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April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

In Focus This Week

I. In Focus This Week

Survey says…
Missoula County, Montana voters are happy with elections process

By M. Mindy Moretti

It’s difficult to get people to agree on much these days, especially in the current election cycle, but voters in Missoula County, Montana seem to agree on one thing…they are pretty happy with how elections are conducted in their county and the county elections office now has the proof.

The county’s Election Advisory Committee, which is comprised of elections staff, county voters and representatives from local central committees, had many assumptions on voter behaviors and barriers, but committee members wanted definitive answers.

Working with the Political Science Department at the University of Montana, the Missoula County elections office surveyed voters to find their overall satisfaction with the voting process in the county and what, if anything was hindering the process.

“Even though we know achieving 100 percent voter turnout in an election is a challenge, it still surprises us to hear voters will not vote,” said Rebecca Connors, administrator of elections for the county. “This survey helped us identify ‘why’ voters may not vote and we can now work to encourage participation or combat the barriers that may lead to abstaining from voting.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sara Rinfret was eager to work on the project with the county.

“[A]s a professor of political science and public administration it is important to not only understand how and why individuals vote, but also unpack best practices for public administrators or in this case the county’s elections office,” Rinfret said. “And, after all, the public administration side of political science are those individuals that impact our daily lives, our next door neighbors, and hold the keys to implementing public policy in the U.S.”

Rinfret and three students began working with Connors in the Fall of 2015 to develop the survey questions.

The Election Advisory Committee and the elections office wanted to know why voters do not vote, if election costs were an issue for them and if voters were content with the current polling place set up. The University of Montana added questions that captured what voters would like to see more of, barriers to the process and if they are confident in the work the elections office does.

“The Election Advisory Committee and UM worked collaboratively throughout several months to craft these questions; ensuring there were no gaps in data or interpretation of questions,” Connors said. “The University of Montana provided superior data collection, which helped in large part to make certain this project was a success.”

Connors said in the early stages they anticipated mailing a survey to voters in January 2016, but as they researched that option, they learned that the costs involved with mailing and low response rates weren’t going to really meet their goals.

“We have an invaluable partnership with the university and wanted to further our work together to benefit all involved; especially the voters,” Connors said. “The University of Montana presented several different options: mail survey; focus groups and phone survey. The phone survey stood out as the most economical and the most reliable.”

In January 2016, they partnered with the West Research Group to conduct a phone survey. The phone survey cost $8,000 whereas a mail survey would have cost $30,000 and focus groups would have cost between $18,000 and $20,000.

Question topics ranged from voting behavior and beliefs, Missoula County election practices, and efficiency and ease of the voting process. There were 605 respondents with a +/- 4 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.

Many of the responses aligned with the county’s thoughts and Connors said the Election Advisory Committee is pleased to now work off of reliable data rather than assumptions. She said the respondents were an accurate picture of voters within Missoula County from party affiliation, age, rural and urban voters, and men and women.

“We are especially pleased to find that voters are confident in the work we do,” Connors said. “The responses will also help support future election legislation, such as bills to support online voter registration, which a strong majority of respondents would like to see happen.”

One thing that the elections office discovered is that while the trend across the state and nation for that matter, is to consolidate polling places to alleviate cost constraints, 47 percent of Missoula County voters disagreed on consolidating polling places and that costs of elections were not a top issue.

Since the county elections office is 100 percent funded by local taxpayers, Connors said she will respect that opinion.

“We want to respect that feedback and keep our current arrangements intact,” Connors said.

One thing Connors said she will be doing based on the survey is to encourage the Legislature to adopt online voter registration. A majority of those responding to the survey said they would like to see online voter registration in the county.

In addition to the information garnered from the survey, for Rinfert, it was a great opportunity for her students — one graduate and two undergraduates—who were eager to get practical skills so they can get good post-college jobs. The students helped develop the survey questions and the graphs for the final report. Rinfret their goal is to publish the results in a peer reviewed journal this summer.

“I strongly believe that it is imperative for our students to move from theory (books) to practice,” Rinfret said. “Allowing an opportunity for students to work with me on this project and the county was exciting. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for my own professors.”

Connors said the county would be interested in conducting another survey in the future and Rinfret is eager to work with other counties or possibly conduct a statewide voters satisfaction survey.

“I think it was great to see the great work that the county elections office does and to be recognized for it,” Rinfret said. “Often, public administrators are labeled in a negative light and the data presents such a positive story.”


Election News This Week

II. Election News This Week

  • Ay dios mio! Spanish-language voter guides provided by the Kansas secretary of state’s office did not match the English-language and listed an incorrect voter registration date. According to the Kansas City Star, Craig McCullah, who is in charge of the office’s publications took responsibility for the mix-up. “It was an administrative error that I am diligently working to fix,” he said. McCullah said discrepancies in registration deadlines were corrected in the online version of the guide in the past 24 hours, and the rest of the text is being sent to a professional translating service to eliminate mismatches between the English and Spanish versions.
  • State and U.S. Postal Service officials are looking into why thousands of Fulton County, Georgia residents did not receive notices from the county election’s office about polling place relocation until about two weeks after the March 1 primary — if they received them at all. The county’s director of elections and registration said that the design of the cards — with three addresses listed on them — may have lead them to being delayed.
  • The Daily Tar Heel has an interesting look at the impacts North Carolina’s voter ID law may have on transgender residents. According to the article, only those who have a doctor’s note saying they have had gender reassignment surgery are legally permitted to change their gender on their license, although they could go and get a new photo taken. “You know, going to the DMV and paying $13, I’m not sure if it’s right ahead or just behind getting a root canal,” Gerry Cohen, former special counsel of the NC General Assembly told the paper. “There shouldn’t be any kind of requirement that somebody should have to go out and have a new picture just because they’ve grown a beard or have a different gender identification.”
  • Last week, Fox’s long running reality talent show American Idol aired for the last time and President Barack Obama kicked off the show with a taped message encouraging people to register to vote. “Voting is the most fundamental and sacred right of our democracy,’ Obama said. “I believe it should be almost as easy as voting on American Idol, and we’re working on that. But when we choose not to vote, we surrender that right…Not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson, but all of our voices matter.” The day following the show, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill said the state’s online voter registration system logged 1,258 users, the site typically sees 550 users per day.
  • With the New York primary less than a week away, elections officials are bracing themselves for a potentially chaotic day with many independents not realizing that the state has a closed primary system. “I’m going to predict that a lot of Sanders people who come from the ranks of independent voters are not actually registered Democrats and they will cause lines and waits at the poll sites while they attempt to vote affidavit ballots or obtain court orders to vote,” John Conklin, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections told the New York Post. According to the paper, in New York City elections workers have been advised not to argue with insistent independents and simply provide them with an affidavit ballot. “I can tell you I’ve been in and around elections in New York City for over 30 years and this is the first time I’m hearing of people complaining about the voter registration deadlines quite this vociferously,” Michael Ryan, executive director of the New York City BOE told the paper.
  • Personnel News: Justin Clay, executive director of the Arkansas board of election commissioners has submitted his resignation, effective July 1. Linda Phillips, former Tippecanoe County, Indiana elections director has accepted the position as the new Shelby County, Tennessee elections administrator. Lafourche Parish Clerk of the Court Vernon Rodrigue will retire on June 30 after having worked every election in the parish since 1960. Elizabeth Rodgers is the new Baldwin County, Georgia chief registrar. She replaces Rick Williams who stepped down after 16 years in office to run for office himself. Joseph Czarnezki, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin clerk for eight years announced that he will not seek re-election.

Legislative Updates

 III. Legislative Updates

Connecticut: The Senate Government Administration and Elections Committee has approved a bill that would allow Connecticut’s cities and towns to reduce then number of primary day polling places. The bill was originally drafted to only apply to cities and towns of 15,000 or fewer, but was expanded to include all cities and towns. Under the legislation, any town’s registrars of voters would have the authority to reduce the number of polling stations up to 60 days before a scheduled primary.

Kentucky: A bill that would have allowed residents of Kentucky up to two weeks in advance of an election to cast their ballot has died in the Senate. The early voting bill cleared the House, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. The Kentucky County Clerk’s Association had opposed the legislation.

Maine: The Legislature has approved a bill that would move Maine to a presidential primary system instead of caucuses beginning in 2020. The bill is now on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk and while he has not said whether or not he will sign it, he has indicated his support for it.

Maryland: In the closing days of the 2016 session, by a vote of 21-24 the Senate killed legislation that would have made Maryland an automatic voter registration state. Senators opposing the bill—mostly Republicans—raised concerns that non-citizens wouldn’t be weeded out because Maryland issues them driver’s licenses. There were also privacy concerns for those who are victims of domestic abuse.

While automatic voter registration was not approved, other legislation to expand voter registration access was approved. The Freedom to Vote Act will expand voter registration opportunities to nearly every state agency and provide technical upgrades to those agencies already providing voter registration.

Massachusetts: Advocates testified on behalf of House Bill 4097 this week. Under the legislation filed by Boston Rep. Evandro Carvahlo, the secretary of state would be required to establish a system of automatic voter registration and voter registration updates for anyone doing business with a state agency or public higher education institution.

Missouri: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for the second time in as many weeks, Missouri Republican senators paused debate on a contentious voter ID measure after Democrats stalled a vote on the bill. GOP Senators said they will bring the bill back up before the May 13th adjournment.

New Mexico: Secretary of State Brad Winter clarified this week that 17-year-olds who turn 18 by the time of the general election will be allowed to vote in the state’s June primary, but since the law does not go into effect until May 18, those teens will not be allowed to vote during the first eight days of early voting.

Oregon: Members of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon have launched a petition drive to put a measure on the ballot this November that would make Benton County the first county in the state to adopt ranked choice voting.

Pennsylvania: State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette Township, introduced legislation that would require a task force be established for the purpose of studying the commonwealth’s aging voting technology. The task force would also make recommendations on future voting machine and election technology.

Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation into law that allows voters to register online to vote. The legislation directs Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office to develop an online portal to speed the voter registration process, as well as give voters the chance to edit their electoral information electronically. The legislation also require Gorbea’s office to include “experts concerning disability and usability access to websites” in the development process to ensure that it’s accessible to all and fully compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Vermont: The Senate unanimously approved legislation that could make Vermont the fourth state to implement automatic voter registration. The measure has already been approved by the House. House members reviewed the Senate bill this week and approved it. Next up, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s desk.

Legal Updates

IV. Legal Updates

Kentucky: Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams has ordered Clark County to conduct a second recount to determine who won one of three at-large seats in November. In his decision, Adams said he will appoint the recount commission and the recount manager himself.

Ohio: Although we’re almost a month past Ohio’s March 15 presidential preference primary, Secretary of State Jon Husted went to court this week seeking to overturn a judge’s ruling that kept some polls open an additional hour on the 15th. “We can’t change it at this point,” Husted spokesman Josh Eck told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Our appeal is based on principle. We don’t want this to be a precedent going forward, that this kind of order is acceptable.” The original order, which came about one minute before polls were set to close was unusual because there was no plaintiff and no hearing, Judge Susan Dlott made the decision herself after receiving phone calls from voters stuck in traffic. “It was simply too late for the order to be implemented uniformly, and the counties made best efforts in this difficult situation,” Assistant Secretary of State Matt Damschroder said in his statement to the court.

Pennsylvania: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) against the Philadelphia City commissioners for their failure to respond to inquiries about voter roll maintenance. According to The Washington Free Beacon, the lawsuit says that for the years the number of registered voters in Philadelphia exceeded the number of people registered to vote.

Utah: San Juan County has filed a countersuit in the ongoing voting rights fight between the county and the Navajo Nation over vote-by-mail. The Navajo Nation argues that be limiting voting to vote-by-mail, the county is violating the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The county’s countersuit argues that the county has already made changes to the vote-by-mail process and has plans to provide election-day voting at four locations in 2016. The countersuit also questions the standing of the seven residents in the original lawsuit.

Wisconsin: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that a lower court should consider the ACLU’s latest lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law. “The right to vote is personal and is not defeated by the fact that 99% of other people can secure the necessary credentials easily,” wrote Appeals Court Judge Frank Easterbrook. The ACLU’s suit argues that there should be an exception to the law for certain voters who an especially difficult time getting the documents they need to obtain a photo ID.

Tech Thursday

V. Tech Thursday

National Tech: The Election Initiatives at Pew Charitable Trusts this week launched the State Online Voter Registration Systems interactive. It’s an interactive look at how states implemented and offer online voter registration. The tool tracks which states offer online registration and summarizes our survey findings across five topics: legislation, development, features, access, and processing.

South Dakota: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is promoting the state’s Vote 605 app that lets registered voters look up their polling place from their phone or tablet. The app also allows voters to view their sample ballot for state and local races and find the contact information for their county auditor.

Vermont: This week, the Vermont secretary of state’s office launched a new, searchable website that allows researchers, educators and the general public to search election results dating back to 1974. The database includes more than 5,000 elections and nearly 3,000 candidates. “I’m happy that we are able to launch this new research tool today providing Vermonters with easy access to election results,” Secretary of State Jim Condos said in a statement. 

Washington: The Elections Division has launched an upgrade to the MyVote, the state’s online voter service, with an emphasis on accessibility. The new version of MyVote was developed in collaboration with the Statewide Disability Advisory Committee, which includes voters who are blind or have sight impairment; the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library; election experts in Washington and other states; and designers and application developers. MyVote was independently tested for usability, using 14 different combinations of internet browsers and screen readers. “We want to put quality information in the hands of voters across the state to help them make voting choices,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.

Opinions This Week

VI. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Internet voting | Voter ID | One person, one vote | Instant runoff voting | U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Arizona: Primary problems

California: Primary problems | Voter registration | Primary costs

Florida: Election readiness

Georgia: Special elections

Guam: Voting rights

Kansas: Kris Kobach, II, III

Kentucky: Early voting

Nevada: Primary v. caucuses

New York: Voter registration, II | Polling places | Voting laws

Ohio: Voter roll purge, II

Pennsylvania: Voter roll purge

Virginia: Voting machines

Washington: Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: Primary problems | Voter ID, II, III | Voting delays

Available Funding/Awards

VII. Available Funding/Awards

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.

Upcoming Events

VIII. Upcoming Events

EAC Public Hearing on Accessibility — EAC will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from election administrators and voters with disabilities about accessible voting and the progress made since passage of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).  The objective of the hearing is to hear from voters with disabilities regarding their voting experiences, highlight EAC resources, and help election officials prepare for the 2016 elections. Where: Boston. When: April 27. For more information, click here.

Election Center Special Workshop — “The Calm Before the Storm” is an Election Center special workshop that will cover issues such as media relations in a presidential year (including a discussion on press releases), tips and reasons for gathering data; voter registration and elections litigation update, updated information from the USPS, vote-by-mail and other issues and the impacts polls and media projections have on election administrators. There will also be two CERA/CERV/CEM core courses 3 and 4 and Renewal Course 24. When: April 27-May 1. Where: Kansas City, Kansas. For more information and to register, click here.

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. The elections portion will include: Politics 2016: State Election Preview, Evaluating Elections, What to Do If You’ve Got a Disputed Election, Technology: Improving Elections One Bit or Byte at a Time? And Helping our Military Vote.  When: Aug. 8-11. Where: Chicago. For more information and to register, click here.

Job Postings This Week

IX. Job Postings This Week
electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link tommoretti@electionline.org. Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

Ballot Receiving Specialist, Arapahoe County, Colorado — reporting directly to the Elections Manager – Operations, this employee performs a variety of clerical and customer service work which ensures compliance with statutes and mandates that govern election operations in Arapahoe County. Experience of applicant selected will determine which role — ballot receiving specialist, senior ballot receiving specialist or ballot receiving lead — they will fill. The ballot receiving specialist is is an entry-level positions in the Elections division. This entry-level position should be able to work independently most of the time after an appropriate amount of training. The Ballot Receiving Specialist is distinguished from upper level positions by the degree of work experience and having a basic knowledge of the election process. The senior ballot receiving specialist is the second level position for the Election Division. This position will master the Ballot Receiving Specialist position. The Sr. Ballot Receiving Specialist is distinguished from upper level positions by the degree of work experience and having an intermediate knowledge of State election statute and Colorado Secretary of State Election Rules. And the ballot receiving lead is the third level positions for the Elections Division. This position will master the Ballot Receiving Specialist position and the Sr. Ballot Receiving Specialist. Additionally, the Ballot Receiving Lead has overall responsibility for all areas of ballot receiving, ballot security teams, the mail ballot sorting equipment (Agilis), and Health Care Facilities. Salary: $33,664-$52,802 annually. Deadline: April 18. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Relations Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico–Dominion Voting is searching for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and hands-on Customer Relations Associate for our Albuquerque, NM office. The key responsibilities for this role will be to manage one or more customer accounts to include product support, problem resolution, and placing product and service orders. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing customer projects such as election support, new product implementations, upgrades, and providing superior customer service. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. 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.

Customer Relations Manager, New Jersey (Remote) — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Customer Relations Manager to work remotely and be based in New Jersey! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; address and resolve customer concerns; and, identify 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.

Elections Administrative Assistant, McLennan County, Texas —McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections administrative assistant. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintain polling location information, standard list of voters and petition verification in VEMACS; operates BOSS (ballot software), which includes precinct definitions, district definitions, contest and translation, and MBB (mobile ballot box) production; prepares and records election telephone message in English. Coordinate Spanish translations; records audio in English for ballot preparation; Coordinates Spanish translation and audio recording for ballot preparation; assists with ballot proofing, including contest/candidate spellings, district/precinct associations, ballot styles and election code requirements; oversees voting equipment inventory; prepares voting equipment for early voting and Election Day, which includes polling location assignment, diagnostic evaluation, and zero reports; organizes, supervises, and participates in voting equipment distribution for Election Day. Conducts back up and reset of electronic voting equipment; prepares and prints poll books and standard/customized list of voters in Crystal Reports; coordinates public tests for each election; coordinates daily closeout procedures for early voting, including distribution of information to media, candidates and public; operates TALLY (tabulation software), which includes election reporting, supervision of provisional ballots, and write-in candidate tabulation; collects, stores, and submits SOS required reports, back ups, and audit logs for each election; assigns, trains and coordinates troubleshooters for voting equipment; diagnose and performs minor repairs on voting equipment ; and attends vendor training to improve knowledge of election equipment. Salary: $1,452.10-$1,886.41 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, McLennan County, Texas — McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections specialist. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: review voter registration applications; process – Data Input – permanent records for all New Applications, Changes, Cancellations, Purges from the State, County, Cities; image all documents; send Correspondence, Recruit Workers and Maintain Lists of Election Workers, Polling Places; send Confirmation Cards on Suspended VR; review special request applications or problem apps and reply; create Voter Registration Reports from VEMACS; help incoming customers with applications, corrections and printing of new VR cards; and answer phones, handle questions and answers. Salary: $937.51-$1,306.26 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician, Wayne County, North Carolina — installs hardware and software, manages system upgrades, and coordinates with county IT department. Implements upgrades and/or updates to the State Election Information Management Software (SEIMS) as provided by the State Board of Elections. Manages voting equipment to include inventory, preparation of voting equipment and systems for elections, delivery and return of equipment for each election, and general maintenance or oversight of maintenance in accordance with federal and state regulations. Trains and supervises small technical work group during voting equipment preparation for polling location and as Election Day support. Prepares and administers polling location computerized poll books and voting tabulation software. Inspects and prepares supplies for each polling location prior to each election. Supervises temporary and part time elections workers. Conducts voting machine training for both technical and user level. Administers and maintains county elections website. Salary: $40,994-$63,937. Deadline: April 15, 2016. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Board of Elections — seeking qualified applicants for Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government. Incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board, as the primary management official, directs program operations and support activities associated with election operations including the conduct of elections and agency administration.  Provides leadership and direction to subordinate divisions in the areas of voter registration and services, administration and support.  Represents the Board in the management of financial, material, and personnel resources, including administering the agency’s independent personnel authority; providing oral or written support information for formal hearings and meetings through guidance and specialized oral or written backup information; assists the Board and the General Counsel in developing legislative proposals affecting agency operations in the delivery of elections services. Advanced degree in policy administration/and or law preferred, work experience in governmental organization(s) and election processes; and comprehensive background in election administration, organizational development, administration and supervision. Applicant should possess the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.  Excellent salary and benefits.  District of Columbia residency requirements is required. Application: For immediate consideration, please send confidential CV and Cover Letter to dhudson@thechoiceinc.com

HR Intern, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-driven and passionate HR Intern to join our team in our downtown Denver office! This position will be responsible for understanding and executing on the Company’s Compliance requirements – the foundation of HR. In addition to gaining full understanding of Compliance requirements, the HR Intern will work closely with the HR Manager and HR Generalist to gain exposure to the full breadth of the HR function within a fast-paced, global, high-tech environment! Salary: Negotiable hourly rate 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-skilled and enthusiastic Hardware Engineer III to join us in our downtown Toronto office! This role will be responsible for contributing as a lead member of the mechanical engineering team to develop new products from concept to production, as well as supporting production runs and any field requirements for existing and legacy products. New products are designed and developed in an Agile environment using time to market concepts and robust design techniques! This position will also be responsible for successfully partnering with our contract manufactures. Salary: Negotiable hourly rate 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.

Product Manager, Clear Ballot — product management is the hub around which all other functions orbit. It is uniquely positioned as an internal customer and supplier of and to Engineering, Business Development, Compliance/Certification, Field Operations, and Executive Management. Responsibilities include: Maintain on-going conversations with relevant stakeholders (Clear Ballot staff, regulators, activists, prospective customers, alpha/beta customers, existing customers, and staff at technology leaders such as Intel) to define product requirements; hold twice yearly or event driven cross functional meetings to set requirements and timelines for future product releases, in both hardware and software; work with the CTO, COO, and VP, Products to ensure a cohesive product strategy that aligns with market driven dates and manifests appropriate functionality and peripheral products within the voting system; drive a requirements and solutions set across development teams (primarily Development/Engineering, Product Documentation, and Marketing Communications) through market requirements, product contract, and positioning; maintain a Product Roadmap and a product requirements database; and analyzing potential partner relationships for the product. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Specialist, Chicago, Illinois area (Remote) — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and out-going Product Specialist to work remotely and be based in the Chicago, IL area! This position will be responsible for the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; development and delivery of product training curriculum and materials to customers and internal employees; and interface 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.

Software Developer II, Denver, Colorado & Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly technical and passionate Software Developer II to be based in either our downtown Denver office or our downtown Toronto office! This position will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to design development, coding, testing and debugging of new voting system software and/or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. This position will work on a team utilizing an Agile development environment. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System Support 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.


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