In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
Stars not aligned for new Travis County, Texas voting system
County forced to scrap plans for custom voting system
By M. Mindy Moretti
The best laid plans of mice, men and elections officials often go awry and that’s exactly what happened to 12 years of studying and planning for Travis County, Texas Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.
Long before anyone ever thought to mention Russians and elections in the same breath, Travis County began looking for a way to improve the security of the county’s voting system and provide a verifiable paper trail.
DeBeauvoir was upset that activists were attacking elections administrators for the design of voting systems and the purchase of DRE voting systems that did not have a paper trail.
“Election Administrators were and are not responsible for system design nor what can legally be purchased and used for elections, yet were being blamed for real and/or perceived deficiencies,” DeBeauvoir said.
So she challenged a group of computer security experts and academics to step-up and off more than misplaced criticisms. Professor Dan Wallach, Rice University, agreed and helped assemble a team of experts to design a voting system than answered the concerns. STAR Vote was born of this collaboration.
In 2016 the county issued an RFP seeking to find a company that could build STAR-Vote (Secure, Transparent, Auditable, Reliable). In STAR-Vote the county was looking for:
- Open Source software in part to reduce high cost licensing fees charged to counties for the use of proprietary voting systems. The county wanted a GPL type of license managed by a STAR Vote Foundation to handle normal business issues regarding product certification, version control, software upgrades, implementation, financial and contract management, and other operating matters of a non-profit, election software company.
- A reliable voter-verified paper list of choices (Paper-LOC). This voter-verified paper trail would match the electronic ballot copy and be preserved at the polls in the ballot box for recount and other verification purposes. In this way, voters get the best of both worlds. They get the speed and accuracy of electronic voting with a paper back-up that defeats hacking and other attempts to misrepresent the correct vote tally. Voters with disabilities, get all the benefits of ADA accessible screens and tools which is also the only way to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Electronic voting interfaces also make it possible for us to enjoy Early Voting and Vote Center conveniences not available in a paper-only environment.
- An improved security protocol that includes encryption in the base level of the software for the purpose of supporting the ability of third parties (such as NAACP, Democratic or Republican Party, League of Women Voters, etc.) to conduct independent verification of the vote totals. No official recount is needed for this kind of post-election audit.
- A Take-Home receipt for the voter that does not reveal a voter’s selection. Rather it uses a hash code to let the voter, after election night, match their receipt to a database of counted ballots to assure the two codes match and establishing that the ballot was actually counted. The receipt is also useful for other post-election audits.
“… [T]raditional voting systems were expensive and carried extra annual licensing costs that were growing more costly each year,” DeBeauvoirs said. “STAR Vote was an attempt at better security and an attempt to cut the growing expense for county governments.”
The county received 12 proposals for any, some or all of the five modules comprising STAR Vote.
After several months of review, the county came to the difficult realization that none of the proposals they received met their requirements for a new system.
DeBeauvoir, who had been optimistic that the county would be able to find a vendor said the major sticking point came down to open source voting.
“No vendors wanted to use this approach because they see it as a low revenue business model,” DeBeauvoir said. “Also among the 12 proposals no one bid the basic election management software (ballot definition, by mail program, and results tallying.) Think of it as a donut hole.”
The county will now focus on finding a “legacy” voting system that has a verified paper trail and better security. An RFP will go out later this month and the county hopes to have the new system in place within the next two to four years.
While disappointed that the county was not able to move forward with STAR Vote, DeBeauvoir is optimistic that someone will create such a system.
“I hope it will be picked up in the future by a non-profit or another county,” DeBeauvoir said. “The 2016 election was a watershed that should cause new developments in voter verified paper trails and new security programming for future voting systems. Voting system manufacturers will have to listen and respond to these latest demands.”
DeBeauvoir acknowledges that Travis County may have been a bit ahead of its time with STAR Vote, but she believes fallout from the 2016 election should speed up improvements to voting systems. Just recently the U.S. Election Assistance Standards Board released Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) some of the same components that the STAR Vote system does.
“This is important progress,” said DeBeauvoir who serves on the Standards Board. “In a few years we will see new equipment that will have many of the features described in STAR Vote. The national attention STAR Vote received influenced these new guidelines.”
For other counties seeking to build their own voting system, DeBeauvoir says she would counsel patience in the marketplace. And she would also encourage equal focus on the business model for the type of company to support STAR Vote as well as the voting system design.
“Voters want a paper trail, one that works well,” DeBeauvoir said. “Their demands will be met sooner rather than later and that is good news in a private sector market place that has been reluctant to listen. They have their business reasons. The 2016 election changed everything in much the same way that the 2000 and 2004 elections raised the first awareness of the true needs and resources communities must have to conduct free and fair elections.”
To read the county’s full debrief on the creation of the STAR Vote system and what happened, click here.
II. Federal-State Updates
New Hampshire: Secretary of State William Gardner (D) released hundreds of pages of documents related to his service on the president’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in response to right-to-know requests from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and other groups and individuals. The documents include about the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, emails commission staff laying out ethics rules for public speaking, instruction and writing while serving. There are also emails from residents expressing concerns about their data being provided to the commission.
South Dakota: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs (R) sent a letter to the president’s election commission informing it that it may have access to the state’s publicly available voter registration information provided it pays the $2,500 fee associated with accessing the file.
Texas: Secretary of State Rolando Pablos (R) has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security disputing the department’s allegations that Russian hackers attempted to gain access to the state’s voting systems in advance of the 2016 election. “At no point were any election-related systems, software, or information compromised by malicious cyber actors,” Pablos wrote.
Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, who stood behind claims that the Russians had attempted to hack the county’s voting system, admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she misunderstood statements and reports she received from federal authorities and that hackers did not, in fact, attempt to gain access to the county’s web servers.
Also in Texas, Judge Tim Sulak of the Austin-based 353rd Texas Civil District Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Secretary of State Rolando Pablows form providing the presidential election commission with the state’s voter registration data.
Election News This Week
III. Election News This Week
ES&S has hired risk management firm Kroll to provide fraud prevention and identity theft recovery services for registered voters in Chicago for a year. ES&S provides the city’s poll books and in 2016 the city’s voter rolls were found posted on Amazon Web Services. According to the Chicago Tribune, while ES&S maintains “investigations have not uncovered any evidence that any voter’s personal information stored on the AWS server was misused,” the firm said in a news release Thursday that it was bringing in Kroll “out of an abundance of caution.”
According to an article in AL.com, Alabama’s law that requires ex-felons to repay all outstanding court fines, legal fees and victim restitution before they may regain their right to vote, has created an underclass of thousands of people who are unable to vote because they do not have enough money. Although Alabama has recently changed its law to make it easier for felons convicted of certain crimes to regain their voting rights, they still must fulfill all financial obligations. Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Yale published a study earlier this year which states that “a majority of all ex-felons in Alabama, white, black or otherwise, cannot vote because they owe a debt to the state.”
Harris County, Texas officials announced this week that as many as three dozen polling places were damaged during Hurricane Harvey and may not be available for November. Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart urged voters to cast early ballots using one of the county’s 45 early voting sites. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County had 765 polling locations in November during the presidential election and about 5 percent might not be available for the upcoming election. Stanart also encouraged those who were eligible to vote-by-mail. With the election still a month away, Stanart was hopeful that some of the damaged polling sites would be back online. “It might be that we’re finding out they’re becoming available at the last minute,” Stanart said.
Governing Magazine has an interesting look at automatic voter registration and how, as it expands nationwide, it may impact who is registered to vote. The article questions whether or not AVR may actually be more beneficial to Republicans than Democrats because there are 1.6 times as many unregistered non-Hispanic whites as there are unregistered minorities. “Not all minorities are Democrats,” Justin Leavitt, law professor at Loyola Marymount Univeristy told the magazine. “Not all Anglos are Republicans. Not all of either group would register even in an automatic registration structure. So there’s no way to know whether more of one group would register than the other.”
Hmmmm, we’re not sure how the elections dog will feel about this one, but the Adams County, Pennsylvania board of elections voted this week to ban the presence of animals at polling places. According to The Evening Sun, the ban doesn’t stem from a specific incident, but just a prohibitive county stance based on the uptick of people traveling with animals. “We’re just trying to get ahead of the curve in having some type of policy, not only in our polling places, but also in our county buildings as well,” Commissioner Randy Phiel told the paper. Service animals will be allowed at polling places as long as they have a leash or other kind of restraint. “Some people’s comfort animal is another person’s phobia,” Commissioner Marty Qually said.
Personnel News: Maxine Daniels is retiring as the DeKalb County Georgia director of voter registrations and elections after 16 years on the job. Mark Robert Gordon, an elections law attorney has announced his candidacy for the Arizona secretary of state’s office. Gary Mordica has been appointed to the Forrest County, Mississippi elections commission. Tracy Overstreet has been appointed Grand Island, Nebraska election commissioner.
IV. Legislative Updates
California: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed Senate Bill 511 into law. The bill requires the secretary of state’s office to make “reasonable efforts” to promote voter registration and voting in underrepresented communities.
Kansas: Members of both chambers will hold a pre-session hearing on a proposal to implement ranked choice voting in Kansas. According to the Kansas City Star, if lawmakers like what they hear at the hearing, they could fast-track the bill when the session begins in January.
Wisconsin: A bill sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) would spend $304,100 to pay for five additional full-tie staff positions for the state’s elections commission.
V. Legal Updates
Arizona: Lawyers for the Arizona Democratic Party argued before U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes that the state’s ballot harvesting law was enacted illegally by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
California: Former Poway Mayor Don Higginson has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the California Voting Rights Act. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Higginson said the law is unconstitutional on its face because it requires gerrymandering based on race or ethnicity.
Indiana: In court papers filed this week, Attorney General Curtis Hill, Jr. denied allegations that a state law calling for the consolidation of voting precincts in Lake County is voter suppression. The attorney general’s 72-page response refuted the suggestion the legislation was unlawful and that it is voter suppression, according to court documents.
Michigan: At the request of the Midland County chief assistant prosecutor, charges against Grout Township Clerk Linda Birgel alleging ballot tampering, were dismissed without prejudice. Birgel was charged with felony disclosing and obstructing votes and absentee ballot tampering. She was also charged with a misdemeanor of failure to perform duties.
Mississippi: A suit has been filed against the state of Mississippi seeking overturn a life time voting ban for some ex-felons. Some of the crimes on the list include embezzlement, forgery, bribery, burglary, theft, arson, perjury, bigamy and obtaining money or property through false pretense. According to ABC News, the suit notes that the same constitution adopted restrictive poll taxes, literacy requirements and residency requirements to disenfranchise people. Most of those have been struck down, removed or weakened over the ensuing 125 years.
New York: Judge Kevin Castel has upheld a ban on ballot selfies. In his ruling he said he agrees with elections officials from the state and city who argued that photographs risk slowing the voting process and being used as evidence in voter intimidation schemes.
New Mexico: A group of petitioners have filed paperwork in the First Judicial District Court seeking to have the court force the city of Santa Fe to implement ranked choice voting which was approved by voters in 2008.
In other New Mexico legal news, state employees have filed suit against the State Personnel Office alleging that the government is going back on its policy of allowing workers paid time off to vote in Albuquerque’s city election this week.
Rhode Island: A former gubernatorial candidate has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that Rhode Island election officials have adopted rules that are in conflict with the Help America Vote Act.
Texas: The Pasadena city council has agreed to settle an ongoing voting rights lawsuit for $1.1 million. According to The Houston Chronicle, the move, recommended by new Mayor Jeff Wagner, came less than a year after a federal judge found the council election structure adopted in 2013 diluted Latino voting influence.
VI. Tech Thursday
Federal Tech: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has written a letter to the CEOs of the nation’s top six voting machine manufacturers seeking to find out how well the companies protect themselves from cyberattacks. “Ensuring that Americans can trust that election systems and infrastructure are secure is necessary to protecting confidence in our electoral process and democratic government,” Wyden wrote in his letter according to The Washington Post. Wyden asks the companies to detail their internal security protocols, including whether they test their systems against penetration attempts by outside experts and if they follow federal best practices.
Florida: On October 1, Florida became the 35th state to give residents the option to register online to vote. The system went live more than two years after it was approved by the Legislature.
Opinions This Week
VII. Opinions This Week
Alabama: Election reform
California: Assembly bill 840
Florida: Online voter registration
Indiana: Election reform
Maryland: Russian interference
Minnesota: Election defense
Montana: Voter fraud
New York: Absentee voting
Ohio: Voter fraud
Texas: Voter ID
Virginia: Russian hacking
VIII. Available RFPs
Ballot Delivery Services for UOCAVA Voters
The Colorado Department of State (CDOS) is soliciting proposals to select a Contractor to provide a web-based ballot delivery system for Colorado military and overseas voters secure and reliable online access to their full precinct-specific ballot which they can use to vote. Deadline to submit is 11 a.m. Mountain Time on October 27.
IX. Available Awards
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking entry submissions for its second-annual national competition for best practices in election administration. This year the commission will present three awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers. All entries must be received by October 6, 2017.
“These awards celebrate the very best in election practices across the nation,” said EAC Chairman Matthew Masterson. “As we travel throughout the country, our commission sees first-hand the innovation and commitment to excellence that election officials and their partners bring to their work. These awards acknowledge that work and highlight best practices that other election administrations can emulate.”
This year’s awards come in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), legislation that established the EAC. This year’s categories, especially the award for best practices in accessibility, celebrate the advancements made since the passage of HAVA. For example, the new accessibility category reflects landmark HAVA provisions guaranteeing private and independent voting for people with disabilities.
This year’s entries will be judged using the following criteria:
- Outreach efforts
All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominators should use the following subject lines based on entry category: Election Worker Competition, Accessibility Competition or Outstanding Innovations Competition. All entries must include a brief summary of the election program nominated and relevant supporting documents that can be used to assess the entry. It should also include contact information for the person submitting the program for consideration. Each entry must be submitted in a separate email.
For more information about this year’s competition, please contact Patrick Leahy email@example.com.
X. Upcoming Events
Inclusion & Integrity in Election Administration — join Auburn University and the Election Center for their 2nd Biennial Symposium. The Symposium will feature the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the EAVS and data-driven conversations and invited panelists including election officials, vendors, researchers, academics and advocates. Discussion will include use of the EAVS data, voter participation, language access and support, accessibility, performance measurement and technology acquisition and security. Where: Auburn, Alabama. When: October 15-17.
NCSL Capitol Forum 2017— the NCSL Capitol Forum is the meeting where NCSL Standing Committees meet to discuss policy and set the agenda for the states. The NCSL Standing Committees are composed of legislators and legislative staff who are appointed by the leadership of the legislatures. The committees are the main organizational mechanism for serving NCSL members. There are nine committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in the state legislatures. When: December 10-13. Where: San Diego.
iGO Mid-Winter Conference 2018 — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on iGO’s mid-winter conference. When: Jan. 5-10, 2018. Where: San Diego.
Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee meeting. When: Jan. 11-12, 2018. Where: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Arlington, Virginia.
NASED 2018 Winter Meeting — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on NASED’s 2018 winter meeting. When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
NASS 2018 Winter Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on NASS’s 2018 winter meeting When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
Job Postings This Week
XI. Job Postings This Week
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Deputy Director (Democrat), Sandusky County, Ohio— Candidate must, to the satisfaction of a majority of the board, have the experience and capability to manage the day-to-day operations of the Sandusky County Board of Elections. The candidate must possess: Previous elections administration experience preferred but not required; Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; Effective written and interpersonal communication abilities; Familiarity with the handling of budgets and preparation of budgets; Ability to perform duties assigned by law, the county board of election, and/or the Secretary of State; Ability to multitask; Ability to convey or exchange information, including giving and managing assignments or direction to board personnel; Ability to adapt and to perform in a professional manner under stressful or emergency situations; Ability to comprehend a variety of informational documents quickly and efficiently; and Ability to conduct self at all times in a professional and courteous manner. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check. A job description and evaluation criteria may be obtained at the Sandusky County Board of Elections, 2020 Countryside Dr., Fremont, Ohio 43420. Deadline: Oct. 6, 4 pm Eastern. Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Sandusky County Board of Elections; Attn: Chairwoman Sandra Wise; 2020 Countryside Dr.; Fremont, Ohio 43420.
Elections Manager, Fairfax County, Virginia — serves as the principle election administrator for all local, state, and federal elections within Fairfax County. Performs detailed research and analysis to create appropriate strategic plans for staffing, training, logistics, coordination, and contingencies for all election day and post-election activities within Fairfax County. Develops detailed strategic plans for each election, disseminates plans and supporting information to appropriate stakeholders over a variety of local, state, and federal agencies to ensure effective election administration. Stays abreast of current and developing trends and technologies in election administration and provides recommendations to appropriately incorporate “best practices” into the administration of election day activities. Develops and maintains all applicable election forms, signs, and other publications, and regularly reviews for accuracy and ensures updates are distributed. Supervises the development of the Election Officer Training and Development program by reviewing and approving developed training content, oversees and occasionally conduct election officer trainings. Serves as the Election Administration Division Director and ensures appropriate supervision of employees and finances in accordance with applicable office, local, state, and federal policies/laws/procedures. Regularly reviews internal processes and practices and makes recommendations for improvements in regard to achieving efficiencies, accuracies, and fiscal stewardship. Under the direction and supervision of the General Registrar. Salary: $57,165-$95,276. Deadline: Oct. 13. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Services Specialist, Contra Costa County, California—the Elections Services Specialist is a lead technical position assigned to one of the functional units of the Elections Division: Candidate Services, Voter Services, Precinct/Mapping Services; Poll Operations; Warehouse Operations; and IT Operations. This position performs the most complex and technical support activities associated with the preparation for and conducts of elections; performs database management in one or more database systems; and has lead responsibility over the Elections Services Technicians and unit clerical and temporary staff. Salary: $4,188-$5,091 monthly. Deadline: Oct. 13. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Services, Technology Certification and Security Manager, Virginia State Board of Elections — manage the Election Services Division of the agency including managing election administration staff, policy analysis, campaign finance analysts, and voting system certification specialists. Manages and sets direction for policy analysts in the review of introduced legislation, interpretation of statutes and regulations, and effectively communication policy interpretation to agency leadership. Manage the work associated with the legislative session; ensuring the accuracy of and timely submission of analysis/documents, and the implementation of enacted legislation. Manages and set direction of campaign finance staff in the processing of campaign finance reports, addressing campaign finance violations and managing records in accordance with statute and regulations. Plans, designs and manages the election technology certification programs to ensure the security, integrity and accuracy of elections in Virginia. Implements policies, standards and procedures relating to voting systems, performance, security and auditing. Analyzes and documents election administration processes and data, identifying efficiencies and opportunities to improve performance. Possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide analytical reports of election administration processes throughout the Commonwealth. Works closely with our vendors, developers and business analysts for successful election administration management. This position supervises the work of the team responsible for administering elections in the Commonwealth, training of local election officials and provides guidance to the agency to determine best practices in voting equipment management, evaluation trends in election administration, and acting as a liaison with system vendors, federal certification entities and election administrators in other states. Manages training staff to ensure compliance with relevant statute and develop a culture of continuous learning among election officials across the state. Salary: $70,000 to $105,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Hardware Engineer III, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an accomplished and passionate Hardware Engineer III to be join our team in Toronto! This position will be responsible for provision of electronics, software and mechanical engineering support to new product development, manufacturing and field support teams. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Payroll & AP Administrator, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced Payroll & AP Administrator to be join our team in Denver, CO! This position will be responsible for managing and organizing of all functions related to payroll administration and accounts payable, including, but not limited to: recording, processing and obtaining approvals; and Processing all matters in a timely and accurate fashion, including following up on items related to the various accounts payable, payroll and month-end deadlines. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Policy Associate/Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures — the Policy Associate/Policy Specialist will work on NCSL’s elections team. The position requires skills in research, analysis, and program planning gained through progressively more complex and more in-depth work over several years. The work is performed independently within established program guidelines or project specifications; major work products are reviewed by more senior professionals or program managers/directors for quality, policy considerations, form, and substance. The Policy Associate/Policy Specialist will develop expertise on elections policy, and to a lesser extent campaign finance and/or redistricting. The work includes research, writing, speaking, maintaining internal and external documents and resources, developing connections with state legislators and legislative staff as well as meeting planning. This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable. Salary: $4,028-$4,428 monthly. Deadline: October 18. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Specialist, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking two experienced and passionate Product Specialist. One of the positions will be in our Denver, CO office and the other will be in our San Leandro, CA office! These positions are will be accountable for the readiness of Dominion’s voting systems to perform properly in assigned jurisdictions; which includes defining the functionality of the D-Suite system, monitoring the development of the system in accordance with the required functionality, and managing its testing and preparation for delivery to the market; this position also provides significant input to the system release visions, diagnoses and resolves obstacles and challenges as they arise. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager (West), Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking is highly-motivated and accomplished Regional Sales Manager to work remotely and be based in the Western United States; preferably California. The Regional Sales Manager is responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, planning and development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Technical Trainer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — our small and growing documentation and training team has an immediate need for a new member with intermediate-to-senior experience in: Instructional design, development of learning curricula, production of training materials, and hands-on, customer facing training. Generally, the training department, technical staff, and operations staff provide training at the customer’s site. We need an instructional designer and trainer who can analyze the learners and materials, and establish an appropriately targeted learning program. The opportunity exists to develop computer based training as an enhancement to our learning curriculum. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
State Certification Manager, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts— Certification Manager’s primary duty is to manage, coordinate, and represent Clear Ballot when finding compliance to all regulations and mandates of the federal and state election certification boards. The successful candidate has all or some combination of experience with voting systems certification campaigns, VVSG requirements, project management techniques and tools, and the ability to describe to technical staff how to comply with the statute, rule and other written and unwritten system requirements. This position reports to the Vice President, Product. Deadline: Open until filled. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — we are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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Personal Electronic Ballots
The St. Louis County, Missouri Board of Elections is seeking to purchase Personal Electronic Ballots (PEB’s) used in ES&S iVotronic voting machines. If your jurisdiction has any extra or leftover PEB’s from legacy systems, please contact Christian Tolbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-615-1853.