved the way not just for our future, but also for the future of our children and the many generations to come. Now, nearly 100 years later, women continue to help shape the trajectory of our nation and our world through their leadership.

I’m thankful for those women who led the way 100-plus years ago because without them, women would not have the rights and privileges of citizenship that we enjoy today.

We honor them by continuing to be leaders in our communities, our state and our world and by fully participating in our democracy.

Indiana
Connie Lawson, secretary of state
100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress, and American women won the right to vote. After decades of civic exclusion and political irrelevance, hundreds of thousands of women were finally handed enfranchisement at the ballot box.

It is striking how recently these changes took place. My mother was born only a short while after ratification, and in my younger days I spoke with many relatives and family friends who could recall this seismic change. Furthermore, if we are painfully honest with ourselves, some women were still denied the right to vote until 1965, simply because of their skin color.

So often we accept the twists of history as inevitable fact, but these rights came only after many years of fighting and perseverance. It is often said, correctly, that we stand on the shoulders of giants. I pray we never take our electoral equality for granted.

Iowa
Christy Wilson, deputy secretary of state
It is a huge honor for me to work in elections in a state that has historically been a leader in voting rights and remains that way today. Iowa was the first state to elect a woman to public office, the first state to appoint a female to the bar and one of the first states to allow women to vote. Iowan Carrie Chapman Catt was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

Today, we’re one of the few states that has online voter registration, same day voter registration, early voting and no-fault absentee voting. We strive every day to encourage and help all Iowans to register to vote and participate in elections. Our country has come a long way in the last 100 years and this centennial anniversary is a great reminder that we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Kentucky
Alison Lundergan Grimes, secretary of state
“The right is ours, have it we must, use it we will,” said Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  This echoes in my head every time I enter our Capitol.

As Secretary of State, I’ve worked hard to ensure all eligible citizens have access to our ballot box and vote.  Sadly, the struggle which began 100 years ago to ensure the basic inalienable rights of women, continues today.

Suffrage describes a moment in time where a movement for equality began.  Personally, I’m reminded of my grandmothers. They saw the right to vote be realized.

While women can now get an education, own property, vote, hold office, get a job and practice our faith – equality doesn’t exist.  As long as “firsts” continue – like being the first statewide elected official to have a child in office – the movement is not finished and little girls everywhere rely on our fortitude to stand up and speak out.

Maryland
Linda Lamone, administrator of elections
Every election makes history, but the 1920 election in Maryland was indeed historic. A special session of the Maryland legislature was held on September 20 – 22, 1920. The result was a bill that granted Maryland women the right to register and to vote. I cannot tell you the number of women that cast a vote at the November 9, 1920 General Election, but 1,288,931 Maryland women cast a vote in the 2018 General Election!

Thus, while we celebrate the anniversary of an action by a body of men that changed a law, we also celebrate and recognize the powerful and determined women that sacrificed so much to make this happen. Countless women across the country spent years attending secret meetings, organized, protested and went to jail all to gain the right to vote.

It may be difficult for us to understand the complexity, time and overall effort that it took to made this change around the country, especially without today’s methods of communication and ability to get a message out. No website, no email, no social media.

An interesting side effect of the historical legal change was the impact it had on election administration. It is clear from a review of the 1920 Maryland legislation that the legislators were aware that they also had to address what would be required to implement a change to the voting process. For example, they added extra days for the Registration Boards to sit, added polling places to accommodate more voters, added clerical employees at the boards of elections, added a new requirement to record the sex of the applicants in the registration records, and increased the compensation of poll workers and clerks of registration (by no more than $2.00).

We read so often that voter turnout is not what we would like it to be. It is disheartening to think of the sacrifices and difficulties that it took to gain the right to vote by half of our population and yet so few take advantage of the franchise.

Thank you so much to those pioneering women who made it possible for me to vote and to run the elections for the State of Maryland.

Massachusetts
Michelle Tassinari, director and legal counsel, Elections Division
As we approach the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage, I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the current state of women’s rights in our country.  I have great admiration for the suffragists who successfully fought for the rights of women 100 years ago. While we gained the right to vote, there is still more to do to achieve true equality for all.  A century ago, brave, strong women took to the streets during difficult times in our country’s history. The fight for women’s suffrage lasted for decades and finally achieved victory, which was just one of the first steps toward women’s equality. We must never forget those who came before us and who fought for our rights. I am proud to be a woman working in elections and using my position to help make sure all who are eligible can exercise their right to vote.

Michigan
Jocelyn Benson, secretary of state
With courage and perseverance, suffragists fought and organized for the right to vote. These trailblazing women brought America closer to the promises of its founding with the passage of the 19th amendment. But as history teaches us, the fight for equality wasn’t over then and isn’t over today. It took 50 more years to expand the right to vote to African Americans and people of color. Now, 100 years after the suffrage movement and 50 years after the civil rights movement, it’s on all of us to continue in the footsteps of the trailblazers who came before us. Our democracy is at its best when all voices are heard. At a moment when women are still underrepresented in industries from sports to business to politics, we must continue to use our votes and our voices to advocate for a seat at every table where decisions are made.

Missouri
Chrissy Peters, director of elections
The celebration of the 100th anniversary of woman’s right to suffrage is an important time of history that should be reflected on with great admiration. I am thankful for my right to vote and reflect with gratitude the hard battles of those before us. I bring my young daughters with me when I cast my ballot. Personally for me, this is leading by example so that my daughters understand the importance of our right, privilege and opportunity to have our voices heard.

 

Nevada
Barbara Cegavske, secretary of state
Voting is both a privilege and a responsibility that all citizens must take seriously. I am fortunate to have always lived in a time when women have been afforded the opportunity to vote. To mark 100 years of Women’s Suffrage while serving as Nevada’s third female Secretary of State will be a special honor for me and I am extremely proud to join women across the country in celebrating this important milestone in 2020!

 

New Jersey
Tahesha Way, secretary of state
Every right we cherish as Americans is secured with the ballot box. Thanks to the leadership of women like New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, the right to vote was legally extended to women 100 years ago. While African American women like me were still prevented from exercising this right many years after 1920, the 19th Amendment nonetheless made this country fairer, opening doors for women to participate more broadly in public life and service. It is the knowledge of this history which underscores my commitment to an open democracy that ensures and maximizes ballot access for all American citizens.

New Mexico
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, secretary of state
The victory of women’s suffrage is a powerfully inspiring example of civic change that has deeply shaped my personal and public life. It’s incredible to be alive for the 100th anniversary and to be able to reflect on the advances that have been made toward fulfilling America’s democratic promise and opening the franchise to all eligible voters. But part of that reflection is to know the work is not done. The victory of women’s suffrage in America should serve as a reminder that many communities still face barriers to the ballot box and that efforts at voter suppression are not gone, but have simply taken on new forms. I draw inspiration from the pioneers of women’s suffrage in America everyday as I look for ways to expand voting rights and civic participation and I hope the 100th anniversary inspires a new generation to do the same.

Ohio
Amanda Grandjean, director of elections and deputy assistant secretary of state
“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make the laws and elect the lawmakers.” As we consider the powerful words of Susan B. Anthony, we are reminded why the right of women and men to vote equally in elections is unassailable. It’s about tried and true representation in our democratic republic. One hundred years, relative to the duration of our nation’s history, is not a long time for women to be a part of our nation’s democratic process. We’ve broken glass ceilings since then, but there are still quite a few more that need shattered. It’s my hope that women across Ohio and the nation will do far more than use this anniversary as a time to celebrate – instead, use it as a call to action. Get engaged. Get involved. Be a part of the process that our sisters fought so bravely for. Our time is now.

Oregon
Bev Clarno, secretary of state
Woman’s suffrage is such an important but relatively unknown part of our history. Here in Oregon, women were given the right to vote in 1912, eight years before the 19th amendment was ratified. In 2020 we will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of that historic amendment, and I am so honored that I will be serving as Oregon’s Secretary of State during the centennial celebration.

I often think of my mother, who was alive when women didn’t have the vote, and knew firsthand what it meant to finally be able to vote. I think about myself, as an 83 year old woman serving in public office. 100 years ago I would not have had this opportunity, and I am so grateful for all the women, and men, who fought so hard so that I could have this right today.

Pennsylvania
Kathy Boockvar, secretary of state
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s constitutional right to vote, 100 years feels like a blink of an eye. What might be most shocking is how long it took to get there – 144 years after this democracy was founded – plus decades thereafter while the struggle continued for so many.

As Pennsylvania’s chief election official, the magnitude of our – my – responsibility to nurture, protect, and defend this right cannot be overstated.

It has been a long, devastating road to suffrage for all. We committed unspeakable atrocities to our own, and overwhelming numbers of lives were indelibly altered, and lost, in pursuit of voting rights. We must honor the sacrifices of all who brought us to this point by ensuring that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.  We must commit every fiber of our being to ensuring we never let such atrocities happen on our soil again.

Rhode Island
Nellie Gorbea, secretary of state
As Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, I’ve seen firsthand that bringing people with different viewpoints and experiences to the table is how we get our best public policies.

The passage of the 19th Amendment was a watershed moment in that regard. Women obviously bring different perspectives than men and since being enfranchised, our voices have contributed to some of the biggest policy changes over the last century.

While there is still much work to be done to make sure all citizens have a voice in government, today I reflect on the things we’re seeing that our mothers and grandmothers could never have imagined. I think about what our daughters will see, and I am hopeful.

I encourage voters to remember that the single act of casting a ballot is fundamental to making government work for all people.

South Carolina
Marci Andino, executive director
The 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage is an important milestone in the history of our country. Over the course of a century, women have not only gained the right to vote, but they register and vote in greater numbers than men, are elected to public offices and run elections in many states and local jurisdictions. We’ve come a long way in a hundred years!

As a young girl, I remember standing in a long line with my mother so she could register to vote. Little did I know at the time, making it easier for people to register to vote would become a passion of mine. I’ve spent most of my professional career working to ensure that all eligible citizens have the opportunity to register to vote and to participate in fair and impartial elections. Those are more than just words to me – I am honored to serve as the chief state election official for the State of South Carolina and I’m very grateful to the women before me.

South Dakota
Kea Warne, deputy secretary of state
In my capacity as the director of South Dakota elections I have the honor of ensuring that elections are run with integrity and that all citizens have the ability to vote if they so choose. It is difficult for me to imagine, but not that long ago women in our country were not given an equal voice. Women’s suffrage was obtained 100 years ago, a blink of an eye in the span of history. The Dakota Territory almost passed women’s right to vote in 1872 and had several near misses after that including attempts from the legendary Susan B. Anthony. All those efforts failed until 1918 when we were finally given the right to vote in state elections, and the 19th Amendment to the constitution was passed in 1919. Now, 100 years later we have had female state legislators, female representatives in Congress, female constitutional officers, a lieutenant governor and now finally, governor. We also have a woman in charge of the State’s elections, a responsibility I take great pride in and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the efforts of so many, not so very long ago.

U.S. Virgin Islands
Caroline Fawkes, supervisor of elections
Women’s suffrage refers to the right of women to participate in democratic processes through voting on the same basis as men. I agree with the view that women gained the right to vote due to their contributions to the war, since I too have served in the military for over thirty-two years.

Women persevered and endured great hardships to ensure the granting of rights that many today take for granted. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

As the Supervisor of Elections, it’s great to see now when the polls open women and men stand next to each other and cast a vote that holds the same importance. In addition, the number of women elected in 2018 shows that more women are participating in the political process. This victory was not only for women, but for democracy and the principle of equality upon which our great nation was founded.

Washington
Kim Wyman, secretary of state
I believe the act of voting is the most sacred right we hold as Americans. As I reflect on the suffragists who sacrificed so much to give women the right to vote and worked relentlessly to pass the 19th Amendment, I think about the strong, influential women in my life. Women like my mom, my grandmothers, my aunts, and mentors who taught me the importance of civic engagement. They took time to learn about the candidates and issues before voting. I saw their “I Voted” stickers. They served on election boards. Their actions made me see the importance of my vote. They are the reason why I have not missed voting in an election since turning 18. These women gave me the courage to become an election administrator 25 years ago and now I am honored to have the responsibility of protecting the voting rights of every Washington citizen.

West Virginia
Brittany Westfall, elections director
Being raised by a single mother, it is difficult for me to imagine a time when women were forced to depend on men not only for finances, but also for their voices. On this 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, I tried to imagine how it felt to stand in line at the polling place, only to be turned away. I tried to imagine the courage it took to rally, lobby, and vote, even when that meant jail time. I am grateful to the women who realized how valuable the right to vote would be for their daughters and granddaughters. Without their courage, I know that I would not have the life I have today or the honor of working with 134 women election administrators. As women in elections, I hope we continue their journey by ensuring no voter is ever again turned away based on sex, religion, or race.

Wisconsin
Meagan Wolfe, administrator
In 1919, Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment granting women an equal right to vote.  In 2019, it was my great honor and privilege to be confirmed as Wisconsin’s first female chief election official. My hope is to continue Wisconsin’s long tradition of fostering a fair and thriving democracy and being a leader in the administration of elections.

Election Security Updates

On May 30 , President Donald J. Trump seemingly called for paper ballots nationwide.

“Going to good ol’ fashioned paper in this modern age is the way to do it,” the president told reporters at the White House.

A House Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill that includes $600 million in funding for the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) meant for states to bolster election security, with the money specifically earmarked for states to buy voting systems with “voter-verified paper ballots.”

In a new report from the Inspector General, the IG says staff shortages are making it difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with states on securing the nation’s election infrastructure. “Additional staff could enhance DHS’ ability to provide technical assistance and outreach to state and local election officials during elections,” the report stated.

2020 Candidates on the Issues

Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke announced his plans this week for improving America’s election system. The plan includes a goal to register more than 50 million people by 2024 and increase vote turnout to 65 percent of eligible voters. In addition, O’Rourke wants to make Election Day a federal holiday, allow automatic and same-day registration nationwide, abolish voter ID requirements and enact legislation that establishes independent redistricting commissions.

2019 Election Updates

New Jersey: Primary day in New Jersey was relatively quiet although it certainly started out with a bang when a car being driven by a poll worker in Totawa crashed into the fire station that was being used as a polling place. Neither the driver nor anyone else at the site was hurt and the polling place opened on time and voting was not interrupted. In Camden County, with ballots still arriving today, vote-by-mail was on pace to significantly eclipse ballots cast in person on election day.

South Dakota: Rapid City and Pennington County voters experienced some issues when attempting to cast a ballot this week. A paving project in Rapid City caused delays for voters trying to access a polling location. Signs were added by construction workers, but it took longer for some voters to access the site. “There were a lot of angry people at 7 a.m.” when the voting opened, poll worker Mary Mertes told the Rapid City Journal. She said people were having to park on and walk up the hill to reach the polling site. Construction crews did not leave the site for the day until 5 p.m. “We wondered if it was poor planning or voting suppression,” voter Clark Jones told the paper. For other voters, it was a problem on the City of Rapid City’s website that caused polling place issues. The city’s list of polling places was incorrect on the website. The mistake was caught by mid-day and fixed.

Election News This Week

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has agreed to conduct an inspection of election equipment used in Durham County, North Carolina in 2016. E-poll books in use on Election Day in Durham County repeatedly told voters that they had already cast a ballot when they had not and the county was forced to take the e-poll books out of service and move to traditional paper rolls. It was revealed in 2017 that the e-poll book vendor—VR Systems—had been a target of Russian interference. “This support may help to provide a better understanding of previous issues and help to secure the 2020 elections,” Sara Sendek, a DHS spokesperson told NPR. She added that the agency “has no information that there is any previous or ongoing issues regarding elections systems” in the state.

Oops! Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s proposed $55.6 million budget, which is set to begin July 1, does not include $280,000 to fund 400 election workers for the August 6 primary. “They erroneously left the $280,000 out,” Flint City Clerk Inez Brown said at a budget hearing according to MichiganLive. “This is a mistake that they’ve made. The funding isn’t included in the books they’ve presented.” Deputy Chief Finance Officer, Tamar Lewis said the finance department is trying to fix the mistake. “We’re trying to find the money for the election workers,” Lewis told MLive. “We’re pulling from different departments to get that.”

In November 2020, in addition to president, federal, state and local races, voters in Nevada will be deciding on a ballot measure that if successful would create a declaration of voters’ rights within the state’s constitution. According to Ballotpedia News the measure would provide registered voters with other constitutional rights, including:

  • to have questions about voting procedures answered and have voting procedures posted in a visible location at the polling place;
  • to vote without intimidation, threats, or coercion;
  • to vote during any early-voting period or on election day if the voter is in line at the time polls close;
  • to return a spoiled ballot and receive a replacement ballot;
  • to request assistance in voting if necessary;
  • to a sample ballot “which is accurate, informative and delivered in a timely manner;”
  • to receive instruction on how to use voting equipment;
  • to equal access to the elections system without discrimination, including on the basis of “race, age, disability, military service, employment or overseas residence.”
  • to a “uniform, statewide standard for counting and recounting all votes accurately;” and
  • to have “complaints about elections and election contests resolved fairly, accurately and efficiently.”

The NFL is going for two in its efforts respond to the debate about protests of injustice and police violence. It was announced this week that the organization had awarded a $100,000 grant to the Louisiana-based group VOTE. According to The New Orleans Advocate, Norris Henderson, VOTE’s executive director, said the group intends to use the money on a statewide push to register former inmates to vote. The campaign is made possible by a new state law that allows people who have been out of prison for five years to cast ballots even if they remain on probation and parole.

Cheers! Independence Brewing in Austin, Texas is rolling out Freak Power, a blood-orange hefeweizen that takes its name from Hunter S. Thompson’s campaign for sheriff. Brewery employees will be deputized as volunteer voter registrars for Travis County and the brewery will also hold a voter registration drive. “With Freak Power, we sought to create something that ignites enthusiasm the way Hunter S. Thompson did back in 1970,” Independence’s president and co-founder Amy Cartwright said in a news release.

Personnel News: Ed Shafer has retired from the Marion County, Ohio board of elections after 30 years with the board. Kim Barbetta is the new Brooke County, West Virginia clerk. Cecelia “Cooky” Borths is the new Charlevoix County, Michigan clerk. Cliff Dressel has been sworn in as the new chief deputy registrar of voters in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Neera Bahl has been appointed to the Cobb County, Georgia board of elections. Former South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is now the chairwoman of Miss America. Mitch Ceasar, former Democrat chair, has filed to run for Broward County supervisor of elections.

Research and Report Summaries

Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center released a report on securing U.S. elections this week. Edited by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, the report, Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond, discusses Russia’s actions and intentions in 2016, strengthening U.S. election infrastructure, regulating online political advertising by foreign nationals and governments, combatting disinformation, and deterring foreign interference, among other topics. The report offers 45 policy recommendations, including several regarding election administration and policy:

  • Require that all vote-counting systems provide a voter-verified paper audit trail.
  • Require risk-limited auditing for all elections.
  • Assess the security of computerized election-related systems in an adversarial manner.
  • Commit regular funding streams to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the election infrastructure.
  • Retain the designation of election infrastructure as critical infrastructure.

The Open Source Election Technology Institute released a position paper on election technology certification last week. The paper, Rethinking Election Technology Certification: New Cybersecurity Threats Require New Thinking on Testing and Certification, examines the existing framework for testing and certifying voting systems and early thinking on creating a framework for testing and certifying other types of election technology, such as electronic pollbooks, election night reporting, and voter registration systems.

Nonprofit VOTE released a report on new voter engagement by non-profit organizations last week. The report, Engaging New Voters: If Nonprofits Don’t, Who Will?, finds that young adults, low-income, Hispanic, and Asian communities participate in elections at lower rates than other socio-economic and demographic groups. To support such voters in the 2018 elections, Nonprofit VOTE worked with 64 nonprofits in 6 states, engaging more than 22,500 voters through mailers, text messages, and live phone calls. Those engaged by the program were 11 percent more likely to vote than demographically matched registered voters who were not engaged.

All Voting is Local released a report on provisional ballot usage in Ohio last week. The report, Rejected: How the Provisional Ballot System in Franklin County, Ohio Fails Voters, finds that voters in Franklin County – particularly black, low-income, and young voters – cast a disproportionate number of provisional ballots compared to the statewide electorate. The report recommends increased poll worker training and recruitment, and expanded voter education in the county.

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

Legislative Updates

California: Under Assembly Bill 1036 the secretary of state would be required to upgrade governing county voter outreach programs and would be encouraged to provide additional support to counties with the lowest voter registration rates. The bill also establishes a High School Voter Education Pilot Program in Yolo County. The pilot allows county officials to conduct student government elections using voting machines and custom ballots in order to teach youth how to vote and encourage future voter participation.

Connecticut: An effort to approve a bill, backed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill, that would automatically register residents to vote fell victim to the threat of a filibuster in the waning hours of the legislative session.

District of Columbia: Councilmember Robert White (I At-large) has introduced legislation that will repeal a 1955 law which disenfranchises District residents upon their conviction. While DC automatically restores the rights of felons once they are released from incarceration, the new bill would allow those still serving time to cast a ballot.

Also in D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward One) has introduced a bill that would send a mail ballot to every registered voter in the District. The legislation leaves in place precinct-based voting on Election Day and leaves it up to the DC Board of Elections on how to deal with early voting sites/days.

Illinois: Under Senate Bill 2090, the voting rights of those in jail will be expanded. A person in jail awaiting trial would be able to cast a ballot, county jails with a population greater than 3 million residents would have a polling place in the jail and a person leaving jail or prison would be given a voter registration application and information on the voting rights.

Louisiana: By a unanimous vote, the Senate has approve a bill that will allow voters to use a military ID as a form of ID in order to cast a ballot.

Maine: The House has approved a bill that would create a system of automatic voter registration at the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Massachusetts: The city of Springfield has given initial approval to a city-sponsored get out the vote effort. Under the proposed ordinance, the city will pay to send out postcards and robocalls reminding voters of upcoming local elections.

Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) has vetoed a bill that would have included Nevada in the National Popular Vote compact.

Also in Nevada, in the closing hours of the 2019 session, the Senate approved a bill that will allow for same-day voter registration.

New Hampshire: The Senate voted 14-10 along party lines to approve a bill that will essentially repeal a 2017 law requiring additional documentation from voters who register within 30 days of an election.

By a 13 to 11 vote, the Senate approved a bill that will allow for no-excuse absentee voting.

The House has defeated a bill that would have prohibited secretary of state candidates from making political contributions.

New Mexico: The Albuquerque city council has decided not to take up whether or not to move the city to a system of ranked choice voting and instead is considering having it added to an upcoming ballot to give residents a chance to decide.

North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has signed a bill into law that alters the rules on how student and government employee ID cards can qualify as voter ID cards.

Pennsylvania: The Senate has approved a bill that would move local elections in Ronda to even-numbered years.

Under House Bill 1579, voters in Pennsylvania would have to show some form of ID, including a bank statement or government check, in order to cast a ballot.

Oregon: The House has approved Senate Bill 870 by a 37-22 vote. If signed into law, the bill will include Oregon in the National Popular Vote compact.

Rhode Island: A bill proposed by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea that would remove birth dates from the list of publicly available voter data has been sent back to the Judiciary Committee for further review.

Vermont: The Legislature did not take action on proposed charter amendments in Montpelier and Brattleboro. The Montpelier amendment would allow noncitizens to vote in local elections and the Brattleboro amendment would lower the voting age to 16 in local elections.

Legal Updates

Georgia: U.S. District Judge Steve Jones has rejected the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by voting advocates alleging far-reaching voting problems last year during the gubernatorial election.

Indiana: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has vacated a consent decree reached between Common Cause Indiana, the Indianapolis NAACP and the Marion County Election Board. The agreement, which was approved for U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Baker called for adding more early voting sites. In the appeal,  state AG argued that the federal court acted against the public’s interest by interfering in the administration of elections. While this was all going on in court, the county moved to a vote center system which made the entire case more or less moot.

Michigan: The Eastpointe city council this week announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the rights of black voters. Through a four-year consent decree, the city will become the first in the state to use a ranked choice voting system.

This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced plans for a college-age get out the vote effort which is expected to help resolve a lawsuit filed by the College Democrats last year. According The Detroit News, Initial steps include the creation of a website dedicated to advice for first-time voters and college students, a written update for local clerks in college towns suggesting voter registration drives and more frequent deployment of a mobile SOS office to campuses.

Mississippi: Four African-American voters have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state GOP accusing the state of violating the 14th and 15th Amendment as well as a section of the Voting Rights Act. “Absent court intervention, the challenged provisions will continue to infringe upon the constitutional and statutory rights of African American voters in Mississippi, dilute African American votes and violate the one-person, one-vote principle in the upcoming general election and in every statewide election for years to come,” the complaint Mississippi read.

Pennsylvania: Oral arguments were heard this week in a lawsuit filed by a group of voters who claim they were disenfranchised saying that the state’s earlier deadline for absentee ballots is unconstitutional.

Tennessee: Attorney General Herbert Slatery is asking a federal judge is asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought against the state’s new voter registration law which penalizes third-party registration groups. In his filings Slatery argued that the law has not taken effect yet so claims in the lawsuit are moot.

Washington: The Washington State Association of Counties has indicated that it will be filing suit against the state in the coming days for what they are calling an unfunded mandate requiring counties to provide at least one ballot dropbox in every city and town within their jurisdiction.

Tech Thursday

Websites: Congratulations to the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) for receiving a silver award from the Horizon International Award competition for the association’s recently redesigned website. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2018 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions, including: websites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Election reform | Voter registration, II | Election security, II, III | 2020 | Suffrage, II, III, IV | Voter data

California: Vote centers

Connecticut: Early voting

Florida: 2018 election | Election security

Indiana: Voting rights | Turnout

Michigan: Vote-by-mail

Missouri: HR 1

Nevada: Turnout

New Mexico: Ranked choice voting

New York: Automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Election security

Texas: Voter ID | Secretary of state, II | List maintenance | Voting equipment

Virginia: Election security

Wisconsin: Suffrage

Upcoming Events

Common Data Formats for Election Systems Webinar — We’ve been talking about common data formats for years, but what are they really? We will discuss the history of their development, benefits and potential use cases. We’ll also provide resources for implementation and how to get started. When: June 21, 12:30 EDT. Where: Online

National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Election Center 35th Annual National Conference: This year’s Conference attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the final stretch of the 2019 Election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial critical infrastructure information, new election initiatives and tons of practical and meaningful election administration tools and resources including the newest innovations and ideas to help election officials as the 2020 presidential year quickly approaches. When: Aug. 17-24. Where: Orlando.

Job Postings This Week

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Bilingual Resources and Marketing Specialist, Gwinnett County, Georgia —  Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections is responsible for planning and organizing all election voter-related activities and assist Gwinnett’s cities and special districts with election preparations. The division is comprised of staff that are proud to be part of a team that works together to assure that every vote counts. This position will be responsible for marketing and outreach for our Elections Division. The incumbent will create marketing material, work with community partners/organizations and conduct outreach related to Gwinnett County’s Election Division and the Bilingual Election Law (Sec. 203 of the Voting Rights Act). The incumbent must be proficient in oral, written and reading comprehension of the Spanish language. The primary responsibility for this position will be to educate and inform various community organizations, registered and prospective voters about election processes in both English and Spanish. The incumbent will also be required to set up and take down tables, display boards and various marketing materials for public events. Salary: $42,1620 $48,486. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic— The Customer Support Consultant is responsible for providing application and hardware support to Hart InterCivic customers via telephone and email for all Hart InterCivic products.  The Support Consultant is also responsible for monitoring all requests to ensure efficient, effective resolution. The successful CSC will work directly with customers and other staff members. The position is responsible for responding to customer contacts, dealing with issues in a professional manner, providing technical direction to customers in a manner they can understand and being a customer advocate.  The CSC must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 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.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Stafford County, Virginia — this is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023. Multiple terms are allowed. The Stafford County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of The General Registrar and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of voter registration and elections in Stafford County’s 28 precincts for our 95,000 registered voters. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner. Salary: $100k-$108 DOQ. Deadline: June 9. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Clerk 2, Pierce County, Washington – This position primarily involves data entry and processing of voter registration transactions, with moderate to heavy customer service interactions (phone and in-person) for 4-5 weeks prior to an election. Maintain voter registration/elections database. Key and update voter registration information from paper forms, Department of Licensing and on-line submittals. Register new voters, updates voter addresses and researches voter registration records. Provide customer service information at the front counter and over the telephone. Understand content, intent, and applicability of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as they apply to election activities. Coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner. Process records using the state voter registration database. Issue ballots to voters. Respond to customers using the PC Elections email account. Assist on special projects. Research voters’ records to ensure proper counting of ballots. Assist Election Specialists as assigned. Provide information for candidates regarding candidate filing. Perform essential voter registration functions of an Election Clerk 1. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds Other duties as assigned. Salary: $24.41 – $30.55 Hourly. Deadline: June 16. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software.  Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

IT Support Specialist, Collier County, Florida— The IT Support Specialist works closely with IT staff to provide technical support and assistance to all staff located within the Supervisor of Elections office. This person will work with a wide variety of elections industry specific technologies to include hardware, software, programming, printers, and applications. In addition, this person will be providing support and assistance for non-election industry networking technology to include workstations, servers, printers, etc. The primary areas of responsibility for the IT Department include Network and associated Infrastructure, Hardware and Software Support, Database Administration, Daily Backup and Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Voting Equipment and Related Technologies to include Ballot Design and Tabulation, a variety of Programs, and Geographic Information Systems. The IT Support Specialist’s duties include hardware support including but not limited to, file servers (virtual and physical), storage (SAN and NAS), workstations (desktops and laptops), switches, printers, and scanners (image and barcode). Support also includes all election related equipment. Software support includes software applications for both election and non-election related software products. Applications include but are not limited to a variety of Microsoft applications (Windows 7 & 10, SQL, Access, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Projects, Visio, Word), Adobe products (Acrobat, Reader) Photo Shop, as well as industry specific voter registration software. Other responsibilities include a variety of administrative tasks such as reports and logs. Accuracy and attention to detail is crucial. Salary: $45,000 – $60,000 annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Officer: Elections and Political Processes — The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer to join its Election and Political Processes Team and work with NDI’s regional teams, country teams, local partners, and international partners to advance electoral integrity, promote accountability and encourage citizen engagement in electoral processes. The Program Officer will work with other members of the Election and Political Processes Team to support: country-level programs, which involve citizen election monitoring (including parallel vote tabulations (PVTs)); international election observation efforts; international workshops, academies and conferences; and global initiatives, including, for example, the Open Election Data Initiative (OEDI). This position is based in Washington, DC and will require periodic travel. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Research Program Specialist, U.S. Election Assistance Commission — The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Senior Research Program Specialist for assigned research-related matters within the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) mission. The incumbent assists the Director for Research with administering and maintaining various research contracts and studies undertaken by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and with the tasks related to the creation of new research studies and products. The incumbent also assists the Director of Research and other staff in maintaining relationships with stakeholders and represents EAC to state and federal legislative groups, advocacy groups, the elections community and other agencies as assigned; and performs related work on various issues pertaining to elections. Salary $61,926-$99,545. Deadline: June 7. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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In Focus This Week

May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

In Focus This Week

Summer of Suffrage
Three exhibits on Suffrage featured in Washington, D.C.

By M. Mindy Moretti

With summer vacation season underway and with the nation beginning a year-long celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, three institutions in Washington, D.C. are putting on special exhibits to celebrate the Centennial of Suffrage.

The National Archives Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress will each have exhibits on display covering every aspect of the Suffrage movement and serving as encouragement for current women and men to register and exercise their right to vote.

All the exhibits are free and open to the public.

Rightfully Hers|
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote runs now through January 3, 2021 at the National Archives Museum (Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, 701 Constitution Ave, NW. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Dec. 25).

Rightfully Hers is a nationwide initiative and exhibition that explores the fight for suffrage. Through the initiative, the National Archives will not only highlight the hard-won victories that stemmed from the Women’s Suffrage movement, but also remind modern-day citizens of their responsibilities associated with the right to vote.

“As the steward of our nation’s memory, we will tell the story of the 19th Amendment through a special exhibition in Washington, DC, free public programming, a national traveling exhibition, classroom displays (distributed to nearly 1,600 schools and libraries), educational offerings (for teachers and students, both off and on-line) and digitization of women’s records,” the Archives wrote on its website.

Several initiative components will specifically shine a spotlight on voting as a civic duty – from revealing the often dire consequences faced by non-voting populations to providing the opportunity to register to vote directly from the museum.

The National Archives is a non-partisan agency, that encourages all to be “election-ready” and exercise their right to vote.

Votes for Women
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence runs now through January 5, 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F Streets, NW. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Dec. 25).

The presentation is divided chronologically and thematically to address “Radical Women: 1832–1869,” “Women Activists: 1870–1892,” “The New Woman: 1893–1912,” “Compelling Tactics: 1913–1916,” “Militancy in the American Suffragist Movement: 1917–1919” and “The Nineteenth Amendment and Its Legacy.” These thematic explorations are complemented by a chronological narrative of visual biographies of some of the movement’s most influential leaders.

The exhibit at the Portrait Gallery makes the effort to explore the role African American women played in the Suffrage movement noting that while African American were often excluded by white women and the main Suffrage movement, that they did in fact play a vital role in Suffrage not only in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, but also moving forward through the civil rights fight of the 50s and early 60s.

“The Portrait Gallery exhibition tells this complex history through an array of early photographic portraits, paintings, engravings, works on paper, lithographs, video, newspapers, postcards, books, ballots, banners, fliers, a china set, embroidery and pennants,” the Gallery wrote in its website. “Viewers will be able to see authentic objects, including original banners from the National Woman’s Party, a late-19th century ballot box and original writings by influential suffragists.”

Shall Not Be Denied
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote opens June 4 and runs through September 2020 at the Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., SE. Monday-Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30pm, closed Sundays).

The exhibition draws from the Library’s extensive collections of personal papers and organizational records of such figures as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, the National Woman’s Party, the National American Woman Suffrage Association and others.

Documents, images, video and audio recordings will trace the movement leading to the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, the contributions of suffragists who worked to persuade women that they deserved the same rights as men, the divergent political strategies and internal divisions they overcame, the push for a federal women’s suffrage amendment and the legacy of this movement.

Election Security Updates

On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the closing of the special counsel’s office and his return to private life. While he spoke mostly about what his report did or did not find with regard to the president, he issued what many have referred to as a stark warning for Americans to pay attention to what Russia did to interfere with the 2016 and what they could do in the future.

“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said during remarks delivered from the Justice Department. “That allegation deserves the attention of every American.”

Following his remarks, Democrats in Congress immediately spoke up about moving forward with legislation pending in both chambers.

“We must take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security, increases social media transparency, and requires campaign officials to report any contact with foreign nationals attempting to coordinate with a campaign,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said in a statement.

In other election security news, Democrat Stephanie Murphy and Republican Michael Waltz, both from Florida, have announced plans to introduce a bill that would require federal officials to inform Congress, state and local authorities and the public if an election-related computer system is hacked.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine have introduced the Invest in Our Democracy Act of 2019 that would:

  • Establish a grant program administered by the Election Assistance Commission to cover up to 75% of the cost of the yearly tuition of election officials and employees who are enrolled in an accredited certificate program for election administration or cybersecurity.
  • Define eligible persons to include state or local election officials, employees of a state or local election official, or an employee of the Election Assistance Commission.
  • Provide $1 million for fiscal year 2021 and such sums necessary for each fiscal year between 2022 and 2028.

2019 Primary Updates

Oregon: A software malfunction in the Clatsop County clerk’s ballot-counting machines failed to delete 200 test ballots which were then added to the final results. County Clerk Tracie Krevanko told The Astorian the ballots were spread out over 11 voting precincts and did not affect any of the outcomes. The voting totals have now been adjusted.

Election News This Week

Just before the Texas Senate’s closing gavel would have ended his term as secretary of state, David Whitely submitted his resignation to Gov. Greg Abbot. According to the Austin American-Statesman Whitley needed to be confirmed by the Senate by the end of the legislative session, but he did not have the votes to be confirmed. In his resignation letter, Whitley thanked Abbott, for the opportunity but mentioned nothing about the voter citizenship investigation that lead to his troubles in the Senate.

When nearly 61,000 ballots went missing last year in Adams County, County Clerk Josh Zygielbaum wanted to get to the bottom of it to make sure it never happened again so he hired an outside auditor to look into the matter. The third-party firm blamed the delay in mailing out ballots on a “miscommunication” between a driver and a dispatcher for a shipping company that was handling the ballots for the county’s printer. Fortunately the problem was discovered and the ballots were mailed in enough time for the election, but Zygielbaum told the Denver Post that the office has “put measures in place to ensure this will not happen again.”

Congratulations to York, Maine Clerk Mary-Anne Szeniawski for receiving the 2019 Lorraine M. Fleury Award from Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. According to Seacoastonline, the award is given annually to someone who has made a significant contribution to the election process and who exemplifies the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge and service.”

And a special shout out to West Hartford, Connecticut for winning the secretary of state’s Democracy Cup for their category. West Hartford, which has won the award in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 had a 79.4 percent turnout in November 2018.

Holy cow! Another week and another new, custom “I Voted” sticker. This week’s new sticker is courtesy of Lana Fernandez, a 9-year-old student at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School in Adams County, Colorado. The stickers will be handed out during the 2020 general election. Congratulations Lana, we love it!

Personnel News: Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, elected for his first full term in November 2018, is a finalist for a circuit court judgeship. Republican Registrar of Voters Marion Burkard is retiring after 37 years of service. Charlevoix County, Michigan Clerk Cheryl Browe is retiring this week after 11 years as the county clerk and 32 years working for the county. Hays County, Texas Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson has been elected to the EI-ISAC executive committee. Rokey Suleman has been fired as the director of the Richland County, South Carolina board of elections. Thad Hall will serve as interim. State Sen. Bryce Bennett (D) has announced his candidacy for Montana secretary of state.

In Memoriam: Theresa Burroughs, a “foot soldier” in the fight for voting rights has died. She was 89. In several interviews with NPR, Burroughs talked about her determination to vote. “When I was a child,” she recalled in a 2016 interview with NPR, “I would see white people getting dressed and going on Tuesdays. And I would wonder where are they going? They said they were going to vote. … And I said, ‘Why can’t we vote?’ ” She was a lifelong voter and advocate for voting rights.

Research and Report Summaries

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a security tip last week regarding best practices for securing election systems and an accompanying questionnaire on election infrastructure. Drawing from lessons learned by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Hunt and Incident Response Team through their work with election offices, the best practices touch on the following topics: software and patch management; log management; network segmentation; blocking of suspicious activity; credential management; establishing a baseline for host and network activity; organization-wide information technology guidance and policies; and notice and consent banners for computer systems. The security tip also links to additional resources from DHS, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and non-governmental organizations. The accompanying questionnaire seeks to help election offices with implementing cybersecurity best practices and strengthen the security of their election infrastructure.

The Brennan Center released an analytical brief on voting rights restoration for persons with felony convictions in Florida earlier this month. The brief, Thwarting Amendment 4, examines the potential impact of a new state law that requires Floridians to pay back all fees, fines, and restitution imposed as part of a sentence for a felony conviction before they can register to vote. Using data from Florida’s Department of Corrections and the Board of Elections, the study identifies more than 2,000 formerly incarcerated Floridians who registered to vote after the January 8, 2019 effective date of Amendment 4. The brief finds that the new law will disproportionately affect African Americans, highlighting that while African Americans make up 13 percent of the total registered voter population in Florida, 44 percent of re-enfranchised individuals from January to March 2019 were African American.

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

Legislative Updates

Arizona: By a 28-2 vote in the Senate and a 39-21 vote in the House, the Legislature has approved Senate Bill 1154 that will move the state’s primary elections to the first Tuesday in August, which is about three weeks earlier than in the past.

Connecticut: The House has approved a bill that proposes to study the use of blockchain technology to collect voter information. The bill now moves to the Senate.

The House has approved a bill, on a nearly part-line vote, has approved a bill that will grant people on parole the right to vote. The restoration of voting rights would not apply to those on parole for elections-related crimes.

Delaware: Under House Bill 175, the state elections commission would administer the vote-by-mail program, creating rules and regulations for the effort. Ballots would be processed and scanned ahead of Election Day but would not be tabulated until Election Day. Ballots could be mailed in, dropped off at any polling place on Election Day or dropped off in a secure drop box at each county elections office ahead of Election Day

Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed legislation into law preventing the public from seeing any felon-related voter registration records even though the voting records of others are public information.

Nevada: The Legislature has approved AB 431, which would immediately allow ex-felons to vote, including those convicted in another state, upon release from incarceration. The bill also allows people convicted of a crime but not imprisoned, to cast a ballot. The measure applies retroactively to previously released felons. Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed the bill into law.

New Hampshire: By a party-line vote, 215-138, the House approved SB67 which essentially nullifies HB 1264 that when signed into law required students and other transients to pay for motor vehicle licensing and registration fees in order to register to vote.

The House has given final approval to a bill that clarifies who has the power to postpone town elections in the event of bad weather. Under the legislation, a town moderator can postpone an election after the National Weather Service issues a storm warning and after consulting with town officials. Moderators no longer need to rely on the secretary of state to make the call.

New Jersey: The Assembly, by a 76-0 vote, has approve the Voting Precinct Transparency Act, requires the filing of election district, county district and municipal ward boundary data with the Secretary of State for posting and downloading online. The bill also requires the Secretary to post a table or database containing the election results per election district in a format that matches the election districts boundary data.

North Carolina: By a 109-6 vote, House Bill 646 has received final approval from the House of Representatives. The bill helps clarify which IDs are eligible to be used to vote including college IDs. H.B. 646 also extends the date for universities, private and community colleges, charter schools, and state and local government entities to have their identification cards approved for voting from March 15 to Nov. 15, 2019.

Ohio: Under House Bill 2014, counties would be prohibited from purchasing DRE voting machines or any marking devices  or automatic tabulating equipment that does not use a paper ballot.

Oklahoma: The Legislature has approved a bill that will legalize ballot selfies of ballots cast either at the polling place or an absentee ballot at home. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the bill into law.

Rhode Island: The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would codify a current practice by the secretary of state’s office to limit what voter data, included date of birth, is available for public view.

Texas: Before the end of the Legislative session, House Bill 1888 was approved by both chambers. The legislation requires that each early voting location be open for voters on each and every day that voting is conducted at the main early polling place, and that each location remain open for at least eight hours a day, for all elections held on the November uniform election date. There are exceptions for territories with fewer than 1,000 registered voters if the city or county clerk does not serve as the early voting clerk for the area. If signed into law, it essentially means that county election officials cannot set up short-term polling places at sites like nursing homes.

House Bill 2909, which would have required all voting machines to include individual paper records of all votes cast stalled in the Legislature before the Legislature eventually ended.

Wisconsin: People who vote early in Wisconsin would be able to feed their ballots into electronic voting machines under a bipartisan proposal. Current law requires local election officials to store early ballots for electronic processing on Election Day. Under this proposal, officials would have the option to electronically process ballots on the day they are cast. Votes would still not be officially tabulated until Election Day.

Legal Updates

Indiana: Lake County Judge John Pera has ordered a recount in a contested Hammond at-large council race. Pera set the recount for June 13.

Michigan: A day after Attorney General Dana Nessel said a law passed by the lame-duck Legislature in December which made it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot, a group of voting-rights advocates have sued the secretary of state’s office.

Texas: Jerry Baker, a losing candidate for mayor in the City of Whitney has filed suit over the conduct of the recent election stating that 65 to 70 percent of votes were improperly cast, election officials didn’t use security seals on ballot boxes, ballots went missing, not all ballots were counted and voter election packets went missing.

Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Court of Appeals denied an appeal candidate for the St. Croix County board who alleged that a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge erred in his handling of a recount in the race. The candidate, Ryan Sherley is appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Tech Thursday

Tech Companies: Protect Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has developed an app called VoteShield which is in use in 14 states. The app, which is authenticated by election administrators, uses basic statistics machine learning and data visualization to analyze changes in local voter databases and flag unusual activity. VoteShield is free to state and local election administrators through the 2020 election

Indiana: According to the Northwest Times, Marcus Orciuch, a senior at Lake Central High School, has worked since last February with the Lake County Board of Elections to create the county’s first election tracking mobile app. The app — tested with a small group of friends, election board members and candidates in last November’s midterm elections — brings polling location, campaign finance and candidate data into one central, mobile-friendly location, searchable by election date and contest. The app was used countywide for the first time in the May election.

West Virginia: Following the November 2018 election, elections officials reported that voter registrations from the state’s department of motor vehicles were being lost due to technology malfunction. Officials at the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles say they believe a programming change fixed the problem in January. Adam Holley, acting DMV commissioner, said, in an email to the Register-Herald last week, that state officials had since completed two rounds of testing that found no problems. “I am satisfied that the prior issue was fixed but efforts to verify the successful transmission of voter registration information will continue as a routine part of the process,” he said. “We don’t know how many people were impacted last fall but believe the number was limited based upon the instances that were brought to our attention and corrected.”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Election security, II, III | Voter fraud

Arizona: Election security

California: Vote centers

Colorado: Secretary of state | Voter-friendly policies

Connecticut: Early voting | Ex-felon voting rights

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights | Election security | Voter fraud, II | Suffrage

Massachusetts: Voting age

New Jersey: Election Day holiday

New Mexico: Ranked choice voting

New York: Automatic voter registration | Early voting

Pennsylvania: Turnout

South Carolina: Paper ballots

Texas: Secretary of state, II | Polling place attire

Upcoming Events

National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Election Center 35th Annual National Conference: This year’s Conference attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the final stretch of the 2019 Election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial critical infrastructure information, new election initiatives and tons of practical and meaningful election administration tools and resources including the newest innovations and ideas to help election officials as the 2020 presidential year quickly approaches. When: Aug. 17-24. Where: Orlando.

Job Postings This Week

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Customer Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic— The Customer Support Consultant is responsible for providing application and hardware support to Hart InterCivic customers via telephone and email for all Hart InterCivic products.  The Support Consultant is also responsible for monitoring all requests to ensure efficient, effective resolution. The successful CSC will work directly with customers and other staff members. The position is responsible for responding to customer contacts, dealing with issues in a professional manner, providing technical direction to customers in a manner they can understand and being a customer advocate.  The CSC must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Pasquotank County, North Carolina — This position requires some knowledge of the principles and practices of the North Carolina elections process. Employee will serve as Deputy to the Director of Elections, and perform all duties required for effectively administering elections and other elections office activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, standard clerical tasks; data entry; database maintenance; professional creation of documents using Microsoft Office applications; maintenance and auditing of campaign finance records; coordination and preparation of training and outreach activities; and general support to the Director of Elections and Board Members as needed. Performs other related duties as directed. Salary: Begins at $35,800. Deadline: May 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— this position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration.  Serves as the lead program specialist in the required election administrator certification program; Certifies state and local election administrators following a series of classes and tests. Participates in the elections training program and county election review program; travels extensively throughout the state to conduct reviews of county elections departments. Participates in the initiative and referenda filing and clearinghouse advisories program. Provide support to Washington State counties on election processes, county WEI systems, and logic and accuracy test program. Salary: $4,275.00 – $5,745.00 Monthly. 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.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Stafford County, Virginia — this is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023. Multiple terms are allowed. The Stafford County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of The General Registrar and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of voter registration and elections in Stafford County’s 28 precincts for our 95,000 registered voters. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner. Salary: $100k-$108 DOQ. Deadline: June 9. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software.  Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Services Technician, Contra Costa County, California— The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Elections Department is recruiting two qualified individuals for the position of Elections Services Technician. Current vacant positions will be assigned to one of the specialized units of the Elections Department: Candidate and Voter Services, Voter Registration Services and File Maintenance, Absentee Services/Training and Procedures, Polling Place/Poll Worker Recruitment/Precinct Services, G.I.S. and Mapping Services, and Warehouse and Equipment Services. This classification is responsible for performing complex and technical support activities associated with the preparation for and the conducting of elections, database management, and related work as required. Elections Services Technicians have responsibility for the unit’s day-to-day activities and are responsible to insure that proper procedures are followed during the preparation and conducting of each election. Salary: $45,339 -$55,110. Deadline: June 4. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician I, Larimer County, Colorado— If you are a self-motivated, positive team player who thrives in a fast-paced professional environment – we want to hear from you!  The successful candidate will be dedicated, assertive and possess exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills. The process of Election Administration is project driven and very detail oriented.  The position of Elections Technician provides support to and/or oversight for certain processes and may be required to take responsibility for the activities of temporaries. Salary: Hiring range $17.67 – $24.74.  Deadline: June 2. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Officer: Elections and Political Processes — The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer to join its Election and Political Processes Team and work with NDI’s regional teams, country teams, local partners, and international partners to advance electoral integrity, promote accountability and encourage citizen engagement in electoral processes. The Program Officer will work with other members of the Election and Political Processes Team to support: country-level programs, which involve citizen election monitoring (including parallel vote tabulations (PVTs)); international election observation efforts; international workshops, academies and conferences; and global initiatives, including, for example, the Open Election Data Initiative (OEDI). This position is based in Washington, DC and will require periodic travel. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Officer, Collier County, Florida— The purpose of this classification is to provide assistance in the Training & Outreach Department within the Supervisor of Elections office. This position coaches, trains, and educates election workers in accordance with the State of Florida’s election laws and rules. Work involves designing, developing, and delivering multimodal adult learning programs, developing training materials, scheduling training sessions, and recruiting, assigning and evaluating election workers for upcoming election cycles. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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In Focus This Week

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

In Focus This Week

Knowing It’s Right
Limiting the Risk of Certifying the Wrong Winner

By Tammy Patrick, Elections Program Senior Advisor
The Democracy Fund

Every election we ask ourselves, what motivates voters to participate? Could it be the love of a charismatic candidate? The dislike of a less-than-desirable one? Passion for a specific ballot initiative? Do voters show up to the polls out of habit? The answer is as varied as the voting population, as is the reason voters do not participate.

Research shows that while voters’ confidence in their own vote being counted accurately remains relatively constant, their belief that results at the national level are correct is in decline. As we work through reestablishing trust in our elections following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month long investigation, the threat of interference in our elections by another nation-state remains.

The American public wants to believe that when they vote it means something—we are teaching elections officials about a new way to audit our elections and check for the accuracy every voter deserves. As with most election administration processes, implementation success lies in preparation—and Risk Limiting Audits (RLAs), which some proponents often refer to as the “cheap and easy” method to check the accuracy of the results, are no exception.

Democracy Fund recently launched the Election Validation Project to increase trust in elections through rigorous audits, standards, and testing. Part of this project is the release of the first Risk-Limiting Audit report which serves as a summary to capture where we currently stand on risk-limiting audits; an overview of what policymakers need to know; and as a guide or workbook on how practitioners can prepare to implement. The materials demonstrate the rigor that a jurisdiction needs to go through in order to conduct a meaningful audit, the decisions that need to be made along the way, and what to contemplate as this relatively young procedure continues to evolve.

The what and the how of an RLA are not well understood by many, which is why we created guidance for elections administrators to save time, money and ensure that the correct candidate won.

The idea is simple, although not many people have heard of a risk-limiting audit. Risk-limiting audit is a post-election audit that takes a random sample of voted ballots and manually examines those ballots for evidence the originally reported outcome is correct. An RLA limits the risk of certifying a contest with the wrong winner.

We are proud to support Jennifer Morrell, a nationally recognized election official with over eight years of experience managing local elections, to lead the Election Validation Project and spearhead the outreach on this guidance. Morrell’s work in Colorado was instrumental in the successful implementation of the first statewide risk-limiting audit and she has since spent time traveling across the country working on post-election audits. This report is the cumulative documentation of her effort.

We believe sound election administration policy and its practical application can ensure the American electorate is well served and that our democracy is strong. We are dedicated to that work and appreciate all who strive for that ideal along with us.

2019 Primary Updates

Kentucky: The biggest news out the Commonwealth on Tuesday was that 103 counties were using e-poll books and overall, things seemed to go well but in Daviess County poll workers faced some issues with the new system, although that seemed resolved by mid-day. In Fayette County, the clerk’s website went down. And in the race for secretary of state Democrat Heather French Henry will face Republican Michael Adams in November.

Pennsylvania: With overall low turnout, voting on primary day in the Commonwealth was rather uneventful. Several counties tested their new voting equipment with no major mishaps although voters had plenty to say about the move to paper ballots. An early morning gas leak forced a polling place in Lancaster County to relocate. Voters in four Erie County precincts had to vote on paper ballots after electronics necessary to operate the voting machines went to the wrong precinct. Also in Erie County, a polling place in West Erie had accessibility issues which prevented voters with disabilities from casting a ballot. Two voting machines at one Philadelphia polling place were not functioning properly when the polls opened forcing a move to paper ballots. On Tuesday state election officials set up a temporary command center in the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. By moving to the PEMA, officials will have immediate access to federal, state and local partners should there be a need.

Election News This Week

New Memphis Mayor Lee Harris is trying to  put the brakes on spending $5 million on new voting equipment. He’s asking the county commission before they sign off on the purchase to seek some sort of commitment things to change at the Shelby County Election Commission. “I lived in Nashville,” Harris told WATN. “I served in the State Senate in Nashville for four years. It’s very different there, because election results come right after elections close. Here it is just a complete cluster. Once they have an election here, getting the results back, it’s a complete cluster.” Harris is also demanding that the election commission make voting hours uniform across the county, in 2018 an early voting location in a predominately urban area had shorter early voting hours. After a contentious meeting with the county commission and elections officials it was agreed that a committee will be formed to look at the county’s voting problems and how to solve them. “I am so tired of being sued,” Harris told reporters following the meeting. “Our election commission gets sued. When our election commission gets sued, and they get sued all the time, the county picks up the legal tab.”

Town Meeting News: Voters in Marion voted to reduce the fiscal year 2020 town clerk salary line from $19,493 to $0. The current Town Clerk Ray Pickles has been asked to resign following indictment of criminal felony charges. And in Arlington, Town Meeting members voted to give noncitizens the right to vote in local elections. The vote must be approved by the state Legislature.

This week, Georgia became the 27th state — and the District of Columbia — to join ERIC, the multistate nonprofit that helps member states maintain their voter rolls. “Joining ERIC is a tremendous step forward for the integrity of Georgia’s voter rolls, keeping our lists up-to-date and bringing our state to the forefront of election security,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to KPVI, the Wyoming Democratic Party has asked the Fremont County Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations that voters on the Wind River Reservation encountered difficulties during the 2018 election. In the complaint, the party outlined two concerns. The first involved tribal members who experienced difficulty voting early after they were allegedly told by an employee at the county clerk’s office in Lander that they needed a valid state driver’s license to vote ahead of Election Day — which is only partially true. The second involved an incident in which a poll worker was perceived to improperly ask voters to read an oath aloud stating they understood election procedures – which Democrats say violated a state law banning literacy tests at the polls.

Congratulations to the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) and the Center for Civic Design for receiving the Before and After: Print award from the Center for Plain Language. The award recognizes organizations that successfully develop plain language communication. ELECT and CCD were honored for their entry, What Ifs: A Complete Guide for Helping Voters with Exceptional Situations, which is a guide filled with frequently asked questions and solutions for voters. “We are excited to receive this award from the Center for Plain Language,” Commissioner Christopher Piper said in a statement. “As a government agency, we can no longer rely on a ‘one size fits all’ approach to communications; we have to use a diverse set of tools to be able to reach every eligible voter in our Commonwealth. The work that we do encourages Virginia voters to actively participate in our democracy.”

Our cup runneth over this week as both Ohio and Arlington County, Virginia announced the winners of their “I Voted” sticker contests. In Ohio, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the winner for the statewide sticker on Tuesday. The winning sticker was designed by Emily Legg, a high schooler from Pickaway County. More than 15,500 people voted in the contest. We’re not gonna lie, Emily’s sticker was our favorite all along! Arlington County, Virginia took their “I Voted” sticker contest to a whole ‘nother level of election geekiness by using ranked choice voting to choose the new sticker. It was a nail-biter with the winning sticker, designed by county resident John Musco, winning with a 0.18 percent margin after four rounds of vote counting.

Personnel News: Vicki Truksa is stepping down as the Butler County, Nebraska clerk after 12 years on the job. Jessica Bower and Paul Aumayr have joined the U.S. Election Assistance  Commission’s voting system certification program. Allan Sayre has resigned as the Tuscarawas County, Ohio board of elections director.

Legislative Updates

Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that will require envelopes containing absentee ballots for Iowa elections to have bar codes that can provide mailing data affixed under the director of local elections officials.

Maine: This week the Senate came up short of the two-thirds vote needed to send a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters that would expand the state’s ranked choice voting system. This comes a week after the same measure failed to meet the threshold in the House.

Massachusetts: The Easthampton city council approved an amendment to the city charter that would implement ranked choice voting for precinct city councilors and the mayor.

Not to be outdone by their neighbors to the East, the Northampton Charter Committee is recommending that the city moved to a ranked choice voting system as well as lowering the voting age to 16.

Minnesota: Lawmakers were able to reach a budget agreement this week that will finally allow the secretary of state’s office to tap into federal HAVA money to boost the state’s election security.

Nevada: By a 13-8 vote, the Senate has approved Assembly Bill 431 that would restore the voting rights to ex-felons upon release from incarceration. The legislation also allows those in jail, but not yet convicted of a crime, to vote.

New Jersey: After a failed candidate was caught on tape knocking on doors after 10 p.m. seeking to get people to turn in vote-by-mail ballots, three legislators are introducing legislation that would prevent voters from returning vote-by-mail ballots after the polls have closed.

North Carolina: The Senate elections committee approved a bill that alters the rules on how North Carolina student and employee ID cards must be authenticated before qualifying as a voter ID. The House has already approved the legislation.

Oregon: The Senate has approved a bill that would require county clerks to conduct hand-count or risk limiting audits after every primary, general and special election.

Texas: Senate Bill 9, which was billed as an election security bill but would have increased criminal penalties for providing false information on a voter registration application, as well as the investigative powers of law enforcement over elections, and would have required those assisting voters to fill out more detailed forms on how they are helping, has died in the House. At press time, the Senate had revived a provision of Senate Bill 9 that would require all electronic voting machines to produce a paper ballot by the 2024 election. “It’s going to be only about paper, nothing else from SB 9,” said Sen Bryan Hughes, architect of the controversial Senate 9 bill.

Also in Texas, the Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate mobile voting. The bill would ban moving polling locations, such as to a nursing home, during early voting.

Utah: Members of the Legislature’s Government Operations Interim Committee are beginning work on legislation that could include ranked choice voting, runoffs or jungle primaries.

Wisconsin: Democrats have announced plans to introduce legislation that would move the state to a system of automatic voter registration.

Legal Updates

Georgia: U.S. Distirct Judge Amy Totenberg has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state’s outdated voting machines can move forward. Totenberg wrote in her order rejecting that request that the state’s arguments “completely ignore the reality faced by election officials across the country underscored by Plaintiffs’ allegations that electronic voting systems are under unceasing attack.”

Indiana: Common Cause Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a voter with Parkinson’s Disease asking a federal judge to strike down as unconstitutional the state law allowing election officials to reject ballots based on signature mismatches without allowing the voters to prove the ballots are authentic. “Indiana’s … signature-matching requirements violate due process,” the lawsuit said. “The voter is given no written or oral notice that his or her ballot has been rejected due to a signature mismatch and is thus given no opportunity to challenge the decision to reject their absentee ballot.”

Tech Thursday

Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0: At a May 21 hear, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission heard from state officials and security experts on the updates contained in the VVSG 2.0. According to FCW, a number of stakeholders advised the EAC that the it refrain from requiring a full vote to approve the technical portion of the guidelines saying it would run counter to the goal of ensuring that voting machine standards account for the latest developments in technology. “We cannot wait weeks or months for a decision on a federal level when there’s a need to act immediately,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “I’m asking all of you to have a dialogue about what happens if we run into that situation again when there is not a full quorum on the EAC. How will decisions be made, and will that make it more difficult for state election officials to protect the security and integrity of the vote?”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Redistricting | Election security | U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Colorado: Secretary of state

Connecticut: Early voting

Florida: Early voting sites | Destroyed ballots | Election security

Georgia: Voting system

Idaho: Election legislation

Indiana: Ballot signatures

Iowa: For the People Act

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Massachusetts: Early voting

Michigan: For the People Act

Missouri: Precincts

New Mexico: Ex-felon voting rights

New York: Early voting sites, II | Ex-felon voting rights

North Carolina: State Board of Elections

Ohio: Election security; Voting equipment

Pennsylvania: Polling places | Voting machines | No-excuse absentee | Election security | Noncitizen voting | Paper ballots

Tennessee: Accurate elections

Texas: Election legislation, II | Election security, II, III | Voter access

Upcoming Events

National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

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.

Customer Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic— The Customer Support Consultant is responsible for providing application and hardware support to Hart InterCivic customers via telephone and email for all Hart InterCivic products.  The Support Consultant is also responsible for monitoring all requests to ensure efficient, effective resolution. The successful CSC will work directly with customers and other staff members. The position is responsible for responding to customer contacts, dealing with issues in a professional manner, providing technical direction to customers in a manner they can understand and being a customer advocate.  The CSC must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Pasquotank County, North Carolina — This position requires some knowledge of the principles and practices of the North Carolina elections process. Employee will serve as Deputy to the Director of Elections, and perform all duties required for effectively administering elections and other elections office activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, standard clerical tasks; data entry; database maintenance; professional creation of documents using Microsoft Office applications; maintenance and auditing of campaign finance records; coordination and preparation of training and outreach activities; and general support to the Director of Elections and Board Members as needed. Performs other related duties as directed. Salary: Begins at $35,800. Deadline: May 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— this position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration.  Serves as the lead program specialist in the required election administrator certification program; Certifies state and local election administrators following a series of classes and tests. Participates in the elections training program and county election review program; travels extensively throughout the state to conduct reviews of county elections departments. Participates in the initiative and referenda filing and clearinghouse advisories program. Provide support to Washington State counties on election processes, county WEI systems, and logic and accuracy test program. Salary: $4,275.00 – $5,745.00 Monthly. 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.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Stafford County, Virginia — this is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023. Multiple terms are allowed. The Stafford County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of The General Registrar and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of voter registration and elections in Stafford County’s 28 precincts for our 95,000 registered voters. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner. Salary: $100k-$108 DOQ. Deadline: June 9. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software.  Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Information/Technology Technician, Wake County, North Carolina — The Wake County Board of Elections is seeking an Information Technology Technician to manage the IT services required to conduct elections for the citizens of Wake County. The ideal candidate will possess experience working in a field support setting with computer equipment, networking, software installation and troubleshooting, database development, and customer support. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL IT HELP DESK SUPPORT ROLE. In this physically demanding position, you will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs and endure extended periods of time lifting, squatting, crawling in tight spaces, climbing on ladders to pull cables from drop ceilings, pushing and pulling bins on wheels, carrying supplies and equipment. Work is performed mostly indoors investigating or installing networks, running cables, setting up computers and peripherals at voting locations. You will spend your time between the BOE Operations Center, Wake County Commons Building, additional training facilities, polling places, and early voting locations across the county (churches, community centers, libraries, schools, etc.). Salary: Hiring Range: $20.88 – $28.19. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Services Technician, Contra Costa County, California— The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Elections Department is recruiting two qualified individuals for the position of Elections Services Technician. Current vacant positions will be assigned to one of the specialized units of the Elections Department: Candidate and Voter Services, Voter Registration Services and File Maintenance, Absentee Services/Training and Procedures, Polling Place/Poll Worker Recruitment/Precinct Services, G.I.S. and Mapping Services, and Warehouse and Equipment Services. This classification is responsible for performing complex and technical support activities associated with the preparation for and the conducting of elections, database management, and related work as required. Elections Services Technicians have responsibility for the unit’s day-to-day activities and are responsible to insure that proper procedures are followed during the preparation and conducting of each election. Salary: $45,339 -$55,110. Deadline: June 4. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician I, Larimer County, Colorado— If you are a self-motivated, positive team player who thrives in a fast-paced professional environment – we want to hear from you!  The successful candidate will be dedicated, assertive and possess exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills. The process of Election Administration is project driven and very detail oriented.  The position of Elections Technician provides support to and/or oversight for certain processes and may be required to take responsibility for the activities of temporaries. Salary: Hiring range $17.67 – $24.74.  Deadline: June 2. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Officer, Collier County, Florida— The purpose of this classification is to provide assistance in the Training & Outreach Department within the Supervisor of Elections office. This position coaches, trains, and educates election workers in accordance with the State of Florida’s election laws and rules. Work involves designing, developing, and delivering multimodal adult learning programs, developing training materials, scheduling training sessions, and recruiting, assigning and evaluating election workers for upcoming election cycles. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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In Focus This Week

May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

In Focus This Week

‘We were basically dead in the water’
Baltimore City ransomware attack affects board of elections

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline.org

Baltimore City’s new mayor had been on the job for just four days when he had to announce that the city’s computer system had fallen victim to a ransomware attack.

The person(s) behind the attack, which has been dubbed the RobinHood ransomware attack wanted $75,000 in Bitcoin to release the city’s computer system.

Mayor Jack Young has said the city will not pay and so while the city’s systems staff is trying to solve the problem, city agencies, including the Board of Elections have been left scrambling.

Abigail Goldman, deputy director of the board of elections said on the morning of May 7 staff at the board knew something was up because emails weren’t functioning properly, but they soon discovered it was much bigger than that.

“We found out about it with everybody else when the announcement was made by the mayor,” Goldman said.

After consulting with the city’s IT department, which took the elections office completely offline — no Internet, no word processing, no nothing — Goldman said call number two was to the State Board of Elections.

According to Nikki Charlson, deputy director of the Maryland State Board of Elections, the SBOE immediately disconnected the local election office from state networks and asked all network administrators to analyze system logs and network traffic looking for unusual activity. To-date, they have seen no unusual activity.

“We were basically dead in the water at that point,” Goldman said. “When people came in we were able to use paper forms.”

Goldman said that the SBOE and other boards in the state have been very helpful with helping the BCBOE get back on its feet.

Six staff from the BOE will be working remotely for the next few weeks. Three will be stationed in the Baltimore County Board of Elections and three will be stationed at the Harford County Board of Elections.

Sarah Mohan with the Harford County BOE said the staff are excited to have Baltimore City employees in their office and she hoped that getting back into their routine will bring their spirits up!

“We here at Harford County are always willing to lend a hand to other counties around the state,” said Cynthia Remmey, director of the Harford County BOE. “We are in this together.”

The SBOE is also helping how they can.

“Because we have a statewide, top-down voter registration system, we started processing electronic voter registration applications from Baltimore City voters,” Charlson said. “We also will accept filings from individuals who wish to file for next year’s Baltimore City mayoral and city council offices. Immediately, after the incident, we kept them updated on the steps we took to disconnect them from State networks and the results of our analysis of system logs and network activity.”

Goldman estimates that once those staff are in place in place and able to complete the necessary tasks like data entry, the city will be at about 80 percent of where they would normally be.

“Thank goodness it’s not an election year,” Goldman said.

Ransomware
So what exactly is ransomware and how can elections offices protect themselves from it?

“Ransomware is unfortunately one of the more challenging cybersecurity threats that election offices might face,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.

Hall said that in general there are two things that election officials can do to best prepare for this kind of event:

  1. Make sure all software is updated in a timely fashion; and
  2. Make sure you are backing up critical systems so that you can recover.

“Updating software may sound easy, but if an elections office has dependencies such as relying on the wider city or county infrastructure, this may be out of the election office’s hands and they may not be able to demand that the software they are using is updated as soon as new updates are available,” Hall said.

He noted that some of this can be mitigated by using what is called cloud computing or software-as-a-service, where some of the key office productivity tools an office would normally use locally (Word, Excel, email, etc.) are not hosted and maintained by the election official (or their city or county) but by a company that focuses on maintaining that software and protecting millions of other small-business-like entities.

Backing systems up has complications too, Hall said. So many people back systems up but rarely do they “practice” trying to use those backups suddenly to restore normal operations.

“This is why it is important to simulate a ransomware attack: have everyone realistically pretend that the office has been hit by a ransomware infection and, working with a few spare machines, they restore recent backups to those machines and demonstrate that they were able to recover and conduct normal elections business,” Hall recommended.

Moving forward, Goldman said the city estimates it will be at least three weeks before everything can be rebuilt and the departments are back up to speed.

As for how to prevent something like this from happening again in the future, Hall said that’s difficult. While the city could consider isolating the elections department systems like they did when Potter County, Texas was recently hit by a virus, but Hall said it’s not that simple.

“Isolating systems on different machines, different networks, or otherwise can mean that the program that want’s to ‘jump’ to another machine won’t be able to do that so easily. However, often there is some basic need for systems to be able to communicate (e.g., an elections staffer needs to update the elections webpage) and that can be increasingly painful in terms of heightened isolation of these systems,” Hall said. “After all, the most isolation in an typical elections office should be that of the Election Management System which should be ‘air-gapped’ meaning it is so isolated that there is no wired or wireless connection between those systems and other local or public networks, like the internet.”

Hall noted that there is no “silver bullet” solution, but Goldman has found a silver lining.

“Everybody is doing the best that they can,” Goldman said. “People [voters and candidates] are being very understanding of this.”

Election Security Updates

The House has reintroduced the Elections Security Act that is aimed at reducing risks posed by cyberattacks by foreign entities. According to The Hill, the bill would also require the establishment of cybersecurity standards for voting system vendors, and require states to use paper ballots during elections. Additionally, the legislation would establish a National Commission to Protect U.S. Democratic Institutions that would be tasked with countering efforts to undermine democratic institutions, and require the Director of National Intelligence to assess threats to election systems 180 days prior to an election.

In the Senate, a bipartisan group of senators have introduced legislation that would require a cybersecurity expert from the Department of Homeland Security be included on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Committee.

The Voting System Cybersecurity Act’s main sponsors are Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), with the bill also co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and a group of 12 other senators including a number of 2020 candidates, introduced the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act that would mandate the use of paper ballots in U.S. elections and also ban all Internet, Wi-Fi and mobile connections to voting machines.

According to The Hill, he legislation would also give the Department of Homeland Security the power to set minimum cybersecurity standards for U.S. voting machines, authorize a one-time $500 million grant program for states to buy ballot-scanning machines to count paper ballots and require states to conduct risk-limiting audits of all federal elections in order to detect any cyber hacks.

The Senate legislation comes with a dose of reality though from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) who during a Senate Rules Committee hearing with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission said that it is unlikely the Senate will vote on any election security legislation this year. When questioned by a fellow committee member about his assertion, Blunt pointed the finger at H.R. 1.

“I think the majority leader is of the view that this debate reaches no conclusion. And frankly, I think the extreme nature of H.R. 1 from the House makes it even less likely we are going to have that debate,” Blunt said according to The Hill.

Wyden has also sent a letter to the CEO of VR Systems raising concerns about whether the company was forthcoming during a 2017 and 2018 legal fight with the state of North Carolina when it denied in court filings that it’s e-poll book system had ever experienced a breach.

“The Mueller Report’s revelation that Russia infected your network with malware raises serious questions about your March 2018 claim your company had not experienced a security breach,” Wyden wrote according to FCW..

Election News This Week

Michigan Secretary of  State Jocelyn Benson recently announced a number of proposals to make it easier for military and overseas voters to cast a ballot including allowing members of the military and their spouses to be able to return their ballots electronically. Benson noted that some of the changes she wants to pursue will take legislative action, but others she will be able to dictate from her including better ways to track mailed ballots. “Currently, military service members and their families in Michigan face a series of obstacles in participating in our democracy, as my husband and I experienced firsthand,” Benson said at a press conference according to MILive.

The chief elections officials from 18 states recently participated in the Democracy Tour, a three-day visit to many of Alabama’s historically significant civil rights monuments. The 11 Republicans and seven Democrats visited Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice among many other sites. According to ProPublica, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said aid the history of the struggle for the vote, and specifically registration, wasn’t something he’d previously understood. “I now have the perspective of both sides,” he according to the publication.

This week, the North Carolina State Board of Elections chose to remove Kim Strach as the executive director. The 3-2 vote was done remotely with all the members of the board of elections calling in because a fire alarm was going off in the building. Strach will be replaced by Karen Brinson Bell, a former elections director in Transylvania County. According to WRAL, before she became director six years ago, Strach was a board investigator.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has announced the three finalists for the state’s new “I Voted” stickers and now voting is open to choose the winner. More than 2,000 students statewide submitted entries. “I’m so encouraged by the overwhelming enthusiasm from young people all over our great state,” said LaRose. “It’s a testament to their passion for the power and importance of voting.” Do you have a favorite? We do!

Oh yeah…This week Yavapai County, Arizona Recorder Leslie Hoffman announced the two winners of the county’s “I Voted” sticker contest. There were two categories, one for digital artwork and one for hand-drawn artwork. The contest was open to all county high school students. Logan Pratt, a 12th grader at Camp Verde High School won the digital contest and Emily Hobson, an 11th grader at Prescott High School won the hand-drawn contest. The stickers will be available for voters in 2020.

Congratulations to Meagan Wolfe on her confirmation as the leader of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Wolfe has been on the job on an interim basis for more than year and her term runs through 2023.

The Election Center has announced the retirement of Ernie and Pat Hawkins. Ernie was one of the founding members of the Election Center more than 30  years ago and Pat has worked right alongside him handling all the logistics of the Center’s workshops, conferences and programs. “It is hard to imagine an Election Center event without Ernie and Pat,” wrote the Election Center Board of Directors in a statement about the retirement. “They have dedicated a good part of their lives to  protecting democracy through the training and professionalization of election administrators who are the gate keepers of our nation’s participatory form of governing.” Tim Mattice, executive director of the Election Center said Ernie and Pat plan to spend their retirement years traveling the world. We would like to wish Ernie and Pat a happy and well-earned retirement.

 

Personnel News: Ryan Macias has stepped down as the acting director of testing and certification for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Jerome Lovato has been hired as the new director for testing and certification for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Laura Burns, deputy director of elections for the Mercer County, Ohio board of elections has stepped down. Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who serves as the state’s highest election official, announced this week that he would run for governor in 2020. Catherine McMullen is the new Lake County, California registrar of voters. Bill Haine has been appointed to the Illinois state board of elections. Laura Kent Donahue has been appointed to the Illinois state board of elections.

Research and Report Summaries

The Center for Internet Security released a guide on election technology procurement earlier this month. The resource, A Guide for Ensuring Security in Election Technology Procurements, offers best practices for election officials on election technology procurement and discusses assessing and managing security risk in election systems, the procurement process, the IT product and services lifecycle, and cybersecurity practices beyond procurement. The guide includes suggested language for election officials to use in their requests for proposals and other procurement documents.

Democracy North Carolina released a report on early voting in North Carolina’s this week. The report, Greater Costs, Fewer Options: The Impact of the Early Voting Uniform Hours Requirement in the 2018 Election, finds that Senate Bill 325 (S325) limited early voting options in many parts of the state during the 2018 midterms. Following the passage of S325, 43 of North Carolina’s 100 counties eliminated at least one early voting site, almost half reduced the number of weekend days for early voting, and about two-thirds reduced the number of weekend hours, compared to 2014. S325 will eliminate the last Saturday of early voting for elections beyond 2018. During the 2018 midterms, this last Saturday was the only weekend early voting option in 56 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, and it was a popular day to cast an early ballot for 18- to 25-year old voters.

The Electoral Integrity Project released a report on perceptions of electoral integrity during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections earlier this month. The report, Electoral Integrity in the 2018 American Elections, draws its conclusions from a survey of 574 U.S. political scientists, who were asked to evaluate the midterms across 49 indicators, including on election laws and procedures, district boundaries, voter registration, candidate and party registration, media coverage, campaign finance, the voting process, vote counting, results, and election authorities. Using all indicators, the states rated highest were Vermont, Washington, Maine, Minnesota, and Iowa. The lowest rated states were Georgia, Florida, Indiana, and South Carolina.

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

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) has introduced legislation that would help Americans affected by or displaced by natural disasters to maintain their ability to vote through a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

Alabama: The Alabama House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections advanced SB 313 and HB 596, companion bills that would clarify that only United States citizens have the right to vote in Alabama elections.

Arizona: By a 39-21 vote, the House has approved a bill that would move the state’s primary from the last week in August to the first week.

Maine: The House voted 85 to 54 in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand ranked choice voting to all races on the ballot. While it was approved by a winning margin, constitutional amendments need two-thirds votes in both chambers along with voter approval.

Maryland: The Kensington Town Council voted 3 to 1 to allow a 16-year-old high school junior to petition town residents about lowering the voting age to 16. If the student gets 300 signatures, it’s then up to the town council to decide to amend the city charter immediately or to put the question to the voters in 2020.

Massachusetts: The city of Summerville has sent a Home Rule Petition to the statehouse seeking approval to allow 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections. The city council unanimously approved the move.

Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed Assembly Bill 137 into law.  The new law eliminates the requirement for tribal governments to obtain approval from the offices of local city and county election officials in order to establish polling sites in each election. Under AB 137, county and city clerks will be required to continue to recognize established polling places within the boundaries of tribal lands in each election, unless otherwise requested by tribal authorities.

Oregon: By a 19-9 vote, the Senate has approved Senate Bill 60 which would prevent election officials from putting their name on the voters’ pamphlet, ballot return envelopes or any other printed materials included with the ballot during elections in which they are a candidate.

Texas: The Senate has approved a bill that would move bond, debt and tax elections to November. Additionally, the bill places a limit on the wording length of propositions explaining the purposes of a bond election.

Vermont: Voters in Montpelier approved a ballot measure that would have allowed non-citizens to vote in local elections. In Brattleboro, voters approved a measure allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections. Because they are municipal charter changes, they must be approved by the state Legislature. According to Vermont Public Radio, lawmakers have decided to block action this year on the legislation that would have allowed the revisions to go into effect.

Legal Updates

Florida: U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has ordered 32 Florida counties to provide Spanish-language ballots beginning with the 2020 presidential primaries.

Missouri: Former Stoddard County Deputy Clerk Ginger McCoy has filed suit against the county alleging that she was wrongfully terminated for questioning irregularities in the April 2 municipal election.

Ohio: A three-judge panel that found Ohio’s congressional map unconstitutional ruled last week that they will not delay their order for a new map to be drawn by June 14. The state has said they will seek a Supreme Court ruling.

Tennessee: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a second lawsuit against a new voter registration law that penalizes third-party groups. The ACLU, Campaign Legal Center and Fair Elections Center sued in federal court, representing the League of Women Voters of Tennessee and four other groups. Tennessee’s NAACP and others sued separately. The suit says the law violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Texas: The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the Texas Civil Rights Project joined the legal team representing Crystal Mason who was sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot in November 2016. The ballot was not counted, and Mason said she did not know she was not allowed to vote while was on supervised release from a 2011 fraud conviction.

Tech Thursday

California: Contra Costa County recently released a new texting app that allows voters to request their vote-by-mail ballot. Voters simply text COCOBALLOT to 28683 and the texter receives a reply with a link to a form that they complete with their name, date of birth and mailing address. Paul Burgarino of the Contra Costa County Elections Division told the Associated Press  the hope is the app will encourage more voters to get ballots through the mail. That, he said, is hoped to result in more voting, as voters will not have to work a trip to the polling place into their schedules.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: U.S. Election Assistance Commission | Automatic voter registration | Felon voting rights, II | Voter suppression | List maintenance | Voting rights, II | Being pro-active

Arizona: Election laws

California: Double voting

Connecticut: Ranked choice voting

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V | Election hacking | Bilingual ballots

Indiana: Early voting

Iowa: Suffrage

Maine: Voter registration | Primaries

Minnesota: Provisional ballots | Polling places | Ranked choice voting

New Jersey: Vote-by-mail | E-poll books

New Mexico: Ranked choice voting

North Carolina: State board of elections, II, III

Utah: Ranked choice voting

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National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Job Postings This Week

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Deputy Director, Pasquotank County, North Carolina — This position requires some knowledge of the principles and practices of the North Carolina elections process. Employee will serve as Deputy to the Director of Elections, and perform all duties required for effectively administering elections and other elections office activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, standard clerical tasks; data entry; database maintenance; professional creation of documents using Microsoft Office applications; maintenance and auditing of campaign finance records; coordination and preparation of training and outreach activities; and general support to the Director of Elections and Board Members as needed. Performs other related duties as directed. Salary: Begins at $35,800. Deadline: May 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— this position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration.  Serves as the lead program specialist in the required election administrator certification program; Certifies state and local election administrators following a series of classes and tests. Participates in the elections training program and county election review program; travels extensively throughout the state to conduct reviews of county elections departments. Participates in the initiative and referenda filing and clearinghouse advisories program. Provide support to Washington State counties on election processes, county WEI systems, and logic and accuracy test program. Salary: $4,275.00 – $5,745.00 Monthly. 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.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Stafford County, Virginia — this is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023. Multiple terms are allowed. The Stafford County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of The General Registrar and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of voter registration and elections in Stafford County’s 28 precincts for our 95,000 registered voters. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner. Salary: $100k-$108 DOQ. Deadline: June 9. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software.  Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Information/Technology Technician, Wake County, North Carolina — The Wake County Board of Elections is seeking an Information Technology Technician to manage the IT services required to conduct elections for the citizens of Wake County. The ideal candidate will possess experience working in a field support setting with computer equipment, networking, software installation and troubleshooting, database development, and customer support. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL IT HELP DESK SUPPORT ROLE. In this physically demanding position, you will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs and endure extended periods of time lifting, squatting, crawling in tight spaces, climbing on ladders to pull cables from drop ceilings, pushing and pulling bins on wheels, carrying supplies and equipment. Work is performed mostly indoors investigating or installing networks, running cables, setting up computers and peripherals at voting locations. You will spend your time between the BOE Operations Center, Wake County Commons Building, additional training facilities, polling places, and early voting locations across the county (churches, community centers, libraries, schools, etc.). Salary: Hiring Range: $20.88 – $28.19. Deadline: May 17. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Officer, Collier County, Florida— The purpose of this classification is to provide assistance in the Training & Outreach Department within the Supervisor of Elections office. This position coaches, trains, and educates election workers in accordance with the State of Florida’s election laws and rules. Work involves designing, developing, and delivering multimodal adult learning programs, developing training materials, scheduling training sessions, and recruiting, assigning and evaluating election workers for upcoming election cycles. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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In Focus This Week

May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

In Focus This Week

County elections offices give back
Public service doesn’t end on Election Day for these elections offices

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline.org

This week is Public Service Recognition Week.

Since 1985, PSRW is celebrated the first week of May  to honor the men and women who serve as federal, state, county and local government employees.

From blood drives to canned food drives to coat collections, state and county elections offices go above and beyond the public service they perform as defined by their job description.

In honor of PSRW, electionline Weekly thought we’d take a look at three elections offices that are giving back to their communities through more than just voting.

We also know there are so many more state, county and local elections offices that serve their communities and we’d love to hear from you so we can highlight in future editions of electionline Weekly.

Brevard County, Florida
In the nine years that she has been in office, Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott has spearheaded several charitable initiatives to assist the community including the office’s annual participation in the WESH Share Your Christmas Food Drive.

To-date the office has collected more than 3,100 pounds of non-perishable food which is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank that provides food and basic needs to more than 500 organizations across Central Florida.

Some of the perishable items donated by Brevard County. Photo Courtesy of Brevard County Supervisor of Elections.

Kimberly Dale, communications director said the feedback from residents of Brevard has been very positive. hey have expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the office to help those less fortunate, have a holiday season filled with joy.

But the good works of the supervisor of elections office don’t end with the holidays. The office participates in multiple charitable events.

“It is so important to be involved in your community and I am passionate about mine!” Supervisor Scott said. “Knowing the needs of my county helps me to determine the best ways to focus our efforts and reach the most people.”

Scott noted that one of the fun community initiatives the office does each year is creating a cookbook and holding a bake sale/raffle to raise money for Project HUNGER. Over the past nine years participating in Vote to End Childhood Hunger  the office has raised $26,000.

Additionally, each of the supervisors four administrative offices serves as a drop-off site for cell phones, which they donate to “Cell Phones For Soldiers”. The donated items benefit active-duty troops and veterans. In the fall, staff collects school supplies and backpacks and donates them to Brevard Public Schools.”

“We also participate in many charitable fundraisers including March for Babies and walks for the American Heart Association, Scott said. “I am blessed with a staff that is as passionate about our community as I am!”

Harford County, Maryland
Earlier this year, staff from the Harford County Board of Elections visited some of the senior centers in the county, but this time it wasn’t to help the residents with absentee voting, this time it was do a something a little different.

“Harford County extended a ‘Day of Service’ to us. We thought it would be a great idea to broaden our relationship with our local assisted living and senior centers,” explained Sarah Mohan, program manager, social media and outreach. “We got in touch with United Way who brought us all of the donated supplies to create hygiene care kits for the residents. Our entire office participated in packing the supplies and delivering the kits. The best part was creating little notes of encouragement for the recipients with quotes and drawings.”

Hygiene bags are packed and ready for distribution. Photo Courtesy of Harford County Board of Elections

Costs associated with the giveaway were covered by the county. Mohan said the residents were extremely grateful and excited by the visit and donation. She noted that they knew ahead of time the election office staff would be stopping by and the residents were waiting for the elections staff to arrive.

“We will absolutely be doing this in the future,” Mohan said. “We recently started doing a team building activity each month and this was a great way to kick it off.”

Mohan said that county elections offices considering to do additional service work should look close to home and look where there is the greatest need. It doesn’t have to be costly and it doesn’t have to be grand.

“It is amazing how much even something we take for granted, like a hygiene kit, can brighten someone’s day,” Mohan said. “We gained a friendship from an existing election-ship which strengthens our bond with the people we serve every day that much more.”

Weber County, Utah
Running an election is a marathon not a sprint so it seemed to make sense that the Weber County Elections team would choose to volunteer their time running a water aid station in the Ogden Marathon.

The Ogden Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, is one of the largest events held in the county typically 7,000 participants run the full or half marathon. Running an aid station entails filling up water jugs the day before, setting up the water station area and keeping it free of trash and safe for the runners and then passing out water and Gatorade to them as they run past.

Weber Co. Elections staff hand out water to passing runners. Photo courtesy of Weber County Elections.

The Weber Elections water station is located at mile 14 (mile 1 for the half marathoners) at the top of the course’s toughest hill. Race coordinators encourage each ambassador group to develop a theme for their aid station and so naturally, Weber Elections used political themes.

“We set up funny/motivational political-themed signs to entertain/encourage the runners during this uphill leg of the course. We bring our families, including younger kids, and they have a blast. The runners really appreciate it,” said Clerk Ricky Hatch.

One such family volunteer dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out licorice to all the passing runners.

Hosting the water station is part of the election office’s Winning in Weber program that is designed to engage students, veterans, teens, seniors, individuals with disabilities and children in the electoral process. Winning in Weber won a 2018 Clearie Award from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

“This year [May 18] will be the third year that we volunteer,” explained Ryan Cowley, elections director. “This has been a fun and rewarding way for us to give back a little bit to the community.”

Election Security Updates

During a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators that “there are still more messages to be sent” to Russia when it comes to interference in American elections, as the bureau prepares to combat foreign meddling efforts during the 2020 elections. According to Roll Call, the FBI requested a total of $9.31 billion, which includes increases of $70.5 million to enhance cyber investigative capabilities and $18.3 million to mitigate threats from foreign intelligence services, Wray told the panel.

Following testimony from Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), Zoe Lofgren (D-California) chair of the House Administration Committee said that election security would be a primary focus of the committee.

“Federal action is needed now to grasp the scope of the problem and to innovate concrete solutions that can be implemented before the next federal election cycle in 2020,” Lofgren said according to The Hill. “This goal will be a primary focus of this committee moving forward. No matter your side of the aisle, the oath of upholding democracy as citizens and elected leaders is fundamental.”

President Donald J. Trump (R) has issued an executive order that directs the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Office of Management and Budget to create a rotational program that will “serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer” across agencies. The order is an attempt to address a shortage of cybersecurity workers across the federal government.

According to Roll Call, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, along with OMB and other agencies will also develop an annual cybersecurity competition for federal employees called the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition, the order said. The first such challenge will be held in 2019 and will award at least $25,000 to the winner, according to the order.

2019 Primary Updates

Voters went to the polls in several states and localities this week and while overall things went well, there were some notable issues.

Indiana
In the Hoosier State, over all voting was smooth, especially in those counties that were testing new voting equipment. Marion County debuted  vote centers with 277 available locations in the city. Hancock County debuted e-poll books and with low turnout and new technology, voters were able to cast ballots faster than ever before. Porter County, which is still recovering from a disastrous 2018 election cycle saw some problems in 2019 as well. Several polling places opened late for a variety of reasons including school staff that showed up late to open the polling place. However there were bright spots like faster results.  And finally, cheers to Jan Rhodes in Evansville who spend her day not only serving as a poll worker, but did so dressed as Aunt Samantha.

Ohio
Voters in several counties got their first look at new equipment for the most part the new voting systems were well received. There were some isolated incidents at polling places though. In Richland County, a nearby shooting temporarily put a polling place on lockdown. A polling place in Lorain County was evacuated after two poll workers were sickened from a CO build up. Summit County voters reported being hassled by poll workers for what they were wearing. Some Warren County voters were sent to the wrong polling place. At least one polling place in Franklin County struggled to get new voting machines up and running.

Election News This Week

The Waterville, Maine Voter Registration Appeals Board has ruled unanimously that 66 voters whose registrations were challenged are in fact valid on the basis that they had taken oaths of residency and provided proof of physical address. The 66 voters in questions? Students and faculty members at Colby College. The voter registration challenges began over a referendum to ban plastic bags. According to the Morning Sentinel, The voter registrations that were looked at this week represent voters who went through hearings before the city clerk to verify their residency after a recount of the referendum forced the city to re-examine the challenged ballots. The clerk’s determination on the registrations is what the challengers had questioned.

The saga of the Porter County, Indiana clerk’s office continues. New Clerk Jessica Baily recently discovered more than $72,000 in outstanding expenses from the 2018 election. According to the Chesterton Tribune, Bailey was approved to transfer $5,000 from her office supply funds to legal notices and to transfer $15,000 from her food and groceries line item to cover the outstanding expenses for legal notices and contractual services in the 2018 election and to have a balance remaining in those funds for 2019 primary expenses. Bailey told the council that she believes she has found all the outstanding balances from 2018 but that she may need more money to make up for the expenses she paid from her 2019 budget.

Congratulations to Monmouth County, New Jersey Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon for being honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Silver Gull Award for Government Leadership from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

This week, the MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) announced the 2019 projects that will be funded as part of MEDSL’s New Initiatives in Election Science Programming. The recipients, which will receive a total of just under $100,000 , come from 15 institutions around the U.S. Projects cover everything from ranked choice voting to felon disenfranchisement to post election audits to the impacts the media has on polling place wait times. Check out all the recipients and their proposals here. The New Initiatives program was made possible through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Personnel News: Clay Helms has officially been appointed director of elections for the state of Alabama.

In Memoriam: Woodbury, Connecticut Republican Registrar of Voters Judith Henderson died on February 5 following a brief illness. She was 79. Henderson became registrar of voters in 2012. In addition that role she was also the past president of the Woodbury Public Library and a huge hockey fan.

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Florida Reps. Ted Deutch (D) and Alcee Hastings (D) have introduced the Protecting American Votes Act that election officials to make two attempts to notify voters when their ballots are rejected based on a signature mismatch. Notifications would have to be made by mail and either by text, phone call or email; voters would get at least 10 days from the date of notice to resolve the mismatch. They would be allowed to verify their identity and ensure their vote is counted; and officials who review signatures will have to get formal training.

Alabama: House Bill 174 would simplify the voting process for those with disabilities by allowing them to be on a permanent absentee voter list.

Also in Alabama, the Secretary of State’s office is advocating for a bill that would increase the penalties someone faces for tampering with electronic voting machines. Currently it is a misdemeanor to tamper or misuse an electronic voting machine. The bill would make it a Class B felony to tamper with, hack or manipulate the machines.

Colorado: The Legislature has approved SB 19-235 which, if signed by the governor, will expand opportunities for people to automatically register to vote. According to the measure, anyone who applies for a new or renewed driver’s license or ID card at a Colorado DMV location will have their data sent directly to the Secretary of State’s Office. If the person has provided proof of citizenship, their respective county clerk will review the information and send the person a postcard notifying them they will be registered to vote at that address. The potential voter will then have 20 days to accept the registration and choose to register with a party, or to decline the registration.

Connecticut: The Senate has approved a measure to create an early voting system. However, the 23-13 margin falls four short of what was needed to put the measure on the ballot as required by law.

Florida: The Senate gave final approval to a bill that would require formerly incarcerated residents to fulfill all the financial obligations of their sentence before having their voting rights reinstated. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has said that he will sign the bill.

Massachusetts: The Springfield city council is considering an ordinance that would require the city to send postcards and robocalls to all voters in advance of every election. It is estimated it would cost the city $30,000-$40,000 per election due to postage and printing costs. “Our democracy and local government benefit from having as many people at the table as possible,” City Councilor Jesse Lederman said in a prepared release according to The Republic. “The steady decline in voter turnout across the country is concerning — and locally, we should be working to engage people. It is important that we start this conversation.”

New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed a bill into law that would permit a county commissioner of registration and board of elections use e-poll books. The law will require the Secretary of State to adopt and publish electronic poll books standards and regulations governing the certification and use of electronic poll books within 90 days.  If the Secretary of State receives a request for approval to review compliance of standards, regulations and all capabilities of electronic poll books, it will be reviewed within 10 days.

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee (R) has signed a bill into law that will punish third-party registration groups that turn in late registration forms or turn in forms that are not correct or complete.

Also in Tennessee, the Nashville Metro Council defeated an effort to put ranked choice voting on the ballot.

Texas: The House has approved a bill will allow parents with small children to use curbside voting if their polling place chooses to offer it.

Wisconsin: The Senate’s elections committee voted unanimously to recommend confirmation of Meagan Wolfe as leader of the state Elections Commission, more than a year after she started the job.

Also in Wisconsin, legislation was voted out of committee in the House that will legalize ballot selfies in the Badger State.

Legal Updates

Georgia: The state Supreme Court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November’s race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state’s outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of thousands of votes were never recorded in the race and the contest was “so defective and marred by material irregularities” as to place the result in doubt. It contends an unexplained undervote in the race was likely caused by problems with the state’s paperless touchscreen voting machines.

Kentucky: Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes filed suit in Franklin County Circuit Court this week seeking an injunction against the state’s new law that removes the secretary of state’s power over the state board of elections. In her suit, Lundergan Grimes warns that without the oversight, “confusion and uncertainty” will surround the upcoming primary.

Michigan: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has settled a 2016 lawsuit that challenged the state ban on ballot selfies. Under terms of the deal, which was reached in April, but only reported this week, voters will be able to take a photo of their voted ballot, but they may not take a selfie of themselves in a polling place.

Mississippi: Prosecutors have dropped voter fraud charges against Sherman Matlock, 44 of Canton. Matlock was accused of signing an affidavit and voting in Canton’s municipal election in 2017 when he allegedly knew he was disqualified because of a 1993 conviction for manslaughter. Mississippi law does not include manslaughter as one of the 22 felony crimes that would disqualify someone from voting. Matlock spent a month in jail before the case was dismissed because he was unable to make bond.

New Hampshire: Ten students were arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct during a protest at the statehouse this week while pressing for the reversal of Republican-passed election laws.  “We’re here to show Gov. Sununu and Secretary of State Gardner that we’re not going anywhere and that the student vote is important,” Quincy Abramson, a UNH student from Concord told the Union Leader. “They can’t drown out our voices, and in the upcoming election we will show them that.”

New Jersey: The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office has announced a new initiative to target voter fraud, specifically for mail-in ballots. Andrew C. Carey told NewJersey.com that his office would work the board of elections and the county’s 28 police departments on the new Voter Integrity Program. “There is a concern with fraud, and we’re trying to combat it,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in an interview last week. “This is not to prevent people from voting. We want to make sure everyone can vote safely and that their votes count.”

North Carolina: The State Board of Elections has issued guidance to 32 county elections board with instructions on how to pull voting histories, signed poll books and redacted ballots dating back several elections in response to subpoenas issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2018.

Ohio: A three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has thrown out Ohio’s congressional map saying that it’s unconstitutional because of partisan gerrymandering and that it must be redrawn by 2020.

Pennsylvania: A county judge has signed off on a petition brought by Murrysville’s two major political committees to break up two oversized voting precincts. Both precincts contain more than 3,600 registered voters which is more than three times allowed by law. The large precincts created massive Election Day lines.

Tennessee: Four civil rights groups have filed suit challenging the state’s new law that imposes fines and criminal sanctions on third-party registration groups that turn in voter reg forms late or forms that are incomplete or incorrect. According to Courthouse News, the lawsuit was filed late Thursday in Nashville federal court by the Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, Democracy Nashville – Democratic Communities, The Equity Alliance and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, groups that work to register citizens from disenfranchised communities, such as African Americans, low-income voters and college students.  They claim the new law could halt or significantly alter their efforts to register voters.

Virginia: A special prosecutor in Virginia said Monday that he’s presented two indictments of election fraud against someone who worked on a failed re-election campaign for a Republican congressman last year.

Tech Thursday

Tech Companies: This week, Microsoft announced that is releasing an open-source software development kit that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted. According to NPR, it will also allow election officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. It’s very much like the cybersecurity version of a tamper-proof bottle,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of customer security and trust, in an interview with NPR. “Tamper-proof bottles don’t prevent any hack of the contents of the bottle, but it makes it makes it harder, and it definitely reveals when the tampering has occurred.”

California: NBC News recently featured Los Angeles County’s new open-source voting system which took over 10 years and $100 million to develop. The machines are designed to be agile and interchangeable, Logan says. If a better part comes on the market, components can be swapped out without scraping the whole machine.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voter suppression | Same day registration | Election security | Voter suppression | Felon voting rights

Arizona: Mohave County | Voter suppression

California: Stanislaus County | Vote centers | Voting age

Colorado: Jefferson County

Connecticut: Early voting

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V | Hacking;

Hawaii: Election reform

Illinois: Polling places

Kansas: Ex-felon voting rights

Kentucky: Secretary of state, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII

Maine: Voting rights

Minnesota: Election security

New York: Early voting | Automatic voter registration | Early voting sites | Early voting costs

Ohio: Automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Election improvements | Equipment | Election reform | Election security, II

Rhode Island: List maintenance

Tennessee: Election legislation | Ranked choice voting

Texas: Secretary of state | List maintenance

Upcoming Events

National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

International Association of Government Officials — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Job Postings This Week

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Board of Elections Director, Geauga County, Ohio— A candidate for the position of Director (Democrat) of the Geauga County Board of Elections. Consideration will be given to candidates with previous election administration experience. The evaluation criteria is outlined in Chapter 2, Ohio Elections Official Manual, which can be reviewed on the Secretary of State’s website. A copy of the job description may be obtained at the Board’s website. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Geauga County Board of Elections Attn: Janet Carson, Board Member 470 Center Street, Bldg. 6-A Chardon, Ohio 44024. Deadline: Cover letters and resumes must be  submitted by 4:00 p.m. on May 15. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Data Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of State— Do you have an analytical mind that likes to manage and present data to improve operations and make a difference in the Commonwealth? Join the Commonwealth at the Department of State, and experience the satisfaction of public service while enjoying professional career growth and numerous promotional opportunities. This position conducts data collection, analysis, geospatial statistical analysis utilizing geographic information system (GIS), and visualization of data to make recommendations for policy and process improvements within the Department of State Election program areas. The work is project oriented, involves working with various stakeholders, and provides training to end users. Salary: $49,076 – $74,641. Deadline: May 14. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Department Specialist 14, Michigan Secretary of State — this position works as a special assistant for the Director of Elections, focusing on election security, special projects and strategic planning. The position will work with BOE staff and Executive Office to develop and implement an extensive election security-related education and training program for internal staff, as well as county and local election officials, focusing on election-related cyber security, physical security and secure and sound election administration procedures. Assist county and local election officials in completing detailed election system security assessments and implementing security improvements as identified and needed, covering all major county/local election system components. Provides assistance to the SOS Election Security Task Force, ensuring major recommendations and findings are incorporated into the ongoing Election Security Plan. Maintain, track and report on all aspects of the Department’s Federal election security grant program. As an Administrative Assistant, this position also assists the Director of Elections performing special projects including, but not limited to, advising and assisting the Director with strategic planning, reviewing and analyzing legislation relevant to Bureau of Elections (BOE), assist in the development of programs and procedures, and maintain records and prepares reports related to BOE. Salary: $28.15 – $41.96 Hourly. Deadline: May 12. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Pasquotank County, North Carolina — This position requires some knowledge of the principles and practices of the North Carolina elections process. Employee will serve as Deputy to the Director of Elections, and perform all duties required for effectively administering elections and other elections office activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, standard clerical tasks; data entry; database maintenance; professional creation of documents using Microsoft Office applications; maintenance and auditing of campaign finance records; coordination and preparation of training and outreach activities; and general support to the Director of Elections and Board Members as needed. Performs other related duties as directed. Salary: Begins at $35,800. Deadline: May 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— this position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration.  Serves as the lead program specialist in the required election administrator certification program; Certifies state and local election administrators following a series of classes and tests. Participates in the elections training program and county election review program; travels extensively throughout the state to conduct reviews of county elections departments. Participates in the initiative and referenda filing and clearinghouse advisories program. Provide support to Washington State counties on election processes, county WEI systems, and logic and accuracy test program. Salary: $4,275.00 – $5,745.00 Monthly. 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.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software.  Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Information/Technology Technician, Wake County, North Carolina — The Wake County Board of Elections is seeking an Information Technology Technician to manage the IT services required to conduct elections for the citizens of Wake County. The ideal candidate will possess experience working in a field support setting with computer equipment, networking, software installation and troubleshooting, database development, and customer support. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL IT HELP DESK SUPPORT ROLE. In this physically demanding position, you will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs and endure extended periods of time lifting, squatting, crawling in tight spaces, climbing on ladders to pull cables from drop ceilings, pushing and pulling bins on wheels, carrying supplies and equipment. Work is performed mostly indoors investigating or installing networks, running cables, setting up computers and peripherals at voting locations. You will spend your time between the BOE Operations Center, Wake County Commons Building, additional training facilities, polling places, and early voting locations across the county (churches, community centers, libraries, schools, etc.). Salary: Hiring Range: $20.88 – $28.19. Deadline: May 17. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Officer, Collier County, Florida— The purpose of this classification is to provide assistance in the Training & Outreach Department within the Supervisor of Elections office. This position coaches, trains, and educates election workers in accordance with the State of Florida’s election laws and rules. Work involves designing, developing, and delivering multimodal adult learning programs, developing training materials, scheduling training sessions, and recruiting, assigning and evaluating election workers for upcoming election cycles. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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