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March 3, 2022

March 3, 2022

In Focus This Week

Elected vs. Appointed
New work by UCLA researchers on local election officials

By Paul Gronke, Professor of Political Science, Reed College
Director, Elections & Voting Information Center

There is lots of interesting and important work being done in the growing field of election science by several academic researchers throughout the United States and around the world. Thanks to Mindy Morretti and electionline for generously allowing me and the Elections & Voting Information Center (EVIC) team at Reed College to share a bit about a few of them in this first article of a three-part series.

We start by profiling research by scholars that takes a fresh look at an age-old question, one that has become increasingly important as partisan conflict over election laws and procedures continues to grow.

Does it matter that local election administrators in many states obtain their positions via competitive partisan elections?

Many elections officials operate on the assumption that professional norms outweigh partisanship, and that the label on a ballot is nothing more than that: a label.

Many political scientists, in contrast, assume partisanship is everything and is inescapable. Among the voting public, political scientists have shown that partisanship is now the most important predictor of political preferences, far outweighing age, race, religion, and gender. Partisan differences have gotten so severe that some view members of the opposite camp as active threats to our democracy.

Where does this leave elections officials who run for office under a partisan label? Surveys of local election officials (LEOs) have shown a strong commitment to voter education and voter-centric election administration regardless of party. But preferences may not be enough. What do officials do in action?

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have been examining how partisanship impacts election administration. The answers so far are encouraging. In two papers presented at the January 2022 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) meeting, these scholars found almost no discernible partisan differences in how LEOs administered elections. A summary of our conversation with our colleagues at UCLA follows.

Joshua Ferrer, Igor Geyn, and Dan Thompson are three researchers at UCLA developing innovative ways to explore elections and election administration in the United States. Joshua and Igor are graduate students working with Dan, a political science professor at UCLA who earned his PhD at Stanford University. Dan’s efforts at UCLA complement those of Stanford’s Democracy and Polarization Lab, where Dan was a graduate student. Keep your eyes out for research in local election administration coming out of both of these shops.

We started our conversation by asking all three about how they first became interested in elections and local election administration. Dan told us that his interest was “motivated by what’s going on in the world,” and that he found the field’s relevance to both policy and political theory fascinating, but too often ignored.

Joshua and Igor echoed these sentiments, underlining the need for research that continues through the off-cycle years, when scholarly interest often wanes. As graduate students, they both describe election administration and election science as nascent fields with plenty of room for growth. They are particularly interested in partnerships with election administrators and exploring new uses for administrative data.

Their paper, “How Partisan is Local Election Administration?” exemplifies this approach. The central issue they faced was causality–an issue that is at the core of much of modern social science research, and one that is particularly difficult in the elections space, where so many things change at once.

The central question of their paper is this: is it possible to show that the partisanship of a local official causes a different set of political outcomes?

If this were a medical experiment, we would randomly assign Republican, Democratic, and Unaffiliated officials to different jurisdictions. Random assignment solves the causality problem – it means that we can attribute any differences in outcomes to the “treatment.”

But the real world isn’t a medical experiment, and the researchers had to be more creative. Their solution was to start with all jurisdictions which entrust partisan elected officials with primary responsibility over local election administration (shown in the map below) and then focus on those jurisdictions that are very competitive. The team is able to show that these competitive jurisdictions are quite similar on most other important political and demographic measures. Put another way, the only difference between a Republican LEO in a slightly Democratic district and a Democratic LEO in a slightly Republican district is the partisanship of the victor. Therefore, we can treat these cases “as if” they were randomly assigned, just like the medical experiment.

For the statistics nerds, they estimate a model called “regression discontinuity” that compares jurisdictions on either side of the 50% line. You can see how this works visually in the graphic below. It doesn’t look like there’s a substantial jump (“discontinuity”) at the 50% mark. Their statistical model confirms what our eyes see: there is no statistically significant change.

The result is worth repeating: the researchers did not find evidence that LEOs elected as partisans favored their party, intentionally or unintentionally. Their conclusions held not just for the partisan vote totals, but also for a wide variety of other election administration measures drawn from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Election Administration and Voting  Survey (EAVS). Kudos to the UCLA team, by the way, for looking beyond just vote totals to the full array of administrative actions and procedures, such as the number of polling places, absentee ballot rejection rates, provisional ballot rates, provisional rejection rates, registration removal rates, partisan composition of the registration rolls, and wait times.

These results run counter to the prevailing wisdom about partisanship and LEOs, which asserts that LEOs elected as partisans make choices, even unconsciously, that benefit their party. The UCLA paper supports the idea that LEOs primarily function as administrators–not political actors–and that they are guided by professionalism over partisanship.

A second look at the impact of the elective path on election administration is provided by Joshua Ferrer in his paper: “Does Appointing Election Officials Produce Better Election Administration? Evidence from Georgia and Texas.”

While collecting historical data on LEO elections, Joshua recognized that, since the late 1960s through the present, many counties in Georgia and Texas have shifted from electing to appointing LEOs. History provides a different way to isolate the causal impact of elections vs. appointments, because we are comparing the same states and the same jurisdictions over time.

Joshua’s paper shows that jurisdictions with appointed LEOs have higher turnout when compared to jurisdictions with elected LEOs (shown in the graphic below). But why is this the case? The change may be due to capacity and experience–potentially professionalism in action once again.

With elections becoming increasingly technical and time-demanding affairs, dedicated appointed LEOs may be better equipped, resourced, and monitored to successfully tackle the administrative challenge. Joshua is following up these results with additional research to nail down the reasons for the difference.

This research is also very relevant today, with many states and jurisdictions debating about whether to switch to non-partisan elected or appointed administrators.

If you are interested in election science work being conducted by our colleagues at UCLA, please reach out to Dan Thompson at dthompson at polisci dot ucla dot edu or find him on Twitter. Dan, Joshua and Igor would especially love to hear from more LEOs to discuss what they are experiencing – and continue learning from them.

In our next article, we’ll highlight some additional election science researchers and share a bit about their specific focuses and ongoing work. Thanks for reading!

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Election News This Week

Primary Update: Texas kicked off the 2022 midterms this week. There was plenty of news leading up to the primary with the impacts of SB1 on mail-in ballots and according to the Texas Tribune, there are still thousands of mail ballots that may not be counted because they lack the proper identification as required by the new laws. “People have said this law was enacted to stop voter fraud, but honestly we’ve just seen voters who are qualified have to do the process twice, sometimes three times. Sometimes they quit,” said Lisa Wise, the elections administrator for El Paso County, where more than 1,000 ballots have been initially rejected. Several voting locations throughout the state were unable to open because of election staff shortages, causing some to open later in the day and others to shut down completely. Locations in Dallas, Tarrant and Hidalgo counties reported missing either a Republican or Democratic Party election judge. These staff members are appointed by their respective parties to oversee polling sites. If one of the parties’ judges is absent, the polling site cannot operate. That’s because by state law, no polling site can serve only one party. In Harris County, a variety of issues were reported by voters on Election Day, including people who were turned away due to technical issues. Other issues in Harris County included a fist fight at one polling place. Problems at the polls in Harris—the state’s largest voting jurisdiction—lead to a delayed tally with officials posting final unofficial results at 12:37am on Thursday. “The entire state is going to be moving to a paper-based system within the next few years because it is required by law now. So what we’re seeing is us doing our checks and balances, crossing our T’s and dotting out I’s to make sure every vote is properly brought in, presented to central count and counted appropriately,” said Beth Stevens with the Harris County Elections. Of course issues weren’t limited to Harris County though. In Travis County, the county’s elections website was down for about 40 minutes after polls closed and early vote totals should have been rolling in.  In several polling places in Williamson County there were connectivity issues that forced poll workers to manually choose ballots for voters instead of relying on a barcode. Two Denton County polling sites stayed open an extra two hours due to equipment delays earlier in the day. Officials are questioning the election equipment in Tarrant County after results were delayed until Wednesday morning. And the cars didn’t crash into the polling place in Bell County, but a collision outside a voting location temporarily blocked voters from being able to access the site.

Local Elections: It was Town Meeting Day in several Vermont communities this week. It was a late night for East Montpelier Clerk Rosie Laquerre after issues with a finicky tabulator delayed ballot counting that didn’t end till around 1:30am Wednesday. Tabulation issues also arose in Barre. In Rutland, City Clerk Henry Heck said he ran out of ballots and had to make photocopies for more than 200 voters. Those ballots then need to be hand-counted. A nearby bank robbery forced one Burlington polling place to go into a brief lockdown. A confrontation near a polling place in Bennington is being investigated by police for possible criminal charges. And probably the largest news out of Town Meeting Day is that noncitizens in two Vermont cities were able to legally cast their ballots in local elections for the first time.  “I felt a little bit emotional as I walked into the ballot box,” said Jenny Norris, a British citizen who has lived in Winooski for more than a decade and who voted for the first time in the U.S. this week. Nganwa Wilondja, originally from Congo, said Tuesday that getting to vote in Winooski made him feel more like a member of the community, where five of his children currently attend school. “We’re proud of that,” said Winooski City Clerk Jenny Willingham, who told NECN she registered dozens of first-time voters under this new policy. The city supplied translations of ballot materials in languages including Swahili, Nepali, and Burmese, Willingham said.

Wisconsin 2020 Election Review: Former state Supreme Court justice and partisan attorney Michael Gableman released his 2020 election review this week and in the review he called on the state Legislature to dissolve the Wisconsin Election Commission and consider decertifying the results of the 2020 elections—something that can’t be done. “The amount of misinformation and faulty legal opinions circulating makes it difficult for many to know who or what to trust but the fact is there is no constitutional or legislative mechanism to decertify the 2020 presidential election,” said a statement from Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, a Republican running for attorney general. Gableman recommended legislators make the state’s voter list available for free, make it easier to sue over the voter rolls, and limit mail voting and early in-person voting. Wisconsin allows no-excuse absentee voting and offers in-person early voting for two weeks before election day.  Meagan Wolfe, director of the commission, in a statement said Gableman had not turned up anything new after months of review.  “The opinions in the Special Counsel’s latest interim report were fixated on topics that have been thoroughly addressed,” she said in her statement. “The integrity of the November 2020 election, and of the WEC, has been shown time and time again through court cases and previous investigations.”

Vigilante Audit: This week, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver were forced to issue a “voter risk advisory” to residents in Otero County where the county commission recently voted to conduct a third-party “audit” of the 2020 presidential election. In a news release, the secretary of state’s office said New Mexico Audit Force is going door-to-door in Otero County asking voters about their personal information and their participation in the 2020 election. “These are exactly the kinds of things that makes folks want to no longer participate in democracy,” said Toulouse Oliver. “They don’t think their ballot is private, which it 100% is, and if they think that these other things about marital status, and whether or not they’re voting, or how they’re voting, are not private, it can cause those concerns.” Some groups are allowed to request publicly available data like party affiliation or if you voted in a certain election. But the secretary of state says the New Mexico Audit Force has not requested any of it. There are also concerns the information could be used to harass voters. “You can not take personal information and use it to harass voters, you can’t use it to somehow get information that is private from voters,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “That is unacceptable and quite frankly illegal.”

The Kids Are Alright: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Woodward-Granger High School after the school registered 100 percent of eligible students to vote. Woodward-Granger was the first school in the state to qualify for the award this year. “I’m very impressed with the students, faculty and leadership at Woodward-Granger High School to be the first school in the state to win the Catt Award this year, and for registering 100 percent of eligible students to vote,” Pate said. “This shows there is an exceptional group of young people at Woodward-Granger, and they have a dedication to civics and a commitment to their community.” This is Woodward-Granger’s second time winning the award. In West Virginia, Philip Barbour High School received the Jennings Randolph Award from Secretary of State Mac Warner for their voter registration efforts. And in Dent County, Missouri, Salem High School Student Olivia Wisdom is the winner of the county’s “I Voted” sticker design contest. This was Dent County’s first “I Voted” sticker contest. “Instead of buying the generic stickers, I decided that it would be a good idea to host the county’s first “I voted” sticker competition,” Dent County Clerk Angie Curley told The Salem News. “We wanted to get the youth involved in the election process by using their creative talents,” she said.

Personnel News: Trish Paetz has retired as the Dan Juan Bautista, California deputy clerk after 17 years on the job. Amalia Martinez has been named the interim city clerk in Roswell, New Mexico. Constance Hargrove is the new Pima County, Arizona elections director. Dona Ana County, New Mexico bureau of elections Supervisor Andy Perez has retired. Atlantic County, New Jersey Democratic Vice Chair Audrey Miles on Monday to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Elections

In Memoriam: Longtime Lake County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall has died. She was 95. Stegall started working for the elections office in 1958. She won her first election in 1972. “I’m still here,” she joked after closing out the final vote tally in 2016. That was the year she announced her retirement. Stegall’s 44-year tenure as the elected supervisor was recognized in 2020, when the new elections building was named for her. Stegall was the lone elected Democrat in heavily Republican area and current Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays attributed that to her passion for the job and nonpartisanship. “I’ve had Republicans tell me that she was the only Democrat they voted for,” said Alan Hays, a Republican, and the current supervisor.  “For her to hold office for 44 years is a phenomenal accomplishment.” Stegall was a longtime officer in the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. She was also a member of the Professional Women of Eustis, Pilot Club, League of Women Voters, and the Tavares Women’s Club. She and her family have been active members of the Tavares Methodist Church for more than 70 years. “The first time I met Emogene, I was amazed at her ability to manage all the things she had to do,” said County Commissioner Leslie Campione. “She was such a kind and professional woman.”

Legislative Updates

Arizona:  Under Senate Bill 1571, offered by Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Apache Junction), ballot drop boxes would have to take pictures or video of depositors and generate receipts for up to seven early ballots per person. And they would have to be able to link every ballot inserted with the person who made the deposit. Townsend’s bill has been approved by two Senate committees, most recently the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 22. en Marson, executive director for the Arizona Association of Counties, estimates that there are 160 outside drop boxes statewide, and replacing them all with high-tech versions would have a hefty price tag. A Phoenix company that provides some election equipment and ballots for Arizona elections estimated the “smart” boxes that Townsend is proposing would cost $15,000 each. “Their initial cost estimate is $15,000 per, so that puts you just under $2.4 million,” she said.

The House gave preliminary approval to put a measure on the November ballot to require the 80% of Arizonans who use early ballots to provide additional identification if they want their votes counted. Now, voters need only provide a signature on the envelope which county election officials match with documents already on file. And the proposed constitutional amendment, approved with only Republican votes, also would narrow the types of identification that the state considers acceptable. Hours later the Senate, also along party lines, gave final approval to an identical proposal. That paves the way for a final House vote this coming week paving the way to be referred to voters. The views of Gov. Doug Ducey are irrelevant as the Arizona Constitution gives him no role on what goes on the ballot.

The House has approved a bill that would require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. House Bill 2492 would require all potential voters in Arizona to present an ID at registration or within 30 days of registering to vote. Previous bill versions had shorter periods of time for individuals to provide proof of citizenship, drawing criticism from some Arizona Democrats. The amended bill aimed to address some of those concerns. With HB 2492, undocumented individuals who vote in the election could face severe penalties. The bill requires the state attorney general to “prosecute individuals who are found to not be United States citizens.”

The House also passed amendments to House Bills 2780 and 2710. Amendments to HB 2780 would prevent election officials from being on hand-count teams and establish an electronic voter registration profile that could not be used commercially. The amendments to HB 2710 would require ballots to be tagged with computerized digital numbers to ensure they are accurately numbered instead of manually numbered. Additionally, it would ensure ballots aren’t separated by precinct if they are part of early provisional voting. However, all votes will be digitally sorted by precinct.

Colorado: The House has given preliminary approval to House Bill 1086 that ould make it a class 2 misdemeanor for carrying a firearm within 100 feet of a polling center or ballot drop box, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The bill, also called the Vote Without Fear Act, exempts law enforcement or any hired private security, and it doesn’t apply to voters who have concealed-carry licenses. Sponsors of the bill said the law is needed because of the current charged political climate over elections and the need to ensure Coloradans that they are safe and secure while voting, adding that the measure doesn’t create gun-free zones or infringe on any constitutional right. Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, one of the bill’s sponsors, said the issue is no different for First Amendment rights that limited political speech around polling areas, where voters are not allowed to express their views within 100 feet of a voting place to show their support for or against individual candidates or ballot measures.

Florida:  The House Appropriations Committee will approved legislation to establish an election crimes investigations unit, ban ranked-choice voting, change vote-by-mail forms and more. The bill (HB 7061), which emerged from the House Public Integrity and Elections Committee in February, contains several of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “election integrity” priorities. Despite bipartisan agreement the 2020 election was possibly the smoothest in Florida’s recent history, the bill is Republicans’ second follow-up measure to strengthen Florida’s voting laws. The Appropriations Committee is expected to take up an amendment, filed by bill sponsor and Miami Republican Rep. Daniel Perez. The amendment largely conforms the bill to the Senate version (SB 524), which could soon appear on the Senate floor. Among other changes, the amendment would ask supervisors of elections to annually maintain voter roll lists instead of every two years, one of DeSantis’ requests. It would also remove a section requiring the last four digits of a voter’s social security number, driver’s license or photo ID on vote-by-mail ballots.

Georgia: State Representative Beth Moore (D-Peachtree Corners) recently introduced House Bill 1096, legislation that would allow county governments to oversee the use of ballot drop boxes in certain elections. If passed and signed into law, HB 1096 would override the ballot drop box requirements implemented by Senate Bill 202. With this legislation, Rep. Moore seeks to mirror the state’s election protocols that were introduced during the governor’s COVID-19 public health emergency in 2020. HB 1096 would require each county to establish one or more drop box locations within the county as a means for absentee-by-mail electors to deliver their ballots. These drop boxes would only be allowed on government property. Ballot drop boxes would also be required to have adequate lighting, video surveillance and be made of durable material to withstand vandalism and inclement weather. The ballot drop boxes must also be immovable and clearly labeled. Additionally, ballot drop boxes would be required to be available 49 days prior to any primary or general election with the exception of municipal elections. They would close at 7 p.m. on the day of the election. For a state-wide or federal special election or runoff election, drop box locations would be allowed to be opened on the first day of advanced voting.

Idaho: Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, is sponsoring a new bill, which she said is designed to protect election integrity by prohibiting the use of absentee ballot drop boxes. “This legislation would prohibit the use of drop boxes or similar drop off locations to collect absentee ballots,” Giddings told the House State Affairs Committee on Friday. “We have seen across the country where these situations could allow ballot harvesting, but also there are concerns that these locations may be an opportunity for somebody to disrupt your ballots, whether it were to catch fire or flood or maybe food is stuffed in there and it could contaminate ballots as well and so just several considerations here where these are probably not the best way to collect ballots.”

Over the opposition of county clerks, election workers, high school students looking ahead to their first chance to vote, and more, the House State Affairs Committee has voted 9-2 along party lines to advance a sweeping 20-page emergency overhaul of Idaho’s voting laws proposed by Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley. Moon’s bill, HB 692, was introduced Monday. The bill also makes numerous other changes to voting and registration procedures, requires new and different documents including proof of residency and citizenship such as birth certificates to be presented at the polls to vote, imposes new requirements on military and overseas voters, creates a new free, four-year state ID card that Moon estimated would cost the state just $200,000 next year, and more. It also does away with Idaho’s voter ID law that allows those without proof of identification to sign an affidavit. All the public testimony on Moon’s bill was against it. Asa Gray, elections manager for Kootenai County, said, “While I believe this legislation has the positive intention of continuing to keep Idaho elections safe and secure, it contains some flaws which lend themselves more to the disruption of the election process than to the security of it.”

Kansas: A Kansas bill would require all voting systems in the state to use a paper ballot with a distinctive watermark and a hand audit of those ballots after the election. Sen. Richard Hilderbrand introduced Senate Bill 389, touting it as a simple addition to ensure elections in Kansas remain safe and secure. Currently, Kansas statute requires a stamp by the election clerk to be physically put on the ballot. Hilderbrand did not want to leave this process up to chance. While the state would not incur any costs if the measure is passed, both the Secretary of State’s Office and the Kansas Association of Counties estimated equipment costs and ballot printing, in addition to additional wages to be paid to election board workers, would set counties back. Others raised concerns about a signature provision’s implications for Kansans with disabilities. The Kansas Association of Counties testified neutrally on the bill but asked that the statute look out for local government budgets and not require significant capital purchases for their offices. Sen. Alicia Straub, an Ellinwood Republican, was also uneasy about the potential costs.

Michigan: In a letter to lawmakers this week, Michigan clerks called on them set aside their partisanship and approve legislation that would create an early voting option, boost funding for election officials and ensure election results are reported in a timely manner. According to the Detroit Free Press, the letter said, in part: “As we face another major election year with insufficient funding, continued high volume of absentee voting, and increased scrutiny due to the 2020 cycle, we need our leadership to focus on problem-solving rather than political wins and losses,” reads the letter from leaders of Michigan’s county and municipal clerks associations. “Now is the time for state leaders in the executive and legislative branches to set aside their agendas and come together to consider reasonable improvements that will benefit our voters.” The letter lays out several changes election officials say are needed to achieve that goal:

  • Funding to help election officials handle the surge in absentee voting, including funding for security systems to monitor absentee ballot drop boxes and cover postage costs associated with absentee voting.
  • Allowing election officials to pre-process absentee ballots before Election Day to provide election results in a timely manner.
  • Creating an early voting option for Michigan voters. Michigan does not currently have an option for voters to cast their ballots in-person before Election Day.
  • Requiring election challengers to undergo training while ensuring access for challengers to observe the election process.
  • Requiring audits performed after an election to be carried out in public.
  • Moving the August primary election to June, allowing more time for clerks to audit and certify the results and prepare for the general election.
  • Enabling clerks to remove voters who have died from the voter rolls more quickly and process other necessary voter registration cancellations to ensure the accuracy of the rolls.

Minnesota: A Minnesota Senate elections committee began considering a bill to block local governments from using outside money for election expenses. The legislation mirrors efforts by Republican legislatures across the country after a foundation funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, awarded $400 million in donations to help local governments facilitate the 2020 election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Minnesota proposal, authored by Republican Sen. Mark Koran, of North Branch, would prohibit counties, municipalities and school districts from using funds from nonprofits and for-profit businesses to conduct elections.

State Sen. Carrie Rudd, R-Breezy Point, introduced a bill to “ensure fair and safe elections in Minnesota,” according to a news release. The bill would require a photo ID to vote, establish a provisional ballot, and restrict certain methods of compensation related to absentee voting. The bill requires proof of identity to vote for the language and to register on the same day. Forms of ID allowed include proof of receipt for a driver’s license, US military ID card, passport, tribal-issued ID card, a free voter’s ID card, or a new valid driver’s license. Individuals unable to provide valid proof of identity or residence will be able to cast a provisional ballot, giving the voter the period in which they can obtain valid identification. Voter registration will continue on the same day. Not a single legal voter shall be deprived of the requirements of voter ID, the release said. The bill was referred to the Senate State Government Committee.

Missouri: The House advanced its third plan within a week to diminish voters’ ability to change the state’s constitution through initiative petitions. A proposal sponsored by Rep. J. Eggleston, R-Maysville, would raise the bar for passage of constitutional amendments from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority. However, voters could still repeal previously approved constitutional amendments by a simple majority, Eggleston said. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a voice vote. Unlike some of the other proposals, the increased requirements would apply to both amendments proposed by lawmakers and by voters through the petition process. Signatures to place a question on the ballot would have to come from all eight Missouri congressional districts, as opposed to the six currently required. The amendment also institutes a process for the General Assembly to vet proposed amendments by conducting hearings and potentially recommending changes.

A provision to allow in-person absentee voting without a stated reason was left out of a key piece of elections legislation in the House. HB 2140, sponsored by Rep. Peggy McGaugh, R-Carrollton, was voted out of committee without the absentee provision initially included in the bill, though McGaugh personally hopes to see the measure added later in the process. House Elections Committee Chairman Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, said the absentee provision was left off the bill in order to send the Senate a noncontroversial bill that could be passed quickly. It was left out of the House’s proposed elections package that includes photo identification, Secretary of State audit powers and a move to paper ballots. The Missouri Association of County Clerks and Elections Authorities supports broader absentee options. Shane Schoeller, the association’s president, said at hearings on elections legislation that there are benefits to no-excuse absentee voting for election administration.

Nebraska: According to the Omaha News-World, Both critics and supporters of Nebraska’s election system panned a proposal that would require voters to send identification documents with mail-in ballots. Even those who testified in support of Legislative Bill 1181 called it just a start in dealing with concerns about the security and integrity of those ballots. The bill and other election-related measures have been introduced despite repeated assurances from the state’s top election official that his office has found no evidence supporting allegations of fraud in the 2020 election. LB 1181 was originally introduced by State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte. Sen. John Lowe of Kearney picked up the measure after Groene resigned. Lowe said he took on the bill to keep discussion about election issues alive. “We need to find a way to work together to ease the fears of the citizens,” he said. Lowe said LB 1181 proposes an idea that could make voters feel more comfortable with mail-in ballots without creating significant barriers to using that option. Under the bill, the envelopes used for mail-in ballots would be required to have a separate, sealable pouch on the outside. Voters would have to use the pouch to provide a copy of some identification document. Identification options could include a driver’s license or state identification card or a bank statement, paycheck, utility bill or other government document dated within 60 days that includes the same name and address listed on the voter registration rolls. The options would be similar to the documentation required when a person first registers to vote. Nebraska does not require identification for in-person voting.

Nevada: Lawmakers on the Legislative Commission approved most, but not all, of more than two dozen largely technical election regulations this that had drawn staunch opposition from state Republicans. A majority of the election regulations — 18 of 30 — were approved without further discussion, and another four were approved unanimously after concerns raised by commission members were addressed by Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Mark Wlaschin. According to the Nevada Independent, two proposed regulations were held up after the commission deadlocked on them. One of the held up regulations would have repealed old provisions requiring voters to request an absentee ballot to conform with a AB321. The other failed regulation would have set certain requirements for training on signature verification for clerks and staff members who administer elections.

New Hampshire: The state’s top election official and town clerks have endorsed a bipartisan bill to reprogram automated voting machines to detect ballots that have votes for too many candidates for a single office. Currently, if the machine detects an “overvote” it doesn’t count the votes for anyone for that race, though it does process the rest of the ballot. The amended bill presented would require that these machines kick out any ballot that appears to have votes for too many candidates for a single office. This ballot would then be placed in an “auxiliary bin” to be hand-counted by local election officials after the polls have closed. Rep. Marjorie Porter, D-Hillsborough, the chief architect of the reform measure believes if this process had been in place in 2020 it would have found the issues that forced an audit of Windham’s 2020 election results.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma lawmakers took the first steps towards passing laws that would tighten voter registration laws, give poll watchers more protections and make it more difficult for state questions to get on the ballot or pass. Among the proposals that passed out of committee was House Bill 3677 from Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy.  The bill originally would have required about 2.2 million Oklahoma voters to register and show proof of U.S. citizenship to vote after 2023. After hearing concerns from Election Secretary Paul Ziriax over cost, constitutionality and burdens it could place on many Oklahomans — particularly the elderly — the committee removed that provision.  Lawmakers did advance a stripped-down version that would set aside at least $1.1 million for a system to verify driver license numbers or the last four digits of Social Security numbers on voter registration applications. It would also create a felony charge for those who remove, obstruct the view or restrict the movement of poll watchers. The amended bill ended up advancing on a 6-2 party-line vote.

Oregon:  The Oregon Senate gave final legislative approval to House Bill 4133 on a vote of 18-7, allowing Oregonians to register to vote online with the last four digits of their Social Security number and an image of their signature.  Oregonians without a state-issued ID do not have an official signature on record with the Secretary of State, meaning they must currently register to vote using a paper registration card. The measure also allows approved third-party organizations to securely submit registration cards electronically on behalf of individuals, enabling Oregon’s existing voter registration system to work seamlessly with national voter registration tools, they said. “This gap in our law creates an additional barrier to voter registration for Oregonians without a state-issued ID,” said Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence (D-Portland), Co-Chief Sponsor of House Bill 4133, who carried the bill on the Senate floor. “These are folks who are often from the same groups of Oregonians who are historically underrepresented in our elections — our service members, seniors, low-income people, people of color and young people.”

South Carolina: House Republicans rejected a push from within their own party to close the state’s primary elections, and instead unanimously advanced a bipartisan proposal that would add two weeks of excuse-free early voting and allow local election offices to count ballots early. Lawmakers passed the bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, in the wake of a record breaking number of absentee ballots cast in 2020. South Carolina offered no-excuse absentee voting because of the ongoing pandemic. As a result, more than a million residents took advantage. Under current law, South Carolina voters can only cast absentee ballots if they meet certain criteria, such as a disability or older than 65 years old. The House bill would set a permanent, no-excuse necessary in-person voting period Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the two weeks ahead of general elections, primaries, primary runoffs, special and municipal elections. Voters who look to vote absentee by mail, however, would still be required to have an excuse. The bill also contains provisions that would allow election workers to begin tallying absentee ballots one day earlier than is currently allowed. Specifically, election workers would be allowed to look at outer envelopes of returned absentee ballots the Sunday before Election Day, and they would be allowed to begin counting ballots the Monday morning before. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to add a provision to the bill that would let poll watchers be present during that vote counting process.

South Dakota: An attempt to hold the presidential primary in March separate from South Dakota’s standard June primary election has been rejected. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 9-0 Friday to kill a proposal from Representative Drew Dennert, R-Aberdeen, who wanted to move the presidential-nominating contests to Super Tuesday for 2024. Dennert was the only witness to testify for HB 1116, which the House had passed 41-26. His lack of a Senate sponsor might have been a signal of the reception that awaited. A number of county auditors from across the state spoke against the proposal.


Virginia: A House subcommittee voted along party lines to kill a proposal that would have let voters decide whether to allow people convicted of felonies to have their voting rights automatically restored once they are free. In Virginia, those who are convicted of a felony automatically lose their right to vote. Under the current system, the governor is the only way someone with a felony on their record could regain their voting rights. The subcommittee voted 6-4 to kill the resolution. The Virginia General Assembly approved the constitutional amendment last year, but a second vote was needed to put referendums on the ballot in November. While Republicans used their majority in the House to block both measures, Virginia Democrats had full control of the state government since 2020.

Washington: Carrying guns and other weapons could soon become prohibited in Washington at schools, local government meetings and election-related facilities.  The state Senate passed a bill 28-20 on Tuesday that bans open carry and concealed carry in a number of different settings. It will head back to the House of Representatives, who will have to OK the changes made in the Senate. Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, said on the floor this bill is needed now because people who want to do good in their community, such as elections workers or school board members, don’t feel safe. “It is unfortunate that we need a bill like this,” Dhingra said. “We have reached a stage in our lives, in our state and in our country that we feel like this is needed.” The bill follows similar legislation passed last session that bans open carry on the Capitol campus and permitted demonstrations.


Wisconsin: A number of bills are now headed to Gov. Tony Evers (D) desk for approval. They include:

One bill would allow nursing home workers to assist with voting during a pandemic if special voting deputies could not visit the facilities. The nursing care workers would be required to get training on voting. They could assist registered voters to fill out ballots but would be barred from helping residents register to vote.

Under another measure, voters could be marked as ineligible to vote if their names or other information did not match what’s on their driver’s license.

Another bill also requires voters to provide a copy of their photo identification each time they request an absentee ballot. Current law requires voters to present an ID the first time only.

That legislation would also bar election officials from sending voters unsolicited absentee ballot applications. In 2020, the Elections Commission sent applications to all registered voters.

Election clerks would no longer be allowed to fill in missing information, such as addresses, on absentee ballot envelopes under another measure.

One bill that allows election clerks to begin counting absentee ballots on the Monday before an election could have earned bipartisan support Thursday. But after hours of negotiations, the two parties ultimately disagreed because of new language Republicans added that requires clerks to send out absentee ballots for federal races no later than 21 days before an election instead of 47 days under current law.

Lawmakers also advanced three proposed constitutional amendments that must be approved during a second legislative session and by voters, and cannot be vetoed by Evers. One amendment would bar election officials from using private grant funding to administer elections. A second amendment would enshrine into the state constitution the state’s photo identification requirement for voting. And a third amendment would bar non-U.S. citizens from voting, which is already banned under federal law.

Wyoming: Senate File 97, sponsored by Ranchester Republican Sen. Bo Biteman, would end same-day party affiliation change in Wyoming. If enacted, changes in voter affiliation would not be allowed in roughly the three months prior to a primary. Normally, voting bills are handled by the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee. But the crossover bill was moved to the Senate’s agriculture committee, which some speculated made it more likely to succeed. Critics, however, said the bill would prevent some voters from participating in the political process.

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 52, “Timeline to prepare and process absentee ballots,” on third reading by a 46-13 vote. The bill would allow county clerks leeway to begin processing absentee ballots before the polls close on Election Day. Rep. Jeremy Haroldson, R-Wheatland, proposed an amendment, which passed, that no person observing or preparation and the processing of absentee ballots would be allowed to have any personal electronic device, except for those for medical necessity, within 10 feet of where the process is occurring. A previous amendment that would impose a felony penalty for interfering with the election process was adopted earlier this week.

Legal Updates

Arizona: The state Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to end early voting in Arizona, a practice that has grown in popularity since vote by mail started three decades ago. In a lawsuit filed Friday, the party argues that the only constitutional form of voting is in person at the polls on Election Day — a mantra repeated by many who falsely believe the 2020 election was fraudulent and a position echoed in several bills introduced at the Legislature this year. Late Monday, the court accepted the suit, outlined mid-March deadlines for filing briefs and indicated it would determine the matter without holding oral arguments.  The suit names Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and the state in general as defendants. In its filing, the GOP asks the court to strike down both absentee and no-excuse mail-in voting. If the court won’t go that far, the lawsuit asks the court to declare six provisions of the existing system unconstitutional, including the 1991 creation of vote-by-mail for any voter who chooses that option. In 2020, state elections officials say that 89% of voters cast early ballots, either by mail, depositing them in a drop box or dropping them off at the polls on Election Day. The suit also faults Hobbs for what it says are unconstitutional moves authorizing the use of ballot drop boxes in 2020 and for failing to put uniform procedures for verifying voters’ signatures on early ballots in the state’s Elections Procedures Manual.

Maricopa County Judge Joan Sinclair rejected a motion that would have blocked state Attorney General Mark Brnovich from pursuing criminal action against Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs over her plans to take a candidate signature-gathering system offline for maintenance. Sinclair denied the motion for a preliminary injunction on narrow grounds after a day of consideration following oral arguments earlier in the week. Sinclair found that while the secretary clearly viewed Brnovich’s letter as a threat, it “did not promise or guarantee prosecution and thus does not create a controversy properly before the court.” The findings also confirmed the attorney general is the chief enforcement officer in any election for state office. “It is simply unknown if action taken in the future by the AG would be lawful or not,” Sinclair said. “Any ruling by the court would be mere speculation. “

California: Superior Court Judge Angela Bradrick is considering whether to make a temporary restraining order permanent in a case involving accusations three supporters of the supervisor recall should be barred from the elections office. Assistant Clerk-Recorder Natalie Adona and administrative assistant Suzanne Hardin were granted temporary workplace restraining orders following the Jan. 20 incident involving Teine Rebane Kenney, and Jacquelyn and Chip Mattoon. The temporary order was granted to protect Hardin and Adona after the interaction between Hardin and Kenney and the Mattoons became physical. “Nobody may argue or discuss if mask mandates in place were bold and unlawful, exceeded authority — nothing like that,” Bradrick said. “The only thing that can be stated is, ‘A mask mandate was in place.’” According to Hardin’s testimony, the administrative assistant opened the office door a crack — seven inches, when asked to specify — and was attempting to reiterate her office’s mask policies when Kenney yelled, “I’m coming in.” “The door slammed into my arm and my body, and I pushed back,” Hardin said. “(Kenney) shoved her arm and foot into the door — that’s why I was so intimidated — then I realized I was pushing a door on a human being and so I took a step back.” Hardin said the entire situation — the yelling in the hallway and the interaction itself — inspired fear. She returned to her coworker’s car after the interaction and wept, she said. Adona said she’s had several panic attacks since the interaction, and that she has felt isolated and depressed.

Colorado: District Judge Richard Gurley granted a motion filed by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to transfer the case to determine if Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters should be permanently removed as the county’s designated election official to District Judge Valerie Robison. The case, filed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and Mesa County resident Heidi Hess, is similar to a lawsuit the two filed against Peters in August to remove Peters as the county’s chief election official, but only for the 2021 Coordinated Elections. Robison presided over that case, and ultimately ruled in their favor that Peters was unfit to act as the county’s designated election office, at least temporarily. The new lawsuit was filed in January after the embattled clerk rejected an agreement offer from Secretary of State Jena Griswold that would have allowed Peters to retake control of the county’s Election Division, but only under strict circumstances. In the original case, the state’s attorney general filed a brief this week Chief Deputy Attorney General Natalie Leh wrote that Peters continues to show no remorse for alleged breaches of election security, and has made it clear she won’t change her stance on election integrity. As a result, Leh is asking Robison to repeat her order from last fall that temporarily removed Peters and Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley from overseeing the 2021 election, and extend it to include the upcoming June primary election and 2022 general election in November. “Mesa County now faces a similarly unanticipated situation,” Leh wrote, referring to Peters’ actions last year that led to her being removed as an election official, and the numerous criminal investigations into her actions, including a local grand jury probe.

In other Mesa County/Tina Peters court news, a Mesa County District Court judge a contempt citation for allegedly recording a court proceeding with an iPad against a judge’s orders. The judge cited Peters with “indirect contempt,” meaning contempt that happens in direct sight or hearing of the court (judge), but not contempt that the court (judge) hears or sees. The citation is for “indirect contempt” because the judge did not have firsthand knowledge of the alleged recording.

A group of Colorado Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 24 asking a judge to block Secretary of State Jena Griswold from enforcing Proposition 108, which allows unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections. The five state lawmakers and candidates said Prop 108, which was passed by state voters in 2016, violates their First and 14th Amendment rights by allowing voters not affiliated with the party to vote in the GOP primary. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff’s rights of free speech include the right to choose their political party’s nominees “without interference by those who are not members of the party and have chosen not to affiliate with the party.” “Unaffiliated voters have been encouraged to vote in Republican primaries to defeat candidates preferred by Republican Party voters,” the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit also claims that Prop 108 violates their right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment by “diluting the votes” of affiliated Republican voters. The plaintiffs asked the court for an injunction to stop Griswold and others from enforcing Proposition 108 and to declare the measure unconstitutional. Proposition 108 allows unaffiliated voters to vote in the primary election of a major political party. Voters are mailed the primary ballots for Republicans and Democrats, then can choose to fill out and return one of them.

Delaware: Delaware Republican Party chair Jane Brady has filed suit claiming early voting and permanent absentee provisions passed by state lawmakers are unconstitutional. The lawsuit claims the way state lawmakers expanded access to elections hasn’t always been constitutional. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim early voting and permanent absentee voting provisions conflict with the text in the state constitution. Brady is filing the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Mennella, who’s served as an inspector of elections for the state for the last five to six years. “Really what Mr. Mannella is seeking is an order of the court clarifying what his duties are so that he’s in compliance,” she says. Brady says she only became aware of the potential legal ramifications eight months ago, and began investigating them. Brady insists this isn’t meant to be political, but to provide clarity on existing laws. The lawsuit also only applies to the general election, not primary elections or special elections, including the special election scheduled for March 5th.

Georgia: Judge Steve Jones issued a 238-page order that denied a request to block new boundary lines that give Republicans an additional U.S. House seat and shrink their margins in the General Assembly because making changes while preparations for the May 24 primary election are underway could result in “significant upheaval and voter confusion.”  “Changes to the redistricting map at this point in the 2022 election schedule are likely to substantially disrupt the election process,” Jones wrote. The ruling comes in a case that combines three lawsuits that allege the redistricting process violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by failing to include enough majority-minority districts that would give Black voters the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. “With candidate qualifying for the State of Georgia set to begin in six days, any change now would be considered late in the process,” Jones wrote. “Applying the Purcell principle, the United States Supreme Court ‘has also repeatedly emphasized that lower federal courts should ordinarily not alter the election rules on the eve of an election.'”

Kansas:  Out-of-state groups can continue to distribute advanced ballot applications in Kansas, under a deal approved Friday between a coalition of national voting rights advocates and state officials. The provision was one of several components of a controversial election law, House Bill 2332, challenged last year in federal court. In November, the out-of-state ban was temporarily blocked, as was a provision barring applications from being sent if information is already filled out on them. Under the permanent injunction approved Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil, the state will no longer seek to enforce the out-of-state mailing ban, effectively ending that portion of the lawsuit.  Parts of the lawsuit targeting other sections of the bill will proceed.

Nevada: Recently filed legal challenges by Democrat-aligned activists could halt the progress of two Republican-led ballot initiatives to implement voter identification laws and repeal portions of a broad mail-in voting measure passed in 2021. The lawsuits filed in district court in Carson City last month both allege that the descriptions of the ballot measures proposed by “Repair the Vote” PAC are argumentative, confusing and misleading, and therefore, violate Nevada law. “Descriptions of effect” are 200-word summaries included on signature-gathering forms for ballot questions, and are often challenged by political opponents. The attorneys filing on behalf of Eric Jeng and Emily Persaud-Zamora, two progressive community activists in Nevada, are asking the court to prohibit the secretary of state “from placing the petition[s] on the 2022 general election ballot, or from taking any further action on it.” The lawsuit challenging the initiative argues that though petitioners characterize it as a “voter integrity” measure, the description contains no information on the measure’s effect on voters’ ability to cast a ballot. Attorneys added that the law’s implementation would likely be costly, violating the Nevada Constitution’s ban on ballot initiatives requiring the state to spend significant money without a dedicated funding source. The other petition, also filed by Repair the Vote PAC, aims to repeal portions of AB321, a bill passed during the 2021 legislative session that makes permanent a system of expanded mail balloting used during the 2020 election cycle. The referendum focuses only on the portions that direct clerks to send mail ballots to all active registered voters unless they opt out, and that allow other people to turn in a ballot on behalf of a voter if the voter allows — a practice known as “ballot collection” or “ballot harvesting.”

New York: A lawsuit filed in January seeking to block newly enacted legislation that would expand voting rights in local elections to more than 800,000 noncitizens hit a snag after the New York City Board of Elections (BOE), which is usually represented by the city’s Corporation Counsel, requested its own lawyer. “To protect its interests in this matter, BOE wants to consult with other counsel to ensure that no potential conflict exists with the other municipal defendants,” wrote the city’s Assistant Corporation Counsel Aimee Lulich in court papers filed Friday seeking additional time to respond to the complaint. The BOE wants until March 28th to respond to the plaintiffs’ claim citing the ongoing redistricting process, their limited meeting schedule and a desire to pick their own representation. The suit was filed in Richmond County State Supreme Court by plaintiffs led by Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella, and argued the law violates the state constitution and state election laws. The defendants include Mayor Eric Adams, the City Council and the city BOE. In court papers, the city Law Department noted it was only appearing on behalf of the BOE “for the limited purpose of requesting additional time” so that the agency could retain and consult with an outside attorney before filing a response to the complaint.

Pennsylvania:  The Wolf administration asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to keep the state’s mail-in voting law in place while the justices consider a lower-court ruling throwing it out. If the Commonwealth Court’s ruling stands, the 2-year-old voting law would no longer be in effect as of March 15 — a week after the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral argument in the case. Lawyers for the Department of State and Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman argued in a filing that eliminating mail-in voting ahead of the spring primary season “would, if anything, only exacerbate voter confusion and the danger of disenfranchisement.” Three Republican judges on a Commonwealth Court panel of five sided with Republican challengers and ruled in January that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the Pennsylvania Constitution. The two Democratic judges on the panel dissented, writing that the constitution permits no-excuse under a provision that says elections “shall be by ballot or by such other method as may be prescribed by law.” The justices issued a one-paragraph order that overturned a Feb. 16 decision by Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt that would have pulled the plug on the state’s 2-year-old voting law. The Supreme Court plans to hold oral argument Tuesday regarding the legal challenge the law. The justices’ decision to invalidate Leavitt’s order gives themselves more time to rule without facing a one-week deadline. They said the law will remain in place, pending further action by the high court.

A group suing over Pennsylvania’s new map of congressional districts asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider whether they are entitled to an emergency order to halt the plan. The petition came three days after U.S. District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson in Harrisburg denied their request for a temporary restraining order against the 17-district map, saying she first would sort out “jurisdictional issues.” The six plaintiffs said those issues concern whether they have standing to challenge the map. The U.S. Supreme Court asked for a response by late Thursday.

Tennessee: Judge W. Mark Ward has granted a motion for a new trial for Pamela Moses, who was sentenced to six years after being convicted of illegally registering to vote. Moses was convicted in November 2021 of filing documents in 2019 to have her voting rights restored while still serving probation on a 2015 conviction. During sentencing in January 2022, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said 44-year-old Moses had 16 prior felony convictions and committed the voting offense in 2019 while on probation. At the time, the judge said that if she completes programs in prison and maintains good behavior, he’d consider placing her on probation after nine months. Ward said evidence presented during the trial that Moses had been convicted of a felony in 2000 and had her right to vote restored in 2014 should not have been allowed. He reasoned that the evidence was initially allowed and proper when Moses faced 12 counts of illegal voting, but it should have been disallowed when the prosecution dropped those 12 charges before the trial got underway. Ward also cited a Brady violation regarding an email that should have been turned over to the defense. The judge did not say the violation was intentional, but did say information in the email could have been relevant at trial. He said he was treating it as “an inadvertent failure to provide discovery under Rule 16.”

According to the Commercial Appeal, the chairs of the Shelby County Election Commission and Shelby County Commission have come up with a compromise on voting machines that they hope will lead to the end of litigation between their two bodies, Election Chairman Brent Taylor announced. The compromise is simple: Voters at the polls will be offered the choice between using a ballot marking device or filling out a hand-marked paper ballot. “What both the County Commission and Election Commission want to make sure of is the election workers do not couch this in a way where we’re exhibiting a preference to where they cast their ballot,” Taylor said. The Election Commission sued the County Commission in September 2021 after the commission twice rejected resolutions to purchase voting machines for the county, sending resounding messages that its members favored hand-marked paper ballots over ballot marking devices. If the proposed compromise is approved, it would require the commission to purchase the same machines it earlier rejected, machines from vendor Election Systems & Software, LLC, known as ES&S, one of the four election equipment companies certified to sell in Tennessee.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Ranked choice voting | Voters with disabilities | Turnout

Alaska: Poll workers

Arizona: Local elections | Voter fraud

California: Automatic voter registration

Florida: Election legislation | Election security

Idaho: Election legislation

Iowa: Election legislation, II

Louisiana: Voting equipment, II, III

Minnesota: Election legislation

Missouri: Ranked choice voting

Nevada: Voter fraud

Ohio: Secretary of state

Oklahoma: Voting system

South Carolina: Ranked choice voting | Election legislation

Tennessee: Ex-felon voting rights

Texas: Early voting | Voter suppression | Voter confidence

Washington: Voter confidence

Wisconsin: Ballot drop boxes


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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.

Deputy Director, Registration & Elections, Decatur County, Georgia— The purpose of this classification is to assist in the planning, directing, and oversight of operations and staff involved in voter registration and elections processes for the County, conducting elections, and ensuring compliance with local, state and federal election and voter registration laws, rules, and regulations. Salary: $74,961 – $116,190. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Development and Communications Specialist, Election Reformers— This part-time specialist, reporting to the Executive Director based in Newton, MA, will help us guide our messaging about complicated (but important) reforms, draft communications, and develop ERN’s member strategy to support engagement and fundraising. The specialist will assist in development and communications. Key responsibilities will include: Helping to define the organization’s communications strategy and to guide regular content and messaging updates; Drafting external communications, email newsletters, website updates, background outreach to journalists, and occasional press releases; Providing input on overall social media strategy and on specific messages; Developing ERN’s member strategy to support engagement and fundraising; Participating in discussions regarding strategy and overall organizational planning; Providing input on ERN reports, op-eds and other publications. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Elections, Cumberland County, North Carolina— The Elections Director works under the administrative direction of the County Board of Elections and Executive Director of the State Board of Election. The Elections Director performs professional, managerial, and administrative work for the Board of Elections and carries out all duties or responsibilities as assigned by Chapter 163 of the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina and as delegated by members of the County Board in accordance with the laws of the State of North Carolina, GS 163-35 (d) and 163-33.  Reports to the Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Elections. Salary: $78,784.40 – $132,425.23. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Virginia Beach, Virginia— The Virginia Beach Electoral Board is currently seeking a progressive leader with a demonstrated history of collaboration, negotiation and communication amongst diverse stakeholder groups.  The successful candidate will think strategically and be able to navigate dynamic political environments, facilitating compromise and cooperation when needed.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Plan and direct the operations and activities of the voter registration office; Provide leadership and supervision to paid staff and volunteers on all election procedures; Develop plans to encourage the registration of eligible voters; Oversee the registration process including eligibility determination and denial notification process in accordance with State Board of Election Guidelines; Manage the departmental budget; Plan and provide oversight of educational programs; Oversee maintenance of all official records; Ensure adequate space(s) to facilitate voting process; Ensure election equipment is maintained and readily accessible to voters; Assist with ballot design’ Carry out provisions enumerated in §24.2-114, Code of Virginia, and ensure compliance with the entirety of Title 24.2.; and Communicate election requirements, processes, and results to election observers and stakeholders, including the press. Salary: $136,982. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Program Coordinator—Absentee, Buncombe County, North Carolina— An employee in this position is responsible for the management of all aspects of conducting absentee by mail voting. This employee will lead a team who will perform the administrative duties of absentee by mail voting. An employee in this position is also responsible for the administrative work in creating all written materials needed for training election workers and conducts all election worker training, as well as the management of a support team. Work requires that all materials meet the guidelines of election law and department standards. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Technician, Hennepin County, Minnesota— Hennepin County’s Elections Division is seeking a technology driven Elections Technician to join the Equipment and Technology team. This candidate will perform essential administrative tasks to administer secure and transparent elections in Hennepin County. This position primarily consists of election equipment programming, preparation and testing, troubleshooting, hardware replacement, data entry, and other administrative duties. This candidate must be non-partisan and interested in election administration and government processes. In this position, you will: Design and program ballots and election media; administer proofing procedures to confirm ballot styles align with each precinct and meet all legal requirements. Coordinate ballot printing and delivery to all municipalities, including county voting locations. Prepare and evaluate election programming to verify the logic and accuracy of all voting system components; ensure system components remain fully operational at all times. Assist with training and support of municipal clerks; verify all testing requirements are fulfilled for each election. Maintain inventory of elections equipment and accessories. Oversee the transmission of election results; accurately deliver results to public entities in a timely manner. Thoroughly test, proof, transfer, and upload results to ensure error-free performance. Prepare alternate courses of action and obtain support from equipment vendors, peer counties, and/or the Secretary of State’s office, when necessary. Salary: $46,258.95 – $73,051.99 Annually. Deadline: March 7. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Technician, Thurston County, Washington– The position of Election Technician produces maps to update and maintain accurate taxing district boundaries.  Also uses mapping data to develop and maintain address-based voter street/levy database and takes a leading role in the planning and coordination of the technical aspects of the election process. Additional responsibilities may include, but would not be limited to, the following: Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of assigned temporary staff.  Recommends selection, provides training, and evaluates performance.  Trains staff in the accurate use of election machines and proper use of all election supplies. Programming for elections using advanced software for ballot printing, ballot sorting, ballot tabulation, accessible voting units, and election results reporting.Plans and conducts logic and accuracy tests; responsible for and maintains back-up procedures in case of emergency conditions. Performs formal ballot tabulating tasks at the ballot processing center on election day. Directs on-the-spot activities.  Coordinates and trains staff on ballot processing to ensure we follow federal, state, and county election laws. Coordinates the preparation and distribution of ballots for voters; mails all ballot material to voters, both domestic and overseas.  Plans and coordinates the vote-by-mail election process. Acts as purchasing agent for the Election Division.  Plans, purchases, and maintains sufficient inventory for all election activities. Handles special projects for the division.  (Example: requests for proposal purchases, vendor contracts, etc.) Salary: 4,210.00 – $5,600.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Administrator, Bell County, Texas— Bell County, Texas, is seeking an experienced professional with a proven track record in a public sector setting to serve as the new Elections Administrator. While elections experience and experience in the public sector is preferred, it is not required. From being or becoming an expert on election law to understanding election machine technology to being a detail-oriented person while still seeing the big event that is an election, the Elections Administrator must take ownership of the entire election process from start to finish. This position directs the daily operations of the elections office to ensure the lawful conduct and integrity of Federal, State, County, and local elections. The Elections Administrator performs the duties and functions of the Voter Registrar for the county; performs election-related duties as may be required by federal, state, and/or local law; is responsible for the conduct of elections, to include but is not limited to: preparing ballots, ordering ballots, furnishing and maintaining election equipment and supplies. This position requires an Associate’s degree in Business Administration or a related field supplemented by four years of experience in administration with an additional two years of supervisory experience. The person selected for this position must be a current registered voter in the State of Texas or be eligible to register to vote in the State of Texas upon hire, and must be able to work extended hours during election cycles. A valid Texas driver’s license is required or must be obtained within 90 days of employment along with an acceptable driving history. Salary: $75,000 to $100,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Chief Deputy-Information Systems, Alachua County, Florida— Alachua County Supervisor of Elections is seeking qualified candidates to apply for the Chief Deputy Supervisor – Information Systems position. This position manages the operational use of the election management system (EMS) as well as the development of all ballot information used to generate sample ballots, mail ballots, and ballot definition for the voting system. Manages the vote tabulation process. Serves as the primary liaison with County IT related to technology functions and applications in the Supervisor of Elections Office and with other computer service providers, including private vendors. Serves as the liaison with Florida Department of State Cybersecurity Office. Directs a variety of analytical and interdepartmental coordination activities; performs project management; directs specified operational functions; oversees and performs managerial, operational and other analysis in support of office programs and activities. The incumbent must exercise independent judgment and discretion in determining the optimal strategy for resource utilization and in providing support to staff. Salary: $68,700.74 – $109,920.93. Deadline: March 4 (deadline could potentially be extended). Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Program Manager, CIS— The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate EI-ISAC operations and projects and to represent the EI-ISAC in public forums regarding election infrastructure issues. The Elections Program Manager will work with the EI-ISAC Director to build and maintain relationships in the elections community and develop tools, products, and initiatives that meet the security needs of election officials. This position will oversee a team of Elections Analysts and Stakeholder outreach staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, Pierce County, Washington— As an Elections Specialist, you will have the ability to immediately contribute to the team’s success. You will be guided through the process with coaching-focused managerial support, a team that wants you to be successful in your role, and an organizational culture that encourages continuous learning and professional development. Core Daily Responsibilities: Coordinates and participates in the activities of a specialty in the Elections Division; determines work schedules and methods to expediting work-flow; issues instructions; and monitors work for accuracy and compliance to procedures and policies in specialty area assigned. Coordinates, organizes, and documents all legal aspects of an assigned specialty required to hold elections. Performs quality control work including proofreading, grammar, and spelling.  Designs and produces reports. Coordinates and oversees the preparation and distribution of election supplies to the voting centers. Salary: $31.42 – $39.73 Hourly.  Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission— The Executive Director has overall Commission-wide responsibility for implementing, through its operating divisions and offices, the management and administrative policies and decisions of the Commissioners. The Executive Director serves as a key management advisor to the Commissioners. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the agency meets its mission defined in HAVA. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include: Ensuring that EAC administrative activities comply with governing statutes and regulations in support of the effective and efficient accomplishment of EAC’s mission. Understanding HAVA and other election laws, regulations, and legal decisions pertinent to the EAC mission to assist with agency oversight. Maintaining good relationships with the U.S. Congress and the various EAC oversight committees and governing bodies of elections, including, state legislatures, city/county officials, and EAC FACA boards. Ability to establish program/policy goals and the structure and processes necessary to implement the organization’s strategic vision and mission, to ensure that programs and policies are being implemented and adjusted as necessary, that the appropriate results are being achieved, and that a process for continually assessing the quality of the program activities is in place. Providing periodic assessment of the administrative efficiency and managerial effectiveness of the EAC through strategic planning including: program reviews, reviews of programmatic goals and outcomes, and resource utilization in achieving results. Consulting with and advising Divisions and Offices on general management and operating practices affecting their substantive program areas. Developing solutions to potential and existing barriers that may limit or impede goal achievement. Planning, assigning, and appraising work products to assure high levels of performance. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Deliver My Vote— Deliver My Vote (DMV) and Deliver My Vote Education Fund (DMVEF) are partner organizations dedicated to voting, voting access, and voting rights specifically as it relates to voters’ ability to vote from home. DMV is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)4 organization, dedicated to increasing voter turnout within traditionally disenfranchised communities. DMV’s programs are anchored in helping to facilitate the delivery of a voters’ ballot to their doorstep. Through community organizing campaigns, DMV provides tools and resources to help voters cast ballots from home, taking control of their vote, regardless of life’s obstacles. DMVEF is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization to educate the American public on laws and policies that make voting more accessible for eligible voters. DMVEF provides tools and voter education resources to help eligible voters update voter registration, help interested voters take control of their ballot through absentee voting, and support voters in making specific plans to vote. Salary for this position is highly competitive and is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental and vision, and a 401k with match. Deliver My Vote is headquartered in Washington, DC with Board members and staff working in collaboration from around the country. All work is currently remote. Application:  For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Grant and Contract Specialist, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— This position will report to the deputy director of elections and is responsible for assisting the deputy in the management of administering federal grant funds, including Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant funds.  It also plays a key role in the elections division by performing research analysis and managing retention of grant records with regard to HAVA grants. This position belongs to the “HAVA Elections Security Grant” project and is tentatively scheduled to last through 12/20/2024. Tasks include: Makes recommendations based on analysis of funding needs for grant applications; Establishes grant guidelines; Issues notice of grant openings; Processes grant payments Reviews and determines eligibility against grant application criteria; Establishes program income codes in a manner that will track required reporting requirements; Reviews draft contracts and contract amendments for completeness and compliance with procedures; Applies consistent interpretation of laws, rules, policies and procedures; Communicates effectively with county departments and staff to facilitate and ensure adherence to policies and procedures; Evaluates budget and fiscal system performance, making adjustments as necessary; Coordinates the establishment of fiscal goals, audits of financial documents and the preparation and maintenance of fiscal reports; Prepares related applications for funding; Develops internal controls to ensure that all known expenses are accounted for; Prepares and develops budgets for the various program income codes; Works with staff responsible for carrying out grant duties to ensure that funding is available, allowable and allocable to the federal grant; Assists counties in applying for grant applications; Provides technical assistance to counties when necessary; Monitors grant progress with each county auditor on each grant; Tracks grant agreements to ensure compliance with scope of work, period of performance and funding levels; Monitors budgets and related fiscal reports to ensure grant audit compliance, adherence to county, state and federal regulations, allowable costs, adequate budgetary constraints/controls maintenance, timely report submission, and compliance with generally accepted accounting practices and procedures; Possesses knowledge with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars, the Help America Vote Act and other laws passed by congress concerning grants management; Develops contractual language for grant agreements; Prepares for Inspector General Audits; Reads and analyzes awarding agency audit findings and make adjustments when necessary; Tracks and analyzes expenditures against budgeted or allotted forecasts and make adjustments when necessary; Review all contracts for adherence with contract terms and conditions; Tracks grant balances and take proper action when grants expire; Complies with proper internal controls in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements; Tracks all equipment purchased with HAVA funds; Prepares and maintains financial report to the federal awarding agency; Prepares and provides status of accounts, both actual and projected, along with analysis and recommendations relative to activity costs and revenues; Coordinates visits by federal and/or State auditors; Monitors activity related to the grant; Reviews processes and procedures to ensure that adequate internal controls are in place; Develops internal controls to protect against fraud, waste and abuse when necessary; Prepares and provides status of grants, both actual and projected, along with analysis and recommendations relative to activity costs and revenues; Processes A-19 reimbursement requests in a timely manner; Works closely with Payroll to ensure that employees charging time to federal grants are in compliance with OMB circulars; Develops a means to track expenditures against appropriate awards. Salary: $3,446 – $4,627 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Impartial Election Administration Legal Consultant, Election Reformers— This short-term position, reporting to the Executive Director based in Newton, MA, will provide legal analysis and advice to advance ERN’s impartial election administration program. The attorney will work with our small but dedicated team to identify and analyze target states and jurisdictions for reform, and will devise strategies to implement new structures and legal guardrails. This role offers a great opportunity to be a part of the solution to the country’s pressing democracy challenges and to pioneer an important but neglected area of election reform. ERN is committed to developing election solutions that can gain support from a wide range of political perspectives; for that reason it is essential that the candidate be open-minded, non-dogmatic, and skilled at understanding and working with a wide range of people and perspectives. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Language Access Manager, New York City Campaign Finance Board— The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), a nonpartisan, independent agency that enhances the role of New York City residents in elections, seeks a Language Access Manager to expand the accessibility of its educational resources and materials. This new role will act as the lead project manager for the agency’s translation services and processes, working closely with external vendors and internal staff to increase the agency’s language coverage to include all 10 citywide languages (Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Korean, Arabic, Urdu, French, and Polish) as well as additional translations required under the Voting Rights Act (Hindi and Punjabi). Reporting to the Associate Director of Production, this role supports translations for a variety of projects, including the official NYC Voter Guide available online at www.voting.nyc and mailed to 5 million voters citywide. They will also provide critical support for a forthcoming campaign to raise awareness of a new law that gives over 800,000 immigrant New Yorkers the right to vote in local elections starting in 2023. They are expected to supervise at least one full-time staff member and external translation service providers. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong project management skills who wants to help make local government more accessible and responsive to the needs of immigrant communities in New York City. Salary: $65,000 – $85,000.  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.

Nonpartisan Elections Observer, The Carter Center— The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to promote human rights, alleviate human suffering, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health conditions. The Center seeks a highly qualified, motivated and energetic consultant to the Center’s US Elections Project. The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support democratic elections and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support good elections in the U.S. There are multiple key aspects to this project, contributing to electoral reform, promoting candidate codes of conduct, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, and establishing nonpartisan observation efforts. The Carter Center plans to advance possible nonpartisan observation efforts in two key states: Arizona and Michigan. These states were selected following state assessments completed on multiple states. Nonpartisan observation efforts implemented and/or supported by The Carter Center will differ from existing partisan poll watchers and election protection groups. The goal of this observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of election in each state through public reports. The Carter Center is seeking Observation Coordinators to lead efforts in Arizona and Michigan to establish and support nonpartisan observation efforts. Working with Carter Center staff and consultants, the Observer Coordinators will work to meet with new and existing stakeholders to build an observation effort and determine the best possibility for nonpartisan observation in each state. The work will be conducted in two Phases. In Phase I, the Coordinators will focus on partnership and network building. The second phase will focus more deeply on the logistics of observer deployment and project implementation based on the plans and partnerships developed in Phase I. Start date: As soon as possible, with potential travel around the state. Location: Michigan or Arizona. Length of assignment: This project is in two phases. Phase 1 will be for 3 months with possibility of extension into Phase 2 which will last up to 9 months. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Coordinator, MIT Election Data & Science Lab— PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Political Science, to coordinate and perform day-to-day operational activities and project planning for the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, a research project that encourages a scientific approach to improving elections in the U.S. The lab’s activities include the conduct of its own research, coordinating the research of others, and fostering a larger community of allied researchers around the country. Will oversee the lab’s budget and reconcile accounts; plan seminar series/workshops; and work as part of a team on a wide range of projects, special initiatives, and events. Responsibilities include developing, implementing, and monitoring the lab’s research projects; overseeing budgets related to grants received by the lab; coordinating seminars, conferences, and workshops; remaining aware of the progress of the lab’s projects and helping to problem-solve bottlenecks; representing the lab at special events and committee meetings; preparing correspondence in response to internal/external inquiries; composing, editing, and proofreading lab materials; helping to track progress on lab achievements and communicating them to funders; making vendor and purchasing suggestions/decisions; developing documentation/reporting for stakeholders; developing and maintaining website content; and performing other dues as necessary. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Program Manager, California Voter Foundation— CVF seeks an experienced and accomplished part time program manager who is passionate about voting rights and advocacy, election reform, support for election officials, and nonpartisan expertise. This position will be instrumental in supporting the day to day operations of CVF, managing communications, and supporting important programmatic initiatives. Candidates must be eager to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and be able to balance and prioritize competing demands. This is a remote, part-time position, with the potential to transition to a full-time position, who reports to the president of CVF. Responsibilities: Manage communications and outreach with a network of diverse leaders and stakeholders from all sectors across many time zones; Coordinate projects and research related to election funding, curtailing mis- and disinformation and legal and law enforcement protections for election officials; Support grant writing and research fundraising opportunities; Write news releases, social media posts, meeting agendas, and meeting notes; Respond to emails in a timely and professional manner; Help manage CVF social media accounts: Twitter and Facebook; Schedule meetings and plan webinar events; Attend webinars and monitor election news and events; and Support other CVF projects as needed. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Clark County, Nevada— This position provides project and program leadership to professional and technical staff; performs applications systems design, modification and programming of a routine to complex nature in support of County administrative and business services for multiple computer platform applications. Provides lead direction, training and work review to a programming project team; organized and assigns work, sets priorities, and follows-up and controls project status to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work. Provides input into selection, evaluation, disciplinary and other personnel matters. Gathers and analyzes information regarding customer systems and requirements and develops or modifies automated systems to fulfill these needs. Conducts feasibility studies and develops system, time, equipment and cost requirements. Using computer generated techniques, simulates hardware and software problems, tests and evaluates alternative solutions, and recommends and implements appropriate applications design. Develops program logic and processing steps; codes programs in varied languages. Plans and develops test data to validate new or modified programs; designs input and output forms and documents. Troubleshoots hardware and software problems, as needed, for customers, other agencies and information systems personnel. Writes program documentation and customer procedures and instructions and assists user departments and staff in implementing new or modified programs and applications; tracks and evaluates project and systems progress. Writes utility programs to support and validate adopted systems and programs. Confers with customer department staff regarding assigned functional program areas. Maintains records and prepares periodic and special reports of work performed. Maintains current knowledge of technology and new computer customer applications. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. Uses standard office equipment in the course of the work; may drive a personal or County motor vehicle or be able to arrange for appropriate transportation in order to travel between various job sites depending upon departments and/or projects assigned. This is an open and continuous recruitment, scheduling dates will vary depending on when the application was received and reviewed by Human Resources. This examination will establish an Open Competitive Eligibility list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months or may be extended as needed by Human Resources. Human Resources reserves the right to call only the most qualified applicants to the selection process. Salary: $32.07 – $49.74 Hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Voter Education & Outreach Specialist, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— This position reports to the Voting Information Services Manager of the Elections Division and works collaboratively to provide outreach and educational services. This position leads onsite customer service to candidates during annual peaks, voters’ pamphlet training for internal staff, organization of printed materials for proofing, fulfillment of outreach materials to stakeholders, and coordinates the printing and distribution of the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The passage of new legislation (ESHB 2421) increases the business needs to be met by the Secretary of State’s Office. Each May and June, the office must preview and process candidate’s statements to be printed in local county primary pamphlets as well as the processing necessary July through October for the state general election pamphlet. The Voting Information Services (VIS) team promotes accessible, fair, and accurate elections. Through educational programs and service excellence, we help eligible Washington residents register to vote, file for office, and cast an informed ballot. VIS exercises visionary leadership to publish the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The team provides voters and candidates with essential tools and training, digestible data and auditing reports, outreach programs and publications. VIS also advises County Auditors in interpretations of federal and state election law to uphold the integrity of election administration throughout the state. These objectives are accomplished through official communications, collaboration with stakeholders, and educational publications including the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The VIS program also acts as liaison for the Office of the Secretary of State. Salary: $55,524 – $74,604. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Voter Services Manager, 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. Supervises the daily operations of the In-Person Absentee Voting division and oversees the work production and quantity and quality of work completed.  Supervises election planning and scheduling and develops and implements policies and procedures. Supervises, trains, and evaluates the in-person absentee voting specialists and temporary staff. Performs supervisory responsibility including work assignments, working hours, and training. Evaluates performance of staff. Coordinates Satellite Voting Unit use in municipal, statewide, and special elections. Supervises the selection of in-person absentee voting sites and prepares correspondence sent to each potential location.   Supervises the preparation of supplies and materials for each in-person absentee voting site. Supervises the selection of in-person absentee voting poll workers and off-site managers. Corresponds with in-person absentee voting poll workers. Develops and maintains training materials for in-person absentee voting poll workers. Manages the daily digital imaging of voter applications, boxing, storage, and archiving of in-person absentee voting records in accordance with statutory requirements. Supervises the preparation and execution of daily statistical reports during the in-person absentee voting period.  Tracks statistical data for each election.  Prepares materials responsive to open records requests related to in-person absentee voting. Research and resolve questions, problems, or inquiries from staff, citizens, and stakeholders. Provides oversight for candidate filing, petition management, and any inquiries of potential candidates. Oversees failsafe voting on Election Day at our office. Salary: $48,722 – $66,276 Annually, Deadline: May 1. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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