In Focus This Week
NSGIC launches new site
Site offers education about why GIS is so important to elections
By Jamie Chesser, Geospatial Programs Manager
National States Geographic Information Council
On a cold January evening, National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) quietly pushed the “go live” button for its new website, dedicated to helping state administrations implement GIS in elections.
The launch of the website coincided with two major accomplishments of NSGIC’s Geo-Enabled Elections project: the release of its first-year report, and the publication of the Election Director Report – a groundbreaking survey of state election directors’ take on their progress towards implementing GIS in elections.
On the new website, NSGIC offers education about why integrating GIS in elections is so important; how it helps to strengthen the accuracy and reliability of the electoral system. The site also provides concrete and helpful tools, like “Five questions election directors can ask their State GIO (Geographic Information Officer),” and sample RFPs (Requests For Proposals) for states who are in the process upgrading their voter registration systems.
“Our intent is that the site should be a great resource for states committed to deploying GIS to increase accuracy and gain efficiencies in their election data management processes,” says Molly Schar, NSGIC Executive Director, who adds: “Few state election offices in the United States today are fully GIS integrated. This poses a risk, as we have seen recently in reports from electoral contests where errors in voter placement undermined the reliability of election results, and ultimately may have hurt voter confidence.”
Ensuring that any new voter registration system is “future proof” – or capable of using GIS information – is particularly important during a time when several states are utilizing federal funds, made available through the reauthorized HAVA Act, to upgrade their voter registration systems. NSGIC’s new website / microsite offers help for states who are on that path, in the form of three sample RFP documents, which are available for download.
Tammy Patrick, senior avisor, Elections, for Democracy Fund Voice, one of the project’s underwriters is impressed. “The new website has something for everyone – but most importantly, the offerings are practical and actionable. Readily digestible infographics depict why you should care about GIS and how it can be used to better election administration. As a local election official I was lucky to have a stellar GIS department to work with and saw firsthand the power of GIS tools in redistricting, precincting of voters, and location of services.”
The just-released Election Director Report is also available for download from the site. Its highlights: State election directors indicate knowledge and interest in GIS technology. However, states may have a long way to go to fully utilize geospatial information in elections.
Five out of six election directors interviewed stated that they are familiar with GIS and have access to a GIS expert. That said, fewer than one in three could state with confidence that their voter registration system is capable of supporting GIS data. And when asked to assess their state’s degree of progress towards full integration of geospatial data in elections, the answer was four, on average, on a scale from one to ten, where ten represented full GIS integration.
Aside from avoiding errors, there are some compelling reasons why election directors might want to advance GIS integration as speedily as possible: Replacing cumbersome voter lists and verbal definitions of voting districts with technology that allows election officials to view voters as pinpoints on a map – and voting district boundaries as geometrical shapes that surround those pinpoints – offers some very concrete advantages. The verification that voters have, in fact, been placed into the right voting district becomes much easier, as does quality control – both as part of a periodic review and after significant changes, such as the modification of voting district boundaries.
Getting to that point, the implementation process itself, might be the biggest challenge. There, too, NSGIC can help. As part of its first-year report, the organization published five draft best practices for how states may go about enhancing election accuracy using GIS. These are, in headline form:
- Convene a Team of Specialists
- Collect and Sustain a Statewide Voting Unit GIS Layer
- Adopt and Implement a Statewide Geocoding Strategy
- Assemble and Provide Best Available Contextual GIS Layers
- Define and Implement Data Validation Processes
The project’s next steps include further refining those best practices through a series of six case studies from states already using GIS in elections, as well as through five state-wide pilot studies among states working to expand their GIS integration, all to be completed by September of this year.
The Geo-Enabled Elections project, phase one, runs from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2019. Phase two (pending funding) will continue to support the expansion and use of GIS in states’ electoral systems. NSGIC, or the National States Geographic Information Council, is a state-led organization for developing, exchanging, and endorsing geospatial technology and policy best practices.
To view the Geo-Enabled Elections project website, go to elections.NSGIC.org.
Crowd size is always a sore topic in Washington, DC, but Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) said the standing-room only hearing on HR 1 before the Judiciary Committee was “the largest, hugest crowd” he’s seen for a one-day hearing in the committee according to Courthouse News Service.
The hearing took on a largely partisan tone with GOP members of the committee calling it a power grab.
“The official title of this bill is the ‘For the People Act.’ This bill, though, is not for the people,” Ranked Member Doug Collins (D-Georgia) said in his opening statements according to CNS. “This bill siphons power from state legislatures, local elected officials and voters, and it cedes power to Washington lawmakers, unelected federal judges and lawyers.”
According to McClatchy, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, who has been designated chairwoman of a new House subcommittee on elections, plans to hold field hearings in states to build a “record” of elections violations necessary to update the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.
Election News This Week
As the residents affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California start to get their lives back together, confirming and updating their voter registration may not be on their to-do list, but Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs wants it to be. She told the Orville Mercury-Register that in the upcoming months her office her office will start an information campaign with social media and postcards designed to educate evacuees who have moved to various new counties throughout California, and even to other states. “People are going to be confused, we’re going to have a lot of cleanup as they try to re-register to vote,” Grubbs told the paper. At the heart of evacuees’ re-registration process will be learning the difference between a domicile and a residence, she said.
Late last week, the bombshell headlines read that there were 95,000 suspected noncitizens registered to vote in Texas. At the time, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley said working with the Department of Public Safety, his office has been able to identify the potential non-citizens among those registered to vote, including 58,000 who have cast ballots before in Texas elections. The Internet, including the president seized on the headlines, however as the new week dawned and county elections officials got a look at the list, it became clear that there were many people on the list who shouldn’t be including at least 18,000 in Harris County alone. By Tuesday, the secretary of state’s office began informing counties of problems with the list. Meanwhile, LULAC has filed suit seeking to stop the purge of voters.
Follow up on the News: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced last week that his office is putting the Miami County board of elections on administrative oversight. According to WHIO, In a letter to the board chairman, Dave Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Amanda Grandjean said LaRose’s office would conduct weekly conference calls with the board and staff to oversee its operation, get status reports on election preparations, and provide guidance on daily operations. Participation in the calls will be mandatory, the letter said.
The annual StateScoop 50 Awards honor the best and the brightest who make state government more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our peers and acknowledge their tireless efforts to make a positive impact in the government IT community and in public service. Nominations are now open (and close March 7) in the following categories: State executive of the year, state leadership of the year, state IT innovation of the year, state up & comer, state cybersecurity leader and industry leadership.
Personnel News: Melinda Miller has been elected to the Licking County, Ohio board of elections. Bill Monaghan has been appointed to the Erie County, Ohio board of elections. Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel has resigned. He has been replaced by Judge Laurel Lee. Scott McGeary has been reappointed to the Arlington County, Virginia electoral board. Michael Winn is the new director of elections for Harris County, Texas. He had previously filled that role in Travis County. David Betras has been reappointed to the Mahoning County, Ohio board of elections. Sam Britton (R), a public service commissioner, has announced his run for secretary of state in Mississippi. Ann Odabashian is retiring as the Bellingham, Massachusetts clerk after 30 years on the job. North Adams, Massachusetts Clerk Marilyn Gomeau is retiring after 15 years on the job. Republican Steve Knipper, chief of staff for Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has filed to run for secretary of state. Following her suspension, Palm Beach County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has decided to resign. King County, Washington Director of Elections Julie Wise has announced that she will seek re-election.
Research and Report Summaries
The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued its 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community on January 29. The assessment finds that U.S. “adversaries and strategic competitors probably already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests” and “almost certainly will use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions” and “shape policy outcomes in the U.S.” The ODNI further expects U.S. “adversaries and strategic competitors to refine their capabilities and add new tactics as they learn from each other’s experiences, suggesting the threat landscape could look very different in 2020 and future elections.” The assessment also discusses the potential for the of use cyber means to directly manipulate or disrupt election systems, noting that “Russia in 2016 and unidentified actors as recently as 2018 have already conducted cyber activity that has targeted U.S. election infrastructure.”
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security released its final report on January 29. The 20-member commission put forward 11 recommendations, including:
- The Department of State should decertify DRE voting systems after Dec. 31, 2019, if not sooner, and should not certify DRE machines — not even with voter-verifiable paper audit trails. Only systems that tabulate voter-marked paper ballots, which are retained for recounts and audits, should be certified.
- Pennsylvania’s governor, general assembly, and counties should explore creative financing mechanisms such as a bond issuance to help counties fund the cost of replacing voting systems.
- The general assembly should require transparent risk-limiting audits after each election.
- The general assembly should revise the Pennsylvania Election Code to provide clear authority for the suspension or extension of elections due to widescale cyber-related attacks, natural disaster, or other emergencies disruptive of voting.
- The Pennsylvania Department of State and counties should include cybersecurity as a key selection factor when selecting election-related vendors.
- The Commonwealth and counties should provide cybersecurity awareness training for election officials where it is not already in place.
- The auditor general and Commonwealth’s Inter-Agency Election Preparedness and Security Workgroup should review the Commonwealth’s cyber incident response plans for improvements.
The Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) held its annual conference from January 17 to 19 in Austin. The program included several papers on election administration topics, a handful of which are summarized below. Additional SPSA papers were highlighted in last week’s electionline weekly.
- Evaluating the Recessionary Impact on Election Administration Budgeting and Spending by Ahmad Hill, Zachary Mohr, JoEllen Pope, and Mary Jo Shepherd, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Using data from five states (Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and New Jersey), the paper examines whether the fiscal environment influences election administration budget, spending, and the resulting budget variance in the U.S.
- State Poll Worker Qualifications and Diversity by Bridgett King, Auburn University. The paper investigates the role that state policy plays in shaping the demographic composition of poll workers in the United States.
- How Valid Are Voter Registration Statistics? A Demographic Approach for Assessing the Validity of EAVS Voter Registration Data by Charles Stewart III, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The paper explores the test validity of items in the Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) that pertain to voter registration and voter-list maintenance. While the study finds a close correspondence with underlying demographics for total new registrations and removals because of death, it finds much lower correspondence between list maintenance statistics and corresponding demographic measures, especially items related to the removal of voters from the rolls because they moved.
- What We Know, and Don’t Know, About Voter Registration by Charles Stewart III, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The paper examines EAVS data on voter registration and list maintenance using a basic stock-and-flow model (i.e. comparing the total number of reported voter registrations at the end of time period t and the number of registrations at the end of period t-1 plus additions and minus removals during the period). The paper finds that the model virtually never balances for any local jurisdiction and concludes by cautioning against taking the EAVS Section A data “as-is,” especially in litigation.
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(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)
Arizona: The Judiciary Committee has voted to advance a bill that would restrict how voters who sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List may cast their ballot. Current law allows them to return those ballots by mail, or hand-deliver them to election facilities at any time leading up to or on election day. Under the proposed legislation, voters on the EPVL would not be permitted to drop their ballots off at polling places on Election Day. County elections officials spoke out against the bill.
California: Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Democratic lawmakers are proposing a state constitutional amendment for the 2020 ballot that if approved by the voters would allow those still on parole to cast a ballot. The measure would currently help about 50,000 formerly incarcerated Californians more quickly regain their right to vote.
Colorado: The Senate has approved Senate Bill 42 which would include Colorado in the National Popular Vote pact which means, when enacted, the state would pledge it’s nine Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.
Georgia: House Minority Leader Bob Trammell (D-Luthersville) has filed a bill change how the state updates its voter rolls.
Senate Bill 11 would expand voting rights to those who have been convicted of a felony drug charge.
Hawaii: Lawmakers are considering a number of election reform bills including automatic recounts in close elections, a statewide mail voting system, lowering the voting age to 16 and allow for automatic pre-registration of 16-year-olds in public schools.
Indiana: Sen. Rick Niemeyer has introduced a bill that would prohibit counties from using schools as polling places.
Iowa: In a 53-42 party-line vote, the House voted not to count 29 mail-in ballots in the House District 55 race that was decided by a 9-vote margin. The ballots did not have a post-mark on them, but a review of the bar code information by the post office found that they were in fact returned in time. A judge ruled that the House had the authority to decide what to do, not the court system.
Kansas: Senate Bill 43, which has been endorsed by a bipartisan group of senators, would allow Kansas residents to register to vote and vote on Election Day.
The House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee has advanced a bill that would strip the prosecutorial powers from the secretary of state. The bill is supported by the attorney general and secretary of state.
Maine: A bill has been introduced that would make Election Day a state holiday.
Several other pieces of election reform legislation include expanding ranked choice voting to local elections, allowing unenrolled voters to participate in primaries, early voting, conducting a presidential primary and creating an instant voter registration system.
Massachusetts: Rep. Andy Vargas, Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Sen. Harriette Chandler have unveiled a proposal that would allow localities to lower the voting age to 16 for local elections if they wanted to.
Minnesota: A House subcommittee on elections has advanced a bill that would automatically register people to vote when obtaining a license, learner’s permit or state ID unless they chose to opt out.
Mississippi: Under HB 985, any Mississippian convicted of a felony would have their voting rights restored three years after satisfying all requirements of their conviction. Also HC 31 would include revoke the voting rights from any individual convicted of a felony. Currently only those convicted of certain felonies lose their right to vote.
New Hampshire: Two proposed bills would make it easier for older residents to vote. Under one, unrelated caregivers would be allowed to deliver absentee ballots on behalf of voters who living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The other legislation would allow anyone age 60 or older to vote early, up to five weeks, before an election.
Legislators in New Hampshire are considering a bill that would move to the state to a ranked choice voting system, even for presidential primaries.
New Mexico: Several elections-related bills cleared their first legislative hurdles this week by advancing out of one committee or another. The bills include election day voter registration, open primaries and expanding Native American voting access.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a package of bills into law that will bring about many changes to the state’s voting system including: early voting, allowing 16-and 17-year-olds pre-register, and consolidating state and federal primaries.
North Dakota: House Bill 1479 would require colleges and universities to provide students with an identification card that could be scanned by a polling clerk to access their address in the state’s central voter file, but IDs issued to students younger than 18 years old or noncitizens must appear “significantly” different.
Under House Bill 1270, political party leaders would need to consent to county auditors’ decisions to relocate polling places. County auditors consider the proposal a “bad bill,” said Donnell Preskey, executive director for the North Dakota County Auditors and County Treasurers Association. “This proposal erodes the counties’ decision-making ability. It will usurp local authority and control and provides legislators with veto power that ultimately would have them dictating this county responsibility,” Preskey testified according to The Dickinson Press.
Tennessee: Rep. Larry Miller has introduced a bill that would require elections officials to step down from office in order to run for another office. Miller said he was inspired to introduce the bill after watching the issues in Georgia’s governor’s race.
Virginia: A bill that would have allowed localities to move to a ranked choice voting system if they chose to has been tabled.
The Senate Finance Committee has advanced SB1038 that would require voter registrars to electronically verify the name, date of birth, and social security number of each voter against existing federal databases to confirm that every registered voter is a citizen of Virginia and the United States.
The House of Delegates Privileges and Elections subcommittee has approved HB 2790 that would allow for no-excuse, in-person absentee voting for the week before an election.
Wyoming: House Bill 192 would require voters to show a photo ID in order to vote and would allow the secretary of state’s office to set the parameters for acceptable forms of photo ID.
House Bill 106 would close off the state’s primary ballots to party switchers two weeks before the election. The bill is on the way to full House after a similar piece of legislation failed in the Senate.
Connecticut: John Mallozzi of Stamford has been charged with 14 counts of a false statement in absentee balloting and 14 counts of second-degree forgery in connection with ballots cast in the 2015 Stamford election.
Georgia: The secretary of state’s office is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action over issues that occurred during the November election including problems with precincts, provisional ballots, voter purges and absentee ballots. “The complaint combines a variety of claims in an attempt to cobble together a new theory — that a variety of independent and unrelated actions by mostly local official somehow resulted in a series of constitutional violations that require massive judicial intervention,” the motion to dismiss says.
Hawaii: The Hawaii Supreme Court has invalidated a Honolulu city council race that was decided by just 22 votes. In the unanimous decision, the high court said elections officials improperly counted late absentee ballots and ruled that the only remedy was to throw out the election results. A special election has been set for April.
Iowa: Polk County District Judge Karen Romano has temporarily enjoined enforcement of the state’s voter ID law as it applies to verifying absentee ballots. The ruling prevents the state from implementing regulations regarding verifying a voter’s legitimacy if their absentee ballot lacks a voter-verification number. Secretary of State Paul Pate has said his office will appeal the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court.
Kansas: Now that Ford County is offering plans for two polling places for Dodge City’s 13,000 registered voters, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree granted an unopposed motion filed by the ACLU of Kansas to voluntarily dismiss the litigation against the county.
Minnesota: A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals has sided with a Ramsey County District judge that a petition to place home rule charter amendment on the ballot lacked sufficient signatures. The amendment would have asked voters if they wanted to move their local elections to even-numbered years.
New Hampshire: The state Supreme Court has ruled that the secretary of state does not have to provide a detailed voter database to the state’s Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters and other plaintiffs in a suit they have brought challenging Senate Bill 3.
Tech Companies: KNOWiNK, a Missouri-based polling place technology company, recently took first place, and a $1 million equity investment, in a competition sponsored by the Chaifetz Group. The competition is styled after the popular reality TV show Shark Tank where successful business people decide if they want to invest in smaller start-up companies.
Opinions This Week
California: Ballot harvesting
Connecticut: Ranked choice voting
Georgia: Washington County
Indiana: Vigo County
Kansas: Kris Kobach
Maryland: Ranked choice voting
Michigan: Secretary of state
Nebraska: Election reform
New Jersey: Ex-felon voting rights
Oregon: Election security
South Carolina: Voting system
CTCL Online Series: Cybersecurity for Elections Officials —Data breaches, ransomware, and denial-of-service attacks are becoming regular headlines in America, but election officials are uniquely positioned on the front lines to help safeguard our democracy while ensuring that each vote counts. Join election officials from around the country in our online series that will empower your election office to manage cyber threats and communicate with the public about cybersecurity in 2019. Where: Online. When: Feb. 5, 7, 12 and 14.
The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future— Please save the date as the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Democracy Fund analyze key moments in election administration during the 2018 midterm elections, and look ahead to what steps can be taken to improve the voting experience for all Americans in 2020. Where: Washington, DC. When: February 14.
Election Center Special Workshop — The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 7 (Facilitating Voter Participation); Course 8 (Implementation of New Programs); and Renewal Course 31 (Election Storytelling ). Where: Birmingham, Alabama. When: February 25-26.
Election Center Special Workshop —The Election Center will hold a special workshop that will include: Course 9 (Enfranchisement, Enhancement, Enforcement ); Course 10 (Constitution, Courts & Cases to 1965); and Renewal Course 14 (Crisis Management). Where: Virginia Beach. When: April 24-28.
International Association of Government Officials — IGO’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, July 11-17. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.
National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada July 11-15, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.
National Association of State Election Directors — The NASED Summer Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, July 14-16, 2019. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registration.
Job Postings This Week
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Administrative Assistant, Center for Election Innovation & Research— the Administrative Assistant will work full-time and play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of CEIR, including our program operations, finance, and human resources functions. This person will collaborate in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work, supporting our ability to grow and expand our impact. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make a substantial impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit leadership. The Administrative Assistant will work in the Washington, DC Metro Area, usually in CEIR’s office, although sometimes working from home may be possible. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for an Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead) position. This position will provide logistical support for ballot collection, fleet, and warehouse tasks as well as lead processes, projects and temporary staff. With over 60 ballot drop box locations throughout King County, this is a work group that continues to grow and evolve. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a detail oriented person with warehouse/receiving experience, data entry and strong interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead), King County, Washington — King County Elections is recruiting for two Administrative Specialist III (Elections Specialist Lead) positions in Ballot Processing and Voter Services. These positions will lead processes, projects, and people which will include leading, coaching, mentoring, and training temporary and regular staff. Leads may also provide assistance and/or participate in long-term cross-training in multiple work areas to meet organizational agile efforts. The workweek is typically 35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a great opportunity for a customer service oriented person with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Business Development Associate, Scytl — We are looking for Business Development Associate to work hand in hand with our Director of US Sales. You will have control over your day and how you get it done but the goal each week of developing qualified leads and booking sales appointments, completing Net Promoter surveys and being the central hub of a busy sales team. Some of your daily/weekly tasks include: Generate and qualify leads through cold calling, online prospecting, and marketing campaign collaboration; Lead management and data management in Salesforce; Conduct initial sales presentations and product demos via the phone and internet; Produce activity reports by documenting all activity into Salesforce and properly communicating data to management; Net Promoter surveys; New market and project research; Event organization and coordination with marketing; and be part of something amazing. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Campus Outreach Lead, Democracy Works— As campus outreach lead, you will sustain and grow the TurboVote higher education partnerships program. You will be responsible for renewing contracts with existing higher education partners and bringing on new partners by generating leads, carrying those leads through necessary follow up tasks, and formalizing partnerships with signed contracts. In this role, you will build relationships with key stakeholders at colleges and universities, as well as with fellow nonprofit organizations that support civic engagement at colleges and universities. You’ll become an expert in the world of higher education and cultivate a passion for promoting civic engagement. Also, you will persistently navigate the bureaucracy of external organizations. Salary: $50,000 to $65,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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.
Chief Information Officer, Virginia Department of Elections— Are you a leader in Information Technology Services? Do you have a passion for strategic IT Operations in the public sector? The Virginia Department of Elections may have an opportunity just for you! This position will serve as the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Elections (ELECT) in an executive leadership role. Responsible for the oversight of business operations, system development, database management, IT Governance, and systems security. This position will lead the agency in the management and delivery of strategic technology services that includes disaster recovery, security, IT strategic planning, budget, application and system configuration and change. Also, this position plans, organizes, and controls all activities of Elections information services and technology to ensure the effective, efficient, and secure operations of all automated data processing systems; and provide access to election information for all internal and external stakeholders. Salary: Up to $150,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Clerk of the Board/Elections Director, Santa Cruz County, Arizona — Under the direction of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and guidance from the Santa Cruz County Manager, performs statutory duties of the Clerk of the Board pursuant to ARS 11-241 and other statutory duties, to include preparing, publishing and posting the agenda for the Board of Supervisor meetings. Under limited supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty to plan, organize, coordinate, direct and manage all activities of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. This is an at-will position. Plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and manages all activities of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; oversees daily operations and programing; develops and administers departmental budget and oversees expenditures, develops and administers training and education for election staff and volunteers. Develops and implements procedural and technical improvements as they relate to elections; ensures quality control of all aspects of election from ballot production to public information; manages projects, coordinates with other county/state departments and outside vendors. Salary: $69,186. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research — the Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and have a broad range of responsibilities designed to support CEIR’s mission. In this position, the Deputy Director will play an integral role in the development and execution of CEIR’s programming, strategic communications, and continued growth as an organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Deputy Director’s primary workplace will be CEIR’s Washington, DC office. The Deputy Director also must be available for business travel as needed. CEIR believes that working alongside and understanding the diverse mix of people who are affected by elections and American democracy is key to achieving our mission. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, non-discriminatory work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Clerk, Marion County, Oregon— Performs a wide variety of specialized clerical duties related to voter registration file maintenance, preparation for, and conduction of elections in a non-partisan manner. Prioritize and manage multiple tasks in compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations and at the direction of the Elections and Recording Manager. Works under the supervision of the Elections and Recording Manager who assigns work, sets goals and reviews work for accuracy and conformance to department standards and who provides guidance for independent judgment and decision making in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations. Salary: $1570-$21.02/hr. Deadline: Feb. 4. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Division Director, Ada County, Idaho— The Ada County Clerk’s Office is currently seeking candidates for the Elections Division Director position. The Elections Division Director collaborates with the Clerk of the District and Chief Deputy to plan, oversee, and administer elections for over 200,000 registered voters across 150 precincts. The Elections Director is responsible for ensuring all of the necessary resources are acquired and in place, poll workers are well prepared, and that Ada County’s elections are conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner that leaves Ada County voters with the upmost confidence in the elections process. A qualified candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and prior management or event planning experience. It is preferred that candidates have experience with the election process, but is not required. Application: For more information and to apply click here.
Elections Technician Supervisor, San Joaquin County, California — The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voter’s Office is looking to fill two vital Elections Technician Supervisor positions within the department and to create an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies. This is a fast-paced elections office with a vibrant staff and diverse electorate. In 2019 we anticipate installing a new voting system and upgrading many of our operations. There are three areas the Elections Technician Supervisor may be assigned: Precinct Operations, Voter Registration and Candidate Filing & Campaign Services. 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.
IT Security Administrator (Denver) – Dominion Voting is looking for an IT Security Administrator to join our IT team in Denver, Colorado! We are looking for a security minded individual who can perform both day-to-day technical management and maintenance of IT security programs, and who can also strategically assess and enhance the overall IT security enterprise-wide. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Manager (Austin, TX) – Hart InterCivic — Hart InterCivic is looking for a project manager to work with our Professional Services Team. The project manager oversees the deployment of voting systems and training to both existing and new Hart customers. The ideal candidate has experience in the elections industry, is PMP certified, and is motivated to achieve success for our customers with initiative. Travel up to 80 percent. Reports to the Manager of Professional Services. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager, Clear Ballot— The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) position will represent Clear Ballot in a designated territory to engage prospective customers, educate them on the value of partnering with Clear Ballot, and close New Business. This position is a Hunter. The RSM will be responsible for managing and growing their assigned territory and meeting quarterly and annual sales goals. Previous sales experience in high growth organizations is a plus. RSM’s will be responsible for understanding the Clear Ballot portfolio and effectively communicating the value we bring to the market. Measures of success include: high levels of sales activity, regular and consistent reporting and communication of progress, progress toward quarterly and annual quota attainment, and overcoming obstacles to get the job done. We currently have open positions in Florida and Boston. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Sales Engineer, Clear Ballot — Our Sales and Marketing team is looking for a seasoned, hardworking and energetic Sales Engineer with proven experience and a passion for selling technology solutions. This role is responsible for being the primary technical resource for our sales force while also actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process. You will be required to have an in-depth technical knowledge of Clear Ballot’s Clear Vote suite and demonstrating the product capabilities to prospective customers. The ideal candidate must also be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction. Measures of success include new customer acquisition rates, renewal rates, upselling, cross-selling, customer satisfaction and contribution to overall sales team and new customer success Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Research Support Associate, MEDSL— MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL), to 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, drafting results 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 Software Developer (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Senior Software Developer to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Software Developer III (Toronto) – Dominion Voting is searching for an experienced and passionate Software Developer III to join our team in Toronto! These positions will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise in design development, coding, testing and debugging new software or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. You will work on a variety of our product lines and you may act as team leader on less complex projects and assists in training/mentoring less experienced software development staff. 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.
Support Specialist-Elections, Marion County, Oregon— Journey level classification of the Information Services series, which applies specialized knowledge in department wide, multiple software applications; conducts training sessions; assists in design of systems and applications, and recommend policy or procedural changes to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of systems; provides technical assistance in and facilitates the use of computer hardware and software for a department; and performs related work as required. Works under the general supervision of the Elections and Recording Manager who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews work for conformance to technical standards and compliance with department goals. Salary: $21.68-$29.02/hr. Deadline: Feb. 4. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Data Analyst, ERIC — Using independent judgment and delegated decision-making authority, the Systems and Data Specialist performs analysis, project management, trouble shooting, problem resolution, quality assurance, and documentation concerning mission-critical ERIC functions: 1) uploading of state data and data from secondary sources to ERIC; 2) delivery of timely and accurate reports to ERIC members; 3) hosting and maintenance of ERIC data; and 4) providing consistently high quality service and support to ERIC members. This position actively participates in business continuity planning, risk assessments, security reviews, and other efforts to protect ERIC’s system and data. Salary: $80,000-$95,000. Deadline: Feb. 11. 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.
Technical Bid Specialist, Scytl — The Technical Bid Specialist is an essential member of the sales team, supporting business development initiatives as well as providing support to the Marketing department. Based in our Tampa Florida, offices, the Technical Bid Specialist is in charge of managing the coordination, completion and handover of tender proposals for our clients and prospects. This is a key position with a great deal of involvement in the sales process and a decisive influence in the achievement of each deal. To be able to perform this task, the Technical Bid Specialist needs to possess a solid technical background, outstanding writing capabilities and proven experience in pre-sales or consulting endeavors, always facing the client and having to put together complex IT proposals or projects. Application:For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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Ballot reader. $500. Buyer will be responsible for pick and shipping to buyer’s location. Contact Wilfred Cochico, purchasing officer City of Lakewood: 562-866-9771 ext. 2640 or via email: WCochico@lakewoodcity.org.
Each 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