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February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

In Focus This Week

And the “Clearie” goes to….
EAC announces recipients of the 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced the recipients of the 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for best practices in election administration, also known as the “Clearie” Awards. Born of the EAC’s mandate to serve as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration, the annual “Clearie” awards recognize best practices in election administration and highlight exemplary models which can serve as examples to other officials and jurisdictions. This year’s award categories celebrate excellence in election innovations, voting accessibility and the recruitment, training and retention of election workers.

“Election officials are some of the greatest civic leaders our nation has to offer,” said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. “They are tasked with being the stewards of the bedrock of our democracy, who often implement innovative solutions with limited budgets and zero margin for error. The annual Clearie awards give the EAC an opportunity to recognize their vital contributions on a national stage and highlight best practices within the field of election administration. Each recipient of this award represents the very best of what it means to be an election administrator. We at the EAC applaud them for their dedication, and hope their work can serve as an example to others.”

Now in its third year, the “Clearie” awards recognize the innovative efforts of election officials across America. Entries were judged based on each initiative’s efficacy, innovation, sustainability, outreach efforts, cost-effectiveness and replicability. This year’s honorees are:

Outstanding Innovations in Election Administration

  • City of Rochester Hills, Michigan – For its Election Day Precinct Support Portal which allowed precinct workers to submit requests or questions via a smart phone or tablet using a simple Google Form.
  • New Mexico Secretary of State – For its electronic ballot software system, launched in the spring of 2018, which allowed blind or visually impaired voters to independently cast an absentee ballot.
  • Weber County, Utah – For its “Winning in Weber” program to engage students, veterans, teens, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and children in the electoral process.
  • Wisconsin Elections Commission – For “Securing WisVote,” a series of online learning modules which enhanced the cybersecurity of the state-wide election database and in local governments statewide.

Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities

  • Contra Costa County, California – For its “A Simple (Accessible) Path for All” initiative which included Accessible Polling Place Location and Equipment (APPLE) classes and follow up kits that provided instruction on establishing and maintaining accessible polling places.
  • Martin County, Florida – For “Count Me in Too,” a series of educational videos which helped increase voter registration and turnout among voters who indicated they had special needs by 8 percent during the 2016 Presidential Elections.
  • Iowa Secretary of State – For the Helping Veterans and Iowans with Disabilities Vote Project educated thousands of veterans and Iowans with disabilities about resources available to help them vote privately and independently.

Best Practices in Recruiting, Training and Retaining Election Workers

  • Montgomery County, Maryland – For the Future Vote Initiative, which since 2004, has recruited 43,619 students from grades 6 to 12 to participate in elections, including over 10,000 who have served as election judges after their sixteenth birthday.
  • The City of Ely, Minnesota – For their partnership with nonprofit “Walking Civics,” on a program that connected high school students and veterans to serve at the polls together on Election Day.
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico – For “Learn the Vote,” a new online training program for election workers which reduced instruction time, decreased election worker errors and allowed the Clerk’s Office to redirect staff time towards completing post-election procedures more efficiently.

This year’s Clearie awards are dedicated to the life and legacy of Wendy Noren and R. Brian Lewis. Wendy Noren served as Boone County Clerk for over three decades and was a member of the EAC’s Board of Advisors before passing away in March 2018 following a long battle with cancer. R. Brian Lewis served as Counsel to the Office of the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee before his passing, and was an early and steadfast proponent of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and election officials. Both were luminaries in the field of election administration who will long be remembered for their hard work, integrity and friendship.

Our Say

EAC’s 2018 Clearinghouse Awards: Sharing Best Practices in Election Administration

By Thomas Hicks, chairman
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

This week, the EAC announced the winners of our 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for Best Practices in Election Administration. The awards, also known as the Clearies, provide election offices across America an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes. The Clearies play an important role in furthering the EAC’s responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information.

Through HAVA, the EAC works to help implement sweeping election reforms, assist states in certifying voting systems, advance voting accessibility, and serve as a clearinghouse of election information. When lawmakers drafted HAVA, bipartisan legislation to modernize elections across America, I like to think they envisioned EAC programs such as the Clearies.

As in previous years, the 2018 Clearies featured three categories: outstanding innovations in elections; best practices related to the recruiting, training, and retaining of election workers; and accessibility for voters with disabilities.

This year’s competition was conducted in honor of the life of Wendy Noren, the former Clerk of Boone County, Missouri, and R. Brian Lewis, the former Council of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Both Wendy and Brian were great friends of the elections community, and their positive impact on elections continues today. On a personal note, I came to know both Wendy and Brian well through EAC activities and my stint on Capitol Hill. We truly miss them and hope this competition serves in memory of their tremendous contributions.

Given the November 2018 midterm elections, the awards offered an excellent platform to highlight new programs. We received dozens of submissions from jurisdictions, both small and large, as well as individuals across the elections community. An independent panel of election officials from the EAC’s Board of Advisors and Standards Board served as judges.

Following a very competitive vote, we were pleased to announce 10 recipients. Please take a minute to follow this link and read about the honorees. The entries offered great insight and exemplified the can-do spirit of election officials. Our Clearie recipients exhibited a wide range of populous, from a city of 3,500 to a state with more than three million registered voters. We share their results so that other jurisdictions might replicate or build upon their efforts.

The winners in the outstanding innovations category addressed important election administration issues, such as cybersecurity training for local officials, overall efforts to effectively operate an election office, programs to extend accessible absentee ballots to underrepresented populations and ways to harness off-the-shelf technology in supporting Election Day operations.

In the accessibility for voters with disabilities category, our honorees showcased their efforts in training poll workers to better serve the needs of voters with disabilities, a coordinated effort for helping veterans and individuals with disabilities vote, and video outreach to assist people who are deaf.

Finally, the election worker competition highlighted great results of using high school students as poll workers, efforts to modernize training initiatives, and connecting veterans and students to serve at the polls.

From advancing cybersecurity training at the local level or helping veterans with disabilities in the elections process, the 2018 EAC Clearinghouse Awards are a testament to election officials’ leadership efforts across the U.S.

Moving forward, we will continue highlighting the Clearie winners through blogs and additional outreach. On behalf of my three fellow Commissioners, I am pleased to follow through on the promise of HAVA by awarding EAC Clearies to these well-deserving state and local election officials.

Thomas Hicks has served as Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for two terms. During his time with the Commission, Mr. Hicks has focused his efforts on increasing voting accessibility, including developing a guide to voting rights for voters with disabilities and creating a help desk to address ballot delivery issues for overseas voters.

Federal-State Updates

Christopher Krebs, chief of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said this week at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee that the ability to audit voting machines after elections is critical for ballot security.

“The area that I think we need to invest the most in the nation is ensuring auditability across infrastructure,” Krebs said according to FCW. “If you don’t know what’s happening and you can’t check back at what’s happening in the system — you don’t have security.”

Politico has an interesting article this week about Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wisconsin) leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. According to Politico, although there is no official account of cybersecurity bills in Congress, Third Way, a centrist think tank that works on tech policy, counted 15 bills that passed the House and did not advance out of the committee.

“The record speaks for itself,” former House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Politico, expressing frustration over the fact that Johnson hasn’t advanced cybersecurity bills that his panel approved.

Johnson and his staff disagreed with Politico’s assessment.

“Protecting our nation against ever-evolving cyber threats is a significant challenge and one I take very seriously,” Johnson said in a statement to Politico. “We will continue our bipartisan, aggressive oversight and legislative efforts in the 116th Congress.”

Election News This Week

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that today is Valentine’s Day and so we’re going to share a love poem for elections from Ohio’s Director of Elections Amanda Grandjean.

Freedom doesn’t come free,
The American flag shines valiantly in red, white, and blue,
Voting is a privilege,
Thank you, election officials, for all that you do!

This week, Kansas Elections Director Bryan Caskey told the Kansas House Elections Committee that the state hasn’t used the Interstate Crosscheck program since 2017 following a Department of Homeland Security audit that discovered vulnerabilities in the system. According to the Hutchinson News, Caskey said Secretary of State Scott Schwab has ordered a review of Crosscheck to determine whether to abandon the program all together and that moving forward the state would be using HAVA 2 funds to join ERIC.

Small towns making big news! This week, two small towns made big elections news. In Ohio, the town of Sandusky (pop. est. 24,845) has decided to swap the Columbus Day holiday for a holiday on Election Day. “A lot’s happened in the last three years that had us thinking a lot about voter access and democracy, and so we thought it was a really natural switch,” Sandusky City Manager Eric Wobser told NPR. In 2014 negotiations with the unions that represent police, firefighters, and municipal workers, the city suggested dropping Columbus Day, but giving up a paid holiday was a non-starter, Wobser says. So when negotiations for 2019-2021 started up last year, the city had a new proposal: replacing Columbus Day with Election Day. The unions agreed. About 800 miles east, the town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, best known for being the first town to cast ballots, just after midnight, in New Hampshire’s presidential primary, is facing questions about how it administers one of America’s most famous primaries. “What started out as an investigation into a complaint involving one voter, who may not have been a resident of Dixville … has appeared to uncover a potentially more pervasive issue with respect to the process in Dixville as a whole,” an investigator for the state attorney general’s office told New Hampshire Public Radio.

Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the fine. This week the Oregon Secretary of State’s office announced that it will fine Defend Oregon $94,750 for failing to turn in nearly 100 ballots it had collected from voters until after the November 6 election. According to the Oregonian, Oregon law requires people who collect ballots on behalf of other voters to turn them in on time. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 per violation. “In the secretary’s view, the harm of not having a ballot counted is more severe than any other violation of election law,” state elections director Stephen Trout wrote. Defend Oregon has 20 days to decide whether or not they want to request a hearing.

For electionline readers following the site’s redesign, you have heard from Democracy Fund’s Stacey Scholl over the years. She’s shared insight into the new features, improvements and the vision for site. Long before rolling up her sleeves for the redesign, she was an electionline reader, subscriber and believer. After nearly four and half years with Democracy Fund, Stacey’s last day is tomorrow (Feb. 15). She shared that it has been her pleasure to support the site and the ideas, discussions and community it supports. She hopes to continue to contribute to the site in new ways.

 

Personnel News: Pat McDonald is stepping down as the Cuyahoga County, Ohio board of elections director. Robert Conte has been hired as an elections clerk at the Suffolk County, New York board of elections. Vicki Vogel has resigned as the Victoria County, Texas election administrator. Andy Farrar is officially the new administrator of elections in Coffee County, Tennessee. Rokey Suleman has resigned as the Richland County, South Carolina director of elections. Dora Garcia is retiring as the Calhoun County, Texas elections administrator. Frankie DiCarlantonio has been appointed to the Jeffrson County, Ohio board of elections.

Legislative Updates

Arizona: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 1188 that would remove voters from the state’s permanent early voting list if they don’t vote in either the primary or general elections for two consecutive election cycles.

Arkansas: The House has approved Senate Bill 159 which would eliminate the portion of state law that requires poll workers to remove the stubs from provisional ballots and keep those stubs in a separate box. The legislation was billed as a cleanup of state law since the ballots and voting machines it addresses are no longer in use.

California: Assemblyman Evan Low has reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would lower California’s voting age to 17. An amendment requires the approval of two-thirds of the state Assembly and Senate, and the approval of voters.

Colorado: A bill that would include Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact passed out of a House committee this week on a party-line vote. The bill was approved by the Senate in January and now heads to the full House.

Connecticut: House Bill 5507, cosponsored by Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, and Rep. Terrie Wood, R-Darien would prohibit the disclosure of voter registration data for commercial purposes, but would make certain information available to election and political committees. The bill is currently before the Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Kansas: Rep. Brett Parker (D-Overland Park) has introduced a bill that would eliminate the proof-of-citizenship require for voter registration. The bill would also allow for election day registration.

Kentucky: House Bill 309 would allow 16-year-olds to serve as precinct election officers. Current law allows 17-year-olds to work at the polls as long as they turn 18 on or before Election Day.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee has voted 8-2 to advance a bill that would remove the secretary of state as chairperson of the state board of elections and revoke the secretary’s access to the state’s voter registration database.

Maryland: The Ways and Means Committee of the General Assembly has advanced a bill that would give the Montgomery County Council the authority to change the county’s voting system to a ranked choice system.

Missouri: Under House Bill 269, the secretary of state would be given subpoena power to investigate voter fraud.

Nevada: The Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections had a hearing this week on several pieces of elections-related legislation including one bill that would make the registrar of voters in Washoe and Clark counties an elected position rather than appointed.

New Hampshire: Rep. Ellen Read (D-Newmarket) has introduced House Bill 506 which would create a legal holiday for the state primary and Election Day.

The House Election Law Committee has unanimously voted to shelve HB 782 until 2020. HB 782 would move the state to move a ranked choice voting system.

New Mexico: House Bill 84 and House Bill 86 were approved by the House Judiciary Committee this week and now head the full House. HB84 would allow for automatic voter registration and HB86 would allow for election day registration.

North Carolina: Rep. Lee Zachary (R-Yadkin County) has introduced House Bill 24 that would prohibit local boards of elections to use schools as polling places without the approval of the local board of education.

South Dakota: A House committee has approved a bill that will limit the number of days available for early voting. Although the original bill recommended limiting early voting to 14 days, but the approved bill will allow early voting to begin the first Friday in October which will mean about 21 days of early voting.

Texas: Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) has filed a bill that would repeal a 2013 law enabling the Department of Public Safety to share driver’s license application information with the secretary of state “for the purpose of voter registration or the administration of elections.”

The Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously agreed to move forward with the county clerk’s plan to move toward countywide vote centers.

Washington: The House is considering a bill that would allow counties, cities, towns and other municipalities the option to use ranked choice voting.

Legal Updates

Colorado: Gail Arlene Gray, 66 of Mesa County, is accused of illegally casting a mail-in ballot for adult son. According to The Daily Sentinel, Gray told an investigator she “did a terrible thing” but she was “really (angry) at my kids for not voting, none of them were voting and then that (ballot) came in the mail and I didn’t even think, I thought I am going to vote for him…” according to an arrest affidavit.

Georgia: The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said in a ruling that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the state’s assertion the two groups of plaintiffs  in a lawsuit over the state’s aging voting system had standing to file suite, and that the state was not immune from being sued in this particular case.

Minnesota: Zameahia J. Ismail, 21 of St. Louis Park has been charged with purposely voting twice in the 2017 election. Once where she lived and a second time in Minneapolis. According to the Star-Tribune, Ismail said she voted the second time because she liked a candidate who was seeking re-election.

New Hampshire: The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state on behalf of two college students argued that HB1264, which requires that anyone who votes in New Hampshire must obtain an in-state driver’s license and vehicle registration within 60 days of casting a ballot is akin to a modern-day poll tax.

North Carolina: Denslo Allen Paige, 66 has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting voting  by a noncitizen and will serve two months in prison and must pay a $250 fine. Paige is a former elections precinct worker in Wake County.

South Carolina: U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the state’s antiquated voting machines infringed upon residents’ right to vote. “A plaintiff … must do more than merely assert that there is some conceivable risk that she will be harmed on account of defendant’s actions,” wrote Childs.

Tennessee: Chancellor Doug Jenkins has ruled that Rogersville will not be required to pay the Hawkins County Election Commission $23,094 in legal fees for defending a lawsuit filed last year by the city and then filing a countersuit.

Texas: According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office does not have the capacity to investigate a list of potentially 58,000 non-citizen voters and that he will instead wait to see what county voter registrars discover.

Tech Thursday

Virginia: Cue Alanis Morrissette. The Virginia Department of Elections announced this week that applicants for the position of chief information officer likely had their personal information exposed after a job posting for the position included a username and password that could be used to view applicants’ resume and personal details.  “It was a mistake, and is not systems-related,” Anne Waring with the Department of Human Resource Management told WTOP.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Election Day holiday, II, III | HR1, II, III | Voter ID, II

California: Vote centers

Florida: Voting rights

Hawaii: Voter registration

Iowa: Uncounted ballots | Ex-felon voting rights

Kentucky: Voting age

Maine: League of Women Voters

Massachusetts: Local elections

Minnesota: Ranked choice voting | Ex-felon voting rights

New Mexico: Same day registration, II

New York: Election reform

North Carolina: Election fraud

Ohio: Hamilton County

Pennsylvania: Voting machine costs | Election security | Automatic voter registration | Ranked choice voting

Rhode Island: Voter ID

South Dakota: Early voting

Texas: List maintenance, II, III | Early voting | Secretary of state, II

Vermont: Voting rights

West Virginia: Election system

Wyoming: Ranked choice voting

Available Awards/RFPs/RFIs

Rhode Island Department of State RFP
The Rhode Island Department of Administration/Division of Purchases, on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of State, is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide a centralized voter registration system in accordance with the terms of this  Request for Proposals (“RFP”) and the State’s General Conditions of Purchase, which may be obtained at the Division of Purchases’ website at www.purchasing.ri.gov.

The contract period will begin approximately in May 2019.

This is a Request for Proposals, not a Request for Quotes. Responses will be  evaluated on the basis of the relative merits of the proposal, in addition to cost; there will be no public opening and reading of responses  received by the Division of Purchases pursuant to this solicitation, other than to name those offerors who have submitted proposals.

StateScoop 50 Awards
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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Ranked Choice Voting Webinar, The Maine Experience: Maine’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap reflects on the state’s use of RCV in 2018 becoming the first in the nation to use RCV for federal contests. When: February 26. Where: Online.

Unrig Summit 2019 — This is no ordinary conference. Unrig is fast-paced, solutions-oriented, and fun. No boring speeches — 2019’s lineup has more trainings, more workshops, more tools to power you up. Featuring America’s most powerful presenters, expert trainers, activists, musicians, artists and more, we’re bringing together the brightest minds from the right and left to build a new political future for America. 3 days. 2 nights. 1 vision: Unrig the System. Where: Nashville, TN When: Fri March 29 – Sun March 31.

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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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.

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.

Election Director, Harford County, Maryland — An Election Director II is the supervisory or managerial level of work directing elections in local jurisdictions within the State. The work of this classification may require travel throughout the State to exchange information regarding the election process and promote voter registration. Employees supervise office support staff which may include subordinate supervisors. Employees in this classification receive managerial supervision from the State Administrator or Deputy State Administrator of Election Laws. Employees may be required to work evenings and weekends. Position allocation to the Election Director series is determined by the size of the local jurisdiction as reflected by the number of registered voters. Copies of this supplemental job evaluation standard can be found in the Offices of the State and local Boards of Elections and in the Department of Budget and Management Office of Personnel Services and Benefits. The Election Director I-III is differentiated from the Election Deputy Director I-III in that the Election Director I-III is responsible for the entire operations of local election board offices and the conduct of elections for those offices while the Election Deputy Director I-III assist the Election Director I-III in the office operations and the conduct of elections for local election board offices and has the authority to act in the absence of the Election Director. Salary: $61,754.00 – $105,818.00/year. Deadline: Feb. 15. 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 Supervisor, Lane County, Oregon— Lane County is hiring a Program Supervisor to work in Elections, a Division of the County Clerk. The Division of the County Clerk administers all federal, state, and local laws as they apply to conducting elections, voter registration, and related processes. The ideal candidate will be a confident team leader who possesses a proven track record of integrity and a commitment to excellence. If you have exceptional communication skills and strong attention to detail, we encourage you to apply! This is a fully performing professional level in the assigned field or discipline requiring specialized technical skills and a solid knowledge of principles and practices in the program area. Incumbents have professional responsibility for coordinating program activities; serving as a liaison and/or advocate to internal/external customers; and assisting in program policy and procedure development, ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines, and/or contract management. Incumbents may have formal supervisory responsibilities over professional, technical and/or support staff. Salary: 58,552.00 – $86,132.80. Deadline: February 25. Application: For the complete job listing 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.

Election Technology Specialist, Boulder County, Colorado — The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Elections Division, has an opening for an Elections Technology Specialist. This position will learn and perform a variety of complex, technical, and specialized tasks associated with elections management, and voting systems. To be successful in this position you must be eager to learn, possess an aptitude for technical information and data analysis, and become comfortable in a high-stakes, team-focused work environment. We seek a person who is process-oriented and motivated to do meaningful work that facilitates the democratic process. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, enjoys both leading and supporting in a collaborative environment, and possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills. They have the demonstrated ability to use complicated software, perform moderately sophisticated tasks in MS Excel and Access, learn and apply new skills effectively with minimal support, and communicate technical information to nontechnical personnel. Additionally, they demonstrate creativity and innovation through problem-solving. Ability to work effectively under pressure while remaining positive and flexible is also key to success. Salary: $56,124 to $65,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Architect / Senior Software Engineer, Clear Ballot— Clear Ballot is looking for an accomplished, Boston MA based Architect/Senior 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 implement new products and features under tight deadlines. You will be using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with front-end web applications implemented in JavaScript 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 — 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 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.

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.

Management and Budget Specialist, Montgomery County, Maryland— the Board of Elections for Montgomery County, Maryland, is looking for a Management and Budget Specialist. Duties include administering and preparing the annual budget; managing day-to-day financial transactions and recordkeeping; collecting and analyzing data; and writing reports, memoranda and presentations to inform and explain the department’s decisions. Salary: $55,176 to $91,314 annually. Application: For the complete job list and to apply, click here and view Job #IRC34280 under the category “General Professional”.

Product Manager, Hart InterCivic — as Product Manager, you will join a team that is charged with product planning, design, and execution throughout the lifecycle of Hart’s products, in support of the company’s overall strategy and goals. This includes: gathering, validating, and prioritizing internal and external customer needs; documenting and communicating product and technical requirements; gathering market and competitive intelligence; supporting the certification, sales, and marketing teams. The Product Manager must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy – with experience in elections technology or other government-oriented products preferred.  To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate must spend time in the market to understand its unique attributes; demonstrate competence with specialized hardware and software; and find innovative solutions for the broader market. The Product Manager plays a key role in helping others to understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer, as well as providing advanced subject matter expertise in using the company’s products. 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.

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 Scanners
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.

Voting Booths
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

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