In Focus This Week
Voting observations at year’s start
By Adam Ambrogi, Program Director, Elections
2020 will be our fifth presidential election at electionline.org – we at Democracy Fund have been proud to continue supporting and growing the work that started at Pew and has been heralded at different points by Doug Chapin and Mindy Moretti.
This is an important election to get as “right” as we possibly can.
It means candidates and campaigns behaving responsibly, election officials administering elections fairly and advocates and voters getting informed and promoting access so all the votes get counted. Wanted to kick off the new year with some thoughts about opportunities and challenges facing the elections world in the year ahead.
The security race since 2016: election officials and advocates have been working like crazy to help promote election security since 2016, but the successes may not be uniform and the cybersecurity playing field is still challenging for election administrators.
More than I would’ve thought possible, election officials at the state and local level, combined with good-government advocates, have worked intensely over the last three years, attended numerous convenings, forums, table-top exercises aimed at helping prepare themselves for a cybersecurity intrusion or other attempts to manipulate the election process. Given the broad scope of this challenge, this community pushed legislators and other government entities for the action. Some states have changed laws and Congress has provided funding (but has not made substantive legal change some believe are justly needed) in response.
So, this year, we will see the Election Assistance Commission release a second tranche of election security funding move from the federal government to the states this year. Compared to the 2018 funding, states will have a few more months to plan and use the funding; the question is how states should be using the funding. Each state is in a different place when it comes to election security — and so each state needs to assess what is the best next use of the federal funding.
One challenge that remains is ensuring that some of the funding comes down to local election officials—where the vote casting and counting actually occurs. In 2018 the distribution of federal funds to the local election officials was uneven, and our Democracy Fund/Reed College polling identified that election officials from smaller jurisdictions had less awareness of the cybersecurity risks than larger jurisdictions, with larger staff. If we accept the premise that part of interest in foreign intrusion is to make us lose confidence in our way of counting votes, every jurisdiction, small and large, needs to increase their awareness and capacity to identify and defend against threats, and check their results when they’re done.
The potential for surge in voter turnout: while election officials have been necessarily working at dealing with the newest threat and focus (risk of foreign intrusion), the fundamentals still raise concerns about how we prepare for an ever-charged and nervous electoral and political system.
Wherever you land on the ideological spectrum (including a nonideological framework), most observers feel like there is both heightened interest and heightened concern. For those who work in elections and voting issues, that presents a unique challenge. Every change, no matter how small in the system can be seen to aid one side or disadvantage the other. Combine this with polling indicating that the public is much more interested in voting in the 2020 election (compared with prior elections at this point in time). If that high level of interest holds, we may have a higher level of turnout than the last similarly situated presidential election (2016).
While the race to understand and change policies around security concerns was and is necessary, planning for 2020 has to include the potential for much higher turnout. In many ways, election officials are in a better position for higher turnout elections, as more states have early voting and no-excuse absentee mail voting than in 2020. But if the planning is a little off, and contingency plans are not in place, the inevitable error at a busy polling place may result in a line that comes to a halt, and nervous first-time voters may be frustrated at the speed of voting.
Many election officials work hard to educate the public to develop a voting plan and identify ways to reduce the “time cost” of voting. The focus on cybersecurity can’t be the reason why polling place management and a voter-centric service suffers in 2020.
Implementation of new laws matter: a good deal of reform has occurred in 2019 and appears to continue the trend where states are (hopefully responsibly) changing their laws in the ‘off federal election’ year.
There is a good deal of modernization of election laws that have been passed or adopted over the last year. The number of states joining the ERIC system grew, as did other adoptions of other voter registration improvements. Even New York, who has at times served as a lagging indicator of modern elections made some improvements in early voting and other policies. These changes are smartly adopted in a non-election year, giving states time to implement in local/state elections and then the federal primary election.
However, implementation of voting is complicated, especially in a tense political environment (as described in Observation #2 above). Any one change in an election system presents opportunity for complications but applying multiple changes at the same time take careful planning and strong communication efforts with stakeholders and the public.
If states are making changes in how people vote and they aren’t working with election officials, voter and civil rights advocates and the media to ensure awareness and strong implementation of new provisions, they run the risk of causing confusion connected to elections.
Communications awareness and responsiveness are essential in making sure the reality of a new policy is upheld. And we need to be aware that not every interaction will be perfect. On election day, over a hundred million Americans engage in the voting process; outside of tax filing day there is no equivalent of people interacting with government. Problems will emerge, should be fixed, and practices improved for the next cycle. But smart planning and implementation of new policies are key to reduce the number of problems around Elections.
CONCLUSION AND THANKS
At the start of this year, it’s also appropriate to give thanks — starting here with Mindy Moretti of electionline.org who wakes up every morning at an unusual hour to cultivate news, for the great staff at Democracy Fund’s elections team who work to both understand and improve the election and voting system every day of the year.
I’m also thankful for the advocates, election officials and academics who work hard every day to try to imagine a better system of voting, and the year we all we are about to enter. 2020 will test many elements of our elections, but I am confident we will be able to rise to the challenge and that the United States will have an election worthy of its’ people, accessible, free and fair.
Happy New Election Year!
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Election News This Week
A review by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has found no evidence that hacking caused electronic pollbooks to shut down on Election Day in 2016 in Durham County, North Carolina. In the 12-page report, federal cyber security experts say they “did not conclusively identify any threat actor activity,” but that aspects of the state’s election security could be improved. According to WRAL, state elections director Karen Brinson Bell said the state is working with county boards and the federal government “to improve security at every step in the voting process.” CISA said it assessed 24 Durham ePollbook laptops, 21 USB drives and two images of a desktop computer used to download voter registration information from State Board servers for transfer onto the USB drives during the 2016 election cycle.
The Texas secretary of state’s office has given the go-ahead to three more counties to move permanently the vote center model beginning in 2020. The counties — Dallas, Tarrant and Hays — represent more than five million people. The counties all successfully piloted vote centers during the 2019 election cycle.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has deadlocked on what to do next after a circuity court judge ordered that the commission purge approximately 234,000 voters from the state voter rolls. The ruling has been appealed and an additional federal lawsuit has been filed. The appeal and pending litigation are what prompted the Democratic election commissioners to vote against moving forward with the purge. Elections Commissioner Mark Thomsen, one of the panel’s Democrats, said those lawsuits should be allowed to play out before the voting rolls are changed. “It would seem to me premature and wrongheaded for the commission to jump ahead,” Thompson said according to Wisconsin Public Radio. Republican Dean Knudson, a former GOP state lawmaker who chairs the Elections Commission, said that he felt it was important for the commission to take action following the court order. “We are under a court order from the circuit court in Ozaukee County to follow the law,” Knudson said according to WPR. “I wish the law was clearer. But I feel like we need to do our best to follow the law.
A recent audit by the Michigan Office of Auditor General found that state and local elections officials routinely kept their access to the statewide voter registration database after they should have been removed. The review found: 7% of state workers and contractors with administrative access to the voter registry still had access to the system after they left state employment; 12% of users with non-administrative access to the system did not have that access removed when they no longer needed it to do their jobs; About 25% of users were granted more access to the system than they requested; 57% of system administrators didn’t get proper approvals before receiving access to the voter registry; and 5% of voter registry users did not have an active account on the Bureau of Elections’ online tool that provides information and guides for the registry. According to The Lansing State Journal, the Department of State acknowledge the issues but said there have been no documented cases of problems. “The audit has been helpful in identifying additional opportunities for improvement,” Department spokesman Jake Rollow said in an email. “The Bureau has taken steps to address some areas identified in the report, and will continue to make further improvements in 2020 and beyond.”
In the waning hours of 2019, and just under a state mandated-deadline, Dauphin County because the last county in Pennsylvania to commit to a new paper-based voting system in time for the 2020 election cycle. But the 2 to 1 vote wasn’t without controversy. “To put a new system in place in the heaviest election cycle,” said Commissioner Jeff Haste. “There is makes no sense to me at all. I’ve talked to a number of poll workers, judges of elections,” said Haste. “And I’ve not had one think it’s a good idea to move forward.” According to Fox 43, even the two commissioners voting in favor of moving forward with the purchase did so reluctantly.
Personnel News: Mary T. Kubicki has retired as the Kenosha County, Wisconsin clerk after a 41-year career with the county. Paul Piotrowski has resigned as the Stevens Point, Wisconsin city clerk. Dayna Causby has resigned as the Missoula County, Montana elections administrator. Jefferson County, Washington Auditor Betty Johnson has retired after 25 years on the job. Carolyn Weikel has retired as the Snohomish County, Washington auditor after 12 years as auditor and 43 years in public service. Wes Slate is retiring as the Beverly, Massachusetts city clerk effective Jan. 10. La Paz County, Arizona Recorder Shelly Baker has retired after almost 15 years in office.
In Memoriam: Betty Whitesides, longtime York County, South Carolina director of Voter Registration and Elections has died. She was 81. “Betty Whitesides was a remarkable and trusted leader who handled the massive population growth with ease,” State Rep. Gary Simrill told The Herald. “The voters in York County were indeed fortunate to have her at the helm.” According to the paper, York County’s population went from less than 100,000 in the early 1970s when Whitesides took over the office to close to a quarter million people when she retired. “York County is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Betty Whitesides,” County Spokesperson Trish Startup told the paper. “Betty was a wonderful person inside and out. She was instrumental in many initiatives that are still ongoing in the York County Voter Registration and Elections Office.”
New Hampshire: Manchester Representative Andrew Bouldin is the lead sponsor on a bill that aims to more clearly spell out the fact that people in jail have the option of voting by absentee ballot. Bouldin says he’s only proposing a change in the absentee paperwork, not any additional requirements on the part of state elections or corrections officials. “So my bill just looks to add language and a check box to that form that would indicate that they could request an absentee ballot for that reason, and cast their ballot from jail,” he told New Hampshire Public Radio.
Tennessee: Senator Brian Kelsey has introduced legislation that would allow county elections officials to tabulate early and absentee ballots earlier on Election Day and then release those numbers exactly at 7 p.m. when the polls close. “I think that we should do whatever we can to give the voting public confidence in the process and let them know that everything is fair and equitable,” said House sponsor Rep. John DeBerry. “Early tabulation will engender that confidence. If folks are waiting until 11p.m. or midnight, or the next day to find out what happened in their community’s polls, they wonder. I think that this will engender confidence in the system and the process and make folks believe that they are fully in control.”
Virginia: Delegate Joseph Lindsey plans to introduce a bill that would eliminate the commonwealth’s Lee-Jackson holiday and create an Election Day holiday instead. Lindsey introduced similar legislation in 2019, but it failed to get out of committee.
Georgia: In a 32-page ruling, Judge Steve Jones says he does not have the jurisdiction to order the state to add back about 98,000 voters who were recently removed from the state’s voter rolls. Jones wrote that the complaint “appears to be that the Secretary of State (and therefore the State of Georgia) has improperly interpreted and failed to adhere to Georgia’s new voter list maintenance statute” but it was improper to ask a federal judge to interpret state law. He also said the plaintiffs did not show evidence the list maintenance violated the U.S. Constitution.
Iowa: Secretary of State Paul Pate has identified nine voters that allegedly voted twice in the 2018 general election. Those voters are suspected of voting in Iowa after already voting in another state. Those individuals have been referred to county attorneys.
North Carolina: Three groups that help ex-prisoners rejoin society have filed suit against a state law that prohibits convicted felons from voting until their full sentence is complete, not just their jailtime. They argue that the restrictions violate the state constitution, unduly hurt African Americans and discourage voting by those who have fulfilled their sentences.
Also in North Carolina, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Bigg has officially issued a preliminary injunction against the state’ voter photo ID law. A full trial on the state’s voter ID law is planned in the coming months, but for now it’s up to Attorney General Josh Stein whether and how to fight the judge’s order.
Kentucky: Preparations to roll out Real ID in the commonwealth seem to be having an impact on the voter registration system linked to driver’s licenses. As the process of catching up from where the voter registration books were closed for the General Election, our office noticed some issues (with voter registration reports from Circuit Court Clerk’s Office),” Daviess County Clerk Leslie McCarty told the Messenger-Inquirer. “We noticed in the first week of December with them not printing any records from individuals who have been issued or renewed their license. Whatever is happening with the transportation part it isn’t connected to what it is supposed to. I think there are other clerk’s offices facing the same issue. As of now, the state is checking with the Department of Transportation to try and get it fixed. If you have made any changes from Nov. 7 to now, you need to call our office and make sure that that information is correct.”
Maryland: In order to accommodate election day registration, Maryland will use an expanded wireless network to transmit new registrations from local polling places to state officials throughout Election Day. Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator at the Maryland State Board of Elections told The Washington Post the only information the network will carry is who is registered and has voted, not how any person voted. The same type of network is used by law enforcement and public safety agencies, she said. “It’s using cellular data, but it’s a secure and closed network,” she said. “No one can find it, and the data’s encrypted, and the network is encrypted.” state Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan (D-Montgomery) said the networking equipment, which will cost counties hundreds of thousands of dollars, is not needed and “makes us more vulnerable to hacks and attacks.” She plans to sponsor emergency legislation in January to ease deadlines under which local officials must tally votes. Such a change, she said, should eliminate any justification for “this risk and cost . . . so that we put the brakes on this terrible idea.”
Opinions This Week
Alaska: Ranked choice voting
Kentucky: Ex-felon voting rights
Nebraska: Election commissions
Pennsylvania: Chaos in 2020
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
Getting Election Reform Right — Join the Bipartisan Policy Center for the release of a new BPC Elections Task Force report, which highlights recommendations across key areas of election administration. The Task Force, comprised of state and local election officials from across the country representing both Republican and Democratic jurisdictions, offers a holistic, logical slate of bipartisan election reforms for 2020 and beyond. Where: Washington, D.C. When: January 16
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.
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, Douglas County, Colorado — Directs, administers, and coordinates the Core Services of the Elections Division of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, including voter registration, conducting elections, voter education and outreach, and precincting and boundaries. Performs complex administrative and supervisory work in a variety of management functions including personnel management, statutory compliance, and execution of the integrated processes to conduct all primary, general, coordinated, and other special elections within the county. Responsible for strategic planning, policy/procedure development and implementation, and continuous improvement. Salary: $7,295.58 – $9,119.42 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Tyrrell 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 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.
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.
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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