In Focus This Week
CSG issues new report on military and overseas voting
Report examines sustainability of balloting solutions for voters
Examining the Sustainability of Balloting Solutions for Military and Overseas Voting summarizes efforts to better understand why UOCAVA ballot delivery and return solutions have not been as sustainable as intended. In many cases these solutions appear financially burdensome to state and local election jurisdictions.
The report was presented last week during the CSG National Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico by a panel of election officials who serve as members of the OVI Working Group. The OVI Working Group studies voting challenges related to voters covered under Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, or UOCAVA, in an effort to improve the voting process for this group of voters and the election officials who serve them.
The report was developed through the work of OVI’s Sustainability of UOCAVA Balloting Solutions Subgroup, or SUBSS, and highlights trends and associated research areas in UOCAVA ballot delivery and ballot return and how to make these solutions more sustainable going forward.
“This report examines why ballot delivery and return solutions for military and overseas voters have not been as sustainable as intended for state and local election jurisdictions,” said Taylor Lansdale, OVI program manager for CSG. “Fostering UOCAVA solutions that will assist jurisdictions regardless of federal funding is critical, as is keeping pace with changing security requirements. There is a need for legislation that reflects evolving technology and jurisdictional needs and the excellent work undertaken by our OVI members in this report sets the stage for additional research in this critical area.”
The report found that a number of barriers prevent UOCAVA solutions from long-term sustainability including:
- A relatively small customer base at the local election jurisdiction level makes them expensive on a per voter basis.
- System maintenance costs have increased, and the complexity and lack of scalability in UOCAVA solutions preclude a one-size-fits-all approach in small jurisdictions with limited technical resources.
- Greater cybersecurity requirements as a result of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s designation of election technology as critical U.S. infrastructure are difficult to implement at all levels.
- On-site technical resources to maintain some of these solutions is not affordable for all jurisdictions.
- A challenge for integrating UOCAVA technologies with other voting and voter registration systems in a jurisdiction is maintaining interoperability as these solutions are upgraded and replaced.
- The expectations of voters to have the most intuitive web-based tools and the most comprehensive information at their fingertips continues to outpace the level of change and reinvestment for election officials.
“I’m very pleased with the initial work that has gone into this report and the OVI Working Group’s view of the importance of this effort and their commitment to further study the sustainability of UOCAVA balloting solutions for delivery and return,” said FVAP Director David Beirne. “There have been many trends in UOCAVA solutions over the past several years with many new technologies being piloted and implemented by states, and this work will be critical to shaping the future of voting for military and overseas voters. I look forward to the group’s forthcoming research and case studies that will no doubt aid their election community colleagues and UOCAVA voters.”
About Overseas Voting Initiative
In 2014, The Council of State Governments launched Overseas Voting Initiative, a four-year, $3.2 million program, with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots. After the success of the initial program, in 2018 FVAP collaborated with CSG on a $3.9 million, five-year effort to help uniformed services personnel and other U.S. citizens overseas vote in federal elections. As part of this effort, OVI maintains a working group that examines two distinct areas pertinent to military and overseas voting: The Sustainability of UOCAVA Balloting Solutions and Data Standardization and Implementation. Through OVI, CSG continues to provide state policymakers, state and local election officials and other election community stakeholders with research and best practice guides to ensure the men and women of the U.S. military and Americans living overseas can enjoy the same right to vote as citizens living in the U.S. OVI is housed in the CSG Center of Innovation.
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Election Security Updates
Ohio: During a briefing on the state’s cyber readiness for 2020, Secretary of State Frank LaRose noted that 52 of the state’s 88 counties are at least half done in completing a state-mandated security check-list. Only 13 counties have installed Albert Sensors. “The vast majority of you are going to get this done,” LaRose said according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A few of you will need some help and encouragement. But my goal is at the end of January, you will all be completed with the security directive, and we will be able to say to the voters that Ohio is the best prepared state in the nation from a very real and credible threat.” LaRose did note that the state has the authority to enforce compliance if necessary.
Texas: Under a new state law, all counties much undergo an election security assessment by the end of the year, but according to data from the secretary of state’s office, 59 counties have completed the assessment, eight are in progress, 119 are in the queue and 68 have yet to even being the process. “We want to make sure that we have the counties assessed as soon as possible, the remediation process is as far advanced as possible before the general election in 2020,” Keith Ingram, director of the elections division of the Texas Secretary of State’s office told KXAN.
Election 2019 News
Recounts: In Massachusetts, following a recount in a Boston City council race, Julia Mejia was declared the winner by one vote. Three days of hand counting led to a final tally of 22,492 for Mejia and 22,491 for her opponent. In Summit County, Ohio, where four races resulted in a recount, two of those races ended with a one-vote difference. A recount in Marion County, Ohio was halted after a judge ordered that the public must be allowed in to witness the process.
Challenges: In Mississippi, a Republican candidate who lost their state house election by 14 votes is asking the GOP-lead Mississippi House to overturn the election. New Jersey Democrats have filed a legal challenge to the results of a Morris Township committee race where 42 provisional ballots weren’t counted because they were not sealed.
Texas: At press time, officials in Midland County, Texas were hoping to figure out where 820 missing ballots went. At the beginning of the week officials had narrowed the discrepancy down to one voting center inside a county annex. The elections office spent all last week comparing voter check-in cards to totals reported at each of the voting centers. On Thursday, election official will unseal each of the ballot boxes used in the November election and rescan all the ballots. As per the court order, any stray document or tally sheets found in ballot boxes will be put into sealed-confidential folders. The county will compare ballot totals with the machine and recount committee totals. Elections Administrator Deborah Land believes the machines have given the right total all along. “I have faith in those machines,” she told NewsWest9. “I believe the issue is with the recount committee. They were in that room for a long time and were very tired. It’s likely they could have made an error.”
Election News This Week
With misinformation as much of a concern as election hacking, a story from the Louisville Courier-Journal shows the battle elections officials are facing. According to emails obtained by the paper, Twitter officials refused requests from Kentucky election officials and the National Association of State Election Directors to remove tweets that were spreading misinformation about shredded ballots following the November election. While Twitter permanently suspended the account that put out the false information, the social media juggernaut did nothing to take down the tweets that were screenshot and passed around by numerous users. “The use of ‘dis or misinformation’ to disrupt free and fair elections is unacceptable in any format,” wrote Jared Dearing, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Elections, in an emailed statement to the paper. “It is the continued hope of the State Board of Elections that social media companies do everything in their power to minimize the distribution of this disruptive and often malicious content.” For their part, Twitter said “We continue to critically examine additional safeguards we can implement to protect the conversation occurring on Twitter.”
The cost of running a special election in Faulkner County, Arkansas just got a bit more expensive — but not for the county elections office. The county election commission recently voted to increase the cost of programming special election ballots for school boards and municipalities from $500 to $1000. “I’ve had five special elections this year,” said Teresa Horton election coordinator according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “It can get very expensive for the county and we’ve only been charging them $500 for the ballot programming.” Horton told the paper Faulkner County is one of only seven counties in the state that program the ballots in-house. The other counties hire outside contractors who can charge about $5,000 per election.
A long-running election tradition in New Hampshire is most likely no more. Tiny Dixville Notch, which for more than half a century, has been the first jurisdiction to cast a ballot in the presidential primaries at midnight on primary day, no longer has enough residents to meet the legal threshold to host a polling place. “It is what it is,” Tom Tillotson, one of four residents of Dixville Notch, the town moderator and son of the creator of the midnight voting concept in the unincorporated town told The Boston Globe. “This is obviously not what I wanted to see happen.” The town needs at least five official residents to qualify for a polling place, but currently only has four. All is not lost though for the residents of Dixville Notch. If they cannot lure one more person to live in the area by late January, the four remaining residents will be assigned to cast ballots in Millsfield, which also allows people to vote beginning at midnight.
Ex-Felon Voting Rights: Beginning this week, felons in Iowa who discharged their sentence from an Iowa prison or complete their parole will be given a nearly completed application to restore their voting rights. According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner said her department will roll out a system Thursday to auto-complete 12 of the 14 questions on the voting rights restoration application. An officer will then work with the inmate to complete the last two questions as part of their discharge from the correctional system, Skinner told the paper. In Kentucky, new Governor Andy Beshear (D) was expected to file an executive order at press time that will restore the voting rights to around 100,000 formerly incarcerated Kentuckians. And in Florida, at their annual meeting this week, the state’s supervisors of elections cast doubt on whether or not the ongoing battle over Amendment 4 would be done in time for the 2020 election cycle.
Local elections officials are excellent penny pinchers — and we mean that in a good way — and the latest story out of Will County, Illinois is no exception. Illinois law requires that voters receive new voter registration cards every two years. Obviously printing and mailing costs can add up, but Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry is going to be able to save her county thousands of dollars in the long run by simply redesigning the voter registration cards so they are smaller with streamlined information. The smaller cards mean that postage will drop $.28 per card. Staley Ferry’s redesign will save the county $161,000 in postage costs over the next two years. “I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we were to crunch these numbers and present this savings to our local taxpayers,” Staley Ferry told The Patch. “The information on these sleek, new Voter Registration Cards has been simplified and reorganized to serve our voters in the most efficient manner possible. I will continue looking for ways to improve our services while significantly reducing costs.”
Personnel News: Shelby Watchilla is the new Luzerne County, Pennsylvania election director. Carolyn Willis has been named interim county clerk in Whitley County, Kentucky. Ronnie Metsker has resigned as the Johnson County, Kansas election commissioner. Cameron Smith has joined the race to be Oregon’s next secretary of state. Suzanne R. Kanine is the new Emmet County, Michigan clerk. Alicia Treadway has been appointed interim county clerk in Fayette County, West Virginia. Wes Slate is retiring as the Beverly, Massachusetts city clerk. Democratic State Rep. Gael Tarleton is running for the secretary of state’s position in Washington. Lincoln Parish, Louisiana Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone is retiring at the end of the year after 19 years on the job. Santa “Sandi” Ayala is retiring after 16 years as the Bridgeport, Connecticut Democratic registrar of voters.
In Memoriam: David Welter, president of the Porter County, Indiana election board was found dead along a Valparaiso road this week. He was 59. According to the Chicago Tribune, Valparaiso police have said there were no signs or indicators of foul play. Election board colleagues told the Tribune that Welter was a calming and profession force following a tumultuous time for the board. “He was definitely a calming force. He came in with a job that needed to be done,” Clerk Jessica Bailey told the paper. “He came in and was open minded.” Election board member David Bengs echoed those sentiments. “We enjoyed working with him. I think I speak on behalf of the board in saying that,” Bengs said. “It’s just a shock. He was just a good person to work with. It was totally unexpected, just a shame.”
Federal Legislation: By 228 to 187 vote, almost exclusively along party lines, the House approved legislation last week that would restore many of the protections of the Voting Rights Act that were eliminated under the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder.
Maryland: An emergency bill requiring the Montgomery County board of elections to add a 12th early voting site was amended this week to require that the site be located in White Oak, specifically at the White Oak Community Recreation Center.
Massachusetts: The Northampton city council is considering two potential charter changes that will affect elections. After months of work from the Charter Review Committee, the council will now decide whether or not to endorse a proposal that would lower the voting age in local elections to 16 and another proposal that would allow for documented noncitizens to vote in local elections.
Michigan: By a 5-4 vote, the Flint City council has approved a motion to subpoena Genesee County Clerk John Gleason for allegedly influencing the Nov. 5 mayoral election. According to local media reports, the subpoena was initiated by Councilman Eric Mays, Ward 1, who alleges Gleason overstepped his boundaries by holding a Oct. 17 press conference in his office with then-mayoral candidate Sheldon Neeley. The press conference was about a Flint resident bringing forth allegations of former Mayor Karen Weaver committing voter fraud.
New Mexico: The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would give city employees — about 1,400 people — half a day off in order to cast a ballot. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, in the past city employees have received up to two hours off in order to cast a ballot but there are concerns that will not be enough time in 2020. “This will allow employees time to get to the polls to cast their votes and will minimize the challenges of scheduling conflicts during regular work shifts,” Bernadette Salazar, the city’s human resources director, wrote in a memo to Mayor Alan Webber and the City Council.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed legislation into law that should streamline the absentee voting process. Under the new law, the ballots used to vote absentee will be the same ballots that are used on Election Day.
Vermont: Looks like voters in Burlington won’t be voting on whether or not to move the city to a ranked choice voting system after the Charter Change Committee failed to take up the resolution — approved by 9-2 vote by the full city council last week — at its meeting this week. Given the delay, the resolution will not make it back to the full council by December 16 and it will therefore miss the deadline to get on the March 2020 ballot.
Wisconsin:, State Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) and State Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) introduced a proposal to implement ranked-choice voting for most Wisconsin elections.
Georgia: U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones has ruled that former secretary of state and current Gov. Brian Kemp (R) must answer some questions about his time as secretary as part a lawsuit challenging how elections are administered. The lawsuit, filed by Kemp’s gubernatorial rival Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight and other groups, seeks to reform the state’s election system after a contentious 2018 election that saw problems at the polls, allegations of voter suppression and increased scrutiny over outdated voting machines.
Kansas: The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has reached a settlement that will suspend the use of the Interstate Crosscheck program “for the foreseeable future.” The settlement includes a list of safeguards the state has agreed to implement to protect voter’s personal information before the program can resume. Kansas has agreed not to resume operating Crosscheck until all security upgrades recommended by the Department of Homeland Security have been implemented and industry standard encryption practices are adopted. It also requires participating states to agree to a penalty of expulsion from the program for any negligent, reckless or intentional disclosure of information.
Kentucky: Last week, a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals denied a petition for a writ of prohibition against an independent counsel over the seizure of a computer from the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Michigan: The Public Interest Legal Foundation has sued Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey as well as the city’s Elections Director George Azzouz claiming that the city is woefully behind on removing deceased residents from the voter rolls.
New York: New York State Republican chair Nick Langworthy and two voters have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s Board of Elections over the lack of a special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins. The lawsuit states that “approximately 750,000 residents similarly situated within the congressional district are being denied their right to representation in the U.S. Congress and are being further denied their right to vote for a representative.”
Ohio: Eighteen people voted in Ohio as well as in another state in the November 2018 general election according to Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Ten of them voted in another state before Ohio, and the other eight voted in Ohio first, LaRose said. “According to state law, the criminal act is the second vote,” says a news release from LaRose, which says the cases of the 10 who voted second in Ohio are being referred to prosecutors here for review.
South Carolina: Circuit Court Judge Jocelyn Newman has upheld the state Republican Party’s decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary. Earlier this year, former South Carolina congressman Bob Inglis sued state Republicans, saying the party’s decision to skip a primary deprives him and others “of the ability to vote for the candidate of their choice in South Carolina’s famous (and particularly influential) ‘First in the South’ primary.”
Opinions This Week
Colorado: Election madness
Kansas: Johnson County
Massachusetts: Ranked choice voting
Maine: Election day holiday
Minnesota: Election Day holiday
New Jersey: Ranked choice voting
Rhode Island: Protecting elections
U.S. Election Assistance Commission 2020 Elections Summit – Ahead of the 2020 elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host an all-day summit to highlight important issues facing state and local election officials as they work to prepare for the 2020 primaries and general elections. State and local election officials, representatives from federal agencies that support elections, and other key election stakeholders will discuss election security and combating foreign interference in elections, preparing for high turnout, ensuring access for voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency, and recruiting and training effective poll workers, among other topical issues. Where: Washington, DC When: January 14
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.
Associate General Counsel, Investigations, North Carolina State Board of Elections— This position is located in the Legal Division, which provides full service legal advice to the agency and its appointed board. This position will provide counsel regarding agency investigations in the areas of election and campaign finance law. The position reports to the general counsel and will work closely with the Investigations Division within the agency. This position will provide advanced legal support for the agency regarding the proper interpretation and application of laws, administrative rules, and policy. Interpret laws related to investigative authority and procedure. Provide advice regarding elements of criminal offenses. Description of Work: Coordinate as necessary with investigators and state or federal law enforcement; Analyze cases; research, plan, develop, and execute effective legal strategies relating to investigations and compliance; Draft informational letters. Review investigative files, reports, and correspondence. Conduct investigative interviews for complex investigations into elections and campaign finance related matters. Salary: $75,650 – $128,071. Deadline: December 27. 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, Arapahoe County, Colorado–The Deputy Director of Elections position has direct responsibility for the entire Election Division. This position will direct complex administrative and supervisory work in activities. The Deputy Director of Elections supports the Chief Deputy Director and the Clerk and Recorder with issues concerning all operations of Elections. The following statements are illustrative of the essential function of the job. Salary: $2,882.00 – $4,374.00 Biweekly Deadline: Feb. 25, 2020. 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: $51,558.00 – 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: $2,304.00 – $2,879.00 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: $2,842.00 – $4,017.00 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, Pierce County, Washington— Coordinates and participates in the activities of a specialty in the Elections Division; determines work schedules and methods to expediting work-flow; issues instructions; and monitors work for accuracy and compliance to procedures and policies in specialty area assigned; Coordinates, organizes, and documents all legal aspects of an assigned specialty required to hold elections; Oversees all aspects of voter registration; Assists customers and candidates in all election activities; Prepares for an election following all federal laws and the Revised Codes of Washington (RCW’s) and Washington Administrative Codes (WAC’s), and County Code addressing election activities. Salary: $30.25 – $38.26 Hourly. Deadline: December 22. 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: $2,445.00 – $3,056.00 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.
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.
Investigations and Legal Specialist, Oregon Secretary of State’s Office — The Oregon Secretary of State is seeking applicants for an Investigations and Legal Specialist to support and assist the Elections Division. The work in this division is neutral and non-partisan, but often fast paced with a wide variety of responsibilities, tasks, and projects. The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for overseeing the administrative rulemaking of the division, providing safe harbor review of documents received from public agencies, providing guidance to customers and the public, working with the Department of Justice, conducting investigations, and drafting orders and related documents. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
IT & Compliance Manager, North Carolina State Board of Elections— This position serves as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the agency and reports directly to the State Board’s IT Infrastructure Manager. Position is designed to support agency functions in the areas of Security Incident Management and Response, Security Threat and Vulnerability Management, Risk Management, Security Administration; Security Education and Training; Security Publications; special security projects and investigations. This position serves as a manager overseeing cyber security projects and incident response efforts. The position manages compliance with statewide information security standards, such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and requires a strong understanding of risk assessment, risk mitigation and risk management. The work will involve sophisticated problem-solving relying on internal agency resources and external partnerships to enhance the security posture of elections administration in our state. The position will develop and implement SBE’s information security program and advise SBE leadership on all aspects related to cyber security, assess voting systems security, and evaluate threats with the support of internal and external assets. The CISO will identify and implement security enhancements at the network, system, and application levels. The position will cultivate external partnerships, including within DHS, FBI National Guard, NC Department of Information Technology, and the NC Department of Public Safety. SBE is custodian of sensitive data on all registered voters and handles complex datasets from other government agencies. Salary: 90,734 – $147,226. Deadline: December 26. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Paralegal, North Carolina State Board of Elections — The State Board of Elections’ Legal Division provides comprehensive legal support to the State Board members, Executive Director, and agency staff. Counsel are generally involved in major Agency decisions and assists in the strategic prioritization of initiatives and the Legal Division is called upon frequently to review agreements, assess legislation, navigate complex situations involving multiple stakeholders, and prepare draft directives or administrative rules. Elections matters are often litigated in the courts, and counsel coordinates the Agency’s involvement in proceedings and implementation of associated orders. This position is located in the Legal Division, which provides full service legal advice to the agency and its appointed board. This position will provide independent support to the agency’s attorneys in the areas of election and campaign finance law. The position reports to the general counsel and will also work closely with senior staff within the agency. Salary: $42,780 – $72,424. Deadline: December 27. 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 and 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.
Voting Equipment/IT Technician, Alamance County, North Carolina— An employee in this class performs election duties as it pertains to the certified voting equipment, including but not limited to coding, programming, testing and performing required maintenance on all equipment, requiring application and compliance with the Election Laws of North Carolina and Federal/State/Local voting regulations. This position performs technical and complex support activities associated with the preparation for and conduct of elections to include calibration of equipment, developing test scripts, collecting and auditing tabulation data. Employee will perform yearly ADA site evaluations and assist in assembly and distribution of precinct supplies. Employee within this position will need to possess proficiency in organizational skills, a strong aptitude in math, and knowledge of, or the ability to learn and adhere to State and local statutes/regulations affecting elections and elections process. Public speaking will be required for training classes for election workers. This position covers a variety of hardware and software support for Board of Election and their devices (PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, Photo ID Camera). Work is performed in accordance with Alamance County and Board of Election policies and procedures that are compliant with HIPAA, CJIS, and PCI. Responsibilities include but are not limited to supporting hardware and software applications, resolving technical issues through diligent research. Employee may consult with precinct officials, vendors and others to resolve technical issues. The Employees IT work will be coordinated through the Alamance County IT Network Team and compliant with the safety and security protocols set forth by the County’s IT Department. Application: For the compete job listing and to apply, click here.
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