In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
(Editor’s Note: In Focus This Week is a repost from February 2012. Electionline rarely, if ever, reposts stories, but given the fact that this story is probably more true today than it was four years ago — and that we’re a bit under the weather this week — we thought it would be a good idea to share again. All other sections of the newsletter this week are new. Thank you for your understanding.)
Doing a nonpartisan job in a hyper-partisan world
Elections officials work to put job over politics
By M. Mindy Moretti
For 11 years Sherre Toler made sure the residents of Harnett County, N.C. had everything they needed to cast a ballot on (or before) Election Day.
She enjoyed the work she was doing and although one can never tell what the future may hold, she could have envisioned herself retiring from there someday.
But on January 3, 2012 Toler resigned from a job she loved because she could no longer remain impartial. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will appear on the May 2012 primary ballot.
“This issue has been debated in the past but has never before been placed on the ballot so I had an opportunity to think about it before it actually happened.” Toler said. “However, when the vote was announced, I knew there was no way I could conduct a vote such as this.”
Toler said she spoke with friends and family about her decision and that they were supportive of her decision. She also said that her colleagues in Harnett County have been supportive as well.
“My board and staff have been incredibly supportive and have all wished me well,” Toler said. “I have nothing but respect for the elections community as a whole, and I know that the overwhelming majority of elections officials work hard to make sure that all elections are conducting fairly and honestly.”
In today’s society when everyone seems to wear their emotions and beliefs on their sleeve — or express them in 140-characters or less — how do elections officials put whatever feelings they may have aside in order to conduct fair and efficient elections?
“Not only is it possible for election administrators to be nonpartisan; it should be a job requirement,” said Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California as well as editor of the Election Law Blog.”
Hasen noted that in other countries, the norm is that election administrators have their allegiance to the integrity of the process and not to a political party or an ideological belief. He pointed out that in the U.S., this norm is followed only some administrators.
“The importance is basic. The umpire shouldn’t be member of either team. How to get there from here? In some states we need to change the rules on how we pick our election referees. Until then we must hope that virtue and integrity overcomes partisan pressures,” said Edward B. Foley, Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law and director of Election Law @ Moritz.
Elaine Manlove, commissioner of elections for the state of Delaware, said it’s not just about doing her job, it’s about the law.
“Delaware law requires that I as well as my staff and all of the elections employees in the three county offices be non-partisan. We can’t do anything political from putting a bumper sticker on our cars to signs in our yards to campaign contributions,” Manlove said. “Having this law as a backdrop is a constant reminder to us as well as to the politicians we interact with that we remain non-partisan. It’s more than being ethical – it’s the law.”
Some elections officials, like Maryland’s Linda Lamone, felt that there are standards in place to ensure that officials remain professional and impartial.
“I think you are over-thinking this. Most election officials are very professional and adhere to the principles and standards as set out in the twodocuments…from the National Association of Election Officials.”
It’s not always easy for even the most impartial elections official to stay out of the line of fire of partisan politics.
Recently, Kevin Kennedy, who heads Wisconsin’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board has faced the glare of the media as the state struggles through a series of hyper-politicized elections administration issues including voter ID and numerous recalls. [In late 2015 the Wisconsin General Assembly voted to disband the GAB and instead replace it with two partisan boards, one that will oversee elections issues and another that will deal with ethics, campaign finance and lobbying regulations. Members of both commissions will be selected by both parties.]
For Kennedy, it’s not been about politics, it’s about doing a job that he was hired to do. He noted that his focus is on applying the law as given to him by the legislature and the courts. The political polarization he encounters is a reminder to him that decisions are not made in a vacuum.
“I think the touchstone for addressing these issues is to look at the fact this is my job. I have been entrusted with a responsibility to administer a set of duties that lies at the heart of what our government is built on,” Kennedy said.
“I have a responsibility to fairly and transparently administer elections to ensure confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. As a result, my commitment is to the voters, the candidates and the election officials to do my job in a fair and impartial manner. Anything less and I am not honoring the trust that has been given to me by the people through my appointment by the members of the Government Accountability Board.”
Johnson County, Kan. Elections Commissioner Brian Newby [now executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission] makes sure that his impartiality even trickles into his personal life. Even on the most social of all social media sites, Facebook, Newby is cautious about who he friends.
“I have a goofy internal policy that I won’t accept a social network friend request or connection if the person is a candidate at the time. I understand that once connected, an elected official can later become a candidate or a friend may later run for an office and I don’t defriend them,” Newby said. “I just wouldn’t want anyone to think I was in cahoots with a candidate by buddying up socially with a candidate. Many don’t know I have this policy so they probably think I’m just rude and also heartless when I accept a losing candidate’s request the day after the election.”
Newby won’t even affiliate with candidates for cake! He noted that recently, a good friend of his had a 50th birthday party and the friend was a candidate for office and so Newby gave his regrets because he didn’t want any perception that his attendance meant any kind of approval of his friends candidacy.
Sara Ball Johnson, former director of elections for Kentucky and now clerk for Colorado Springs, Colorado, emphasized the importance of shutting out the background noise that comes with being an elections director.
“It is even more important to be a-political now than in the past. Every little decision is made under a microscope in the election world, but that is not necessarily bad. The more open and transparent we are the better to counter act the misinformation that spreads like wild fire,” Ball Johnson said. “There is no place for partisan answers when answering questions on elections or voting.”
Ball Johnson also had some parting advice for elections officials at all levels:
- Follow the law not the rhetoric;
- Never make a decision based upon the party affiliation of the inquirer;
- Be consistent…always review the law, case law, and policy before making a decision;
- Be proactive, never ever wait for something to blow-up before you address it. If you know there is a weakness in procedure or law, work to fix it before it becomes a problem. You never want to be in court or in the media admitting you knew it was a problem but failed to try to fix it. Paper trails are your friend;
- Train, Train, Train and then Train again! I am a firm believer in constant and redundant training in all areas of election administration. Train yourself, your staff, local registrars, pubic, party officials, candidates and anyone else you can think of on the proper procedures for conducting elections;
- Always attend local, state, and national election groups conferences/training sessions. I get some of my best ideas from my colleagues. No need to reinvent the wheel, borrow an idea and make it your own; and
- Be accessible to media and never say “no comment” or refuse to return their phone calls. The media can be your friend or your enemy. Remember it takes minute for someone to say “I was disenfranchised” but it will take you several minutes to explain why they were not disenfranchised.
Election News This Week
II. Election News This Week
That’s some pig! We’ll get to that pig in a moment, but voters in New Hampshire headed to the polls this week for the first-in-the-nation primary and while there were early concerns about the impacts the state’s new voter ID law may have on turnout or the process, those fears seemed to be unfounded. There were of course lines and traffic jams. In Merrimack, the polls had to be kept open past the 8 p.m. closing time to accommodate a line of voters who were caught in a traffic jam outside of the polling place. Plymouth polling places reported lines for those who wanted to register and vote that day. In the late afternoon there was a line in Manchester that was more than 100 feet long. Oh, and as we mentioned there was a pig. It seems a 600-lb sow broke free of her enclosure and headed toward a polling place in Pelham to check out what all the fuss was about on Tuesday. After spending about 45 minutes trying to round up the pig, Pelham police eventually called the farm from where they believe the pig escaped and the farmer came to get her. No word on whether she got an “I Voted” sticker or not, but we sure hope she did! Just think of what Charlotte would have had to say about that!
- Green is the new yellow in Maricopa County, Arizona. The county is changing the color of its ballots from yellow to green because apparently in some light it is possible to see the marked yellow ballots through the ballot secrecy envelope. Apparently, you can see through yellow,” Karen Osborne, the county’s elections director told The Arizona Republic. “But you have to work real hard at it.” Osborne didn’t know what color green the ballots will be because she is color blind, but Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman told the paper that the ballots are a dark mint green.
- The Summit County, Ohio board of elections recently held an hour-long fact-finding hearing over whether or not black voters had been mistreated by white poll workers in 2015. While the board did not determine whether the incident in question actually happened, they did determine that there are practices or procedures in place to prevent an incident like the alleged one from happening and that the board would be creating new cultural and racial sensitivity practices and possibly additional training for poll workers.
- Although not mandated by law, Chicago and suburban Cook County, Illinois will offer ballots in Korean at 23 precincts that have a heavy concentration of Korean-Americans. The precincts will also have bilingual election judges available. “We are finding ways to open the doors to people to vote and make it easier, make it less intimating, less frustrating and find ways to bring people in,” State Rep. Elaine Nekriz (D-Northbrook) said at a recent press conference.
- We’ll file these under things that only happen every four years. Unaffiliated voters in Sacramento, California angrily flooded the county elections office with calls when a mailer they received did not give them the option of voting in the Republican primary. “The way I was reading this letter, I would have to chose one of the following options if I wanted to be able to vote,” Barbara Wells told CBS. But out of the three options, the Republican party was not one of them. “I almost drew a box and said ‘Republican’ next to it,” she said. Turns out there was nothing wrong with the mailer, the Republican party in California doesn’t allow unaffiliated voters cast ballots in its primary unless they want to register as a Republican. This affects about 1 in 4 voters in California. And in Massachusetts elections officials are concerned that as many as 20,000 voters who enrolled in the United Independent Party may have actually intended to register as independents and not with the small political party. Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office said that numerous emails and calls to the office by voters complaining that they had incorrectly signed up for the UIP prompted the secretary of state’s office to craft a statement on the voter registration form clarifying the difference between registering UIP and independent.
- Personnel News: Kai Schon is the new election director in the Wyoming secretary of state’s office. Schon had previously served as the state’s HAVA coordinator for eight years. Wendell Jones has retired from the Jackson County, Ohio board of elections. Sheila Mautz will serve as the interim Ontario City, California clerk. Jesse Neil has been tapped to serve on the Davidson County, Tennessee election commission. Lisa Lewis, deputy elections supervisor in Volusia County, Florida has announced that she will seek that office’s top spot. State Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) announced that he will seek the Lake County, Florida supervisor of elections seat.
- In Memoriam: Ed Lyons, Iredell County, North Carolina board of elections chairman died last week after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 55. Lyons first joined the board of elections in 2007 and was appointed chairman in 2013. Becky Galligher, director of the county board of elections said that despite Lyons’ heavy involvement with the local Republican party, when he was doing elections board business “he was gracious to everybody — he looked after both parties. My heart is just broken,” she told the Statesville Recorder & Landmark. “Ed was such a genuine person. I called him ‘the rock’.” Lyons served as treasurer of the Iredell County Republican Party and was a member of the executive committee of the N.C. Republican party. He was licensed to practice law in North and South Carolina, and was admitted to practice before the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and federal courts in the Carolinas.
III. Legislative Updates
Arizona: By a 34-23 vote, the House approved legislation that would make it a felony to return someone else’s absentee ballot with exceptions for family members, those in the same household and professional caregivers.
Colorado: The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee approved two elections-related bills this week. SB 16-107, which was unanimously approved, would require mandatory minimum training for voter registration circulators. SB 16-122 will reduce the required number of voting services and polling centers to be open the first week of early voting. It also no longer requires polling centers to be open the first Saturday of early voting.
Connecticut: Secretary of State Denise Merrill is pushing legislators to support a bill that would automatically register voters in the Nutmeg State.
Idaho: Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has proposed legislation that would allow residents in Idaho to register online to vote. The proposal would include verification through the Idaho Transportation Department’s driver’s license records.
Maine: A hearing was held this week on a proposal that would require videographers monitoring referendum signature-gathering to stand further away from polling places. The proposal, according to sponsor Sen. Bill Diamond (D-Windham) comes in response to voters who felt intimidated by people videotaping during the 2015 elections.
Maryland: By a 29-18 vote, the Maryland Senate followed in the footsteps of the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of legislation that would restore the voting rights to ex-felons who are no longer incarcerated, but may still have elements of their sentence they need to fulfill such as probation or financial restitution. The law will go into effect on March 10 and approximately 40,000 released felons will be eligible to vote in the state’s April primary.
Rhode Island: The House unanimously approved legislation to allow Rhode Island voters to register online to vote. There is currently no Senate version of the bill, although one is expected.
South Dakota: Sen. Craig Tieszen (R-Rapid City) has introduced legislation that would forbid the use of a mail-forwarding service as an address for voter registration. According to the Rapid City Journal, the bill targets nomadic recreational-vehicle owners, known as RVers, and others who use mail-forwarding services such as Americas Mailbox near Rapid City, whose address is listed by nearly 3,500 registered voters.
Washington: For the fourth time in four years, the House has approved the Washington Voting Rights Act. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Also in Washington, legislators have introduced bills for automatic voter registration for citizens who have already met voting requirements through such processes as getting enhanced driver’s licenses or getting health insurance through the state health exchange.
West Virginia: On a strict party-line vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would require voters to show a photo ID in order to vote. Acceptable IDs would include a driver’s license or state ID card, a passport, a state or government employee ID card, a student ID, a military ID or a state concealed-weapons permit.
Wisconsin: According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to eliminate the Special Registration Deputy program. The program allows help for voters have moved, changed names or are new to voting. The bill was approved in the Senate along party lines. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, Democrats support online voter registration but do not support the elimination of the deputy program.
IV. Legal Updates
Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether or not to relax the state’s lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons. According to the Des Moines Register, the court said it would hear case which could clear up longstanding confusion over which of the state’s former offenders is eligible to vote. Iowa is only one of three states that has a lifetime ban on ex-felon voting.
Mississippi: The Attorney General’s Office has taken over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed last year against five southwestern Mississippi poll workers. The Attorney General’s office stepped in after the county prosecutor and District Attorney recused themselves from the case.
North Carolina: Last week, a three-judge panel of the 1st and 12th Districts ruled that redistricting done by the Republican-lead General Assembly in 2011 was unconstitutional. The state asked for a stay of the ruling arguing that hundreds of absentee ballots had already been cast for the March 15 primary. The panel denied the state’s motion. The state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay for the upcoming election to go ahead under the current boundaries.
Ohio: A lawsuit has been filed that claims the state rules enacted in 2014 violate constitutional rights and disproportionately hurt black, Latino and poor voters. The suit claims that nearly 12 percent of absentee and provisional ballots rejected in 2014 and 2015 were rejected for reasons that have a greater impact on minority voters.
V. Tech Thursday
Alabama: Online voter registration is quite a hit in Alabama. Since an unannounced soft launch on Jan. 22 through February 5 the system has seen 27,813 users statewide either registering for the first time or updating an existing registration.
Arizona: The Arizona Secretary of State’s office has launched a new voter website just in time for the 2016 election cycle. The new site, www.arizona.vote stream lines information and makes it easy to find out how to register to vote. The website has been in the works for about a year.
California: Supervisor Scott Wienter is calling for a hearing into the city’s attempts to adopt an open-source voting system that would use off-the-shelf hardware. “We want to set a trend here and around the country toward more open and transparent voting systems,” Wiener told KQED.
Florida: According WZVN, Lee County, Florida supervisor of elections candidate Dan Sinclair claims that his team was able to hack into the county’s elections system and view personal information about voters including their voting record. Current Supervisor of Elections Sharron Harrington said the hackers hacked an old server that did not contain any sensitive information. “There was public information, but it is all public information anyhow,” she told the television station. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.
Maryland: The State Board of Elections made it official late last week and unanimously ordered early voting sites for April’s primary to use paper ballots instead of touch-screen voting machines.
Massachusetts: According to Secretary of State William Galvin, almost 70,000 people have used the state’s online voter registration portal since the first of the year to update their information or register for the first time. “The online registration figures have been phenomenal, with about 26,000 registering in the first three days of this week,” Galvin said.
Opinions This Week
VI. Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Voting Rights Act, II, III | Voter ID | Voter suppression | Millennials
Colorado: Voting machines
Maryland: Felon voting rights
Missouri: Voter ID
Montana: Campus voting site
North Carolina: Voter ID
Tennessee: Early voting
Washington: Online voter registration
Wisconsin: Online voter registration
VII. Available Funding
The Pew Charitable Trusts is inviting new members and states considering joining ERIC to apply for grants to help defray the costs of their initial outreach, which includes bulk mail service, provider charges and postage. States interested in applying for mailing grants can do so here. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 29, 2016. Instructions for submitting an application and information on the timeline and selection process are included on the application form. States that are awarded grants must join ERIC by May 31, 2016, to receive the funds.
For more information, please contact Keara Castaldo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation in American Government Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards.Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.
All units of government — federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial — from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition.
This year, the Ash Center is also once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.
The winners of the Innovations in American Government Award and the Roy and Lila Ash Award will each receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities in 2017. Top finalists will also receive monetary grants.
Applications and additional information is available here. Applications are due April 15.
VIII. Upcoming Events
Please email upcoming events — conferences, symposiums, seminars, webinars, etc. to email@example.com.
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
IX. Job Postings This Week
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Assistant Registrar, City of Manassas, Virginia — this is a part-time, “as needed” position involving registering voters; answering concerns of citizens; assisting with administration of absentee voting; and preparing, updating, and maintaining voter registration records. requirements include avalid State driver’s license, high school diploma or GED, and proficiency with general office practices, including basic computer skills. Knowledge of laws, ordinances, practices, and procedures related to elections and voter registration is a plus. Applicant must be a registered voter. Work schedule will vary throughout the year and intensify in the weeks preceding elections, and may include some weekend hours. Applicant must be available from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. or later on all election days. Salary: $15.26 per hour Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Manager, Dominion Voting Systems, San Leandro, California — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic, Customer Relations Manager, to be based in our San Leandro, California office! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; addressing and resolving customer concerns; and, identifying ways to implement preventive measures for continuous process improvement. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Democracy Fellowship, IFES, Washington, D.C. — The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) annually awards two to four Democracy Studies Fellowships to bring outstanding graduate students to Washington, D.C. to engage in democracy development research. Based at IFES’ Center for Applied Research and Learning, fellows have access to IFES experts and conduct independent research with IFES mentors for six to eight weeks. At the end of the program, fellows must complete a paper for presentation to the public or IFES colleagues. The William and Kathy Hybl Fellowship, funded by William Hybl, a former Chair and current member of IFES’ Board of Directors, and wife Kathy awards one grant to bring an outstanding U.S. or international graduate student from a university in the Rocky Mountain region to Washington to conduct research in democracy-building. The Charles and Kathleen Manatt Fellowship, funded by the late U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and former Chair of IFES’ Board of Directors, Charles Manatt, and his wife Kathleen awards a student from the American Midwest the opportunity to work with IFES experts and conduct research on democracy and governance. IFES’ Election Administration Residency is a professional enrichment program for Humphrey Fellows. This program brings one outstanding Humphrey Fellow to Washington, D.C. each year to learn more about democracy development, election administration and civic participation in the political process. Deadline: March 15. Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Registrar, City of Manassas, Virginia — Conducts local, state and federal elections and performs the duties of the General Registrar in his or her absence. Executes and supervises the recruitment, appointment, oaths, official policies, training and payroll of election officials who work the polls. Processes voter registration applications and administers absentee voting both in person and by mail, email, and fax. Creates Voter Photo IDs; programs electronic poll books for precinct use and trains election officials on their operation. Produces reports and statistics as assigned; creates official advertisements for upcoming elections and registration deadlines; prepares City election results for news media and the public. Assists the General Registrar and Electoral Board in ascertaining election results. Salary: $44,574.40-$59,072. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Montgomery County, Alabama — Director of Elections manages and oversees all operations involved in the election process of Montgomery County. This includes Montgomery County primary, primary-run off, general and other required elections such as municipal, county, state, federal and special elections. The essential functions include supervising two or more full-time employees; supervising the financial management of the Elections Center; managing the overall elections process for the county; preparing for elections; monitoring activities prior to, in preparation for and during Election Day; coordinating post-elections activities; serving as liaison with county, state, federal, and private sector groups; serving as the Absentee Elections Manager, preparing and providing voter education, and performing various activities and projects as directed by the Probate Judge. Qualified applicants will possess a master’s of public administration and four years of experience administering and conducting public elections or related political/legal activities. A doctorate of jurisprudence can substitute for two years of the experience administering and conducting public elections or the related political/legal activities experience. Salary: $62,126. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Assistant Administrator, Travis County, Texas — assists the Division Manager in strategic planning that establishes goals and objectives for the division. Oversees the daily operational activities of a divisional area. Overseas the day-to-day functions of the division, including personnel, information systems, facilities, resources planning, strategic planning and records management. Assists the Division Manager with planning, coordinating, administering and evaluating operations, staff and functions of the division. Salary: $77,956.53-$101,343.63. Deadline: February 29. 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 Specialist, Dominion Voting Systems, Chicago area — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and out-going person to join us as a, Product Specialist, in the Chicago, Illinois area. This position is responsible for the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; developing and delivering of product training curriculum and materials to customers and internal employees; and interfacing directly with 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.
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 Associate, Governance Program, Democracy Fund — The Democracy Fund seeks to hire a Program Associate to support our Governance Initiative, which is focused on how we can help major governing institutions to work more effectively in the face of increasing polarization. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our political system work better and have a strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions work. Strong candidates will be excellent writers, have strong research skills, work well with others, have an ability to think systemically, and have a proven track record of being able to get things done in a complex professional environment. As a bipartisan organization, we welcome applications from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – a willingness to work across the aisle is essential. A major area of responsibility for the Program Associate will be to work with the Program Director of our Governance Initiative in sourcing and evaluating grant opportunities, as well as working with our portfolio of grantee organizations to help them succeed. Among our existing grantees within this initiative are the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Congressional Institute, the No Labels Foundation, the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program, and the Faith & Politics Institute. Beyond grant making, Program Associates will work with the Democracy Fund team to design and implement strategies to more directly advance our goals through research, convening, and advocacy. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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