In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
EAC hosts 2016 swing state roundtable
‘Elections in battleground states are like elections on steroids’
You’ve planned for it, you’ve dreaded it, and now it’s finally here. 2016. There’s no going back and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission kicked things off this week with a roundtable discussion of elections officials from nine of the battleground states.
“Even though from the public perspective, it may seem like election season is just beginning, for the election officials, we’ve been preparing for a number of months, even a number of years,” said Moderator Merle King of Kennesaw State University. “The election cycle is the apex. The finish line.”
The roundtable was held in the Washington, D.C.-area and streamed live on the Internet. The wide-ranging conversation covered everything from social media to emergency contingency planning to technology to media relations to setting standards.
Participants included: Brian Corley, MPA, supervisor of elections, Pasco County, Florida; Pedro A. Cortés, Pennsylvania secretary of state; Luanne Cutler, registrar of voters, Washoe County, Nevada; Matt Damschroder, assistant secretary of state, Ohio; Robert Dezmelyk, moderator, Town of Newton, New Hampshire; Sandra Juno, clerk, Brown County, Wisconsin; Paul Pate, Iowa secretary of state; J. Kirk Showalter, general registrar, City of Richmond, Virginia; and Wayne Williams, Colorado secretary of state.
You can still watch the whole thing online — and electionline would really encourage you to do so, it was a great conversation and so interesting that we didn’t even check Facebook once while we were watching. Since we think you should watch it, just consider this your Cliffs Notes version of the roundtable.
Procedures in place
If there was one common theme with the entire conversation, no matter the topic, it was be prepared.
“When I started in 1994 we were using brick phones and fax machines. The expectations are higher now,” said Iowa’s Paul Pate. “”We’re focusing more and more on preparing. We spend a lot of time working with our local county auditors. We spent a lot of time on training and training and training to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”
Brian Corley of Pasco County, Florida noted that emotions are high this year, almost a fever pitch among various stakeholders and that there is literally no margin for error as election administrators this year.
“Standards lead to confidence,” said Colorado’s Wayne Williams. “There are a host of different challenges, but the bigger issue is working collaboratively with our 64 counties and ensuring that procedures are the same from county to county.”
Pennsylvania’s Pedro Cortes pointed that there are issues in almost every election in every state and no one, not even Florida wants to be “the next Florida.”
“Everybody expects perfect elections and there is no such thing,” Cortes said. “A good election hinges on a well-informed electorate and properly trained elections officials.
Cortes said it is so important to be consistent with procedures.
“No matter what you do to prepare, plan, test, you need to have a plan B,” said Robert Dezmelyk, moderator, Town of Newton, New Hampshire.
Social and traditional media
The panelists all agreed on the importance of keeping the public informed, not just through the traditional media, but also through the use of social media.
“It doesn’t matter how we get there, if the public perceives we are doing something incorrectly or behind the scenes, if the public perceives it, it is so,” said Luanne Cutler, registrar of voters for Washoe County, Nevada. “Make them [the media] our partners to kind of get the word out. We really do know what we’re doing and we’re trying to do the best we can.”
Williams said that it is vital to establish relationships with political reporters before an election. He said it’s important to speak with them and make sure they understand the processes ahead of time because no one has time on election night to explain the nuances of provisional ballots. Reporters are trying to file stories and elections officials are trying to tally the votes.
“Clear, concise, continuous communications with all of your stakeholders. That means we don’t have a whole lot of issues with people understanding,” Cortes said. “The communications office is probably the center of what we do.”
Ohio’s Matt Damschroder said that one of the interesting things he thinks elections officials are starting to see is that there is no longer the traditional filter of media.
“Voters and elections officials can interact directly,” Damshroder said. “Election officials have a much great duty now to interact directly with the public and its incumbent on the public to get more information directly from the sources to get correct information.”
Aging voting systems is a problem facing many jurisdictions nationwide this year. None of the participants in the panel discussion will be using entirely new voting systems this year, although Colorado’s system is relatively new and in Richmond, Kirk Showalter will be rolling out a new system for the first presidential election.
Listening to the panel discuss how they keep their voting systems up and running reminded us a bit of MacGyver.
“Election officials now have to be sophisticated IT administrators in addition to everything else they have do,” Damschroder said. “Sweat the small stuff because everything is small stuff. All those little things can really add up to make sure their isn’t a larger problem.”
Cutler said her county is fortunate enough to have some extra voting machines so if something happens they can quickly replace a malfunctioning machine.
For Sandra Juno, clerk, Brown County, Wisconsin having everything available that they need right there in the county has been very helpful.
“We chose to do all of our programming and printing of ballots in Brown County so we have the opportunity if something happens, we can fix it,” Juno said. “We do hire our vendor to send in a staff person to be on site for each election.”
Richmond’s Kirk Showalter rolled out a new voting system in 2015 and was able to use that additional time to learn about the quirks of the new system so she and her staff can be prepared should there be any issues in 2016.
“There is a good reason why election administrators avoid putting new equipment out in a presidential election year. There are an amazing number of details that go with changing the systems,” Showalter said.
Cortes noted that so much attention has been placed on the aging equipment, but there are still hiccups with brand new equipment, which is why, circling back to earlier discussions, it is so important to have contingency plans.
None of the panelists anticipated any major problems with voting systems in 2016, but the same could not be said for the future if the aging equipment is not replaced before 2018 and 2020. Pate was pretty blunt on this point.
“I’d like to put out an appeal to state legislatures, governors, maybe even Congress,” Pate said. “Funding would be nice.”
One of the more interesting topics of conversations was the how has the electorate changed since 2012 and what did the officials envision it looking like in 2016. All the participants almost universally agreed that they are not seeing the interest from young people like they were four, even eight years ago. They all agreed that this could change by November, but early indicators don’t show a large participation by young voters.
“In 2008 and 2012, the level of student involvement was unprecedented, but I am not seeing that so far this year” Showalter said.
Showalter did say that she’s seeing an unusually high number of uniformed and overseas voters getting in touch with her office already even though balloting for the March primary has yet to begin.
Cortes noted that when Pennsylvania’s online voter registration system launched in August of 2015 of the first 60,000 people to register to vote, 3,000 of them were 65+.
“This isn’t going to be the youth vote this year,” Pate said. “It’s the Baby Boomers and little younger.”
Election News This Week
II. Election News This Week
- According to the Great Falls Tribune, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has agreed to a meeting with a coalition of voting rights groups that sent her office a letter in late December 2015 claiming that Montana has not fully complied with sections of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993—specifically the sections that establish clear voter registration obligations at the Motor Vehicles Department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. “We’re finding that the process is not working the way required under the act. People who try to register to vote when they conduct a driver’s license transaction are not being able to register to vote,” said Catherine M. Flanagan of Project Vote.
- The Minnesota Elections Emergency Planning Task Force has released a report to the Legislature outlining how elections should be held in the event of an emergency. The 14-member task force has been meeting for about a year to come up with the recommendations that include the state and each county having it’s own emergency plan and that the plans must address including the needs of voters with disabilities, ballot security and the process of relocating a polling place in case of an emergency.
- Anyone who has ever done any home remodeling knows what a nightmare it can be — and that it always takes longer than anticipated. Officials in the clerk’s office in Champaign County, Illinois are hoping none of those issues befall them during the expansion of their office. We’re sort of under a hard and fast deadline,” County Clerk Gordy Hulten told a local television station. “We start voting for the March primary in this room on February 4, so we need to have everything done and polished and ready for voters by then.” The expansion will accommodate 10 new staff members and make the voter registration counter accessible.
- In September 2015, Weston, Connecticut Republican Registrar Theresa Brasco and Deputy Republican Registrar Lisa Flanagan each submitted their resignations, effective December 31, 2015 citing a “corrosive and inhospitable” work environment. The pair rescinded their resignations last week citing a change in leadership in Weston and the responsibility to their jobs. “Next year is a presidential election year and out of a sense of responsibility to the town — now that the tenor and tone of town hall have improved markedly — we are willing to go back and fulfill our terms,” Brasco said.
- Personnel News: George Coppola has retired as operations manager at the Morris County, New Jersey‘s voting machine warehouse. His wife Phyllis Coppola also retired from the board of elections on December 31 after 26-years. Jean Knuston, 92, has been recognized by the Canyon County, Idaho elections office for her 60+ years of service. Patty O’Connor has retired as the chief elections official in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Davidson County, Tennessee Election Administrator Kent Wall has announced his retirement. Kathleen S. Miller has been appointed to the Putnam County, Ohio board of elections. Grant Whitney Jr. has been appointed to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Julie Wise is the new director of King County, Washington Elections. She takes over for Sherril Huff who chose not to seek re-election. Christie Spain, former Broward County GOP chairwoman who has moved to Palm Beach County announced that she will challenge PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher. Daniel Roberts has been appointed to the Fayette County, Ohio board of elections. Donna Johnson has resigned as the director of the Montgomery County, North Carolina board of elections.
III. Legislative Updates
Florida: Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola Beach) has introduced a constitutional amendment that once again make the secretary of state’s position an elected position. If approved by voters, the state would begin elected a secretary of state in 2018.
Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has signed legislation that eliminated straight-ticket, single-party voting and during the signing, urged the Senate to pass a bill that will allow voters to cast an absentee without providing a reason. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Snyder are pushing the Senate to approve legislation that would allow for no-excuse absentee voting, a provision that was originally enjoined with the straight-ticket voting legislation.
New Hampshire: The Senate has voted down a bill that would have opened up the absentee balloting process in the state to all voters and would have allowed the secretary of state’s office to prepare absentee ballots.
North Dakota: Discussion continues amongst state lawmakers about whether or not to create a voter registration system for the state, currently the only state that does not register its voters. During the latest round of talks, legislators discussed the state’s de facto voter registration list from the state department of transportation. Some legislators argued that was not a valid list because no one verifies the addresses listed on a license and some are businesses.
South Carolina: Rep. Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston) has introduced legislation that would create a Poll Workers Compensation Study Committee to explore the feasibility of paying poll workers $15-an-hour. “If South Carolina hopes to attract such (qualified) people to serve as poll workers, it must be diligent ascertaining and providing a competitive and fair level of compensation to poll workers,” the resolution states. Poll workers currently make $60 a day for training plus $60 for Election Day (less than $6 an hour).
Utah: A former high school civics teacher turned state representative has introduced legislation that would allow 17-year-olds who are 18 by the time of the general election to vote in the primary. Currently 20 states that allow 17-year-olds to pre-register also allow them to vote in the primary if they are 18 by the general.
Vermont: The Burlington city council is considering moving the city to a vote center system. The council approved a resolution 10 to 1 to have the board for registration of voters look into what they are calling “universal polling locations.”
IV. Legal Updates
U.S. Supreme Court: The Guardian has an interesting profile of Edward Blum who is currently before the court on two cases, including the Texas “one person, one vote” case. Blum also sponsored Shelby v. Holder in 2013 and told the paper, “I think about it a lot, I worry about it a lot. I agonise over this,” Blum told the Guardian. “It may be that one or two of the states that used to be covered by Section 5 has gone too far.”
Florida: Just before the end of 2015 a Florida judge approved a new map of Florida’s 40 Senate districts. The approved map is one that was recommended by a coalition of voting rights groups. Supervisors of elections statewide had pushed for a decision—any decision—to be made so they could prepare for the 2016 election cycle.
Kansas: Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the proof-of-citizenship lawsuit filed a motion seeking to amend their complaint adding a plaintiff — a 20-year-old Kansas University student — to the suit.
North Carolina: The federal lawsuit challenging the state’s voter ID law is set for trial on January 25.
V. Tech Thursday
Arizona: The Cochise County Elections Department has launched an interactive map to help voters learn about the county’s vote centers. The map allows voters to see where all the vote centers are located, input their current location to find the closest vote center and get driving and parking information for the vote center they want to visit.
Florida: The secretary of state’s office this week said that the state’s online voter registration system remains on schedule to launch in 2017. “DOS (the Department of State) has formulated and begun a six-phase development and implementation plan, of which the initial discovery phase is now complete,” a report released by DOS says.
Mississippi: Hinds County will not be purchasing an additional 50 electronic poll books in advance of the March 8 primaries because the Democratic Party has said that it will use paper poll books to check in voters instead of the electronic poll books. The Republican Party has not said whether or not they will use them. Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran has expressed her dismay at the poll books not being used. “It would be a step backward,” Cochran said if electronic poll books aren’t used.
Nebraska: Hall County has purchased a new ballot-counting machine that the county hopes will speed up the counting process and decrease costs since the machine can process folded ballots and the county is encouraging more people to vote-by-mail. “We’ll do as many as 10,000 ballots in an election cycle, so we’re going to take and cut those postage costs down because we can send it first class now,” Election Commissioner Dale Baker told KNTV. Election Baker has named the machine Annie.
West Virginia: Monroe County has launched a new Voter and Candidate Resource Center on the clerk’s website just in time for the busy 2016 election year. “It’s just a good, central location where people can find out everything they need to know,” Clerk Donald Evans told the Register-Herald. Evans said his chief deputy, Jeremy Meadows was responsible for the page design.
Opinions This Week
VI. Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Data breach
California: Motor voter
Florida: Voter signatures
Maryland: Voting rights
Massachusetts: Special elections
Michigan: Straight-ticket voting
Missouri: Voter ID
New York: Access to voting
Ohio: Absentee ballots
VII. Upcoming Events
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Re-Imagining Voting In California: This panel discussion will stear clear of the oft-discussed voting machine issues and will instead focus on how technology in general might improve the process of voting. For instance, there has been progress made in some areas but can we do better? What if there were no barriers? What do voters expect – and how can the technological advances that surround us in our daily lives merge into improving the overall voting experience? We’ll also explore how the media views this topic – and what can be done in the short term versus the long term. It’s exciting to move off of the “constraint” discussion and have a broader dialogue. This event will be webcast live on CACEO’s website, caceo58.org. Viewers are encouraged to join in the discussion using the hashtag #caceoimagine. We hope you will join us for this FREE – and what will sure to be – stimulating event! When: Thursday Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. (Pacific). Where: UCLA and online. For more information about the panel discussion, click here.
NASS Winter Conference: The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold its 2016 Winter Conference at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. February 10-13, 2016. This event will bring together government and industry leaders to showcase Secretary of State initiatives and highlight all the latest developments in state and federal policymaking circles. NASS President Kate Brown and other speakers will focus on many important topics and leadership opportunities for members, including a special new member orientation session for newly-elected or appointed Secretaries of State! Where: JW Marriott, Washington, D.C. When: Feb. 10-13, 2016. For more information and to register, click here.
NACo Legislative Conference: The NACo Legislative Conference is held on an annual basis in Washington, DC. This meeting brings over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government. Attendees hear from key Administration officials and members of Congress and are offered a myriad of additional educational opportunities addressing current and hot topic issues. A day of lobbying on Capitol Hill the last day rounds out an information-packed conference. Where: Washington, D.C. When: Feb. 20-24, 2016. For more information and to register, click here.
NACRC Winter Education Conference: National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials, and Clerks (NACRC) has its winter education conference in February in Savannah, GA. Among the topics will be a presentation by the Brennan Center for Justice report on the aging electronic voting machines across the country, and what elections officials can do about it. We’ll also discuss the movement to lower the voting age to 16, how to maintain clean voter registration databases, and a nationwide elections-only roundtable discussion. Hear from veterans and newcomers in the field about their innovations to tackle issues faced across the country. All this networking and learning will earn you credits towards the NACRC Certified Public Official Program. Where: Savannah, Georgia. When: Feb. 22-23. For more information and to register, click here.
Job Postings This Week
VIII. Job Postings This Week
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Account Manager, Florida, ES&S — account managers are responsible for managing all activity required to position customers to execute successful elections and assure quality customer service. The Account Manager oversees all activity and communication between customers, internal departments, partners, and vendors within a specified territory and is responsible for assuring that all customer issues and questions are resolved and/or answered in a timely fashion. This Account Manager position is a State of Florida based position and the primary responsibility will be to support ES&S’ Florida customer base as deemed necessary by the existing Florida Account Management Team. Travel to other territories outside the State of Florida will also be necessary. Deadline: February 5, 2016. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Associate, Reno, Nevada / Carson City, Nevada area — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and skilled, Customer Relations Associate, in Nevada! This role will responsible for managing one or more customer accounts to include product support, problem resolution, and placing product and service orders. As well as managing customer projects such as election support, new product implementations, trainings, upgrades and any additional customer services. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Manager, Placer County, California — the County ofPlacer, California is seeking a highly skilled professional for the position of Recording-Elections Manager (Elections Manager). The position serves the citizens of Placer County through active supervision of the county’s elections needs and interacts with elected officials, school and special district personnel, county department heads and managers, the media and the public. The manager provides the necessary day-to-day management and administration of the division in an efficient and transparent manner, focused on customer service and in compliance with all applicable laws, codes and regulations. The Elections Manager recommends priorities for division resources, serves as a member of the department’s management team, exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, clerical and temporary personnel and reports directly to the Assistant Recorder-Registrar of Voters. This position has management responsibility for planning, organizing and directing the day-to-day operations of all elections program areas, including voter registration and outreach, candidate and campaign services, polls and precincts coordination and vote-by-mail processing. Salary: $42.13-$51.21/hourly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Hardware Engineer III, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Hardware Engineer III for our downtown Toronto office. The key responsibilities for this role will be to work as a lead member of the mechanical engineering team helping to develop new products from concept to production, as well as supporting production runs and any field requirements for existing and legacy products. Salary: $70k base + benefits (negotiable). Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Junior Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario— Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an out-going, technology savvy, Junior Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and assisting with warehousing and logistics. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here
Network & Systems Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and detail oriented, Network & Systems Specialist, to be based in our downtown Denver, Colorado office. This role is responsible for assisting with the deployment and troubleshooting of advanced elections hardware and software system configurations; providing support to the logistics associated with procuring elections systems and equipment; performing tests and evaluations of various voting solutions; and providing election support to customers both remotely and/or on-site. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced and motivated, Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and working closely with the Operations and Development Teams on a number of critical projects. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Program Director, Rock the Vote, Washington, D.C. — the Campus Engagement Competition Program Director will lead the program and oversee its strategic development and execution. The Director will serve as the lead ambassador for the Campus Engagement Competition to colleges and universities. The Director will be responsible for overall program management, managing staff and consultants, recruiting high level partners and managing those relationships, development of contest structure, marketing and promotional initiatives to attract campuses to participate, facilitation of communication amongst stakeholders, and support of fundraising efforts. The Program Director should have a demonstrated interest in youth civic engagement, rigorous project management skills, strong marketing and presentation skills, and be comfortable in a fast paced work environment. Deadline: January 15. Application: Submit a cover letter and resume online at www.grossmanheinz.com (click “Submit Resume” to be directed to the job description and application page). Only applications submitted through this website will be considered.
Programming Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-driven and detail-oriented, Programming Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for elections design and programming; ensuring elections systems meet all performance criteria, standards and requirements; developing and executing trainings; implementing Dominion Voting System products; and providing technical support to customers, co-workers and election officials. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Coordinator (Temporary), Future of California Elections, Los Angeles — The Future of California Elections (FoCE), a project of Community Partners, seeks a temporary full-time Project Coordinator to serve as a California-based staff person responsible for administration and program support of all the activities of the Future of California collaboration, a coalition of election officials, civil rights organizations and reform advocates dedicated to an open, transparent and well-functioning system of democracy in California. The position is based in Los Angeles from January 11, 2016 – March 4, 2016. The project coordinator will accomplish the following duties: 2016 conference planning, project management/member relations, policy and other duties as specified. Salary: $14-$17/hourly based on experience. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Manager, ES&S — project manager is responsible applying professional principles, practices, and techniques to lead project teams and control project schedules, costs, and quality and performance risks to ensure achievement of corporate goals and objectives. This role has responsibility and manages each of the tasks required for all assigned projects with the goal of delivering on-time, high-quality product releases. The ultimate objectives of the Project Manager are to maximize throughput, productivity, and ultimately the marketability and profitability of ES&S Voting System products. Deadline: February 5, 2016. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager, North Carolina / South Carolina — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-motivated and experienced, Regional Sales Manager, in the North Carolina / South Carolina region. This position will be responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, market planning and technical development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager, Texas — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-motivated and accomplished, Regional Sales Manager, in Texas. This position will be responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, market planning and technical development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Research Specialist (Junior Specialist), California Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change — under general supervision of the Director of the CCEP, the research specialist will work as a researcher on CCEP projects. Position includes statistical research, data research, data management, event coordination and other duties as needed. 85% RESEARCH: Work in statistical software, databases and various files to collaborate on the design of qualitative research methodology with Project Investigator and others. Manage all qualitative and quantitative data. Assist with acquisition of secondary data. Conduct analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Work with Project Investigator to synthesize findings. Use results of data analysis to produce high quality narrative reports that incorporate maps, charts, and diagrams. 15% OTHER: Coordination of CCEP internship program. Event planning and assistance. Writing and editing of CCEP documents. Deadline: January 15. Application: Applications and/or questions should be submitted via email to Mindy Romero at email@example.com. Applicants should submit: a resume and/or curriculum vitae; a cover letter summarizing interest in the position as well as the most relevant background/skills; and names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of two references.
Sales Director, Everyone Counts— Everyone Counts is transforming the $31 billion public and private sector voting/elections industry from purpose-built, antiquated hardware and error-prone manual paper processes to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Every democracy in the world, and every organization that has members who vote, needs Everyone Counts solutions. Support the often lengthy buying process from prospecting to closing of deals valued at $200k – $10M+. This involves education, support in developing RFPs and competently working with buyers in understanding the benefits of switching to our solution vs. competitive offerings or the status quo. Our sales are achieved through teamwork internally and externally. Build a valuable and convertible pipeline. You will expertly segment the market, qualify for relevance and size while prioritizing for timing and likelihood of winning. Your relentless drive to understand the pursuit context and details will allow us to make good decisions. Become expert at the “Election 2.0 pitch approach” at all relevant levels of a buyer’s constituencies. Adopt a modern data-driven lead generation and sales approach. You employ an effective and state-of-the-art sales methodology. Using CRM tools and working in an open and challenging team setting greases your engine to consistently meet and exceed the set targets. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Software Engineer, Center for Technology and Civic Life, Chicago or Washington, D.C. — We’re looking for a Software Engineer with a passion for civic engagement to help us continue to provide relevant, local civic data to people across the country. The Software Engineer will be the technical lead on the execution of CTCL’s civic data programs. The Software Engineer will, in collaboration with the Director of Civic Data, be responsible for the maintenance and expansion of CTCL’s existing codebase that standardizes and publishes the datasets created by the Civic Data team. Additionally, the Software Engineer will be responsible the technical implementation for new civic datasets, from database construction to publication. In addition, the Software Engineer may be asked to consult on or assist with the creation of technical assets for CTCL’s programs more broadly, with the understanding that any such responsibilities will be of secondary priority to the execution of civic data work. This position reports to the Director of Civic Data. Salary: $65,000-$70,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Voting Rights Attorney, Disability Rights California — Voting Rights Attorney shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to clients with disabilities. This position works under the direct supervision of the Supervising Voting Rights Attorney and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts. This position shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing outreach and training, information, and technical assistance and direct representation to clients regarding voting rights. This position will collaborate with other agencies and organizations, including county election officials, to resolve barriers faced by voters with disabilities. This position works to ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places. This position may supervise a voting rights advocate. Salary: $51,816-$60,024. Deadline: January 22. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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