In Focus This Week
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Clearie
2019 Clearie submission deadline is Nov. 25
By M. Mindy Moretti
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Clearie.
While the Clearies — the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Clearinghouse Awards — may not have the accompanying awards show glitz, glamor and overly long acceptance speeches, if you’re an election official winning a Clearie Award is the industry’s equivalent of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar or Tony.
“It was wonderful to shine the spotlight on our team members who did this work and have their accomplishments acknowledged by a broader community,” said Sophie Lehman, elections service manager in the Contra Costa County, California elections office. “It’s great to see them receive wider recognition from an audience of their peers. It also opens opportunities for our team members to meet and collaborate with their colleagues across jurisdictions.”
Contra Costa County won a 2018 Clearie Award for their APPLE class and kit, a program that provides instruction on establishing and maintaining accessible polling places that resulted in a better voter experience and freed up office staff for other Election Day activities.
“Because it was so successful, we wanted other jurisdictions to see how poll workers were able to take full ownership of accessibility at their polling place,” Lehman said.
Following the win in 2018, the county has now had elections officials from other jurisdiction request their kits and attend their classes.
This year marks the fourth year for the Clearies, with the deadline for submission on Monday, November 25.
At inception, the competition featured one category to recognize exemplary election worker programs. In 2017, the awards expanded to include categories for outstanding innovations in elections and improving accessibility for voters with disabilities. This year, the Clearies will recognize award recipient in four categories, including a new national “I Voted” sticker competition.
“As my fellow commissioners and I travel across the country, we see firsthand the can-do spirit of election officials and the practical solutions they bring to even the smallest of election day tasks, EAC Chairwoman Christy McCormick said. “The Clearies provide us with the opportunity to recognize these best practices, acknowledge entrants, and focus attention within the elections community to successful new programs.”
When the Clearies began in 2016, the EAC received around 15 entries. Over the past three years, the number of submissions increased. The EAC now receives between 35 and 45 submissions annually from jurisdictions large and small across the country. In 2018, seven of the awardees hailed from counties and townships across the U.S.
“Often, some of the best ideas in election administration come from the local level. We want to celebrate those successes,” McCormick said. “Whether, a small county, large state, or local township, we want to hear from you about your programs that have produced positive results.”
Montgomery County, Maryland was a 2018 winner for its Future Voter Initiative, a program designed to get students as young as sixth grade involved in the voting process. Margaret Jurgensen, executive director of the county board of elections said it was a morale boost to the staff and an acknowledgement of developing a unique program that serves the voting community.
Jurgensen noted that not only was winning a Clearie a great experience for her staff, but that the board of elections was able to learn a lot about what other counties are doing.
“Learning from our peers of the creative solutions that are out there is so important. Maybe your specific program won’t work exactly but may inspire another jurisdiction to modify and adapt to serve their community,” Jurgensen said. “Everyone in elections desires to encourage voter participation and the numerous ideas out there are very much can help to meet the goal to allow all qualified citizens the right to vote.”
Even though the deadline for the 2019 Clearies is just days away, there is still time to enter.
“We purposely keep the Clearies entry process simple and straightforward,” McCormick said. “Applicants from all jurisdiction sizes are encouraged to submit their work. And since we recognize that this is a very busy time of year, submissions can be as simple as a half-page narrative or as complex as a series of documents and videos.”
If you needed any more encouragement, past-winner Contra Costa County, who is submitting a program for this year’s awards too has some advice.
“Do it!” Lehman said. “We want to know what you’re doing so we can borrow and adapt your brilliant ideas!”
All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominators should use the following subject lines based on entry category: Election Worker Competition, Accessibility Competition, Outstanding Innovations Competition, or Sticker Competition.
All entries must include a summary of the election program nominated. Entrants may attach relevant documents, images and links that can be used to assess the entry. Submissions should also include contact information for the person submitting the program for consideration. Each entry must be submitted in a separate email.
For more information about this year’s competition, please contact Patrick Leahy at email@example.com.
(Editor’s Note: electionline Weekly will not publish next Thursday, November 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Daily News will also take a break on November 28 and 29 and return December 2. Happy eating and safe travels.).
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Election Security Updates
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee unanimously approved the Election Technology Research Act that would authorize the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation to conduct research on ways to secure voting technology. The legislation would also establish a Center of Excellence in Election Systems that would test the security and accessibility of voting machines and research methods to certify voting system technology.
This week a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation featured testimony from officials in the Federal government, academia, and the private sector, but mainly targeted efforts the private sector is making to protect U.S. elections infrastructure and political campaigns from malicious actors.
“It’s easier and more comfortable for us to see this problem as a threat from the outside, from foreign influence operations. And, indeed, they remain a grave national security threat,” Richard Stengel, fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab, wrote in his opening statement. “But the scale and range of domestic disinformation — created and spread by Americans to other Americans — dwarfs any foreign threat or troll factory. Our foreign adversaries seek to engage Americans and do so, but our homegrown disinformation overwhelms what our adversaries produce.”
2020 Candidates on Election Issues
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), a 2020 presidential candidate, this week published a strategy for how she, if elected, would secure the U.S. election infrastructure both from cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns.
According to The Hill, key parts of the strategy include Klobuchar’s intention to issue an executive order that would bolster government-wide cybersecurity efforts, and launch a “cabinet-level taskforce” that would coordinate across federal agencies and with state and local governments to better address cyber threats to elections.
Klobuchar would also require states to use paper ballots as a way to prevent cyber tampering with the vote, and set “strong cybersecurity standards” for voting infrastructure.
In the lead up this week’s Democratic debate, candidate Andrew Yang said that he would lower the voting age for federal elections to 16, ban voter ID requirements and restrict late changes to polling sites. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the entrepreneur said he would implement automatic and same-day voter registration, require states adopt early voting and boost funding to election security. He also said he supports a law that requires all states to integrate mail-in ballots to their voting process and limit purges of the voting rolls.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who may or may not be a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination is apparently set to spend an estimated $15 million to $20 million to finance a voter registration campaign. According to The Hill, the voter registration effort, which will begin early next year, is set to target 500,000 voters from groups that traditionally support Democratic candidates, including African Americans, Latinos, Asians, young voters and those living in some rural communities. The drive will start in the states of Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin but could expand to other states.
Election News This Week
Pulaski County, Arkansas Judge Barry Hyde sent a letter this week to the county’s election commission saying that his office will begin managing the office’s personnel. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the move comes after weeks of tension between the county and the commission and after allegations of an “abusive” work environment created by one of the election commissioners. “I have also been made aware that informal attempts to resolve these concerns have been fruitless,” he wrote to commissioners. “Conduct creating an abusive work environment is not, and will not be, tolerated.” Hyde did not name the commission in question and Commissioner Kristi McKinnon said she had no idea what Hyde was referring to. “I honestly don’t know. It seems to be coming out of left field,” she said in a short interview. “We’ve come in here, and we’ve made a lot of changes, and that can be uncomfortable for some people.”
The Montana State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee met recently to discuss ways to break down barriers to voting on the state’s Indian reservations. While activists agree that satellite voting on reservations — something mandated by a 2014 lawsuit settlement — has helped there are still limitations to satellite voting. According to the Billings Gazette, some counties simply don’t have the staff to work the satellite voting offices. Dulcie Bear Don’t Walk is the election administrator for Big Horn County and the only elections employee. The Northern Cheyenne government would like a satellite office open on the reservation five days a week. “I physically cannot provide five days a week,” she told the paper. “Unlike all of the other (counties) that have satellite offices, my county is unique in the fact that I have two reservations within the boundaries. So that means I have to provide two satellite offices. Everyone else only has to do one.”
A new memorial to the suffragists recently broke ground in Lorton, Virginia and is set to open on August 26, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Lorton is about an hour outside of the District of Columbia and the site of the Occoquan Workhouse where suffragists were imprisoned during the fight to win the right to vote. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will include 19 learning stations. The site also will feature a meditation garden, walking paths and an early 20th century rail car where visitors can “experience how the suffragists traveled throughout the country advocating for voting rights for all women,” according to the memorial’s website.
Good News! Fall River, Massachusetts board of election commissioners Chairwoman Kelly Souza-Young was diagnosed with state IV pancreatic cancer in earlier this year, but as of August, she’s officially in remission. Things did not look so good in April when she was first diagnosed. “I turned being scared into ‘I’m proving them wrong,’” Souza-Young told The Herald News. “I’m headstrong. I decided, ‘I’m going down fighting.’” She started chemotherapy and has since undergone 14 treatments, typically every other week, and continues to hold her full-time job in the elections office. “It gave me an outlet,” Souza-Young said. “I love my job.” Keep up the good fight Kelly!
Sticker News: Audrey Cornell of Battle High School is the winner of this year’s Boone County, Missouri “I Voted” sticker contest. More than 100 students submitted designs to the contest, and a panel of judges selected four finalists with the public voting on the winner. Cornell’s design will be used for Boone County elections in 2020 and 2021, starting with the presidential primary election in March 2020.
Personnel News: Allyson Danforth is the new Peabody, Massachusetts clerk. Catherine McMullen has announced her resignation as Lake County, California registrar of voters after about six months on the job. Marlene Napolitano has been sworn in as the new Republican registrar of voters in New Haven, Connecticut. Emily Richards is the new chair of the Davidson County, Tennessee election commission. Rigo Garcia is the new Whittier, California clerk.
Arkansas: Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved Act 328 which amends the law for election pages to allow high school students to be more involved in the election process. Before students were very limited on what they could do to help at polling centers on election day.
Maine: This week the Portland City Council voted to send a measure to the voters during the March 3 primary. Voters will be asked whether to amend the city charter to allow ranked choice voting for city council and school board elections in addition the mayoral and citywide elections where it already happens.
New Jersey: The New Jersey Council on Local Mandates has invalidated the state’s new vote-by-mail laws which require county clerks to automatically send mail-in ballots to anyone who registered to vote by mail in any 2016 election. The council said the laws amounted to a new legal requirement that lacked adequate funding. “In the absence of any funding of the mandate, we find and determine that the challenged laws constitute unfunded mandates,” the council wrote according to WHYY. The council’s ruling came in response to a complaint from the New Jersey Association of Counties, which had estimated that the new law would cost county clerks around $5 million to implement.
New York: Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R-Jamestown) has introduced a bill that would allow taxpayers to register to vote when they file their state income tax returns, pay their property taxes or file the paperwork to purchase a new home.
Pennsylvania: The Senate State Government Committee this week voted unanimously to advance the nomination of Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to the full chamber for consideration.
Virginia: Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) — who will soon become majority leader — filed House Bill 1, a no-excuses absentee voting bill.
Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee have jointly appealed a Oct. 18 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In his ruling last month, Hinkle wrote that Florida cannot deny the right to vote to felons who have served their sentences and are “genuinely unable” to pay legal financial obligations. He issued a preliminary injunction, however, that applied only to 17 plaintiffs in the case — and not more broadly to other felons who might be affected.
Michigan: Priorities USA has filed yet another lawsuit in Michigan this one against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over automatic voter registration. According to The Detroit News, The lawsuit argues that the treatment by Michigan’s automatic registration law of people under the age of 17 ½ and the Legislature’s limits on proof of residency at the time of registration constitute undue burdens on voters’ constitutional rights.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R) alleging that the state’s voter registration requirements are more stringent for naturalized citizens than people born in the U.S.—a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. State law says any naturalized citizen must show their naturalization certificate or similar proof to a circuit clerk, “otherwise he or she shall not be allowed to register to vote.”
Nebraska: A legal challenge to the constitutionality of appointing election commissioners for some Nebraska counties has been moved to a lower court. Attorney General Doug Peterson filed the case in Lancaster County District Court after it was rejected by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Wisconsin: The Andrew Goodman Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes voting and civic engagement among young people have filed suit against the state’s voter ID law that limits what student IDs may be used to cast a ballot. The suit alleges limiting student IDs is a violation of the 26th Amendment and seeks to block the restrictions for the 2020 election.
Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Election security | Ranked choice voting | Voting rights | Voter fraud
Florida: Broward County | Election litigation | Young voters
Georgia: Secretary of state
Guam: Election changes
Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights
Kentucky: Pulaski County | Voter fraud claims
Massachusetts: Lowell elections
Minnesota: Election preparation
Missouri: Election security
New Jersey: Election system
New Mexico: Election errors | Ranked choice voting
New York: Early voting, II | Ranked choice voting | Voting rights | Voting equipment | Young voters
North Carolina: Early voting sites
Ohio: Election security
Oregon: Ranked choice voting
South Carolina: Early voting; Runoffs
Texas: Harris County
Virginia: Election legislation
Wisconsin: List maintenance
IGO 2020 Mid-Winter Conference — The International Association of Government Officials will hold its 2020 Mid-Winter Conference in Isle of Palms, SC on January 24-30, 2020. This conference will offer approximately 30 hours of continuing education with 9 hours hosted by iGO’s new Certified Public Leader (CPL) Partner, Pepperdine University! Join iGO at Wild Dunes Resort this January to further your education on best practices, industry trends, and emerging technology, all while creating and strengthening professional relationships. iGO’s conferences provide the perfect combination of education and networking events to appeal to current members, prospective members, and non-members alike. Where: Isle of Palms, South Carolina. When: Jan. 24-30.
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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Advanced Data Analyst, North Carolina SBOE— This position is responsible for technical and analytical work with an emphasis on data analytics. Employee uses their knowledge and expertise to participate in the collection, preprocessing and analysis of structured, unstructured, and geospatial data, analyze data from disparate sources to discover trends, propose solutions and strategies to business challenges, and present information using various data visualization tools and techniques. The employee should be able to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams as well as independently with minimal supervision. Salary: $82,485 – $95,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Assistant Registrar, Richmond, Virginia— The City of Richmond Registrar’s Office is seeking qualified, dynamic, hardworking, and enthusiastic candidates to fill the position of Assistant Registrar I. This class assists citizens register to vote and assists in the election process by providing clerical assistance and customer service. Incumbents are responsible for maintaining accurate voter registration records and for providing election information and services to candidates and the general public. Incumbents may also train Elections officials on voting practices/eligibility. Incumbents may serve as lead workers, assigning work and monitoring work completion, especially to temporary or contract workers. Salary: $30,000-$45,500. Deadline: Dec. 8. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Assurance Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced assurance engineer—a developer who is thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern applied formal methods-based development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Database Administrator, North Carolina SBOE— Responsible for the administration of all county and state campaign finance and elections databases and database server instances. Collaborate and consult with the Infrastructure Group personnel on issues relating to data storage, access, backup/restore, and data archiving. Implement measures to provide for database integrity, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Establish data security and access policies/practices. Based on knowledge of agency systems and supported applications; develop complex SQL code to automate routine administration tasks, continuously monitor infrastructure resources and processes and generate timely operational and maintenance alerts (including the disposition of county/state transactions, replication, scheduled database jobs, and the status of servers and services). Establish and administer database management, design, and coding standards. Create and maintain technical and procedural documentation. Model database entities and attributes and maintain data dictionary. Communicate database related issues and problems with relevant agency team members, developers, testers, and managers. Recommend and employ third party database tools to enhance efficiency and support capabilities. Salary: $82,485 – $95,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director of Elections, Pennsylvania Department of State— The Department of State has an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Director of Elections in the Bureau of Election Security and Technology. If you are interested in safe-guarding the integrity of the electoral process while assisting with the management of operations within the Bureau, this position may be for you. Join the Commonwealth and experience the satisfaction of public service while enjoying professional career growth. The Bureau of Election Security and Technology is responsible for promoting the integrity of the electoral process. As the Deputy Director, you will work closely with the Bureau Director to assist with the daily management of the bureau and personnel. Work involves coordinating the development and implementation of security and technology related standards; developing and implementing policies and procedures regarding the infrastructure of elections, voter registration, and other department data that is critical and/or sensitive in nature; identifying and developing training needs and materials for department and county staff; and developing compliance and auditing protocols focusing on election security, data, and technology. Salary: $57,741 – $87,687. Deadline: Nov. 22. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Henderson County, North Carolina— An employee in this class is responsible for planning elections, negotiating and setting up polling places, and training staff and poll workers. Work also includes establishing procedures and methods used in registration; supervising the receiving and processing of voter registrations; filing of candidates for elected office in the County; and providing staff support to the County Board of Elections in coordinating and scheduling meetings, recording minutes, drafting the budget and notifying them of potential voter problems and trends. Independent judgment and initiative, tact and courtesy are required in operating the Elections Office. Work is performed in accordance with the State election laws and policies and procedures established by the State and County Board of Elections. Work is performed under the general supervision of the County Board of Elections and is evaluated through reports, periodic conferences and efficiency of office and elections operations. Salary: $51,558 – 96,856.50. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Northampton County, North Carolina— The Northampton County Board of Elections is accepting applications for a Director in the Elections office to perform administrative and coordinative work in organizing and maintaining voter registrations, County candidates’ filing records, and managing the election process for the County and the Elections Board. Education/Requirements: Graduation from a two-year college with a degree in business or related field and several years of responsible clerical experience dealing with the public, preferable at least a year of experience with the electoral process; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license upon hire. Must be willing to work towards certification as a Notary Public and take the N.C. State Board of Elections Treasurer Training within the probationary period (9 months); if classes and/or trainings are available within the allotted time frame. Salary: $35,018 – $61,796. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Rutherford County, North Carolina— The employee in this class is responsible for planning, directing and supervising all areas of the election process and the daily operations of the Elections Department. Work includes preparing for and executing all federal, state and municipal elections in the county; ensuring accuracy of election results; preparing voting equipment and supplies for elections; training poll workers; conducting voter education and registration drive programs; maintaining addressing of voters by use of maps; overseeing the filing of campaign finance reports; and overseeing and participating in voter registration. Work also involves developing and implementing procedural and technical improvements for the elections process and department operations; preparing and maintaining the departmental budget; preparing bid specifications for election services and equipment; answering questions from the public and the media; and maintaining the department website. The employee provides staff support to the County Board of Elections in coordinating and scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, recording and reviewing minutes, and presenting potential voter problems and trends. Independent sound judgment, initiative, tact and courtesy are required in overseeing the filing and elections processes and in dealing with the general public. Work requires a thorough knowledge of State Statutes relating to election laws and a high degree of accuracy is critical. Work is performed in accordance with State election laws and policies and procedures established by the County Board of Elections. Work is performed under the general direction of the State Board of Elections, County Board of Elections and the County Manager and is reviewed through accuracy of records, efficiency of office and election operations, and feedback from the public. Salary: Minimum starting salary $54,397. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Surry County, North Carolina — Surry County is accepting applications for a Director of Elections. This individual is responsible for overseeing, directing and administering the Board of Elections Office. This position requires someone who can thrive in a high-stress, high scrutiny environment. The Director of Elections performs complex technical, supervisory and administrative work directing the registration, voting and election activities for Surry County. The Director of Elections is appointed by the Surry County Board of Elections and approved by the State Board. This position exercises supervision over office staff and precinct election officials, interprets laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and makes appropriate decisions accordingly. Must have the ability to exercise tact and courtesy and to work under pressure and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Other duties as required and all duties must be performed in a nonpartisan manner. Salary: $50,544 -$86,004. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Tyrell County, North Carolina— Tyrrell County is seeking qualified applicants for the full time position of Election Director. The Director performs responsible administrative, legal, technical and mechanical work in planning, organizing and directing all aspects of the election process. Plans for various elections on an annual basis covering primaries, second primaries, municipal elections, general elections, special elections, recommends annual budget to the Board; plans for and purchases supplies as needed; identifies number of polling places required and potential location and negotiates usage as needed; insures ADA compliance. Processes voter registrations, assures each voter is placed in the correct precinct and in the correct local, state, and federal districts; oversees the preparation and revisions of geocodes for redistricting, filing of candidates for office including managing their campaign finance, as well as auditing their reports. Handles all ballot preparation for the vendors, proofs, orders and burns the coding from the vendor to the flash and M100 cards used during the election. The Director is responsible for testing the coding against a generated test script used to test the equipment during the Logic and Accuracy testing of the AutoMark (visual and hearing impaired equipment) and the M100 that read the ballots. The training of all workers for One Stop and Election Day as well as preparing the equipment and necessary materials needed at each precinct. The Board Members and the Director meet weekly during an election and are responsible for Election Night with the processing of the unofficial results with accurate reports to the State Board of Elections and to the public in a timely manner. After Election Day the Director moves to the research and processing of Provisional and timely received Absentee Ballots before the Board holds Canvass (making the unofficial local results become official). During the next days the opportunity is there for Challenges, Protests, Recounts or any other related matters before the votes are made official at Canvass on the State level. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Policy & Research, New York City Campaign Finance Board — The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), a nonpartisan, independent city agency that enhances the role of New York City residents, seeks a Director of Policy & Research to oversee its intergovernmental outreach and policy and data research work. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Responsibilities: Directly supervise a team of intergovernmental, policy, and data research staff. Create legislative strategies to advance agency priorities at the city and state level. Oversee outreach to elected officials and their offices to support the agency’s legislative work and government outreach. Oversee policy analysis related to campaign finance and voting in New York City and State. Participate in high-level agency discussions around policy development and spearhead agency legislative recommendations in its regularly published reports. Oversee research projects with internal staff and external researchers, as well as overseeing research content for CFB publications, reports, white papers, and policy briefs. Oversee public opinion research performed on behalf of the agency that informs voter communication and education initiatives. Salary: $90,000-$100,000. Application: For the complete job listing & to apply, click here.
Elections Clerk I, Douglas County, Colorado— This position serves as office support for the Elections Division of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The Election Clerk provides customer service, assists with clerical functions, and performs data entry for voter registration. Other duties in support of the conduct of elections or mail ballot processing may be assigned. Must be detail oriented, well organized, productive, and able to adapt in a high change environment. This role requires both independent judgment and the ability to work well as a part of a team. Professional representation of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office to the public is required to include standards outlined in the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of the Office. Salary: $2,304 – $2,879 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Specialist, Douglas County, Colorado — This position is focused on routine customer service and general office/clerical support including data entry, communications, and processing mail. This is a support role capable of performing a variety of tasks, with problem solving abilities, managing multiple competing responsibilities and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of election office operations. This is a visible and crucial position requiring exceptional computer, customer service, and communication skills. This position may require technical work in a lead role capable of performing a variety of complex tasks, with solving problem abilities, managing multiple competing tasks and prioritizing to maintain a continuous flow of operations and temporary support. This position may be classified as an Elections Specialist I or II dependent upon the skills of the candidate and the department’s business needs. Salary: $2,842 – $4,017 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Specialist, King County Elections — The Department of Elections – is searching for energetic and resourceful professionals who like to “get stuff done”. The Administrative Specialist II positions in the Voter Services Department combines an exciting, fast-paced environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will have a desire to help ensure the democratic process through public service. They will thrive in an innovative environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina— The Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an experienced Data Entry Specialist to join our Voter Registration Team. The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, data entry guru with exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills. As a part of the Voter Registration Team, you are responsible for connecting written information with computer data. What will you do as an Elections Specialist on the Voter Registration team? Provide superior customer service to Wake County residence by telephone and in person; issuing forms, applications, and informing customers of online resources; Respond to and resolve customer inquiries through research; informing candidates, elected officials, and the general public of the federal and state election laws; Ensure voter registration database is complete and accurate; Process voter registration applications, cancellations, and absentee ballot requests; Keying updates provided on federal and state forms; Assist front desk staff in daily office procedures providing accurate information to the public; Order and print reports for customers; Assist in mailroom processes; sorting, collecting, and distributing mail; Process information requests; Work in databases and spreadsheets daily; Collaborate with team members to gain knowledge of work processes. Salary: $15.76 – $21.17 Hourly. Deadline: Nov. 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Warehouse Worker, Douglas County, Colorado — This is a highly physical position with a heavy emphasis on warehouse work, requiring the ability to continually lift equipment weighing more than 50 pounds. This position will perform routine maintenance on voting equipment, identify non-routine repairs to election equipment and mark and track equipment for follow up maintenance. incumbent will coordinate equipment and maintain records documenting device history. Forklift certification is a plus. Salary: $2,445 – $3,056 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Embedded Systems Engineer, Free & Fair— Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced embedded systems engineer—a developer and engineer who is thrilled to work on a high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. One component of the BESSPIN Voting System is a custom-built, open source, open hardware platform for demonstrating secure hardware. It includes low- and mid-range FPGAs running softcore RISC-V CPUs, simple I/O devices, and an RTOS. This platform is called CASCADES (Configurable, Affordable System-on-Chip for Analysis and Demonstration of Election Security) and is a CrowdSupply project. A prototype for CASCADES is the Smart Ballot Box that we brought to DEF CON 2019. We call this role an embedded systems engineer, since much of the development that we do spans hardware, firmware, and software design and development. Moreover, we use a mixture of low-level and high-level languages, COTS and novel (FPGA-based) development platforms, and traditional and novel operating systems. We hope that potential applicants do not put themselves in an unnecessarily small box. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission— The incumbent serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). As such, the position serves as a senior official in a line capacity that is responsible for overseeing the direction and operation of the agency, including the services of supporting Federal agencies (i.e., GSA, NARA, SAC, etc.). Exercises wide latitude with directing agency goals and resources to achieve desired results. Reporting to this position are senior EAC managers with expertise in their areas of responsibility. Provides leadership in the development and implementation of strategies, programs, policies, decisions, and other actions adopted by Commissioners. Evaluates the performance of subordinate managers against performance plans, budgets and EAC goals; performs other administrative functions as may be delegated under the Commission’s authority and EAC policies. Directs the preparation of recommendations, reports, and other materials for Commissioners, Advisory Boards, and public meeting. Develops and prepares written and oral materials, for presentations to congressional, legislative and public/private policy groups, Commissioners, advisory boards, and EAC staff. Encourages an environment that fosters equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals, and the responsibilities outlined in the organization’s affirmative action plan. Ensures equality in selections, training, promotions, details, discipline, and awards. Other duties as assigned. Salary: $156,000 to $156,000 per year. Deadline: Nov. 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
General Counsel, U.S. Election Assistance Commission— The General Counsel is appointed for a four (4) term by the Commissioners. The incumbent will serve as the Chief Legal Officer for the EAC and provides legal advice and counsel to the Executive Director on a wide variety of legal matters; provides advice to all of EAC’s Federal Advisory Committees, including the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, EAC Board of Advisors, and EAC Standards Board. The General Counsel also serves as the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) and is responsible for agency ethics training, financial disclosure and reporting obligations, and communication with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Salary: $156K. Deadline: Nov. 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Government Affairs Director, Democracy Works — In this role, you’ll be building relationships with officials across the country. Some are already supportive, some are skeptical, and some have had little to no contact with Democracy Works in the past. In some places, you’ll be making new connections around our voter engagement work with officials who are already engaged with our election administration programs, particularly the Voting Information Project. As you lead this initiative, you’ll have support from and collaborate with our election administration outreach staff, the voter engagement product, research, and support teams, and senior leadership. You will: Design, document, and execute a government outreach strategy; Build relationships and communicate with the states about our tools for voters, and communicate state interests internally; Define research processes to ensure that we’re using our state relationships effectively to ensure the accuracy of our election information; Represent state needs in setting our product roadmap; Monitor changes in laws and processes that shape election administration practices in all 50 states, and communicate these developments across Democracy Works; Support an election official advisory group, from creation through ongoing engagement; Travel across the country frequently, meeting with state and local election officials and attending/speaking at statewide and national convenings of election officials; and Create clear and accurate written communications for an audience of election officials. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Logistics Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina — The Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an experienced Logistics Specialist to join our Team. The ideal candidate will have experience in planning and conducting elections at the county level and be exceptionally organized and detail-oriented. As the primary polling place manager, the Logistics Specialist will uphold strict safety and security protocols. As a part of this Team, you are responsible for orchestrating staff, events, vendors, and supplies to ensure successful elections. What will you do as a Logistics Specialist at the Board of Elections? Manage official documents in accordance to retention schedules; Manage the inventory of election equipment and supplies in a database; Maintain quality assurance and accountability of all supplies by repairing damaged items or replacing them as needed; Research and submit purchasing requests for election supplies; Oversee the preparation and packing of election supplies to ensure accuracy and efficiency; Coordinate with moving company to plan the distribution and collection of election equipment to and from 206 polling places for each election; Plan and oversee multiple remote locations for supply distribution and collection; Provide Election Day technical support to precinct officials; Train temporary staff on processes and procedures for various tasks; Operate machinery, including forklifts, pallet wrappers, and ride-on floor scrubbers; Coordinate with other teams in the department to schedule timelines for printing and packing election documents, use of the loading dock for deliveries, supply distribution, and training events; Survey and inspect potential facilities to be used as polling places; Inspect a variety of structures to ensure compliance with ADA regulations; Cross train with other divisions in the office to gain comprehensive knowledge of elections processes; Monitor forecasts to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities; Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as accuracy of packing, supply life cycles, and loss prevention; Perform other technical and administrative procedures to ensure timely and accurate elections; Coordinate contracts and agreements for the usage of 206 polling places for each election; Provide customer service and communicate with election officials in-person, over the phone, and by email. Salary: $17.25- $23.29 Hourly. Deadline: Nov. 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Operations & Technology Supervisor, Adams County, Colorado— To coordinate and supervise assigned subprogram with the support and direction of the program manager. Such tasks include but are not limited to: warehouse operations, ballot intake, election night reporting, ballot design and layout, ballot sorter operations, ballot proofing and tabulation, ballot and equipment security, logic and accuracy testing, and post-election audit testing. Impact and influence employees using leadership principles. Salary: $51,203.86 – $58,884.43. Deadline: Nov. 22. 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.
Quality Assurance Engineer, Democracy Works— The Voter Engagement team works on TurboVote and the Democracy Works API. You’ll join seven software developers and an engineering manager to collaborate with the product and partnership teams in building software that helps voters and future voters. The technology that underpins this work is mostly microservices written in Clojure running in Docker containers on Kubernetes hosted on AWS. These services communicate over RabbitMQ and store their data in Datomic. The web front-ends are written in ClojureScript backed by React. We pair program, collaborate with product managers, and make sure our efforts deliver value to voters and election administrators. We support junior team members by explicitly setting aside time for learning and providing training from a more senior developer. We collaborate across teams architecture and operations so that expertise and knowledge don’t stay siloed. Salary: $100K to $135K. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Research Manager, Center for Election Innovation & Research — The Research Manager will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the execution of CEIR’s research agenda. The Research Manager will assist or lead research activities generally associated with the conduct of elections and voting. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Research Manager determines objectives and milestones, builds effective relationships within the team and with partners, and performs the following activities: Manage day-to-day operational and tactical aspects of multiple research studies, delegating or coordinating duties with research staff as appropriate; Develop and manage project activity timelines, study budgets, and tracking documents for study management, progress tracking, and general logistics; Design and manage research studies, including the development of methodologies and data collection tools; Lead and supervise research and support staff. Provide and oversee appropriate training of research staff; Develop and maintain research-team specific standard operating procedures and training materials; Submit routine (informal) progress reports to the Executive Director; Work closely with the operations manager on issues related to budget, grant compliance, and other financial issues; Collaborate with public and private sector partners, including academic and research organizations, to facilitate implementation of project objectives; Conduct data analysis and draft study reports; Conduct literature reviews to identify research and emerging data relevant to projects. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Rigorous Systems/Software Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks several experienced systems/software engineers—developers who are thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. We call this role either/both system engineers or software engineers, since much of the development that we do spans hardware, firmware, and software design and development. Moreover, we use a mixture of low-level and high-level languages, COTS and novel (FPGA-based) development platforms, and traditional and novel operating systems. We hope that potential applicants do not put themselves in an unnecessarily small box. 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.
UI/UX Engineer, Free & Fair — Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced UI/UX engineer—someone who practices user-centric design, finds usable security a fascinating area of R&D, someone who appreciates usable and accessible technologies, and a developer and engineer who is thrilled to work on high-assurance open source elections technologies that demonstrate what is possible with modern development processes, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Our focus on national critical infrastructure, transparent engineering, and formal assurance makes this opportunity unique. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
VP of Engineering, Free & Fair— Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced systems engineering development leader—an executive who can step in and build a dynamic, distributed engineering team, deliver solutions to the market, and execute challenging development activities focused on national critical infrastructure. The VP of Engineering at F&F will be responsible for executing on the Company’s overall technology vision and driving its development execution. This person will recruit world-class talent, manage and evolve development processes and methodologies, and foster an organizational structure to help our high-performing development team deliver applications to the market. This person will keep abreast of and influence research and technology trends, standards, and stakeholders. This person will have the ability to bridge technology with business acumen, will bring experience in developing state-of-the-art customer-facing applications, and will develop and sustain a culture of passion, hard work, and innovation. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Voter Services Supervisor, Contra Costa County, California— Are you an innovator and high achiever? Service driven? Dedicated to quality? Want to be a part of a nationally recognized Election Team? We are seeking an experienced election administration professional to plan and supervise voter registration, customer service, and vote-by-mail operations in one of the state and nation’s largest counties. Contra Costa County currently has more than 630,000 registered voters and a population of 1.1 million. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Contra Costa County offers great salary and benefits in addition to a collaborative and fast paced work environment. If your election experience includes tremendous overtime during an election, be prepared for a new experience. What you will typically be responsible for: Trains staff and ensures accurate work products using quality control practices; Directly supervises and evaluates up to 6 permanent staff and up to 20 temporary staff; Actively participates in division planning, research and decision-making activities; Develops and updates processes and procedures to meet program needs; Directs the voter registration program including regular voter file maintenance and related voter notifications; Directs the vote by mail program, including issuance, return and canvassing of ballots; Directs processes for examining petitions and signature verification; Supervises the process of reviewing and adjudicating provisional ballots; Directs processes for military and overseas, confidential, and emergency voting; Supervises phone and in-person customer services. Salary: $61,665.36 – $74,954.52 Annually.Deadline: Dec. 1. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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