In Focus This Week
Fresh from the “Kitchen”: FVAP’s New Standardized UOCAVA Data
By Doug Chapin
Fors Marsh Group
One of the biggest changes I have experienced in my move to the Elections Research team at Fors Marsh Group is the extent to which I get a close-up look at key research before it’s released. As I’ve told several people, it’s like the #electiongeek equivalent of transitioning from foodie to sous chef – going from a connoisseur of fine data to someone intimately familiar with the process of preparing and sharing it with the community.
That feeling is especially strong with regard to a new research note our team developed, in partnership with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and the Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative (CSG OVI), looking at how transactional-level data about the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voting process illuminates key trends in military and overseas voting.
That data, which was produced starting in 2016 as part of FVAP’s efforts to seek new and different ways to assess the UOCAVA voting experience, looks past the summary jurisdiction-level data reported in Section B of the Election Assistance Commission’s Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) to focus on voter-level transactions associated with requesting and returning a ballot. Participating states and jurisdictions (14 in 2016) produce data in accordance with an EAVS Section B (ESB) standard which, when combined with other data about the voting process, allows for rich and fascinating observations about how well (or not) the UOCAVA process works.
Thus, for example, using the 2016 ESB data, the new research note finds that:
- About two in three ballot requests (65%) were received at least 45 days before the election;
- About one in 25 (4%) waited until the week before the election;
- Voters who received their ballots earlier were more slightly more likely to return them with less chance of being rejected for inaccuracy or lateness; and, most interesting
- Voters who received their ballots by mail were slightly more likely to return them than voters receiving ballots electronically.
- You can see the relationship between days until the election and successful return of ballots in the following graphs – first, the likelihood of timely return:
Obviously, there are many other factors involved in the likelihood of timely return and acceptance of UOCAVA ballots – including who the affected voters are and why they choose when and how to request and return ballots – but these data provide an insight into the military and overseas voting process that deserves attention from election officials and advocates alike. It’s consistent with an overall trend in the field to seek greater standardization of election data transfer; an exciting new approach that I know FVAP (as well as those of us at Fors Marsh and CSG OVI) are interested in continuing to explore.
We were honored to be a part of this process – which could not have happened without the support of FVAP’s David Beirne and focus and dedication of CSG’s Jared Marcotte and Fors Marsh’s Colin MacFarlane – and we look forward to learning more as the ESB data pool expands in 2018 and beyond!
Bottom line: this election data is delicious. We’ll make more.
2018 HAVA Spending Report
EAC Releases First Expenditure Report Detailing Impact of 2018 HAVA Funds
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released a Grant Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year 2018 detailing how states and territories have spent $3,628,946,231 in federal funds made available through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) from the time the legislation was ratified on October 29, 2002 until September 30, 2018. The report also examines how states and territories were able to begin spending an additional $380 million in 2018 HAVA Funds to great effect within just the first six months of those funds being made available to them.
From when the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law on March 23, 2018 through September 30, 2018, states reported spending 8.1 percent of the $380 million allocated and have outlined plans to significantly increase spending ahead of the 2020 election. Since the initial election reform grants were made in the early 2000s States and territories report total expenditures of $3,400,037,361, or 85 percent of total federal funds and accrued interest, available under Sections 101, 102 and 251 of HAVA.
The EAC worked to efficiently and responsibly award the 2018 HAVA Funds, which were made available less than seven months before the Midterm Elections. To access the funds, eligible states and territories provided a budget and a state narrative outlining plans for how those funds will be used. States could technically begin spending funds once they received their notice of grant award on April 17, 2018. However, most states waited until funds had been transferred to their state election accounts and many states first had to get state legislative approval before spending funds.
“Last year, with the 2018 Midterm Elections fast approaching, election officials across the nation rose to the occasion, spending when appropriate, but also creating long-term multi-faceted plans to invest these vital funds in meaningful election administration improvements,” said EAC Chairwoman Christy McCormick.
“The 2018 HAVA Funds have been used to make a tangible difference in the efficiency, security, accessibility and integrity of American elections. Funds supported an array of activities, including innovations in cybersecurity for voter registration systems, procurement of voting equipment, and improvements to post-election audit procedures. That such an impact has already been felt by these funds is a shining example of the benefit of federal-regional partnerships and the tireless work of election administrators across the country. I am pleased the EAC can highlight those efforts in today’s report,” McCormick noted.
The 2018 HAVA Funds were used by states to improve their election systems in a number of innovative ways, including: 2
Arkansas has spent almost all of its funds already to establish cost-sharing agreements with the counties to replace aging voting equipment. The acquisitions ensure that a paper trail for ballots cast is present in all Arkansas counties and almost 70 percent of Arkansas voters are voting on a new integrated election equipment system. Of the initial $4,724,225 in funds available through federal appropriations, the required state match and interest, as of Sept. 30, 2018, Arkansas had only $44,305 in funds remaining.
Colorado plans to use its $6,342,979 in 2018 HAVA Funds to enhance technology and security in the state’s election process, including work to improve risk-limiting audits and other audits of election-related systems in 2019 and beyond.
Delaware plans to purchase new voting equipment, including a new voting system that has a voter verifiable paper audit trail, an absentee voting system and an Election Management/Voter Registration system that will move elections from the state’s aging mainframe.
Indiana helped counties implement multi-factor authentication systems for accessing voting equipment and conducted cybersecurity training for all county officials during the state’s annual election administrators conference. Going forward, the state plans to acquire additional election technology, implement e-poll book vendor network security enhancements, deploy auditable voting systems and perform election night reporting security enhancements.
Iowa conducted cybersecurity training seminars for county auditors and staff and participated in a pilot program for a self-assessment cybersecurity tool. The Secretary of State’s Office also implemented two-factor authentication for access to the statewide voter registration system, purchased additional security protections for the state’s election night reporting system and partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to conduct two tabletop exercises.
Massachusetts made network security upgrades to its voter registration system, hired a network security engineer and conducted security training for election staff. The Secretary of State’s Office also plans to use funds to acquire new voting equipment, upgrade the state’s voter registration system and improve the cybersecurity of its election system.
New Mexico hired a full-time IT security and compliance administrator whose responsibilities include implementing additional security practices to safeguard sensitive data and election systems, and protecting against cyber vulnerabilities. The state also purchased scan tabulation systems that feature ballot image capture and audit capabilities.
Rhode Island purchased a database platform for its Centralized Voter Registration system that encrypts all the data. The state also purchased a system for the Centralized Voter Registration System that monitors the system, protects it from ransomware, and protects sensitive data in the system. In addition, the state purchased a system that provides real time analysis of security threats, sends alerts if issues are detected and quarantines devices if there is abnormal activity.
Vermont used a portion of its 2018 HAVA Funds to replace and upgrade voting equipment, implement post-election audits, mitigate cyber vulnerabilities and provide required cybersecurity training for all town and city clerks in the spring of 2018, prior to the 2018 Midterm Elections.
Washington spent part of its 2018 HAVA Funds on cybersecurity equipment. The state implemented advanced firewall protection for its centralized election system and installed an advanced threat detection and prevention appliance. The state also acquired a database storage device on the Voter Registration system that has back-up and recovery capabilities. All equipment and software, with the exception of the database storage device, was in place prior to the November 2018 election.
Washington, D.C. has used $399,400 of its funds to purchase new voting equipment and hire additional staff to increase the number of early voting centers across the District of Columbia, to train election officials and to produce voter education materials. The District of Columbia plans to use its remaining 2018 HAVA Funds to acquire additional equipment, increase maintenance and support, hire a full time cybersecurity expert, hire and train additional poll workers, continue voter education and outreach, and invest in technology to improve all aspects of voter registration and election administration.
A brief summary of how each state and territory has used their HAVA funds is available within the FY18 Grant Expenditure Report. States are required to submit another financial report in December 2019.
More detailed reports from states and territories outlining how they have, or are planning to spend, their 2018 HAVA Funds can be found at this link.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform is currently investigating three states over their elections practices. There is the ongoing look into what happened in Georgia during the 2018 Midterm elections and now the committee is also looking into Texas’ list maintenance and voter suppression in Ford County, Kansas. In letters sent to Texas officials, Reps. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, requested documents and communications from the secretary of state and the state’s attorney general related to the review through which state officials tagged almost 100,000 registered voters as suspect voters. The committee is looking into Ford County, Kansas’ decision to move Dodge City’s only polling place about a mile outside the city.
Election News This Week
While more and more localities are considering ranked choice voting, half of the six Utah cities that were planning to pilot the voting system this year are now backing out of the pilot citing issues with implementation and voter education. By a 4 to 1 vote, Lehi became the latest city to bail on the pilot. “We’ve trailblazed a lot of different things,” Lehi City Councilman Mike Southwick said at the council meeting according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “I’m just not convinced that this is something that we want to be in front of. I wouldn’t mind having another city being a guinea pig for it.” According to the paper, the only cities remaining in the 2019 pilot are Salem, Payson and Vineyard.
This week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission released two new language accessibility resources. The EAC Clearinghouse Brief on Language Accessibility aggregates existing resources on language accessibility and aims to help election officials and other election stakeholders understand language assistance requirements under the Voting Rights Act and how other jurisdictions have approached serving voters with language needs. The Five New Translations of the National Voter Registration Form provides the NVRA form in Arabic, French, Hatian Creole, Portuguese and Russian. The new languages reflect the five most populous language communities in the U.S., among those with limited English proficiency and for whom the form was not previously translated.
Summer reading season is almost upon us and Professor Josh Douglas has election geeks covered with Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting (Prometheus Books). Douglas tells the surprising and uplifting stories of numerous Democracy Champions who are finding ways to improve our election processes. The book offers the tale of how everyday Americans are working to take back our democracy, one community at a time, by expanding voter eligibility, easing registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility, taking back redistricting, fixing campaign finance, transforming civics education, and more.
Personnel News: Bev Clarno, former House speaker, has been appointed to serve as Oregon’s new secretary of state. Crystal Rogers has been named the new Hawkins County, Tennessee elections administrator. Barbara Luth has been appointed chief registrar and chairperson of the Forsyth County, Georgia Board of Registration and Elections. Charlottesville, Virginia Registrar Rosanna Bencoach plans to step down in July. Carolyn Cox and Judy Whitehall have been named to the Rutherford County, Tennessee election commission.
In Memoriam: Laura Wooten, America’s longest known poll worker died on March 24. She was 98. Wooten, who worked at Princeton University as a food services employee at the time of her death, served as a poll worker for 79 years. Gov. Phil Murphy described Wooten as “one of the great moral leaders of our state & nation, promoting voting rights and democracy year after year.” Wooten served in local, primary and general elections and told NBC News in November 2018 while working at the polls, “Democracy is just a beautiful, beautiful thing.” Wooten, a mother of five, is survived by 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Research and Report Summaries
The Brennan Center released a guidebook on election technology procurement last month. Based on interviews with election officials and cybersecurity experts, the report, A Procurement Guide for Better Election Cybersecurity, recommends seven key areas of focus: source code disclosure; robust security incident reporting; patching/software updates; security assessments/audits; regular penetration testing; risk-limiting audit support; and foreign nexus disclosure.
The Texas Civil Rights Project released a report last month that summarized findings from its election protection program monitoring the 2018 midterm elections in Texas. The report finds that voter registration in Texas rose to 79 percent of the citizen voting age population, the highest percentage in the state since 2004. The study finds that turnout in 2018 was 53 percent, representing an increase of 20 percent since the 2014 midterms, the sixth highest turnout increase in the nation. The report documents issues reported to the election protection coalition, including late poll openings, long lines at polling places, polling place problems on college campuses, early registration deadlines, noncompliance with the National Voter Registration Act, provisional ballot problems, voter intimidation, and voting machine malfunctions.
(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)
Federal Legislation: Senate Democrats have introduced their version of HR 1.
Arizona: Gov. Greg Ducey has signed a bill into law that will give voters up to five days after an election to cure their signatures on mail ballots.
California: Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Diego) has introduced a bill to make Election Day a state holiday in California. If approved, all state employees would have the day off and schools and state-run colleges and universities would be closed.
Colorado: State Sen. Jessie Danielson has introduced a bill that would allow for the use ballot marking software for voters who are visually impaired.
Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp has signed House Bill 316 into law. Under the new law, the state will purchase new touch-screen voting machines with a paper ballot receipt.
Iowa: By a 95-2 vote, the Iowa House voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to Iowans with felony convictions after they complete their sentence.
According to the Des Moines Register, a proposal that would have prevented the use of state-owned buildings for satellite voting sites won’t move forward this legislative session. However, additional aspects of the original legislation including uniform poll closing times, and a controversial provision that would unregister college students who don’t commit to living in Iowa after graduation, are still moving forward.
Kansas: Lawmakers reached a deal to bundle a handful of election-related bills, including one that would require county clerks to attempt to contact voters whose advance ballots lack a valid signature.
Maryland: Sen. Cheryl Kagan sponsored a bill that would have allowed Montgomery County to amend its system of voting to a ranked choice system in local elections, where voters mark their ballots by ranking the candidates in order of preference. The bill didn’t advance past the Ways and Means Committee, but Kagan pointed to the fact that it passed the county’s delegation as a sign that there is “growing momentum” for the alternative method of voting. “We’ve got time because we’re looking at 2022, and next year’s only 2020,” Kagan told Bethesda Magazine.
Also in Maryland, House Bill 569 would repeal the requirement that a local board of elections employee be a registered voter in Maryland. They would still have to be a registered voter, but could be registered to vote and live in another state.
Missouri: The House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would change state law to give the secretary of state more power to investigate voter fraud and other election law irregularities.
Nevada: Under Assembly Bill 431, full voting rights would be restored to felons upon their release from prison.
Tennessee: Under HB1079 and SB971 third-party groups leading voter registration efforts must undergo training and ma potentially face finds for submitting too many incomplete forms.
Also in Tennessee, a bill making its way through the House would allow the state’s four largest cities to decide whether or not to conduct local, nonpartisan elections using instant runoff voting.
U.S. Supreme Court: The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh-in on a year’s long case out of New York and what is considered timely for the filing of a lawsuit.
California: The 13th Court of Appeals has overturned a judge’s ruling that voided the mayoral runoff election in Mission in which city councilman Armando O’cana ousted longtime mayor Norberto Salinas. The O’Cana campaign was accused of manipulating mail-in ballots and bribing voters.
Also in California, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman has ruled that Secretary of State Alex Padilla was not complying fully with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Elections officials were ordered to expand voter registration throughout the state to county welfare offices and student financial aid centers.
Texas: At a meeting with Latin American advocates, Secretary of State David Whitely said that a deal to settle several lawsuits brought by civil rights groups over the state’s voter list maintenance program is about 99 percent done.
Pennsylvania: A review of the Luzerne County voter rolls found that quite a few of the county’s voters are well over 100…although they really aren’t. When the county switched a new voter database in 1998, due to some technical issues, some voters birth years had to be listed as 1900. That same switch in database also is why it appears that 105,718 voters all registered on the same day in 1998. The incorrect birthdates should have been caught during routine maintenance of the voter rolls, but neither the voters nor the elections office caught the discrepancy.
Opinions This Week
Arizona: Ranked choice voting
California: Election Day holiday
Colorado: Ballot postage
Delaware: Same day registration
Illinois: Voter access
Kansas: Secretary of state
New Hampshire: Ranked choice voting
New Jersey: Ex-felon voting rights
New Mexico: Voter registration changes
Tennessee: Voter registration legislation
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.
2019 RCV Symposium: Building a Solid Foundation — Join national election experts, election administrators, elected and government officials, and RCV proponents for this 2nd Annual online event focused on “Building a Solid Foundation” for ranked choice voting (RCV). Sessions include: Answers to mischaraterizations of RCV; Firsthand perspective from candidates who have campaigned for RCV contests; How to craft the message to educate voters, policy makers, and others including tips from a three-time Emmy Award-winning corporate filmmaker; And much more! Where: Online. When: April 29-30.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Elections Lead Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado— The Elections Lead Specialist assists in the supervision and coordination of elections operations, staff, and election judges including voter services, mail ballot processing and the conduct of elections. The objective of this position is to perform a variety of functions and diverse support roles on a routine basis. Mail Ballot Processing responsibilities are prioritized over other duties during election cycles, which may increase or decrease dramatically depending on the Elections cycle. In the absence of the Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for front-line functions associated with elections operations. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Salary: $3,550-$4,438 monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Specialist II, Douglas County, Colorado— The Election Specialist II is responsible for routine support services related to temporary employees, training, Voter Service and Polling Centers, mail ballot processing, voter registration, and customer service. This position contributes to the department’s achievement of delivering efficient, transparent, fair and accurate elections as well as performs other projects as assigned. This position requires technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This is a visible and crucial position requiring previous elections experience, and exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. Please note this position is posted as open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Salary: $3,214 – $4,017 Monthly. 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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Pinal County, Arizona has some excess elections equipment including 19 OS machines and approximately 300 voter booths. If interested, contact Stephanie Cooper, Pinal County elections supervisor at 520-866-7552 or drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.