In Focus This Week
Could GIS help smooth the process of redistricting? NSGIC thinks so.
By Jamie Chesser, geospatial programs manager
National States Geographic Information Council.
With a presidential election coming up in 18 months’ time, and a redistricting process following shortly on its heels, there’s never been a more important time to be able to correctly place voters in the right voting district.
Unfortunately, this is still very much a work in progress across our nation, and each election season appears to reap its own crop of news stories about voters who were given the wrong ballot, or even candidates who do not, in fact, live within the boundaries of the district they were running for. Costly do-overs, and often legal battles, usually follow.
The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) recognizes that voter confidence in our electoral system is enhanced when elections run smoothly and voters feel reassured that their voices are being heard. That’s why the organization founded the Geo-Enabled Elections project, now in its second year.
Using geographic information systems (GIS) to “pin” the location of voters on a map makes sense in the same way that we use our smartphones to find a restaurant or coffee shop: it enhances accuracy and creates efficiencies. The risk of election errors is reduced, data becomes easier to quality control, and voters can more easily verify they have been included in the right district or districts.
Spring has been a busy season for the project. The first-ever Election Director report – a take from over 40% of the nation’s state election directors on where their states are in the implementation of GIS technology in their electoral processes – was released. Among its highlights: many states may have a long way to go to fully utilize geospatial information in elections.
The project also published two case studies, Utah and Wisconsin, with lessons learned from GIS integration in those states.
In addition, a NSGIC representative spoke on a panel about redistricting at the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) winter conference in February. Shelby Johnson, geographic information officer for Arkansas, provided a helpful perspective on how GIS might help ease that process.
The following month, at a collaborative working session at the NSGIC half-year conference, 30 election management officials and geographic information officers from five states came together to kick off five three-month pilot studies to run from May through July. The goal of each pilot study is to further the use of GIS within the electoral processes of the state and then to share experiences and lessons learned so that other states can benefit.
The output from the Geo-Enabled Elections project, phase one, is a vetted set of best practices for states and other election authorities to follow, as they work to leverage the power of GIS in elections. This will be published in the project’s final report in September 2019. Already, a draft set of best practices has been made available.
And beyond phase one? If history is any guide, the upcoming 2020 Census and subsequent redistricting are likely to fuel heightened activity among states towards implementing GIS in elections. The two completed case studies, from Utah and Wisconsin, indicated that the 2010 Census and redistricting had been a major factor in GIS implementation in those states. The Geo-Enabled Elections project, phase two, might see a wave of new states taking the leap into the world of GIS in elections and promising to be helpful pilot studies for others to learn from.
To quote the Wisconsin case study: “We determined it would be more efficient to use GIS to build the new (districts) and use it going forward to assign voters to districts.”
To learn more about the Geo-Enabled Elections project, or to sign up to receive future case studies, news, and best practices, go to elections.nsgic.org
(NSGIC is a grantee of The Democracy Fund.)
Election Security Updates
According to an article in Politico, bipartisan legislation to address foreign intrusions in U.S. elections is all but dead amid a lack of leadership from the Senate GOP and a lack of enthusiasm from the Administration. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), who is co-sponsoring the legislation with Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) pointed the finger at former White House Counsel Don McGhan.
“It was Don McGahn,” Klobuchar said Wednesday. “He called Republicans about the bill, didn’t want them to do it. And McConnell also didn’t want the bill to move forward. So it was a double-edged thing.”
When Politico asked Senate Rules Committee Chair Roy Blunt about Klobuchar’s accusations, he replied, “I think that’s true” and added that neither her bill with Lankford nor other election security legislation is likely to pass in the sharply divided Congress.
Election News This Week
The upcoming school elections in Montana are giving election administrators and voters a chance to deal with the state’s new Montana Ballot Interference Protection Act. Under the new law, caregivers, family members, those in the same household or an acquaintance can drop off ballots if they fill out a ballot collection registry form. The form includes a person’s name and contact information, along with the voter’s name, mailing address and relationship to the collector. The forms are available online and will be at locations where people pick up or drop off ballots. “The school and city elections this year should be good practice for voters so they can get in the habit of submitting a ballot collection registry form when they drop off another person’s ballot,” Lewis and Clark County Elections Supervisor Audrey McCue told The Independent Record . “Our goal for next year is to find a way that we can help voters comply with (the law) without creating lines to drop off voted ballots. We’re considering everything from staffing to the layout of the form. Based on this election, we do think it will be a full-time job for the bigger elections.” McCue told the paper that most voters don’t seem to be aware of the new law and so the staff have moved the ballot collection can inside the office so it can be monitored to make sure ballots have the forms.
Voter data is available to the public or campaigns in just about all 50 states in the District. Often though, you have to request it or pay a nominal fee. Recently, the New York City Board of Elections took public availability to a whole ‘nother level by making the voter data of the city’s roughly 3.2 million voters available for all the world to see on the city elections website. “It was the method for us to meet our obligations under the new statute and enable candidates to begin the timely gathering of signatures to qualify for the ballot,” NYC BOE spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez-Diaz said in statement, adding, “By law, this information is a public record.” While what the city posted on its website was in fact all publicly available information, that didn’t sit too well with some residents and privacy advocates. Although the information had been publicly available since February , the backlash ratcheted up this week following multiple media reports and complaints from the mayor and governor. “Up until a media inquiry into this matter, we had seen no complaints from anyone that this information was there,” Michael Ryan, executive director of the NYC BOE said according to The New York Times. But, he said, “Since people were getting upset, we took it down.”
Update on the News: The Franklin County, Ohio commission continues to approve the county’s board of election spending on a month-by-month basis as the ongoing impasse over spending money on voter education advertising drags on with no apparent end in sight. The issue arose in 2018 when two Republican members of the BOE voted against spending money on advertising for early voting and to inform voters about the county’s new voting system. The county commission refused to approve the BOE’s 2019 budget, but is doing so only on a month-by-month basis now. “We’ve got to find a way, whether it’s through the state, whether it’s going around this board, I don’t know,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown. “But there has to be a way to get through, to get the information to the people who need to have the information.”
Woo! Now this is an election where all the candidates are winners in our book. Arlington County, Virginia launched a competition this week to choose the county’s new “I Voted” sticker. Modeled after New York City’s “I Voted” sticker competition, artists submitted their ideas which were then whittled down to five finalists. County residents now have until May 10 to have their voices hear on which sticker they want to proudly display next election day. We’ll keep you posted when the results are announced. Do you have a favorite? We do!
Congratulations to Deva Porto, Sonoma County, California clerk-recorder-assessor-registrar of voters for being named one of the North Bay’s Forty under 40.
Personnel News: Sandra Burke has been appointed the new director of Chester County, Pennsylvania’s department of voter services. Rebecca Creech has resigned as the deputy director of elections in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Citrus County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill announced that she would not seek a seventh term in 2020. Adam Strong has joined CIRCLE as the inaugural research impact fellow.
Federal Legislation: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) has introduced the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act, which would provide federal grants to states to help them improve their elections systems in order to protect against cyberattacks. “We must treat the Mueller report like a preview of what’s to come,” said Menendez. “Russia-linked actors will target our election infrastructure in 2020 — perhaps with even greater sophistication. Without action, we may be even more vulnerable in 2020 than we were in 2016.”
Colorado: The Senate has approved House Bill 1266 that will allow ex-felons who have been released from incarceration, but still must complete terms of parole, to vote.
Florida: The Senate has approved a bill that will require candidates and campaign workers to stay at least 150 feet away from polling places. That’s 50 additional feet from existing law.
Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has signed a bill into law requiring election officials to strengthen security of voter registration records. House Bill 392 calls for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to create security protocols for voter registration information that follow recommendations of national cybersecurity and election organizations.
Hawaii: In the closing hours of the legislative session, the House approved two elections-related bills. Under House Bill 1248, the state would move to an all vote-by-mail system beginning in 2020. And in Senate Bill 216, a mandatory recount would be required in races where the difference between the top-two vote getters is 0.25% or 100 votes or less.
Iowa: A bill requiring absentee ballots to include a postal barcode is on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill will also extend polling place hours to 9 p.m. statewide.
Louisiana: Two pieces of legislation that would have changed a new law that allows more parolees and probationers to vote died in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee this week, making it less likely that the statute will be altered before next fall’s statewide election. Both bills would have streamlined the system in which those formerly incarcerated regain their rights.
North Dakota: Lawmakers have approved $12 million for the purchase of new voting equipment statewide in time for the 2020 election cycle. The money will be used to purchase ballot scanners and e-poll books.
Pennsylvania: The Republican-controlled Senate has approve a bill that would delay the ability of Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to decertify the state’s voting machines with all counties being forced to replace their equipment by 2020.
Tennessee: Lawmakers gave their final approval to HB 1079 which would require groups leading voter registration drives to undergo training and would penalize the groups, with fines and potential jail time, for turning in incomplete forms or for turning forms in late.
New Hampshire: By a 12-8 party line vote, the House Election Law Committee advanced Senate Bill 67 would restore the law to wording that existed prior to 2018, making it more likely that out-of-state students would choose to vote in New Hampshire. The committee also approved SB 68 allow the release of detailed information from the state’s voter database by court order.
Virginia: Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has vetoed several elections-related bills including one that would expand the number of people on the state’s board of elections. Not only would the bill have expanded the board, it would have given the board the authority to appoint the state’s elections chief. Northam wrote in his veto message: “This could lead to delays or a lack of appointment all together.” He added: “In a state that has an election every few months, it is imperative that Virginia’s electoral system have steady leadership.”
Federal Litigation: U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled this week that the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies must turn over private emails of Acting AG John Gore and DOJ attorney Maureen Riordan in relation to the work they did with the president’s now defunct commission on voter fraud. The judge also denied a request by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget to narrow their search for records about the commission’s work.
Georgia: U.S. District Judge Steve Jones heard arguments this week in a lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action and other voting rights groups alleging that the November 2018 vote was marred by problems including long waits at polling places, absentee ballots that weren’t received or weren’t counted, missing or erroneous voter registration records, malfunctioning voting machines and poorly trained poll workers. According to The Associated Press, lawyers for the state argue that allegations of “unrelated actions by mostly local officials” don’t amount to constitutional violations requiring judicial intervention and that the legislature, not the courts, should set election law.
Michigan: A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that Michigan’s congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain and at least 34 of the districts must be redrawn for 2020.
New Jersey: Elmwood Park Mayor Francesco Caramagna resigned from office after being charged with election fraud for filling in ballots for voters. As part of that case, a group of lawmakers sent a letter to the state’s attorney general asking that he provide guidelines on mail-in ballot procedures and investigate any allegations of voter fraud.
New York: The attorney for Essex County asked the state’s Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling and ensure that electronic ballot images cannot be accessible to the public through the state’s Freedom of Information Law. The case, while centered on a legal battle in Essex County following the November 2015 elections, could hold wide implications statewide.
North Carolina: The North Carolina NAACP has filed a petition asking the state’s Supreme Court to take up their lawsuit around two constitutional amendments approved by voters last year—one of which allowed the state to enact voter ID.
Tennessee: The Rutherford County election commission is being sued for $300,000 after May Glover, 85, tripped over an extension cord during the 2018 election. She fractured two bones.
Texas: The state has agreed to halt an investigation into possible noncitizens on the state’s voter rolls. The agreement brings to a close three separate lawsuits. Under the settlement the secretary of state will rescind a Jan. 25 advisory that questioned the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered. The secretary also will tell county election officials to take no further action on checking the citizenship of voters identified as suspect by his agency.
Also in Texas, the Mayor of Edinburg, Richard Molina and his wife have been charged with voter fraud.
Anthony Rodriguez, 33 of Harris County, was charged with election fraud after he sought financial compensation in the name of two family members who did not work a runoff election in December 2017. Officials said Rodriguez submitted paperwork to request hourly compensation rate for the election station workers when they did not work at all.
Texas: Although the Potter County election system was not affected when the county’s computer system was compromised before the start of early voting, officials from the secretary of state’s office, at the request of Amarillo officials, will send an inspector to observe the election. The secretary of state’s office issued the following statement: “Potter County Elections Administrator Melynn Huntley and her team should be commended for implementing and executing effective emergency situation protocols to maintain the security of the county’s election infrastructure. The Texas Secretary of State’s office has been in close contact with election officials in Potter County, and our staff is on hand to provide resources and information to ensure that local election operations continue to run smoothly through Election Day. There is no evidence that any election infrastructure, including voting machines and the voter registration database, has been compromised by malicious cyber activity. We will continue to assist local officials to keep Potter County’s elections secure.”
Vendors: In cooperation with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), ES&S submitted its end-to-end voting configuration for testing to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). “At CISA, we continue to work closely with our key partners across the cybersecurity community to identify and manage national cybersecurity risks,” said CISA Director, Chris Krebs. “The decision from ES&S leadership to perform independent testing of its election products reflects our partnership and shared approach to be aggressive, focused and vigilant in preparing for the 2020 elections.”
Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Mueller Report | Election legislation, II | Ranked choice voting | Voter suppression | Youth turnout | Election system | Felon voting rights
California: Election security
Connecticut: Ex-felon voting rights | Early voting
Florida: Ex-felon voting rights
Maine: Automatic voter registration | Primaries
Minnesota: Election security, II | Primaries
Mississippi: Ex-felon voting rights
New York: Election litigation
North Carolina: Voting age | Vote-by-mail;
Ohio: Automatic voter registration, II, III
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia elections | Voting machines
Tennessee: Election legislation
Texas: Ranked choice voting | League of Women Voters | List maintenance litigation | Election legislation
Washington: Election costs
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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Board of Elections Director, Geauga County, Ohio— A candidate for the position of Director (Democrat) of the Geauga County Board of Elections. Consideration will be given to candidates with previous election administration experience. The evaluation criteria is outlined in Chapter 2, Ohio Elections Official Manual, which can be reviewed on the Secretary of State’s website. A copy of the job description may be obtained at the Board’s website. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Geauga County Board of Elections Attn: Janet Carson, Board Member 470 Center Street, Bldg. 6-A Chardon, Ohio 44024. Deadline: Cover letters and resumes must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on May 15. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Department Specialist 14, Michigan Secretary of State — this position works as a special assistant for the Director of Elections, focusing on election security, special projects and strategic planning. The position will work with BOE staff and Executive Office to develop and implement an extensive election security-related education and training program for internal staff, as well as county and local election officials, focusing on election-related cyber security, physical security and secure and sound election administration procedures. Assist county and local election officials in completing detailed election system security assessments and implementing security improvements as identified and needed, covering all major county/local election system components. Provides assistance to the SOS Election Security Task Force, ensuring major recommendations and findings are incorporated into the ongoing Election Security Plan. Maintain, track and report on all aspects of the Department’s Federal election security grant program. As an Administrative Assistant, this position also assists the Director of Elections performing special projects including, but not limited to, advising and assisting the Director with strategic planning, reviewing and analyzing legislation relevant to Bureau of Elections (BOE), assist in the development of programs and procedures, and maintain records and prepares reports related to BOE. Salary: $28.15 – $41.96 Hourly. Deadline: May 12. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director, Pasquotank County, North Carolina — This position requires some knowledge of the principles and practices of the North Carolina elections process. Employee will serve as Deputy to the Director of Elections, and perform all duties required for effectively administering elections and other elections office activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, standard clerical tasks; data entry; database maintenance; professional creation of documents using Microsoft Office applications; maintenance and auditing of campaign finance records; coordination and preparation of training and outreach activities; and general support to the Director of Elections and Board Members as needed. Performs other related duties as directed. Salary: Begins at $35,800. Deadline: May 31. 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.
Deputy Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research— the Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and have a broad range of responsibilities designed to support CEIR’s mission. In this position, the Deputy Director will play an integral role in the development and execution of CEIR’s programming, strategic communications, and continued growth as an organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Deputy Director’s primary workplace will be CEIR’s Washington, DC office. The Deputy Director also must be available for business travel as needed. CEIR believes that working alongside and understanding the diverse mix of people who are affected by elections and American democracy is key to achieving our mission. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, non-discriminatory work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Registrar of Voters, Solano County, California— the Deputy Registrar of Voters assists with managing the operations of the County’s Registrar of Voters (ROV) Office in the Department of Information Technology, through the supervision of subordinate supervisory, professional, technical and support staff. The Deputy Registrar of Voters helps administer all elections in the County, is a member of the Department’s management team, and participates in the development and implementation of the Divisions policies, procedures and initiatives. Salary: $94,682-$115,086. Deadline: May 6. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections/General Registrar, Frederick 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 Frederick 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 Frederick 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. Salary: $60K-$73,900. Deadline: May 6. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Director, Coconino County, Arizona— Under general direction performs work of unusual difficulty directing the strategic and operational functions of the Elections Department; performs related work as assigned. Typical Duties: In partnership with the Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and County Manager, determines the goals, objectives, and operational priorities of the Elections Division. Under limited supervision plans, organizes, coordinates and directs election administration functions for which the County has responsibility. Coordinates Elections Division activities with the Voter Registration Division. Develops and revises procedures, forms, schedules and policies for the preparation and conduct of elections. Ensures all voting procedures are in compliance with Arizona State Statutes, Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures manual and federal statutes. Remains current of changes in election methods, election information management systems and voting hardware and software. Ensures quality control of all aspects of elections. Develops and manages the division’s budget. Responsible for review and oversight of contracts with vendors. Hires, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff. Prepares and updates records and reports. Responsible for retention of election materials in accordance with the state retention schedule. Coordinates with state, cities, towns, and special districts for election services though Intergovernmental Agreements. Responsible for all candidate filing activities for people running for county elected offices. Ensures the necessary information and forms are available to candidates and political committees and that candidate and committee filings are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Responsible for campaign finance and financial disclosure filing activities to ensure that all required deadlines are met and reports are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. Coordinates county, state, federal and jurisdictional ballot orders, layout and proofing along with ordering and distribution of regular and early ballots. Responsible for ensuring that ballots are designed to meet 100% accuracy of content and statutory requirements. Ensures that ballots are printed, delivered and tested and meet all necessary and legal deadlines. Responsible for the security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment. Responsible for the accurate programming and maintenance of elections programs, electronic pollbooks and tabulation units. Responsible for activating and deactivating cellular or WiFi services for electronic pollbooks, including testing reception from every voting location in the county prior to every election. Responsible for internal and public logic and accuracy testing of all the voting equipment. Responsible for acquiring and maintaining all election equipment and materials needed for conduct of elections. Responsible for the development and conduct of training for all election personnel, including election board workers. Responsible for identifying and contracting with the voting locations for all early and Election Day voting. Ensures all voting locations comply with Federal law and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responsible for all ballot tabulation activities. Verifies elections results and distributes reports to the Board of Supervisors and other. jurisdictions for post-election canvassing. Responsible for the conduct of the post-election hand audit. Supervises the filing, archiving, disposal or destruction of election materials in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Salary: $87,161.00 – $100,235.00 Annually. 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 I, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This is a benefited part-time position and benefits are pro-rated to 30 hours per week. This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. Salary: $16.40-$20.50/hourly. 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.
Executive Director, State Democracy Project— The inaugural Executive Director will provide the strategic and forward-thinking leadership needed to take our vision and make it a reality. With an eye to deepening relationships and taking bold action, the ED will ensure that the SDP works in genuine ongoing partnership with the dozens of national and state organizations that actively participate in the project. The ED will also organize and utilize the talent, resources, and relationships critical for near-term wins on structural democracy reforms.This position will report to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of coalition partner representatives. It will be the ED’s responsibility to manage all that comes with establishing a startup based on a coalitional model. 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 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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