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August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019

In Focus This Week

Perspective: State of the Military Voter in 2019 and Beyond
By David Beirne, director
Federal Voting Assistance Program

David Beirne, director of FVAP.

As Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), I help lead the nation’s efforts to ensure that Americans around the world — military members, their families and other overseas citizens — can exercise their voting rights under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

The work is especially rewarding to me because I’ve been in the field in many different capacities over the years: as a local election official in Florida and Texas, as a representative of election technology companies after the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and as a contributor to the Pew/Google partnership that created the Voting Information Project. All of these roles over twenty years of experience in election administration have given me a deep appreciation for all the people who do the work to make elections happen and a unique perspective on what FVAP does to assist them and their voters worldwide. 

While Election Day is always exciting for the FVAP team, we also look forward to the summer following a federal election because it gives us an opportunity to share our progress with data and analysis from our regular Post-Election Voting Surveys (PEVS) of active duty military, voting assistance officers and state election officials. This year’s PEVS was especially meaningful because it took place a decade after passage of the 2009 The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act which dramatically improved access to registration and absentee ballots for military and overseas voters. FVAP summarized the results in its regular Report to Congress and created a new look at the data called “State of the Military Voter.”.

The State of the Military Voter in 2018 found that life for military voters has improved significantly in the last 10 years.

 However, challenges remain; in particular, while participation rates among active duty military voters improved from 2014 to 2018, they fell behind increases in domestic civilian participation rates even when you control for demographic differences between the two populations. This represents one of the biggest challenges for FVAP as we are not a Get-Out-The-Vote operation, but one focused on raising awareness of the various absentee voting resources available to these voters.

Consequently, we’re continuing our work to reach those military voters — especially younger and first-time voters — by alerting them to the resources that can help them register and vote, including the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which doubles as a registration form and absentee ballot request for UOCAVA voters. Only by raising awareness, can FVAP fulfill its mission and support those who have an interest in voting.

As a former election official, I know how much state and local election offices want to help their military and overseas voters and how much FVAP relies on their passion for these voters. FVAP will continue to work with those offices to ensure that UOCAVA voters can find and use the information they need to get and cast a ballot in 2020 and beyond. In addition, we’re working with election officials and the Council on State Governments to promote policies that improve the absentee voting process — like Montana’s recent legislation allowing UOCAVA voters to digitally sign registration and voting materials using their secure Common Access Card.

I’m also excited about our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of data on UOCAVA voters, particularly a program FVAP is piloting that collects standard data from the states on UOCAVA voting transactions to identify individual drivers for success or failure. Using records of voting transactions, rather than relying on voters’ sometimes imperfect or incomplete recollections, will help us determine how best to serve voters around the world. For FVAP it is important to the voters’ experience to find out if their absentee ballots ultimately were counted or rejected.

Finally, we are closely monitoring the current international negotiations regarding the Universal Postal Union and will assist election officials and their overseas voters with understanding any changes in the voting process and will post official guidance on FVAP.gov/UPU as we receive it.  FVAP is working closely with its federal partners to ensure ballots are transmitted as seamlessly as possible.

We know that life for military and overseas voters has improved tremendously in the last 10 years — but as another presidential election approaches, we know there is still work to do. I have great confidence that the state of the military voter — and all Americans around the world — will continue to improve in 2020 and beyond, but only as we continue to work closely with our state and local election officials and support our Voting Assistance Officers across the Armed Services and the State Department.


Election Security Updates

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission recently held an Election Security Forum which included secretaries of state and representatives from government and voting system manufacturers and testing laboratories. State officials who spoke — Connecticut’s Denise Merrill and Louisiana’s Kyle Ardoin both stressed the need more federal funds and more clear standards from the federal government. Ardoin and Merrill pointed out while they need more funds and standards, given the diversity of election administration in the country, they also both stressed the importance of more leeway from the federal government in how states spend their allotted funding.

Brookings has a new survey out on how Americans feel about the potential threat to our democracy. While the nation seems split on whether or not foreign interference is a threat, they are united on the need for the government to take action. According to the survey, 58 percent believe the U.S. government should provide additional funding to the states to help them upgrade the security of their election equipment, 19 percent do not, and 23 percent are unsure. Sixty percent also think the U.S. government should offer additional technical expertise to the states to help them upgrade their electoral machines, 17 percent do not, and 23 percent are unsure.

While the Senate is still on summer recess, a conservative group — Republicans for the Rule of Law — is unveiling ads that will run in Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina and Oklahoma that the group hopes will urge Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a vote, urging them “don’t let Mitch McConnell stand in your way.” The group is also re-airing a 60-second ad that calls on McConnell to act.

Election News This Week

In 2018  Randolph County, Georgia made headlines for attempting to shutter seven of nine precincts in the majority African-American county. The county has cited cost-savings as the need to close the polling places. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the precincts are housed in aluminum buildings that serve as volunteer fire stations and many of those buildings are in need of repair to make them accessible. This week, the board of elections voted 3-0 to shut down three overwhelmingly white precincts that lacked accommodations for people with disabilities. The move is expected to save the county $4,500 per election. “The public was more in agreement,” Michelle Graham, a member of the elections board, told the paper. “They gave suggestions about which ones they didn’t want closed, and we listened.” In all, 447 white voters and 54 black voters will be reassigned to other precincts.

In addition to announcing new legislation that he hopes will improve the state’s voter rolls, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced this week that nearly 10,000 people who had been contacted through the state’s “Registration Reset” program have taken action to avoid having their voter registration cancelled for inactivity. Advocates are still concerned that there are nearly 225,000 people who may be purged when the Sept. 6 purge deadline arrives.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate turned voting rights activist Stacey Abrams announced the launch of a new voting rights initiation — Fair Fight 2020 — this week. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fair Fight 2020 is a multimillion-dollar effort to set up voter protection programs in a group of mostly battleground states.

Earlier this summer, we featured a piece about several suffrage exhibits at Washington, D.C. museums, but you don’t have to travel all the way to D.C. to learn about suffrage. Nebraska, which ratified the 19th Amendment more than a year before it became law, has a new exhibit, “Votes for Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Story” at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. “Woman Suffrage in North Dakota” recently opened in North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. The fight for suffrage in North Dakota began in 1883 when legislation was approved giving women the right to vote in school elections.

An interesting story this week about Harding County, New Mexico that had had nearly 100 percent voter for the last four election seasons. By comparison, New Mexico had 62 percent overall in 2016. While Harding has just under 500 voting-age residents, it’s still pretty impressive and a fun story. “We know most of the people in the county. Anybody new come in, we’re sending them a registration already,” County Clerk CK Garrison told OZY.

Personnel News: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs as the state’s next secretary of state. Ruggero Hughes has chaired the state’s Workforce Commission since 2018. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar have been named co-chairs of the NASS Elections Committee. Margetta Hill has been appointed the new Victoria County, Texas elections administrator. Congratulations to Lafourche Parish Registrar Mike Boudreaux for receiving his CERA certification this week. Hugh Steele is resigning from the Newton County, Georgia board of elections as 21 years as chairman. Marathon County, Wisconsin Nan Kottke is retiring after 48 years of service to the county. Olivia Oxendine has resigned from the Robeson County board of elections.

In Memoriam: Barbara J. Gross, former long-time Morgan County, Illinois clerk has died. She was 90. Gross served as clerk from 1974 to 2010. She was re-elected eight times before she retired. According to WLDS, born, raised, and educated in Jacksonville, Gross was a well-known public servant in several capacities besides politics. She served on the boards of the Educational Day Care Center, the American Red Cross, the Girl Scouts and the Jacksonville Library. She also volunteered for such worthwhile causes as the Morgan County United Way, the Heart Fund, and the American Cancer Society.

Nancy Spina Tatano, former Stamford, Connecticut Republican registrar of voters died on August 16. She was 102. Tatano served as Stamford’s Republican registrar for 37 years. She was the first woman to hold the office of President of the Connecticut Registrar of Voters Association.

Legislative Updates

California: The push to lower the voting age from 18 to 17 passed a key legislative committee last week and may go before the voters to decide. Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 both propose allowing a 17-year-old to vote. ACA 4 would allow them to vote in a primary or special election if they will turn 18 by the general election. ACA 8 would allow a 17-year-old to vote in all elections. If ACA 4 passes it would require voter approval in order to take effect.

Illinois: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation into law designed to expand voting rights and civic engagement for those in the state’s criminal justice system. SB2090 directs county jails and local election officials to establish a process that allows detainees awaiting trial to cast their ballots during elections. It also directs the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and county jails to provide a voter registration application and detailed information about their voting rights. House Bill 2541 provides re-entering citizens with a non-partisan civics peer education program within 12 months of discharge from IDOC or Department of Juvenile Justice.

Maine: A referendum to extend ranked-choice voting to all city council and board of education races in Portland failed to get enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot in November City Clerk Katherine Jones told the Press Herald. The petitions for ranked-choice voting fell about 400 signatures short of the required number after more than 1,000 were disqualified by the clerk’s office as duplicates or for not matching the names of registered voters.

New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed SB 67 which was approved by the Legislature to undo a 2018 law that requires that students and others registering to vote just before the election or at the polls be informed that voting here would trigger the requirement they obtain driving licenses and have their cars registered in the Granite State.

North Carolina: Senate Bill 250 has received tentative approval in the House. The bill would require local elections boards to compare jury duty excuses to the state’s voting rolls and look for non-citizens. The bill would not require election officials to remove people in bulk, only to take lists of people disqualified from jury duty because they’re not a U.S. citizen and use that “to conduct efforts to remove names.”

Ohio: A bipartisan bill backed by Secretary of State Frank LaRose would require license-bureau clerks to attempt to collect information that could then be used to update a resident’s voting address. The information then ​would appear on an electronic screen the voter could approve, compared to the current system, which uses a paper form.

Wyoming: The state’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations unanimously passed draft bill language that would allow tribal citizens to use their tribe-issued ID to register to vote as long as it is presented with either a valid driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. The committee voted to ask the Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee to take up and sponsor the legislation this fall.

Legal Updates

California: Richard Davis, 68 of Pacific Grove has been sentenced to three years of probation after he admitted to registering his dead father and two dogs to vote. He was convicted of voter registration fraud.

Florida: In the fight over whether or not formerly incarcerated residents should be required dto repay all their court fees, fines and restitution, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said he wants both sides to address an issue that hasn’t been dealt with: whether Amendment 4 itself is unconstitutional, and what it would mean if it is.

Georgia: U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled last week that Georgia voters may cast ballots on the state’s “unsecure, unreliable and grossly outdated” electronic voting machines in 2019, but that new machines must be in place by 2019.  “Georgia’s current voting equipment, software, election and voter databases are antiquated, seriously flawed and vulnerable to failure, breach, contamination and attack,” Totenberg wrote in her ruling.

On Friday, a day after Totenberg’s ruling a group of voters and advocates filed suit seeking to stop the state from using the new $107 million voting system that it just purchased.

Maryland: U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander has ruled that Montgomery County must provide its voter list to Judicial Watch.

Missouri: In October of 2018, an appeals court said a lawsuit challenging the state’s voter ID law could proceed and that trial kicked off this in Cole County in front of Circuit Judge Jon Beetem. The suit, brought by host of voting advocates argues that the state’s ID law was not sufficiently implemented causing confusion for voters and poll workers. 

New Jersey: Frank Raia, who was recently convicted of orchestrating a citywide voter bribery scheme in Hoboken is pushing for a new trial contending that the jury’s guilty verdict went against the weight of evidence.

Tennessee: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and several other voter registration organizations are suing to stop the state’s new registration restrictions that are set to take effect in October. In a recent filing, the Lawyers’ Committee wrote that Tennessee’s new law has left the groups that filed the lawsuit with the choice of either halting or significantly scaling back voter registration efforts ahead of the 2020 elections because of the financial risks and exposure to possible criminal prosecution.

Tech Thursday

Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this week that Florida will officially become the 29th state, and the District of Columbia, to join ERIC, the national voter registration database.

South Carolina: The South Carolina Election Commission has rolled out a new website in advance of the 2020 election cycle. Officials say visitors to the upgraded website will have a new look but residents will still be able to access all of the same features and content as the previous site. In addition to an updated look, officials with the Election Commission say the new site is more secure, more accessible, and easier for administrators as well as the the public to use.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Stacey Abrams, II, III | Suffrage | Election security | Election legislation | Paper ballots | Student voting

Arizona: Election protection

Arkansas: Ranked choice voting

California: Motor voter, II

Florida: Broward County | ERIC

Georgia: Chatham County | Voter suppression | Voting system

Illinois: Voting Rights Act

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Massachusetts: Ranked choice voting

Michigan: Absentee voting

Montana: Secretary of state

Nevada: Election legislation

New York: Local elections

North Carolina: Voting equipment

Ohio: Voting rights | Summit County | List maintenance

Pennsylvania: Voting machines, II, III, IV

South Carolina: Election security

Tennessee: Voting rights, II | Turnout

Texas: Obstacles to voting | Secretary of state

Utah: Voter fraud

Virginia: Vote counting | Poll workers

West Virginia: Secretary of state | Elections matter

Wisconsin: Election security

Upcoming Events

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.

2019 APSA Annual Meeting— Join us August 29 – September 1, 2019, in Washington, DC for the 115th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2019 theme, “Populism and Privilege.” APSA and the 2019 Program Chairs Amel Ahmed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington, look forward to your participation in panels and sessions prepared by APSA’s 56 divisions and numerous related groups at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting. The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreman, and Washington Hilton. Where: Washington, D.C. When: August 29-September 1.

NCSL Redistricting Seminar — It’s almost time to redraw districts—and it’s definitely time to plan for it. When it comes to redistricting, the learning curve is steep. Let the National Conference of State Legislatures help you and your team prepare for this complex, once-a-decade task. Where: Columbus, Ohio. When: October 24-27.

IGO 2020 Mid-Winter Conference — The International Association of Government Officials will hold its 2020 Mid-Winter Conference in Isle of Palms, South Carolina in January of 2020. Check back here for more details as they become available.  Where: Isle of Palms, South Carolina. When: Jan. 20-24.

NASED Winter 2020 — Twice a year, the National Association of State Election Directors members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration.  Members of the public are welcome to attend at the non-member registration rate. Check back here for more information about the Winter 2020 Conference. Where: Washington, DC. When: January 30-February 2.

NASS Winter 2020 — The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold their Winter 2020 conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s West End. Check back here for more information about the Winter 2020 conference when it becomes available. Where: Washington, D.C. When: January 30-February 2.

Job Postings This Week

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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.

Civic Design Researcher, Center for Civic Design — Do you have a special mix of government experience with so much skill at qualitative user research and usability testing that you appear to do it effortlessly?  Love mashing up qualitative research methods to answer a Big Question? Have experience managing delicate stakeholder relationships? Ever had to face a steep learning curve to get the work done? Tell us about it. The right person cares deeply about plain language, usability, and accessibility—and is excited about solving wicked problems to make it easier for voters to vote the way they intend. 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 Specialist, Pinal County, Arizona — Perform a variety of paraprofessional and technical functions in the administration and support of the elections functions for Pinal County under general supervision. Prepare contacts, assign poll worker notices, create notices advising poll workers to which Voting Precincts they have been assigned, and review and verify that confirmation from poll worker is received by deadline. Coordinate payroll for poll workers, in-house election boards, and troubleshooters and prepare payments for poll workers. Conduct poll worker classes and update poll worker instruction manual based on changes in legislation, equipment, etc. for each election cycle. Submit agenda items to approve poll worker assignments, polling locations, canvassing, and other assignments and conduct election troubleshooter training on proper Election Day procedures. Contract with various entities for the use of buildings for polling locations, research area to be voted in, and locate facilities with adequate space for use on Election Day. Coordinate and send notices to all cities, towns, school districts, and special taxing districts advising of the dates for the upcoming year and provide a time schedule to submit requests to the department for election assistance. Draft and publish required legal notices in local newspapers. Process and submit accounts payable, federal grant reports and billing, and other various reporting to the State election division for processing. Provide basic technical support to the automated electronic voting machines and ensure voting equipment is maintained and operates properly for election. Assist with ballot creation duties including proofreading all ballot styles, sending ballot proofs to candidates and jurisdictions, working with translators for accurate translations, and creating and reviewing ballot orders. Assist with ballot tabulation duties, including election night reporting, post-election audits, hand counts, and preparation of the official election canvass documents. Assemble election supply cages for every polling place that includes voting materials and needed supplies for Election Day, and assist with delivery to and from the polling places. Assist with customer service duties via email, phone, face-to-face interactions and public records requests. Assist with candidate filings, nomination papers, financial disclosure statements along with campaign finance reports. May transport inmates from County jail to assist with general labor needs.  Salary: $39,411 – $44,337. Deadline: August 29. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Global Election Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor, IFES — IFES seeks a Global Election Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor to counter evolving threats to democratic processes stemming from changes in election technology and cyber vulnerabilities. This individual will work closely with frontline defenders and elections experts around the world to help democratic institutions flourish in the face of rising anti-democratic trends. IFES’ Election Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor understands the unique and varying dimensions of cybersecurity in the elections context, and has demonstrated expertise and innovation in analyzing threats and proposing and implementing solutions to mitigate or manage those threats. He or she is an expert in election technologies and cybersecurity. As such, he or she understands the institutions and processes involved in elections, has demonstrated an ability to partner closely with relevant actors globally, and is oriented toward countering current challenges as well as anticipating future threats. At the same time, he or she understands the critical importance of transparency and verifiability in the elections context and how to advance these principles without compromising security. He or she understands the cross-cutting nature of election technology and model’s collaboration with electoral advisors in other technical fields such as legal/regulatory reform, inclusive political processes, and strategic communications. He or she maintains strategic relationships with a range of actors, such as governments, donors, EMBs, judiciaries, INGOs, foundations, technology vendors and other technology actors. He or she is actively tracking next generation challenges such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing – and the challenges they might pose for the electoral process. The Global Election Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor will report to the Senior Director (Applied Research, Learning and Strategy) in the Center for Applied Research and Learning. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Global New Media and Disinformation Advisor, IFES — IFES’ New Media and Disinformation Advisor is an expert in new media and the challenges stemming from disinformation in political and electoral contexts. As such, he or she has a deep understanding of how new media is being used in the context of elections around the world, with a commitment to confronting existing challenges as well as anticipating tomorrow’s threats. This individual is well-versed in the dynamics of major social media platforms, understands challenges and developments in the regulation of these platforms, and closely follows the emergence of the next generation of challenges in this space. He or she is also versed in the technological shifts underpinning this issue set, including data-mining and privacy, artificial intelligence, deep fakes and quantum computing that will enable a forward-looking perspective on emerging threats to electoral processes stemming from technological changes. He or she understands the cross-cutting nature of new media challenges and models collaboration with regional experts and electoral advisors in other technical fields such a legal/regulatory reform, cybersecurity, inclusion, and public outreach. He or she maintains strategic relationships with a range of actors working or thinking in this space, such as governments, technology and new media companies, donors, election administrators, judiciaries, INGOs, academics and foundations. The Global New Media and Disinformation Advisor will report to the Senior Director (Applied Research, Learning and Strategy) in the Center for Applied Research and Learning. 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 Developer, North Carolina State Board of Elections— The North Carolina State Board of Elections is seeking applicants for a “Software Developer” position.  The purpose of this position is to design, develop, and test the business requirements to be executed in supporting IT projects for the NC State Board of Elections, primarily by working on the Statewide Elections Information Management Systems (SEIMS) and Campaign Finance (CF) suites of applications. The employee will serve as one of the software developers performing development, maintenance, documentation, and testing, as well as providing user support as needed. Salary: $46,561-$76,065. Deadline: August 23. 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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