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December 26, 2019

December 26, 2019

In Focus This Week

In & Out
What’s in & out in election administration for 2020

You’ve waited all year for it, so without further ado, here is electionline Weekly’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out in election administration for 2020.

And as always, a hat-tip to The Washington Post that began its version of The List 42 years ago in 1978 and inspired us to start ours.

Happy New Year!

Out: Worrying about 2020
In: 2020

Out: Caucuses
In: Primaries

Out: Concern about DREs
In: Concern about BMDs

Out: Concern about foreign interference in the 2016 elections
In: Concern about foreign interference in 2020 elections

Out: Any kind of machine readable bar or QR code on a ballot
In:  Reliance on humans to accurately tally election results

 

Out:Tabletop exercises for election officials
In: Tabletop exercises for everyone

Out: Vote by mail
In: Vote at Home

Out: Excuse-required absentee voting
In: Vote at home for everyone

Out: Paper voter registration form
In: Automatic voter registration 

Out: That accessible voting system in the corner that’s not even set up
In: An option for an accessible ballot marking system for everyone

Out: Waiting for VSAP
In: A new voting system for 5.5M voters in Los Angeles County

Out: FEC quorum
In: EAC quorum

Out: Crosscheck
In: ERIC

Out: Address tables
In: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Out: Segregating the vote
In: Better voter access technology for all

 

Out: Scrutiny
In: Intense Scrutiny

Out: Inherent trust in election administrators and the processes/procedures
In: Erroneous belief (fueled by those with agendas or misinformation)  that election administration is not unbiased. 

Out: DHS
In: CISA

Out: Security preparations
In: Security examinations

Out: Wondering when Florida will join ERIC
In: Hey look – Florida joined ERIC!

Out: KY Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and MS Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
In: KY Secretary of State Michael Adams and MS Secretary of State Michael Watson

Out: Asking Congress for federal funding for election security
In: Asking Congress for federal funding for election administration

Out: “Why don’t people vote?”
In: “Holy smokes – have you seen these 2020 turnout projections?”

Out: Fights about voter registration
In: Fights about voter purges

Out: Congress trying to kill the EAC
In: Congress raising the EAC’s budget 50%

Out: Generic “I Voted” stickers
In: Custom “I Voted” stickers

Out: #DogsAtPollingStations as a purely UK phenomenon
In: #DogsAtPollingPlaces during the US 2020 cycle

Out: College students fighting voter ID
In: College students fighting to make sure school IDs qualify

Out: Academics as critics of election officials
In: Former academics as election officials (Natalie Adona, Thad Hall)

 

Out: Trusting social media
In: #WarOnPineapple

Out: Cars crashing into polling places
In: Who are we kidding? Be careful out there, folks

Out: Cybersecurity training
In: Cybersecurity assessments, standards, & guidelines. Oh My.

Out: VVSG 1.1
In: VVSG 2.0?

Out: Foreign interference by Russia
In: Foreign interference by authoritarian regimes

Out: Foreign interference in big elections
In: Foreign interference in any election

Out: Election offices shying away from the Web and social media
In: #TrustedInfo2020

Out: Voting in your parka
In: Voting in your house slippers

 

Out: Making a list and checking it twice
In: Casting your ballot and checking it twice

Out: Sliding into the DMs
In: Sliding a ballot into your mailbox 

Out: Fights to reverse felon disenfranchisement
In: Fights to preserve felon re-enfranchisement

Out: The calm of 2019
In: The night terrors of 2020

Special thanks to the following folks who helped contribute to this year’s list:  Lori Augino, Michelle Bishop, Doug Chapin, Brian Corley, Jamie Chesser, Joshua M. Franklin, Rick Hasen, Ricky Hatch, David Kuennen, David Levine, Mindy Moretti, Tammy Patrick Gretchen Reinemeyer and Whitney Quesenbery.

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Election Security Updates

NBC News announced last week that it has created a new editorial team to report on issues related to election security and voting. “Vote Watch” will be headed up by Janelle Rodriguez, NBC News’ SVP of editorial. Rich Gardella an investigative producer for NBC News serves as its editorial coordinating producer. The team consists of reporters, producers and researchers across various departments. It includes journalists such as veteran reporter Cynthia McFadden, justice correspondent Pete Williams, national security and intelligence correspondent Ken Dilanian, technology correspondent Jacob Ward, senior business reporter Ben Popken, investigative tech reporter Cyrus Farivar and misinformation reporter Ben Collins.

2019 Election Updates

New Jersey: A Superior Court Judge set a trial date of January 13 for a challenge to the results of a 2019 mayoral election in East Rutherford. Democrat Jeffrey Lahullier was certified as the winner by six votes over the Republican candidate, Sergio Segalini. The GOP says there is evidence that 25 voters who cast ballots in the 2019 election do not reside in the borough. In Sayerville, losing mayoral candidate Arthur Rittenhouse (R) is demanding a new election siting “issues” with the process.

Pennsylvania: Northampton County Election Commissioners unanimously supported a “vote of no confidence” in the county’s new voting machines after vendor Election Security & Software presented findings on what went wrong during the November election. The election commission does not have the power to cancel the contract with ES&S, only the county council. “I’m trying to give council paper backup from this commission [on where it stands],” Election Commissioner Deb Hunter said. “They’re looking to us to fix this. Even though they have the purse strings, they want us to have this debate.”

Texas: Midland County Election Administrator Deborah Lad will keep her job. Last week, the county’s election commission met to discuss whether or not Land would keep her job after a ballot box with more than 800 ballots was found weeks after the election. While one commissioner to recommend to terminate Land, the recommendation did not receive a second. “I pledge to this committee and the voters of Midland County that new practices and procedures will be implemented to ensure that something like this would never happen again,” said Land on her own behalf at the commission meeting.

2020 Candidates on Election Issues

In an op-ed published in South Carolina’s The State, former Vice President and current 2020 candidate Joe Biden said that he would prioritize protecting voting rights in America if elected.

“Throughout my career I have worked to strengthen protections for voting access, to make sure there was a paper trail for electronic voting and to ensure poll workers are properly trained,” Biden wrote. “And if I am elected president, I will make voter protection a foundation of my administration.”

Election News This Week

Pennsylvania’s auditor general and the Department of State are at odds over the state of the commonwealth’s voter records. The auditor general alleges there are more than 50,000 cases of possibly inaccurate voter records and he wants the department of state to ensure that counties are accurately entering the information. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told WITF that she’s concerned the auditor general is overstating small issues. “If you add in enough data points, which we have and they have, you can rule out what might appear to be a duplicate but in fact is not a duplicate,” she said. Boockvar said she’s willing to consider some of the recommendations, like adding new functions to the overhauled SURE system and updating guidance for counties.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has admonished county election board members to “get off Facebook” and “delete your Twitter account” following a review of complaints of improper social media posts by local election officials. “We have spent a disproportionate time on social media posts,” chairman Damon Circosta said according to The News & Observer. “It absolutely has to stop. … Stop posting on social media, look back at your own social media.” The admonishment for all county elections officials came after a complaint was filed against a Bladen County election officials who posted on social media in opposition to the president. The board voted to reject the complaints, but issued their caution in doing so. “It’s important that you not seem to be biased in any way when you’re talking to the public,” Board member David Black said. “Get off Facebook, delete your Twitter account. … It’s just not worth the effort to try to make those types of posts.”

Oops! Thousands of voters in Chambers County, Texas will be getting new voter registration cards — again — after the vendor printed La Salle County on new cards that were recently mailed. According to News 12, Regina Castillo, chief deputy for the Chambers County Tax Assessor-Collector, said voters have been catching the error and calling the courthouse to complain. She said some were frustrated, but calmed down after the situation was explained. Castillo said the error was immediately reported to the secretary of state’s office which works with the vendor to print and mail the cards. New cards are already in the mail.

Congratulations to Elkhart County, Indiana Clerk Chris Anderson for being named Outstanding Election Administrative Clerk of the Year by the Indiana Election Administration’s Conference in Indianapolis. Anderson has only been with the clerk since August 2018. “I put blood, sweat and tears into my job and I will always do so,” Anderson said. “I feel very humbled that the Indiana Election Division felt I was worthy of the award for the things that I consider just doing my job.” Anderson was nominated for the award by his staff and the Elkhart County Election Board, who said in their nomination letter, “Elkhart County is very fortunate to have someone as committed to the election process as Christopher.” “I’m completely and utterly still speechless that they nominated me for it,” Anderson told The Elkhart Truth.

Personnel News: Karen Pawloski has joined the Washington County, Ohio board of elections. She replaces Peggy Byers who has retired. Brian Newby is the new North Dakota director of elections. Belding, Michigan Clerk Kareen Thomas after 47 years with the city. Wendy Link has filed to officially run for Palm Beach County, Florida supervisor of elections. Carter Jewell Hamerski has stepped down from the New Hanover County, North Carolina board of elections.

Legislative Updates

Massachusetts: The primaries in Massachusetts are finally set. Included in the supplemental appropriations bill, that Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed into law recently, is language that will move the state’s federal and state-level primary elections to September 1.

New Hampshire:  HB 1572 – Rep. Katherine Rogers (D) has pre-filed a bill that would allow local elections to be conducted entirely by mailed-out ballot.

Wisconsin: The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow voters who cast in-person absentee ballots to feed those ballots directly into a tabulator instead of placing them in an envelope to be opened on Election Day for counting. Many of the state’s clerks support the legislation.

Legal Updates

Maine: The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has ruled that Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap failed to “clearly and indisputably show that the emails he seeks fell within the work of the commission.” Therefore, the court said the non-substantive emails were not subject to the same disclosure requirements that forced the administration to hand over to Dunlap thousands of pages of other documents following a December 2017 court injunction.

Montana: The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision and awarded attorney fees to a sheriff who had to intervene in an election recount after Musselshell County approved rules breaking state law.

Wisconsin: In the ongoing legal battle over whether or not the state’s elections commission should purge approximately 234,000 voters who may have moved, the state’s Republican Party has decided to hire their own attorneys in the lawsuit over the voter purge. Additionally, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly has recused himself from any role in deciding the vote purge lawsuit. He did not provide a reason.

Tech Thursday

Colorado: Secretary of State Jena Griswold has unveiled a new web address for all the state’s online voter resources. GoVoteColorado.gov uses the .gov domain that is only available to government agencies. “Now more than ever, voters deserve to be confident that they have access to secure and accurate election information,” Griswold said in a news release. “Not only is this resource helping Coloradans register to vote and access important information, voters can be assured that this resource is trustworthy and secure.”

New Hampshire: “Alexa, where’s my polling place?” Voters in New Hampshire can now ask Amazon’s Alexa service that and many other questions. According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office, people who own an Alexa device or smartphone with the proper app can say “Alexa, enable State of New Hampshire Elections” and then use it to find out how to register to vote, where polling places are, and other election information.

Vendors: Fast Company has a profile of Voatz, the Boston-based start-up that has helped West Virginia, Denver and several counties in Utah and Oregon allow their military and overseas voters to cast their ballots via smartphone.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voting equipment | Cybersecurity experts | Election security, II, III, IV | Voting rights | Vote at home

Alaska: Ranked choice voting;

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II | Election legislation

Georgia: List maintenance

Iowa: Election security

Kentucky: Ex-felon voting rights

New Jersey: Ex-felon voting rights

Pennsylvania: Making it easier to vote | Equipment costs

Texas: Midland County

Wisconsin: List maintenance| Making voting easier

Upcoming Events

U.S. Election Assistance Commission 2020 Elections Summit – Ahead of the 2020 elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host an all-day summit to highlight important issues facing state and local election officials as they work to prepare for the 2020 primaries and general elections. State and local election officials, representatives from federal agencies that support elections, and other key election stakeholders will discuss election security and combating foreign interference in elections, preparing for high turnout, ensuring access for voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency, and recruiting and training effective poll workers, among other topical issues. Where: Washington, DC When: January 14.

Getting Election Reform Right — Join BPC for the release of a new BPC Elections Task Force report, which highlights recommendations across key areas of election administration. The Task Force, comprised of state and local election officials from across the country representing both Republican and Democratic jurisdictions, offers a holistic, logical slate of bipartisan election reforms for 2020 and beyond. Where: Washington, D.C. When: January 16.

IGO 2020 Mid-Winter Conference — The International Association of Government Officials will hold its 2020 Mid-Winter Conference in Isle of Palms, SC on January 24-30, 2020. This conference will offer approximately 30 hours of continuing education with 9 hours hosted by iGO’s new Certified Public Leader (CPL) Partner, Pepperdine University! Join iGO at Wild Dunes Resort this January to further your education on best practices, industry trends, and emerging technology, all while creating and strengthening professional relationships. iGO’s conferences provide the perfect combination of education and networking events to appeal to current members, prospective members, and non-members alike. Where: Isle of Palms, South Carolina. When: Jan. 24-30.

NASED Winter 2020 — Twice a year, the National Association of State Election Directors members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration.  Members of the public are welcome to attend at the non-member registration rate. Check back here for more information about the Winter 2020 Conference. Where: Washington, DC. When: January 30-February 2.

NASS Winter 2020 — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their Winter 2020 conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s West End. Check back here for more information about the Winter 2020 conference when it becomes available. Where: Washington, D.C. When: January 30-February 2.

Job Postings This Week

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

Advanced Data Analyst, North Carolina SBOE— This position is responsible for technical and analytical work with an emphasis on data analytics. Employee uses their knowledge and expertise to participate in the collection, preprocessing and analysis of structured, unstructured, and geospatial data, analyze data from disparate sources to discover trends, propose solutions and strategies to business challenges, and present information using various data visualization tools and techniques. The employee should be able to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams as well as independently with minimal supervision. Salary: $82,485 – $95,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Associate General Counsel, Investigations, North Carolina State Board of Elections— This position is located in the Legal Division, which provides full service legal advice to the agency and its appointed board. This position will provide counsel regarding agency investigations in the areas of election and campaign finance law. The position reports to the general counsel and will work closely with the Investigations Division within the agency. This position will provide advanced legal support for the agency regarding the proper interpretation and application of laws, administrative rules, and policy. Interpret laws related to investigative authority and procedure. Provide advice regarding elements of criminal offenses. Description of Work: Coordinate as necessary with investigators and state or federal law enforcement; Analyze cases; research, plan, develop, and execute effective legal strategies relating to investigations and compliance; Draft informational letters. Review investigative files, reports, and correspondence. Conduct investigative interviews for complex investigations into elections and campaign finance related matters. Salary: $75,650 – $128,071. Deadline: December 27. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Assurance Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced assurance engineer—a developer who is thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern applied formal methods-based development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Candidate & Jurisdiction Coordinator, King County, Washington–This is an amazing opportunity to be engage in the election process! The Department of Election is recruiting a Candidate & Jurisdiction Coordinator. This position will be responsible for the supervision of the candidate and jurisdiction program including the planning and coordination of the candidate and ballot measure and voters’ pamphlet filing processes. This position also oversees the ballot build, insertion and delivery processes; training of short-term temporary staff; and customer relations with vendors and external customers. King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registration and elections for more than 1.3 million voters in King County and is the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. KCE’s mission is to conduct fair, open and accurate elections. As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on three key priorities – (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. The Department of Elections is searching for an energetic and resourceful professional who likes to get stuff done. The Candidate & Jurisdiction Coordinator in the Elections Department combines an exciting environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will thrive in an innovative, fast-paced environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. Salary: $78,209 – $99,134. Deadline: January 20. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Database Administrator, North Carolina SBOE— Responsible for the administration of all county and state campaign finance and elections databases and database server instances. Collaborate and consult with the Infrastructure Group personnel on issues relating to data storage, access, backup/restore, and data archiving. Implement measures to provide for database integrity, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Establish data security and access policies/practices. Based on knowledge of agency systems and supported applications; develop complex SQL code to automate routine administration tasks, continuously monitor infrastructure resources and processes and generate timely operational and maintenance alerts (including the disposition of county/state transactions, replication, scheduled database jobs, and the status of servers and services). Establish and administer database management, design, and coding standards. Create and maintain technical and procedural documentation. Model database entities and attributes and maintain data dictionary. Communicate database related issues and problems with relevant agency team members, developers, testers, and managers. Recommend and employ third party database tools to enhance efficiency and support capabilities. Salary: $82,485 – $95,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Elections, Tyrrell County, North Carolina— Tyrrell County is seeking qualified applicants for the full time position of Election Director. The Director performs responsible administrative, legal, technical and mechanical work in planning, organizing and directing all aspects of the election process. Plans for various elections on an annual basis covering primaries, second primaries, municipal elections, general elections, special elections, recommends annual budget to the Board; plans for and purchases supplies as needed; identifies number of polling places required and potential location and negotiates usage as needed; insures ADA compliance. Processes voter registrations, assures each voter is placed in the correct precinct and in the correct local, state, and federal districts; oversees the preparation and revisions of geocodes for redistricting, filing of candidates for office including managing their campaign finance, as well as auditing their reports. Handles all ballot preparation for the vendors, proofs, orders and burns the coding from the vendor to the flash and M100 cards used during the election. The Director is responsible for testing the coding against a generated test script used to test the equipment during the Logic and Accuracy testing of the AutoMark (visual and hearing impaired equipment) and the M100 that read the ballots. The training of all workers for One Stop and Election Day as well as preparing the equipment and necessary materials needed at each precinct. The Board Members and the Director meet weekly during an election and are responsible for Election Night with the processing of the unofficial results with accurate reports to the State Board of Elections and to the public in a timely manner. After Election Day the Director moves to the research and processing of Provisional and timely received Absentee Ballots before the Board holds Canvass (making the unofficial local results become official). During the next days the opportunity is there for Challenges, Protests, Recounts or any other related matters before the votes are made official at Canvass on the State level. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Policy & Research, New York City Campaign Finance Board —  The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), a nonpartisan, independent city agency that enhances the role of New York City residents, seeks a Director of Policy & Research to oversee its intergovernmental outreach and policy and data research work. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities: Directly supervise a team of intergovernmental, policy, and data research staff. Create legislative strategies to advance agency priorities at the city and state level. Oversee outreach to elected officials and their offices to support the agency’s legislative work and government outreach. Oversee policy analysis related to campaign finance and voting in New York City and State. Participate in high-level agency discussions around policy development and spearhead agency legislative recommendations in its regularly published reports. Oversee research projects with internal staff and external researchers, as well as overseeing research content for CFB publications, reports, white papers, and policy briefs. Oversee public opinion research performed on behalf of the agency that informs voter communication and education initiatives. Salary: $90,000-$100,000. Application: For the complete job listing & to apply, click here.

Elections Clerk I, Douglas County, Colorado— This position serves as office support for the Elections Division of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The Election Clerk provides customer service, assists with clerical functions, and performs data entry for voter registration. Other duties in support of the conduct of elections or mail ballot processing may be assigned. Must be detail oriented, well organized, productive, and able to adapt in a high change environment. This role requires both independent judgment and the ability to work well as a part of a team. Professional representation of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office to the public is required to include standards outlined in the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of the Office. Salary: $2,304.00 – $2,879.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills.  This position may require technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This position may be classified as an Elections Specialist I or II dependent upon the skills of the candidate and the department’s business needs. Salary: $2,842.00 – $4,017.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, King County Elections — The Department of Elections – is searching for energetic and resourceful professionals who like to “get stuff done”. The Administrative Specialist II positions in the Voter Services Department combines an exciting, fast-paced environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will have a desire to help ensure the democratic process through public service. They will thrive in an innovative environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Warehouse Worker, Douglas County, Colorado — This is a highly physical position with a heavy emphasis on warehouse work, requiring the ability to continually lift equipment weighing more than 50 pounds. This position will perform routine maintenance on voting equipment, identify non-routine repairs to election equipment and mark and track equipment for follow up maintenance. incumbent will coordinate equipment and maintain records documenting device history. Forklift certification is a plus. Salary: $2,445.00 – $3,056.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Embedded Systems Engineer, Free & Fair— Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced embedded systems engineer—a developer and engineer who is thrilled to work on a high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. One component of the BESSPIN Voting System is a custom-built, open source, open hardware platform for demonstrating secure hardware. It includes low- and mid-range FPGAs running softcore RISC-V CPUs, simple I/O devices, and an RTOS. This platform is called CASCADES (Configurable, Affordable System-on-Chip for Analysis and Demonstration of Election Security) and is a CrowdSupply project. A prototype for CASCADES is the Smart Ballot Box that we brought to DEF CON 2019. We call this role an embedded systems engineer, since much of the development that we do spans hardware, firmware, and software design and development. Moreover, we use a mixture of low-level and high-level languages, COTS and novel (FPGA-based) development platforms, and traditional and novel operating systems. We hope that potential applicants do not put themselves in an unnecessarily small box. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here. 

Paralegal, North Carolina State Board of Elections — The State Board of Elections’ Legal Division provides comprehensive legal support to the State Board members, Executive Director, and agency staff. Counsel are generally involved in major Agency decisions and assists in the strategic prioritization of initiatives and the Legal Division is called upon frequently to review agreements, assess legislation, navigate complex situations involving multiple stakeholders, and prepare draft directives or administrative rules. Elections matters are often litigated in the courts, and counsel coordinates the Agency’s involvement in proceedings and implementation of associated orders. This position is located in the Legal Division, which provides full service legal advice to the agency and its appointed board. This position will provide independent support to the agency’s attorneys in the areas of election and campaign finance law. The position reports to the general counsel and will also work closely with senior staff within the agency. Salary: $42,780 – $72,424. Deadline: December 27. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Research Manager, Center for Election Innovation and Research — The Research Manager will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the execution of CEIR’s research agenda. The Research Manager will assist or lead research activities generally associated with the conduct of elections and voting. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Research Manager determines objectives and milestones, builds effective relationships within the team and with partners, and performs the following activities: Manage day-to-day operational and tactical aspects of multiple research studies, delegating or coordinating duties with research staff as appropriate; Develop and manage project activity timelines, study budgets, and tracking documents for study management, progress tracking, and general logistics; Design and manage research studies, including the development of methodologies and data collection tools; Lead and supervise research and support staff. Provide and oversee appropriate training of research staff; Develop and maintain research-team specific standard operating procedures and training materials; Submit routine (informal) progress reports to the Executive Director; Work closely with the operations manager on issues related to budget, grant compliance, and other financial issues; Collaborate with public and private sector partners, including academic and research organizations, to facilitate implementation of project objectives; Conduct data analysis and draft study reports; Conduct literature reviews to identify research and emerging data relevant to projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Rigorous Systems/Software Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks several experienced systems/software engineers—developers who are thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. We call this role either/both system engineers or software engineers, since much of the development that we do spans hardware, firmware, and software design and development. Moreover, we use a mixture of low-level and high-level languages, COTS and novel (FPGA-based) development platforms, and traditional and novel operating systems. We hope that potential applicants do not put themselves in an unnecessarily small box. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Sales Specialist, VOTEC— VOTEC’s Sales Specialist is responsible for creating news sales with prospects and existing clients in targeted areas in the US. We are looking for an election professional comfortable using insight and consultative selling techniques to create interest that offers unique solutions on their operations, which link back to VOTEC’s solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

UI/UX Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced UI/UX engineer—someone who practices user-centric design, finds usable security a fascinating area of R&D, someone who appreciates usable and accessible technologies, and a developer and engineer who is thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here. 

VP of Engineering, Free & Fair— Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced systems engineering development leader—an executive who can step in and build a dynamic, distributed engineering team, deliver solutions to the market, and execute challenging development activities focused on national critical infrastructure. The VP of Engineering at F&F will be responsible for executing on the Company’s overall technology vision and driving its development execution. This person will recruit world-class talent, manage and evolve development processes and methodologies, and foster an organizational structure to help our high-performing development team deliver applications to the market. This person will keep abreast of and influence research and technology trends, standards, and stakeholders. This person will have the ability to bridge technology with business acumen, will bring experience in developing state-of-the-art customer-facing applications, and will develop and sustain a culture of passion, hard work, and innovation. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Voting Equipment/IT Technician, Alamance County, North Carolina— An employee in this class performs election duties as it pertains to the certified voting equipment, including but not limited to coding, programming, testing and performing required maintenance on all equipment, requiring application and compliance with the Election Laws of North Carolina and Federal/State/Local voting regulations. This position performs technical and complex support activities associated with the preparation for and conduct of elections to include calibration of equipment, developing test scripts, collecting and auditing tabulation data. Employee will perform yearly ADA site evaluations and assist in assembly and distribution of precinct supplies. Employee within this position will need to possess proficiency in organizational skills, a strong aptitude in math, and knowledge of, or the ability to learn and adhere to State and local statutes/regulations affecting elections and elections process. Public speaking will be required for training classes for election workers. This position covers a variety of hardware and software support for Board of Election and their devices (PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, Photo ID Camera). Work is performed in accordance with Alamance County and Board of Election policies and procedures that are compliant with HIPAA, CJIS, and PCI. Responsibilities include but are not limited to supporting hardware and software applications, resolving technical issues through diligent research. Employee may consult with precinct officials, vendors and others to resolve technical issues. The Employees IT work will be coordinated through the Alamance County IT Network Team and compliant with the safety and security protocols set forth by the County’s IT Department. Application: For the compete job listing and to apply, click here.

 

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