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December 30, 2021

December 30, 2021

In Focus This Week

In & Out
What’s In & Out for election administration in 2022

By M. Mindy Moretti

You’ve waited all year for it, so without further ado, here is electionline Weekly’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out in election administration for 2022.

Not surprising, given the past few years, the tone of the list this year decidedly a bit more bitter than in years past — although we did tell contributors that minor cussing was allowed and no one took us up on that offer so maybe there’s still hope.

We usually like to highlight some of the folks who left the industry each year on The List, but sadly, there were just too many this year to include everyone so we went with not including anyone.

As always, a hat-tip to The Washington Post that began its version of The List 44 years ago in 1978 and inspired us to start ours. Interestingly, in this year’s The List, the Post has debating ranked choice voting as being in for 2021. None of our contributors even suggested it. We’ll see who is right in about 365 days.

Happy New Year and here’s to a better 2023!

Out: Will 2020 ever end?
In: Wait – it’s 2022 already?!

Out: Alleging vote stealing
In: Defending libel lawsuits

Out: Voters going to wrong precincts because of errors
In: Voters going to wrong precincts because of redistricting

Out: Poll worker shortages
In: Poll worker heroism

Out:  Panic over vote suppression
In: Panic over election subversion

Out:  Election worker harassment
In: Election worker reinforcement

Out: Swarms of cicadas
In: Swarms of voters

Out: Election misinformation in the news
In: Truthful election expertise in the news

Out: Quiet election administrators
In: Election officials speaking up and out about the integrity of the system

Out: Politicizing the act of voting
In: Promoting the act of voting

Out:  Post-election audits
In:  Post-election audits and demands of “forensic” audits

Out:  Concerned citizens asking election officials what safeguards are in place
In:  Upset citizens claiming that elections have no safeguards

Out: Sad girl autumn
In: Motivated voters

Out: Elections having an end date
In: Eternal audits and recounts

Out: Recounts
In: Three-counts (hat tip to the ’93 Bulls)

Out: Local control
In: State election police

Out: Ballot selfies
In: Ballot TikToks

Out: 20 FOIA requests a year
In: 20 FOIA requests a day

Out: Legislators grumbling about local election officials (and vice versa)
In: Aspirational legislators protecting local election officials (and asking them for input on bills)

Out: Voters choosing mail voting
In: Voters splitting their choices on mail voting and in-person voting

Out: Contentious partisanship
In: Even more contentious partisanship

Out: Waiting in line to date Pete Davidson
In: Not waiting in long, unmoving lines to vote

Out: Private, philanthropic or charitable funding of elections
In: Sufficient (barely adequate?) government funding of elections

Out: Rejected ballots
In: Signature cures

Out: Waning confidence in elections
In: Increasing confidence in elections (we can hope)

Out: Facebook
In: Meta

Out: “I Voted” stickers
In: “I Voted” tattoos

Out: Bipartisan approaches to elections
In: Nonpartisan approaches to elections

Out: Election/Voting misinformation solely by foreign adversaries
In: Election/Voting misinformation predominantly by our fellow Americans

Out: Therapy for Election Workers
In: More Therapy for Election Workers

Out: Fretting about political advertising policies and disinformation on Facebook
In: Finally regulating Meta

Out: Debating Ranked Choice Voting
In: Figuring out how to actually do Ranked Choice Voting

Out: Nationwide trends in election administration
In: States pulling in different directions

Out: Death threats when their guy didn’t win
In: Death threats when their guy does win

Out: Secure the door to the ballot storage room.
In: Secure all the doors in the office.

Out: No federal funding
In: Federal funding? Please?

Out: Staying above the political fray
In: Commitment to protecting democracy no matter what

Out: Guns at polling places
In: Dogs at polling places (let’s do this America!)

Out: More coordination with the USPS
In: More coordination with the Justice Department

Out: Trusted, veteran election officials
In: We’re all holding our breath…

In, always in:  Concern that state legislatures will pass stupid, harmful legislation.

Some of our contributors included: Doug Chapin, Brian Corley, Josh Goldman, Ricky Hatch, David Levine, Charlotte Levitt, Chad Lorenz, Mindy Moretti, Gary Sims, Whitney Quesenbery, and team efforts from The Elections Group and the National Conference of State Legislatures. There were a few who asked not to be listed as a contributor and now more than ever, we get it.

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Election News This Week

Elections Manual Dispute: Once again, the Arizona Elections Procedures Manual is in dispute, this time the disagreement between Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. According to the Arizona Republic, Brnovich is withholding his required approval of the manual unless numerous sections with which he disagrees are struck from the 300-page document. Included in his objections are sections that outline how elections officials are to carry out the requirements of the two new election-related bills passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  Hobbs created a draft in consultation with county elections officials statewide and after seeking feedback from the public. The law requires approval from the attorney general and the governor before it can take effect. While Hobbs accepted some of the revisions Brnovich suggested, she said others are “wholesale deletions” that have no basis in law. If the two cannot reach an agreement, the 2022 elections will be governed by the 2019 manual. This is not the first time the manual has been in dispute.

Congratulations! The American Red Cross has presented Michael Arvanites an elections surveyor for New York City with the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action. During the June 2021 primary in New York City, Arvanites stopped by the polls at the Staten Island Technical High School at the same time poll worker Robert Ramsey collapsed while outside on a break. Arvanites, a Red Cross volunteer, learned CPR as an Eagle Scout and quickly sprang into action and performed CPR on Ramsey, who was in cardiac arrest, until emergency services arrived. “I put my ear to his chest, couldn’t hear a heartbeat,’’ Arvanites recalled. “I started hand-only CPR and he came out of it and grabbed my arm. Right around then, [Assemblyman] Mike Cusick had flagged down the firefighters and they took over.’’ Ramsey was taken to Staten Island University Hospital where he underwent a coronary bypass and aortic valve replacement. He survived and was expected to make a full recovery. The certificate is awarded to individuals who step up in an emergency and help save or sustain a life using lifesaving skills. These individuals exemplify the mission of the American Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

Personnel News: Heather Ditty has been appointed the new San Joaquin County, California registrar of voters. Ruie Lavoie is the new Baltimore County, Maryland director of elections. Anne Druin is the new Methuen, Massachusetts city clerk. Coweta County, North Carolina Director of Elections Jane Scoggins is retiring after 18 years in the elections office. Ed Packard, the administrator of elections for the Alabama secretary of state’s office has announced his candidacy for secretary. Leigh M. Chapman has been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve as the Pennsylvania secretary of the commonwealth. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, who is the state’s chief elections official, announced that he will not seek re-election in 20022. Crawford County, Ohio Elections Director Ruth Leuthold is stepping down after 30 years in the office. Longtime Osseo, Minnesota City Clerk LeAnn Larson is retiring. Kathy Holland is retiring as the Alamance County, North Carolina board of elections director. Mike O’Donnell has announced his candidacy for Colorado secretary of state. And congrats to Vigo County, Indiana Clerk Bradley M. Newman for being named the elections administrator of the year by the Indiana Elections Administrators.

In Memoriam: Nancy Worley, who served four years as Alabama’s secretary of state has died. She was 70. Worley was elected secretary of state in 2002. She served one term. A native of New Hope in Madison County, Worley was a teacher before she entered politics. She taught for 26 years at Decatur High School, teaching both English and Latin. Before running for political office, Worley twice served as president of the Alabama Education Association. “Nancy Worley was a true public servant and great Democrat with a heart for the people. She will be sorely missed, and we offer our condolences to her friends and family,” State Rep. Chris England said.

Legislative Updates

Anchorage, Alaska: The Anchorage Assembly adopted updates to the city’s procedures for handling elections this week. The 9-2 vote occurred in a special Assembly meeting after members were initially set to vote on the matter last week. Such adjustments to city election rules are routine, generally happening each year to improve the process for certifying local votes. Assembly member Felix Rivera characterized such changes as “a regular process” that has happened around two dozen times since 1980. But this year, in the wake of a mayoral runoff that saw “unprecedented harassment” of local officials amid the spread of disproven claims about the 2020 presidential election, the process dragged on after acrimonious testimony from skeptical members of the public. Most of the adjustments are technical. They include provisions like putting 24-hour livestreamed monitoring of the voting center into city code, establishing training requirements for elections observers and clarifying the municipal clerk’s ability to limit in-person observers.

Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the introduction of a “catch-all” elections bill this week that he said is aimed at improving transparency and confidence in the election process. The text of the elections bill Dunleavy said he plans to introduce isn’t available yet, but Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer said that one part of the bill would make changes to the automatic voter registration of anyone who gets a Permanent Fund dividend. He said it leaves a lot of people on the rolls who don’t want to vote or who left the state. Another aspect would allow voters a chance to correct their ballot if they make a mistake, such as forgetting to sign the envelope on a mail-in ballot.

Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills that will make candidates’ $100 filing fees nonrefundable and direct the fees to the local government’s general fund to be used only for the purchase and maintenance of voting equipment. House bills 4282, 4283, 4284, and 4295 amend the Michigan Election Law. The bipartisan legislation would boost clerk’s offices by depositing the fee in the general fund of the candidate’s county of residence to be used for the purchase and maintenance of voting equipment. “Most candidates didn’t even realize that their $100 filing fee could possibly be returned to them,” said Rep. Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon. “These bills remove that refund and make the jobs of our local clerks easier, while still allowing candidates the choice of gathering the signatures required or paying a now non-refundable filing fee.”

New Hampshire: Undeclared voters have had a say in New Hampshire’s primary elections for over 100 years, but one bill would change that. While the current system allows New Hampshire’s roughly 410,000 undeclared voters to decide on election day which party’s primary they want to vote in, HB 1166 would require voters to declare a party affiliation at least four months in advance. This would do away with the longstanding tradition of having New Hampshire primaries semi-closed — a hybrid type of primary in which previously undeclared voters can participate in the partisan primary of their choice. HB 1166 would restrict New Hampshire primaries to only allow members of each party to vote in their primary elections. This system, called a closed primary, is not uncommon, as bill sponsor Rep. David Love pointed out.

New  York: Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed two election administration bills into law. One bill requires absentee ballots to be counted by election night, while the other requires the state to increase the number of early voting sites in each county. The latter aims to cut down the amount of time candidates and the public have to wait to know the results of elections — as more and more races have been called based on absentee votes during the pandemic. The legislation would require local boards of election to count the absentee ballots as they come in, so the full — albeit unofficial — count is released on election night. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022. The other bill requires local boards to open at least one early voting place for every 30,000 registered voters in each county. It would nearly double the number of early voting sites across the state and expand hours at each site.

Washington: Rep. April Berg (D-Mill Creek) has drafted a bill that will keep guns out of places where ballots are cast and counted. As written, House Bill 1618 would ban firearms and other dangerous weapons from election offices, ballot counting facilities,, voting centers and student engagement hubs. Law enforcement officers would be exempt. Private security personnel hired by a county would be too, if they’ve completed firearm training. “There are already places in our society where we, based on the potential for intensely emotional situations, do not allow weapons,” Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell  said. “Elections and political perspectives can stir equally intense emotions. This proposed bill is a reasonable step to help ensure official election facilities are safe spaces for voters and election workers.”

Legal Updates

Federal Litigation: Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, former Georgia election workers, are suing Rudy Giuliani, One America News Network and several of the network’s top executives for pushing a series of debunked conspiracy theories about the workers’ role in the 2020 election that they said put them in physical danger and threatened their livelihoods. Freeman and Moss, mother and daughter, worked as poll workers counting ballots at State Farm Arena in Fulton County, Ga., during the November 2020 election. In a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C, the two asserted that they became the center of a series of unfounded conspiracy theories pushed by Giuliani. “As a result of their vital service, Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss have become the objects of vitriol, threats, and harassment,” they said in the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. “They found themselves in this unenviable position not based on anything they did, but instead because of a campaign of malicious lies designed to accuse them of interfering with a fair and impartial election, which is precisely what each of them swore an oath to protect.” complaint argued that Giuliani and OAN pushed claims about Freeman and Moss even after state election officials released statements debunking the allegations. The lawsuit, which names OAN president Charles Herring, founder Robert Herring and the network’s White House correspondent Chanel Rion, noted that well into 2021 OAN continued to broadcast claims that Freeman engaged in election wrongdoing, despite evidence disproving those claims.  “With no concern for the truth or the consequences of their willful conduct, Defendants baselessly portrayed Plaintiffs as traitors who participated in a carefully planned conspiracy to steal the presidential election in Georgia,” the complaint said. Freeman and Moss said the consequences of the claims have been devastating to their lives.

Michigan: Attorneys for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging millions in private donations to local election clerks, much of it from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, damaged the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and violated the law. The lawsuit is one of the last remaining Michigan lawsuits among a plethora filled after former President Donald Trump lost the election that many supporters called fraudulent, although there is no evidence to support that claim. SOS spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer said she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, but said: “As we’ve seen many times over the past year, lawsuits are often used as (public relations) tools to undermine faith in elections so that they will be easier to overturn in the future. All clerks are officials of local government, and they make public exactly what donations they receive and how those funds are spent.” An MLive investigation into the grant funds revealed they were distributed widely to both Republican and Democrat-leaning communities, but it’s impossible to perform a full analysis, since the Center for Tech and Civic Life didn’t reveal the local grant amounts and the totals weren’t tabulated by state officials. MLive found no evidence that Benson’s office specifically encouraged Democrat-leaning communities to apply for the grants. Her office did notify all clerks in the state that the grant funds existed and provided information on how to apply.

Minnesota: According to Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan, county commissioners have no authority under the law to conduct a forensic audit of the county’s 2020 election results. That legal opinion prompted the board to unanimously support a motion from Commissioner Rosemary Franzen directing staff to prepare a resolution urging Secretary of State Steve Simon to perform an audit of the county’s results. Although the 5-0 vote was met by applause from the gallery of about 70 forensic audit supporters, the board would still vote on whether to approve such a resolution at a future meeting. Ryan — who outlined every statute, rule and court case he believed relevant to the legal questions the county board asked him to explore — said his interpretation of the law finds the authority to reopen sealed ballots after this much time rests with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, not local authorities.

New Jersey: Superior Court Judge Daniel McCloseky will decide by the end of the year how to handle a contested Old Bridge Township Council race where a Republican incumbent who lost by 11 votes says the Middlesex County Clerk mailed ballots to the wrong voters. McCloskey promised a written decision on a request by Councilman Mark Razzoli to invalidate the election results, a motion by Democratic Councilwoman-elect Jill DeCaro to dismiss the complaint, or whether to take the matter to trial. The issue is whether Nancy Pinkin, the county’s top election official, followed boundaries set in the 2011 ward redistricting map put voters from the odd numbered homes on one side of Cymbeline Drive in Ward 2, and the even numbered homes on the opposite side of Cymbeline Drive residing in the Ward 4. The Middlesex County Counsel’s office, representing Pinkin, is blaming the mistake on the New Jersey Secretary of State’s office, saying the information in the Statewide Voter Registration System was incorrect.

Texas: Isabel Longoria, elections administrator for Harris County, and Cathy Morgan, a deputy registrar in Williamson and Travis counties asked a federal court in Texas for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit seeking to block provisions of a new elections law in the state that prohibits public officials from soliciting vote by mail ballot applications. Longoria and Morgan argue in their 24-page motion that the mail-in voting provisions violate their First Amendment right to free speech.  The motion comes 18 days after the plaintiffs filed their federal lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and district attorneys in Harris, Williamson and Travis Counties, seeking to block provisions of Senate Bill 1 that created criminal and civil penalties for soliciting vote by mail applications.  A person found to have violated the vote by mail solicitation rules faces a mandatory minimum of six months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. Longoria and Morgan argue that the law — passed during a special legislative session in September — creates a content-based restriction on their right to discuss vote by mail applications. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that they are not allowed to encourage or direct eligible voters to request an application to vote by mail because that could be seen as soliciting. But discouraging voters from applying to vote by mail is not prohibited.  The officials assert that the restriction does not protect a specific state interest worthy of suppressing speech.  “Senate Bill 1 subjects me to criminal prosecution for encouraging eligible voters to vote by mail so they may participate in our democracy, an option they have under Texas law,” said Longoria in a statement.

Washington: Kittitas County Superior Court Judge Candace Hooper has ruled that Yakima County must pay nearly $272,000 in legal fees and other costs in a settlement over alleged Voting Rights Act violations. Plaintiffs — Seattle-based immigrant rights group OneAmerica and Campaign Legal Center—had sought $2.1M but Hooper ruled that amount was unreasonable and reduced attorney hours claimed by more than 60% and denied other expenses, including $3,480.90 in bar admission fees for seven attorneys so they could practice law in Washington state. In the ruling, Hooper said awarding fees encourages election systems be corrected, but they “should not hamstring or injure the very representative government which the statute was meant to improve, or present local jurisdictions with overwhelming debts and the now properly representative officials with an impossible financial burden from the start of their terms.”

Wisconsin: Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford heard arguments over the subpoena authorities of a former state Supreme Court justice investigating the 2020 election on behalf of a legislative committee controlled by Republicans. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman  Gableman has issued multiple subpoenas for documents and testimony. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, sued on behalf of Elections Commissioner Meagan Wolfe and the WEC in October, claiming the subpoenas are overbroad, serve no valid legislative purpose and unlawfully demand testimony in private rather than publicly, among other reasons. Assistant Attorney General Gabe Johnson-Karp argued last week that the subpoenas pose “grave due process issues” because they demand private depositions at Gableman’s Brookfield office beyond statutory authority and carry the threat of imprisonment if the subpoenaed person does not comply. Lanford said at the close of proceedings she would issue a written decision on the plaintiffs’ injunction motion and the defendants’ motion to dismiss on or before Jan. 10.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Democracy, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIIVoting Rights Act | Sec. 203 designations | Voting rights | Noncitizen voting rights

Alaska: Democracy

Arizona: 2020 election review

Florida: Elections police, II

Georgia: Voting rights | Election wasn’t stolen

Missouri: Voting rights

Montana: Statewide voter registration database

Ohio: Federal election legislation

Pennsylvania: Election funding

Texas: Voter fraud | Citizenship review

Virginia: Voting rights

West Virginia: Federal election legislation, II

Upcoming Events

IGO Mid-Winter Conference: The International Association of Government Officials will hold its 2022 Mid-Winter Conference in-person in Indian Wells, California. Registration is currently available. Check back for more information on the agenda. When: January 20-25, 2022. Where: Indian Wells, California.

NASED Winter Conference: Watch this space for more information. When: January 27-30, 2022. Where: Washington, DC.

NASS Winter Conference: Watch this space for more information. When: January 27-30, 2022. Where: Washington, DC.

Job Postings This Week

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

Account Management Specialist, EI-ISAC— The EI-ISAC is looking for an ambitious teammate who is passionate about making a difference in the realm of cybersecurity for (SLTT) election offices. The ideal candidate will be comfortable building relationships with the election community to support and advance the mission of “confidence in a connected world.” What You’ll Do: Support the development and execution of the EI-ISAC strategy and mission; Assist election officials to determine security needs and how they integrate with election technology; Facilitate communications between election officials and IT professionals; Provide exceptional service to all members and be able to explain the concepts and services that can protect their technology via email, phone calls, and WebEx meetings/conferences; Ensure ongoing customer satisfaction and retention; Assist with the scheduling and running of member meetings and webinars; Responsible for the onboarding process of new members; Research, record, track, and report on member prospects and qualified leads to the team and management; Assist with data cleanup, reporting, and any ongoing projects; Update metrics for EI-ISAC reports and presentations; Represent the EI-ISAC in a professional and courteous manner; and Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Assistant Registrar of Voters, San Diego County, California— The Assistant Registrar of Voters is an executive management position reporting to the Registrar of Voters (Director). The Assistant Registrar assists the Registrar in managing the overall responsibilities and activities of the Department to include providing 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 provide access to the information needed to utilize the initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes. The ideal candidate for this position will have sound decision-making skills in 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 California election laws are preferred. Salary: $150,000- $160,000. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2022. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Consultant: Network Coordinator, U.S. Elections, The Carter Center— The Carter Center is seeking two consultant Network Coordinators to work as part of an established team on efforts aimed at the adoption and implementation of an electoral code of conduct at the state or national level. Working with Carter Center staff and consultants, the Network Coordinators will work to build diverse coalitions at the state and national level to gain signatories to and support for a code of conduct for promoting good elections. In order to uphold our nonpartisan approach, The Carter Center is considering both politically right-leaning and left-leaning consultants to support this effort. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director, Filing, Disclosure and Compliance Division, Michigan Secretary of State’s Office— This position serves as the Director of the Bureau of Elections’ Filings, Disclosure and Compliance Division. The Division is responsible for administering the Campaign Finance Act, Lobbyist Registration Act, Casino Registration Act, portions of the Michigan Election Law, and Notary Public Act. This position is responsible for managing and overseeing multiple complex work units and other professional staff; core programs related to campaign finance and lobby registration reporting, disclosure and compliance; Office of the Great Seal, including intake of enrolled bills and assignment of Public Act numbers, filing of Executive Orders and Executive Directives, document authentication and certification; state-level candidate filings for office and statewide initiative, referendum and constitutional amendment petition filings; and Bureau responsibilities related to the Board of State Canvassers. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Administrator, Hood County, Texas— Provides customer assistance necessary in structuring, organizing and implementing the voter registration process and the county election process. Examples of Important Responsibilities and Duties—Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Perform voter registration duties and the duties of organizing and conducting elections for the county; Hire, supervise and train department employees and election workers; Custodian of election equipment and all election records; Effectively manage public relations for the Election Administrator office by providing election information, issuing press releases, conducting interviews and participating in interviews with the media; Prepare and present annual department budget for approval of the County Elections Commission; Make reports to and work closely with the County Election Commission as well as the County Commissioners Court; Provide the clerical assistance needed by the Commissioners Court in canvassing precinct election returns; Responsible for filing of petitions, determining their validity and any other matters preceding the ordering of the election; Be willing to work and possibly contract with other political subdivisions in the county for their election needs; Attend annual Texas Secretary of State Election Law Seminar and any other functions deemed necessary; Represent the county in an honest and professional manner; and Perform any and all other duties of an Election Administrator as set forth in the Texas Election Code. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Analyst-Candidate Filings, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office— The Election Services Division of the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State is seeking a dedicated employee to serve as an Elections Analyst. This position will assist in administering elections, provide customer service to voters and the regulated community, communicate with Arizona counties, and maintain compliance with state and federal election laws. The main focus of the Election Analyst will be managing the candidate desk. Job Duties: Lead the planning and administering of the candidate petition review process, to include working with vendors and third parties to prepare and execute review process for candidate petitions. Develop training materials and handbooks. Present information to stakeholders and interested parties regarding the candidate filing process. Follow court challenges at the close of the candidate filing process. Maintain the candidate information on the webpage. Act as the primary contact for candidates and campaigns about the candidate filing process; Assist ballot measure desk lead in administering petition review process for initiatives, referendum, and recalls. Assist in developing training materials and handbooks for ballot measures. Assist in processing of circulator registrations related to petition circulation and creation of training materials and handbooks for circulator registrations; Act as subject matter expert in financial disclosure laws and regulations. Draft training materials and handbooks to assist filers in achieving compliance with disclosure requirements. Communicate with officeholders and proxies, judicial officers, and court administrators to provide accurate and concise filing information and instructions. Work with court administrators to track and inform new appointees of filing obligations. Track financial disclosure filings and initiate enforcement proceedings as necessary; Provide customer service to voters, election officials, and the general public regarding elections and voter registration. Provide support and guidance to the regulated community and the general public in areas of Elections Division oversight, including ballot measures, petition circulators, lobbyists, campaign finance, financial disclosures, etc.; As required, serve in a general capacity to accomplish Elections Division goals and meet deadlines. Provide support to upline managers by occasionally coordinating employee teams or working with specialized staff to complete projects. Assist fellow staff during periods of heavy volume; Help maintain all election-related information presented on the Secretary of State website, while ensuring content quality and functionality. Provide timely and accurate updates to election-related pages; and other duties as assigned as related to the position. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Analyst-Public Records, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office— The Elections Division of the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State is seeking a dedicated employee to serve as an Election Analyst. Their main focus will be to fulfill public records requests submitted to the Elections Division. They will report to the Senior Elections Policy Manager. Job Duties: Responsible for receiving, reviewing, and fulfilling public records requests and litigation discovery requests. This process includes the following tasks: tracking requests; communicating with the requester on topics such as fulfillment guidelines, costs, and updates on progress; coordinate collection and organization of responsive records by working with IT, elections, and other staff members; and reviewing and preparing documents for delivery; Responsible for records retention and document storage. Ensure Elections Division stores minimum hard copy documents consistent with the retention schedule; ensures that electronic records are properly maintained. Maintains records retention schedule, Iron Mountain storage, and schedules proper records destruction; Conducts ballot measure Town Halls. Organizing these events includes: scheduling venues; scheduling interpreters as needed (sign language, Spanish); conducting publicity and outreach; ensuring pro and con groups are represented; preparing and delivering presentation; Produces statewide Publicity Pamphlet by working with the vendor on layout, printing and proofing; coordinate the development of the household mailing list; ensuring pamphlets printed for English, Spanish, large print, and ADA; and ensure electronic version of pamphlet is appropriately distributed; Assist with voter registration quarterly reports, list maintenance, and other projects as assigned; Assist with customer service via phones and emails to voters, election officials, and the general public regarding elections and voter registration; and Other duties as assigned as related to the position. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Director, Pima County, Arizona— The Director of Elections leads a department comprised of multiple complex and technical units responsible for the successful conduct of elections in Pima County with over 650,000 registered voters.  The role is primarily strategic, operations, and leadership-focused, requiring experience and expertise in the field of conducting elections, elections policy, leading and managing employees to success.  Under administrative direction of the County Administrator or designee, this position plans, organizes, supervises and manages the activities of the Pima County Elections Division in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. This classification is in the unclassified service and is exempt from the Pima County Merit System Rules. Salary: $125,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Office Technician, Yavapai County, Arizona— The Elections Office Technician is a full-time position within the Yavapai County Elections Department. Major responsibilities include: Recruiting, interviewing, training, and overseeing poll workers; Processing candidate, special district and committee forms and paperwork, including campaign finance reports; Maintaining various databases for the Elections Department; Communicating with various stakeholders and the public; and Performing general office duties including ordering supplies, processing invoices, and filing. 2 years of professional experience in administration of elections, project planning, or adult learning required. Preference to applicants with experience in Microsoft Access. Salary $18.30 – $22.33 / hr, DOE.  Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Support Specialist, Marion County, Oregon— his position is responsible for defining the election in the Oregon Centralized Voter Registration (OCVR) and election management system; designing, printing, proofing and testing ballots in the Hart Verity system; then, with Election Board Workers, scanning, resolving, tallying and reporting results. This position develops and publishes the Voter Pamphlet. This position manages the return envelope scanner/sorter operation and labeling outgoing military/overseas, out-of-state and supplemental ballot packets. This position manages the Clerks Office website. This is both a technical and a customer service position. Salary: $24.99 – $33.50 Hourly. Deadline: Jan. 3, 2022. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Fellowship, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office— The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office Elections Fellowship Program offers recent graduates who are interested in public service the opportunity to spend up to 12 months working with the Elections Division in the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. The Elections Division advances the Secretary of State’s mission of ensuring a fair and secure election process across Arizona. The 2021-2022 fellows will have the exciting opportunity to work with our office during a midterm election cycle. The main fellowship duties will include work that advances the Secretary of State’s responsibilities regarding voter registration and data tracking. This position will be a good fit for someone who is detail-oriented and interested in learning more about elections administration. Throughout their fellowship, fellows will participate in monthly check-in meetings with an Elections team lead to receive guidance and feedback. Job Duties: Assisting with proofing voter registration statistics, researching voter cancelations, assisting uniformed and overseas citizens with voter registration and casting a ballot, election night reporting, proofing the official canvas, and other administrative duties; Maintaining and organizing records to track statutory voter registration list maintenance and election reporting requirements; Conducting document review to support the Office’s public records responses; Researching and responding to public inquiries; and Other duties and responsibilities as related to the position. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Government Services Strategy Impact and Learning Associate, CTCL— Election officials want to administer elections where every eligible voter can easily and securely cast their vote. But moving from intention to real-world impact can be challenging, especially without evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. As the Strategy, Impact, & Learning Associate on CTCL’s Government Services team, you will help measure and maximize the impact of CTCL’s work supporting election officials. You will identify metrics, design evaluations, coordinate with partners, and collect and analyze data. You will contribute to a culture of learning at the heart of CTCL’s Gov Services team, which will expand outward to our partners that work directly with election offices, and expand further outward to every election office in the country. You will be filling a new position and will report to the Senior Strategy, Impact, and Learning Manager. If you care about democracy, if you believe in the importance of public service, and if you love to exceed expectations, this is the job for you. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

In-Person Absentee Coordinator, Charleston County, South Carolina— This is a managerial position that provides supervision in the daily operation and management of the front of the office, in-person absentee voting, and candidate filing.  Supervises both permanent and temporary employees during in-person absentee voting for elections. Responsible for management of each satellite absentee location, as well as hiring/training absentee poll workers. Provides operational supervision of voting processes from the deployment of voting equipment to receipt and security in absentee voting. Salary: $48,722 – $66,276. Deadline: Jan. 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Mail Ballot Administrator, City and County of Denver, Colorado— The City and County of Denver’s Election Division is seeking an accomplished elections professional to serve as the Mail Ballot Administrator and provide administrative and strategic direction for the functional area of Mail Ballot Administration. The Mail Ballot Administrator oversees and acts as the technical expert in all aspects of the mail ballot processing rooms including ballot receiving, ballot verification, and mail ballot extraction in accordance with statutory and Secretary of State rule requirements. Refines and coordinates all operating policies and procedures relating to mail ballot processing. The Mail Ballot Administrator is responsible for training and supervising (50 to 70+) election judges and leads for all mail ballot processing rooms. Creates and oversees the development of all mail ballot materials; acts as the primary point of contact with the ballot production vendor and coordinates production, mailing and receiving of mail ballots; coordinates the post-election process including Canvass preparation, provisional ballots, and poll book processing; cooperates with local, state, and national partners to continually develop best practices; acts as a liaison for the Denver Elections Division to the United States Postal Service and acts as a subject matter expert for postal policy as it relates to non-profit and election mail; oversees quality assurance measures to ensure processes and procedures are tested to evaluate for potential improvement and accuracy; manages continuous improvement initiatives. Salary: $61,263-$101,084. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Michigan Regional Services Manager, Hart InterCivic— Hart InterCivic is looking for a Michigan-based Regional Services Manager. A Hart Michigan Service Manager is a highly motivated “self-starter” who responds to all customer requests ranging from training requests, to phone support requests, to onsite repair of voting equipment requests, to delivery and acceptance of new devices. This individual is the customer’s first line of support. The position requires residency in the State of Michigan. The Service Manager handles all Return Material Authorization (RMA) requests for internal and external customers for all Hart InterCivic Verity products within his/her region and provides on-site customer support and troubleshooting as needed. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy and Compliance Administrator, Denver, Colorado— The Elections Division provides comprehensive, nationally-recognized, election services for the City and County of Denver. These services include voter records management, voter services, petition management, election administration, elections operations, and strategic communications and outreach. The Elections program goal is to conduct fair, accurate, accessible, secure, transparent, efficient and reliable elections. Do you have a passion for serving others? If so, we want to hear from you! The City and County of Denver has an exciting opportunity for a Policy and Compliance Administrator to serve in the Office of the Clerk & Recorder Paul D. López.In this position, you will work with both divisions to ensure the office’s compliance with federal and state law. As a home rule municipality, Denver is uniquely situated to be involved with both state law and its own charter and ordinances. Additionally, as the Policy and Compliance Administrator, you can expect to: Interpret Denver and Colorado law to advise the Denver Clerk and Recorder on compliance issues related to his duties and the functions of the office; Draft legislation and administrative rules at the direction of the Clerk and Recorder; Serve as the Clerk’s legislative liaison to the Colorado General Assembly; Conduct research for policy determinations as directed by the Clerk and Recorder; Meet with stakeholders and members of the community to achieve the Clerk’s policy goals; Conduct comparative research and keep track of court cases; Represent the Clerk on inter-agency and inter-governmental commissions, etc.; Build strategic relationships for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office with other governmental entities, including the Colorado County Clerks’ Association; Coordinate with the City Attorney’s office to determine the Clerk’s legal strategy for litigation; Perform other duties as assigned or requested; and Assignments for this position are diverse in nature and require determining practical solutions in a fast-paced environment. Salary: $83,348 – $137,524. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Program Manager Sr. II (Assistant Deputy  for Election Policy), Maryland State Board of Elections—The Assistant Deputy for Election Policy provides senior leadership on all matters related to the implementation and execution of election laws and policy and supervises the Voter Registration and Petition Division, the Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division, and the Election Reform and Management Division. This position coordinates policy development and implementation, provides oversight for all election-related functions and services, and ensures a uniform and coordinated agency approach by managing work and issues impacting one or more of these divisions. The position supports the agency’s core mission by ensuring Maryland elections are conducted accurately, fairly, and in a manner fully consistent with State and federal laws and regulations. Salary: $80,074.00 – $128,568.00/year. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2022. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Manager 3, Nevada Secretary of State’s Office— This position is a supervisory position in the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State located in the Capitol building in Carson City. The incumbent will directly support the preparation and conduct of Nevada’s Primary, General, and Special elections through oversight of the following: Legislative/ Regulation /Election Complaints; Campaign Finance; Publications, Training, Research and Website; Election Night Reporting (ENR)/Candidate Filing; Recall Petitions/ Initiatives. Program Officers administer a program or major component of a program by planning, coordinating and managing services and activities in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and established program performance standards and objectives. Incumbents are responsible for administering a large and complex program which affects a significant number of people on a continuing basis; develop, revise, recommend, and implement changes to work plans, program performance standards and objectives for providing services, and eligibility requirements as permitted by program regulations and guidelines; ensure compliance with State, federal and/or other granting agencies rules and regulations; and draft laws, rules and/or regulatory changes. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Registrar of Voters, Orange County, California— Located on the Southern California coast with a culturally diverse population of 3 million, the County of Orange (Orange County) offers a high quality of life and a nearly perfect climate year-round. Orange County features excellence in education, low crime rate, a wide variety of businesses, and unlimited recreational opportunities.  The County is seeking a dynamic leader with a strong elections experience, who is a visionary and a proven leader in communities, and involved at the highest levels of government at the federal, state, and local level in proven leadership positions. The ideal candidate will have high levels of integrity and be highly politically astute while maintaining absolute objectivity. A combination of education and experience that demonstrates the competency and ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. Typically, 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the election-related field and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, or a related field would be qualifying. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. Certification as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) is highly preferred. Salary: $125,153.60 – $237,348.80. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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