In Focus This Week
End of summer doesn’t mean end of reading
Book recommendations to prepare for the centennial of suffrage
By M. Mindy Moretti
This week marks the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which ultimately gave women the right to vote.
Throughout the summer, in electionline Weekly and the Daily News, we’ve been highlighting what groups have been doing to celebrate the upcoming centennial of suffrage. In May we highlighted several national exhibits focusing on the centennial. In June we asked the nation’s top female election officials to talk about what suffrage means to them.
This week, although summer reading season unofficially ends this weekend, we thought we would highlight a handful of books about suffrage that you can add to your reading list.
From Elaine Weiss’” The Woman’s Hour”, which reads like a page turning novel about the race to get the last state necessary — Tennessee — to ratify the 19th Amendment, to Faye E. Dudden’s “Fighting Chance” which looks at the divide between white and black suffragists to Sen. Kristen Gilibrand’s “Bold and Brave,” a book for young adults, we’ve tried to offer you a little bit of everything. And just for kicks we’ve also included information about “The Woman Suffrage Cook Book” because old recipes are fun to explore.
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
March 5, 2019
Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state–Tennessee–is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis”–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.
When Women Vote
Amber McReynolds and Stephanie Donner
Due out November 1, 2019
When Women Vote highlights the challenges Americans, particularly women, face in the current voting process and the amazing things that happen with reform. We make the case for further voting reform by sharing stories and experiences of women voters and leaders throughout the United States. When Women Vote includes interviews with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement
Sally Roesch Wagner, editor
March 5, 2019
Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries, The Women’s Suffrage Movement is a comprehensive and singular volume with a distinctive focus on incorporating race, class, and gender, and illuminating minority voices. This one-of-a-kind intersectional anthology features the writings of the most well-known suffragists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, alongside accounts of those often overlooked because of their race, from Native American women to African American suffragists like Ida B. Wells and the three Forten sisters. At a time of enormous political and social upheaval, there could be no more important book than one that recognizes a group of exemplary women–in their own words–as they paved the way for future generations. The editor and introducer, Sally Roesch Wagner, is a pre-eminent scholar of the diverse backbone of the women’s suffrage movement, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and serves on the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission.
Faye E. Dudden
Oxford University Press
Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
The advocates of woman suffrage and black suffrage came to a bitter falling-out in the midst of Reconstruction, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton opposed the Fifteenth Amendment for granting black men the right to vote but not women. How did these two causes, so long allied, come to this? This book offers answers to this question and reveals that racism was not the only cause, but that the outcome also depended heavily on money and political maneuver. The book shows that Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, believing they had a fighting chance to win woman suffrage after the Civil War, tried but failed to exploit windows of political opportunity, especially in Kansas. When they became most desperate, they succeeded only in selling out their long-held commitment to black rights and their invaluable friendship and alliance with Frederick Douglass.
African American Women in the Struggle to Vote
Indiana University Press
Second Printing edition (May 22, 1998)
This comprehensive look at the African American women who fought for the right to vote analyzes the women’s own stories and examines why they joined and how they participated in the U.S. women’s suffrage movement. Terborg-Penn shows how every political and racial effort to keep African American women disfranchised met with their active resistance until black women finally achieved full citizenship.
Why They Marched
Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
May 6, 2019
For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. But Susan Ware uncovered a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. Why They Marched is a tribute to the many women who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.
Ware tells her story through the lives of nineteen activists, most of whom have long been overlooked. We meet Mary Church Terrell, a multilingual African American woman; Rose Schneiderman, a labor activist building coalitions on New York’s Lower East Side; Claiborne Catlin, who toured the Massachusetts countryside on horseback to drum up support for the cause; Mary Johnston, an aristocratic novelist bucking the Southern ruling elite; Emmeline W. Wells, a Mormon woman in a polygamous marriage determined to make her voice heard; and others who helped harness a groundswell of popular support. We also see the many places where the suffrage movement unfolded―in church parlors, meeting rooms, and the halls of Congress, but also on college campuses and even at the top of Mount Rainier. Few corners of the United States were untouched by suffrage activism.
Ware’s deeply moving stories provide a fresh account of one of the most significant moments of political mobilization in American history. The dramatic, often joyous experiences of these women resonate powerfully today, as a new generation of young women demands to be heard.
Roses and Radicals
Susan Zimet and Todd Hasak-Lowy
Viking Books for Young Readers
January 16, 2018
The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.
And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.
The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn’t live to cast a ballot.
The story of women’s suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it. Illustrated with portraits, period cartoons, and other images, Roses and Radicals celebrates this captivating yet overlooked piece of American history and the women who made it happen.
Votes for Women!
Algonquin Young Readers
February 13, 2018
For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified at last. To achieve that victory, some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes even broke the law—for more than eight decades.
From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, to Sojourner Truth and her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, to Alice Paul, arrested and force-fed in prison, this is the story of the American women’s suffrage movement and the private lives that fueled its leaders’ dedication. Votes for Women! explores suffragists’ often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the intersecting temperance and abolition campaigns, and includes an unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in women’s fight for the vote.
Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
Kristen Gillibrand and Maria Kalman
Knopf Books for Young Readers
November 13, 2018
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave–to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what’s right–women who taught each generation that followed how to be bold and brave.
Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women–a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. Senator Gillibrand highlights an important and pithy lesson from each woman’s life–from “dare to be different” to “fight together.”
The Woman Suffrage Cook Book
Hattie Burr, editor
Originally published in 1886; Facsimile edition (January 29, 2019)
Originally published in 1886, this collection of recipes and miscellaneous tips and tricks is a volume published almost entirely by women for women. The book was launched to raise funds for the women’s suffrage movement and to communicate―in the shared, common language of a cookbook―that a woman’s place at the polls was not a replacement for her place at the home.
Included in the long list of contributors are the names of housewives, doctors, political writers, and prominent suffragists like Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and Frances Willard. Contained in this volume are not just the instructions for preparing classics like “Rebel Soup,” “Election Cake,” or “Gravy as Mother Did it,” but also tips for plain living and high thinking. The final pages include a section entitled, “Eminent Opinions on Woman Suffrage.” The collective effort in compiling, publishing, and distributing this ground-breaking cookbook bolstered practical skills for the women involved, and affirmed their ability to juggle civic and domestic duties almost as delicately as juggling eggs.
Election Security Updates
According to CNN, the Department of Homeland Security is creating a program to keep voter registration databases from being infected with ransomware. The program, which will consist of outreach to state and local government officials, will launch in roughly a month, an agency spokesman confirmed. “Recent history has shown that state and county governments and those who support them are targets for ransomware attacks. Voter registration databases could be an attractive target for these attacks,” Chris Krebs, DHS’s top cyber official, said in a statement provided to CNN.
The effort to counter ransomware-style cyberattacks aimed at the election runs parallel to a larger intelligence community directive to determine the most likely vectors of digital attack in the November 2020 election, current and former U.S. officials told CNBC.
“It is imperative that states and municipalities limit the availability of information about electoral systems or administrative processes and secure their websites and databases that could be exploited,” the FBI said in a statement, supporting the Homeland Security initiative.
A new poll out from USA Today/Suffolk University found that 40 percent of registered voters are concerned about the integrity of the results of the 2020 election. Asked how they would feel if their preferred candidate were to lose next year’s election, 20 percent of those polled said they would be “not very confident” that the 2020 election “had been conducted in a fair-and-square way.” Eighteen percent said they would be “not at all confident” if their candidate lost
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has donated $250,000 to the National Election Defense coalition, a nonprofit group that focuses on making voting machines more accurate, more trustworthy and better able to resist hackers.
“Attacks against our voting system and voting rights put the integrity of this country’s democracy in serious jeopardy,” Newmark said in an email exchange with the San Francisco Chronicle. “Election officials and other organizations that help to facilitate our voting process can be at risk of hacking by foreign and domestic adversaries.”
2019 Elections Updates
Alabama: Poll workers removed memory devices from voting machines before information was downloaded causing a delay in results Tuesday for the city election, Montgomery County Elections Director Darryl Parker said according to The Montgomery Advertiser. “The sticks had been taken out of the tabulators before the information was completely downloaded,” Parker said at a news conference
Mississippi: Tuesday was primary runoff day in The Magnolia State and things did not go according to plan in a few locations. In Lafayette County, voters complained about DRE machines not allowing them to select their candidates. A county tech determined it was a calibration issue and the machines in question was back in service within 30 minutes. Voters in Calhoun County complained of similar problems, but a county technician could not find any problems, still the county chose to remove the machine in question from service. In Hinds County, there were issues with the e-poll books that seemed to allow Democrats who had voted in the Democratic primary to then vote in the Republican runoff. The “party lock” on the ES&S machines was not working according to Pete Perry, Hinds County Republican Party chairman. And in Lamar County, the Lamar Park voting precinct which had been the site of the most recent “cars into polling places” incident, was back up and running for the runoff this week.
Election News This Week
Harris County, Texas has one of the largest Vietnamese populations with about 91,000 people and for the first time the county is offering deputy voter registrar training in Vietnamese. According to Houston Public Media, more than 25 people attended the the first training in Vietnamese. “We have a large Vietnamese community and there’s a lot of language barriers. To be able to have it in Vietnamese, really helps a great deal to really understand the importance of voter registration,” said Janette Diep, executive director of the Vietnamese-American non-profit Boat People SOS, which hosted the training. Diep told HPM that she’s seen how language barriers can get in the way of voter registration. “A lot of times they [Vietnamese-Americans] get the card in English and they’re afraid to fill it out because it might be incorrect and then they don’t submit it. With this, when you have someone to assist you and to also hand it in to the registrar’s office, means this person’s going to be registered and they’re going to get a voter card,” said Diep. The county also began offering voter registration training in Chinese for the first time.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, through the Georgia Open Records Act, has received 15,500 pages of documents detailing the 2018 election and potential voting irregularities that may have resulted in 80,000 fewer votes in the race for lieutenant governor. The documents were also turned over to the House Oversight and Reform Committee. According to the paper, while the secretary of state’s office has not opened an investigation into the election, the Georgia Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the lieutenant governor’s race. The decline in votes showed up on ballots cast on the state’s electronic voting machines in 101 of Georgia’s 159 counties. On paper absentee ballots, there wasn’t a significant decline in votes cast for lieutenant governor. “Was this completely voter behavior and confusion, or was there something in the machine software or hardware to cause this to happen?” Chris Brill, a senior data analyst for TargetSmart told the paper. “I’ve never seen a drop-off pattern like this, ever.”
Election Office News: Expansions at the St. Charles Parish, Louisiana Courthouse will nearly double the space available for the registrar of voters office. “It will make it more convenient for people to come in and early vote,” Registrar Brian Champagne told the St. Charles Herald. “They’ll have more space and, hopefully, make the process work better.” The McDowell County, North Carolina Board of Elections has a new home which is not only larger than their old space, but is more accessible to the public with ample parking. “We’re so excited about the accessibility,” County Commission Chairman David Walker told the McDowell News. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to vote.” And the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office has officially moved from its temporary location to its new permanent location in downtown Cheyenne on the first floor of the Herschler Building, right next to the capitol.
Heck yeah! While we’ll miss the famous Blue Dog “I Voted” sticker, we are happy to report that Louisiana voters will once again be receiving an “I Voted” sticker when they cast their ballots. This week Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin unveiled the new stickers created by Lafayette artist Tony Bernard. This year’s sticker has a pelican on a State of Louisiana seal. The pelican is wearing a crown with an image of the state on it. The pelican also sports an earring. “We’re thrilled with this year’s sticker, and even more excited to see pictures of voters across social media platforms on Election Day,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “Voting is an integral part of democracy, and the stickers will be a visual representation of a vote cast.”
Move over pineapple and pizza! In the great chicken sandwich wars of 2019 it appears that in Charlotte, North Carolina democracy was the winner. Over the weekend as residents lined up outside of Popeyes to try the chain’s new chicken sandwich, on civically-minded teenager had an idea—why not get all those waiting folks to register to vote! “I decided to register people to vote after I saw there was a lack of young people politically involved,” 17-year-old David Ledbetter told WCNC. He registered 16 people to vote on Saturday. “I believe that it is our duty to vote as American citizens and it would be wrong not to exercise our political voice,” Ledbetter said.
Personnel News: Ashely Pate Tew has resigned as the Sampson County, North Carolina board of elections director. Rochester Hills, Michigan City Clerk Tina Barton was appointed to the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors Rob Schwarting has been appointed the Republican commissioner of the Yates County, New York Board of Elections. James Scheuerman has been nominated to serve as the Nassau County, New York Democratic elections commissioner. Hugh Steele has resigned as the chair of the Newton County, Georgia board of elections. Jackson County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Sylvia Stevens has served the county for the past 30 years but announced this week that she will not seek another term. Congratulations to Branch County, Michigan Clerk Terry Kubasiak for being named the Michigan Association of County Clerks Clerk of the Year. Marisa Crispell has resigned as the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania election director. Sarah Kneuss has resigned as the Tuscarawas County, Ohio elections deputy director.
California: The California Assembly has approved a bill that would lower the state’s voting age to 17. The bill, which would ultimately put the idea before the voters in 2020, goes next to the Senate however the legislative clock is winding down with the session set to end on September 13.
Maine: Late on Monday the Maine Senate voted to extend ranked choice voting to the presidential primary and general election. In June, the Legislature voted to move from party-run caucuses to state-run primaries, but failed to approve ranked choice voting at that time. It was approved at the end of a one-day special session. It’s unclear if Gov. Janet Miller will sign the bill into law.
Also in Maine Fair Elections Portland fell 76 signatures short in their effort to get a question before the voters that would expand the use of ranked choice voting to all offices in Portland.
New Jersey: Lawmakers are rushing to fix a problem they created with the state’s permanent absentee voter list. When lawmakers reformed the law they intended to alter it to include voters in 2017 and 2018 and instead they inadvertently eliminated everyone on the list before 2016—about 172,000 voters. On Monday the Senate approved emergency legislation to authorize spending $2 million to fix the problem. Gov. Phil Murphy has signed the bill into law.
North Carolina: The House considered several elections-related bills this week including legislation that would impose stricter rules for requesting mail-in absentee ballots, paid postage for return ballot and allow counties to continue to use DRE voting machines through 2020 plus legislation that would remove from voter rolls anyone who is disqualified from jury duty because they are determined not to be a U.S. citizen and
Oregon: Advocates are once again gathering signatures in an attempt to get an initiative on an upcoming ballot that if approved would move Lane County to the STAR voting system. STAR stands for Score Then Automatic Runoff. Under the system, Voters rank each candidate with a system of zero to five stars. The two highest scoring candidates are finalists, and face off in an instant runoff. If a voter’s top choice doesn’t make the runoff, their vote goes to the finalist they ranked the highest.
Utah: The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended to drop the issue of plurality elections. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, after a presentation on the frequency of plurality victories and the costs and administrative burden of various solutions, the committee voted unanimously to recommend that no changes be made in the short term to the state’s election laws.
Arizona: Randy Allen Jumper, 61, of Tucson has been charged with voting twice in 2016, once in Pima County and a second time in Washoe County, Nevada.
Florida: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that former Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes followed the law by how she removed people who had died or moved away from the voter rolls. A conservative group, the American Civil Rights Union, sued Snipes’ office in 2016, claiming it was violating the National Voter Registration Act by not properly making efforts to remove ineligible voters from its lists.
Indiana: The Seventh Circuit Tuesday upheld an order blocking Indiana from removing voters from electoral rolls by using a Kansas’ Interstate Crosscheck program, which has been criticized for allegedly targeting minorities and canceling registrations without voters’ consent. “Registering to vote in another state is not the same as a request for removal from Indiana’s voting rolls,” U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Wood said in a 35-page ruling according to Courthouse News Service. “Indiana equates double registration with double voting. But the two are quite different.”
Texas: A Hidalgo County grand jury has returned 13 new indictments tied to the illegal voting and election fraud investigation in the city of Edinburg in 2017. All defendants had previously been arrested in connection with the ongoing election fraud case.
North Carolina: By a 3-2 vote, the State Board of Elections approved three new types of voting machines that counties will have the option to buy before 2020. The SBOE approved voting systems from ES&S, Hart InterCivic and Clear Ballot.
Ohio: According to analysis by the Columbus Dispatch, a vendor who works with the county boards of elections mistakenly flagged more than 1,600 people for purging from the voter registration rolls. The paper’s analysis found that 1,641 of flagged voters had actually cast a ballot in 2015. That number, according to the paper, also includes 110 people who voted in the 2018 mid-terms. The secretary of state’s office discovered a problem with counties that use DIMS, a system serviced by ES&S.
Opinions This Week
Connecticut: Ranked choice voting
Hawaii: Automatic voter registration
New Jersey: Absentee voting
Pennsylvania: Voting machines
Rhode Island: Election security
South Dakota: Online voter registration
Wyoming: Voter ID
First Nations Voting Rights Conference — Across the United States, Native nations are taking action to guarantee access to fair voting and elections. At First Nations Voting Rights Conference, we’ll compare strategies for equal representation, preparation for the 2020 census, redistricting, and rural addressing projects to ensure that every vote on Native Nations across the US is counted. Where: Salt Lake City, Utah. When: Sept. 25-27.
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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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 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.
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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