In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
Signs of the super things to come?
Voters headed to the polls in record numbers this week for Super Tuesday
Although absentee ballots are still arriving from overseas and provisional ballots are still being verified, for voters, depending on where they lived and which party they voted for, Super Tuesday, was indeed super in some places, in others, it was just meh.
And for elections officials, who no doubt think every election is super, Tuesday’s contests in the nine states holding primaries (Alaska-GOP, America Samoa-Dems, Colorado and Minnesota all held caucuses), were a mixed bag as well with some jurisdictions registering few if any problems and others being forced to apologize for long lines and delayed results.
In the newsletter last week, we mentioned 10 things that we would be keeping any eye on this week and while there were issues with almost all 10, there were no systematic problems. Here’s a rundown of how Super Tuesday played out in the nine states, but before we get to that, we think Payne County, Oklahoma Assistant Secretary of Elections Dondee Klein best summed up how elections officials felt on Tuesday when she spoke to the Stillwater News Press late on Tuesday evening.
“Thursday’s for being tired,” Klein told the paper and then from somewhere in the room someone added, “And margaritas on Friday!”
This biggest news out of Alabama, was there was no news. The state rolled out its voter photo ID for the first time during a presidential election and at press time, we found no reports of voters experiencing any issues with lack of or type of idea.
The day was not without issues though. Throughout much of the day, the state’s voter website, AlabamaVotes.gov experienced slow-down problems as it struggled to keep up with the traffic of a record-setting primary.
In Gadsden, a man was arrested outside of a polling place for yelling at voters and using abusive language.
Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on things in Lauderdale County when storms caused power outages for about an hour a one polling place. Approximately 200 voters were able to successfully cast their ballots when the power was out.
In Montgomery County, there were reports of voting machine malfunctions at two precincts during the early morning voting hours, but voters were able to continue voting using other machines.
On election night, Madison County experienced technical difficulties that kept the full results from being available until close to 11:30 p.m. According to the county Elections Administrator Frank Barger, there was an issue with conveying election results onto the digital platforms used by the website.
Several counties launched vote centers for the first time this week and four counties pilot tested new voting systems and according to published reports, there were few, if any problems with either.
In Pulaski County, some of the batteries used for voting machines had to be replaced sooner than expected and some polling places ran out of ballots late in the day. Voters were instructed to use the electronic voting machines.
There were reports of voter ID issues in at least four counties in Arkansas. According to KHBS, a voter in Sebastian County was turned away for not having an ID, but Election Commissioner Meghan Hassler told the television station that it was a mistake on the part of the poll worker. Hassler told the station that the turned away voter did come back to cast their ballot.
Results were delayed in Crawford County due to a glitch in the machinery that kept volunteers counting ballots until 3 a.m. And in Jefferson County, officials blamed the results delay on new poll workers and long ballots.
Record-breaking early voting numbers in the Peach State did not diminish the number of voters that showed up on Super Tuesday. In Lee County, poll workers were shocked by the voter turnout saying that they had never seen that many voters at a primary before.
Voters in one Atlanta-area polling place expressed concerns when they were given paper ballots to use instead of being able to use one of the electronic voting machines. According to the precinct manager, the machines were programmed for the wrong precinct. So voters had a choice. They could either stay and vote on paper or they could come back later.
Officials in Gwinnett County are investigating reports that Latino voters may have been mistreated at one of the county’s polling places.
Although they were done before the 11 p.m. news, results were delayed in Macon-Bibb and local elections officials chalked that up to heavy turnout and new precinct managers.
The probable record turnout in Massachusetts was punctuated with back rubs and bake sales, but probably the biggest news coming out of the Commonwealth on Tuesday was whether or not former President Clinton violated state electioneering laws — he did not, barely.
Aside from that, things went relatively smoothly despite large crowds of voters at some polling locations. New voting machines in Wareham did well, although some voters in Carver were confused about the process and who they could/couldn’t vote for in the primary.
In Salem where Hispanic voters had recently complained about hostility at the polls, things seemed to be professional and congenial on Tuesday.
According to the Oklahoma State Election Board, turnout in the Sooner State was 39.5 percent which is a record for a presidential preference primary. And those big numbers of course created lines at some polling places.
The day did not start off well in Tulsa when voting machines did not function properly and some voters were incorrectly turned away from the polls. Assistant Elections Secretary Martha Bales said that poll workers had received the proper training and instructions on what to do in the event of a machine malfunction, but that one poll worker did not follow procedures. “Sometimes when they get out to the precincts, they just seem to forget some of the information,” she told Tulsa World. There were also issues in other Tulsa precincts that had been consolidated or moved from one location to another.
Some voters in Edmond reported waiting in line up to 45 minutes to cast their ballot, this was of course if they were able to find a place to park. According to Fox25, there were no complaints though, just voters happy to have their voices heard.
In Sterling, even though the entire town was without power, including the polling locations, voters still went to the polls in large numbers and were greeted by poll workers who used sunlight and flashlights as their guide.
Heavy turnout was the rule of the day in Tennessee following a record number of people turning out for early voting. And like other states many of the problems reported in Tennessee on Super Tuesday stemmed from turnout.
In Hendersonville, the polls remained open for hours after closing time in order to accommodate those in line. In Franklin, lines were out the door at times as voters patiently waited, sometimes in the rain, to cast their ballots.
Memphis and Knoxville both experienced significant issues on Super Tuesday prompting the Knox County elections administrator to say that he will ask for money and more election workers for November.
It only seems fitting that the largest state in the lower 48 also experienced the most problems on Tuesday and most of those problems stemmed from large turnout.
In El Paso County, where long lines forced some voters to turn away before casting a ballot, County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise blamed some of the problems on lack of poll workers who called in sick. “I hate to hear that voters left because lines were too long and we’re really going to work with our judges on how to handle long lines,” Wise told a local television station.
Officials in Bexar County, Harris County and Denton County all experienced issues due to overwhelming turnout on Tuesday. In Denton County the polls were forced to stay open late in order to allow everyone in line to vote. In Dallas, one GOP polling place ran out of ballots due to demand whereas other Dallas-area polling places saw light turnout.
Although county officials run the party primaries in Texas, it’s up to the parties to choose polling locations and that caused some issues for voters in Nueces County.
Vote centers in Lubbock County performed well on Tuesday.
Due to a late opening, one polling place in Hidalgo County was ordered to stay open.
Williamson County officials struggled to dispel rumors about vote flipping. The county did not receive any complaints from voters or poll workers, but people reporting that their vote was flipped called into a local radio station to report the issues.
Some counties like Smith and Hale cited the large turnout and lines for the reason why results were delayed on Tuesday night.
And because there is always one person who wants to cause a scene simply because they can, one voter create some issues in a Houston-area polling place when he came in with what turned out be an empty gun holster. The voter, who was also a Republican election judge, said he wore the empty holster in protest since he cannot bring his gun into a polling place.
Although turnout was high, it wasn’t record-breaking in the home state of candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary of State Jim Condos reported that there were few, if any problems with casting ballots.
It was a double whammy for the Commonwealth this primary season as some counties launched new voting equipment for the first time in a presidential election and voter ID was required statewide for the first time in a presidential primary. Despite what could have been a recipe for disaster, things went relatively well on Tuesday in the Old Dominion State. Although there were isolated issues throughout the state, there was nothing systematic.
Some of those isolated issues involved confusion over polling places and voting precinct alignments in Roanoke. Prince William County voters also experienced some confusion over new polling places.
In Richmond there were concerns about ballots being placed in a duffle bag instead of a ballot counting machine. Turns out the machine was inaccessible and until the machine could be accessed, the ballots were held in a secure duffle bag.
Arlington County ran out of GOP ballots and had to make new ballots on a photocopier. No voter was denied a ballot while the copies were being made.
Augusta County continued to struggle with ADA-complaint polling places a year after the U.S. Department of Justice notified the county about deficiencies.
Although campus polling locations can be fraught with controversy, the new polling site at James Madison University saw more than 1,000 voters on Tuesday and had the third-highest turnout in all of Harrisonburg.
Election News This Week
II. Election News This Week
- The Blackfeet Tribe recently sent a letter to Pondera County, Montana officials saying the county’s recent offer of 10 hours of in-person access to late registration and absentee balloting in Heart Butte was unacceptable. The letter also said non-Indian, off-reservation Pondera County residents have a 19-1 advantage over Blackfeet Tribal members in ballot access. County officials say they do not have staffing that would be required for the request of a satellite voting office on the reservation for 30 days prior to the election. “Native American tribal members in Montana have unequal access to voting, early voting, in-person absentee, late registration,” Tom Rodgers, a lobbyist for Native American issues told MTPR.
- Only time will tell how this affects elections offices, but unless Congress or the courts intervene, the cost of a first-class postage stamp will actually fall $.02 on April 10. And while on the surface this may seem like a good thing, the United States Postal Service is warning that it could actually be a disaster for the self-funded agency. “The exigent surcharge granted to the Postal Service last year only partially alleviated our extreme multi-year revenue declines resulting from the Great Recession, which exceeded $7 billion in 2009 alone,” Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said in a statement. “Removing the surcharge and reducing our prices is an irrational outcome considering the Postal Service’s precarious financial condition.”
- Speaking of postage, in Utah Summit County Chief Deputy Clerk Kellie Robinson told the Park Record that with most of the state’s counties already voting by mail that Summit would have the support necessary to make the switch. “It has just been the last couple of years that everyone has started moving in that direction. The clerks had a talk last year about coming up with a plan and it’s just easier if we all use the same system,” Robinson told the paper. In Iron County, the county commission recently approved new return envelopes in order to increase ballot privacy. The envelopes will have two gum strips and also feature an affidavit for the voter to sign.
- Members of Cook County, Illinois’ Chinese community are prepared to help members of the Korean community with the transition to bilingual elections materials. “The Chinese community stands by the Korean community, and we will do our best to share our experiences with them to help them ease into a translated voting experience,” said C.W. Chan, chair of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. “There are many challenges ahead, but [sample translated ballots] is just the first stepping stone.” Cook will be providing sample ballots in Korean in the upcoming March 15 primary.
- This week, Vote Riders, the League of Women Voters and the NAACP joined up with Dane County, Wisconsin elections officials and others to kick off the country’s very first Voter ID Awareness Month. “We’re gearing up for April,” Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell told The Capital Times. “We’re really focused on November as well. I think there will be more voters who are not aware of the law, and this is part of an overall strategy to educate them in advance.” The coalition will provide rides to get people to the Department of Motor Vehicles for ID cards or driver’s licenses and mount an education campaign. Following this inaugural outing, Vote Riders will produce a toolkit for other localities to use.
- We don’t know whether to laugh or cry. In a special Super Tuesday edition of late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s popular “Lie Witness News” segment, producers for the show interviewed people on the streets of Los Angeles about whether or not they had voted on Super Tuesday. Numerous people responded about what their voting experiences had been like that day. Problem is California voters don’t go to the polls until June 7.
- And electionline would just like to give a shout out to Michael Ertel, supervisor of elections for Seminole County, Florida. We’re on his email list and are thoroughly enjoying his daily updates on early voting. Not only are they super informative about the process, but they’ve occasionally been pretty funny. Elections are serious business, but it’s always good to have a sense of humor about things when you can.
- Personnel News: James Hartleyhas been recommended to serve on the Lucas County, Ohio board of elections. Michael J. Shaheen has been elected to the Belmont County, Ohio board of elections. Dave Wondolowski has been sworn in to the Cuyahoga County, Ohio board of elections. Rhine McLin and Tom Young have been appointed to the Montgomery County, Ohio board of elections. Ann McFall, longtime Volusia County, Florida supervisor of elections is moving up her planned retirement to May 3. Gov. Rick Scott will need to appoint an elections official until the November election. Sheritta Johnson has filed to run for the St. Lucie County, Florida supervisor of elections position. Brenda Hill has been elected chairman of the Lucas County, Ohio board of elections. Waupaca County, Wisconsin Clerk Mary Robbins announced this week that she will retire. Megan Lee is the new director of elections of the Meigs County, Ohio board of elections. Rod Hedges and Bill Henderson have been reappointed to the Hocking County, Ohio board of elections. Republican Corey Stapleton has officially filed to run for Montana secretary of state.
- In Memoriam: Malcolm Gardner, Jr. was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday while on his way to work as an poll worker in Hanover County, Virginia. He was 76. According to Deputy Registrar Sheilah Frattini, Gardner was scheduled to serve as a ballot attendant/greeter at Patrick Henry High School. “He was just a great gentleman,” she told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He was just in for our Election Day training last Thursday.” Frattini said Gardner regaled her and others with stories of being an engineer and working for the government. “…he knew so much about history,” Frattini said.
III. Legislative Updates
California: A bill drafted by two Berkeley students and introduced by legislators from the Bay Area would automatically register to vote California college students attending one of the state’s public colleges and universities when they sign up for classes. “These students want to see more of their friends and colleagues registered to vote and educated about the voting process,” Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) told the Los Angeles Times. “They did their research and found a great solution to get more young people registered and to the polls, and I look forward to working with them on this worthy effort.”
Colorado: This week the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee killed legislation, on a 5-4 party line vote, that would have required Coloradans to show a photo ID in order to vote.
Kentucky: Senate Bill 169 that would prohibit electioneering 100 feet from polling places instead of the current 300 as well as require challenges to absentee ballots returned by mail be delivered to the county clerk’s office before 8 a.m. on Election Day was recently approved by the Senate and now moves to the House.
New Hampshire: A bill to give voting rights to incarcerated felons was approved by the Elections Law Committee 15-3 and now heads to the full House for debate.
New Mexico: Voters in Clovis voted overwhelmingly to approve amending the city charter to require voters to present a photo ID when casting ballots in city elections. The vote was 2,036-666. According to the Clovis News Journal, city commissioners still must work out the details about which IDs will be accepted.
New York: Legislation is pending in the New York City Council that would require the city board of elections to send all eligible voters in the five boroughs a voter history card that would tell people how many elections they voted in and how many they’ve missed. “As far as I’m concerned, true democracy exists not when people can vote, but when people do vote,” Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) told the Daily News. He said he felt compelled to introduce the bill, which has its first hearing in the Council on Monday, because of New York’s abysmal voter participation rate.
Also in New York but at the state level, the Senate voted this week to consolidate state and federal primaries (but not the presidential preference primary) to a single date in August. The Assembly had approved legislation to move the primaries to June.
Ohio: Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected the initial paperwork of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required automatic voter registration with driver’s license applications and renewals. In his letter, DeWine said the amendment was poorly written and could be interpreted to allowing 16-year-olds to vote.
U.S. Virgin Islands: A bill to consolidate the boards of elections of St. John-St. Thomas and St. Croix into one board and reduce the membership from 14 to nine has been held in committee.
Washington: According to the Yakima Herald, a proposed state Voting Rights Act that has languished for years in the state Legislature now appears to have bipartisan support in the Senate. Late last week the bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security.
Also in Washington, by a 47-0 vote, the Senate approve a bill that keeps the secretary of state’s name off the state voter pamphlet in his/her official capacity and also keeps the county auditor’s name off ballot envelopes and other accompanying materials. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.
IV. Legal Updates
Arizona: U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby has ruled that county council voting districts in San Juan County are unconstitutional. The districts were redrawn in 2011 were gerrymandered in such a way to dilute the Navajo voting power despite the fact that Navajo voters are the majority in the county.
Kentucky: A federal grand jury has charged that several people conspired to buy votes for Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles Hardin and the county clerk in the 2014 election cycle. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the indictment is the first to publicly name Hardin and Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd as the alleged beneficiaries of vote-buying.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the secretary of state’s office to add a Democratic presidential candidate’s name to the March 8th ballot. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had refused to put the name on the ballot since absentee and military and overseas voting had already begun. Hosemann told Mississippi Public Broadcasting that the costs to add the name will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Utah: Seven residents and the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission have filed suit against San Juan County for violating the Voting Rights Act over the county’s move to vote-by-mail. The suit claims that vote-by-mail “unreasonably hinders” Navajo citizens’ ability to vote on equal terms with white voters. “Navajo is a traditionally unwritten language,” according to the lawsuit, and the mail-only system fails to “provide adequate oral assistance to limited English-proficient Native American voters.” The lawsuit also claims that vote-by-mail relies on an unreliable U.S. Postal Service.
Virginia: The trail against the state’s voter ID law continued this week and even though it was Super Tuesday in the Commonwealth, several former state and local elections officials testified that they were not aware of any eligible voter who had been denied their right to cast a ballot due to lack of ID.
Wisconsin: A complaint filed in federal court alleges flaws at the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles are preventing residents from getting the necessary ID in order to vote. According to the Wisconsin Gazette the complaint outlines more than a dozen policies making voting more challenging for eligible citizens.
V. Tech Thursday
National Tech: Votem, a Cleveland, Ohio-based mobile voting company recently purchased the ABVote product line from Michigan-based Konnech, Inc. ABVote which includes online and mobile voter registration is used by Montana and the District of Columbia. “We are so pleased to add the ABVote product line as a complement to our Mobile Voting Platform (MVP),” Pete Martin, CEO of Votem said in a statement. “Eugene Yu and his team have built outstanding products for the mobile and online voting space.”
Also on the national front, Stateline has a piece about the rising costs state and local governments are facing with replacing aging voting equipment.
California: As of this week, all 58 California counties are now part of VoteCal, the statewide voter registration database. The project cost $98 million and has been more than a decade in coming. According to the Los Angeles Times, the VoteCal database will undergo a battery of operational testing to sort out any remaining problems before being officially certified in June. But the final hookup to Stanislaus and Monterey counties Monday marked an important milestone.
Also in California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla testified before a Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments committee about the state’s aging voting equipment. Padilla wants the state to foot more of the $450 million bill to replace the equipment.
Florida: Voters in Flagler County casting their ballots at one of the county’s three early sites will be using the county’s new ballot-on-demand system for the first time. The new printers were paid for with HAVA funds. Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart told FlagerLive that ballot-on-demand printers (which look no different than ordinary office printers) have already saved taxpayers nearly $6,500 in ballot printing costs. “It is my mission to reduce costs and improve the elections experience in Flagler County,” she said.
Nebraska: The Gage County board voted unanimously this week to purchase new ballot-counting equipment. “We have issues with slow ballots, jamming, it stops. It does read correct — I want to make sure everyone knows we do not have a problem with reading the ballots and totaling the votes,” County Clerk Dawn Hill told the Beatrice Daily Sun. Hill said that the new equipment will speed up the process and work with ballots that are sometimes a bit messy since, well voters are sometimes a bit messy.
Opinions This Week
VI. Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Voter ID, II | Voting rights, II, III, IV | Vote-by-mail | Voter suppression | Future of voting | Internet voting, II | Automatic voter registration
Alabama: Voter ID
California: Voter registration | Voting system | Special elections
Georgia: Primary date
Guam: Election commission funding
Kansas: Proof-of-citizenship, II
Maryland: Automatic voter registration, II, III | Ex-felon voting rights
Mississippi: Voter ID
New Mexico: Secretary of state position | Voter ID
New York: Undocumented voting rights
Tennessee: Humor when voting
Texas: Student voters | Vote-by-mail
Vermont: Election workers
Virginia: Polling places | Voting experience
Washington: Voting Rights Act | Voter registration
Wisconsin: Voter ID
VII. Available Funding/Awards
Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who demonstrate unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy. IFES presents the Democracy Award annually to three individuals: a Republican, a Democrat and a member of the international community.
The recipients of the Democracy Award embody the character and spirit of former U.S. Ambassador and IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt. Manatt served as Chairman of IFES’ Board of Directors from 1993 to 1999 and was a distinct leader, dedicated to spreading democracy around the world and nurturing the next generation of political leaders.
The three Democracy Awards are presented in a single ceremony each year. To nominate someone, click here.
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
NACRC/IACREOT Annual Conference — the 2016 annual conference—the last to be held under the NACRC/IACREOT banner will feature plenary sessions, a trade show, committee and board meeting, awards breakfast, annual banquet and a ballgame. When: June 25-30. Where: Memphis, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.
National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference — NASS will hold its annual summer meeting in Nashville this year. Agenda programming will include: policy discussions on important issues facing secretaries of state, idea-sharing panels highlighting best practices in state programming, sessions designed for professional development and networking, induction of national officers for the 2016-2017 cycle and excursions to explore Tennessee and learn more about the culture and state government. When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.
National Association of State Election Directors Summer Conference— the 2016 NASED summer conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Details about the event are still being hammered out, so be sure to check the website often. When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, click here.
National Association of Counties Annual Conference — NACo’s Annual Conference and Exposition provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association. The 2016 Annual Conference is hosted by Los Angeles County. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Attending the Annual Conference provides member county officials with the opportunity to vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; learn more about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors. When: July 22-25. Where: Long Beach, California. For more information and to register, click here.
National Conference of State Legislators Summer Meeting — the 2016 Legislative Summit will be held in Chicago and will feature standing committee/issue meetings, genera sessions, programming for legislative staff, the NCSL Business Meeting, a prayer breakfast, a walk for wellness and a bipartisan bike ride. When: Aug. 8-11. Where: Chicago. 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 a valid 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.
Clerk-Recorder Services Manager, Contra Costa County, California— this management position reports to the assistant clerk-recorder and acts in the place of the assistant clerk-recorder in his/her absence. Position is responsible for assisting the assistant clerk-recorder in planning, organizing, directing and managing the day-to-day activities of the clerk-recorder division; the development, establishment, implementation and evaluation of the county clerk and county recorder policies and procedures according to California Codes, applicable laws, rules, procedures, court cases, regulations and ordinances that affect the county clerk and county recorder. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and understanding of the entire clerk and recorder processes, appropriate laws, codes and regulations as well as working knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships of each of the sections of the division. Strong management and administrative skills re required.Salary: $6,459-$7,851 monthly.Deadline: March 4.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.
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 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.
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