electionline Weekly

May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

In Focus This Week

County elections offices give back
Public service doesn’t end on Election Day for these elections offices

By M. Mindy Moretti
Electionline.org

This week is Public Service Recognition Week.

Since 1985, PSRW is celebrated the first week of May  to honor the men and women who serve as federal, state, county and local government employees.

From blood drives to canned food drives to coat collections, state and county elections offices go above and beyond the public service they perform as defined by their job description.

In honor of PSRW, electionline Weekly thought we’d take a look at three elections offices that are giving back to their communities through more than just voting.

We also know there are so many more state, county and local elections offices that serve their communities and we’d love to hear from you so we can highlight in future editions of electionline Weekly.

Brevard County, Florida
In the nine years that she has been in office, Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott has spearheaded several charitable initiatives to assist the community including the office’s annual participation in the WESH Share Your Christmas Food Drive.

To-date the office has collected more than 3,100 pounds of non-perishable food which is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank that provides food and basic needs to more than 500 organizations across Central Florida.

Some of the perishable items donated by Brevard County. Photo Courtesy of Brevard County Supervisor of Elections.

Kimberly Dale, communications director said the feedback from residents of Brevard has been very positive. hey have expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the office to help those less fortunate, have a holiday season filled with joy.

But the good works of the supervisor of elections office don’t end with the holidays. The office participates in multiple charitable events.

“It is so important to be involved in your community and I am passionate about mine!” Supervisor Scott said. “Knowing the needs of my county helps me to determine the best ways to focus our efforts and reach the most people.”

Scott noted that one of the fun community initiatives the office does each year is creating a cookbook and holding a bake sale/raffle to raise money for Project HUNGER. Over the past nine years participating in Vote to End Childhood Hunger  the office has raised $26,000.

Additionally, each of the supervisors four administrative offices serves as a drop-off site for cell phones, which they donate to “Cell Phones For Soldiers”. The donated items benefit active-duty troops and veterans. In the fall, staff collects school supplies and backpacks and donates them to Brevard Public Schools.”

“We also participate in many charitable fundraisers including March for Babies and walks for the American Heart Association, Scott said. “I am blessed with a staff that is as passionate about our community as I am!”

Harford County, Maryland
Earlier this year, staff from the Harford County Board of Elections visited some of the senior centers in the county, but this time it wasn’t to help the residents with absentee voting, this time it was do a something a little different.

“Harford County extended a ‘Day of Service’ to us. We thought it would be a great idea to broaden our relationship with our local assisted living and senior centers,” explained Sarah Mohan, program manager, social media and outreach. “We got in touch with United Way who brought us all of the donated supplies to create hygiene care kits for the residents. Our entire office participated in packing the supplies and delivering the kits. The best part was creating little notes of encouragement for the recipients with quotes and drawings.”

Hygiene bags are packed and ready for distribution. Photo Courtesy of Harford County Board of Elections

Costs associated with the giveaway were covered by the county. Mohan said the residents were extremely grateful and excited by the visit and donation. She noted that they knew ahead of time the election office staff would be stopping by and the residents were waiting for the elections staff to arrive.

“We will absolutely be doing this in the future,” Mohan said. “We recently started doing a team building activity each month and this was a great way to kick it off.”

Mohan said that county elections offices considering to do additional service work should look close to home and look where there is the greatest need. It doesn’t have to be costly and it doesn’t have to be grand.

“It is amazing how much even something we take for granted, like a hygiene kit, can brighten someone’s day,” Mohan said. “We gained a friendship from an existing election-ship which strengthens our bond with the people we serve every day that much more.”

Weber County, Utah
Running an election is a marathon not a sprint so it seemed to make sense that the Weber County Elections team would choose to volunteer their time running a water aid station in the Ogden Marathon.

The Ogden Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, is one of the largest events held in the county typically 7,000 participants run the full or half marathon. Running an aid station entails filling up water jugs the day before, setting up the water station area and keeping it free of trash and safe for the runners and then passing out water and Gatorade to them as they run past.

Weber Co. Elections staff hand out water to passing runners. Photo courtesy of Weber County Elections.

The Weber Elections water station is located at mile 14 (mile 1 for the half marathoners) at the top of the course’s toughest hill. Race coordinators encourage each ambassador group to develop a theme for their aid station and so naturally, Weber Elections used political themes.

“We set up funny/motivational political-themed signs to entertain/encourage the runners during this uphill leg of the course. We bring our families, including younger kids, and they have a blast. The runners really appreciate it,” said Clerk Ricky Hatch.

One such family volunteer dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out licorice to all the passing runners.

Hosting the water station is part of the election office’s Winning in Weber program that is designed to engage students, veterans, teens, seniors, individuals with disabilities and children in the electoral process. Winning in Weber won a 2018 Clearie Award from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

“This year [May 18] will be the third year that we volunteer,” explained Ryan Cowley, elections director. “This has been a fun and rewarding way for us to give back a little bit to the community.”

Election Security Updates

During a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators that “there are still more messages to be sent” to Russia when it comes to interference in American elections, as the bureau prepares to combat foreign meddling efforts during the 2020 elections. According to Roll Call, the FBI requested a total of $9.31 billion, which includes increases of $70.5 million to enhance cyber investigative capabilities and $18.3 million to mitigate threats from foreign intelligence services, Wray told the panel.

Following testimony from Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), Zoe Lofgren (D-California) chair of the House Administration Committee said that election security would be a primary focus of the committee.

“Federal action is needed now to grasp the scope of the problem and to innovate concrete solutions that can be implemented before the next federal election cycle in 2020,” Lofgren said according to The Hill. “This goal will be a primary focus of this committee moving forward. No matter your side of the aisle, the oath of upholding democracy as citizens and elected leaders is fundamental.”

President Donald J. Trump (R) has issued an executive order that directs the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Office of Management and Budget to create a rotational program that will “serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer” across agencies. The order is an attempt to address a shortage of cybersecurity workers across the federal government.

According to Roll Call, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, along with OMB and other agencies will also develop an annual cybersecurity competition for federal employees called the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition, the order said. The first such challenge will be held in 2019 and will award at least $25,000 to the winner, according to the order.

2019 Primary Updates

Voters went to the polls in several states and localities this week and while overall things went well, there were some notable issues.

Indiana
In the Hoosier State, over all voting was smooth, especially in those counties that were testing new voting equipment. Marion County debuted  vote centers with 277 available locations in the city. Hancock County debuted e-poll books and with low turnout and new technology, voters were able to cast ballots faster than ever before. Porter County, which is still recovering from a disastrous 2018 election cycle saw some problems in 2019 as well. Several polling places opened late for a variety of reasons including school staff that showed up late to open the polling place. However there were bright spots like faster results.  And finally, cheers to Jan Rhodes in Evansville who spend her day not only serving as a poll worker, but did so dressed as Aunt Samantha.

Ohio
Voters in several counties got their first look at new equipment for the most part the new voting systems were well received. There were some isolated incidents at polling places though. In Richland County, a nearby shooting temporarily put a polling place on lockdown. A polling place in Lorain County was evacuated after two poll workers were sickened from a CO build up. Summit County voters reported being hassled by poll workers for what they were wearing. Some Warren County voters were sent to the wrong polling place. At least one polling place in Franklin County struggled to get new voting machines up and running.

Election News This Week

The Waterville, Maine Voter Registration Appeals Board has ruled unanimously that 66 voters whose registrations were challenged are in fact valid on the basis that they had taken oaths of residency and provided proof of physical address. The 66 voters in questions? Students and faculty members at Colby College. The voter registration challenges began over a referendum to ban plastic bags. According to the Morning Sentinel, The voter registrations that were looked at this week represent voters who went through hearings before the city clerk to verify their residency after a recount of the referendum forced the city to re-examine the challenged ballots. The clerk’s determination on the registrations is what the challengers had questioned.

The saga of the Porter County, Indiana clerk’s office continues. New Clerk Jessica Baily recently discovered more than $72,000 in outstanding expenses from the 2018 election. According to the Chesterton Tribune, Bailey was approved to transfer $5,000 from her office supply funds to legal notices and to transfer $15,000 from her food and groceries line item to cover the outstanding expenses for legal notices and contractual services in the 2018 election and to have a balance remaining in those funds for 2019 primary expenses. Bailey told the council that she believes she has found all the outstanding balances from 2018 but that she may need more money to make up for the expenses she paid from her 2019 budget.

Congratulations to Monmouth County, New Jersey Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon for being honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Silver Gull Award for Government Leadership from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

This week, the MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) announced the 2019 projects that will be funded as part of MEDSL’s New Initiatives in Election Science Programming. The recipients, which will receive a total of just under $100,000 , come from 15 institutions around the U.S. Projects cover everything from ranked choice voting to felon disenfranchisement to post election audits to the impacts the media has on polling place wait times. Check out all the recipients and their proposals here. The New Initiatives program was made possible through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Personnel News: Clay Helms has officially been appointed director of elections for the state of Alabama.

In Memoriam: Woodbury, Connecticut Republican Registrar of Voters Judith Henderson died on February 5 following a brief illness. She was 79. Henderson became registrar of voters in 2012. In addition that role she was also the past president of the Woodbury Public Library and a huge hockey fan.

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Florida Reps. Ted Deutch (D) and Alcee Hastings (D) have introduced the Protecting American Votes Act that election officials to make two attempts to notify voters when their ballots are rejected based on a signature mismatch. Notifications would have to be made by mail and either by text, phone call or email; voters would get at least 10 days from the date of notice to resolve the mismatch. They would be allowed to verify their identity and ensure their vote is counted; and officials who review signatures will have to get formal training.

Alabama: House Bill 174 would simplify the voting process for those with disabilities by allowing them to be on a permanent absentee voter list.

Also in Alabama, the Secretary of State’s office is advocating for a bill that would increase the penalties someone faces for tampering with electronic voting machines. Currently it is a misdemeanor to tamper or misuse an electronic voting machine. The bill would make it a Class B felony to tamper with, hack or manipulate the machines.

Colorado: The Legislature has approved SB 19-235 which, if signed by the governor, will expand opportunities for people to automatically register to vote. According to the measure, anyone who applies for a new or renewed driver’s license or ID card at a Colorado DMV location will have their data sent directly to the Secretary of State’s Office. If the person has provided proof of citizenship, their respective county clerk will review the information and send the person a postcard notifying them they will be registered to vote at that address. The potential voter will then have 20 days to accept the registration and choose to register with a party, or to decline the registration.

Connecticut: The Senate has approved a measure to create an early voting system. However, the 23-13 margin falls four short of what was needed to put the measure on the ballot as required by law.

Florida: The Senate gave final approval to a bill that would require formerly incarcerated residents to fulfill all the financial obligations of their sentence before having their voting rights reinstated. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has said that he will sign the bill.

Massachusetts: The Springfield city council is considering an ordinance that would require the city to send postcards and robocalls to all voters in advance of every election. It is estimated it would cost the city $30,000-$40,000 per election due to postage and printing costs. “Our democracy and local government benefit from having as many people at the table as possible,” City Councilor Jesse Lederman said in a prepared release according to The Republic. “The steady decline in voter turnout across the country is concerning — and locally, we should be working to engage people. It is important that we start this conversation.”

New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed a bill into law that would permit a county commissioner of registration and board of elections use e-poll books. The law will require the Secretary of State to adopt and publish electronic poll books standards and regulations governing the certification and use of electronic poll books within 90 days.  If the Secretary of State receives a request for approval to review compliance of standards, regulations and all capabilities of electronic poll books, it will be reviewed within 10 days.

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee (R) has signed a bill into law that will punish third-party registration groups that turn in late registration forms or turn in forms that are not correct or complete.

Also in Tennessee, the Nashville Metro Council defeated an effort to put ranked choice voting on the ballot.

Texas: The House has approved a bill will allow parents with small children to use curbside voting if their polling place chooses to offer it.

Wisconsin: The Senate’s elections committee voted unanimously to recommend confirmation of Meagan Wolfe as leader of the state Elections Commission, more than a year after she started the job.

Also in Wisconsin, legislation was voted out of committee in the House that will legalize ballot selfies in the Badger State.

Legal Updates

Georgia: The state Supreme Court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November’s race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state’s outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of thousands of votes were never recorded in the race and the contest was “so defective and marred by material irregularities” as to place the result in doubt. It contends an unexplained undervote in the race was likely caused by problems with the state’s paperless touchscreen voting machines.

Kentucky: Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes filed suit in Franklin County Circuit Court this week seeking an injunction against the state’s new law that removes the secretary of state’s power over the state board of elections. In her suit, Lundergan Grimes warns that without the oversight, “confusion and uncertainty” will surround the upcoming primary.

Michigan: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has settled a 2016 lawsuit that challenged the state ban on ballot selfies. Under terms of the deal, which was reached in April, but only reported this week, voters will be able to take a photo of their voted ballot, but they may not take a selfie of themselves in a polling place.

Mississippi: Prosecutors have dropped voter fraud charges against Sherman Matlock, 44 of Canton. Matlock was accused of signing an affidavit and voting in Canton’s municipal election in 2017 when he allegedly knew he was disqualified because of a 1993 conviction for manslaughter. Mississippi law does not include manslaughter as one of the 22 felony crimes that would disqualify someone from voting. Matlock spent a month in jail before the case was dismissed because he was unable to make bond.

New Hampshire: Ten students were arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct during a protest at the statehouse this week while pressing for the reversal of Republican-passed election laws.  “We’re here to show Gov. Sununu and Secretary of State Gardner that we’re not going anywhere and that the student vote is important,” Quincy Abramson, a UNH student from Concord told the Union Leader. “They can’t drown out our voices, and in the upcoming election we will show them that.”

New Jersey: The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office has announced a new initiative to target voter fraud, specifically for mail-in ballots. Andrew C. Carey told NewJersey.com that his office would work the board of elections and the county’s 28 police departments on the new Voter Integrity Program. “There is a concern with fraud, and we’re trying to combat it,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in an interview last week. “This is not to prevent people from voting. We want to make sure everyone can vote safely and that their votes count.”

North Carolina: The State Board of Elections has issued guidance to 32 county elections board with instructions on how to pull voting histories, signed poll books and redacted ballots dating back several elections in response to subpoenas issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2018.

Ohio: A three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has thrown out Ohio’s congressional map saying that it’s unconstitutional because of partisan gerrymandering and that it must be redrawn by 2020.

Pennsylvania: A county judge has signed off on a petition brought by Murrysville’s two major political committees to break up two oversized voting precincts. Both precincts contain more than 3,600 registered voters which is more than three times allowed by law. The large precincts created massive Election Day lines.

Tennessee: Four civil rights groups have filed suit challenging the state’s new law that imposes fines and criminal sanctions on third-party registration groups that turn in voter reg forms late or forms that are incomplete or incorrect. According to Courthouse News, the lawsuit was filed late Thursday in Nashville federal court by the Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, Democracy Nashville – Democratic Communities, The Equity Alliance and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, groups that work to register citizens from disenfranchised communities, such as African Americans, low-income voters and college students.  They claim the new law could halt or significantly alter their efforts to register voters.

Virginia: A special prosecutor in Virginia said Monday that he’s presented two indictments of election fraud against someone who worked on a failed re-election campaign for a Republican congressman last year.

Tech Thursday

Tech Companies: This week, Microsoft announced that is releasing an open-source software development kit that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted. According to NPR, it will also allow election officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. It’s very much like the cybersecurity version of a tamper-proof bottle,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of customer security and trust, in an interview with NPR. “Tamper-proof bottles don’t prevent any hack of the contents of the bottle, but it makes it makes it harder, and it definitely reveals when the tampering has occurred.”

California: NBC News recently featured Los Angeles County’s new open-source voting system which took over 10 years and $100 million to develop. The machines are designed to be agile and interchangeable, Logan says. If a better part comes on the market, components can be swapped out without scraping the whole machine.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voter suppression | Same day registration | Election security | Voter suppression | Felon voting rights

Arizona: Mohave County | Voter suppression

California: Stanislaus County | Vote centers | Voting age

Colorado: Jefferson County

Connecticut: Early voting

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V | Hacking;

Hawaii: Election reform

Illinois: Polling places

Kansas: Ex-felon voting rights

Kentucky: Secretary of state, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII

Maine: Voting rights

Minnesota: Election security

New York: Early voting | Automatic voter registration | Early voting sites | Early voting costs

Ohio: Automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Election improvements | Equipment | Election reform | Election security, II

Rhode Island: List maintenance

Tennessee: Election legislation | Ranked choice voting

Texas: Secretary of state | List maintenance

Upcoming Events

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

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

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.

Data Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of State— Do you have an analytical mind that likes to manage and present data to improve operations and make a difference in the Commonwealth? Join the Commonwealth at the Department of State, and experience the satisfaction of public service while enjoying professional career growth and numerous promotional opportunities. This position conducts data collection, analysis, geospatial statistical analysis utilizing geographic information system (GIS), and visualization of data to make recommendations for policy and process improvements within the Department of State Election program areas. The work is project oriented, involves working with various stakeholders, and provides training to end users. Salary: $49,076 – $74,641. Deadline: May 14. 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.

Election Coordinator, Solano County, California— The Elections Coordinator is a supervisor who is charged with successfully overseeing a specific election function – this could be either Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, Candidate Services, or Poll Places/Poll Workers.  Each of the four Coordinators within our office are rotated every four years for cross-training and expanding job knowledge. Additional duties involve participating in developing, updating and implementing office procedures to comply with Federal and State laws; training staff and potentially poll workers; working with community stakeholders in achieving our mission; or coordinating the work of contractors that assist with our operation.  The Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting elections and supervising employees. Skills in Microsoft Office applications including Access and Excel; Geographic information systems such as ArcMap; or experience with web design and adobe software packages are beneficial. Salary: $33.41 – $40.61 hourly. 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.

Election Information/Technology Technician, Wake County, North Carolina — The Wake County Board of Elections is seeking an Information Technology Technician to manage the IT services required to conduct elections for the citizens of Wake County. The ideal candidate will possess experience working in a field support setting with computer equipment, networking, software installation and troubleshooting, database development, and customer support. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL IT HELP DESK SUPPORT ROLE. In this physically demanding position, you will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs and endure extended periods of time lifting, squatting, crawling in tight spaces, climbing on ladders to pull cables from drop ceilings, pushing and pulling bins on wheels, carrying supplies and equipment. Work is performed mostly indoors investigating or installing networks, running cables, setting up computers and peripherals at voting locations. You will spend your time between the BOE Operations Center, Wake County Commons Building, additional training facilities, polling places, and early voting locations across the county (churches, community centers, libraries, schools, etc.). Salary: Hiring Range: $20.88 – $28.19. Deadline: May 17. 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.

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.

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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