In Focus This Week
Contra Costa County Elections’ star turn on ‘reality TV’
Broadcasting live on Facebook is an opportunity for more transparency
By The Contra Costa County Elections Team
The tension was high as all eyes focused on a single die. A tied election hung in the balance.
Larry Enos, a two-term incumbent in a tiny irrigation district, needed to roll at least 14 to keep his seat. He took the 20-sided die and calmly tossed it onto the table. As the final roll came to a stop, spectators looked on in anticipation. Our staff confirmed the die showed a 20, securing Enos’ win.
This made-for-TV moment played out in our office lobby and was simultaneously broadcast on Facebook Live for all to see. It was gripping reality TV. It’s not surprise that it’s our most viewed video to date since the spectacle of the event—breaking a tie!—and the unique Dungeons and Dragons die drew national and international news coverage.
Armed with just smartphones and tablets, our office crafted and shared a range of visuals showing our November 2018 preparation and post-election canvass activities. The concerted and creative use of videos and images helped our messages reach more people and made it easier for them to understand the process.
“Our goal is to provide more avenues to showcase how we do business,” said Joe Canciamilla, Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters. “Videos and photos provide information to residents in a way that is simple to follow.”
Last fall, our office highlighted real-time activities, from a time-lapse of vote by mail ballot extraction to a video of ballots being ironed to flatten creased timing marks.
In addition to presenting the daily work, our posts could be whimsical or fun, and included superheroes, emojis, and GIFs. Tone was important and varied based on the message. For example, results updates were brief and clear, but other posts could be an entertaining exchange with colleagues. These platforms allow us to make personal connections with voters. Unlike the expected formality of a press release, our personality can shine through, which helps humanize the work.
“We wanted to liven it up and give those following our social media accounts something to look forward to,” Canciamilla said. “One of the best parts is that our team could show their family and friends exactly what they were doing. It became a source of pride for them.”
While we welcome all to observe the process, a limited number of people actually visit our facilities during an election. Still, voters want to know what happens to their ballot after they drop it in the mail or leave the polling place.
“We’ve always tried to be transparent, but in the past this kind of information has been limited to those who are aggressively hunting for it. Now, with these visual platforms, everyone can understand what’s happening as it’s happening,” Canciamilla said.
One of our most popular posts showed the rainbow of vote by mail ballots we received from various jurisdictions and explained how we return them to the correct California county for counting.
Community members offered kudos and praise for our efforts to pull back the curtain and show the inner workings of the democratic process.
We initially expanded our use of social media in 2015 and began using videos to share information, including livestreaming poll worker activities on Election Day. Our YouTube channel hosts everything from a movie trailer for a special election to a training video on late-breaking poll worker procedures. Our latest production is an invitation to fall in love with vote by mail.
We’ll continue to explore what audiences are interested in knowing more about and will keep an eye on the most effective social media platforms to deliver the message.
“We feel that we’ve only scratched the surface as far as what we can do. We’re optimistic that we can continue to improve and use innovative ways to tell our story,” Canciamilla said.
(Editor’s Note: This week’s story marks the fourth and for now final piece in our series on the important role that communications play in an elections office. Previously we’ve heard from Alton Dillard of the Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Communications 101, Kurt Sampsel of the Center for Technology and Civic Life on What makes an effective elections website and a piece on the importance of branding. In the not-so-distant past we’ve also covered effective uses of social media. Elections officials wear a lot of hats and not all of them are fortunate enough to have a dedicated comms staff person so our hope with this series has been to give you some easy (and hopefully free) tips on how to effectively communicate with the public and the press.)
VVSG Public Comments
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) four sitting Commissioners unanimously voted to publish the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG) Principles and Guidelines in the Federal Register for a 90 day public comment period, after which comments and feedback on the proposed document will be compiled and presented to the Commissioners for discussion and consideration.
“Today’s unanimous vote demonstrates the Commissioners’ shared commitment to taking this next important step in consideration of the proposed VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines. The EAC looks forward to holding hearings on these Principles and Guidelines soon and we encourage the public to provide their feedback on the proposed guidelines,” said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks, who joined Vice Chair Christy McCormick, Commissioner Ben Hovland and Commissioner Donald Palmer in supporting the measure.
The proposed VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines will be published in the Federal Register in accordance with sections 222(a)(1) and 222(d) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. They will appear in the Federal Register for a period of 90 days. Separately, upon the completion of the VVSG 2.0’s accompanying Requirements developed by NIST and the EAC, those accompanying Requirements will also be subject to public review and comment, including distribution to the EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), Standards Board and Board of Advisors. This review and comment period will take place prior to consideration and implementation by the Commission.
VVSG are a set of Principles, Guidelines and Requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards. Some factors examined under these tests include functionality, accessibility, accuracy, auditability and security capabilities.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that EAC develop and maintain these requirements as well as testing and certifying voting systems. On December 13, 2005, the EAC unanimously adopted the 2005 VVSG, which significantly increased security requirements for voting systems and expanded access, including opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently. The 2005 guidelines updated and augmented the 2002 Voting System Standards, as required by HAVA, to address advancements in election practices and computer technologies. These guidelines were again updated by the EAC’s Commissioners on March 31, 2015. These guidelines are voluntary. States may decide to adopt them entirely or in part prior to the effective date.
The structure of the new VVSG reflects modifications proposed by the election community, EAC, NIST and the TGDC, which is comprised of election officials, voting system manufacturers, disability experts, cyber security experts, technology experts, and other key election stakeholders. The new guidelines are a high level set of principles that will be supplemented by accompanying documents that detail specific requirements for how systems can meet the new guidelines and obtain certification. The supplemental documents will also detail assertions for how the accredited test laboratories will validate that a system complies with those requirements.
Last Spring, the EAC convened its advisory boards to review and comment on the adoption of the newest version of the voluntary guidelines, VVSG 2.0. Both Boards recommended that the EAC adopt VVSG 2.0. Today’s unanimous Commissioner vote occurred less than two weeks after a quorum of Commissioners was restored at the EAC.
Election Security Updates
Sens Amy Kobuchar (D-Minnesota), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan) have sent a letter to the three largest voting system vendors demanding more transparency about their plans to improve their products not just for 2020, but beyond.
“The integrity of our elections is directly tied to the machines we vote on — the products that you make,” says the letter according to CyberScoop. “Despite shouldering such a massive responsibility, there has been a lack of meaningful innovation in the election vendor industry and our democracy is paying the price.”
Also this week, Matt Masterson, a senior advisor to the Department of Security told CNET that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) is doubling down on its efforts to secure the 2020 election cycle. Masterson told the publication that CISA’s focus will be on local election authorities.
Election News This Week
Voters in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma were surprised recently when they received letters from the county elections board asking them to confirm their registration and include their official 911 address. Election Board Secretary Cathy Thornton told the McAlester News-Capital that it’s the elections board way of updating the records for many voters who live in rural areas and may have initially registered using rural routes or highway contract routes. When the county moved to a 911 system many of those rural routes were renamed which has lead to returned mail when the elections office has sought to contact voters. The county sent out about 2,400 letters.
Following the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, students who survived the shooting rallied people, especially young people, across the country to register to vote and by many accounts, more young people than ever before voted in the 2018 midterms. But did their votes count? According to an analysis by Daniel A. Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida, about 1 in 7 mail-in ballots by college-age voters in Parkland was rejected. According to The Washington Post, Smith discovered that15 percent of mail-in ballots submitted by Parkland residents between ages 18 and 21 were never counted in the midterm election, far exceeding the statewide average. A spokesman for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections said he could not comment on Smith’s findings “unless and until” the office reviewed his data and methodology.
It’s only taken five years, but finally, Lake County, Indiana has pared down the number of precincts in the country from 523 to 364 in time for the May municipal primary. It all began back in 2014 when the Legislature ordered the county to pare down the precincts. The largely Democratic county balked at the order from the Republican-controlled Legislature. When the Indiana Election Commission failed to adopt a consolidation plan, the secretary of state issued a plan in 2018, which the county rejected. Further back-and-forth ensued until a final plan was adopted last week. Under the final plan, nearly all of the consolidated precincts have at least 1,000 registered voters, according to figures provided to The Northwest Times. In some cases, three precincts were merged instead of two.
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a competition to create a new statewide “I Voted” sticker. The contest is open to all Ohio students in grades 6-12 and a winner will be chose by, you guessed it, a vote, which will be open to all Ohioans. The contest runs until April 28. Arlington County, Virginia is also embarking on their own search for a new and unique “I Voted” sticker. The Arlington Electoral Board is partnering with the Arlington Artists Alliance to run the competition. Submissions, from any Arlington resident, are due April 12. A selection committee will then winnow the field with the final decision being left up to a public vote. We here at electionline are very excited to see both the Ohio and Arlington winners and hopefully add one of each to our collection (hint, hint).
Personnel News: Barb Frank has retired as the Jefferson County, Wisconsin clerk. Calcasieu Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty is retiring after 24 years on the job. Former Daviess County Clerk David Osborne has been appointed to the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Kalliopi Karapetsas has been fired from the Trumbull County, Ohio board of elections. Justin Crigler has been appointed Boone County, Kentucky clerk. Martha Vaughn has stepped down from the Stewart County, Tennessee election commission.
Arizona: Gov. Greg Ducey has signed a bill into law that will require early voters casting a ballot at a countywide voting center to provide the same forms of ID that they would have to show if they voted at the polls on Election Day.
Also in Arizona, a bill that would automatically remove voters from a permanent early voting list if they miss two consecutive elections passed the House Elections Committee on a party-line vote.
California: The Solano County board of supervisors voted unanimously this week to wait until after the 2020 election cycle to move to regional vote centers.
Florida: PCB SAC 19-01 has passed the House State Affairs Committee. Under the proposal, Floridians would be able to fix signature problems on their vote-by-mail and provisional ballots until two days after elections, and supervisors would be able to mail domestic vote-by-mail ballots earlier to voters, between 40 days and 28 days before elections. The bill also legalizes ballot selfies.
Idaho: By a 22-12 vote, Bill 270, which will make sure public schools are available to serve as polling places, has been approved by the Senate. If signed by Governor Brad Little, the bill would go into effect in July 2020.
Illinois: Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) has introduced legislation that would give any registered voters who casts a ballot in a general election a $25 state tax credit.
Indiana: A Senate committee has rejected an amendment that would have required tracking numbers on all absentee ballot envelopes. Senators opposing the amendment questioned the Postal Service’s ability to provide the service.
Iowa: The House has approved House File 692 which mandates all 99 counties to use ballot tracking from the U.S. Postal Service for absentee ballots.
New Hampshire: The Senate has unanimously approved Senate Bill 104 which would allow towns to postpone and reschedule elections due to poor weather conditions or other emergencies.
New Jersey: By a 77-0 vote, the Assembly has approved a bill that will allow counties to use e-poll books to check-in voters at polling places.
New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujuan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 672 into law which allows for election day registration.
North Dakota: The Senate has killed a bill that would have given legislators a say before counties change legislative district boundaries.
Pennsylvania: State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. has introduced legislation to create a Pennsylvania Election Law Advisory Board to consider possible statutory changes and other issues, such as emerging election technology.
Texas: Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) has introduced House Bill 3576 and House Bill 3578. House Bill 3576 makes it mandatory for counties to update their voter registration databases—current law says the “may” do list maintenance, the legislation would change that to “shall”. And under House Bill 3578 district courts would determine the final order of felony conviction on an individual to directly notify the secretary of state’s office that a person is no longer eligible to vote.
Also in Texas, Under House Bill 1419 felons on parole or under supervision would regain their right to vote.
Virginia: Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed two elections-related bills. House Bill 2764 would have required anyone who assists a voter with a registration application, or collects applications to provide their name, number and information about the group they are working/volunteering for. Northam also vetoed Senate Bill 1038 that would have required registrars to verify the name, date of birth and social security matched information on file with the Social Security Administration.
California: The California Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Santa Monica does not need to hold a special election to choose a new council while the city is appeal a decision in a voting rights case.
Massachusetts: A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the way the Fall River charter is written, the incumbent mayor can be recalled and re-elected on the same ballot.
California: According to Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla, an unknown hacker recently tried to access the county’s election internet system. “Our security protocols captured and isolated the threat almost immediately,” Canciamilla wrote in the email. The system was never breached and the situation has been reported to the secretary of state’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.
Utah: According to a report originally published by Bloomberg News, Facebook stopped an overseas ad from that was attempting to target Utah’s midterm election. “This is kind of part of the new world that we live in, that we all watch this stuff,” Utah elections director Justin Lee told KKSL.
Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Ranked choice voting | Blockchain | Native American voting rights | HR 1 | Voting age | Russian interference
Arizona: Vote by mail | Early voting list
California: Ranked choice voting
Delaware: Voting system
Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX
Illinois: Voter access
Indiana: Voting location | Poll workers; Turnout
Iowa: Election legislation, II, III | Voting rights
Massachusetts: Ranked choice voting
New Hampshire: Election crises
New Mexico: Ranked choice voting
North Carolina: Ballot security | Election fraud
Tennessee: Voter registration | Ex-felon voting rights
Texas: Polling place attire | Voter fraud | Election security
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.
Election Mail Forum One-Day Conference — you are invited to participate in a special one-day Election Mail Forum exclusively at the National Postal Forum, Monday May 6, 2019 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis Indiana. Come see community leaders showcase election mail. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and network with Postal Service Leadership, State Election Executives, and election mail preparation vendors. Learn how to Leverage USPS Addressing Products to improve voter roll quality. Come learn about Full Service, STID, IMb— an alternative for “postmark” authentication. When: May 6. Where: Indianapolis.
National Association of Secretaries Of State — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their annual summer conference in late June, early July in New Mexico. Watch this space for more details about agendas and registrations. When: June 30-July 3. Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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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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, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— this position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration. Serves as the lead program specialist in the required election administrator certification program; Certifies state and local election administrators following a series of classes and tests. Participates in the elections training program and county election review program; travels extensively throughout the state to conduct reviews of county elections departments. Participates in the initiative and referenda filing and clearinghouse advisories program. Provide support to Washington State counties on election processes, county WEI systems, and logic and accuracy test program. Salary: $4,275.00 – $5,745.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director, Miami County, Ohio Board of Elections— The Miami County Board of Elections is seeking applicants for the position of Director. This position, in cooperation with the Deputy Director, is responsible for overseeing, directing and managing the Board of Elections Office; developing, recommending, and adhering to an annual budget; and conducting fair and impartial elections. Qualified candidates must be affiliated with the Republican Party, reside within Miami County or be able to relocate within 30 days of accepting the position. Applicants must agree to a background check. A candidate for Director of the Board of Elections must possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalency. College level education is desired, and specialized training and/or certification in the various aspects of election administration is to be favored in evaluating applicants. Application: Applicants are requested to demonstrate how they meet the necessary qualifications of the job description when submitting their resume. Interested parties may receive a copy of the job description, evaluation criteria and Ohio Secretary of State Form 307 by visiting the Miami County Board of Elections website at www.miami.ohioboe.com. The website also has the Questionnaire for Prospective Appointment as a Member, Director or Deputy Director of the County Board of Elections (Form No. 307) on it. Any qualified registered Republican may apply by submitting Form 307, along with a current resume, to Miami County Board of Elections, Old Courthouse, 215 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373, or by emailing email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Director of Elections/General Registrar, Arlington County, Virginia— This is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023. The Arlington County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of Elections and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of elections in Arlington County. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner. Specific duties and responsibilities include: Planning, developing, coordinating, and directing the activities of the Office of Elections, including voter registration; candidate processing and filing; pre-election and Election Day voting; ballot design; equipment programming and testing; poll worker recruitment and training; and voter outreach efforts. Preparing and continuously evaluating the department’s strategic goals and equipment security plan. Supervising permanent and temporary staff of up to 50 individuals, including recruitment, training, scheduling and work assignment, implementation of policies and procedures, performance evaluation, and conflict resolution. Coordinating the administrative processes with the deputy registrar, including but not limited to, budget development and monitoring, County administrative and personnel policies, and technology resources. Consulting and coordinating with County Attorney and Commonwealth’s Attorney as needed on legal issues. Analyzing departmental performance and usage data to make informed projections about future needs, including staffing, space requirements, equipment, and supplies. Providing guidance and technical support to candidates seeking election to local offices, and certifying eligible candidates for elections, including reviewing qualifications and processing of petitions. Managing communication tools including web page, social media, and outreach materials, and ensuring information is accurate and timely. Monitoring legislation introduced at the state and federal levels related to elections and election administration, and providing advice and expertise to legislators as needed. Serving the community and professional organizations as a subject matter expert on elections and election administration; and representing the County at regional, state, and national workshops and conferences. This Director must be self-directed and will have no direct immediate supervisor but will report to and seek guidance from the Arlington County Electoral Board. Additionally, the incumbent will receive guidance and advice from the Virginia Department of Elections as well as from various County departments and is responsible for keeping the Board informed of all relevant matters pertaining to the smooth operation of the department. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona – Where our opportunities are as vast as our landscapes. Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in public administration and five years progressively responsible administrative or supervisory experience? Do you want to join a dedicated team who is committed to processing and creating public records for our community? The Coconino County Recorder’s Office is seeking an Elections Director. This position coordinates with state, cities, towns and special districts for election services, develops and manages the division’s budget, ensures quality control of all aspects of elections and more. If you are seeking employment satisfaction, a sense of pride in your work and the knowledge that your daily efforts have a direct impact on the community and are in pursuit of a collaborative work environment where diversity is embraced, and accomplishments are celebrated we look forward to seeing your application for our Elections Director. Salary: $87,161 – $100,235 Annually. Deadline: 04/19/19 at 5PM. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Technician, Monroe County, Washington— The individual assigned to this classification provides administrative and technical duties related to the election process and voter outreach. This classification is primarily responsible for assisting in all duties required to conduct elections and maintain voter registration. This individual receives significant public contact requiring effective written and oral communication skills and service to the customers. The Auditor’s office is a small office and all staff are crossed trained in Vehicle Licensing and Recording to assist the other departments. Communicates with customers, in person, by phone, and through written correspondence, effectively in English and preferably in Spanish as well. Maintains and updates the Auditor’s Office web presence. Coordinates speaking engagements. Assists public with voter registration process. Maintains a working knowledge of the local voter registration system and ballot processing software. Assists with the election process by issuing replacement ballots, receiving incoming ballots, verifying voters’ signatures, etc. Salary: $3,042 – $3,896/monthly. Deadline: April 5. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
GIS Analyst, Yolo County, California— Yolo County ACE (Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections Department) in coordination with the Yolo County General Services department are recruiting for a G.I.S. Analyst. This recruitment is on-going until filled. Submitted applications will be screened continuously, and those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will move forward to the Screening for Best Qualified process. This position will work inter-departmentally to develop and implement GIS capabilities in Yolo County ACE. GIS is viewed by County Leadership as an innovative enterprise technology that is positioned to help advance County strategic goals. Recent projects include implementing a new enterprise environment, developing an Elections Night Reporting application, developing mobile applications for polling place reporting, and a migration the ESRI Parcel Fabric. The ideal candidate for this position will be a positive, collaborative, solution-focused individual with excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and the ability to handle and manage multiple priorities. If you feel like you meet these qualifications and you would like to join a dynamic organization committed to supporting an environment where employees feel a true sense of passion, purpose and commitment to their job… Yolo County ACE is where you want to be! Our department strives to honor the public’s trust and redefine excellence through innovation and the commitment of a highly-engaged and empowered team. Check out all the exciting things ACE has going on by visiting our social media pages (Facebook: /YoloACE, Instagram: /YoloCoACE, and Twitter: @YoloCoACE). You can be the next Yolo ACE – come and join our team! Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Manager, Hart InterCivic— Project Managers at Hart InterCivic are highly motivated “self-starters” who are enthusiastic about providing exceptional customer service. Working with other members of the Professional Services and Operations teams, the Project Manager directs activity, solves problems, and develops lasting and strong relationships with our customers. Hart InterCivic’s unique and industry known culture of innovation, transparency, and customer-centric focus creates an environment where team members will continually grow and be challenged to develop their careers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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.
Systems Software Specialist, Yolo County, California — The Elections Branch of Yolo County ACE (Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections Department) in coordination with the Yolo County Information Technology department are recruiting for a Systems Software Specialist. This recruitment is on-going until filled. The Systems Software Specialist class series is responsible for the design, coding, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of computer software. This includes, but is not limited to, operating systems, control systems, proprietary software packages, telecommunications software and database management software. The class also aides in solving problems and achieving the best use of available hardware and software; work with staff to design and implement network segmentation, domain addressing and routing strategies; work with technical staff to ensure effective operations of complex multiple hardware and software configurations; and act as a lead persons over other personnel and program projects and performs related duties as required. If you would like to join a dynamic organization committed to supporting an environment where employees feel a true sense of passion, purpose and commitment to their job… Yolo County ACE is where you want to be! Our department strives to honor the public’s trust and redefine excellence through innovation and the commitment of a highly-engaged and empowered team. Check out all the exciting things ACE has going on by visiting our social media pages (Facebook: /YoloACE, Instagram: /YoloCoACE, and Twitter: @YoloCoACE). You can be the next Yolo ACE – come and join our team! 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.
Training Officer, Collier County, Florida— The purpose of this classification is to provide assistance in the Training & Outreach Department within the Supervisor of Elections office. This position coaches, trains, and educates election workers in accordance with the State of Florida’s election laws and rules. Work involves designing, developing, and delivering multimodal adult learning programs, developing training materials, scheduling training sessions, and recruiting, assigning and evaluating election workers for upcoming election cycles. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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