electionline Weekly

August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018

In Focus This Week

I. In Focus This Week

Exit Interview: Amber McReynolds

Amber1Amber McReynolds courtesy of Denverite

Long-time Director of Elections Amber McReynolds is leaving Denver Elections, but she’s not leaving elections.

After administering elections in Denver for 12 years, McReynolds will depart later this month to become the Executive Director of the National Vote at Home Institute.

During her tenure in Denver, the county/city’s elections department was known for innovative ideas such as eSign, Ballot TRACE and a program allowing homeless residents to serve as poll workers. The Division has won several national and international awards stemming from these innovations and others.

As she wrote about in an April Medium post, McReynolds believes in a voter-centered approach to elections.

“As a dynamic, highly complex, and decentralized ecosystem, the election administration field involves commitment by federal, state, and local election officials but also technologists, stakeholders, advocacy groups, and above all — voters,” McReynolds wrote. “Let me say that again. Voters are the key and making their experience meaningful, accessible, and secure is our ultimate responsibility. We must continue to improve our service delivery to voters, respond to their needs, and facilitate a fair and accessible process. I believe this process must be free from partisan politics and must be centered around doing what’s right for all voters, regardless of political persuasion.”

We caught up with Amber as she was preparing for her final days at Denver Elections and asked her some questions for one of our exit interviews.

Why are you choosing to leave public service now?
I have been blessed to lead an incredible and talented team at Denver Elections. We have transformed the voting process to make it more effective for voters and I think this new opportunity gives me a chance to continue to help other states re-imagine what is possible to improve the voting process for all voters. So, my new role is still serving the public, just perhaps in a more indirect way. I’ll always be a public servant.

What attracted you to taking on the role at Vote At Home?
I receive calls and emails weekly from states and jurisdictions across the country asking me how they can make their offices or state processes look like Colorado’s system. I have been speaking all over the country about Denver’s transformation and how we modernized our election system and improved the voting experience. 

I have found that there is much to do to enhance and improve the process across the country. As an experienced election official, I believe I can help others and the National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition will give me a chance to do that.   

What advice would you give someone just getting started out about working the field of elections?
I am grateful to work in this office and in this role and I have loved it each and every day. I’m passionate about election administration and I believe that finding a role that you are passionate about is the key to being successful. I always encourage new election officials to approach this profession in curiosity and think about what is possible, re-imagine what could be, and look for creative ways to serve voters.  Voting is our ultimate right and voters deserve an awesome experience!  

Also, the field of elections has so many amazing opportunities for a variety of disciplines including technology, data analytics, communication, marketing, process improvement, customer service, database administrators, graphic designers, researchers, lawyers, accountants, political science, operations, logistics, emergency management, and many more.  It’s an exciting field and expanding the diversity of disciplines within the field is important to improving the voting process overall.   

So, you do not need a specific major or background but you need to be passionate, curious, and committed to the subject. I also think it is important for professionals new the field to seek mentors and learn from others.

What’s the one thing you wish you could have accomplished while in Denver, but weren’t able to?
Oh what a list!  Well, I’m an eternal optimist and I believe that very little is impossible. 

So, first we have been working on a plan to consolidate our municipal and run-off election and utilize ranked choice voting.  I believe this is a good path forward for voters and for election administration and will save taxpayer funds in the process.

Secondly, voter registration trends in Colorado show a 45 percent increase in unaffiliated voters in recent years – now 38% Unaffiliated, 30 percent Democrats, 30 percent Republican. Of this, 50 percent of 18-24 year old voters are unaffiliated. To me, voters are always telling us something with trends and data and it is important to constantly review our laws and policies to ensure they support voters.  Many states do not require you to affiliate when you register to vote and given this trend in Colorado, I believe our state should consider this policy change. 

Third, I believe there is need for further reform with our primary system to make it more effective and operationally efficient.  

Fourth, there are statutory changes that would improve voting access in Colorado including allowing 17 year olds who will be eligible to vote by the General Election to vote in the Primary (Ohio does this currently).

Fifth, I believe that implementing pre-paid/business reply postage for mail ballots and adjusting the timelines for receiving the physical ballot (due to USPS operational changes) are needed to ensure voted ballots are received. I have other ideas about statutory changes but that is a good summary. 

Sixth, I believe there are still some enhancements to make with regards to the delivery system for military and overseas voters and voters with accessibility challenges.  Denver has made progress on these initiatives and that will continue. 

Finally, Denver is also ready to rollout a new Campaign Finance Filing system that will tremendously improve the reporting system and access to information.  The team working on this has done an outstanding job and I can’t wait to see the final product this fall.

Denver elections has done a lot of unique and innovative things (eSign, homeless poll worker program), what is it about Denver that made that possible?
We have a culture of curiosity and creativity and we focus on doing what is right for the customers we serve. We truly care about delivering exceptional service and improving the voting experience. Our team is incredible and have many amazing ideas to achieve this mission. 

If you could create the perfect voting system, what would it look like? And no fair just saying vote-by-mail!
I believe the future is ballot delivery (not actually the term vote by mail). 

Colorado was designed to be an automatic ballot delivery system complimentary to voter registration modernization reforms. I believe connecting the registration process with balloting so that it is seamless is critical to an effective voting system. 

Right now the delivery mechanism is a paper ballot delivered by USPS and in the future that may be different. I could envision a system that allows a voter to login to their voter registration record, their ballot is displayed, they can mark the ballot and click print (or perhaps save it to their phone) and then physically submit it to us in a secure drop-off location or at a vote center, already marked. 

I’m an optimist with regards to new ideas and believe that if creative election professionals, talented technologists along with security specialists, and other collaborators work together, we can solve our greatest challenges with access and security.  I also believe that voters will and should advocate for system changes they want to see. 

For those wishing to keep in touch with Amber after she leaves Denver, you can reach her at the National Vote At Home Institute. She’s also on Twitter (@AmberMcReynolds) and maintains a work-related Medium account.

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Federal-State Updates

III. Federal-State Updates

During a television interview, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), head of the House Intelligence Committee supported the idea of banning electronic voting machines and relying solely on paper ballots.

“The one thing we’ve been warning about for many, many years on the intelligence committee is about the electronic voting systems. Those are really dangerous in my opinion, and should not be used,” Nunes, said in an interview aired on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

Although President Donald J. Trump has waffled on his support of securing the nation’s elections and the threats faced by state and local officials, during a speech in New York this week, Vice President Mike Pence seemed to whole-heartedly accept the potential threat to the nation’s voting system and praised state and federal efforts to secure the vote.

An amendment to the “minibus” appropriations bill by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), which would have allocated $250 million in federal funding to replace outdated voting machines, provide security training for election workers, upgrade voter registration software and fund other state and local election initiatives was blocked by Senate Republicans this week. Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) opposed the amendment because Congress has already approved $380 million for election funding this year.

Election News This Week

IV. Election News This Week

A new study from the Texas Civil Rights Project finds that a majority of the state’s high schools are not complying with state law that requires them to provide voter registration form to students at least twice a year. According to the San Antonio News-Express, only about a third of the state’s 2,600 high schools requested voter registration forms from the secretary of state’s office and that 82 out of 232 counties (35 percent) did not have a single high school request a voter registration form. The paper noted that it’s not clear how many schools reached out to counties for voter registration forms instead of the state. The report recommends that the Secretary of State further train schools, mail voter registration forms to all high schools instead of making them request the forms and develop a better tracking method to identify schools that are complying with the law.

The Indiana secretary of state’s office has released a plan to cut almost a third of Lake County’s precincts. After county officials failed to come up with a plan to consolidate the precincts, the state stepped in. Under the new plan, the secretary of state’s office cut 170 of the county’s current 523 precincts. “My office has worked diligently to craft a reasonable plan that is fair to the citizens of Lake County,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said, in a statement. “Under this plan, county residents will realize roughly $700,000 in savings over the next four years, yet will be minimally impacted by a shift in some polling locations.” Gary, Hammond and East Chicago each lost nearly half of their voting precincts. “I’m really disturbed and concerned about these amounts of cuts,” Lake County Clerk Michael Brown told the Chicago Tribune. The consolidation will begin in 2019.

Non-citizen voter registration has gotten off to a slow start in San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Examiner, just one non-citizen voters so far has registered to vote. In 2016 voters approved Proposition N which allows documented non-citizens to register and vote in school elections. Advocates who had supported Proposition N are now cautioning people about registering for fear that this information could be used against them. “A lot of people in the community felt that the department should destroy records and not do the normal processes for getting people registered,” Department of Elections Director John Arntz told the Examiner. “But there is nothing in the law that dictates the department to do anything differently — all that happened was there was a change in the definition of a voter in San Francisco for the school board elections.”

The Pennsylvania Department of State has reviewed voter records and determined that as many as 8,698 people may be registered to vote who are not actually eligible for registration. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the review first uncovered 11,198 potentially ineligible voters on the rolls, prompting the agency to undertake a process of confirming registrations. That resulted in 2,500 people being removed from the list recently. But about 8,700 of those registrants remain on the rolls across 64 counties, and those counties will now be tasked with confirming their eligibility or removing them from the rolls. “The counties will complete the process of confirming eligibility of the remaining registrants using the information provided by the Department of State,” agency spokesperson Wanda Murren said. “It is premature to estimate the county findings, because many of the registrants may be eligible voters.”

The Los Angeles County board of supervisors have approved a plan to get as many inmates in the county jail registered as are eligible. According to KHTS, the board of supervisors will create a task force to oversee the process. “Engaging all individuals in these efforts, including those with justice system-involvement, is critical,” said Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl within their motion for the plan. The plan will use inmate welfare dollars to fund the outreach. A verbal report is expected in 90 days, just before the November election, with a full written report to follow 30 days later.

The Broadway cast of Hamilton are not throwing away their shot to get thousands of people registered to vote. On August 4, the cast will conduct a voter registration drive for New York residents in front of the famed musical’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. According to Playbill, members of the cast who participate in the registration have been trained by voter registration volunteers from the Hispanic Federation. “Voting honors our democracy; honors our founding fathers; and honors the spirit of our show,” producer Jeffrey Seller told Playbill. “We want to do our part to help all citizens participate in an election that will deeply affect the direction of our country.”

In other elections entertainment news, Secretary Hillary Clinton will partner with director Stephen Spielberg to bring a book about women’s fight for voting rights to television. Clinton will be one of four executive producers on the show which is being developed for cable or a streaming service. “It’s [The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss] about the women who fought for suffrage nearly 100 years ago. We stand on their shoulders, and I’m delighted to have a hand in helping to tell their stories,” Clinton said on Twitter.

Personnel News: Maria Boileau is back as the Clinton County, Pennsylvania director of elections. Amber McReynolds, director of elections in Denver, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her role in mid-August to head up the National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition. Irene L. D’Abramo is the new GOP deputy elections commissioner in Suffolk County, New York. Gary Kling has rejoined the Burke County, North Carolina board of elections. Suffolk County, New York elections commissioner Nicholas LaLota has won a new four-year term.

In Memoriam: Robert P. Drake, Jr. principle election manager for board of elections in Toms River, New Jersey has died. He was 37. Drake is survived by his wife Joelle, children Makayla and River, his parents and several brothers and other family members.

Legislative Updates

V. Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has introduced legislation that would prohibit and penalize the knowing spread of misinformation, such as incorrect polling locations, times or the necessary forms of ID in order to suppress voter turnout. McCaskill’s bill, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, which she introduced with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would prohibit and penalize intentionally and knowingly spreading misinformation to voters that are intended to suppress the vote, including the time and place of an election and restrictions on voter eligibility. The penalty for engaging in these deceptive acts would be a fine up to $100,000 and/or up to five years imprisonment.

Massachusetts: Officials are working on legislation for the implementation of automatic voter registration, which has been approved by the Legislature, but not yet signed by the governor. According to WWLP, House and Senate negotiators filed a compromise bill with the House clerk’s office that would require voters to opt-out rather than opt-in. Eligible citizens would automatically be registered to vote when they interact with the RMV.

North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has vetoed ballot language approved by the Legislature including the language for a constitutional referendum on voter ID. Legislative leadership has vowed to override the vetoes.

Legal Updates

VI. Legal Updates

Alabama: The Alabama NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and three individual voters, argued before the 11th Circuit last week that the state’s photo voter identification law was specifically crafted by lawmakers to discriminate against thousands of black and Latino voters. According to Courthouse News Service, In January, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler ruled that the 2011 law, which requires absentee and in-person voters to show photo ID in order to cast a ballot, is constitutional. Coogler found no evidence that the Alabama legislature passed the law with “racially discriminatory intent or for a racially discriminatory purpose.”

Georgia: A judge has thrown out an election complaint from a losing candidate in the race for August commission on procedural grounds. The losing candidate had complained that an afternoon gas leak, which caused traffic to be rerouted, was mishandled and may have cost her votes.

Kansas: U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson has imposed more than $26,000 in sanctions against Secretary of State Kris Kobach as punishment for his “contemptuous behavior” during the state’s proof-of citizenship legal battle.

North Carolina: For the third time in a little more than a year, a panel of three Superior Court judges was asked to weigh the legality of a revamped State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. According to WRAL, there was no word on when the judges would rule on the case, but it’s likely that any decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

North Dakota: During testimony before the state’s Supreme Court, Libertarian candidate for secretary of state Roland Riemers challenged the state’s election process and questioned why ballots are not a matter of public record. “Mr. Riemers, I don’t think it’s unusual that people aren’t allowed to rummage through ballots,” Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle later told him. “And there’s good reason for that.” According to InForum, Riemers officially received 247 votes in the statewide primary election as the only Libertarian on the ballot. He needed 300 votes to be nominated for the November ballot and maintain the Libertarians’ ballot status. He is challenging the state’s interpretation of the recount law.

Tech Thursday

VII. Tech Thursday

California: Elections officials in San Francisco are considering moving to new ballot-counting machines that would not only speed up the process of counting ranked-choice ballots, but would also allow voters to rank up to 10 candidates. San Francisco has long had a limit on three candidates per ranked-choice vote because the city’s ballot-counting system could not handle more. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new vote-counting machines look a lot like their black, boxy predecessors. But the paper ballots themselves will be redesigned: In most cases, voters will fill in ovals, rather than complete broken lines, to mark their selections. Sections of the ballot for ranked-choice contests will also look different, featuring a layout that ranked-choice proponents say will help eliminate voter confusion and mismarked ballots.

Also in California, a report prepared by IBM Security Services found that it was incompatible software and clashing file formats between the state’s official voter list and Los Angeles county’s system that left 118,000 people off the voter rolls during the June primary.

West Virginia: After a successful pilot program using two counties during the primary, the West Virginia secretary of state’s office plans to roll out the use of Votaz — a block chain voting system — statewide for overseas voters in November. “I think it was a great opportunity for our military voters to take advantage of a method in which they could access their ballot a lot easier,” Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney told The Morgantown News. “Of course, the first time you do things, you recognize things you can improve upon for the future, but I think all 11 military voters who used it in our county were pleased with it.” According to the secretary of state’s office, Voatz is still undergoing the last of four technology audits before it can be given the green light. After that, Secretary of State Mac Warner will make Voatz optional for the state’s county clerks to use in November, but it won’t be mandated.

Opinions This Week

VIII. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Paper ballots | 2016 election | Voting systems | Student voting | CybersecurityVoting rights

Arizona: Turnout

Florida: On-campus early voting, II, III, IV | Hillsborough County | Poll workers | Ex-felon voting rights

Georgia: Voting system

Iowa: Court ruling

Kansas: Secretary of state race

Louisiana: Secretary of state

Missouri: Boone County

New Mexico: Voter registration drives | Voter registration

North Carolina: Election security

Pennsylvania: Lancaster County

Tennessee: Paper ballots

Washington: Election security

Wisconsin: Student voters

Upcoming Events

IX. Upcoming Events

Election Center 34th Annual National Conference — Attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the final stretch of the mid-term election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial critical infrastructure information, new updates from the investing in elections project, elections in review, information on new voting systems, the vendor exhibit area where you can learn about new and innovative voting system support and much more! We will honor and celebrate the winners of the Election Center’s acclaimed Professional Practices Papers’ Program.   It is also a platform in which election officials can share their successful practices. Award Winners will be announced at a session on Monday afternoon and you will take home all the best practices submitted on your own DVD. When: Aug. 27-28. Where: New Orleans.

National Election Security Summit — National, state and local election authorities will join officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Elections Infrastructure — Information Sharing and Analysis Center, security professionals, election experts, and other industry leaders to learn and share tangible best practices. These security discussions will provide attendees useable steps to mitigate threats and vulnerabilities as election authorities gear up for the 2018 mid-term elections. This is an event designed for election officials and is not open to the public and space is limited. When: September 10-11. Where: St. Louis, Missouri.

Job Postings This Week

X. Job Postings This Week
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Certification Manager (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Certification Manager to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is a cross -functional leader playing a key role in managing certification efforts for Dominion Voting products. In this role, you will act as a representative of the company with State and Federal certification officials, test labs, and other key internal and external stakeholders throughout the certification process. 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 Relations Manager to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be 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 postelection day support, new product implementations, and/or product upgrades/updates. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Cybersecurity Program Manager, National Association of Secretaries of State — cybersecurity Program Manager works directly under the supervision of the Executive Director. General job description includes: Serve as a liaison between the NASS members, federal agencies (US Department of Homeland Security, US Election Assistance Commission, et al.) and Congress on all cybersecurity related issues, policy, legislation, and practices. Staff new NASS Cybersecurity Committee. Maintain current, accurate contact lists for all Secretary of State cyber staff, federal agencies and congressional offices. Monitor and participate in cybersecurity related forums (both public and private sector) in order to provide information and resources to NASS members. Monitor state cybersecurity programs and practices to assist communications director, research director and executive director in developing fact sheets, talking points and white papers. Organize cybersecurity workshops at NASS conferences and semi-annual Tech Talk Forums. Provide assistance with speaker selection for association meetings. Develop and maintain relationships with cybersecurity stakeholders to include private sector, academics, non-profits and advocacy organizations. Assist Executive Director and Director of Research with tracking and analyzing federal, state and congressional activity related to the work of NASS members. Provide IT technical support for NASS office. This is a new position, thus additional duties will be added as position and related work is more established. Application: Please send resume, salary requirements and references to reynolds@sso.org.

Election Security Lead, Wisconsin Elections Commission — the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) develops and maintains several significant IT applications to assist in the administration of Wisconsin elections, including the statewide voter registration system known as WisVote, the Canvass Reporting System, and electronic poll book software known as Badger Book, as well as public websites such as MyVote Wisconsin and BADGER Voters.  Protecting the security of these applications is crucial to ensuring accurate elections and maintaining public confidence in the integrity of Wisconsin elections. This position serves as the point person for developing and implementing the agency’s overall elections security plan.  It is responsible for ensuring the implementation of cyber security best practices in the Commission’s technical applications including WisVote.  This position will research and maintain the agency’s knowledge base regarding cybersecurity infrastructure, resources and practice.  This position will also liaise with other State agencies and Federal entities regarding potential cyber threats against the Commission’s applications. Salary: $51,398-$80,621. Deadline: Open until filled. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Manager, Sonoma County, California — the Elections Manager is responsible for supporting the daily operations and activities of the Registrar of Voters Office, including the development, coordination, and evaluation of division operations and programs. The Elections Manager uses considerable independent judgment and discretion in the supervision of staff, the prioritization and coordination of mandates, goals, objectives, and the delegation of administrative responsibilities in addition to being responsible for: Analyzing, managing, and coordinating projects such as legal and technological changes; Managing ballot production and distribution; Preparing and conducting trainings; Drafting, reviewing, and updating procedural manuals; Assisting in preparation of the division’s budget; and Developing professional relationships with public officials, and community groups and agencies. NOTE: Registrar of Voters Office staff are required to work a considerable amount of mandatory overtime during peak workload election periods. The Election Manager’s presence is required to provide direct and continuous oversight of operations during mandatory overtime periods. Salary: $84,528-$102,748. Deadline: Aug. 5. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections/Voter Registration Manager, Monongalia County, West Virginia — the Elections/Voter Registration Manager, at the general direction of the County Clerk will prepare and coordinate the functions of the Elections and Voter Registration Department within the County Clerk’s Office. Duties will include but are not limited to:Oversee department operations and staffing schedules; Data entry of voter registration information for DMV, OVR and paper registrations and issue voter registration cards; Processing on a daily basis all official mail; Absentee Ballot processing; Voter Outreach; Customer service by phone or in person; Election equipment management and preparation; Election Official (Poll Worker) recruitment and training; Prepares election supplies for all precincts; Candidate filing and campaign finance reporting; Verify petition signatures; Ballot preparation and proofing; Testing of election equipment; Coordinates election day operations and ENR; Oversee canvass procedures; Coordinates with and assists other County Clerk Office Departments as needed; Coordination of Early Voting locations and staffing; Coordinates all election equipment delivery; Work with GIS and mapping software to maintain precinct boundaries; Maintains street and addressing listing; Oversee re-districting process; Oversee NCOA and ERIC processes; Maintain statistics for voter history and registration; Maintain and update web page with voter registration and election information; Maintain election center/warehouse in safe, clean and organized manner; and All other duties as assigned. Deadline: August 10. Application: Cover letter and resume to: Carye L. Blaney, County Clerk, cblaney@monongaliacountyclerk.com

Embedded System Software Engineer, Clear Ballot — Clear Ballot is looking for a talented Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem. The successful candidate will build and enhance full software stack of highly available applications using primarily Python that interface with front-end web applications implemented in JavaScript and HTML5.  The application software deploys on OEM based hardware, with optical scanner, battery backup, and full touchscreen UI, running a custom configured version of Linux OS. The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills, solid understanding of developing for embedded systems, a good working knowledge of the Linux architecture, and software integration with OEM hardware devices. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. 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 and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Principal Software Engineer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for an accomplished Principal Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical and leadership skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem: Bringing transparency to democratic elections. The successful candidate will have the ability to look at the bigger picture and deal with complex and competing requirements to design effective solutions. Extensive knowledge of and experience with large data structures and algorithms will be key. The backend implemented in Python and uses a SQL data base. The front end is implemented in JavaScript, Node.js and HTML5.  The ideal candidate should have strong technical and leadership skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in security, performance, and resilience. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Software Developer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for a talented Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem. The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript, Node.js and HTML5.  The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full-Stack Software Engineer, Clear Ballot — Clear Ballot is looking for a talented Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem – to modernize America’s voting systems and to bring transparency to democratic elections.  The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript, Node.js and HTML5.  The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Inside Sales Representative, Runbeck — to support our desired growth and market expansion, we continue to hire outstanding talent in multiple departments. We are looking for highly motivated, dedicated and talented individuals who will be able to contribute significantly to the success of the company while receiving great opportunities for professional growth and financial benefits. Responsibilities include: Contact potential or existing customers to inform them about a product or service; ability to present solution and its value to a prospect over the phone; answer questions about products or the company; ask questions to understand customer requirements and close sales; enter and update customer information in the database; keep records of calls and sale and note useful information in the CRM; process orders in an accurate manner; and go the “extra mile” to meet sales quota and facilitate future sales. Application: In order to apply, please send a resume to Tammy White: twhite@runbeck.net.

Manager, Voter Registration Division, Richland County, South Carolina— the purpose of the class is to plan, manage and supervise the Voter Registration Division of the Board of the Board of Elections and Voter Registration office; to oversee daily division operations, ensuring accurate implementation of all voter registration procedures as established by laws and regulations; to perform all duties to facilitate the voter registration process; to ensure the lawful conduct of all elections; and to ensure integrity and accuracy of all election activities and tabulations. Supervises subordinate staff; supervisory duties include instructing, planning and assigning work, reviewing work, maintaining standards, coordinating activities, selecting new personnel, acting on employee problems, recommending and approving employee discipline and discharge, and recommending employee transfers, promotions and salary increases. Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates work performance and makes recommendations for improvement; offers training, advice and assistance as needed. Assists the Executive Director directly and indirectly in the supervision of the daily operations and functions of the office and/or any satellite offices to include but not limited to directing, instructing, assigning, reviewing, and planning work of full time and temporary staff; maintaining standards, coordinating activities, providing and allocating resources, responding to problems/complaints/inquiries, and monitoring execution of proper laws, regulations, procedures, and customer service. This class works within broad policy and organizational guidelines and does independent planning and implementation, reporting progress of major activities through periodic conferences and meetings. Performs duties and responsibilities of the Voter Registration Division in the absence of the Executive Director. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager (San Leandro, CA or Sacramento, CA) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced Project Manager to join our team in either San Leandro, CA or Sacramento, CA! This position will be responsible for the effective technical project management of assigned projects which includes but not limited to, business, functional, and risk analysis as well as implementation of new processes, equipment and systems. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Python Developer, Clear Ballot — Clear Ballot seeks a talented python developer in the Boston area to assume responsibility for an existing suite of python scripts to create files for use with ClearVote(TM) digital voting system. Job responsibilities: Maintain and enhance existing python scripts that read PDF formatted ballot styles and produce the files needed by ClearVote (TM) digital voting system to tabulate said ballot; Run existing python scripts to generate marked test ballots for use in testing ClearVote(TM); Develop and execute test plans to guarantee ClearVote tabulates marked ballots correctly; Expand PDF parsing capabilities as new customer’s ballot styles are introduced; Leverage analytics you gather to improve performance through script and/or hardware changes; Must perform these duties within aggressive timelines that often require working outside of normal business hours. Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Level Software Developer, BPro — We are a well-established small business that has been developing requirements and producing software for the needs of state governments since 1985 and continue to maintain and upgrade many of those systems. We have offices in Pierre, South Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota, Minnesota & Virginia. We’re currently looking for an energetic and intelligent .Net Developer to join our growing team. Our ideal candidate is one who loves to learn, enjoys working as a team, and who can multitask and meet deadlines. Skills required: .NET, VB, VBA, ASP, SQL, HTML, and JavaScript. A four-year college degree is the minimum educational requirement. All applicants must have excellent written and verbal communications skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Software Developer, Runbeck— Runbeck Election Services is looking for full stack enthusiasts who are comfortable tackling end-to-end and enjoy building products that solve big problems and delight customers. We’re a collaborative team who knows how to get things done (Lone Rangers need not apply). We believe that small teams focused on shipping software move the fastest and make the most impact. The ideal candidate for this position has extensive back end skills (C#, MVC, ASP.Net, SQL Server) paired with solid web and desktop skills (IIS, JavaScript, HTML 5, CSS, jQuery, WPF, Win Forms). Must have a solid grasp of our basic toolset (Jira, Visual Studio). Willing to learn new plug-ins and IDE enhancements in order to boost your productivity and are excited to introduce us to new tooling experiences that have worked for you in the past. You bring discipline and care about implementation practices. You are familiar with Agile/Scrum processes, practice common design patterns, embrace clean coding principles, and employ many other techniques in an effort to bring a high level of software craftsmanship to your finished product. Application: In order to apply, please send a resume to Tammy White: twhite@runbeck.net.

Software Developer II (Toronto, ON) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced Software Developer to join our team in Toronto! This position will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to the design, development, coding, testing and debugging of new software products and/or significant enhancements to existing software products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Denver, Colorado! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Reno, NV) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Reno, NV! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Product Specialist II (San Leandro, CA) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a Software Product Specialist II to join our team in San Leandro, CA! This position will be responsible for delivering a wide variety of technical and non-technical customer support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion Voting Systems technology products. 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.

Voter Registration Clerk, Monongalia County, West Virginia — the Voter Registration Clerk, under the supervision of the Elections/Voter Registration Manager and at the general direction of the County Clerk, will support the functions of the Elections and Voter Registration Department within the County Clerk’s Office. This is a full-time non-exempt employee position with benefits including health care, retirement and more. Salary negotiable based experience and qualifications. Deadline: August 10. Application: Cover letter and resume to: Carye L. Blaney, County Clerk, cblaney@monongaliacountyclerk.com

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Voting Booths

votingbooth copyEach aluminum briefcase contains the following: aluminum legs, privacy shield, writing base, light assembly. All units are in great shape dimensions are 22”x 18”x 3“. MFG: ESL. Election supplies Limited, Napa California. Quantity: 400 Price per unit is $50. Contact Greg Larson 408.569.1004

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