In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
Election Toolkit launches
Free and low-cost tech tools will help promote civic engagement nationwide
By Whitney May, director of government services
Center for Technology and Civic Life
This election year, election officials will have a new collection of tools to help them engage their communities in the electoral process and improve how elections are run throughout the U.S. The Election Toolkit, an online library of resources for election officials, includes tools like a free app to measure voter wait times, guidelines on how to create short videos and infographics, and a collection of civic icons and illustrations.
All of the tools in the Toolkit are either free or low cost and come paired with step-by-step instructions, making them accessible to any election official, regardless of their budget or tech skills.
“Understanding how to use digital tools is key to effectively communicating things like law changes and deadlines to voters. And using data can help make sure that every voter’s experience is seamless,” says Tiana Epps-Johnson, Executive Director at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. “While technology can’t solve every problem, we see the Toolkit as a resource that any election office can use to manage and publish their really rich information in ways that communities have come to expect.”
Local election officials play a vital role in the civic life of their communities, but their work is often restrained by outdated technology and tight budgets. Recognizing a need for a new collection of resources in elections, the Center for Technology and Civic Life, a nonprofit based in Chicago, devised the Election Toolkit for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Elections, which funds ideas that better inform voters and increase civic participation. The Election Toolkit was named one of the 22 winners of the Knight News Challenge in July 2015.
To assemble and design the Toolkit, the Center for Technology and Civic Life – along with project partners the Center for Civic Design, the Cook County (IL) Clerk, the Hillsborough County (FL) Supervisor of Elections, and the Inyo County (CA) Clerk-Recorder-Registrar – called upon the experience and expertise of local election officials.
The Toolkit partners held a workshop in December and asked election officials about their goals and challenges and about the kinds of technologies that they wish they had. After narrowing down their ideas, the officials provided feedback to shape the look and feel of the Toolkit website, and they participated in usability testing to ensure that the Toolkit would be intuitive to its target audience. The website went live on June 16.
“Today’s election officials need data and digital skills to better engage people in elections and other civic events,” says Noah Praetz, Cook County Director of Elections. “And while the tools themselves are really valuable, so is the network that’s developing in our field,” added Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. “It’s in all of our interest to make elections as good as they can be throughout the country.”
Kammi Foote, Inyo County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar, has already successfully used the Infographic Design tool to educate voters about the California primary. “It is important to provide information to voters in ways that are easily understood,” Kammi stresses. “It is also crucial that our message extends to a wide audience. There are billions of people using social media on a daily basis. If election officials want to disseminate useful information to the greatest number of people, infographics are an obvious choice.”
With a heated presidential election coming in November, the Election Toolkit is launching at a time when election administration is increasingly under the spotlight. By advancing the important work of all election officials, the Toolkit will also help to improve the voter experience nationwide.
You are invited to visit www.electiontools.org, sign up so you can bookmark your favorite tools and leave feedback, and share the website with all the election officials in your network. You can also visit the site and recommend a tool to add to the collection.
And be sure to join the conversation about the Toolkit on Twitter using #ElectionTools.
II. Primary Updates
District of Columbia
Voters headed to the polls in the District of Columbia on Tuesday for the final presidential primary of the 2016 election cycle. Most voters probably didn’t realize that the day was historic and not because of what was on the ballot, but because they had a ballot at all. June 14 marked the 60th anniversary of the District’s first-ever presidential primary.
Although with only 21 percent turnout there were no reports of crowds or lines at polling places, there were some issues.
Apparently a “glitch” with the District’s mobile voter registration app switched some Democratic voters to No Party voters when people updated their registration information in the days leading up to the election.
“If a voter believes that his or her party affiliation status is listed incorrectly, the voter can cast a special ballot. The DCBOE will count the special ballot if it determines, based upon a review of its records, that the voter is eligible to cast a ballot in the primary election,” Interim Executive Director Terri Stroud told WAMU in an email.
Another problem that voters ran into—although it’s unclear how many—was a change in District law that requires voters wishing to update their voting address on election day to go to their old precinct, instead of their new precinct to update their information. Social media was filled with accounts of people running into this problem.
And in another quirk in District law, many voters were alarmed to discover that the city’s voter rolls, including name, address, party affiliation and how many times and how they had voted appeared on the city’s elections website.
“All of the information contained in this listing is public information,” Kenneth McGhie, the D.C. Board of Elections’ general counsel told The Washington Post. “Indeed, we indicate on our voter registration form that ‘voter registration information is public, with the exception of full/partial social security number, date of birth, email, and phone number.’ All of this information can be obtained from the DCBOE pursuant to a data or Freedom of Information Act request.”
Turnout, or lack thereof, was the story of the day for Maine’s primary elections. According to the Press Herald, only about 1 in 10 registered voters cast ballots in many Maine towns.
“People do believe in democracy and believe that their vote does count,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told the paper. “That being said, because there is a light fight ticket this year on the primary ballot, many people hadn’t seen campaign ads, they hadn’t seen the signs or haven’t paid much attention to them and did not even realize that Tuesday was primary Election Day.”
Despite the low turnout — or possibly because of it — the state will most likely see a recount in the 1st District Republican primary where only a few dozen votes out of more than 21,000 cast separate the candidates.
Despite heavy early voting and absentee voting, primary day in The Silver State was only around 21 percent. There were few if any reported problems throughout the state.
At mid-day Washoe County Registrar Luanne Cutler said things were going as expected. “It’s really been running as we expected, which is slow and steady,” Cutler told the Reno Gazette-Journal and that didn’t change throughout the day.
The Peace Garden State (how many of you knew that was North Dakota’s nickname?!) saw a turnout of about 24 percent on Tuesday, which exceeded turnout during the June 2014 mid-term primary, but not the 2012 presidential primary. Despite the turnout, there were relatively few problems.
The state reported very few problems with its voter ID law. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum told INForum that the state received only about 10 calls regarding voter ID issues.
The Bismarck city commission race could come down to a recount pending the canvassing boards’ count of absentee ballots. And in Hannaford, the mayor’s race has ended in a tie, but the results are still unofficial with some absentee ballots yet to be counted. Each candidate received 28 votes.
Billings and Hettinger counties conducted their primaries by mail and by all accounts the process was a success. Voter turnout in Billings County jumped from 25 percent to 50 percent under vote-by-mail.
In Fargo, postcards about voting that some West Fargo residents received about their new polling location had the incorrect information on them. The county placed signs on the doors of the incorrectly listed address directing voters to the correct address.
And an afternoon power outage in Grand Forks did nothing to slow down voters who continued to fill out their paper ballots by the glow of emergency lights.
“I didn’t notice at first, because it was light in the entryway,” voter Sally Akerline told the Grand Forks Herald. “I guess I’ve never voted in Grand Forks before, so I didn’t know what to expect. But they seemed to handle it pretty well.”
Election News This Week
III. Election News This Week
- This week, Ohio joined 18 states and the District of Columbia as part of the Electronic Registration Information Center — ERIC. As part of this, in mid-August more than 1.5 million Ohioans that are not registered, but eligible will receive a mailing encouraging them to do so. The mailing will cost about $400,000 and will be covered by a grant from Pew.
- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in partnership with the National Braille Press has created a voting rights card in Braille and large print for visually impaired voters. “We believe it is very important to offer the card in Braille and large print,” Chairman Thomas Hicks said in a statement. “We are proud to work with the National Braille Press to make this happen,” he said. “As people with disabilities go to the polls this fall, this resource will help remind them of their federal voting rights.”
- Once again, things are not so jolly in Forsyth County, North Carolina. Elections board members are considering using the South Fork Community Center for early voting, but the scheduling would conflict not only with the Holly Jolly Craft Fair, but also the Gingerbread Craft Fair. The same issue arose in 2014, but a compromise was eventually worked out. If elections officials and recreation officials cannot come to some sort of agreement it could mean an $80,000 revenue loss. The site was a popular early voting site in 2014 and election board members believe it may have actually driven traffic to the craft show.
- Voters in Massachusetts will have the chance to early vote for the first time this fall and now localities are working on the logistics of what that will look like. In Boston, city elections officials are soliciting ideas from the public on where the city should place its early voting locations. “A democracy is only strong and vibrant when all residents are able to participate and make their voices heard,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement announcing the early voting feedback plan. Thoughts and ideas are due today via a special website (www.earlyvoting.boston.gov). Hmmm, maybe Forsyth County should look to their neighbors to the north.
- Members of the Merrimack, New Hampshire town council and school board met this week to try and find a solution to the traffic nightmare experienced at the Merrimack High School polling place in February. The town is considering adding two more voting sites for a total of three. “No matter where you are, there’s going to be traffic issues, but this will be markedly better,” town council chair Nancy Harrington said at the meeting according to WMUR. “The sites we’re talking about are demographically separated so there should be a great improvement.”
- Wicomico County, Maryland’s county executive blinked. For months the county executive and the board of the library had been at odds over the storage of voting equipment with the county executive wanting the library to vacate 3,000 square feet of space for their storage and the library pushing back saying that space was used for programming. According to DelmarvaNow, the county will purchase and renovate another building—for about $900,000—to not only store the voting machines, but house the entire county elections operations.
- Personnel News: Brandon Wobler has been appointed to the Paulding County, Ohio board of elections. John Caupp has been appointed to the Greene County, Ohio board of elections. Jeff Roberts is the new Nashville, Tennessee elections administrator. Camilla Wiener, 91, of Narragansett, Rhode Island was recently honored for her more than 50 years of service to the League of Women Voters. Alice Miller has returned to head the D.C. Board of Elections. She originally led the agency from 1992 to 2008 before leaving to become the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s first chief operating officer.
IV. Legislative Updates
Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation into law that will allow college students with an ID issued by a state university or college to use that ID to vote.
New Jersey: Once again, legislation that would automatically register Garden State residents to vote is making its way through the General Assembly. The bill was approved by the Assembly in May and this week was approved by a Senate panel.
Ohio: Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed legislation into law that will allow voters to register online beginning in 2017. Currently voters may update their existing information online, but new voters cannot register. The legislation was championed by Secretary of State Jon Husted (R).
U.S. Virgin Islands: The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would create a single elections board with 14 members—seven from each V.I. district. The bill would also increase the stipends that board of elections members receive.
In other elections news, the committee also approved a bill that would explicitly state that a voter must be domiciled in the USVI in order to register to vote there. According to the bill, a person can have only one domicile for voting purposes, and it is the place where a person habitually resides when not called elsewhere to work or for some temporary purpose.
Wisconsin: The Budget Committee approved spending $250,000 for a public education campaign on the state’s voter ID law. The money would pay for public service announcements on radio and television, web ads, online videos and even possibly ads at movie theatres, on buses and on social media. All materials will be in English and Spanish.
V. Legal Updates
Arizona: This week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that his office will not investigate Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s failure to update the state elections manual. According to Capitol Media Services, Michael Bailey, the chief deputy acknowledged that the secretary’s interpretation of the law on releasing the manual was unique, but that it was also plausible.
Kansas: Late last week, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling requiring Kansas to “suspended” voter to vote in federal elections even though they did not provide proof-of-citizenship. The appeals court judges said Kansas had not made the necessary showing for a stay pending appeal, but agreed to hear the appeal quickly.
New York: The Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), the National Federal of the Blind and several New York voters have sued the state’s board of elections and Department of Motor Vehicles claiming that the state’s online voter registration system violates the American with Disabilities Act.
Ohio: Despite an appeal from the state, John Michael H. Watson denied a request to delay his order to reinstate the “Golden Week” of early voting for the November election. He did stay his order for the August 2 special election.
Texas: A losing candidate in Hidalgo County has filed suit alleging that the voting machines in the county were “either faulty or tampered with” to rig the Democratic primary runoff for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3.
Virginia: A second lawsuit has been filed over Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) executive order to restore the voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons. The suit was filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of five voters in Bedford County who claim they will be harmed if the ex-felons are allowed to vote. “Unless an injunction is granted, plaintiffs’ lawful votes will be canceled out, and their voting power will be diluted, by votes cast by individuals who are not eligible to vote under Virginia’s laws and Constitution,” the lawsuit states.
VI. Tech Thursday
Iowa: The state’s Caucus 101 website received a Silver award at the 14th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition. The award was in the Website Redesign & Development category for Government Agencies. “I am very pleased our efforts with Caucus 101 were recognized,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “We put a lot of hard work into delivering a curriculum for Iowa students to engage them in the civics process. Congratulations to Webspec Design. They did a terrific job designing the website and are very deserving of this award.” The Horizon Interactive Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the world in the field of interactive and creative media. This year’s competition saw over 1,100 entries from 21 different countries. Entries were reviewed by an international panel of judges made up of industry professionals.
Opinions This Week
VII. Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Voting rights, II
Arizona: Secretary of state | Election legislation
California: Siskiyou County | Poll workers, II | Turnout | Vote-by-mail | Voter fraud | Flags
District of Columbia: Voter fraud
Florida: Voting machines
Kansas: Proof-of-citizenship, II, III, IV | Voting machines | Kris Kobach
Maine: Ranked choice voting, II
Maryland: Baltimore elections | Carroll County | Independent voters
Mississippi: Voting machines
Nevada: Election reform
North Carolina: Early voting
Ohio: Voting laws, II, III | Voter purge
Texas: Voter ID
Utah: Vote-by-mail, II | San Juan County
Virginia: Ex-felon voting rights, II
VIII. Available Funding/Awards
2016 Baxter Award for Election Practitioner
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Joe C. Baxter Award recognizes the contribution of a professional whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of former IFES Senior Adviser for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter. Baxter had a firm commitment to the principles of local ownership, transparency and sustainability of electoral administration.
The Baxter Award honors an election practitioner with a proven track record of exceptional dedication to empowering people to have a say in the way they are governed. IFES presents the Baxter Award annually to one individual at a ceremony typically held in concurrence with IFES’ U.S. Election Program or Chief of Party Conference.
The recipient of the Baxter Award must agree to receive the award personally at IFES’ ceremony.
IX. Upcoming Events
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.
Election Center Annual Conference— Conference attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the nal stretch of the Presidential Election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial information from federal agencies to local election of cials sharing practical information for day to day election administration operations. This is the also the time to honor and celebrate the winners of the Election Center’s acclaimed Professional Practices Papers’ Program. You will not only hear the winning presentations but you will take home all of the innovative programs and ideas that were submitted by your colleagues in other jurisdictions around the country. When: Aug. 16-20. Where: Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.
Job Postings This Week
X. Job Postings This Week
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Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, Contra Costa County, California — The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Division located in downtown Martinez is recruiting for Clerk-Recorder Services Specialists. These technical positions are assigned to one of the specialized units of the Clerk-Recorder Division: Recording, Clerk Services, Imaging/Indexing and Archive/Warehouse Services. Clerk-Recorder Services Specialists perform the most complex and technical support activities associated with the duties and responsibilities of the Clerk-Recorder Division, plan, coordinate and direct/lead the day-to-day work activities of subordinate staff and ensure that proper procedures are followed while performing those activities. The ideal candidates will possess knowledge and understanding of the County Clerk and Recorder functions. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of work organization and the ability to apply them in planning, coordinating and completing work activities to meet specific deadlines, is a must. Salary: $46,923-$57,035. Deadline: June 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Clerk Recorder Services Supervisor, Contra Costa County, California — the Clerk-Recorder of Contra Costa County is recruiting qualified individuals to fill up to Three (3) vacant Clerk-Recorder Services Supervisor positions. These management positions will be assigned to support the units in the Clerk-Recorder Division of the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department, located in downtown Martinez, CA. Clerk-Recorder Services Supervisors are responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, supervising, evaluating, and reviewing the work of technical, clerical, and specialist staff in the major functional units of the Clerk-Recorder Division, which include the County Clerk, Recording, and Imaging/Indexing units. Salary: $53,740-$65,321. Deadline: June 24. 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.
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.
Policy Analyst, Virginia Department of Elections — the Department of Elections (ELECT) is seeking a qualified individual to Analyze and interpret state, federal and local laws and policies in order to ensure uniformity in their interpretation and application to ensure legality and purity in all elections. Salary: $42,614-$62,000. Deadline: June 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Policy and Compliance Supervisor, Virginia Department of Elections — the Department of Elections (ELECT) is seeking a qualified individual to manage a diverse staff and projects and oversees the work of the policy analysts to ensure uniformity in the practices and proceedings and legality and purity in all elections. Serve as liaison to the State Board of Elections, ensuring Board promulgated policies and regulations are properly implemented and maintained. Coordinate the work associated with the legislative session; ensuring the accuracy of and timely submission of analysis/documents, and the implementation of enacted legislation. Salary: $42,614-$75,000. Deadline: June 30. 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.
Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation —program Officer will particularly inform work on expanding democratic participation—promoting increased and greater representation in elections and shape agendas to reflect the public interest. In collaboration with the Director and team members, the Program Officer will develop a body of work primarily focused on promoting voting rights and other aspects of inclusive non-partisan democratic practice in the United States, that address underlying structural drivers and rules of the game, and seek longer term, more durable change (rather than tactical gains in particular electoral cycles). Opportunities to be addressed may include promoting government’s role in registering voters, strategic litigation, increasing participation and debate in primaries, and developing pathways that connect voting with issues that people care about. The Program Officer will also contribute to CEG efforts that seek to democratize the role of money in politics; and develop, test and demonstrate models of powerful civic engagement with government that build strategic civic capability, achieve policy outcomes, help make government more responsive, and over time contribute to increased trust in government. The Program Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Civic Engagement and Government, and be part of the CEG team. The Program Officer will assess the CEG field, identify key ecosystems and work with various actors and other funders to analyze challenges and opportunities, seek rigorous evidence about program effectiveness, identify levers of change, and play a leading role in shaping specific grant activities. The Program Officer will share substantive knowledge with Foundation colleagues; collaborate broadly across CEG and other thematic areas; serve as a ‘connector’ of grantees, promote thoughtful learning; and work with practitioners, government officials, scholars, NGOs, other donors and corporate sector leaders on issue of common concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals. Deadline: July 8. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Manager, Hart InterCivic — project manager plans, directs, and coordinates project activities to ensure that project goals are completed efficiently and on schedule. As a member of the Professional Services Team, the Project Manager works with other team members to manage delivery of the full scope of Hart Voting System implementation and support services. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that project goals and deliverables are met, and is directly accountable for the success or failure of projects he or she manages. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Proposal Writer, Clear Ballot, Boston— newly created proposal writer position will be part of a dedicated team producing competitive responses to State and County government RFPs. Responsibilities and Tasks: Write engaging content about technical subjects; format final documents using the company style sheet; collaborate with a team of subject matter experts; edit proposal drafts; respond to deadlines and move quickly; contribute to a database of response text, figures and technical descriptions and benefit from professional growth opportunities. 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.
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.
Technical Writer, Clear Ballot, Boston — our small and growing team of technical communicators has an immediate need for a new member with intermediate-to-senior experience. Documentation is key to success in the election systems domain. Deliverables include tasks and supporting information, and, highly scrutinized specifications and plans. All products and their documentation are certified by federal or state agencies; evaluation is performed by demanding government laboratories. Once products are certified, documentation supports the work of users under pressure whose skills range the technical spectrum. Key Responsibilities: Work collaboratively with fellow communicators and the Engineering, Quality Assurance, Technical Support, Compliance/Certification, Business Development, and Executive Management functions; develop deep understanding of the federal regulations governing voting systems, and, the ability to interpret issues raised by delegated federal and state reviewers in partnership with Compliance/Certification; meet governmental standards and write appropriately for target audiences: voters, poll workers, election officials and their technical staff, and voting system test laboratories; quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable through prose and graphics; deal gracefully with multitasking and constant change; create and modify single-sourced, conditionalized, reusable content in MadCap Flare; adhere and contribute to working styles and standards, information architecture, and documentation production process; and respond to documentation tickets. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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