In Focus This Week
New Bipartisan Policy Center Report
Balancing Security, Access and Privacy in Electronic Ballot Transmission
Election officials and cybersecurity experts agree that electronic ballot transmission yields vulnerabilities that cannot be mitigated while preserving ballot privacy. Despite the vulnerabilities, electronic ballot transmission is crucial in ensuring that citizens unable to vote through traditional voting methods (such as mail or in-person voting) can still cast a ballot.
In addition to federal requirements for electronic ballot delivery, electronic ballot return is also available to military and overseas voters in at least 31 states. Despite its fairly extensive adoption, there remains almost no real conversation among election experts about how to do it well and what policy options facilitate those practices.
Electronic ballot transmission will likely face extensive litigation in the coming election cycles, from both security skeptics and accessibility advocates. Litigation tends to cluster near Election Day, often resulting in election officials being mandated to implement new procedures in the immediate lead up to an election.
This paper strives to provide state lawmakers and election officials with thoughtful and proactive guidance on how to improve the administration of electronic ballot transmission. Rather than focus on the expansion or removal of electronic ballot transmission options, it outlines best practices that are informed by the learned experiences of election administrators, cybersecurity experts, and accessibility advocates.
This report is unanimously endorsed by the Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force on Elections, a bipartisan group of state and local election officials from jurisdictions throughout the United States. Each recommendation was carefully considered as part of an internally consistent collection of recommendations.
Select recommendations include:
- States should equip election offices with ample resources to support the additional training and staff needed to carry out electronic ballot transmission.
- States should expand electronic ballot delivery and ballot marking options to voters with disabilities. Additionally, states should continue to explore secure options for electronic ballot return for voters with disabilities and implement as feasible.
- To ensure that only voters with disabilities that interfere with the reading, writing, or use of printed material are able to use electronic ballot transmission tools, states should provide a self-attestation tool that gives voters the option to attest under penalty of the law that they meet the criteria for electronic ballot transmission.
- State should provide robust ballot tracking option, as well as options to fix ballots’ eligibility deficiencies, to all voters using mail or electronic ballot return.
- States should follow federal agency guidance on how to mitigate the security risks of electronic ballot transmission.
- States should conduct regular risk assessments, implement fraud detection and recovery protections, and require regular performance audits of electronic ballot transmission practices. The original electronically transmitted ballot should be retained as the ballot on record for tabulation audits and recounts.
- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission should consider implementing a certification program for electronic return and ballot marking technology;
- Election officials should educate voters about risks and mitigation tactics pertaining to electronic ballot transmission.
- Election officials should work with local and national disability organizations to disseminate voting access and security information to voters in a targeted fashion.
We submit this report with a brief note of caution. Since the 2020 election, the elections field has been overrun by false narratives of voter fraud. False narratives might cause some to resist any forward-thinking reforms for fear that they become manipulated in popular discourse. The Bipartisan Policy Center has greater aspirations for American elections than to simply wait out the naysayers.
It is the spirit of this report that nothing should get in the way of meaningful improvements to voters’ access to the ballot and the security of our election system. Electronic ballot transmission, like most election policies, has inherent risks and benefits. This report of the BPC Task Force on Elections strives to ensure that all decisionmakers are fully aware of the suite of reform options available to them.
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Election News This Week
Native American Voting Rights: According to a new report from the White House, local, state and federal officials must do more to ensure Native Americans facing persistent, longstanding and deep-rooted barriers to voting have equal access to ballots. The report comes a year after he issued an executive order promoting voting rights and establishing a steering committee to look at particular barriers to voting in Indigenous communities. Those include state laws and local practices that disenfranchise Indigenous voters, unequal access to early voting and reliance on a mail system that is unreliable, the report stated. “For far too long, members of tribal nations and Native communities have faced unnecessary burdens when they attempt to exercise their sacred right to vote,” the White House said. The report recommended further recommended that jurisdictions serving Native voters offer language assistance even when they’re not legally required to. And the U.S. Postal Service should consider adding routes or boosting personnel in Indian Country, the report said. The White House highlighted efforts within federal agencies that include the Interior Department working to designate tribal colleges in New Mexico and Kansas as voter registration centers. The Treasury Department will provide voter education through its income tax assistance centers, the White House said. And the U.S. Department of Justice has more than doubled its voting rights enforcement to ensure election officials are complying with federal law, senior administration officials said. The administration noted, though, that the protections in the Voting Rights Act to prohibit racial discrimination in voting no longer are adequate.
In the Budget: The Biden administration called for spending $10 billion over the next decade to beef up the country’s elections infrastructure as part of the fiscal 2023 budget proposal released this week. Along with providing “a predictable funding stream for critical capital investments and increased staffing and services,” the budget proposes to expand the Postal Service’s capacity in “underserved areas” and to increase vote-by-mail initiatives — including making ballots postage-free. The $10 billion proposal is less than the $20 billion the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life urged Congress to provide last spring. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who last month led a group of 32 other Democrats calling on Biden to include $5 billion in election security grants for the next fiscal year, said it was “critical” to invest in elections. “From ensuring state and local election officials receive significant and reliable federal resources, to making it easier for voters to cast mail-in ballots, to strengthening the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, these resources represent a significant investment in our democracy,” she said in a statement.
2020 Election Review: A congressional oversight committee indicated this week that the lead contractor in a partisan audit of 2020 election results in Otero County, New Mexico has rebuffed requests for documents and information about door-to-door canvasing that has raised concerns of possible voter intimidation. The House committee is investigating potential intimidation by volunteers for a conspiracy group who are going door to door, canvassing voters in Otero County and asking intrusive questions. EchoMail, a private company and one of the contractors previously involved in Arizona’s partisan ballot review, has said it won’t meet a Thursday deadline to provide information. The House Oversight Committee had asked EchoMail in a March 16 letter to produce records by Thursday regarding its forensic audit in Otero County, New Mexico. EchoMail responded with a letter denying oversight and any contractual relationship with the volunteer-based canvassing group New Mexico Audit Force, while distancing itself from the audit and providing no further documents.
Apply Online: The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners announced this week, that Chicago voters may now apply for mail-in voting ballots online. Voters who apply to vote by mail will receive emails from the Election Board that tells them when their application is accepted, when their ballot is mailed, when the Election Board received their Ballot Return Envelope and when their ballot has been counted and processed, according to a press release. The Chicago Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes in May. Voters who receive their ballots in mail can return them through standard US mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day on June 28. Voters can also choose to return their ballot return envelope in a secured drop box at any Chicago early voting location before Election Day. This year, voters can also join a permanent vote by mail roster and have their ballots sent to a preferred address before every election.
An Update on Pumpkin: Because sometimes you just need some good news, this week The Post in Ohio has an update on Pumpkin the Elections Cat in Athens County, Ohio. “Pumpkin is just Pumpkin,” Debbie Quivey, the director of the Athens County Board of Elections, said about the cat. The preteen-aged rescue is a local celebrity in Athens near the Ohio University campus. His fans are mostly students and nearby residents, but his fame has already reached most of the state of Ohio. Even the Secretary of State’s office asks about him. “Anybody in the elections in the state of Ohio, they know about Pumpkin,” Quivey said. Like most celebrities, Pumpkin receives a lot of fan art and gifts. A painted portrait of the pet is visible through the window behind his perch. He is also often given catnip and toys. The staff at the Board of Elections doesn’t accept food or treats for him because he is on a special diet recommended by the vet. Penny Brooks, deputy director of elections has passed away since helping Quivey rescue Pumpkin and Quivey said Pumpkin grieved for a long time, staying in her room at the Board of Elections. “He liked the rest of us and tolerated us, but he loved Penny,” Quivey said. Since Brooks passed away, her son has come to work in her place. Another employee retired and was replaced by a new woman as well. Quivey said Pumpkin has since come to tolerate everyone a little more. He almost really likes anybody who takes up a position at the Board of Elections.
Personnel News: Abby Loberg is running for Grand County, Colorado clerk and recorder. Assumption Parish Registrar of Voters Consuella Skidmore is retiring after 36 years on the job. Marvin Lepp has announced his candidacy for North Dakota secretary of state. Derek Bowens, who was named as the sole finalist to lead Fulton County, Georgia’s elections department, has withdrawn from consideration for the job. Patrick Castellani has resigned from the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania board of elections.
Election Security Updates
Phishing Attack: An invoice-themed phishing campaign targeted elections officials in at least nine states in October 2021, according to a warning the FBI issued Tuesday. The attackers sought to steal login credentials and could have had “sustained, undetected” access to election administrators’ systems, the notice said. The emails — sent in batches on at least three separate days — “shared similar attachment files, used compromised email addresses, and were sent close in time, suggesting a concerted effort to target US election officials,” the notice reads. It’s unclear whether any of the phishing attacks were successful. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “The FBI judges cyber actors will likely continue or increase their targeting of US election officials with phishing campaigns in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections,” the notice reads. According to the new FBI warning, on Oct. 5, 2021, “unidentified cyber actors” sent emails originating from at least two email addresses to unidentified officials in nine unnamed states and to representatives of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). The emails contained the same attachment titled “INVOICE INQUIRY.PDF,” which would redirect targets to a credential-harvesting website. One of the emails used in the attack came from a compromised U.S. government official’s email account, according to the notice. Secretaries of state are the top election officials in roughly 40 states. “This phishing email was reported by NASS staff to the EI-ISAC, which is a standard protocol in this type of situation,” Maria Benson, the director of communication for NASS, told CyberScoop Tuesday in an email. “NASS staff did not click on the email attachment in question and therefore did not experience an ‘incident.’ The EI-ISAC shared with their networks as it is supposed to.”
Arizona: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to expand U.S. citizenship voting requirements in the state, a measure that critics warn will jeopardize the voter registrations of thousands of Arizona residents. In signing House Bill 2492, Ducey disputed testimony from local officials and voting rights advocates who say an unknown number of voters — predominantly older, longtime Arizona residents — will be purged from the state’s voter rolls because the last time they registered to vote, there was no requirement to provide proof of citizenship. Critics say those voters would then need to register again. In 2004, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure to add proof of citizenship as a requirement for voter registration. The measure included language that grandfathered in voters who were already registered prior to 2005, when the law took effect. Marilyn Rodriguez, a lobbyist for the ACLU of Arizona, said HB 2492 supersedes the old law and would now apply the citizenship requirement retroactively. “So many thousands of eligible voters could lose access to the polls based on specific and targeted criteria,” she told the state Senate Government Committee earlier this month. “This bill singles out older voters, on average, and people who have lived in Arizona for a longer amount of time.” County election officials agree, and testified that they’ll have to pore over voter registration databases to see who’s affected by the change. They say they have no way of knowing exactly the number of impacted voters until they start looking. One estimate put the tally as high as 192,000 voters. That’s the number of Arizonans who were issued a state driver’s license prior to 1996 — when the state updated its credentialing process to ensure a driver’s lawful presence in the United States — and have not altered their license since, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The House Government and Elections Committee passed a measure that would raise the margins that spark election recounts. Under current law, the threshold sparking a recount is one-tenth of one percent. The measure proposed by Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita raises the margin for primary and general elections to one-half of a percent. The proposal gained the support of Democrats, who have blocked many election reform bills introduced. The bill excludes elections for school district governing boards, fire district boards and other special districts. The measure now goes to the House Rules Committee.
California: The California Legislature advanced a bill that would add some election workers to the state’s Safe at Home program, which allows some people to keep their physical addresses secret. The program was originally designed to protect domestic violence victims, but has since been expanded to include people who work at abortion clinics and their patients. The bill, which cleared a legislative committee in the Assembly on Monday, would let some election workers and their immediate family members apply to the secretary of state to use a substitute address in the voter file instead of their home address. The bill would apply to election workers who either interact with the public or are observed by the public, including poll workers and ballot counters.
Riverside County, California: In an effort to boost voter confidence in the county-level process, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors advanced a proposal Tuesday to establish an election advisory committee, despite concerns raised by a county GOP official about its potential partisan breakdown. The committee, which was first proposed by First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries in early 2020, will offer recommendations to the supervisors, the county’s Executive Office, and the county Registrar of Voters on how to improve the county’s electoral process. The adopted proposal will establish a seven-member panel consisting of a chairperson approved by the board of supervisors, as well as a representative from the Riverside County Democratic Party, another from the Riverside County Republican Party and one from a third party. The committee also would include a representative from the League of Women Voters of Riverside and another from a local Latino community organization, as well as one non-voting member from the executive office. Committee members will be appointed to a two-year term and allowed.
Colorado: Governor Jared Polis has put his signature on HB22-1086, which will prohibit a person from openly carrying a firearm within 100 feet of a polling location. Known as the “Vote Without Fear Act”, the bill was sponsored by Senators Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Sonya Jaquez-Lewis (D-Boulder County). The new law prohibits a person from openly carrying a firearm within 100 feet of any drop box, voter service and polling center (VSPC), or central counting facility while an election or any related ongoing election administration activity is in progress. Its purpose; to ensure Coloradans can continue to cast their ballot without fear of intimidation. “Participating in democracy should never be a scary experience. Every voter deserves to feel safe when exercising their sacred right to vote,” said Sen. Jaquez Lewis. “I’m proud to support legislation that further strengthens our elections by ensuring Coloradans can make their voices heard without fear of intimidation.”
Connecticut: A bill that would allow out-of-town commuters and caretakers of the disabled or chronically ill to vote by absentee ballot won final legislative passage Wednesday on a 30-4 vote in the Senate. The measure stops short of allowing no-excuse absentee voting, a step that would require passage of a referendum amending the Connecticut Constitution — something that cannot happen before the 2024 election. Instead, it amends statutory language that is more restrictive than the standard set in the constitution, which disenfranchises voters in some circumstances. The constitution empowers the General Assembly to allow absentee voting by anyone “unable to appear at the polling place on the day of election because of absence from the city or town of which they are inhabitants or because of sickness, or physical disability or … the tenets of their religion.” But state law is more restrictive, defining sickness as a voter’s illness and requiring commuters to be out of town for all hours of balloting, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Passage in the House came last week on a 126-16 vote, with every Democrat and a majority of Republicans in support. A constitutional amendment that would allow early voting at the polls will be on the ballot in November. A resolution authorizing a referendum on another proposed amendment allowing no-excuse absentee voting passed last year but fell short of the super majority necessary to place it on the 2022 ballot. If it is endorsed again by a simple majority of the 2023 legislature, it will go on the 2024 ballot.
Delaware: Representative Bryan Shupe is announcing two bills he’ll be introducing in the House. House Bills 361 and 362 would eliminate the required reasons for absentee voting. This means that anyone can vote via absentee ballot. “I think that the more people that you can get out to vote and voice their opinion, the better the government that you have, the more responsive government that you will have, as well,” said Rep. Shupe. The bills would also help make the absentee ballot process more secure, according to Rep. Shupe. Voters would be required to identify themselves with a Delaware ID, drivers license, or social security number. “The Department of Elections will check those numbers, and they will call you or reach out to you to verify that information before the vote is counted,” said Rep. Shupe. Changes could also be coming to how legislators alter election law, if the bills pass. Rep. Shupe says under the bills, a two thirds majority vote would be required across two consecutive sessions, instead of a simple majority vote. “We would like for any new election laws to have to go through a two thirds vote, and not just be a simple majority vote that possibly could change with a political party,” he said.
Georgia: The Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to remove every contentious proposal from a broad elections bill, discarding plans for GBI fraud investigations, paper ballot inspections and funding limitations. The committee scrapped much of the bill after hearing testimony Monday from several county election officials who opposed strict ballot handling rules and restrictions on outside donations from nonprofit organizations. One elections supervisor called its requirements little more than “security theater.” Senators shrank the 39-page bill to a two-page measure Tuesday, leaving only a requirement that businesses give workers up to two hours off to vote either on election day or during three weeks of early voting. Under current law, workers are only entitled to time off to vote on election day. County election officials said legislators responded to the public’s concerns after Monday’s three-hour hearing. “We demand that the full Senate and House accept this bill as amended and not make any additional changes,” 11 Democratic county election board members from across Georgia said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a clear example of the progress that can be made when legislators listen to and take recommendations from local election officials.”
Kansas: A bill approved last week by the Kansas Senate would limit drop boxes in all but the largest areas of the state to one per county and add new security measures for surveillance. It would also end a three-day grace period for mail ballots to arrive after Election Day, requiring ballots be received by 7 p.m. on election night. The Senate approved the measure by a narrow 21 to 17 vote, sending it to the Kansas House for further vetting. Six Republican senators opposed the measure. The bill would change that, limiting the 20 largest counties to one drop box per 30,000 residents and perhaps more notably limit any counties with fewer than 30,000 registered voters to just one remote box. The boxes must be in a government building or be manned by poll agents. Efforts to end the three-day grace period have popped up in the Legislature in the past but none have succeeded in passing through the Legislature. Supporters said this was necessary because changing voting tallies after election night would hinder trust in elections.
Maine: The Maine House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to a bill that will strengthen protections for election officials. The bill to strengthen protections for election workers passed in the house Tuesday will make threatening an election worker a class D crime. Secretary of State Shenna bellows says she wants clerks to feel safe when they are at the polls “What we have seen in the last two years is an increase in attacks and threats against election workers across the country, and unfortunately people who believe those lies then act on fears and misinformation,” said Bellows. She said last year the Secretary’s office received two threats of physical violence against municipal clerks. “In conversation with clerks, they are just thrilled to see this bipartisan support from democrats and republicans alike for the work that they do,” said Bellows. In response to the bill, the Secretary of State’s office will provide de-escalation training to city and town clerks. A new reporting procedure will be put in place if any threats are made to election workers.
During a joint session of the Maine Legislature the Senate also tabled a bill that would have allowed municipalities to implement ranked-choice voting in local elections, which the House of Representatives debated and advanced during its March 22 session.
Mississippi: According to Mississippi Today, Senate Judiciary B Chair Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, said he will decide early this week whether to take up nine House bills restoring voting rights to people convicted of felonies. Fillingane said it is probable that at least some of the suffrage bills will be taken up in his Judiciary B Committee with the intent to send them to the full Senate chamber for consideration. “We’re looking at them now,” said Fillingane. House Judiciary B Chair Nick Bain, R-Corinth offered legislation this session to clarify that people who have their felony conviction expunged through the legal process should also regain the right to vote. He said in some jurisdictions the right to vote is restored with the expungement but in others it is not. It appeared that the legislation clarifying the expungement process had died in the Senate, but Bain was able to revive the bill later in the process, It is now part of a bill providing pay raises to district attorneys and judges.
New Jersey: Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin wants election officials to let the public know how many ballots they’ve yet to count. A bill introduced by the Middlesex County Democrat would require county election boards to coordinate with county clerks to post online the number of ballots received, along with the number they’ve counted and the number they’ve yet to tally. The speaker’s bill would require the number of uncounted ballots to go up when polls close and be updated in real time as counts continue. The figures would be split by ballot type, meaning uncounted mail-in ballots would be shown separately from uncounted provisional, early, and machine votes. It would also require boards to send those numbers to the New Jersey secretary of state, who would have to post them in an easy-to-access online location. A provision of the bill would bar voters from changing party affiliation when updating their voter registration with the Motor Vehicle Commission.
A proposal to allow New Jerseyans to register to vote and cast ballots on Election Day is back in legislative limbo because of opposition from the state’s most powerful legislator. Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) came out against the proposal last week, voicing concerns about its impact on campaigns, already strained election workers, and public confidence in the state’s voting systems. “Someone’s got to convince me why people have the sacred right to vote and they can’t decide to do it until that day. With all the concern about voting, I haven’t been convinced,” he said during a press gaggle, adding he was open to changing his mind. Under existing law, residents must be registered 21 days before a given election to be eligible to vote. The current version of the bill would largely cut that to eight days while allowing residents to register and cast ballots on Election Day. It would also permit them to register at their county clerk’s office until 3 p.m. the day before the election. Drafted amendments the Senate State Government Committee planned to adopt at an early March hearing before the bill was pulled would have kept the 21-day deadline intact while removing the option to register at clerks’ offices. Those amendments would also allow voters to register and cast ballots at the state’s early voting sites.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed A-208, which increases the compensation of election workers from $200 to $300 per day. The bipartisan bill also appropriates $7 million to the Department of State to power the effort. According to the governor’s office, election workers are currently paid $200 per day for primary elections, general elections or special elections. The state reimburses $125 of the payment to election workers, while the counties account for the rest. Under the new law, the state’s reimbursement increases to $225 while keeping counties’ sum at $75. The new law also increases the maximum hourly rate for election workers serving at a school election held at a time other than the general election, from $14.29 to $21.43 per hour, which is commensurate with the $300 daily rate for election workers.
Vermont: It’s back to the drawing board for an effort to overhaul presidential primary elections in Vermont. A plan to introduce ranked-choice voting is out, at least for this year. Ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, is a system that lets voters rank their candidates in order of preference. It has been used in several states and cities, including in Burlington before it was dropped in 2010. While a charter change to reinstate it in the Queen City is moving along, a proposal to apply it to presidential elections has been put on hold. A bill this session would have extended ranked-choice voting to presidential primary elections. “We’re seeing now routinely 10, 12, 17 candidates running and without some kind of a ranked-ballot process, you can have someone winning who is not the choice of most voters,” said Sen. Chris Pearson, D/P-Chittenden County. So supporters engaged in a media blitz to raise awareness. You may have seen them on TV from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, including on Channel 3. But the bill has since stalled in the Senate Government Operations Committee, in part because of the time it would take to set it up. Pandemic logistics of Town Meeting Day, the reapportionment process, distributing new tabulators and printing ballots all take time and resources.
West Virginia: This week, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law HB 4438 expanding the state’s prohibition against voting machines connecting to the internet. Secretary of State Mac Warner, who initially requested the legislation, thanked the Senate, House of Delegates and governor for their unanimous approval of the proposal in a bipartisan fashion. According to Warner, all current voting machines used in the state’s 55 counties do not connect to the internet. Warner said he requested the legislation to update a law that did not take into consideration new types of machines and technology. “This legislation increases security for West Virginia elections by ensuring that no voting machine in any county will ever be permitted to connect to the internet,” Warner said. “This is yet another layer of security that builds voter confidence in the integrity and outcomes of our elections.”
Arkansas: Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen denied Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s motion for a stay of his permanent injunction earlier this month against the laws the Legislature approved last year. Rutledge had asked for the stay while she appealed Griffen’s injunction. The measures struck down include a change to the state’s voter ID law that removed the option for voters to sign an affidavit affirming their identities if they could not present photo identification at the polls. The other blocked measures prevent anyone other than voters from being within 100 feet of a polling place, require an absentee voter’s signature on a ballot to match the signature on their voter registration application and move up the deadline for voters to return absentee ballots in person.
New Hampshire: Courts have authorized the N.H. Attorney General’s Office to examine election materials from two municipalities where some votes from the 2020 general election went uncounted. In Laconia, a court is permitting the state to open a sealed envelope containing an unknown number of ballots that were cast but apparently not tallied in several elections, including the 2020 general election, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s Office said in an email Monday. And in a case out of Bedford, the office got court permission to open and tally the number of absentee ballots that were not counted in the same general election. Myles Matteson, the deputy general counsel for the N.H. Attorney General’s Office, said Laconia officials put the ballots found in that city in an envelope after finding them in a side compartment of a ballot box used for the city’s Ward 6. The discovery was made as they got ready for the Nov. 2, 2021, municipal election, he said. Matteson and N.H. Secretary of State David Scanlan say they don’t know how many ballots are involved in the Laconia incident. But there’s been no allegation that the misdirected ballots would have contained enough votes to swing any election. Matteson said his office was notified of the matter on Dec. 6, but didn’t say by whom. Also on March 15, Matteson filed a petition with Hillsborough North Superior Court, to count absentee ballots not tallied in the November 2020 general election in Bedford. The public session to open these ballots has also not been scheduled yet. “The purpose of the tally is to verify that the number of ballots — and the names on the affidavit envelopes — match the list created by Bedford election officials, to ensure that all voters whose ballots were not counted were properly notified,” he said in an emailed explanation of the court filing.
New Mexico: A New Mexican, along with a nonprofit are suing the Attorney General and Secretary of State claiming their first amendment rights are being violated by state law not allowing them to publish voter data on their websites. Holly Steinberg says she wants to use voter data collected by the Voter Reference Foundation to “increase voter participation while protecting election integrity.” But under state law, voter data can only be used for government or election purposes. Violating this law is a fourth-degree felony and is punishable with a $100 fine for every line of voter information unlawfully used and up to 18 months behind bars. Steinberg and the Voter Reference Foundation claim the statute is unconstitutional. The lawsuit seeks to overturn it.
North Carolina: State legislative leaders want the N.C. Court of Appeals to block a ruling that could add 56,000 felons to the state’s voting rolls. A trial court issued the ruling Monday. It would open up voting to felons on parole, probation, or other post-release supervision. “This is an unrivaled attempt by judges to legislate from the bench,” said Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, in a news release. “Piece-by-piece the courts are chipping away at the legislature’s constitutional duty to set election policy in this state and seizing that authority for themselves.” Lawmakers are seeking an emergency stay of the trial court’s order pending appeal. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of Superior Court judges struck down a 1973 state law. The law spells out the process for felons to regain voting rights once they complete their sentences.
Pennsylvania: The remnants of a federal lawsuit by Republicans challenging Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts were dropped this week, three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene and stop the plan. The case remained alive after the justices declined to prevent the 17-district map approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from being used in this year’s elections. But last week a three-person panel of federal judges in Pennsylvania pared the case back, leaving only a question about whether population variations of one or two residents out of hundreds of thousands met federal standards. The plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a one-sentence motion of voluntary dismissal of what remained of the case.
Texas: U.S. District Judge Charles R. Eskridge ruled that Waller County did not discriminate against student voters at Prairie View A&M University during the 2018 general election when it granted them fewer days and hours for early voting, the latest chapter in a history of voting rights struggles in the southeast Texas county. In a 128-page ruling and summary of the case, Eskridge said there wasn’t evidence to “establish a concern” over the lack of any early voting location on campus or in the city of Prairie View during the first week of early voting that year. The county commissioners court, Eskridge found, allocated early voting locations and hours on an “objective and reasonable basis” that did not run afoul of the federal Voting Rights Act or the U.S. Constitution. The case dates to 2018
Opinions This Week
Alaska: Ranked choice voting
Kentucky: 2020 election deniers
Louisiana: Voting system
Massachusetts: Ranked choice voting
Minnesota: Election integrity
Montana: Native American voting rights
Tennessee: Voting rights
Neutralizing Partisan Incentives for Elections Officials: In the last three years, election administration and election officials have been pulled into the political fray. Most election systems are designed to be led by nonpartisan experts with the best interests of all voters in mind. But today, these systems and experts must contend with growing partisan polarization, political vitriol, and misinformation. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Election Reformer’s Network (ERN) for a conversation with former swing state election officials about ways to protect election administration from harmful partisan influence. This event accompanies a forthcoming joint report from BPC and ERN documenting how partisan incentives for election officials have changed over time and what the risks are for electoral integrity and trust in elections should political pressure continue to increase. When: April 6, 12pm Eastern. Where: Online.
Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive: Local and state election officials in the United States — who run the most accurate and secure voting process in the world — are finding that facts are not a sufficient defense of their election outcomes. Despite the rigorous steps that protect voter registration, ballot distribution, election systems and vote counting, conspiracy theories are undermining the public’s trust in this most basic act of a democracy. To combat this problem, experts from around the nation analyze the problem to provide actionable steps so election administrators can go on the offense to manage communications before, during and after an election. Hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. 9am to 12:30pm Central. Where: Online. When: April 22.
IGO Annual Conference: Join the International Association of Government Officials for their 5th Annual Conference this summer. Check back here for more details and how to register. When: June 17-24. Where: Indian Wells, California.
NASS Summer Conference: Join the National Association of Secretaries of State for their Annual Conference this summer. Check back here for more details and how to register. When: July 7-10. Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
NASED Summer Conference: Twice a year, NASED members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration. Members of the public are welcome to attend at the non-member registration rate. When: July 18-21. Where: Madison, Wisconsin.
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Job Postings This Week
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Associate Director, Elections, The Democracy Fund– The Associate Director will help lead and strengthen the Elections & Voting Program’s work to create a more equitable and accessible election system and empower communities to defend voting rights when they are threatened. The Associate Director will also help coordinate this work with Democracy Fund’s other programs, with other foundations, and with election field leaders and organizations. Reporting to the Elections & Voting Program Director, the Associate Director will help manage a growing team of staff and projects across the program, with a particular focus on strengthening our grantmaking processes, internal communications, and team operations. The successful candidate will be a systems thinker and builder who can drive impact while cultivating the internal organization needed to achieve our goals. We are looking for a connector with a demonstrated track record of managing people and creating opportunities for growth, learning, and collaboration. This role will work with the Program Director and Elections & Voting team members to develop the next phase of our strategies, support learning and team growth, and contribute to shaping Democracy Fund’s strategy and position in the field. This position also supports the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Salary: Salary range begins at $149,040 per year. 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 Expert, The Elections Group— The Elections Group is seeking to grow its team of election professionals. You will work closely in supporting state and local election officials as they enhance or implement new programs and adapt procedures as necessary in a dynamic operating environment. Our team of election experts works quickly to provide guidance, resources and direct support in all areas of election administration, including security, audits, communications and operational support. This is an opportunity to be part of a collaborative and professional group of team members who are passionate about elections and serving the people who run them at every level of government. Our work model includes remote work with some travel required and competitive compensation. We will be hiring full, part-time and contract positions over the next several months. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Specialist Lead, Thurston County, Washington — As a Lead Election Specialist, you will assist in the preparation and operation of County elections by coordinating or assisting with all ballot processing, hiring and training of extra help workers, and coordinating voter registration and education programs. There will be significant public contact, requiring effective communication and professional services to customers. Other responsibilities in this role would include, but are not limited to, the following: Assist the Division Manager in supervising and providing direction and training to assigned staff and employees. Assist with the review and approval of leave requests for extra help employees and monitors workloads and task distribution providing feed back to the Division Manager. In charge of communication with all districts and candidates to ensure all elected and appointed officials have taken their oath of office and that the oath of office is on file. Coordinate with other county departments for the set up and running of extra large voting center in high volume elections, ensuring that all statutory laws are being followed. Process and provide public record requests for voter data and election data. Communicate with customers in person, by phone, and through written correspondence to provide information regarding voter registration, election dates, ballots, laws, and procedures. Implement changes required by federal and state law within areas of responsibility and documents changes in policies and procedures. Salary: $3,819 – $5,079 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Supervisor, Pinal County, Arizona — As an Elections Supervisor in Pinal County Arizona you will be an important part of a team that is committed to a singular goal: Administering Free, Fair and Secure Elections. This position requires someone that can exercise initiative, independent judgment and decision making in accordance with Pinal County policies as well as State and Federal Election laws. You will work with the Elections Director to manage full time staff as well as hire and train Elections poll workers. You must be highly ethical, organized and committed. Come work for Pinal County Elections where YOU can make a difference. Salary: $49,647 – $76,953. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Executive Director, National Association of State Election Officials— The Election Center Board of Directors is inviting highly qualified professionals to apply for the Executive Director position. Tim Mattice, who has successfully served the Election Center for 16 years, is retiring in December 2022. The Election Center Board of Directors invites you to apply to be the next Executive Director for the Election Center – The National Association of Election Officials. The new Executive Director will be the leader of the oldest and most respected organization formed exclusively for election and voter registration officials. This is an opportunity to lead the organization into the future focusing on the strategic plan, providing service and education to members, and helping to preserve democracy. 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.
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.
Initiative Internship Program, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office—The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is offering a paid Initiative Internship Program working with the Elections Division for 6 weeks (June 27 to August 8, 2022), for students who want to learn about election administration and support the initiative review process leading up to the 2022 election. An intern with the Elections Division, will learn about the application of state law through the initiative process. Interns will contribute to the team by assisting with the processing of initiative petitions. There will be in-person as well as remote processing requirements, and an intern must be available for both. Students or recent graduates interested in public service and witnessing democracy in action are encouraged to apply. 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.
Lead Program Specialist, Elections Certification and Training, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— The certification and training program oversees, directs, and advises County Auditors in interpretations of federal and state election law and the correct administration of voter registration and elections throughout the state. The certification and training program reviews county practices for adherence to election law and best practices, provides essential tools for election administrators through official communications and training, and acts as liaisons for the Office of the Secretary of State. This position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration. Salary: $55,524 – $74,604. 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.
Research Associate, Data Analysis, CEIR— The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Research Director and in collaboration with other colleagues to support CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election administration policy. As an integral member of the research team, the Research Associate will support CEIR’s mission by developing and conducting surveys and studies, analyzing data, and contributing to research reports and other written materials for CEIR’s diverse audience of election officials, policymakers, the media, and key stakeholders. Primary responsibilities: Collect and clean data, analyze data using statistical software, visualize findings, and develop presentations on results for internal and external audiences; Brief members of the leadership and research teams on research results, including through graphs, charts, and other data visualization tools; Synthesize findings and help draft reports, issue briefs, and other written products for publication; As a member of the research team, help assess where CEIR’s work can have the biggest impact, identify growth opportunities, and develop research proposals; Assist with all research activities, including project design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of findings; Develop deep expertise on issues relevant to CEIR’s mission, including policies affecting election administration and voter access; Monitor trends, research, and publications in the election space to inform CEIR’s research portfolio; Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, quality, collaboration, positivity, and transparency; Maintain effective communication with team members and participate in regular team meetings. 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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