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May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

In Focus This Week

I. In Focus This Week

Virginia Election Data Project
Project provides tool to ID strengths and challenges in local elections offices

By M. Mindy Moretti

This week, the Virginia Department of Elections released the Virginia Election Data Project, a cooperative effort between the department and local registrars with assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts Election Initiatives.

The project analyzes election and voter data provided to the Department by local election offices and presents the data visualized in a user-friendly online format.

“Like most election offices, we house a huge amount of data,” explained Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of elections. “While much of it is personal information that needs to be kept securely, there are ways we can be transparent about the data related to election processes to help the public understand election administration better. This is a way for us to use objective data to improve how we administer elections by figuring out best practices and sharing them across the state.”

The department created a working group of local election officials to provide feedback and guidance during development of the project. The working group consisted of Tammy Alexander, electoral board member, City of Petersburg; April Cain, electoral board member, Henrico County; Lisa Jeffers, director of elections, City of Waynesboro; Bill Lewis, electoral board member, City of Hampton; Margaret Marcenelle, electoral board member, Mecklenburg County; John Nunnaly, electoral board member, Caroline County; Donna Patterson, general registrar, City of Virginia Beach; Greg Riddlemoser, director of elections, Stafford County; and Allison Robbins, director of elections, Wise County.

“This project provides a useful tool for identifying strengths and challenges in local election offices.  We are building on the long history of working together as an election community to identify ways to better serve our voters,” Donna Patterson, City of Virginia Beach general registrar and a member of the working group, said in a statement.

The idea to partner with Pew came from Pew’s Election Performance Index and wanting to undertake a similar project but at the state level.

Before starting this project, the team at Pew knew that Virginia had exemplary election data and the state makes a lot of it available to the public on their website. But they also knew that making data public isn’t enough to influence policy change or inform the public.

“In Virginia’s case, unless someone had the software and skills to analyze the data that they posted to their website then it was not easy to interpret,” explained Heather Creek, research officer with Pew. “In order to make the data useful to local election officials, legislators, the media, and the public, Edgardo and James [Alcorn, chairman of the State Board of Elections] wanted to create interactive visuals to compare metrics over time and across jurisdictions.”

The technical assistance provided by Pew was free and the only costs involved for the department were the time and effort by existing staff.

The data gathered will help the department and general registrars prepare for November 2016 and beyond. The department and the SBE will use this data to identify general registrars with the best election administration practices and share them across the state. 

“I think the most surprising was related to voter registration and how people are choosing to register,” Cortes said. “For the first time ever, voters are registering more through our online registration tool than through the DMV.  That is a huge change in how Virginia voters interact with the process and is indicative of a shift to conducting election related transactions online.” 

The data also shows registration activity is higher during the first part of this year than it was in 2012, suggesting the state needs to prepare for increased registration activity this year.

Cortes added that the apparent shift to online transactions is definitely bringing changes to local elections offices and will lead to how offices are staffed, how file systems are maintained, and other election office operations.

Creek said that review election administration within a state can tell a more nuanced story about what’s happening.

“For instance, in the EAVS the state reports the number of absentee ballots that were cast, but their system also includes data on the date that an absentee ballot request was received from a potential voter and the date that the local elections staff processed that request and mailed the ballot,” Creek explained. “By knowing the variation in absentee ballot processing times across jurisdictions, the state can learn from the practices of the most efficient jurisdictions and offer guidance to jurisdictions that might need support.”

While Pew is working with several other states to assess their local election data, develop metrics that will help them make policy and administrative decisions, and visualize the data in a way that makes it transparent to the public and useable by local election officials, this is the first project that has been publicly released.

“Some states that we’re working with already have a well-organized, central election database and just need some guidance on the process of developing and visualizing metrics,” Creek said. “Other states have asked us to work with them on evaluating their election data to identify areas where they can standardize data collection practices across their local jurisdictions and improve data management and reporting as a precursor to developing useable metrics.”

Creek said Pew is open to discussing this work with any state that is interested, whatever the nature of their election data.

“Analyzing and visualizing election data has a number of benefits. Tracking metrics over time creates a baseline so that officials can measure the impact of policy and budget changes. They can also identify potential problem areas and head them off before they become crises (or lawsuits),” Creek said.

This type of project can inform conversations between election officials and legislators, as well as local budget authorities, so that policy and budgets are evidence-based. It is also a tool, Creek noted, that empowers local election officials, many of which do not have the staff or software to conduct regular data analysis, to track trends in their jurisdictions. They can use this data to evaluate their administrative operations, increase efficiency, and improve customer service.

And Cortes would recommend it to any state that is not already analyzing their data at this level.

“Election offices should find creative ways to use the data they have available to inform the public and policy makers about election administration and increase transparency to help build confidence in the election process,” Cortes said.


Primary Roundup

II. Primary Roundup
Voters went to the polls (and mailboxes) for primaries in three states this week. In Idaho it was a local/statewide primary, in Kentucky, it was the Democrats turn to choose a presidential nominee and in Oregon, everything was on the table for both political parties at the local, state and federal level. Also, the April 26 primary in Maryland isn’t quite over yet.

Voters in Idaho went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in numerous state and local races and turnout was low, as predicted with officials in Ada County expecting no more than 17 percent turnout.

KTVB took a behind the scenes look at what happens on primary day in Boise, something they may not have been able to do if it was busier!

Things got so slow, at one Boise polling place, an election worker stood outside the site wearing a cardboard voting booth and waving at passing drivers encouraging them to vote.

Ada County put new voting machines to the test on Tuesday and there were no reported problems with the functionality of the machines, although one disabled voter did express his frustrations with the new system.

Other than the rainy weather, things went relatively well on Tuesday in the Bluegrass State — even if we don’t yet have an official winner (at press time anyway). Turnout across the state was slow, but steady and there were few reported problems.

Despite few officially reported problems, the state’s election fraud hotline received 76 complaints and questions from 31 counties. A third of those calls came from Jefferson County. Some of the calls were about voting machines, others were complaints about campaign activities too close to polling places and some were complaints about vote buying.

Voters went to the mailbox in Oregon in Tuesday and at press time it appeared would top 1 million, it was not a record breaking turnout. Since Oregon is all vote-by-mail, there are few, if any reports of problems on voting day, but there were some issues leading up to the election and on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, a ballot box in Klamath County was broken into and the ballots were thrown into a nearby dumpster. There were about 240 ballots in the box at the time of the break-in. The recovered ballots were all in good shape and able to be counted. Klamath County turnout broke the 60 percent mark.

Officials in Coos County were testing the new Clear Ballot voting system on Tuesday. The system cost the county about $11,200 and officials were excited about the prospects of the new system ultimately lowering costs. “We have been able to reduce a few of the ‘hands on’ steps by our election crew, which reduces the time it takes to process the ballots, increases the efficiency and will ultimately reduce our election costs,” County Clerk Terri Turi told The World

In Grant County, the county’s phone and Internet were down during the morning hours leaving voters with no local contact for questions or concerns about the election. Apparently an employee opened an email with malware, which lead to the shutdown. Both phone and Internet were back up and running by lunch time.

And on the secretary of state front, Republican Dennis Richardson, a senator and former candidate for governor won the GOP nomination for the state’s top elections job and on the Democrat side it is Brad Avakian, the state’s labor commissioner who will represent the other side of the ticket.

Late last week, the Maryland State Board of Elections decertified the results of the April 26 primary in Baltimore. State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone said the number of ballots cast in the April 26 contest was hundreds more than the number of voters who checked in at polling places. The state also identified 80 provisional ballots that hadn’t been considered.

On Monday, a team of city, state and county canvassers began a precinct-by-precinct review of the ballots cast last month.

According to WJZ, election officials suspect that in some precincts, provisional ballots were mistakenly scanned and included in the precinct’s vote count. Provisional ballots are given to voters whose names aren’t listed in the precinct registers.

The SBE has opened some of the audit to the media, mayoral candidate Shelia Dixon filed suit in a Baltimore court seeking to have the audit entirely open to the media and general public.

Election News This Week

III. Election News This Week

  • And then there were five. This week Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced that work to streamline the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles will also allow the DMV to automatically register people to vote. It will take two years to fully implement, but will not require legislation, which can be a lengthy process. “This is a monumental event enhancing voting rights and opportunity in Connecticut, and a continuation of our rigorous efforts to bring new voters onto the rolls,” Merrill said in a statement. “This agreement also puts Connecticut alongside a vanguard of states that are leading the nation in the movement to register every eligible citizen. This is a proud day for our state, and I wish to thank Commissioner Bzdyra and his staff for their commitment.” Needless to say, there is grumbling in the Legislature.
  • Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced that 13 early voting offices have been established on Indian reservations in nine counties in advance of the June 7 primary. “For many rural and low-income tribal members, the distance for such a visit can be expensive and a serious burden,” McCulloch told the Great Falls Tribune. “These voting offices help solve this problem.”
  • New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller has released a report saying that the secretary of state’s office has chronically under-budgeted for elections for a decade. In his report, Keller said that under-budgeting has led to the need for $25 million in emergency loans, grants and special appropriations. Current Secretary of State Brad Winter told the Albuquerque Journal that the problem is not under-budgeting, but that the office is underfunded.
  • Finding a large, secure and most importantly dry location to store voting equipment isn’t always easy and things have gotten downright testy in Wicomico County, Maryland where the county executive and the public library board are bickering over the storage of the county’s voting machines. According to the Salisbury Independent, County Executive Bob Culver wants to store the county’s 34 voting machines in the library’s basement, but a portion of that area is used for programming for an entrepreneurial center. “He can take us to court. We will continue to refuse,” Rick Keenan, who heads the library’s board, told the paper. “This is just an unconscionable appropriation of space.”
  • In the ongoing battle over online voter registration in two West Virginia counties, this week the American Civil Liberties Union filed a FOIA request asking the clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties to provide, among other things, all policies and procedures or internal communications regarding the number of voters who tried to vote but were unable to cast a ballot on May 10 or during early voting; information regarding the number of voters who tried to register online to vote and information regarding how many provisional ballots were cast for the primary election.
  • I scream! You scream! We all scream for…voting rights ice cream? This week, Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were in North Carolina to unveil a new flavor of ice cream—Empower Mint. The flavor is part of the company’s Democracy is in your Hands campaign that includes scoop shops across the country installing voter registration kiosks. Cohen and Greenfield chose North Carolina as the launching point for the ice cream because of the changes to the state’s voting laws. “Since our country’s inception, many brave Americans have battled to expand voting rights and voter access for African-Americans, for women and young people, but the recent passage of restrictive policies in North Carolina takes our country backwards,” Cohen said in a statement.
  • Personnel News: Anne Marie Bausch has resigned from her position as the director of elections and general registrar for the City of Manassas, Virginia. She will be replaced by Susan Reed, currently the deputy registrar. Mike Haas, current administrator of the elections division of the Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin will be the first administrator of the new Elections Commission pending confirmation by the state Legislaure. Tom Wilson, Clark County, Ohio board of elections deputy director has resigned after just two months on the job. Ryan Ronco is the new Placer County, California clerk-recorder-registrar of voters.

Legislative Updates

IV. Legislative Updates

Alaska: Bucking a trend, the city of Bethel has voted to stick with precinct-based polling sites instead of moving to vote-by-mail. Councilmembers voting against the proposal expressed concerns that it could lead to voter fraud.

Illinois: A Senate committee has approved legislation that could make Illinois only the sixth state to automatically register voters.

Minnesota: The Senate has approved legislation that will move Minnesota from a caucus system to a presidential primary system beginning in 2020. Under the primary plan, parties would still have caucuses but the binding presidential preference vote would be held during a primary.

Ohio: The Senate, but a 23-9 party-line vote, has approved legislation that would require those filing legal challenges to keep the polls open on election day to post a bond equal to the cost of keeping the polls open.

Also in Ohio, this week the Senate took additional testimony on a bill before the State and Local Government Committee that would allow victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes be allowed to shield their addresses from the public in government databases such as voter registration databases.

Legal Updates

V. Legal Updates

National News: Robert Barnes with The Washington Post has a look at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in support of Indiana’s voter ID law. During a recent discussion with Justice Elena Kagan at the judicial conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit former Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the lead opinion in the court’s 6-3 ruling on the law expressed his regrets about the ruling. “I learned a lot of things outside the record that made me very concerned about that statute,” Stevens said in the conversation with Kagan and Wood. “So I had the question: Should I rely on my own research or what’s in the record?” “And I thought in that case I had a duty to confine myself to what the record did prove, and I thought it did not prove the plaintiffs’ case. And as a result, we ended up with a fairly unfortunate decision.”

Kansas: U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson ruled that the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirements likely violate provisions of the National Voter Registration Act and ordered that Kansas register about 18,000 voters currently in limbo. According to the Associated Press, she put her preliminary injunction on hold until May 31 to give the state an opportunity to appeal, something that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has said they will do.

Louisiana: In an opinion released last month, Attorney General Jeff Landry has ruled that parish election board supervisors may bar board members from bringing cellphones into the room when votes are being counted. “The parish board of election supervisors may take any action necessary to ensure that no information with respect to the counting and tabulation of absentee by mail and early voting ballots is transmitted from the location where the absentee by mail and early voting ballots are being counted and tabulated prior to the close of the polls on election day,” the attorney general’s opinion reads.

North Carolina: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has set June 21 for a hearing on North Carolina’s voter ID law review. The first briefs are due later this week.

Wisconsin: A trial got underway this week in Wisconsin over whether changes made to the state’s voting laws by Republican legislators have made them a burden to Democratic-leaning voters. On the first day of the hearing, a former GOP staffer told the court that some Republican senators were “giddy” over the prospect of the state’s voter ID law.

Tech Thursday

VI. Tech Thursday

Minnesota: The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office has launched a new and improved website. The site is designed to improve the visual experience. It’s the first time that all branches of the secretary of state’s office may be reached through one website.

Nebraska: Nebraska’s online voter registration app won the Innovation of the Year award at the 2016 StateScoop Awards. The awards honor the best and the brightest IT leaders and programs that make state and local government more efficient and effective.

Oregon: Portland-based computer science research and development firm Galois has created a new spin-off Free & Fair that will tackle elections security. According to the Portland Business Journal, the technology behind Free & Fair is based on work to help elections officials move away from out-dated, expensive and proprietary systems and into secure, open source technology.

Virginia: A Blacksburg-based start-up is relying on real-time, block chain technology — like what is used with Bitcoin — to create a secure voting system. Company CEO Adam Ernest said the new platform is more like allowing voters to control the vote count than a third-party.

Opinions This Week

VII. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Turnout, II, III | Automatic voter registration, II | Ex-felon voting rights | Voter ID | Voting rights

Arizona: Voter confidence | Election problems | Secretary of State, II | “I Voted” stickers

California: Ballot selfies

Connecticut: Automatic voter registration

Illinois: Automatic voter registration | Voting rights

Indiana: Vote centers

Kansas: Voting machines | Kris Kobach, II

Maryland: Baltimore primary, II

Michigan: Ballot access

Missouri: Voter ID, II, III, IV

New York: Primary process

North Carolina: Fayette County, II | Congressional primary

Ohio: Poll hours

Oregon: Vote-by-mail, II | Automatic voter registration, II, III | Secretary of state race | New voters

Pennsylvania: Ex-felon voting rights | Ballot questions | Election reform

Vermont: Voting system

Virginia: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV | Turnout | Registrars

Washington: Primary

Wisconsin: Voter ID

Upcoming Events

VIII. Upcoming Events

National Disability Voter Registration Organizing & Training Webinar — The REVUP Campaign is coordinating a National Disability Voter Registration Week to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. The purpose of the webinar is aid organizers across the country to hold their own voter registration events – both physically and online – to increase the number of people with disabilities who are registered to vote and ultimately the number of people with disabilities who cast their ballots on election day this November and in future elections. When: May 24, 3pm Eastern. For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Public Meeting — Commissioners will meet to: (1) kick off a project to recruit and train additional people needed to work at the polls on Election Day; and (2) explore possible strategies and practices for limiting long wait times at the polls on Election Day. When: May 25, 9am-1pm Eastern. Where: Silver Spring, Maryland. For more information, click here.

Summit on Language Access in Elections —The U.S. Election Assistance Commission and Democracy Fund Action are hosting a convening on the important of language access in the 2016 elections and beyond. The day-long event will feature panelists from across government, advocacy and academia discussing the language needs and solutions for a growing number of voters. When: June 2, 8am-5pm. Where: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Stay tuned for more information and how to register.

Election Law Continuing Legal Education — The International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT), the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC), and the Bipartisan Policy Center will host subject matter experts from federal, state and local government, elections activists, and private practice attorneys. Tentative session topics include: Hot Topics in Access and Integrity; UOCAVA Voters: Legal Trends; Preparing for Voting Equipment Issues and General Election; PCEA, Election Day and the Law; Legal Issues in Considering Automated Voter Registration; and Recounts and Contests: How to Prepare/What to Expect. When: June 25. Where: Memphis, Tennessee. 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
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Civic Research Fellow, Center for Technology and Civic Life, Chicago — “What’s on my ballot?” is the number one question that voters look for online – but the answer to that question is harder to find than you might think. With nearly 8,000 offices responsible for running elections in America, the basic information that voters need to participate in elections is often poorly formatted and hard to find — if it’s online at all. At the Center for Technology and Civic Life, we think all voters should be able to find this information online, and we need your help! We’re looking for a set of 2016 Civic Data Fellows to help us standardize the nation’s ballot information, so that all Americans can find information about what will be on their ballot in November. The fellowship runs from June 1 through the 2016 General Election. Civic Data Fellows will work closely with the Research Manager and Director of Civic Data to collect and standardize information about candidates and referenda from across the country.  If you love democracy, researching obscure facts, and turning chaos into order, this is the job for you! Salary: $48,000 per year (pro-rated). Deadline: Open until filled, but job begins June 1. 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.

Data Lead, Voting Information Project — the Data Lead is the VIP team’s stalwart front line as we acquire, parse, and assess a nation’s worth of election data. In this role, you’ll: Manage a dataset that has served millions (and tens of millions) of voters since 2008; train state election offices in data standards and exports; build and maintain parsers, quality assurance checks, and data management scripts; and collaborate with the Democracy Works developer team and Google engineers. Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a benefits package including health insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Registrar, 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: $55,574. 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.

Interns, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Washington, D.C. — do you want to change the world? Are you committed to serving your community and your country? Do you want to develop yourself as civic-minded leader? Spend 8 weeks in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and the world who are just as passionate about making a difference through strong leadership. The intensive and immersive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience and special events with prominent public leaders. The institute on Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) is a new program offered by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in conjunction with The Fund for American Studies. It will help you define and strengthen your leadership skills and learn lessons from the American Presidency, all while giving you an insider’s view of Washington. By the end of the summer you may be ready to call DC home! Application: For the complete 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 Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and passionate, Product Specialist, to be based in our downtown Denver, Colorado office. This role is responsible for responsible for the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems elections products; providing elections support services and customer training; 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.

RMA Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic — an RMA Support Consultant responds to all return material authorization requests from Hart InterCivic internal and external customers for all Hart Voting System products. The person in this position must possess the ability to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, or employees. Essential responsibilities include: Acquires a functional level of knowledge for all Hart InterCivic products and their modules; manages and organizes information and documentation for customer issues; applies advanced knowledge of computer software tools to problem-solving situations; knowledge of standard ticket tracking software is a must; in-depth knowledge of standard inventory warehouse processes and procedures; stays informed on support methodologies; keeps up with revisions to any relevant materials (Agile ECOs and effectivity); works cooperatively with Hart InterCivic field personnel to insure customer satisfaction; complies with, and keeps up with changes in, Hart InterCivic policies, procedures and regulations; other duties as assigned. Deadline: Opening until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, Albemarle County, Virginia — the Senior Assistant Registrar performs complex technical and clerical work in the Department of Voter Registration and Elections. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for independent judgment. Supervision is exercised over subordinate clerical personnel or Assistant Registrars. Essential functions include, but are not limited to: manages complex and extensive physical and computerized voter registration and election records; supervises Assistant Registrars; processes information on computerized registration system and physical files; interacts regularly with staff from other Virginia localities regarding voter issues; designs and develops materials designed to increase efficient election day operations; provides project development support to Electoral Board, as needed; coordinates and executes special projects for department, as assigned; determines eligibility of voter registration applicants, in accordance with law; prepares official letters of Denial of Voter registration, as necessary; assists with maintenance of departmental website; verifies eligibility and assists voters in casting absentee ballots; provides materials and support to area agencies regarding absentee voting; provides information to the general public concerning voter registration and election related issues; actively participates in professional organization; acts for the Deputy and General Registrar in their absence; and performs other duties, as assigned. Salary: $33,641-$40,360. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, James City County, Virginia — Voter Registration Office is seeking an experience professional to be a part of a dynamic team to assist with daily operations of the General Registrar’s Office. Responsibilities include: assist the General Registrar in implementing and maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal election and voter registration guidelines and requirements; update and maintain accurate records of voter information including, but not limited to, eligibility, changes with redistricting/recprecinciting, voting credits, and any applicable forms. assist with coordinating, maintaining, and supervising of all parts of the election and voting process including, but not limited to, satellite registration sites, absentee ballots, training programs for Officers of Election, posting of results on designated sites, and programing of electronic poll books; assist with preparation of budget including preparation of required reports; create and maintain candidate files; accepts, verifies and certifies candidate forms; receive, audit, and acknowledge Candidate Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports; and prepare, provide information, and generate support for voter education projects. Salary: $30,685. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar II, James City County, Virginia — performs responsible work assisting the General Registrar/Director of Elections (GR) in conducting elections, registering voters, and maintaining files. Implements National Voter Registration Act in accordance with Federal and State laws. This position shall be appointed by the GR for a term set by the Electoral Board that coincides with, or is shorter than, the term of the GR, subject to reappointment. 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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