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May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

In Focus This Week

Knowing It’s Right
Limiting the Risk of Certifying the Wrong Winner

By Tammy Patrick, Elections Program Senior Advisor
The Democracy Fund

Every election we ask ourselves, what motivates voters to participate? Could it be the love of a charismatic candidate? The dislike of a less-than-desirable one? Passion for a specific ballot initiative? Do voters show up to the polls out of habit? The answer is as varied as the voting population, as is the reason voters do not participate.

Research shows that while voters’ confidence in their own vote being counted accurately remains relatively constant, their belief that results at the national level are correct is in decline. As we work through reestablishing trust in our elections following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month long investigation, the threat of interference in our elections by another nation-state remains.

The American public wants to believe that when they vote it means something—we are teaching elections officials about a new way to audit our elections and check for the accuracy every voter deserves. As with most election administration processes, implementation success lies in preparation—and Risk Limiting Audits (RLAs), which some proponents often refer to as the “cheap and easy” method to check the accuracy of the results, are no exception.

Democracy Fund recently launched the Election Validation Project to increase trust in elections through rigorous audits, standards, and testing. Part of this project is the release of the first Risk-Limiting Audit report which serves as a summary to capture where we currently stand on risk-limiting audits; an overview of what policymakers need to know; and as a guide or workbook on how practitioners can prepare to implement. The materials demonstrate the rigor that a jurisdiction needs to go through in order to conduct a meaningful audit, the decisions that need to be made along the way, and what to contemplate as this relatively young procedure continues to evolve.

The what and the how of an RLA are not well understood by many, which is why we created guidance for elections administrators to save time, money and ensure that the correct candidate won.

The idea is simple, although not many people have heard of a risk-limiting audit. Risk-limiting audit is a post-election audit that takes a random sample of voted ballots and manually examines those ballots for evidence the originally reported outcome is correct. An RLA limits the risk of certifying a contest with the wrong winner.

We are proud to support Jennifer Morrell, a nationally recognized election official with over eight years of experience managing local elections, to lead the Election Validation Project and spearhead the outreach on this guidance. Morrell’s work in Colorado was instrumental in the successful implementation of the first statewide risk-limiting audit and she has since spent time traveling across the country working on post-election audits. This report is the cumulative documentation of her effort.

We believe sound election administration policy and its practical application can ensure the American electorate is well served and that our democracy is strong. We are dedicated to that work and appreciate all who strive for that ideal along with us.

2019 Primary Updates

Kentucky: The biggest news out the Commonwealth on Tuesday was that 103 counties were using e-poll books and overall, things seemed to go well but in Daviess County poll workers faced some issues with the new system, although that seemed resolved by mid-day. In Fayette County, the clerk’s website went down. And in the race for secretary of state Democrat Heather French Henry will face Republican Michael Adams in November.

Pennsylvania: With overall low turnout, voting on primary day in the Commonwealth was rather uneventful. Several counties tested their new voting equipment with no major mishaps although voters had plenty to say about the move to paper ballots. An early morning gas leak forced a polling place in Lancaster County to relocate. Voters in four Erie County precincts had to vote on paper ballots after electronics necessary to operate the voting machines went to the wrong precinct. Also in Erie County, a polling place in West Erie had accessibility issues which prevented voters with disabilities from casting a ballot. Two voting machines at one Philadelphia polling place were not functioning properly when the polls opened forcing a move to paper ballots. On Tuesday state election officials set up a temporary command center in the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. By moving to the PEMA, officials will have immediate access to federal, state and local partners should there be a need.

Election News This Week

New Memphis Mayor Lee Harris is trying to  put the brakes on spending $5 million on new voting equipment. He’s asking the county commission before they sign off on the purchase to seek some sort of commitment things to change at the Shelby County Election Commission. “I lived in Nashville,” Harris told WATN. “I served in the State Senate in Nashville for four years. It’s very different there, because election results come right after elections close. Here it is just a complete cluster. Once they have an election here, getting the results back, it’s a complete cluster.” Harris is also demanding that the election commission make voting hours uniform across the county, in 2018 an early voting location in a predominately urban area had shorter early voting hours. After a contentious meeting with the county commission and elections officials it was agreed that a committee will be formed to look at the county’s voting problems and how to solve them. “I am so tired of being sued,” Harris told reporters following the meeting. “Our election commission gets sued. When our election commission gets sued, and they get sued all the time, the county picks up the legal tab.”

Town Meeting News: Voters in Marion voted to reduce the fiscal year 2020 town clerk salary line from $19,493 to $0. The current Town Clerk Ray Pickles has been asked to resign following indictment of criminal felony charges. And in Arlington, Town Meeting members voted to give noncitizens the right to vote in local elections. The vote must be approved by the state Legislature.

This week, Georgia became the 27th state — and the District of Columbia — to join ERIC, the multistate nonprofit that helps member states maintain their voter rolls. “Joining ERIC is a tremendous step forward for the integrity of Georgia’s voter rolls, keeping our lists up-to-date and bringing our state to the forefront of election security,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to KPVI, the Wyoming Democratic Party has asked the Fremont County Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations that voters on the Wind River Reservation encountered difficulties during the 2018 election. In the complaint, the party outlined two concerns. The first involved tribal members who experienced difficulty voting early after they were allegedly told by an employee at the county clerk’s office in Lander that they needed a valid state driver’s license to vote ahead of Election Day — which is only partially true. The second involved an incident in which a poll worker was perceived to improperly ask voters to read an oath aloud stating they understood election procedures – which Democrats say violated a state law banning literacy tests at the polls.

Congratulations to the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) and the Center for Civic Design for receiving the Before and After: Print award from the Center for Plain Language. The award recognizes organizations that successfully develop plain language communication. ELECT and CCD were honored for their entry, What Ifs: A Complete Guide for Helping Voters with Exceptional Situations, which is a guide filled with frequently asked questions and solutions for voters. “We are excited to receive this award from the Center for Plain Language,” Commissioner Christopher Piper said in a statement. “As a government agency, we can no longer rely on a ‘one size fits all’ approach to communications; we have to use a diverse set of tools to be able to reach every eligible voter in our Commonwealth. The work that we do encourages Virginia voters to actively participate in our democracy.”

Our cup runneth over this week as both Ohio and Arlington County, Virginia announced the winners of their “I Voted” sticker contests. In Ohio, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the winner for the statewide sticker on Tuesday. The winning sticker was designed by Emily Legg, a high schooler from Pickaway County. More than 15,500 people voted in the contest. We’re not gonna lie, Emily’s sticker was our favorite all along! Arlington County, Virginia took their “I Voted” sticker contest to a whole ‘nother level of election geekiness by using ranked choice voting to choose the new sticker. It was a nail-biter with the winning sticker, designed by county resident John Musco, winning with a 0.18 percent margin after four rounds of vote counting.

Personnel News: Vicki Truksa is stepping down as the Butler County, Nebraska clerk after 12 years on the job. Jessica Bower and Paul Aumayr have joined the U.S. Election Assistance  Commission’s voting system certification program. Allan Sayre has resigned as the Tuscarawas County, Ohio board of elections director.

Legislative Updates

Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that will require envelopes containing absentee ballots for Iowa elections to have bar codes that can provide mailing data affixed under the director of local elections officials.

Maine: This week the Senate came up short of the two-thirds vote needed to send a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters that would expand the state’s ranked choice voting system. This comes a week after the same measure failed to meet the threshold in the House.

Massachusetts: The Easthampton city council approved an amendment to the city charter that would implement ranked choice voting for precinct city councilors and the mayor.

Not to be outdone by their neighbors to the East, the Northampton Charter Committee is recommending that the city moved to a ranked choice voting system as well as lowering the voting age to 16.

Minnesota: Lawmakers were able to reach a budget agreement this week that will finally allow the secretary of state’s office to tap into federal HAVA money to boost the state’s election security.

Nevada: By a 13-8 vote, the Senate has approved Assembly Bill 431 that would restore the voting rights to ex-felons upon release from incarceration. The legislation also allows those in jail, but not yet convicted of a crime, to vote.

New Jersey: After a failed candidate was caught on tape knocking on doors after 10 p.m. seeking to get people to turn in vote-by-mail ballots, three legislators are introducing legislation that would prevent voters from returning vote-by-mail ballots after the polls have closed.

North Carolina: The Senate elections committee approved a bill that alters the rules on how North Carolina student and employee ID cards must be authenticated before qualifying as a voter ID. The House has already approved the legislation.

Oregon: The Senate has approved a bill that would require county clerks to conduct hand-count or risk limiting audits after every primary, general and special election.

Texas: Senate Bill 9, which was billed as an election security bill but would have increased criminal penalties for providing false information on a voter registration application, as well as the investigative powers of law enforcement over elections, and would have required those assisting voters to fill out more detailed forms on how they are helping, has died in the House. At press time, the Senate had revived a provision of Senate Bill 9 that would require all electronic voting machines to produce a paper ballot by the 2024 election. “It’s going to be only about paper, nothing else from SB 9,” said Sen Bryan Hughes, architect of the controversial Senate 9 bill.

Also in Texas, the Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate mobile voting. The bill would ban moving polling locations, such as to a nursing home, during early voting.

Utah: Members of the Legislature’s Government Operations Interim Committee are beginning work on legislation that could include ranked choice voting, runoffs or jungle primaries.

Wisconsin: Democrats have announced plans to introduce legislation that would move the state to a system of automatic voter registration.

Legal Updates

Georgia: U.S. Distirct Judge Amy Totenberg has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state’s outdated voting machines can move forward. Totenberg wrote in her order rejecting that request that the state’s arguments “completely ignore the reality faced by election officials across the country underscored by Plaintiffs’ allegations that electronic voting systems are under unceasing attack.”

Indiana: Common Cause Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a voter with Parkinson’s Disease asking a federal judge to strike down as unconstitutional the state law allowing election officials to reject ballots based on signature mismatches without allowing the voters to prove the ballots are authentic. “Indiana’s … signature-matching requirements violate due process,” the lawsuit said. “The voter is given no written or oral notice that his or her ballot has been rejected due to a signature mismatch and is thus given no opportunity to challenge the decision to reject their absentee ballot.”

Tech Thursday

Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0: At a May 21 hear, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission heard from state officials and security experts on the updates contained in the VVSG 2.0. According to FCW, a number of stakeholders advised the EAC that the it refrain from requiring a full vote to approve the technical portion of the guidelines saying it would run counter to the goal of ensuring that voting machine standards account for the latest developments in technology. “We cannot wait weeks or months for a decision on a federal level when there’s a need to act immediately,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “I’m asking all of you to have a dialogue about what happens if we run into that situation again when there is not a full quorum on the EAC. How will decisions be made, and will that make it more difficult for state election officials to protect the security and integrity of the vote?”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Redistricting | Election security | U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Colorado: Secretary of state

Connecticut: Early voting

Florida: Early voting sites | Destroyed ballots | Election security

Georgia: Voting system

Idaho: Election legislation

Indiana: Ballot signatures

Iowa: For the People Act

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Massachusetts: Early voting

Michigan: For the People Act

Missouri: Precincts

New Mexico: Ex-felon voting rights

New York: Early voting sites, II | Ex-felon voting rights

North Carolina: State Board of Elections

Ohio: Election security; Voting equipment

Pennsylvania: Polling places | Voting machines | No-excuse absentee | Election security | Noncitizen voting | Paper ballots

Tennessee: Accurate elections

Texas: Election legislation, II | Election security, II, III | Voter access

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.

Customer Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic— The Customer Support Consultant is responsible for providing application and hardware support to Hart InterCivic customers via telephone and email for all Hart InterCivic products.  The Support Consultant is also responsible for monitoring all requests to ensure efficient, effective resolution. The successful CSC will work directly with customers and other staff members. The position is responsible for responding to customer contacts, dealing with issues in a professional manner, providing technical direction to customers in a manner they can understand and being a customer advocate.  The CSC must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 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.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Stafford 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. Multiple terms are allowed. The Stafford County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of The General Registrar and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of voter registration and elections in Stafford County’s 28 precincts for our 95,000 registered voters. 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: $100k-$108 DOQ. Deadline: June 9. 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. 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 Services Technician, Contra Costa County, California— The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Elections Department is recruiting two qualified individuals for the position of Elections Services Technician. Current vacant positions will be assigned to one of the specialized units of the Elections Department: Candidate and Voter Services, Voter Registration Services and File Maintenance, Absentee Services/Training and Procedures, Polling Place/Poll Worker Recruitment/Precinct Services, G.I.S. and Mapping Services, and Warehouse and Equipment Services. This classification is responsible for performing complex and technical support activities associated with the preparation for and the conducting of elections, database management, and related work as required. Elections Services Technicians have responsibility for the unit’s day-to-day activities and are responsible to insure that proper procedures are followed during the preparation and conducting of each election. Salary: $45,339 -$55,110. Deadline: June 4. 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.

Elections Technician I, Larimer County, Colorado— If you are a self-motivated, positive team player who thrives in a fast-paced professional environment – we want to hear from you!  The successful candidate will be dedicated, assertive and possess exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills. The process of Election Administration is project driven and very detail oriented.  The position of Elections Technician provides support to and/or oversight for certain processes and may be required to take responsibility for the activities of temporaries. Salary: Hiring range $17.67 – $24.74.  Deadline: June 2. 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.

Policy & Data Research Analyst, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks a Policy & Data Research Analyst to perform original research to help inform the agency’s policy and program choices on campaign finance and voting. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, design and perform analysis of campaign finance records, elections and voter participation data; Research policy and legislative issues related to campaign finance, voter participation, and election administration in New York City and New York State; Assist in preparing reports and policy briefs on campaign finance and election performance; and work with Public Affairs staff to create policy recommendations to improve the public matching funds program, voter participation, and election administration. 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.

Research Scientist, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— MEDSL seeks a research scientist  to oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts.  MEDSL aims to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters by applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered. Responsibilities include assisting the director with designing and implementing research projects; gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, and documenting results; managing data science and quality control for the 2018 release of the Elections Performance Index (EPI); acquiring data from government sources and designing protocols to update indicators not provided by government sources; assisting with redistricting data collection/dissemination efforts; working with web designers to update EPI website and creating original content for MEDSL website; onboarding and monitoring the work of students/research support associates; tracking scholarship in the field of election science; and performing other data science/administrative/reporting duties as assigned. 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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