In Focus This Week
I. In Focus This Week
Contra Costa Elections emphasizes voter accessibly for all
APPLE: Accessible Polling Place Locations and Equipment
By Paul Burgarino, community education and engagement specialist
Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department
The Contra Costa County Elections staff has always worked to make sure polling places are accessible, but this year they’ve taken that commitment to the next level.
After reviewing different ways to help poll workers understand the importance of creating an accessible polling place, the elections division created a class dedicated that highlights every aspect of accessibility in the polling place.
The Elections Division call this class APPLE, which stands for Accessible Polling Place Locations and Equipment. Topics covered during the class include the following:
- How our office surveys sites for compliance with federal accessibility standards;
- Using items such as ramps and signs to make polling places accessible;
- Creating a welcoming environment for all voters;
- Setting up and using a ballot marking device with accessible features;
- Identifying potential accessibility issues in the field.
“We saw a bit of a disconnect between the efforts we put in to ensure polling places are accessible and how we share its importance with our poll workers,” Assistant Registrar Scott Konopasek said. “By having a class dedicated just to voter accessibility, our poll workers can see the valuable role they play in ensuring all residents can vote comfortably.”
The APPLE class curriculum includes real examples of inaccessible polling places, and guides poll workers on how to identify accessibility issues and how to use the ballot marking device.
“There are a lot of ‘Ah ha’ moments, where people see that a lot of people may have common challenges they never thought about. It’s a real eye opener,” said Camille Cain, one of the Elections Division staff members who developed and teaches the course.
Adds fellow instructor Chris Juell: “Accessibility is not just for the people who need it, it’s for everybody.”
The APPLE classes were fairly inexpensive. Contra Costa Elections officials say that in addition to the staff time to prepare the class curriculum, the hard costs included renting a couple of training venues throughout the county at a cost of less than $2,000 and just over $5,000 for some special pins to present attendees of the class.
Attendance of the APPLE class is voluntary. Since the class launched in January, 599 poll workers have taken the course. That’s roughly a third of the county’s Election Day volunteers.
Poll workers lauded the new class, saying it has opened their eyes to the importance of identifying barriers and mitigating them to create accessibility.
“It gave me all of the insight and a different thought process about how we can make voting more accessible for all people,” said Mohsin Ali of San Ramon.
Ali, a poll worker who volunteers at the polling location at the San Ramon Senior Center, says the class gave him a different perspective and will make him more cognizant of items such as sign placement, door pressure and other voter needs.
“The class doesn’t just focus on one class of people, but how we can make all voters comfortable,” Ali said.
Bonita Brewer, who volunteered as a poll worker for the first time in November 2016 at the Pleasant Hill Hope Center, said she appreciated hearing the detailed information about all the measures the Elections Office take to ensure access to the ballot; not just addressing physical disabilities, but also language barriers.
“The class helped me understand why it’s important that doors are kept open and things like that. Before the class, I wouldn’t have thought about what if a kid walks by and shuts the door,” Brewer, a Martinez resident, said. “In June, I know I’m going to be more aware of the polling place environment.”
The Elections Division’s goal is to have at least two poll workers at each of the county’s 278 polling places attend the APPLE class before the June 5th election.
For more information, go to the Contra Costa Elections website at www.cocovote.us.
In the article last week about postal updates, one of the paragraphs should have read: Although the use of voter-level ballot tracking is on the rise, it is made available to only a fraction of voters. A ballot STID can be used on virtually every ballot being mailed. It is an improved, data version of the Official Election Material Mail logo. This will benefit the tens of millions of voters who vote by mail.
III. Federal-State Updates
According to The Hill, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, nominated to lead both NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, was asked at his confirmation hearing whether he agreed with outgoing NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers’s statement that the response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election has not been strong enough.
During the same hearing, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said it was time to “spell out a deterrence doctrine.” “We may need to make clear to Russia,” Warmer warned in a speech, saying “If you go about using cyber warfare and disinformation against us, we’re going to call you out and we’re going to punch back.”
Following a report in the New York Times Magazine last month that says voting machine vendor ES&S had advised officials to install remote-access software, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has sent the manufacturer a series of questions and has asked them to respond by March 30.
“The American public has been repeatedly assured that voting machines are not connected to the internet, and thus, cannot be remotely compromised by hackers,” Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote in a letter to ES&S according to Gizmodo.
Wyden’s office told Gizmodo he had questioned ES&S and other voting machine manufacturers last year about their cybersecurity practices. “ES&S did not answer Wyden’s questions about whether the company follows basic cybersecurity best practices,” it said.
In another letter, Senators Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Minnesota) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) have asked voting equipment vendors whether they have allowed Russian entities to scrutinize their software. According to Reuters, the senators requested that the three largest election equipment vendors – Election Systems & Software, Dominion Voting Systems and Hart Intercivic – answer whether they have shared source code, or inner workings, or other sensitive data about their technology with any Russian entity.
According to The Hill, Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Kamala Harris (D-California) were forced to table an amendment to a bill moving through the Senate that was aimed at improving information-sharing between federal and state election officials on election cyber threats. Elections officials several states had objected to the amendment.
Election News This Week
IV. Election News This Week
According to WRAL, 25 of North Carolina’s 100 counties have no functioning elections board to settle questions of polling locations and early voting hours with just two months to go until the primary. Each of those county boards only have two members, although a court ruling allowed them to function with just two. However, that court ruling has expired and there is still no way for new members to be appointed. “The ruling on Monday nullified that Supreme Court order, so those two-member boards can no longer act,” Patrick Gannon, spokesman for the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement told WRAL. Gannon said most county boards approved their early voting plans before the ruling. Early voting starts April 19, and absentee ballots start getting mailed out March 19. Wake County Elections Director Gary Sims told the station this still causing problems. “Sometimes we’ll have construction at a polling place or have to move for one reason or another, and that’s important that we do make those changes if they’re necessary. That does require a board to take action on that,” Sims told the station.
Safety first! Safety has been the topic of several news stories this week. On Long Island, Suffolk police are considering a request to enhance patrols at polling places that are in schools. Acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron told Newsday that police are considering plans for “enhanced police presence” at about 21 school polling places. “I’m pretty confident that when people go to vote . . . they’ll see an enhanced police presence,” Cameron told the paper. “It will look somewhat different than it has in the past.” In Brookfield, Wisconsin, the local school district is considering how to handle polling places in schools after parents expressed concerns. The school district is working with local elections officials to discuss possible school holidays or creating a vote center at new convention center. In Clay County, Indiana, elections officials discussed potential gun violence at the county’s vote centers. Indiana law does not prohibit guns in polling places and the county elections board discussed, what, if anything they could do regulate it. And in the Monroeville area of Pennsylvania, some parents have expressed concern about schools being used a polling places for an upcoming special elections.
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and his staff recently out to put an end to misinformation about voter fraud and voting system tampering. Warner and staff staged a demonstration in the governor’s Cabinet and Conference Room at the Capitol using current voting equipment and technologies. “The system is safe here in West Virginia, and we are after security from day one,” Warner told The Exponent Telegram. Warner said he is concerned about the media being susceptible to manipulation more than the state’s voting system. “If somebody were to hack CNN or Fox and put out false information and appearing to be one of legitimate sources, that can affect a lot more people than you do changing one or two votes.”
Although people have been voting almost since January 1 in a variety of elections, Tuesday marked the first big mid-term election when voters in the Lone Star state went to the polls. Overall things went well with early voting numbers outpacing expectations. There were a few issues though. Several polling places in Houston opened late with voters waiting in line to vote due to the late start. The issues faced in Harris County has advocates calling for the county to move to vote centers like many other Texas counties have. Some voters in San Antonio faced confusion because their polling places had been relocated. Although voting went smoothly, some voters in Travis County were waiting about 20 minutes to cast ballots. A missing ballot box, which turned out not to be missing after all, slowed down vote counting in Smith County.
While momentum is gaining to restore voting rights to many ex-felons in Florida, currently Gov. Rick Scott (R) and the three other officials who determine whether or not an ex-felon may have their rights restored are putting any restoration decisions on hold following a judge’s ruling in February that the state’s system of restoring felon voting rights is unconstitutional. There are currently 62 ex-felons who have requested to have their voting rights restored.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has appointed Ed Buchanan to serve as secretary of state. Buchanan will complete the remainder of Ed Murray’s term after Murray was forced to resign. Buchanan has announced that he will run for the Republican nomination for the office. Buchanan ran for secretary of state in 2014 narrowly losing to Murray in the primary. Buchanan is a former prosecutor and state legislator.
Personnel News: The Wisconsin Elections Commission has chosen Meagan Wolfe to serve as the new elections administrator. Wolfe had previously served as the assistant administrator. Lynchburg, Virginia Registrar Karen Patterson is stepping down after two-and-a-half years on the job. Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has announced that she will seek a second term. Also in Rhode Island, former secretary of state Matt Brown has announced that he will run governor. Josephine Goodman has been sworn in to the Powhatan County, Virginia electoral board.
V. Legislative Updates
Alabama: The House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee has approved a constitutional amendment that would end special elections for legislative vacancies that take place 13 months before the next statewide general election.
Arizona: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would give the state the authority to tell local governments when they can and can’t hold local elections. Lawmakers passed similar legislation in 2012 but the state Court of Appeals overturned the law.
Indiana: Two bills approved by the Senate failed to pass the House by this week’s deadline for acting on Senate measures. Senate Bill 250 would have authorized no-excuse absentee voting and Senate Bill 326 would have established standards for legislative redistricting.
Also in Indiana, the Senate has approved a plan to break the deadlock on precinct consolidation in Lake County.
Montana: Chris Gallus, an attorney from Helena has submitted language for a ballot initiative that would change the state’s constitution to explicitly ban non-citizens from voting in elections. If Gallus’ proposal passes a legal review, he will have to gather the signatures of 10 percent of voters spread over 40 legislative districts — 50,936 signatures total — for the measure to be placed on the ballot in November’s election.
New Mexico: Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill into law that will merge most nonpartisan local elections into one. “Consolidating nonpartisan local elections reduces confusion and election fatigue for voters and will lead to increased voter participation in local elections,” said Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. “In addition, fewer elections will help the state, county and municipal governments cut election administration costs and provide more streamlined election services for voters.”
Ohio: Sen. Frank LaRose has introduced a proposal that would allocate about $114.5 million to counties statewide to help them offset the costs of replace aging voting machines. LaRose is a Republican candidate for secretary of state.
South Dakota: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced last week that backers of a ballot initiative that would move the state to a top-two primary system did not gather enough valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot this year.
Also in South Dakota, the Senate has approve a bill that would require ballot measure organizers have their circulators proved residency information to the secretary of state’s office including driver’s license number, length of time at current address and past two addresses and their state of voter registration.
VI. Legal Updates
Alabama: According to Alabama Public Radio, more civil rights groups are challenging a lower court ruling that found that the state’s voter ID law is not discriminatory. The ACLU of Alabama, ACLU Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee and Campaign Legal Centerhave submitted a brief in support.
California: San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer Jr. has agreed with the ACLU of Northern California that voters who submit a mail ballot should be provided time to cure their ballot if the signature on the envelope does not match that on file. According to The Sacramento Bee, the lawsuit, La Follette v. Padilla, was filed on behalf Sonoma County resident Peter La Follette, who cast his vote by mail in the November 2016 election, according to the lawsuit. County election officials did not count his ballot after determining his ballot’s signature did not match a signature they had on file, the lawsuit states, but officials never told La Follette about the issue, as state law did not require them to.
Kansas: The trial over the state’s proof-of citizenship law began this week. Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be representing himself against the ACLU’s suit over a law that requires prospective voters to provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport in order to register to vote.
Massachusetts: The Commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court heard a challenge the state’s 20-day voter registration deadline. Plaintiffs argue that the 20-day deadline for voter registration is unconstitutional.
North Carolina: A three-judge panel, that has twice heard legal challenges to an eight-member state board of elections and ethics—issued a final order this week nullifying a portion of the 2016 law that dictated how members of the state board would be chosen. According to WRAL, the order essentially carries out a Jan. 26 ruling by the state Supreme Court, which decided 4-3 along party lines that lawmakers overstepped their authority in trying to combine the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission.
VII. Tech Thursday
Kansas: Legislators raised concerns about the state’s Crosscheck program this week. According to KCUR, in a committee briefing on security matters Monday, Democratic Rep. Jeff Pittman raised concerns that Kansas could face lawsuits or have to pay for credit monitoring services if some of the records get hacked or improperly released. Pittman recommended that Kansas should charge states a “small fee” for every record they submit.
Opinions This Week
VIII. Opinions This Week
California: Election security
Montana: Lake County
New Jersey: Automatic voter registration
Oregon: Paid postage
Tennessee: Ranked choice voting
IX. Available Grants/RFPs/Awards
Risk-Limiting Audit System
The Colorado Department of State soliciting proposals to select a contractor to develop enhancements to the web-based risk-limiting audit system for Colorado election officials to use in auditing primary, coordinated, and general elections. The RFP is posted on the department website at https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/VotingSystems/VSHomePage1.html. The proposal submission deadline is March 29, 2018 at 11:00am MST. Questions concerning the RFP may be directed to Brad Lang at Brad.Lang@sos.state.co.us.
Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards
The online nomination process for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) 2018 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is now open! The Democracy Award is given annually to three individuals: a Republican, a Democrat, and a member of the international community. Nominations for the international recipient are open to the public and will be accepted through April 6, 2018. The three Democracy Awards are presented in a single ceremony each year. This year’s event will be held on September 24, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Submit your nomination here.
New Initiatives Grants in Election Science
The MIT Election Data and Science Lab invites applications for grants to fund systematic research on the conduct of elections in the United States. The Lab has allocated up to $100,000 in 2018 for grants, with individual grants capped at $20,000. Proposals will be judged by the significance of the research project; the project’s design, plan of work, and dissemination; the applicant’s qualifications; the relationship of the project to the Lab’s goal of encouraging research that is relevant to the improvement of elections; and the appropriateness of the budget request for the project’s requirements. Deadline for application is April 2. For the complete announcement and how to apply, click here.
X. Upcoming Events
NASS 2018 Summer Conference — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of Secretaries of State 2018 summer conference in the City of Brotherly Love. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Philadelphia.
2018 NASED Summer Meeting — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of State Election Directors’ 2018 summer meeting in the City of Brotherly Love. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Philadelphia.
NACo Annual Conference and Exposition — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition in Music City. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Nashville, Tennessee.
2018 iGo Annual Conference — Mark your calendars now for the International Association of Government Officials 2018 Annual Conference in The Biggest Little City in the World! Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 16-21. Where: Reno, Nevada.
Election Sciences Reform and Administration (ESRA) — The conference brings together political scientists and other experts in election administration to develop rigorous empirical approaches to the study of how law and administrative procedures affect the quality of elections in the United States. Participants will identify major questions in the field, share new insights, foster collaboration between election administrators and election scientists, and connect senior and junior scholars. When: July 26 and 27. Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Job Postings This Week
XI. Job Postings This Week
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Account Manager (Florida) – ES&S — An Account Manager serves as the interface between customer service and sales with respect to the full array of ES&S product lines. Operating as the lead point of contact for any and all matters specific to customers within the assigned territory from initial implementation of new voting systems through each election cycle. Ultimately, Account Managers are responsible for building and maintaining long-lasting customer relationships, negotiating and promoting Account Management contracts and agreements to maximize profit, and acting as the overall liaison between the customer and internal team members. Account Managers partner with our customers to ensure their long-term success. The Account Manager role includes managing a portfolio of assigned customers, developing new business from existing clients and actively seeking new opportunities. Account Management responsibilities include developing strong relationships with customers, and connecting with key county/jurisdiction officials. Account Managers will liaise between customers and cross-functional internal teams to ensure the timely and successful delivery of our solutions and to proactively identify customer needs and improve the entire customer experience. In addition, Account Managers collaborate with our Sales team to achieve sales quotas and grow our business. Salary: $57K-$73K. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Chief Security Officer (Denver) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a senior executive Chief Security Officer to join our team in Denver, Colorado! The CSO will be accountable for the development, implementation, and management of enterprise-wide strategies, policies, and programs intended for the mitigation and reduction of operational, financial and reputational risk relating to the security of our products, data, personnel, customers, and facilities globally. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Manager (Toronto) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a customer focused and passionate Customer Relations Manager to join our team in Toronto! This position is responsible for providing world-class customer service to our customers in order to achieve our core purpose of delivering solutions for the advancement of fair, accessible, and secure elections! Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Manager (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a customer focused and passionate Customer Relations Manager to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position is responsible for effectively and proactively managing the day-to-day relationship, administration and technical/product support of one or more assigned customer accounts. Additionally, the CRM will serve as project manager for specialized projects such as pre- and post-election day support, new product implementations, and/or product upgrades/updates. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Operation Manager, Douglas County, Colorado — this position performs a variety of complex supervisory and project management responsibilities This is a highly technical and supervisory position that, in collaboration with the Elections Manager, plans and conducts all functions associated with the operation of the department including: documentation of policies and procedures; mentoring and support for all subordinate staff; creating and enforcing policies that comply with statutory mandates and directives; participate in the creation and execution of strategic and tactical plans for operating successful elections within the County; provide assistance to other entities participating in a County or conducting their own election; managing election assets; ensuring accurate and unbiased collection and reporting of votes; cash management associated with revenues and fees as required by law. Coordinates with and assists other Clerk & Recorder Divisions as needed. Salary: $4,6230-$5,778, monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Fellows, ProPublica — we are looking for data and reporting fellows to join one of America’s most innovative (and fun) investigative newsrooms to work on covering the 2018 election. You won’t be covering the horse race — you’ll be covering voting itself: voting rights, election integrity, cyber security of election systems, etc. And you’ll be helping journalists across the country cover it, too. The fellowship is full time, runs from early June through the election, and is paid. It will be based at our newsroom in New York. There are two kinds of fellowships available: Reporting and Data/Interactive Graphics. Deadline: March 19. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Field Sales Director, Hart InterCivic — the Field Sales Director works primarily on the road and from a home office when he/she is not on business travel. The Field Sales Director is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in a defined region. Today, this role is a single contributor and does not directly manage people. This position will report to the VP of Sales. Application: For the complete job listing an to apply, click here.
Field Support Engineer (Ohio), Clear Ballot — Oversee and perform installation, configuration and maintenance of Ubuntu servers and Windows desktop and laptop machines, local area network, related equipment and devices; become expert at installation and configuration of Clear Ballot Group software; respond to end user reported incidents, create and track incidents in a ticketing system; daily interaction with both local and remote users for needs gathering and problem analysis; provides technical leadership on a variety of highly specialized project-related activities requiring expertise in specific scientific/technical areas for digital voting systems. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Operations Technician, Clear Ballot — the Operations Technician’s primary duty is preparing, installing software, staging, and shipping equipment to customers. Additionally, the position manages an internal IT network and maintains inventory of company equipment. The successful candidate has all or some combination of experience with hands on hardware and software integration, IT, project management, procurement, logistics, and inventory management. This position reports to the Director of Field Operations. 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.
Product Manager, Clear Ballot — the Product Manager position is a member of the Clear Ballot Product team. At Clear Ballot, the Product team is the hub around which all other functions orbit. The team manages the company’s product planning and feedback cycle, interacting and collaborating regularly with Customer Success, Engineering, Business Development, Compliance/Certification, Field Operations, and Executive Management. Clear Ballot Product Managers work on a multi-disciplinary product team which is assigned one of more of Clear Ballot products. As the customer representative on the product team, the Product Manager creates, prioritizes and represents product requirements to the product team. The Product Manager also the product team’s representative to stakeholders inside and outside of the organization. The Product Manager is often working with prospects and clients to gain insight, vet ideas, and present solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product & System Specialist (Jamestown, NY) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking tech-savvy and passionate Product & System Specialist to join our team in Jamestown, NY! This position is responsible for delivering internal and external technical support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion’s hardware and software technologies and products. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & 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 Manager, Technical Product Support (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy, passionate Senior Manager, Technical Product Support to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is responsible for strategically leading and developing a multi-state team of election technology software and hardware Product Specialists through a number of critical projects throughout the Western United States. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Research Support Associate, Election Data and Science Lab, MIT— support the data processing and research assistance needs of the lab. Responsibilities will include assisting with data management and research by collecting and cleaning data, performing data analysis, creating graphs and figures, visualizing data, and preparing tables for papers that are in the process of publication; assisting with the fielding of surveys; and performing general administrative duties including file organization, participating in meetings, and other miscellaneous tasks. This is an ideal position for someone interested in gaining research experience in political science and data science more broadly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Technical Trainer, Clear Ballot — training courses and learning materials support users whose skills range the technical spectrum and include laypersons (pollworkers), election officials, and system administrators. 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; 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. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
State Election Technology Associate, Clear Ballot— our growing team has an immediate need for a new member to manage testing, approval and certification campaigns of election technology in new states. This position works directly with State Government to test and approve voting systems. Certification and approval is key to success in the election systems domain. Diplomacy and empathy alongside professional and tactful communications are key contributors to smooth state certification campaigns of new election technology. All voting system components (ballot layout, in-person voting, absentee voting, results reporting and audit) and their associated documentation are certified by state agencies; evaluation is performed by demanding government laboratories. Requirements vary across the States; and these requirements are found in statute, Rule, by written and oral tradition, and sometimes are ambiguous and even unwritten. Attention to detail is paramount to success. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot — 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. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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