In Focus This Week
Summer of Suffrage
Three exhibits on Suffrage featured in Washington, D.C.
By M. Mindy Moretti
With summer vacation season underway and with the nation beginning a year-long celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, three institutions in Washington, D.C. are putting on special exhibits to celebrate the Centennial of Suffrage.
The National Archives Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress will each have exhibits on display covering every aspect of the Suffrage movement and serving as encouragement for current women and men to register and exercise their right to vote.
All the exhibits are free and open to the public.
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote runs now through January 3, 2021 at the National Archives Museum (Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, 701 Constitution Ave, NW. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Dec. 25).
Rightfully Hers is a nationwide initiative and exhibition that explores the fight for suffrage. Through the initiative, the National Archives will not only highlight the hard-won victories that stemmed from the Women’s Suffrage movement, but also remind modern-day citizens of their responsibilities associated with the right to vote.
“As the steward of our nation’s memory, we will tell the story of the 19th Amendment through a special exhibition in Washington, DC, free public programming, a national traveling exhibition, classroom displays (distributed to nearly 1,600 schools and libraries), educational offerings (for teachers and students, both off and on-line) and digitization of women’s records,” the Archives wrote on its website.
Several initiative components will specifically shine a spotlight on voting as a civic duty – from revealing the often dire consequences faced by non-voting populations to providing the opportunity to register to vote directly from the museum.
The National Archives is a non-partisan agency, that encourages all to be “election-ready” and exercise their right to vote.
Votes for Women
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence runs now through January 5, 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F Streets, NW. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Dec. 25).
The presentation is divided chronologically and thematically to address “Radical Women: 1832–1869,” “Women Activists: 1870–1892,” “The New Woman: 1893–1912,” “Compelling Tactics: 1913–1916,” “Militancy in the American Suffragist Movement: 1917–1919” and “The Nineteenth Amendment and Its Legacy.” These thematic explorations are complemented by a chronological narrative of visual biographies of some of the movement’s most influential leaders.
The exhibit at the Portrait Gallery makes the effort to explore the role African American women played in the Suffrage movement noting that while African American were often excluded by white women and the main Suffrage movement, that they did in fact play a vital role in Suffrage not only in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, but also moving forward through the civil rights fight of the 50s and early 60s.
“The Portrait Gallery exhibition tells this complex history through an array of early photographic portraits, paintings, engravings, works on paper, lithographs, video, newspapers, postcards, books, ballots, banners, fliers, a china set, embroidery and pennants,” the Gallery wrote in its website. “Viewers will be able to see authentic objects, including original banners from the National Woman’s Party, a late-19th century ballot box and original writings by influential suffragists.”
Shall Not Be Denied
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote opens June 4 and runs through September 2020 at the Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., SE. Monday-Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30pm, closed Sundays).
The exhibition draws from the Library’s extensive collections of personal papers and organizational records of such figures as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, the National Woman’s Party, the National American Woman Suffrage Association and others.
Documents, images, video and audio recordings will trace the movement leading to the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, the contributions of suffragists who worked to persuade women that they deserved the same rights as men, the divergent political strategies and internal divisions they overcame, the push for a federal women’s suffrage amendment and the legacy of this movement.
Election Security Updates
On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the closing of the special counsel’s office and his return to private life. While he spoke mostly about what his report did or did not find with regard to the president, he issued what many have referred to as a stark warning for Americans to pay attention to what Russia did to interfere with the 2016 and what they could do in the future.
“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said during remarks delivered from the Justice Department. “That allegation deserves the attention of every American.”
Following his remarks, Democrats in Congress immediately spoke up about moving forward with legislation pending in both chambers.
“We must take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security, increases social media transparency, and requires campaign officials to report any contact with foreign nationals attempting to coordinate with a campaign,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said in a statement.
In other election security news, Democrat Stephanie Murphy and Republican Michael Waltz, both from Florida, have announced plans to introduce a bill that would require federal officials to inform Congress, state and local authorities and the public if an election-related computer system is hacked.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine have introduced the Invest in Our Democracy Act of 2019 that would:
- Establish a grant program administered by the Election Assistance Commission to cover up to 75% of the cost of the yearly tuition of election officials and employees who are enrolled in an accredited certificate program for election administration or cybersecurity.
- Define eligible persons to include state or local election officials, employees of a state or local election official, or an employee of the Election Assistance Commission.
- Provide $1 million for fiscal year 2021 and such sums necessary for each fiscal year between 2022 and 2028.
2019 Primary Updates
Oregon: A software malfunction in the Clatsop County clerk’s ballot-counting machines failed to delete 200 test ballots which were then added to the final results. County Clerk Tracie Krevanko told The Astorian the ballots were spread out over 11 voting precincts and did not affect any of the outcomes. The voting totals have now been adjusted.
Election News This Week
Just before the Texas Senate’s closing gavel would have ended his term as secretary of state, David Whitely submitted his resignation to Gov. Greg Abbot. According to the Austin American-Statesman Whitley needed to be confirmed by the Senate by the end of the legislative session, but he did not have the votes to be confirmed. In his resignation letter, Whitley thanked Abbott, for the opportunity but mentioned nothing about the voter citizenship investigation that lead to his troubles in the Senate.
When nearly 61,000 ballots went missing last year in Adams County, County Clerk Josh Zygielbaum wanted to get to the bottom of it to make sure it never happened again so he hired an outside auditor to look into the matter. The third-party firm blamed the delay in mailing out ballots on a “miscommunication” between a driver and a dispatcher for a shipping company that was handling the ballots for the county’s printer. Fortunately the problem was discovered and the ballots were mailed in enough time for the election, but Zygielbaum told the Denver Post that the office has “put measures in place to ensure this will not happen again.”
Congratulations to York, Maine Clerk Mary-Anne Szeniawski for receiving the 2019 Lorraine M. Fleury Award from Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. According to Seacoastonline, the award is given annually to someone who has made a significant contribution to the election process and who exemplifies the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge and service.”
And a special shout out to West Hartford, Connecticut for winning the secretary of state’s Democracy Cup for their category. West Hartford, which has won the award in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 had a 79.4 percent turnout in November 2018.
Holy cow! Another week and another new, custom “I Voted” sticker. This week’s new sticker is courtesy of Lana Fernandez, a 9-year-old student at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School in Adams County, Colorado. The stickers will be handed out during the 2020 general election. Congratulations Lana, we love it!
Personnel News: Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, elected for his first full term in November 2018, is a finalist for a circuit court judgeship. Republican Registrar of Voters Marion Burkard is retiring after 37 years of service. Charlevoix County, Michigan Clerk Cheryl Browe is retiring this week after 11 years as the county clerk and 32 years working for the county. Hays County, Texas Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson has been elected to the EI-ISAC executive committee. Rokey Suleman has been fired as the director of the Richland County, South Carolina board of elections. Thad Hall will serve as interim. State Sen. Bryce Bennett (D) has announced his candidacy for Montana secretary of state.
In Memoriam: Theresa Burroughs, a “foot soldier” in the fight for voting rights has died. She was 89. In several interviews with NPR, Burroughs talked about her determination to vote. “When I was a child,” she recalled in a 2016 interview with NPR, “I would see white people getting dressed and going on Tuesdays. And I would wonder where are they going? They said they were going to vote. … And I said, ‘Why can’t we vote?’ ” She was a lifelong voter and advocate for voting rights.
Research and Report Summaries
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a security tip last week regarding best practices for securing election systems and an accompanying questionnaire on election infrastructure. Drawing from lessons learned by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Hunt and Incident Response Team through their work with election offices, the best practices touch on the following topics: software and patch management; log management; network segmentation; blocking of suspicious activity; credential management; establishing a baseline for host and network activity; organization-wide information technology guidance and policies; and notice and consent banners for computer systems. The security tip also links to additional resources from DHS, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and non-governmental organizations. The accompanying questionnaire seeks to help election offices with implementing cybersecurity best practices and strengthen the security of their election infrastructure.
The Brennan Center released an analytical brief on voting rights restoration for persons with felony convictions in Florida earlier this month. The brief, Thwarting Amendment 4, examines the potential impact of a new state law that requires Floridians to pay back all fees, fines, and restitution imposed as part of a sentence for a felony conviction before they can register to vote. Using data from Florida’s Department of Corrections and the Board of Elections, the study identifies more than 2,000 formerly incarcerated Floridians who registered to vote after the January 8, 2019 effective date of Amendment 4. The brief finds that the new law will disproportionately affect African Americans, highlighting that while African Americans make up 13 percent of the total registered voter population in Florida, 44 percent of re-enfranchised individuals from January to March 2019 were African American.
(Research and Report Summaries are written by David Kuennen.)
Arizona: By a 28-2 vote in the Senate and a 39-21 vote in the House, the Legislature has approved Senate Bill 1154 that will move the state’s primary elections to the first Tuesday in August, which is about three weeks earlier than in the past.
Connecticut: The House has approved a bill that proposes to study the use of blockchain technology to collect voter information. The bill now moves to the Senate.
The House has approved a bill, on a nearly part-line vote, has approved a bill that will grant people on parole the right to vote. The restoration of voting rights would not apply to those on parole for elections-related crimes.
Delaware: Under House Bill 175, the state elections commission would administer the vote-by-mail program, creating rules and regulations for the effort. Ballots would be processed and scanned ahead of Election Day but would not be tabulated until Election Day. Ballots could be mailed in, dropped off at any polling place on Election Day or dropped off in a secure drop box at each county elections office ahead of Election Day
Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed legislation into law preventing the public from seeing any felon-related voter registration records even though the voting records of others are public information.
Nevada: The Legislature has approved AB 431, which would immediately allow ex-felons to vote, including those convicted in another state, upon release from incarceration. The bill also allows people convicted of a crime but not imprisoned, to cast a ballot. The measure applies retroactively to previously released felons. Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed the bill into law.
New Hampshire: By a party-line vote, 215-138, the House approved SB67 which essentially nullifies HB 1264 that when signed into law required students and other transients to pay for motor vehicle licensing and registration fees in order to register to vote.
The House has given final approval to a bill that clarifies who has the power to postpone town elections in the event of bad weather. Under the legislation, a town moderator can postpone an election after the National Weather Service issues a storm warning and after consulting with town officials. Moderators no longer need to rely on the secretary of state to make the call.
New Jersey: The Assembly, by a 76-0 vote, has approve the Voting Precinct Transparency Act, requires the filing of election district, county district and municipal ward boundary data with the Secretary of State for posting and downloading online. The bill also requires the Secretary to post a table or database containing the election results per election district in a format that matches the election districts boundary data.
North Carolina: By a 109-6 vote, House Bill 646 has received final approval from the House of Representatives. The bill helps clarify which IDs are eligible to be used to vote including college IDs. H.B. 646 also extends the date for universities, private and community colleges, charter schools, and state and local government entities to have their identification cards approved for voting from March 15 to Nov. 15, 2019.
Ohio: Under House Bill 2014, counties would be prohibited from purchasing DRE voting machines or any marking devices or automatic tabulating equipment that does not use a paper ballot.
Oklahoma: The Legislature has approved a bill that will legalize ballot selfies of ballots cast either at the polling place or an absentee ballot at home. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the bill into law.
Rhode Island: The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would codify a current practice by the secretary of state’s office to limit what voter data, included date of birth, is available for public view.
Texas: Before the end of the Legislative session, House Bill 1888 was approved by both chambers. The legislation requires that each early voting location be open for voters on each and every day that voting is conducted at the main early polling place, and that each location remain open for at least eight hours a day, for all elections held on the November uniform election date. There are exceptions for territories with fewer than 1,000 registered voters if the city or county clerk does not serve as the early voting clerk for the area. If signed into law, it essentially means that county election officials cannot set up short-term polling places at sites like nursing homes.
House Bill 2909, which would have required all voting machines to include individual paper records of all votes cast stalled in the Legislature before the Legislature eventually ended.
Wisconsin: People who vote early in Wisconsin would be able to feed their ballots into electronic voting machines under a bipartisan proposal. Current law requires local election officials to store early ballots for electronic processing on Election Day. Under this proposal, officials would have the option to electronically process ballots on the day they are cast. Votes would still not be officially tabulated until Election Day.
Indiana: Lake County Judge John Pera has ordered a recount in a contested Hammond at-large council race. Pera set the recount for June 13.
Michigan: A day after Attorney General Dana Nessel said a law passed by the lame-duck Legislature in December which made it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot, a group of voting-rights advocates have sued the secretary of state’s office.
Texas: Jerry Baker, a losing candidate for mayor in the City of Whitney has filed suit over the conduct of the recent election stating that 65 to 70 percent of votes were improperly cast, election officials didn’t use security seals on ballot boxes, ballots went missing, not all ballots were counted and voter election packets went missing.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Court of Appeals denied an appeal candidate for the St. Croix County board who alleged that a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge erred in his handling of a recount in the race. The candidate, Ryan Sherley is appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Tech Companies: Protect Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has developed an app called VoteShield which is in use in 14 states. The app, which is authenticated by election administrators, uses basic statistics machine learning and data visualization to analyze changes in local voter databases and flag unusual activity. VoteShield is free to state and local election administrators through the 2020 election
Indiana: According to the Northwest Times, Marcus Orciuch, a senior at Lake Central High School, has worked since last February with the Lake County Board of Elections to create the county’s first election tracking mobile app. The app — tested with a small group of friends, election board members and candidates in last November’s midterm elections — brings polling location, campaign finance and candidate data into one central, mobile-friendly location, searchable by election date and contest. The app was used countywide for the first time in the May election.
West Virginia: Following the November 2018 election, elections officials reported that voter registrations from the state’s department of motor vehicles were being lost due to technology malfunction. Officials at the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles say they believe a programming change fixed the problem in January. Adam Holley, acting DMV commissioner, said, in an email to the Register-Herald last week, that state officials had since completed two rounds of testing that found no problems. “I am satisfied that the prior issue was fixed but efforts to verify the successful transmission of voter registration information will continue as a routine part of the process,” he said. “We don’t know how many people were impacted last fall but believe the number was limited based upon the instances that were brought to our attention and corrected.”
Opinions This Week
Arizona: Election security
California: Vote centers
Massachusetts: Voting age
New Jersey: Election Day holiday
New Mexico: Ranked choice voting
South Carolina: Paper ballots
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.
Election Center 35th Annual National Conference: This year’s Conference attendees will be inspired and energized as we head into the final stretch of the 2019 Election year. We will share substantive elections issues including crucial critical infrastructure information, new election initiatives and tons of practical and meaningful election administration tools and resources including the newest innovations and ideas to help election officials as the 2020 presidential year quickly approaches. When: Aug. 17-24. Where: Orlando.
Job Postings This Week
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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.
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.
Program Officer: Elections and Political Processes — The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer to join its Election and Political Processes Team and work with NDI’s regional teams, country teams, local partners, and international partners to advance electoral integrity, promote accountability and encourage citizen engagement in electoral processes. The Program Officer will work with other members of the Election and Political Processes Team to support: country-level programs, which involve citizen election monitoring (including parallel vote tabulations (PVTs)); international election observation efforts; international workshops, academies and conferences; and global initiatives, including, for example, the Open Election Data Initiative (OEDI). This position is based in Washington, DC and will require periodic travel. 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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