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July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

In Focus This Week

Sometimes simple questions yield big results
Nebraska wins NASED Innovators award for Albert sensor work

By M. Mindy Moretti

When voters began heading to the polls in 2016, less than half of states had an Albert sensor — an Intrusion Detection System that provides enhanced monitoring capabilities and notifications of malicious activity — on their statewide voter registration databases.

Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories have the election security measure at work. But there’s something a bit different about the Albert sensor in Nebraska and four other states.

Thanks to an award-winning partnership between the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office, their vendor ES&S and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), the Cornhusker State and four others are now using an Albert sensor that is not the typical physical hardware placed at the state level, but software that is placed in the voter registration environment at a private elections vendor.

According to Wayne Bena, director of elections for the state of Nebraska, the whole thing came about from a simple question.

When the EI-ISAC, made available an Albert sensor to each state to protect voter registration systems, Nebraska already had sensors covering the state network but the voter registration system was housed separately on the network of the state’s vendor.

“During a conference call with CIS a simple question was asked, ‘Can the Albert sensor be used to protect the voter registration system housed outside the state’s network?’” Bena said. “This question started the process to clear any administrative hurdles that allowed this sensor to be the first one placed on the voter registration environment of a private elections vendor.”

For Ben Spear, director of the EI-ISAC, while the question was unexpected, it was one they welcomed.

“We don’t see why not, as long as the vendor is amenable and we can fit within their network design,” Spear said.

Bena credits the “amazing work” of the state’s vendor and the Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to make the project a reality.

“Much of the work that was done by the secretary of state’s office was to work on contracts and memorandums of understanding that took into account the uniqueness of this arrangement,” Bena explained. “The Secretary of State’s office takes great pride that this project has been now replicated in four states and territories.”

The conversation started in May 2018 and approved in June 2018. The process of figuring out how this would work and testing different options took most of the summer and the sensor was online in October 2018.

“Using virtualization to support multiple jurisdictions at a vendor site laid the groundwork for future Albert enhancements that will help improve the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to secure their networks in local, hosted, and cloud environments,” Spear said.

While there are currently no Albert sensors in the cloud, Spear said it’s a work in progress.

“What we have done with Nebraska and ES&S has allowed us to get a head start on how this would work in the cloud,” Spear said. “We’re hoping to have that available by the end of 2019.”

Bena believes the project shows the great work that can be done by state and federal government collaborating with the private sector to protect the U.S. elections. And Matt Masterson, DHS senior cybersecurity advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), couldn’t agree more.

“The work that Ben and his team did with Wayne to figure this out was significant because other states hadn’t really thought about this,” said Matt Masterson, DHS senior cybersecurity advisor, CISA. “It’s certainly impactful and leading to innovation beyond it.”

Being “the first” at something, or an innovator can be a bit scary at times, but Bena said the secretary’s office was confident in their partners and the process.

“We were confident in the technology and knew while this was the first installation of a virtual server, if testing would not have gone as planned, there were additional security measures in place to protect the system,” Bena said.

Nebraska Director of Elections Wayne Bena accepts the inaugural Innovator Award from NASED President Keith Ingram.

The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) recently honored Nebraska’s work with the inaugural Innovators Award.

“Nebraska paved the way for states to deploy Albert sensors to election vendors. Their work with their vendor, DHS, and the EI-ISAC to implement a virtual Albert sensor is a prime example of the kinds of collaboration that state election officials are undertaking to secure our elections,” said Keith Ingram, NASED president and director of elections, Texas Secretary of State.

The NASED Innovators Award highlights innovative training procedures, technologies, partnerships, and practices from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The Award is presented at the NASED Summer Conference in odd years. The winning submission is determined by the NASED Awards Committee, which can decide not to present an award in a given year. Submissions are evaluated on four criteria:

  • Efficacy – How effective was the submission at achieving the stated goal or solving the problem? How did you measure the impact?
  • Sustainability – Is this a long-term solution or will changes be needed for it to continue? Is this a program that you expect to be used regularly in your state? Will costs go down over time or will this require significant on-going investment?
  • Replicability – Is this a solution that you will use again? Would other state or local jurisdictions be able to use it?
  • Creativity – Is this a unique approach or solution?

Local Albert Use
Recently, Florida became the first, and so far only, state to have all of its counties—67—with a locally-based Albert sensor to monitor their websites for potential threats.

Masterson noted that while the first priority was to get Albert sensors in all 50 states, DC and the territories, now that that goal has been met, EI-ISAC and CISA are ready to help counties get their own Albert sensor, whether it’s through a concentrated effort like in Florida or individual counties and local election jurisdictions reaching out.

“To go from an environment where we literally had states accusing us of hacking them, to let them letting us put a physical device on their systems is a tremendous credit to how seriously they are taking this threat,” Masterson said.

Join the EI-ISAC
If you haven’t joined the EI-ISAC, there is still plenty of time and operators are standing by…so-to-speak.

To-date, all 50 states, the District and the territories are members of the EI-ISAC. There are 1,800 local election administrators in 49 states that belong. Thirteen states have 100 percent local membership and 26 states have greater than 50 percent local membership. There are also  19 vendors that are members of the EI-ISAC.

Election Security Updates

On Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before two committees on Capitol Hill. While many of the headline grabbing questions and answers surrounded the president, what caught our ear was how Mueller concluded his opening statement:

“And let me say one more thing. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government’s effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious. As I said on May 29, this deserves the attention of every American.”

Members of Congress took note as well.

“And whether you are a Republican defending the President or Democrat wanting this President to be held accountable, we should be worried that in future elections, whether it’s Russia or other countries who have similar capability, that this could create a mess of our democracy,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) told CNN. “I don’t know how many elections we can weather something like this.”

Following the hearings, Senate Democrats tried unsuccessfully to get unanimous consent on multiple bills addressing election security.

Shelby Pierson has been appointed by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to serve as the nation’s first election security czar.

“Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC,” said Coats according to NPR.

“In order to build on our successful approach to the 2018 elections, the IC must properly align its resources to bring the strongest level of support to this critical issue. There is no one more qualified to serve as the very first election threats executive than Shelby Pierson, whose knowledge and experience make her the right person to lead this critical mission.”

Coats is also directing other agencies within the spy services to appoint their own executives responsible for election security efforts.

During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterated the concern from election security officials about the 2020 election.

“The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections,” Wray said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

2020 Candiates on Election Issues

NPR has a break down on where the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on election security. The outlet noted that while most candidates have not dedicated more than a few sentences to the top, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) have addressed the situation more in-depth, especially Klobuchar who has co-sponsored several bipartisan bills on the topic.

Election News This Week

This week the New Jersey Council on Local Mandates, an independent state board that decides the constitutionality of laws that may impose “unfunded mandates” on local governments, heard arguments from the New Jersey Association of Counties that the state’s vote-by-mail law is an unfunded mandate. “The vote-by-mail ballots and the vote-by-mail expenses have proven to be very costly for our county clerks in preparing,” John Donnadio, executive director of the association argued before the council. According to WHYY, in their rebuttal the state argued that clerks are just doing what they were already doing. “The county clerks are doing the same thing they would have done: They’re providing mail-in ballots to voters who want mail-in ballots,” said Deputy New Jersey Attorney General George Cohen. “The only difference is many [voters] don’t have to request it, and the county clerks are relieved of the obligation of having to review thousands and thousands of mail-in ballot applications.”

Election Office News: Lots of news about elections offices this week including in Missoula County, Montana where the county commission approved a $2.75 million buy-sell agreement under which the county will gain a 7,711-square-foot office building and a 7,700-square-foot warehouse that will mostly be used for the county elections office. “We’re really looking for a great increase in convenience and efficiency in managing all of our elections,” Missoula County Commissioner Josh Slotnick told The Missoulian. In Allen County, Ohio, county commissioners are preparing to take bids to remodel the old law library at the Third District Court of Appeals Building to house the board of elections. And in Frederick County, Maryland, the county board of elections is upset about a proposal from the county executive that would move the county liquor board into the same building as the election board. Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey sent out a press release Tuesday arguing that such a move could compromise election security and produce operational problems if the liquor board were to move into the space at the rear of the building.

What’s the price for history? Apparently it’s $685.50 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania because that’s what a company paid for the historic Election House that has served as the polling place for West Mahoning Township for 130 years. The site, which was last used in November 2018 before it was struck by a car does not meet any modern-day requirements for a polling location and so while the county tried to interest a museum into taking the Election House off their hands, ultimately it was sold at auction. “I’ve become very attached to that building which has been a voting precinct in Indiana County (since 1892) … and I hate to see a building like that just disappear from our inventory,” Commissioner Rodney Ruddock told the Indiana Gazette. No word on what the company that purchased the house will do with it. 

In other historical election news, the Lake County, Indiana board of elections has donated Depression-era voter registration records to the Crown Point Community Library. The registration records were discovered accidentally in the basement of a local American Legion post. American Legion members discovered the 85-year-old books inside of an old beer box and turned them over to the board of elections. According to The Times, the books contain the voter registration information for primary elections in Lake County in 1934. Each corresponds to a geographical division used at the time: Gary, Hammond, Whiting, East Chicago, Crown Point-Hobart and township residents. “It’s really significant from the time period,” archivist Jeanene Letcher said of the discovery. “I’m looking forward to digging into the records to see what they contain and the names they contain.”

Any port in a storm right? Well in this case, the port is a horse mat. Washington County, Arkansas is working to make their polling places more accessible and are turning to mats designed for horse stalls to help polling places that have grass or gravel parking lots be more accessible for voters with disabilities. “We did some research, and one of the things we looked at is outdoor festivals and how they accommodated the ADA,” Elections Coordinator Jennifer Price told the county election commission according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.  The solution Price said she found is to use mats to create parking areas and pathways. “We’re using these horse stall mats we get from Tractor Supply stores,” Price said. “If we’ve got a gravel parking lot, we create a space with traffic cones and place the mats so they can park and get out of vehicles and then get to the polling place. They’re flexible but heavy enough they stay in place and they are the right width for what we need.”

Personnel News: Anthony Albence is on the job as the new Delaware elections commissioner. Susan Williams is the new Pender County, North Carolina elections director. Congratulations to Chelmsford, Massachusetts Town Clerk Tricia Dzuris who has earned the designation of certified municipal clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerk, Inc. Congratulations as well to Hays County, Texas Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson who is about to be designated a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator. North Andover, Massachusetts Town Clerk Joyce Bradshaw is retiring this week after 25 years on the job. Jeannie King and Sharon Slusher, have been appointed election deputies in Porter County, Indiana. Jimmy Adams has been removed from the Russell County, Alabama board of registrars. Beth Kara is stepping down as the Colts Neck, New Jersey municipal clerk. Carolyn Gaffney has retired from the Barnwell County, Georgia voter registration and elections office. Jose Salvador Tellez is the new Webb County, Texas elections administrator. Michael T. Aycok has joined the Bladen County, North Carolina board of elections. Charles Medd has been appointed chair of the Henderson County, North Carolina board of elections. Greg Lucey has been appointed the new Malden, Massachusetts city clerk.

Research and Report Summaries

The Pennsylvania Department of State issued its annual report on voter registration late last month. The report, The Administration of Voter Registration in Pennsylvania, provides a summary of statistics and initiatives that support voter registration in the commonwealth in 2018. Topics covered in the report include registration by party, list maintenance, registration at agencies designated by the National Voter Registration Act, and online voter registration. Online voter registration statistics include data on registrations processed via the commonwealth’s Web API, which supports online voter registration for individuals engaged by third-party organizations.

The third annual Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) conference convened at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia earlier this month. The conference included panel discussions and paper presentations on various election administration and policy topics, including polling operations, voter registration, ballot design, ranked-choice voting, local elections, public trust in elections, redistricting, voting rights, results management, and election reform. Most of the papers presented at the conference are available online.

The NAACP issued a report on voting rights and judicial appointments earlier this month. The report, Trump’s Judicial Playbook: Weaponizing the Bench to Suppress the Vote, examines the voting rights records of nine judicial nominees during the President Trump’s time in office, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as well as eight appellate and district court nominees.

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

Legislative Updates

New Jersey: Legislation that will allow counties to expand board of elections from four to six members has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywomen Shanique Speight (D-Newark) and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and State Sen. James Beach (D-Voorhees), requires that county freeholder boards authorize the additional Board of Elections members – one from each party. The Assembly approved the measure 71-4, and the Senate 26-11.

Another bill signed into law by Murphy requires election notices to include information about where a voter can find their polling place.

Texas: The Jefferson County commission has, for now, tabled consideration of creating a full-time elections administrator position due to budgetary constraints. According to the Beaumont Enterprise, If the county wants to pursue the creation of an election administrator’s office next year, it needs to be included in the budget before it’s passed. “Obviously we’d have to determine a salary, but more importantly determine, Is this feasible?” Commissioner Brent Weaver asked according to the paper. “Is this something that is needed for our county in the future? What are the duties and responsibilities? How would this person be chosen?”

Wisconsin: Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would restore the voting rights to those released from incarceration immediately upon their release even if terms of their sentence must still be met through parole/probation.

Legal Updates

New Hampshire: According to the Union Leader, The trial in the lawsuit challenging stiffer election laws regarding the registration of new voters got pushed off towards the end of 2019. And Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge David R. Anderson made it clear that once the trial is completed he won’t issue a final ruling until after the February presidential primary. 

North Carolina: By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of state judges ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state’s new voter ID law may move forward, but they did not grant a preliminary injunction to delay the law while the legal case plays out.

Texas: A federal court has ruled that Texas can change voting maps without supervision despite “grave concerns” and findings that Republicans used racial gerrymandering.

Virginia: J. Christian Adams, who served on the president’s voter fraud task force, has reached a settlement agreement with four voters who sued Adams after he and his organization the Public Interest Legal Foundation produced reports in 2016 and 2017 alleging to show thousands of cases of voter fraud.  As part of the settlement, Adams must apologize to the plaintiffs and his group also agreed to remove the personal information of the accused from the reports and add a statement to the front of them acknowledging that they falsely accused people of being noncitizens. Adams and his group agreed to redact personal information for any future reports they produce on noncitizen registration in Virginia.

Wisconsin: Milwaukee resident Brandon Baker has pleaded guilty to two gun charges and drug-related charges which stem from an incident on Election Day when he threatened go into a polling place to “air it out,” which police understood to mean opening fire in the polling place.

Tech Thursday

New Apps: Designed by 17-year-old Zev Dickstein Shaprio, the new Turnout app, set to launch this fall, will serve as a niche social network for young activists according to Teen Vogue. The app connects local youth organizers, informs young people about events going on in the area, and provides resources for actions like voter registration and reaching out to legislators.

Iowa: The secretary of state’s office confirmed this week that the state’s 14-year-old voter registration system — I-Voters — will remain in place through the 2020 election cycle. Spokesman Kevin Hall told The Associated Press the office is still in the information-gathering phase of the project. He says the state plans to solicit information from potential vendors soon and later move forward with a bidding process. Hall told the AP the project will cost millions and “we owe it to the voters of Iowa to build it responsibly with the future of elections and security in mind.”

Utah: Utah County announced this week that they would be the latest jurisdiction to pilot blockchain voting for their military and overseas voters. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, about 58 voters will be able to take advantage of the program during the municipal primaries. “It’s not a ton [of people] but it is enough that it helps with efficiency and manpower,” Utah County Clerk Amelia Powers told the paper. “Even one voter overseas deserves to be able to cast their ballot anonymously and safely.” Like West Virginia and Denver, Utah County will be working with Voatz to provide the service.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Vendors | Election funding | Election security, II, III, IV | Voter fraud

Arizona: Maricopa County

California: Election security, II

Florida: Early voting |  Ex-felon voting rights, II | Election security

Georgia: Secretary of state

Mississippi: Voting system

Montana: Secretary of state

New Jersey: Vote-by-mail

New York: Court fees;

North Carolina: Voter ID

Oklahoma: List maintenance, II

Pennsylvania: Equipment, II | Straight-ticket voting

South Carolina: Polling places

Washington: Voting system, II, III

Upcoming Events

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.

NSGIC Elections GeoSummit: The Elections GeoSummit brings together the nation’s leaders in elections management and geographic information systems (GIS) to share leading-edge findings and craft best practices to enhance election systems through 2020 and beyond. The event represents the culmination of NSGIC’s two-year Geo-Enabled Elections project, and features agenda highlights including learnings and best practices from states working to integrate GIS in Elections. Wisconsin Election Administrator Meagan Wolfe will be the keynote speaker. When: August 14. Where: Washington, DC.

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.

CTCL Post-Election Audits Online Series: The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is launching a 3-course online series on Post-Election Audits, in partnership with Jennifer Morrell and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). Whether you conduct traditional audits, risk-limiting audits, or none at all, this curriculum will empower you to conduct more rigorous post-election audits and boost public trust. Each 90 minute course costs $50 per attendee. Where: Online. When. Aug. 20-27.

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.

Assistant Director of Logistics and Warehouse Management, Maricopa County, Arizona — The Assistant Director for Logistics and Warehouse Management works collaboratively to support the acquisition of voting sites, and the preparation, packaging, delivery, pick-up, inventory, and storage of Election’s Department supplies and voting equipment. During election cycles responsibilities will be focused on directing logistics and warehouse operations to optimize and organize the flow of delivery to ensure equipment and supplies are safely and efficiently delivered to and returned from early voting and Election Day polling locations.  This individual will also be responsible for working with staff to support the delivery and pickup of supplies and equipment, inventory tracking, and maintenance of equipment. Salary: $72,092-$111,425. Deadline: July 29. Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.

Bilingual Resources and Marketing Specialist, Gwinnett County, Georgia —  Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections is responsible for planning and organizing all election voter-related activities and assist Gwinnett’s cities and special districts with election preparations. The division is comprised of staff that are proud to be part of a team that works together to assure that every vote counts. This position will be responsible for marketing and outreach for our Elections Division. The incumbent will create marketing material, work with community partners/organizations and conduct outreach related to Gwinnett County’s Election Division and the Bilingual Election Law (Sec. 203 of the Voting Rights Act). The incumbent must be proficient in oral, written and reading comprehension of the Spanish language. The primary responsibility for this position will be to educate and inform various community organizations, registered and prospective voters about election processes in both English and Spanish. The incumbent will also be required to set up and take down tables, display boards and various marketing materials for public events. Salary: $42,1620 $48,486. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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.

Elections Director, Ada County, Idaho— The Elections Director collaborates with the Clerk of the District and Chief Deputy to plan, oversee, and administer elections for over 200,000 registered voters across 150 precincts. The Elections Director is responsible for ensuring all of the necessary resources are acquired and in place, poll workers are well prepared, and that Ada County’s elections are conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner that leaves Ada County voters with the upmost confidence in the elections process.The Elections Director is expected to exercise independent judgment and discretion, under the general direction of the Clerk of the District Court & Chief Deputy, to manage the administration of all federal, state, county and local district elections. The Director is responsible for planning, designing, and carrying out programs, projects, studies or other work related to election administration within Ada County. Salary: $77,500-$87,500 annually. Deadline: August 19th, 2019. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Supervisor, Community Services, Gwinnett County, Georgia— The elections supervisor is responsible for supervising lower levels, overseeing the day-to-day management of the elections section and ensuring that the section operates in compliance with state and federal laws. The incumbent will read and interpret federal election laws, the Georgia constitution and statutes, secretary of state directives, county resolutions, and ordinances to ensure division compliance. This position is responsible for outreach/education programs including bilingual voter outreach, voter information development, and preparation of voting materials such as brochures, sample ballots, etc. The supervisor will also ensure that the programs and policies are being implemented and adjusted as necessary to ensure compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.  Salary: $74,940-$88,055. Deadline: July 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Associate, Elections Policy, The Democracy Fund — Democracy Fund’s Elections team is seeking a Program Associate to promote and advocate for national issues in voting policy, particularly election law and election cybersecurity policy. This role presents a unique opportunity to blend philanthropy, policy development, and legislative advocacy. The successful candidate will be passionate about educating leaders, officials, and the public on the urgent need for election reform and the danger that attacks on the electoral process pose to our democracy. he Program Associate will focus on increasing the public’s trust in elections, improving election security, advancing policies and practices that make elections more accessible, and reducing attempts to change election law for partisan benefit. Day-to-day tasks will include grantmaking, policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, and developing innovative approaches to reduce real or perceived threats to American elections. We are looking for candidates who are determined to help our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess several years of experience working on voting or election policy and leading advocacy or legislative policy change. The successful candidate will have a track record of working well with others to get things done in a complex, fast-paced environment and will thrive as part of a small, highly collaborative team. The Program Associate will report to the Associate Director, Elections. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Director, National Voter Registration Day — We are seeking a Program Director to organize and rally key national partners around one of the most prominent and important civic holidays in the nation – National Voter Registration Day – held on the fourth Tuesday of every September. In 2020, we aim to break past years’ records and register over one million voters with the help of over 50 major national partners and 4,500 field partners. To do this we require a creative and entrepreneurial Program Director with sincere people skills and a passion for civic engagement and democracy. Salary: $68,000 and $76,000. 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.

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.


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