In Focus This Week
Help America Vote Challenge
Jack Brooks Foundation and HeroX present awards for ideas for improving voter turnout
The Jack Brooks Foundation is pleased to announce the winners for the Help America Vote Challenge, a prize challenge that sought compelling, non-partisan approaches to improving voter turnout.
The open innovation challenge was sponsored by The Jack Brooks Foundation (JBF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering, educating and motivating individual Americans to participate in The Voting Process, and hosted by HeroX, the social network for innovation and the world’s leading platform for crowdsourced solutions.
The challenge sought effective methods for increasing U.S. participation in elections at the local, state, and federal levels. Participants competed for a $15,000 prize purse.
“We were blown away by the enthusiasm generated by the Help America Vote Challenge,” said Jon Bassana, President and CEO of the Jack Brooks Foundation. “Our primary goal with this crowdsourcing competition was to offer a fun and engaging way to identify solutions to improve voter turnout and the caliber of the three winning ideas exceeded our expectations.”
Please see below to read about the winning teams and entries.
1st Place – $7,500 – Vamos a Votar / Vote Week by Laura A. Miniel, Texas
Vote Week is a controlled study to promote and measure first-time voting among Hispanic teens. It has two components: Registration drives at high school campuses to answer questions and register first-time voters, and providing transportation in school buses to polls during early voting. The project is structured as a controlled experimental study, to measure and quantify results.
2nd Place – $5,000 – Providing Solutions to Voting Barriers by Spread The Vote Team, Florida
One of the most common barriers for disenfranchised voters is living in a state with restrictive voter ID laws. Spread The Vote helps individuals to obtain the IDs they need for jobs, housing, health care, and voting. It also helps clients register to vote and provides practical, easy to understand, informative and non-partisan voter guides and educational materials. Spread The Vote works both in the community at large and with partner organizations such as homeless shelters, day centers, family services organizations and re-entry programs in several states.
3rd Place – $2,500 – The Central Texas Civic Engagement Alliance by Cole Wilson, Texas
The Central Texas Civic Engagement Alliance would create a network of organizations, institutions, and clubs across Central Texas with the intent of increasing voter registration, education, and participation on campuses throughout the region. The approach would model the University of Texas-based Civic Engagement Alliance led by the nationally acclaimed student organization, TX Votes (housed within the Annette Strauss Institute).
To learn more about the winning submissions, tune into the Winners Webinar on Wednesday, May 12 at 11am PT // 2pm ET by registering for the webinar here.
The Jack Brooks Foundation hopes to identify potential collaboration partners for the winners to implement their ideas and programs. If interested in working with challenge winners or the Jack Brooks Foundation, please contact President of the Jack Brooks Foundation, Jon Basana, at email@example.com.
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Stewards of Democracy: In the latest installment of Stewards of Democracy researchers tackle “Perspectives on Election Policy and Practice from the Local Officials Who Make It Happen”. In the post, researchers examine responses to the 2020 Democracy Fund/Reed College Survey of Local Election Officials to uncover this critical group’s views on the performance and integrity of the U.S. elections system and commonly proposed election reforms. They also unpack differences across jurisdiction size and other factors. Finally, they explore election officials’ opinions on their own role in serving voters. Among the findings in this post: Local election officials are more confident in the election system than the general public, particularly within their state; Local election officials serving larger jurisdictions are more confident in the integrity of the election nationwide; Local election officials show partisan differences in their confidence in elections similar to those in the general public; Local election officials differ from the public in their support for many voting reforms, with the exception of voter ID requirements; Partisan differences on election policies among local election officials largely mirror those of the general public; Local election officials who have experience with vote-by-mail and Election Day registration are more likely to support these policies; Local election officials in states with photo ID requirements are more likely to support these policies; and Local election officials express voter-centric views about their role.
USPS Update: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved President Joe Biden’s three nominees to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Board of Governors. The nominees — Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union — now need to be confirmed by the full Senate before taking positions on the board. The nominees appeared before the panel for a hearing in which they stressed the need to restore confidence in the Postal Service with a clear plan to improve delivery service. The nominees were approved without debate.
Approximately $3.71 per voter: New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced this week that the city will spend $15 million on ranked choice voter education for the upcoming mayoral primary, the first citywide election conducted using the new system. The public-awareness campaign will be spearheaded by Laura Wood, the newly appointed Chief Democracy Officer. According to Gothamist, Wood said she planned to use this sudden burst of funding to run a multimedia ad campaign across television and radio, print, and digital platforms in 18 different languages in addition to working with community-based organizations. While the city has been rolling out ranked-choice voting since January some elected officials have warned there were still low levels of awareness, particularly in immigrant and low-income communities of color. “Without comprehensive engagement, we risk major disenfranchisement,” said City Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel, who joined the mayor at his daily briefing. Ampry-Samuel sponsored legislation that passed earlier this year that required the city to take a series of steps to educate voters about ranked-choice voting. With the new jolt of money, Ampry-Samuel said the city can make a good-faith effort to raise awareness, even if a judge decides to roll back the system. “We still have to prepare because you can’t wait around,” Ampry-Samuel said.
Wouldn’t be an issue in the Super League: All Spanish nationals on the electoral register are liable to be called up to work at polling stations, for which they are paid €65 (£56), and require mitigating circumstances to be excused. Is a second leg Champions League match against Chelsea enough to get Real Madrid star Marcelo out of his compulsory poll duty on May 4? Real Madrid is hoping to receive permission from local authorities for Marcelo to be excused from his duties as has happened previously with players from Levante and Athletic Bilbao when matches conflicted with electoral duties. Imagine if professional athletes (along with everyone else) were required to serve as poll workers in America?
Friends and Colleagues: Patti DiCostanzo, Bergen County, New Jersey supervisor of elections and Terry O’Connor, deputy superintendent have worked together for 25 years and this year they both are stepping down. DiCostanzo, 73, is retiring Friday and O’Connor, 71, is stepping down June 30. NorthJersey.com has a great piece about their working relationship and the bond between the two. They don’t even think twice about sharing the same lipstick. As they prepared for an on-camera interview in DiCostanzo’s office last Thursday, DiCostanzo suggested O’Connor needed a touch-up and offered up her tube of Jordana Matte Pretty No. 10. “Listen, we have fun with each other,” DiCostanzo said. “Been doing this a long time.” They’ve seen a lot in their years on the job together. When 276 absentee ballots in Palisades Park were called into question in 2002, DiCostanzo and O’Connor impounded them. When voting fraud charges emerged in Park Ridge in 2010, they oversaw an investigation that led to criminal charges and a new election. When Hurricane Sandy swamped some polling places days before the 2012 presidential race, they had to figure out how to get voting machines to dry land. “It was just insane,” O’Connor said. DiCostanzo is a Republican, O’Connor a Democrat, but the two women say the partisan rancor rising dramatically around the nation is not present in their workplace. “They leave their political hats at the door,” Clerk John Hogan said. “They’ve run it in a totally ethical manner, and that’s preserved the integrity of the election process.”
Personnel News: Alma D. Schultz is the new Santa Cruz County, Arizona elections director. Patty White is retiring as the Accomack County, Virginia general registrar. Shari Lentz is the new Bartholomew County, Indiana clerk. Utah County, Utah Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner has been appointed to the county commission. Santiago Marquez has resigned from the Gwinnett County, Georgia elections board shortly after being appointed. Summit County, Colorado Clerk Kent Jones is set to retire after 25 years on the job. Former State Representative Jimmy Eldridge has been appointed to the Tennessee State Election Commission
In Memoriam: Longtime Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall, who spent parts of four decades in public office in Volusia County, died in hospice this week. She was 68. McFall was supervisor of elections for 12 years before she retired in 2016, citing health concerns and a desire to spend time with her family. She served on the Volusia County Council for six years prior to that, but began her political career with eight years on the Volusia County School Board. A dozen schools were opened during her time on the school board. McFall helped oversee the hand recount of ballots in 2000 that led former President George W. Bush to victory in Florida. She was on the county’s three-member canvassing board at the time. “That was one of those life-changing moments,” she told a reporter from The News-Journal in 2016. “The world was watching us.”. “Ann was the one that could give the looks and get them in line,” recalled said Pat Northey, a longtime friend and former elected official, who was also on the canvassing board for the 2000 recount. Current Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis posted a tribute to Facebook on Tuesday. “She opened schools, chaired boards and committees and brought new voting equipment to the County. Her dedication and commitment to this county was unwavering,” Lewis wrote. McFall hired Lewis as a temporary employee in 2006, and Lewis worked under McFall for 10 years before being elected herself. “She was a great mentor to me. A huge part of her is why I am where I am today,” Lewis said. “More importantly, she was a wonderful friend.”
Alabama: The Alabama Senate passed a number of election-related bills that, among other items, narrow the timeframe for absentee ballot applications and ban voting out of state. But a measure to ban curbside voting stalled after Democrats in the chamber pushed back, saying it would make it more difficult for pregnant women and those with disabilities to vote. The Senate also passed a measure sponsored by Rep. Alan Baker, R-Brewton, that would move the deadline to mail an application for an absentee ballot from five days before an election to 10 days. But the Senate accepted an amendment from Singleton to make it seven days. The bills also include measures that penalize voting in elections outside the state; require all campaign finance reports to be filed with the Secretary of State and require changes to election laws to be effective six months ahead of an election.
Arizona: A lone Republican joined with Democrats in the Arizona Senate on Thursday to block a controversial bill to remove some voters from the permanent early voting list. The bill was stopped not by a lawmaker sympathetic to mounting national criticisms of the measure, however, but from a legislator who wants even broader changes to the state’s election laws. Sen. Kelly Townsend, a Republican from Mesa, said she supports Senate Bill 1485 but would not vote for it until the Senate completes a recount of Maricopa County’s general election ballots that is only starting this week. Townsend argued it would be premature to approve a few changes in state election laws and potentially adjourn without acting on the results of the Senate’s audit until the next legislative session in 2022.
Arkansas: A bill to eliminate the Monday before the election as a day when early voting is available passed in the Arkansas Senate. Senate Bill 485 by Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, was sent to the House on a 19-13 vote. Proponents of the bill said it’s a measure to give election workers time to process votes and a buffer before the election on Tuesday, while lawmakers from both parties and voting-rights groups have said it takes away the day with the highest early voter turnout. “Voting is a right. That is established. But early voting is a privilege,” Hammer told senators. The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 11 to 4 to advance the bill in the House. The bill failed in the House on a 39 to 43 vote.
Colorado: Democrats have introduced an 82-page bill to change some of Colorado’s elections laws. The bill would restrict future drop boxes from being located at police stations or sheriff’s substations. Under the new legislation, drop boxes will also be required to stay open to people in line at 7 p.m. on Election Night, just like what is required at voting centers for people in line at in-person voting sites at 7 p.m. on Election Night. Walking up to the dropbox, but still not far enough away, does not count as waiting in line. A good chunk of the bill focuses on recall petitions and recall elections. The petition circulators, the people asking you to sign their petition, would be required to wear a badge that says “VOLUNTEER CIRCULATOR” if they are not paid. If they are paid, the badge would be required to say, “PAID CIRCULATOR,” along with their name and phone number. The petitions being circulated would also be required to have the estimated cost of the recall election printed on the petition. The bill will also require colleges and universities to email all students during the first full week of the fall semester and last full week of the spring semester to provide information on how to register to vote or update their voter registration. The bill also allows a voter’s registration to be automatically updated if they update their name or address with Medicaid and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. In 2019, Colorado law changed to allow automatic voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This would build off of that provision.
Florida: In a 23-17 vote, mostly along party lines, the Senate approved a controversial bill that would make dozens of changes to Florida’s vote-by-mail laws. Senate Bill 90 would make several changes to how Floridians vote by mail, including: Possessing or dropping off more than two vote-by-mail ballots per election cycle, except for ballots belonging to family members, would be illegal; Requests for vote-by-mail ballots would only be requested for the next general election cycle, not the next two cycles; Ballot drop boxes would only be used during early voting hours and would have to be monitored by an elections supervisor employee; A variety of changes to how vote by mail ballots are counted and challenged, which elections supervisors oppose.
The Florida House on Wednesday voted along party lines for its version, which would require Floridians to present ID when leaving a vote by mail ballot in a drop box, a move that elections supervisors have warned would lead to long lines. The 77-40 vote followed hours of heated debate and accusations by Democrats that Republicans were trying to prevent people from voting. The House bill is now going back to the Florida Senate. To become law, both chambers must pass the same bill before the end of the legislative session, scheduled on Friday. The current House version of the bill, released at 1:33 a.m. Tuesday, includes some key provisions that aren’t in the Senate version: Anyone using a ballot drop box would have to show an ID when dropping off a ballot; When a member of a county or municipal elected body resigns to run for another office, the governor would appoint the replacement instead of voters choosing one in a special election; and It no longer blocks no-party affiliated candidates from jumping late into a race, a prohibition that had been a remedial response to the use of no-party candidates to sway the outcome of races, a practice that led to the recent arrest of a former Republican senator
Hawaii: State lawmakers Tuesday passed a measure that would make Hawaii the latest state to implement automatic voter registration. Senate Bill 159 passed a floor vote in the Senate with 23 “ayes” and one “aye” vote with reservations while the 51-member House voted to pass the measure with one representative voting “no.” The bill now advances to Gov. David Ige for his signature. If signed into law, it goes into effect July 1. The measure makes an application for voter registration part of all state identification card and driver’s license applications. It also ensures that changes to names and addresses of people already registered to vote are automatically updated unless the person declines. Voter registration information would be shared only among the counties, Department of Transportation, election personnel, and the online voter registration system.
Indiana: Among the bills that died in the last hours before lawmakers temporarily adjourned their 2021 legislative session was Senate Bill 353, a bill that at one point was likened to controversial Georgia legislation aimed at absentee voting procedures. The bill had passed the third reading on the House floor April 14. But, due to differences in the language of the bill from what passed earlier in the Senate, SB 353 had to go to a conference committee so lawmakers could come to a final agreement on the bill’s provisions. The conference committee met earlier this week but did not take action. SB 353 initially would have required an individual to show proof of citizenship to register to vote. Houchin later amended the bill to remove that provision and added another that said to apply for an absentee ballot, voters would be required to provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, as is required by the Georgia legislation. Houchin also added a provision that allowed only the Indiana General Assembly to reschedule an election or expand absentee voting as Gov. Eric Holcomb had done after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. That version was passed by the Senate, but the bill was amended in the House to remove the Senate provisions, leaving only a requirement that if Hoosiers applied for an absentee ballot online, they would have to provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
Kansas: Gov. Laura Kelly (D) vetoed two election bills, one that would tighten advance mailing rules and another that sought to prevent the executive and judicial branches from altering election laws. “This…is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. It is designed to disenfranchise Kansans, making it difficult for them to participate in the democratic process, not to stop voter fraud,” Kelly said in a statement. House Bill 2332 and House Bill 2183 passed the Senate with a veto-proof majority. But they will need four additional votes in the House for limitations on advance voting to become law and one more to override Kelly’s veto on limits to executive and judicial authority. House Bill 2332 prohibits the executive and judicial branches of government from creating election laws. It also prevents the Secretary of State from entering into consent decrees with a court without legislative approval. House Bill 2183 focuses largely on mail-in voting. It limits who is permitted to return a mail-in ballot for another person and makes it a misdemeanor for one person to return more than 10 mail-in ballots. The measure also requires the signature on a mail ballot to match the signature election officials have on file, creating a potential for votes to be discarded, and bans the Secretary of State from extending mail-in vote deadlines. The bill also makes it illegal to backdate a postmark on a ballot and bars election offices from accepting money from any entity other than the state for administering elections.
Louisiana: Senator Sharon Hewitt has proposed a bill to create a commission that would oversee the selection process of new voting machines. The Secretary of State has had to halt his search for machines twice and now there are hopes this commission can ensure voter trust in the process. The selection of voting machines has come with challenges and with unproven claims of voter fraud still being discussed after the 2020 election, the legislature hopes to create trust in the process. The commission would be made up of election and cyber security experts as well as politicians and governor appointed members.
A House committee advanced a bill to extend the time to prepare and verify absentee ballots prior to election day. It also advanced a bill that may soon allow your teenager to accompany you into the voting booth. Both bills were written by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria. The bill involving teens would permit children up to 15 years old to enter voting booths. Present law allows parents to bring only a pre-teen child into the booth. Harris’ other bill would allow parishes, with permission from the secretary of state, to process mail-in and early voting ballots starting three days before election day.
Maine: Senator Dave Miramant, D-Camden, introduced a bill this week that would direct the Secretary of State to study the options for establishing an automatic vote-by-mail system in Maine. LD 1354, “Resolve, To Study the Establishment of a System of Voting by Mail,” was the subject of a public hearing before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. “Over 20 years ago, Oregon became the first state to conduct its elections exclusively by mail-in voting. Since then, I have been studying the system developed in Oregon and have even met with and talked to several of their legislators about the challenges and successes in establishing vote-by-mail in their state,” said Sen. Miramant. “This has increased voter participation and is more in line with the convenience that many voters enjoyed during the recent presidential election.”
Massachusetts: The Boston City Council voted Wednesday to move the city’s preliminary election up by a week to allow officials more time to facilitate mail-in voting should the Legislature extend the voting reform through the fall or make it permanent. The date change passed with nearly all members voting in favor and Councilor Annissa Essaibi George voting present. The proposal still needs Mayor Kim Janey’s signature to take effect. If Janey signs it into law, the city’s preliminary election would move from Sept. 21 to Sept. 14, a measure that former Mayor Marty Walsh supported prior to his departure.
Michigan: The Michigan House approved proposals several elections-related bills including ones that would shift the statewide primary election from August to June and would do away with local elections in May. Supporters of the four bills contend that the changes would give officials more time to prepare for the November election by shifting the primary earlier, and would save money by ending the May election. Under the proposals, which still have to go before the state Senate and be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the changes wouldn’t take effect until 2023. The main bill in the package passed in a 63-46 vote with Republicans mostly in support, and Democrats mostly in opposition. Sixteen House Democrats crossed over to vote with majority Republicans in favor of the bill. The House passed three other election-related bills Tuesday. One would generally require the Bureau of Elections to canvass initiative petition signatures within 90 days of their filing with the state. It passed 60-49. Another would require county clerks to update the qualified voter list to cancel the registration of deceased electors each month. It passed 109-0. A third would expand the locations that may be used as polling places in Michigan to include privately owned clubhouses or conference centers located within an apartment complex. It passed 106-3.
Minnesota: The Republican-controlled Senate is advancing a bill that would change same-day voter registration in Minnesota. Those registering to vote on Election Day would fill out a provisional ballot that would be counted only if it’s verified they’re eligible. G-O-P Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester said “election integrity is…just as important as voter turnout.” Burnsville Democrat Lindsey Port argued processes are already in place to audit elections, particularly very close ones. Port said, “this bill does not deter fraud. It deters people’s votes from being counted.” She warned that voters in Greater Minnesota might have to travel long distances to address problems with their provisional ballots.
Montana: Future petitions for ballot initiatives in Montana will come with a warning label if the attorney general determines the proposal could hurt businesses, under a bill endorsed by the Senate. House Bill 651, from Rep. Marta Bertoglio, R-Clancy, was amended by Republicans on the Senate State Administration Committee earlier this week to include the warning label language, as well as barring citizen-brought initiatives from increasing or expanding eligibility for government programs. The bill was originally written to insert the Legislature into the ballot initiative process, requiring that a committee of legislators vote to approve or disapprove of the measure before a group backing the initiative can begin collecting the petition signatures needed to place it on the ballot. The result of that vote would be placed on the petition. That portion remains in the bill.
Less than two weeks after a bill to restrict ballot collection was voted down by the Senate, Republican lawmakers resurrected a portion of the measure into a separate piece of election legislation this week. The amended bill prohibits anyone from turning in another person’s ballot if they receive a “pecuniary benefit” for doing so. The Senate added that language into House Bill 530, which had been a relatively uncontroversial measure granting rulemaking authority to update election security to the Secretary of State. It sailed through the House unanimously at the beginning of March. But Democrats in the Senate objected to the amendment, which was added to the bill by Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls. Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, noted that the term “pecuniary benefit” is not defined in the bill and argued that could be construed broadly. The previous attempt to pass that legislation, House Bill 406, failed to clear the Senate on a 23-27 vote earlier this month. The amendment passed on a 30-20 vote, and the amended version of the bill passed on a party-line, 31-19 vote. HB 530 is sponsored by Rep. Wendy McKamey, R-Ulm, and as originally written had been identified as a priority by Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen. Having cleared the Senate, House Bill 530 still needs to go back to the House to consider the amendment. The bill has now been approved by House a final time and heads to the governor’s desk.
North Carolina: A bill that would require legislative leaders to sign off on lawsuit settlements involving the General Assembly has been approved by North Carolina Senate. Senate Bill 360 was filed by the chairs of the Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee in response to a legal settlement that changed election rules ahead of the November election. Legislative leaders said the negotiations were done in secret with party allies, cutting out the General Assembly, which was a co-defendant in the case. The leaders of the Senate and House are Republicans, while the state’s election board is majority Democrat. The bill’s sponsors said the legislation would “prevent state agencies from circumventing the lawmaking process and changing laws through settlements with friendly plaintiffs.” Bell has argued the settlement temporally changed the rules and not state laws.
Ohio: A new Republican-backed Ohio elections bill would: streamline the process so that information provided to the BMV is used electronically to register someone to vote; The Monday before Election Day would be removed from the early voting calendar. The bill sponsors say this is to allow elections officials to be “wholly focused on preparation for Election Day.” The preceding weeks of early voting would be unchanged; Ohioans would be able to request an absentee ballot online. Doing so would require two forms of identification, similar to existing online voter registration. (A separate proposal calls for adding electronic versions of bank statements/utility bills as permissible forms of ID.); County boards of elections offices would be allowed to place up to three drop boxes outside their office. The boxes would only be available for the 10 days prior to Election Day except for cases of a pandemic or other public emergency; Make the absentee ballot request deadline 10 days before the election; Restrict the secretary of state from prepaying postage only if the legislature authorizes it first; The bill would codify other actions a voter can take (besides voting) to restart the clock and prevent their voter registration from being purged. This includes signing a petition for a candidate/issue as well as any activity conducted at the BMV; All 17- year-olds would be eligible to serve, regardless of grade level.
Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill to extend early voting by a day. Senate Majority Leader Kim David says Oklahoma ranks last for voter turnout when looking at the eligible population. Oklahoma also has the shortest in-person voting period in the country. Lawmakers hope that by extending early voting more people will vote. Senate Bill 482 now heads to the House.
A bill that aims to improve the accuracy and efficiency of state elections has been signed into law. Senate Bill 710 authorizes the Secretary of the State Election Board to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which is “a multi-state partnership that uses data-matching tools to enhance the accuracy of voter registration lists.” SB 710 also allows the State Election Board to share data with ERIC, send Oklahoma’s voter registration notifications to eligible citizens not yet registered and notify voters who need to update their address for voter registration purposes.
Tennessee: The Tennessee Legislature nearly unanimously approved a bill that requires the addition of a watermark on all absentee ballots. The Tennessee Election Integrity Act would have little impact financially on local election commissions, according to the bill’s fiscal note. Senate Bill 1314 passed the Senate, 27-0, on Monday, and the House adopted the Senate version of the bill Tuesday, 92-1. The bill will now head to Gov. Bill Lee to sign. Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, said there are five vendors in the state that provide the paper for absentee ballots and all are able to put the watermarks on the ballot. After some debate on the cost of previously purchased paper without the watermarks, Griffey said the estimated cost would be $105 per election commission. A previous version of the bill required that no private funds could be accepted by election commissions or election officials for use in conducting an election. The original bill was aimed at preventing “dark money” from being involved in elections. The amended version, however, was about only the watermark addition to paper absentee ballots instead.
Federal Lawsuits: Fox News Media filed a new response in its battle against the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit voting machine company Smartmatic has filed against it for spreading former President Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs, who are also the subject of the defamation lawsuit from the company, filed responses Monday as well. The latest move comes after a filing Smartmatic made on April 13 that was itself a response to the motions Fox, Bartiromo, Pirro and Dobbs filed on Feb. 12 to dismiss Smartmatic’s initial complaint. In their most recent filings, Fox, Bartiromo, Pirro and Dobbs reiterate many of the defenses they used when they first asked the court to dump the defamation suit. All four defendants once again claim Smartmatic didn’t prove they were acting maliciously while discussing or reporting on the company and the election, a standard the U.S. Supreme Court set in the 1964 case The New York Times v. Sullivan.
Arizona: The Arizona Democratic Party and the sole Democrat on the Maricopa County board of supervisors filed suit in an effort to the block the Senate’s ballot recount and audit of the county’s 2020 general election. The lawsuit alleged Republican Senate President Karen Fann pledged to a judge that the Senate would protect ballot and voter privacy before he ruled the Senate could access 2.1 million voted ballots and the tabulation machines. Instead, they say she is outsourcing the recount to a biased third party and putting election integrity at risk. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher order the audit to be halted, but he required a $1 million bond from the Democratic Party which it did not put up and therefore the audit proceeded. Coury ordered that the recount fully comply with Arizona law and asked the Senate, as well as its contractors, to provide more information on policies and procedures for a hearing on Monday morning. “I do not want to micromanage and it is not the posture of this court to micromanage — or even to manage — the process by which another branch of government, the Legislature, the Arizona state Senate, proceeds,” Coury said.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin has rejected an attempt to keep secret the procedures used to recount the 2.1 million ballots cast by Maricopa County voters. Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based firm hired by the Arizona Senate to oversee the hand recount, had sought to keep the public from learning the details of how it is conducting the work. Martin said those details should be heard in open court, however. While the decision could soon give the public a much broader understanding of the process than it has had since the recount began on Friday, Martin also allowed the Senate’s audit to continue without any additional rules or restrictions. According to The Arizona Republic, Martin’s decisions during a hearing on Wednesday morning signaled that the legal battle over the recount would go on for several more days while workers continue to pore through Maricopa County’s ballots at their temporary home inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which the Senate has leased until May 14. “The record presented by plaintiffs, including a number of sworn declarations, contain instances of concerning conduct and expert opinion as to whether the audit complies with law and best practices but no substantive evidence of any breaches or threatened breaches of voter privacy,” Martin said.
Colorado: U.S. District Court Magistrate N. Reid Neureiter dismissed a class-action lawsuit that originated in Colorado against Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook and others accused of conspiring to cost Donald Trump last November’s election. Neureiter issued a ruling less than 24 hours after arguments to dismiss the case Wednesday afternoon, because the plaintiffs who say they were harmed by unfair election tactics have the same problems as dozens of other failed cases have had: lack of standing. The suit asked not to turn over the results of the election but to penalize the defendants $1,000 for each of the more than 160 million voters, adding up to more than $160 billion. Neureiter said the suit was a “generalized complaint” — meaning it was based on information that hasn’t been proven — and that it lacked enough facts “to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face” and failed to “plausibly allege violation of constitutional rights.” Standing requires plaintiffs to have personally suffered a concrete and specific harm linked directly to the conduct they’re challenging that can be fixed by a court decision. “The Complaint, viewed as whole, is a generalized grievance about the operation of government, or about the actions of the Defendants on the operation of government, resulting in abstract harm to all registered voting Americans,” Neureiter wrote. “It is not the kind of controversy that is justiciable in a federal court.” The judge cited similar verdicts and similar cases to the one he was dismissing in the Trump election saga that have also been dismissed by other judges in other states. “In sum, federal courts addressing these issues, whether in the 2020 or other elections, are nearly uniform in finding the types of election-related harms of which the Plaintiffs complain insufficient to confer standing,” Neureiter wrote.
Georgia: A federal lawsuit filed this week alleges that Georgia’s voting law is racially discriminatory against Black, Latino and Asian voters by making it harder for them to vote with absentee ballots, during runoffs and on election day. The case is the sixth lawsuit attempting to stop the new voting rules since Gov. Brian Kemp signed them into law last month. The suit by the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and several other organizations alleges that drop box restrictions, earlier absentee ballot deadlines, quicker runoffs, long lines and ID requirements will have a disproportionate impact on Black voters and other historically disenfranchised communities. “The bill’s target is clear: to create barriers, a move to silence voters of faith and decrease the political power of Black and brown voters,” said Richard Morales, policy director for the Faith in Action Network, a plaintiff in the case. “The law is plain and simple voter suppression, aimed at making it harder for Black and brown voters and voters of faith to have a voice in our democracy.” The lawsuit says the voting law is discriminatory because it disproportionately affects voters of color who cast absentee ballots and suffered through long lines at a higher rate than white voters. The legal complaint objects to strict limits on drop box availability, a deadline to request absentee ballots 11 days before election day, a reduction in early voting before runoffs, ID verification requirements of voters who lack a state ID, bans on early voting buses and a prohibition on handing out food and water to voters waiting in line.
Indiana: U.S. Supreme Court justices want Indiana to justify its absentee voting restrictions and have formally requested the Indiana Attorney General’s Office to respond to a constitutional challenge after the state previously waived its right to reply. The formal request came in a letter to Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher from the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a high-profile voting-rights suit pending potential high court review. A petition for writ of certiorari is pending before SCOTUS in the case, Tully, et al. v. Okeson, et al., 20-1244, which argues for no-excuse absentee voting in the Hoosier State. “Although your office has waived the right to file a response to the petition for a writ of certiorari in the above case, the Court nevertheless has directed this office to request that a response be filed,” the letter says, setting a response deadline of May 21. The AG’s office responded to a request for comment with this statement attributed to Fisher: “We look forward to providing our views as to why the question whether states may permit voters 65 and over to vote by mail — which has not even generated disagreement among lower courts — is not worth the Court’s attention.” The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in October affirmed Indiana’s absentee ballot laws that require voters to meet one of several conditions to cast an absentee vote by mail or in advance at a polling place. The court found it was too close to the election to entertain efforts to expand voting rights.
Indiana argued before a Seventh Circuit panel last week that its new voter purging rules should be allowed to take effect. After losing a legal battle over its initial 2017 statute SB 422, which updated how the state can remove registered voters who may have moved out of state, Indiana passed a new law, SEA 334, which was the subject of oral arguments at the Chicago-based appeals court. The original lawsuit against SB 422 filed in August 2017 challenged the amendment to state voting laws that took away checks the plaintiffs say are required by the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, in order to remove voters from the rolls. Indiana used the Crosscheck system, which matches names and birthdates of registered voters in two or more states. SB 422 allowed the state to remove those voters based on Crosscheck results without notifying them, going through a waiting period or receiving written notice from a voter that they want to be removed from the state’s system.
Ohio: The Ohio Supreme Court ordered Secretary of State Frank LaRose to reappoint Summit County GOP Chair Bryan Williams to the Summit County Board of Elections. “The committee has met its burden of proof to show that LaRose’s reasons for rejecting Williams’ appointment were not valid and that he abused his discretion,” the court order reads. “We therefore grant a writ of mandamus ordering LaRose to reappoint Williams to the Summit County Board of Elections.” At issue was LaRose’s March 3 letter rejecting the reappointment of Summit GOP Chair Bryan Williams to the Summit County Board of Elections. The same day, Elections Director Amanda Grandjean wrote a letter notifying the board it was placed under “administrative oversight.” LaRose and Grandjean each listed the same seven reasons for their decisions, including the board’s poor handling of the November presidential election and how the board maintained its voter rolls. The problems at the board, LaRose contends, “likely” led to the disenfranchisement of qualified voters – namely, people convicted of a felony but not incarcerated and eligible to vote – and at least one instance of voter fraud through a dead person’s active registration. The court’s opinion Tuesday states that “LaRose’s concerns about a dysfunctional board culture remain the product of rumors and suspicions,” since the claims were based partially on a years-old complaint that was not investigated or confirmed by LaRose’s office. In a statement, LaRose spokesman Rob Nichols said his office is disappointed in the court’s ruling, and the elections board remains under administrative oversight. “Though disappointed, we respect the Court’s decision,” Nichols said. “As Ohio’s chief elections officer, Secretary LaRose will continue to fight for integrity and accountability at Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as evidenced by recent changes made at other county boards of elections and upheld by the Court. The Summit County Board of Elections remains under Administrative Oversight until they deliver the level of competence the citizens of that county deserve.”
Pennsylvania: Erie Postmaster Robert Weisenbach has filed suit in Erie County Common Pleas Court against U.S. Postal Service employee Richard Hopkins, the right-wing activist group Project Veritas and its founder James O’Keefe for claiming in the days following the Nov. 3 presidential election that Weisenbach was part of a plot to tamper with ballots in order to help then-candidate Joe Biden steal the election from then-President Donald Trump. Weisenbach and his wife, Carolyn Ann Weisenbach, are suing Hopkins, Project Veritas and O’Keefe over claims of defamation, negligent misrepresentation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jered Ede, chief legal counsel for Project Veritas, called the lawsuit “a fantasy land of baseless supposition upon which meritless claims are built” in an email to the Erie Times-News. The lawsuit, however, contends that the defendants attempted to “create shock, alarm, and distress amongst American citizenry” and that their actions caused the Weisenbachs to suffer “enormous stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, depression, anger, and torment.”
Opinions This Week
National Opinion: Ex-felon voting rights | Voting rights, II | Democracy | Recounts | Election integrity
Arizona: Election legislation | Election fraud scam | 2020 Audit, II, III, IV
California: Election officials | Recall | San Luis Obispo County
Florida: Ann McFall | Voter suppression | Election legislation
Georgia: Democracy | Voter suppression
Michigan: Election legislation | HR1
Montana: HR1 | Missoula elections
Nevada: Election fraud | Secretary of state, II
New Hampshire: Secretary of state
New York: Onondaga County
North Carolina: Local election dates
Pennsylvania: Bucks County
Rhode Island: Election integrity
South Carolina: Election legislation
Texas: Voter suppression | The Big Lie | Election legislation, II, III
Virginia: Voting rights
West Virginia: Voting rights | HR1
Geo-Enabling Elections: Strengthening election systems with GIS: The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) are hosting five free 60-minute training sessions exploring the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to increase the accuracy and reliability of election data. The series takes place over five consecutive Thursdays, May 6 to June 3. The content is a good fit for state and local election administrators with the staffing capacity to facilitate technically complex, cross-governmental partnerships, as well as GIS professionals seeking to understand the specific opportunities and challenges of working with elections offices and their data. Each course in this series highlights one of NSGIC’s five best practices for geo-enabling elections written by a team of election officials and their GIS partners. When: Begins May 6. Where: Online.
Media Literacy Education: The National Association of Secretaries of State, with support from The Democracy Fund is presenting a three part webinar series on cybersecurity, media literacy and strategies for communicating #TrustedInfo—all topics we’ve heard that you’d like to hear more on! Webinar 2’s goal is to define what public media literacy is, engage the national media literacy group and suggest resources/connections/examples for states. Featuring a nationally renowned expert on media literacy. 2:30 to 3:30pm Eastern. When: May 17. Where: Online.
Communication Strategies & Promoting Trusted Election Information: The National Association of Secretaries of State, with support from The Democracy Fund is presenting a three part webinar series on cybersecurity, media literacy and strategies for communicating #TrustedInfo—all topics we’ve heard that you’d like to hear more on! Webinar 3’s goal is how election officials can effectively communicate to the media and the public about trusted election information. By using specific communications tools, leveraging media and having a robust communications strategy built on #TrustedInfo’s foundation, election officials can promote credible, accurate election information as well as build confidence in the process. 2pm to 4pm Eastern. When: June 9. Where: Online.
IGO 4th Annual Conference: The IGO 4th Annual Conference is scheduled for July 15-21 at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City. Check please visit the IGO website for more information about agendas and registration. When: July 15-21. Where: New York City.
NASED Summer Conference: Twice a year, NASED members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration. Members of the public are welcome to attend at the non-member registration rate. The Summer 2021 conference is scheduled for August 13-16 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa. Check please visit the NASED website for more information about agendas and registration. When: Aug. 13-16. Where: Des Moines, Iowa.
NASS Summer Conference: Twice a year, NASS members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration. The Summer 2021 conference is scheduled for August 13-16 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa. Check please visit the NASS website for more information about agendas and registration. When: Aug. 13-16. Where: Des Moines, Iowa.
Job Postings This Week
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Administrative Specialist III (Ballot Collection Lead), King County, Washington— This is an amazing opportunity to be engaged in the election process! The Department of Elections is recruiting a Ballot Collection Lead for the Elections Services Division. Under the direction of the Ballot Collection & Logistics Supervisor, this position will provide logistical support for ballot collection, fleet, and warehouse tasks and lead processes, projects and temporary staff. With over 70 ballot drop box locations throughout King County, this is a work group that continues to grow and evolve. This is a great opportunity for a detail oriented person with warehouse/receiving, data entry and strong interpersonal skills. King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registrations and elections for more than 1.4 million voters in King County, the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. KCE’s mission is to conduct fair, open and accurate elections. As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on three key priorities – (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. The Department of Elections is searching for an energetic and resourceful professional who likes to “get stuff done”. The Ballot Collection Lead position in the Elections Department combines an exciting, fast-paced environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will thrive in an innovative, fast-paced 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.
Assistant IT Chief, Dallas County, Texas— Manages, oversees and performs technical and administrative work of information technology for the Elections Office. Provides technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the elections technology program while assisting the Elections Administrator in strategic, tactical and elections related compliance. Oversees the design, implementation and evaluation of systems to support end users in productive use of computer hardware and software; collaborates with the County’s Information Security Officer, IT operations, IT applications to ensure best-in-class recording and elections security, infrastructure and client services. Directs and oversees IT projects and systems to ensure security, quality control and efficiency; facilitates the development of each project to meet customer needs. Plans and implements enterprise information systems to support elections operations. Manages and directs IT personnel to establish workload priorities; coordinates projects and reporting of activities while maintaining workflow estimates. Facilitates communication between staff, management, vendors, and other technology resources within the organization and with outside stakeholders. Provides project management oversight for key initiatives and division-level responsibilities. Manages the division budget expenditures and related administrative tasks. Plans, directs, and monitors the development, installation and maintenance of computer programs and associated computer operations necessary to achieve functional departmental systems. Develops the design specifications of computer systems, programs and operating systems, with the following core competencies: Security Analysis, Design, Business Process Improvement, Data, Modeling, Development, Planning, Implementation, Test Script Development, Monitoring/Controls, Troubleshooting/Problem Solving, Documentation and Service Motivation. Collaborates with the Information Security Officer, IT Operations, IT Applications and PMO to ensure best-in-class procedures and security standards for the security of all elections information and established IT programs. Directs and/or assists in the resolution of highly complex or unusual business problems that cross various IT disciplines and agency boundaries. Develops and establishes department standards and procedures, including application development, quality assurance, incident management, documentation and project management. Evaluates, plans, reviews, and recommends long-range enhancements for computer hardware, software and data communications equipment. Performs other duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Bilingual Coordinator/Clerk, York County, Pennsylvania— Assist in the voter registration and election process. Coordinates all bilingual activities of the Election/Voter Registration Office. Assemble and pack supplies for local election boards. Answer telephone. Assist in the voter registration and election process including scanning signatures. Assist at the front counter. File as required. Assist Spanish-speaking voters, candidates and other members of the public through interpretation and service. Coordinate all bilingual activities of the Election/Voter Registration Office. Speak before various community groups concerning the election/voter registration process. Other reasonable duties as assigned by Supervisor. Salary: $11.50/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Campaign Finance Director, North Carolina State Board of Elections— The primary purpose of this position is to oversee the agency’s administration of campaign finance disclosure, auditing, and the non-compliance process, supervise the program analysts and disclosure specialists, and develop processes, procedures, policies, and training for the laws and regulations for state and county campaign finance administration and for committee treasurers, candidates, and other regulated entities. This position works collaboratively with other agency divisions including Election Administration, Training & Outreach, Business Operations, Legal, and Investigations. The position works closely with the Associate General Counsel focused on campaign finance to ensure policies and procedures are legally compliant. This position works with legal and investigations to provide input on campaign finance investigations. It also provides recommendations on policies, advisory opinions, and investigations to the agency’s executive director and board members as needed. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
CEO, Verified Voting — Verified Voting is seeking its next CEO for its 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) entities. In the course of completing its strategic plan, Validating 2020, Verified Voting has significantly expanded its team and programmatic capacity to address the urgent need for greater accuracy, security, and verifiability in elections. The organization is now looking for a dynamic and experienced executive to lead the Board and staff through its next strategic planning, implementation and evaluation process as it continues to fulfill its mission. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will manage a team of seventeen. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Organizational Strategy and Vision; Fundraising and Resource Development; Financial Management and Operations; Outreach and Communication; Human Resources / Staff Management; and Board Relations. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Certification Program Manager, Hart InterCivic— The Certification Program Manager performs high level management of multiple state and federal certification activities. The Certification Program Manager assists with developing the state certification roadmap in conjunction with internal stakeholders, communicates the roadmap to other departments, and provides direction for Certification Project Managers for individual certification campaigns. Additionally, the Certification Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that equipment inventory is appropriately utilized and tracked. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Chief Counsel, The California Citizens Redistricting Commission— The California Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) seeks a Chief Counsel with demonstrated experience and expertise in implementation and enforcement of Administrative or Constitutional law, combined with the background and knowledge to support the Commission’s redistricting mission. The applicant should be a creative problem-solver with strong communication, negotiation, and relationship building skills. A strong candidate for this position will have a background in the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requirements and experience advising public commissions, boards, agencies or departments. This is an exempt executive assignment position, non-tenured, full time, and is appointed by the Commission. Employees of the Commission occupy non civil service positions serving at the pleasure of the Commission. This position is Limited Term 24 months. It will not become permanent; it may be extended or be canceled at any time. The position will be located in Sacramento, California. Frequent travel may be required. The Commission is a 14-member body created by the passage of the Voters FIRST Act, in 2008. It is charged with redrawing the California State Senate and Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2020 census. The Commission must draw the districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of reasonably equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. It is a further mandate that this process be conducted in an open and transparent manner, allowing for participation by the public. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director, Lake County, Ohio— The Lake County Board of Elections (Painesville, Ohio) is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Director of the Board of Elections. Situated in Northeast Ohio along Lake Erie, Lake County boasts a strong local economy with diverse dining, entertainment and housing options. Lake County ranks 12th in the State of Ohio in voter registration population with approximately 163,000 registered voters, 56 polling locations and 163 precincts. The Board plans to implement a new voting system in 2021, which is one of the many exciting projects the new Deputy Director will assist with upon appointment. The Board’s 7 full-time employees and numerous seasonal employees offer decades of combined election experience and are committed to administering free and fair elections. The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Republican Party and will reside and register to vote in Lake County within 30 days of being appointed. Additional minimum qualifications include the following: a high school diploma or have attained the equivalency of a high school diploma (GED). College level education is desired. Baseline understanding of the rules, processes, procedures, and equipment used in local election administration, including: Operating voting machines and other automated office equipment; managing a successful and efficient database; using, understanding and applying election law terminology; understanding the basics of Ohio’s “sunshine laws” governing open meetings and public records; and, receiving and implementing assignments and instructions from board members and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. Managerial requirements, as demonstrated by previous work experience, include the following: Effective written and interpersonal communication abilities; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; familiarity with relevant state and federal human resources policies and practices; familiarity with the handling of budgets and public appropriation of funds; ability to perform duties as assigned by the law, the board of elections, and/or the Secretary of State; ability to convey or exchange information, including giving and managing assignments or direction to board personnel; ability to adapt and to perform in a professional manner under stressful or emergency situations; ability to comprehend a variety of informational documents; and, ability to conduct self at all times in a professional and courteous manner. Ideal candidates will have previous employment at a Board of Elections or similar elections office and experience with programming elections using hardware and software provided by Election Systems and Software (ES&S) as well as Triad Government Services voter registration software. Starting salary is negotiable and recruitment is open until the position is filled. The successful applicant must consent to and pass a statewide criminal background check. Qualified applicants must send cover letter and resume to Lake@Ohiosos.gov or mail hardcopy of the same to: Attention: Board Members; Lake County Board of Elections; 105 Main St. Ste. 107, Painesville, OH 44077
Deputy Elections Administrator, Dallas County, Texas— Assists with the direction and oversight of absentee mail voting, early voting, and election day voting for 1.1 million registered voters; ensures the voter registration rolls are accurate and complete; and assists in the oversight of the campaign finance files for candidates and office holders. Coordinates with the County IT Department in managing the department’s purchased software solutions and developing internal software solutions; coordinates employee usage of software. Negotiates, drafts, finalizes and manages comprehensive election contracts with the Elections Administrator; ensures compliance of contracts for thirty (30) contracted elections per year; and presents briefings and orders for Commissioners Court, the Election Board and the Citizen Election Advisory Committee. Assists the Elections Administrator in managing the budget, monitoring purchases and developing strategic, operational, and budgetary plans. Manages daily activities of staff; reviews and approves delegated personnel functions with the Elections Administrator regarding hiring, evaluating, disciplining, training and terminating of early voting election judges and staff, the utilization of equipment, and the reporting of counted ballots and election results; provides direction and guidance to supervisory staff on personnel issues. Monitors, reviews and analyzes statutes, regulations, and election legislation to determine impact on election operations and to ensure compliance. Performs all functions of the Elections Administrator in his or her absence. Interacts with judiciary, department heads, elected officials, other County staff and the general public to resolve problems, provide information and communicate ideas. Performs other duties as assigned. Salary Range: $8,077-$10,081/month. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Denver, Colorado — Do you have a passion for democracy and working in elections administration? If so, we want to hear from you! The City and County of Denver has an exciting opportunity for an appointed Director of Elections to serve in the Office of the Clerk & Recorder Paul D. López. Join our team of dedicated public servants in supporting residents while upholding public trust and integrity in our elections process. The Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder serves Denver residents through two primary divisions: Elections and Recording/Public Trustee. By making more than 11 million records available online and providing electronic recording, the Office of the Clerk and Recorder allows people to do business more efficiently 24 hours a day. It is responsible for managing technology to collect, preserve and disseminate records that reflect and verify ownership, transfer, encumbrance, and foreclosure rights of all real property in the City and County of Denver. It issues and records marriage and domestic partnership licenses; administers records for elections and lobbyist information, has executive authorization to formally execute all contractual agreements with the City, and has executive and legislative authorization to formally implement and publish all policies, ordinances and appointments in the City and County of Denver. The Elections Division within the Office of the Clerk and Recorder provides comprehensive elections services for the City and County of Denver, including voter records, voter services, ballot operations, technical and logistical support, and election administration. The Denver Elections Division is a national leader and vanguard of elections administration, with a reputation for innovative and voter-centric service. Salary Range: $99,649 – $159,438. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Processing Supervisor, San Diego County, California— Election Processing Supervisors organize, direct, and supervise the activities of sections within the Registrar of Voters’ – Voters Services Divisions. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning, scheduling and coordinating activities related to vote-by-mail ballots, sample ballots, election mail pick-up, voter records and registration, training, election equipment and warehouse; providing lead work in special projects and assignments; providing interpretations and ensuring proper implementation of Federal, State and local laws regulating elections. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Superintendent, Mason County, Washington— The Election Superintendent is responsible for the overall management, supervision and implementation of all facets of voter registration and of all federal, state and local elections. This includes the preparation, distribution, process and tabulation of ballots, ballot and election security and secrecy of each voter’s ballot. All of these tasks must be performed while maintaining accuracy, efficiency and transparency. This position must utilize county and grant funds in the most effective way to implement short and long-term goals, organize personnel, facilities, and time to assure optimum services to Mason county. This position requires a high level of complex computer skills and the ability to be the public face of the department. Salary: $5,175-$6140/month. Application: Mason County Human Resource 411 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA 98584.
General Registrar, Prince William County, Virginia— The General Registrar is an appointed state employee and sworn official with overall responsibility for administering the provisions of Virginia election laws under guidelines established by the State Board of Elections and the Prince William County Electoral Board, including the duties and powers of the General Registrar as stated in Title 24.2 of the Code of Virginia and in compliance with other federal, state and local laws and policies. With yearly and frequent elections, the General Registrar is responsible for the oversight of a large and complex voter registration and election administration agency with approximately 20 full-time employees and more than 1,000 election officers. The General Registrar consults with, advises and reports to the Prince William County Electoral Board on all issues relative to election administration and voter registration. The General Registrar, working with the Electoral Board identifies suitable polling places, acquires and test voting and other equipment, recruits and trains Officers of Election, and obtains technical support and financial resources. Learn more about us on a virtual tour by clicking here. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Policy Associate, National Conference of State Legislatures— The policy associate will work in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program in NCSL’s Denver office. Broadly, this position includes research, analysis and program/meeting planning related to election administration. Primary duties will include collecting and maintaining data related to election legislation; responding to research requests; maintaining webpages and other internal and external resources; coordinating speakers, agendas and logistics for meetings; and developing connections with state legislators, legislative staff and subject-area experts. Public speaking will be minimal at the beginning but will expand with experience. The policy associate will work under the direction of supervisors and in collaboration with other Elections and Redistricting team members. The policy associate may also have responsibility for independent research projects, databases or webpages. All major work products will be reviewed by senior professionals or project managers. Travel several times a year will be expected. Salary: $4,199 /month. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Service Technician, Hart InterCivic— A Regional Service Technician responds to all customer requests ranging from training requests, to phone support requests, to onsite repair of voting equipment requests. This individual is one of the local customer’s support routes. The position requires residency in Harris County, Texas. The Regional Service Technician handles all Return Material Authorization (RMA) requests for external customers for all Hart InterCivic Verity products within his/her region and provides on-site customer support and troubleshooting on an as-needed basis. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Registrar of Voters, San Diego County, California— The Registrar of Voters is an executive management position that leads the Department and provides eligible citizens of San Diego County with widespread and ongoing opportunities to register and vote in fair and accurate elections for all federal, state and local offices and measures; and provides access to the information needed to utilize the initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes. Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree and five years of management level experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification. The ideal candidate for this position will have executive level decision-making skills in the area of election administration, as well as organizational and political acumen in order to advise and provide direction for ROV programs and services. Candidates familiar with election administration principles, campaign finance, election technologies, voting procedures, and federal and state election laws, are preferred. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for consideration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Research Director, Center for Election Innovation and Research— The Research Director will report to the Executive Director and lead CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election policy, generally. The Research Director will set goals aligned with CEIR’s mission and provide the research team with strategic direction on how to reach those goals, all while ensuring the rigor, integrity, and quality of all research activities. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Information Security Specialist, Oregon Secretary of State’s Office — The primary purpose of this position is to administer the information security program and serve as the technical security advisor for the Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. This accomplished in part by, but is not limited to: Ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of agency information assets by providing guidance on security incidents, security features and/or risks in a given information systems environment. Work with Federal, State and County Election offices on cybersecurity best practices on Elections and voting systems. Provide system administration for information security hardware and software. Monitor, track compliance and document incident handling responses on existing systems. Conduct Information System Security Engineering activities at the subsystem and system level of design and provides security consultation on proposed designs. Enforce compliance with Configuration Management (CM) and Information Security governance to ensure IT policy, directives and guidance are followed on agency systems and Election systems. Complete Vulnerability scans, Information System Security audits, analysis, risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection/prevention and log monitoring of computing resources. Provide support for system engineering life cycle from the specification through the design or hardware or software, procurement and development integration, test, operations, and maintenance. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Virtual Event Planner, Early Voting Information Center— The Early Voting Information Center (EVIC) at Reed College seeks out a virtual event planner and project manager with a strong understanding of United States politics, particularly as it relates to election policy, to help lead, coordinate, plan, and execute an applied research project focused on understanding and strengthening the capacity of local election administrators in the United States. EVIC seeks out an individual who can help to coordinate and engage academic teams, local and state elections officials, and other stakeholders engaged in the research efforts. The lead project team is located in Portland, Oregon, but remote work is possible. Time demands are expected to be ten hours/week with some variation, beginning on or around May 1stand ending October 31, with a possibility of extension. Application: Interested candidates should send a short letter of interest, qualifications, and description of applicable experience; and a resume or curriculum vita to Karen Perkins at email@example.com.
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