electionline Weekly

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

In Focus This Week

Paper or plastic (sorta)?
States begin to push alternatives to paper for third party reg groups

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline.org

In a world of smartphones, tablets and online voter registration (OVR), there is one place where paper still reigns as king — third-party voter registration organizations.

Although some of the leaders in the field, like Rock the Vote, no longer utilize paper applications, many organizations still do for a variety of reasons ranging from the lack of reliable Internet connections at events, mining the non-sensitive registrant data to conduct direct voter contact for get-out-the-vote efforts and in most cases, paper ballot applications are typically faster for registrants to use.

However, according to Jen Tolentino, director of policy and civic tech at Rock the Vote,  there are disadvantages to paper registrations, both for voter registration organizations and election administrators to paper applications, most top of mind is data entry and applicant errors (i.e. accidently skipping fields, difficult to read handwriting, etc.).

Now, a handful of states are coming up with solutions in an effort to streamline the process and maybe save a tree or two in the process.

“In states that take a connected voter registration approach…third parties are able to develop secure, paperless mobile applications that address many of the issues raised by paper and the challenges of OVR for third parties,” Tolentino said.

The states, that include California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington and Virginia either provide third-party organizations with unique URLs for online sign-ups or an application programming interface (API).

  • California offers unique URLs and an API to pre-populate data to their website for select groups;
  • Colorado offers unique URLs and some non-sensitive registration data;
  • Pennsylvania offers an API and collected e-signatures for third-parties to build applications;
  • Virginia offers an API for third-parties to build applications and unique URLs; and
  • Washington offers unique URLs, data pre-population to website, and contact information

“We like this service because we are guaranteed to get the application for each voter. And they get registered much faster than relying on the paper forms,” Lori Augino, director of elections for the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, explained. “Plus, the accuracy is improved. Applicants standing outside at an event filling out a paper form are not always as careful. Applicants rarely make mistakes when entering their own information online. It saves money too. Processing online applications over the paper forms saves at least $1.25 per application.”

Augino said Washington’s system was designed to allow for maximum flexibility. They only need to be sure to issue a unique code that is appended to each URL so that the office knows that the registration source was a specific voter registration drive.

According to Kafia Hosh, communications officer with King County Elections, the reaction from third-party groups has been positive, especially among the groups that have websites and social media.

“We are aware of 10 organizations that used the URL program in 2018,” Hosh explained. “Through our Voter Education Fund, we inform community-based organizations about the URL program. In 2018, nine of these organizations used the URL program. And one organization that wasn’t a part of the Voter Education Fund also used the program.”

Hosh added that were some organizations that weren’t interested in using the URL program, stating that the communities they serve do not use online methods.

In California, the secretary of state’s office not only provides unique URLs to outside third-party registration groups, they also provide those unique URLs to other governmental agencies. Colleges and universities throughout the state also used the unique URLs and are then able to participate the Ballot Bowl Voter Registration Competition.

For governmental agencies, the unique URLs allows the office to capture the number of online registrations submitted that were referred to the secretary of state from the outside agency. This allows for the secretary of state to report NVRA statistics to the legislature.

“In 2018, five counties adopted the Voter’s Choice Act, moving to a vote center based election model. Every vote center was required to provide ‘same-day’ voter registration (known as conditional voter registration in state election law),” explained Sam Mahood, press secretary for the secretary of state’s office. “These counties used unique URLs to track online voter registrations that occurred at vote centers.”

API
According to Tolentino, while OVR is now widely available, making the process easier for voters to register themselves, third-party voter registration efforts often struggle to effectively leverage state websites. This leads to either a continued reliance on paper applications in the field or some voters beginning the process but never becoming fully registered from digital efforts.

“Rock the Vote is leading the effort to address the challenges facing voter registration for third parties, promoting the adoption of a secure, connected voter registration approach that would allow approved third parties to “drop off” complete, electronic voter registration applications.” Tolentino said.

This approach has already been implemented in Pennsylvania and Virginia and there is a common data format available for the electronic transfer of voter registration records. Tolentino said a connected voter registration approach would result in the following benefits:

Enable approved third-parties to develop seamless technology to securely register voters online and in the field, eliminating the majority of paper applications and the need for a constant internet connection;

Facilitate election administrators’ ability to easily audit voter registration applications, immediately identifying issues with specific applications and third-party groups;

  • Take advantage of NIST’s common data format for Voter Records Interchange to increase scalability and national adoption;
  • Eliminate duplicative data entry by third-party groups, local election administrators, and voters; and
  • Ensure all voter registration applications are complete and submitted in the requested format.

California also offers an API, but at this time, only for Rock the Vote and one other third-party registration group. Washington is gearing up to launch its own API, VoteWA on May 28.

“The API allows for more fields to be prepopulated for the user,” Augino explained “For example, if a voter registration drive already has the applicant’s name and date of birth, they can prepopulate those fields for them so that they don’t have to re-enter that information. It’s even more user friendly for the voter. The URL for the API will be different because we will be using a different application and branding for our new voter tools.”

Obviously the use of unique URLs and APIs for third-party groups is still in the early stages and some states, while interested, are moving cautiously about the challenges they may face in implementation.

“I wouldn’t say that the secretary is skeptical about providing unique URLs to 3rd party OVR groups, just that he’s realistic about the challenges we could face in implementation,” explained Ben Petok, director of communications for the Minnesota secretary of state’s office. “Not only would we need to programming to collect the information on who uses the URL, but would almost certainly need a change in state law to accommodate the data practice issues around use of unique URLs for this purpose.”

Tolentino noted that using unique URLs/APIs would actually help states eliminate problems with late and incorrect registration forms that some states, like Tennessee, are trying to correct legislatively.

Under HB1079/SB971 fines of up to $10,000 dollars would be imposed on third-party organizations that pay people to conduct registration drives, and turn in more than 500 incomplete forms. It would also require groups to submit the forms within 10 days.

“The bill in Tennessee would place a huge burden on many voter registration organizations and significantly thwart all on-the-ground efforts,” Tolentino said. “If Tennessee is committed to ensuring they only receive complete and accurate voter registration forms, there are technical enhancements the state could make without punishing voter registration groups who are working tirelessly to reach all voters across the state.”

 

2020 Candidates on Election Issues

Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) and a presidential candidate proposed a “new Voting Rights Act,” while speaking at an event in Atlanta. According to The Hill, the new VRA would focus on a three-part goal of protecting voting rights, expanding voting access and making it easier to vote. Booker’s proposal would establish automatic registration as well as the expansion of voting by mail, early voting and same-day voter registration.

“For years, the right to vote for millions of Americans — disproportionately in communities of color —has been under assault,” Booker said. “It is time for a new Voting Rights Act to finally put an end to systematic attempts to limit access to the ballot box and strip citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote.”

Election News This Week

A U.S. House elections committee held a hearing about Native American voting rights on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota this week. Witnesses at the hearing testified that Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair ID requirements. “There continues to be barriers — interpersonal and systemic — at our polling locations in our tribal communities and for our Native voters across the state,” said activist Prairie Rose Seminole, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation in northwestern North Dakota according to The Associated Press. Much of the hearing focused on North Dakota’s new ID law which requires a “provable” street address, something many who live on Reservations don’t have. Some activists took issue with so much of the focus being on the North Dakota ID issue. “There are voter suppression issues going on throughout Indian Country that aren’t nearly getting the attention or resources that were poured into North Dakota because it just so happened that Sen. Heitkamp was running for re-election, and the Senate balance of power elevated this issue to the national stage,” Native American Rights Fund attorney Jacqueline De Leon testified.

While litigation over bilingual ballots is still pending, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has asked Secretary of State Laurel Lee to adopt rules that would standardize the requirements for offering bilingual ballots in all 67 of the state’s counties. Currently, according to the Tampa Bay Times, the 46 counties that offer bilingual ballots in the Sunshine State all have different rules. “It is critically important that Spanish-speaking Floridians are able to exercise their right to vote without any language barriers,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Florida has a significant Spanish-speaking population and our state is home to many Puerto Ricans who moved here after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”

Election officials have told The Register-Herald that the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has been losing voter registrations, but it’s unclear exactly how many and for how long this has been happening. Donald Kersey, the general counsel for the secretary of state’s office said that in a five-day test period in January that 37 registered to vote with the DMV, but those registrations did not reach the secretary of state’s office. Kersey told the paper it appears to be “a systematic error,” and he noted that during early voting before the 2018 general election, dozens of people said they had registered at local DMVs to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office had no record of it. “That’s a terrible experience, and if it’s your first time, you might not want to vote again because you had a bad experience,” he told the paper.

The City of Atlanta recently opened a new green space that honors the memory of someone people refer to as the “Godmother of Voter Registration.” The Department of Parks and Recreation dedicated the “Ella Mae Wade Brayboy Memorial Park” at the intersection of Burbank and Lena Streets near the Washington Park neighborhood in the city’s west side. According to WATL, Brayboy was one of the first black deputy registrars in Atlanta in 1964, where she helped restructure voter registration so that it woven into the community – through the Atlanta Public Library System. Over the course of her lifetime, historians say she helped register more than 20,000 black voters.

Personnel News: Former public commissioner Sam Britton is running for Mississippi secretary of state. Garrett Archer, election data analyst for the Arizona secretary of state’s office has resigned. Kim Fontenot is the new Calcasieu Parish registrar of voters. Donald Robinette is the new Harrison County, Texas election administrator.

Research and Report Summaries

The Brennan Center released a report on automatic voter registration (AVR) last week. The report, AVR Impact on State Voter Registration, highlights that 15 states and the District of Columbia have enacted AVR as of March 2019, reflecting swift adoption of the policy since Oregon first passed the reform in 2014. The report documents the variations of AVR thus far adopted in implementing states, including where voter registration opt-out decisions take place (e.g. during a “front-end” point-of-service transaction or through a “back-end” post-transaction mailer) and the state agencies involved, typically the motor vehicle licensing agency.

Comparing registration rate increases in AVR-implementing jurisdictions to demographically similar non-implementing jurisdictions, the study concludes that AVR increased the number of registrants in AVR-implementing jurisdictions, ranging from 9 to 94 percent. According to the study, AVR-implementing jurisdictions experienced the following registration rate increases:

  • Alaska – 33.7%
  • California – 26.8%
  • Colorado – 16%
  • District of Columbia – 9.4%
  • Georgia – 93.7%
  • Oregon – 15.9%
  • Rhode Island – 47.4%
  • Vermont – 60.2%

(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)

Legislative Updates

Arizona: HB2238 has been approved by the Legislature and now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. Under the bill, the secretary of state’s office will be required to issue updated election procedures manual every election cycle.

Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has signed a bill into law restricting the use of emergency voting.

California: The San Jose City Council has voted down a proposal that would aligned the city’s mayoral elections with presidential election years.

Colorado: SB19-235 would create a system of automatic voter registration through the state’s motor vehicle administration.

Delaware: Both chambers of the Legislature has approved an early voting bill that will allow for early voting up to 10 days ahead of Election Day at one of four early voting sites statewide. The governor has said he will sign the legislation into law.

Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has signed legislation into law that will have voter registrations canceled after nine years of inactivity instead of seven. The new law also requires that voters receive additional notice in the mail before they’re removed from the rolls.

Illinois: Under Senate Bill 2090, approved last week, county election officials will be required to work with county jails to make sure inmates are aware of elections happening in the state. The legislation mainly focuses on pre-trial detainees.

Indiana: By a 65-31 vote the House has approved HB1311 that will move the deadline for mail-in ballots from eight to 12 days before an election. The bill was approved 37-9 by the Senate and if signed by the governor will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

A bill restructuring how Porter County handles its elections passed a final reading before the House of Representatives Thursday and is now headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for a signature.

Kansas: Governor Laura Kelly has signed legislation into law that will allow counties to move to vote centers if they choose. It also requires county election officials to attempt to contact voters who submit mail ballots with signature issues.

Mississippi: Bills to restore the voting rights of 16 felons have passed through the legislative process and are headed to the governor’s desk. According to Mississippi Today, this is the most to make it through the legislative process since 2004 when 34 felons has their electoral rights restored.

Nevada: A Senate committee has approved a bill that will allow for a same-day voter registration.

New York: Senate Bill S4032 has cleared the Senate Elections Committee. Under the proposed bill, any locality wishing to make changes to voting procedures must first clear it with the New York State attorney general to ensure that the changes do not infringe on New Yorkers’ voting rights on the basis of race, color, language or minority status.

North Carolina: In a 100-9 vote, the House gave approval to H646, which clarifies the requirements for student IDs to also serve as voter IDs and extends the application deadline.

Pennsylvania: The Senate State Government Committee has advanced a bill that would delay the decertification of voting machines until lawmakers and the Gov. Tom Wolf can agree to a replacement plan and how to pay for it.

Tennessee: The House has approved a bill that would impose fines of up to $10,000 on organizations that pay people to conduct registration drives, and turn in more than 500 incomplete forms.  It would also require groups to submit the forms within 10 days. And it would prohibit out-of-state poll watchers.

Texas: The Senate has approved Senate Bill 9 that among other things increases criminal penalties for anyone who provides false information on a voter registration form. Currently, providing false information on an application is a Class B misdemeanor. Under the bill, it would become a “state jail felony.” The legislation also increases criminal penalties for casting a ballot – including a provisional ballot – if you aren’t eligible to vote. SB 9 also requires paper ballot backups for electronic voting machines in Texas.

Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signed Senate Bill 5207 into law. The legislation is focused on streamlining the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights restoration.

Legal Updates

Minnesota: The state Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that sided with the Minnesota Voters Alliance in their attempt to obtain data of millions of voters. The data pertain to a voter’s status including whether they’ve been challenged, the reason for that challenge and their voting history. The courts say the data is public under Minnesota’s open records law. Secretary of State Steve Simon has vowed to appeal.

Missouri: A judge has ordered a new election for parts of Parkville after some voters were given the wrong ballots on Election Day. The new vote will take place on May 21.

New Hampshire: A bench trial over Senate Bill 3 will take place in Hillsborough County Superior court from Sept. 3-6 and Sept. 9-13.

North Carolina: Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 61, a native of Mexico, has been sentenced to one month in federal prison for illegally voting in the 2016 election.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart has subpoenaed city elections officials for documents related to the city’s voting machine selection. The items requested in the subpoena include copies of all proposals received, the names of all committee members who scored them, and copies of those evaluations.

Rhode Island: Judge Melissa E. Darigan has ruled that Watchdog RI does not have legal standing to appeal the state board of elections’ denial of a fee waiver—$400—to for a public records request.

Texas: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has denied a request by the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee for documents related to the state’s botched attempt to remove alleged noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls.  In a letter, Paxton and his staff say the House committee lacks “oversight jurisdiction” over his own office, or over the Texas Secretary of State, which launched the purge effort in late January. “The committee appears to be inserting itself into the statutorily-required efforts on the part of state officials to detect and prosecute non-citizen voting,” Paxton said according to The Houston Chronicle.

Also in Texas, Charles Nathan Jackson, 51, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to 10 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to providing false information on a voting application.

Tech Thursday

Websites: This week the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) launched a refreshed website! According to NCSL, the new look is part of NCSL’s rebranding, which includes our new logo and a bold redesign of State Legislatures magazine. Congratulations to everyone at NCSL, we are all too familiar with the hard work that goes into launching a refreshed website.

Kansas: Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman is working with the county technology department to develop a new election app that will help implement the newly approved vote center system. “We’re going to have an app where you can go in and put in your address and get a radius of polling places and see the wait times, and pick where you want to go vote before you walk out your door,” Lehman told The Wichita Eagle. “It’s going to be really cool.” She said the app has the potential to help balance out election traffic, reducing lines at some of the county’s busier polling places.

Kentucky: GoVoteKY, Kentucky’s online voter registration system has officially hit one million registrations/registration updates. The portal was first launched in 2016.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Ranked choice voting | Felon enfranchisement, II, III | Voter registration | Suffrage | Anti-voting | Cybersecurity | Voter suppression | Ranked choice voting

Arizona: Ranked choice voting | Election legislation

California: Motor voter

Colorado: Election legislation, II, III

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights

Georgia: Paper ballots | Voting equipment, II

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV | Election legislation | Voting rights

Massachusetts: Voter registration

Maine: Ranked choice voting, II

Montana: Vote-by-mail

New Jersey: Vote-by-mail | Gender neutral ballots

Oklahoma: Poll workers | List maintenance

Pennsylvania: Voting equipment, II, III

Tennessee: Election legislation, II, III | Ballot selfies | Election security

Texas: Election legislation, II | Election official

Vermont: Ranked choice voting

Upcoming Events

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 — “Educate-Elevate-Energize-Engage” is the theme of this year’s annual conference. The conference will include numerous education sessions and workshops as well as a visit to the NASA Houston Space Center. Where: Houston. When: July 11-17.

National Association of Counties — NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Clark County (Las Vegas). Although the schedule and keynote speakers are still being hammered out there will be two symposiums on disaster management including an interactive roundtable. When: July 12-15. Where: Las Vegas.

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.

National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL’s Legislative Summit will feature numerous elections-related sessions include several about redistricting, voter registration, infrastructure and the Census. And if that wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton will be one of the featured keynote speakers.  When: August 5-8. Where: Nashville.

Job Postings This Week

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Communications Manager, Hillsborough County, Florida— The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections is looking for a great communicator who will embrace our vision — to be the best place in America to vote! The right person will have strong writing and design skills and be adept at social media, marketing and media outreach. 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 iridgeway@miamicountyohio.gov. 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 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.

Red Team Independent Contractor, Galois— Galois seeks an experienced Red Team Lead with red teaming and/or CTF experience of purported secure systems that include custom hardware to play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission to make trustworthy critical systems. The role will be responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of a small team dedicated to red team activities. The team is responsible for developing threat simulation services, threat research, structured attack development, vulnerability research and exploit development/testing, scripting and controlled exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities. The scope of the position also requires understanding a complex cyber-physical system architecture to develop a precise threat model, red teaming framing, and win conditions for both the DEF CON exercises. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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

Systems Engineer, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office — The Department of State is seeking a Systems Engineer. The Systems Engineer is a full-time/on-call position that requires extensive experience in Server/Systems Administration. Responsible for the selection, technical design, implementation, operation, maintenance and recovery procedures for enterprise systems including server hardware, hypervisors, operating systems, system applications, storage systems and networking components. Provides leadership in planning and implementation of projects for computer operations and enterprise systems administration, ensuring these plans maximize benefits and minimize impacts on the organization. Providing a safe, secure environment is the utmost priority for the organization. A few ways the Systems/Network Engineer will be responsible for maintaining security is via patching, network segmentation, and utilizing tools provided by the State. Salary: 60K-75K. Deadline: April 30. 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.

Marketplace

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Excess Equipment
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 stephanie.cooper@pinalcountyaz.gov.

 

 

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.

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