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April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022

In Focus This Week

Democracy Fund and National Vote at Home Institute join forces with the United States Postal Service to present: Election Mail Forum at the National Postal Forum

Calling all election officials — join your colleagues from across the country May 18-19 in Phoenix, Arizona to talk about all things election mail at the National Postal Forum.

During the two-day event, you will learn from national partners, industry and postal experts, vendors, and of course, fellow election officials on best practices related to:

  • Voter roll maintenance
  • ZIP Code split cleanup
  • Envelope and application design
  • Ballot Service Type Identifier (STID) and Business Reply Mail

You will also hear from election mail service providers and industry experts on how to mitigate continued and emerging challenges, such as how to effectively handle small batches, deciding between generic IMBs or individual serialized mail pieces, and how to get in front of the paper shortage for 2022. Next, learn more about the changes to election mail management and receive an update from the Election and Postal Mail Working group, including plans for protocols for the 2022 primaries and general election.

And that’s all before lunch!

In the afternoon, receive an update on the latest changes to absentee/vote-by-mail legislation, how these policies affect turnout and certain communities, and how some of the states and local jurisdictions who are new to conducting vote-by-mail/vote-at-home elections have adapted. Then, take time to explore the impact of a global pandemic on The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)voters and how election offices can continue serving their voters as pandemic-related restrictions remain in place throughout the country. Finally, hear from professionals about how vote-by-mail systems and processes are secure, as well as safeguards to build upon.

On the next day, take a tour of Maricopa County Elections Department and attend an onsite design workshop. You will also have an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and election officials on ways to utilize outbound and inbound IMB to provide robust ballot tracking services for your voters.

To learn more about the forum and RSVP click here. Online Registration Closes 4.29.22

2021 Clearie Winners Announced

EAC announces 2021 Clearinghouse Award winners

The U.S. Election Assistance Committee (EAC)  announced the winners of the 6th annual Clearinghouse Awards. The awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, are presented annually to localities across the U.S. for best practices in election administration. Established in 2002 by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for election administration information. To further this mission, the EAC launched the Clearies in 2016 to promote best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of the country’s election officials.

This year’s award categories and winners include:

  • Outstanding Innovations in Elections ‐ Large Jurisdictions
    • Indiana Secretary of State – Development of Professional Certificate in Election Administration, Technology and Security Program
    • North Carolina State Board of Elections – HUBS Work Groups
    • Pierce County Elections (WA) – Drop Box Chain of Custody
    • Wake County Board of Elections (NC) – Data Driven Solutions for Managing Voter Population Growth
  • Outstanding Innovations in Elections ‐ Small/Medium Jurisdictions
    • Clay County Supervisor of Elections (FL) – Clay County 2022 Elections Expo
    • City and County of Denver Elections Division (CO) – Confined Voting Program Expansion
    • San Mateo County Department of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (CA) – Embracing Equity and Inclusion in Elections
  • Improving Accessibility For Voters With Disabilities
    • Michigan Secretary of State – MICRC Accessibility Support
    • Nebraska Secretary of State – Poll Place Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
  • Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers
    • Leon County Supervisor of Elections (FL) – Conflict Resolution Traffic Light
    • San Mateo County Department of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (CA) – Increasing Youth Engagement through Student Poll Worker Program
    • Wyandotte County Election Office (KS) – Civic Engagement Series – Youth at the Booth
  • Creative and Original “I Voted” Sticker Design
    • Durham County Board of Elections (NC) – ‘I Voted’ Sticker Contest
    • Maryland State Board of Elections – Student I Voted Sticker Art Contest
    • Sante Fe County Clerk (NM) – “I Voted!” Sticker Design Contest
  • Outstanding Innovation in Election Cybersecurity and Technology
    • Hamilton County Board of Elections (OH) – “Did You Know?” Video Series
    • Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk (CA) – Use of IoT in Tracking Ballot Boxes
    • Michigan Secretary of State – MICRC Public Comment Portal
  • Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Election Modernization
    • Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk (CA) – Election Worker Disability Awareness Training Video
  • Outstanding Election Official Association Program
    • Indiana Secretary of State – Indiana County Clerks Association and Indiana Election Division

In addition to the Clearie winners, 14 offices were recognized for Clearie Honorable Mention awards. More information on these winners and their efforts is available here.

“The Clearies give the EAC an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of election officials across the country,” said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. “The recipients of these awards should be incredibly proud of the work they did, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their innovative thinking, resourcefulness, and creativity are now a tentpole for other election administrators to follow and build on.”

EAC Commissioner and 2021 EAC Chairman, Donald Palmer said, “Election officials showed us once again that they are true civic leaders in their communities. The professionalism and sense of purpose they displayed ensured that millions of voters across the U.S. were able to cast their ballots securely and accurately. In the face of unprecedented scrutiny, it is an honor to be able to highlight their innovative work.”

Now in its sixth year, the Clearie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of election officials across America. Entries were judged based on each initiative’s depiction of positive results, innovation, sustainability, outreach efforts, cost-effectiveness, and replicability.

More information about each awardee is available on the EAC’s website.

Winners were selected by independent panels of election officials from the EAC’s advisory boards, with the EAC Commissioners serving as judges for the sticker category. In a joint statement, all four EAC Commissioners added, “We want to thank the 2021 Clearie judges for taking the time to review the many submissions we received this year and helping us highlight best practices within the field of election administration.”


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Election News This Week

Reimagining Federal Election Funding: The Bipartisan Policy Center is out with a new report on funding for federal elections. Elections in the United States are chronically—and, in some cases, hazardously—underfunded. The majority of existing funding comes from state and local sources, with only intermittent, discretionary federal appropriations. Inadequate funding leads to antiquated technology and equipment, understaffed election offices, and overworked officials. The 2020 election exposed this reality. . Recent federal appropriations for election security have incentivized states to make investments in their elections processes; however, relying on one-off discretionary “money drops” of varying amounts is an inefficient and inadequate way to provide funding when election officials need consistency and predictability. The big idea of this paper is that the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (currently containing $400 million) should be reimagined as a funding source for state and local election administration, filling crucial funding gaps and strengthening American democracy

Defend Democracy: A Democratic candidate recruiting group is pitching donors on an ambitious three-year program to find, train and support 5,000 candidates for local offices in charge of election administration. The program would recruit candidates in 35 states for everything from county probate judges in Alabama to county clerks in Kansas and county election board members in Pennsylvania — all offices that handle elections and will be on voters’ ballots between now and 2024. Spearheading the effort is Run for Something. The group plans to raise $80 million over the next three years for this push, which would include at least a hundred staffers to support those candidates in-state, according to Politico. Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto, Run for Something’s co-founders, call the project “Clerk Work”. “Election subversion in 2024 is not going to be a mob storming the Capitol, it’s going to be a county clerk in Michigan or a supervisor of elections in Florida who decides to fuck the whole thing up,” Litman said. “The only way to make long-term democracy protection is by electing people who will defend democracy.” The program will include every state where election administrators are themselves elected by voters. Run for Something is working in coordination with other Democratic groups on “Clerk Work.” Partners include American Bridge, a Democratic group that compiles and shares opposition research, and Open Democracy PAC, a super PAC that’s spending on advertising to boost these candidates.

Where to draw a line: A pair of election laws passed by New York lawmakers as part of the state budget process promise to increase voter accessibility and decrease confusion for students on college campuses that have 300 or more registered voters. However, elections officials, though, remain unclear on how exactly the changes will be implemented. Some argue the accommodations for college could result in unfair changes for other residents. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the state is mandating colleges provide a polling site on campus or to work with the local boards of elections on deciding a suitable site near the campus. And, elections districts will have to be redrawn so that a campus is not divided. “The amended law has the potential to create more accessibility for students to vote,” said Jean Hinkley, assistant director of Vassar College’s Office of Community-Engaged Learning. “The visibility of polling sites will also hopefully be a reminder to students of the importance of voting.” However, questions remain regarding how the new requirements will work with existing law, as well as the timing of the implementation. While the change mandating colleges provide a polling site is scheduled to go into effect for this fall’s general election, the districts will not be redrawn until next year. A state Board of Elections spokesperson on Monday said, “our office is continuing to review this new legislation that will partially take effect for the general election,” before noting the polling sites for the general election must be designated by Aug. 1.

This and That: Hawaii will begin using Ballot Trax to track mail ballots. Tornado-impacted counties in Kentucky are working to prep for the upcoming primary. Preparation includes finding new polling locations and replacing destroyed equipment and supplies. Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has signed a $1.8 million contract with Stonewall Solutions for a new statewide voter registration database. The Genesee County, Michigan board of commissioners is seeking the help of the secretary of state’s office to run upcoming elections in August and November.  While tied elections often come down to the drawing of lots, a tied city council race in Columbia, Missouri will result in a new election now scheduled for Aug. 2. Philadelphia elections chief Lisa Deeley is seeking more money from the city council due to the rising costs to run elections in 2022. A great, educational story from the Black Hills Pioneer about the life of a ballot in Lawrence County, South DakotaDallas County, Texas will eliminate 39 polling places for the upcoming May primary runoff in hopes of eliminating some of the lack-of-staffing problems that arose during the March primary. Clerks in Vermont are pushing back on the practice of commingling ballots for school elections. In several tied Wisconsin races, the races were decided by the drawing of lots this week.

Personnel News: Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan has announced his plans for re-election. Greenup County, Kentucky Clerk Pat Hieneman is retiring. Brandie Draves has been named the Currituck County, North Carolina director of elections. Aaron Sheasley is no longer the director of elections in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Bob Bartelsmeyer is the new La Paz County, Arizona elections director. The Harris County, Texas election commission has voted to accept the resignation of Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria, effective July 1.

Legislative Updates

Alabama: Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), Republican candidate for Alabama Secretary of State, sponsored HB194 which bans private individuals or organization from purchasing election machines, ballots or supplies and prohibits those same entities from paying election administration officials or their staffs. That bill passed both the Alabama House and Senate and, yesterday, Governor Ivey signed it, making it the law in Alabama.


Colorado: The House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee considered the bi-partisan Internal Election Security Measures bill, which would explicitly prohibit unauthorized images to be taken of voting equipment and to make leaking passwords a felony. Under the proposal, individuals convicted of sedition, insurrection, treason, or conspiracy to overthrow the government would be automatically banned from overseeing elections in Colorado. With clear allusions to Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill. “Since the 2020 Election, our office has responded to previously unheard-of efforts to undermine the security of our elections. We have seen election officials here in Colorado and in other states compromise voting equipment and breach election security rules in the attempt to prove unfounded conspiracy theories,” Griswold said in a statement. “These actors, some of whom are elected to office and trusted by the public to uphold the security of our elections, have done the exact opposite — their behavior has tarnished public confidence in our elections and fueled false narratives about how elections function,” Griswold added.

Hamilton County, Indiana: The Hamilton County Commission has passed an ordinance limiting the number of campaign signs candidates can post. The measure, effective immediately, limits the signs to two per candidate at early voting sites and one at precincts on election day. “It looks like a carnival at the polling sites,“ Commissioner Christine Altman said in a prepared statement. “Some candidates are placing four, five or more signs at a single location. Multiple that by the number of candidates, and the problem is clear.” The ordinance also restricts the size of the signs to 2-by-3 feet, and they cannot be placed with metal or wood posts, but rather with wire stakes. Commissioner Steve Dillinger said commissioners considered whether the ordinance was unfair to challengers before they voted and decided it was not. “We are not trying to confine anybody,” said Dillinger, who has served on the commission for 32 years and is not up for re-election this cycle. ”We felt that if everyone went by the same rules that it would not be unfair. This is to prevent people from overdoing it.”

Medford, Massachusetts: In a unanimous vote, the Medford City Council opted to realign the city’s voting procedures, taking the responsibility for elections out of the City Clerk’s office and its staff to create an appointed Election Commission and election coordinator. The change will simplify the voting process, creating a different department to oversee the process, everything from the vetting of signatures on nomination papers to the collecting and counting of ballots. “This will separate elections from the office of the City Clerk,” said Council Vice President Isaac B. “Zac” Bears. “It creates a new department, with a new director.” The change is made in accordance with the state’s general laws governing elections: communities can opt for an appointed Board of Registrars under the auspices of the City Clerk and staff, or it can create a commission.

Minnesota: A major elections bill (SF 3469) would mandate that counties allow observers — appointed by political parties and candidates — to watch ballot boards, which examine absentee ballot envelopes to determine if ballots should be accepted or rejected.  These ballot board observers would watch the opening of ballot envelopes, acceptance or rejection of ballot envelopes, depositing of absentee ballots into ballot boxes and counting of ballots. The observers would be allowed within four feet of the ballots or envelopes, and would be allowed to question or challenge head election officials.  The ballot boards’ work would be livestreamed on Election Day and the week before, when absentee ballots are processed, and viewable on the Minnesota Information Technology Services website. The bill would also require livestreaming of absentee ballot drop boxes. The bill would also prohibit the release of any precinct election results until all results from that precinct have been counted, including absentee ballots processed by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a letter to lawmakers that the bill could create additional burdens for election administrators and poses a risk to voter privacy. “I understand the motivation in many provisions in the bill is increased transparency, but rigorous security measures are already built into our system, and we should work to bring the public further into the voting process using these existing procedures,” he wrote.

Mississippi: Gov. Tate Reeves has signed legislation into law that requires the secretary of state’s office to confirm that a new voter-registration applicant is an American citizen by cross-referencing two databases: the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license and identification system and the federal Systematic Alien Verification For Entitlements database, also known as SAVE. The Mississippi secretary of state already cross-references the state database, but not the federal one.  Under the law, if both the state DPS and SAVE databases flag a voter as a noncitizen, the person will have 30 days to submit proof of citizenship to their local county clerk. If a person fails to submit proof and attempts to vote, they can cast an affidavit ballot, but must provide proof of citizenship within five days afterward for the vote to count. H.B. 1510 also repeals a 1924 law requiring naturalized citizens to prove their citizenship upon registering to vote by presenting their certificate of naturalization. A 2019 lawsuit challenged that law, saying it made voting harder for naturalized immigrants than other American citizens.

Montana: The Legislature will not hold a special session next month to set up a committee on election security, after the required number of legislators failed to approve the proposal. Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s Office released the results of a poll, asking all 149 sitting legislators whether they supported holding a special session on May 2. A total of 44 lawmakers, all Republicans, supported the call. 60, including 22 Republicans and 38 Democrats, voted against it. The remaining 45 lawmakers did not return their ballots by the deadline. 75 votes – a majority of legislators – were needed to call a special session. n March, ten Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Jacobsen, calling for the poll. They wanted to propose a “Select Special Interim Joint House and Senate Committee of Election Security,” to investigate the state’s election procedures. In their letter, they pointed to “the continuing and widespread belief, among a significant majority of Montana voters, that sufficient irregularities in election security in Montana create serious doubt as to the integrity of elections in our State.” The lawmakers said the committee should have subpoena powers and come with funding for legal staff and frequent meetings.

Nebraska: Lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that makes a number of changes to Nebraska’s election laws. LB843, introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, makes several minor changes to current law. Among other provisions, the bill: prohibits electioneering within 200 feet of a ballot drop box; establishes a deadline of 8 p.m. Central time or 7 p.m. Mountain time on Election Day for receipt of mail-in ballots; allows voters who cannot sign their name to use either a symbol or a signature stamp; allows county election commissioners to appoint certain election officials who live outside of the county if that county conducts elections exclusively by mail; requires non-governmental organizations distributing voter registration forms or early ballot application forms to use those prescribed by the Nebraska secretary of state; expands the definition of voting system to include software or service used in the process of creating, casting and counting ballots; allows an election commissioner or county clerk to remove a voter from the voter registry if they receive information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles that the voter has moved out of state; and establishes procedures for removing a voter from a county’s early ballot request list. Senators passed LB843 on a 45-0 vote.

South Carolina: State senators are fast tracking two election reform bills ahead of the 2022 elections.  In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Senators discussed changes to the way South Carolina conducts its elections.  The measure, passed unanimously by the House last month, includes an ID for requirement for those voting with absentee ballots, a guaranteed number of voting sites in every precinct, and two weeks of in-person, no excuse early voting. Under the bill, people would not need a reason to vote early in person, as they do now. It also implements processes for State employees to audit election results and create new enforcement procedures for potential voter fraud. As the bill is written now, voters 65 and up would be allowed to vote absentee. Isaac Cramer of the Charleston County Board of Elections urged senators to act quickly before the June Primaries.  “When it comes to early voting, and it comes to the opening of the absentee ballots, we would ask that you would pass this bill because the time is of the essence,” said Cramer. “Every day that passes that this bill does not go to the governor’s desk is another day where we need to get that to get that information out to the public.”

Richmond, Virginia: City Councilwoman Katherine Jordan (2nd District), has introduced legislation would install ranked-choice voting as the method for ensuring the winner in each of the nine districts secures a majority when there are multiple candidates running for a seat. Currently, the winner is the candidate with the most votes, even if that total is less than 50 percent. As proposed, if no one wins more than 50 percent of the votes after the ballots are tabulated, the “instant runoff system” the General Assembly authorized in 2020 would kick in. Limited for use only in city council and boards of supervisors’ elections, the system would drop the bottom vote-getter, with that person’s votes distributed to the remaining candidates based on the second-choice preferences of his or her supporters. Jordan is pushing to make Richmond the first locality in the state to adopt this method. Arlington and Fredericksburg also are considering adopting rank-choice voting. Jordan said that Richmond Voter Registrar Keith G. Balmer has expressed confidence that his office could successfully implement ranked-choice voting and educate voters about it before they go to the polls.


Legal Updates

Colorado: A Colorado judge will decide whether to block embattled Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters from overseeing this year’s elections, after she refused sign an order directing her to abide by the secretary of state’s conditions aimed at protecting the county’s voting equipment and voting systems. The court heard testimony this week from former Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Deputy Secretary of State Chris Beall. A second hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Beall described the state’s motive for pursuing litigation against Peters, stemming in part from statements she made on podcasts, in press conferences and at public forums about her role in leaking voting machine images in 2021. “My view, and the secretary’s view, was an unrepenting admission of the unlawful action and gratitude that the action had occurred,” Beall told the court. Beall maintained the county’s elections were securely and accurately carried out in 2020 and 2021, even though conspiracy theorists cast doubts. The court did not indicate when or how it will decide the case, but election deadlines are fast approaching.

North Carolina: A new filing from legislative leaders asks the state Supreme Court to steer clear of a case involving ex-felon voting rights.  A Superior Court panel ruled 2-1 in March in favor of the felons. The NC Court of Appeals issued an April 5 order temporarily blocking the ruling. Now the felons and their advocates are asking the state’s highest court to take the case out of the Appeals Court’s hands. “For the second time in this litigation, the Superior Court has sought to drastically change North Carolina’s election rules on the eve of an election,” according to a brief filed from Nicole Moss, an attorney representing state legislative leaders. “The court permanently enjoined Defendants to allow all convicted felons serving sentences outside of prison to register and vote. That injunction is irreconcilable with the North Carolina Constitution, which disenfranchises all convicted felons until ‘restored to the rights of citizenship in the manner prescribed by law.’” The March 28 decision threw out a 1973 state law setting rules for felons to regain voting rights. The law blocked voting for any felon who had not completed his full sentence. There’s no deadline for the Supreme Court to decide whether to take the case.

Ohio: The Ohio Supreme Court again rejected new legislative maps, sending the Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board for the fourth time. In another 4-3 decision, the court ordered the Republican-controlled commission to file new district maps for the state Senate and House of Representatives by May 6.  The majority found that the latest set of statehouse maps, like the three previous iterations, violates the Ohio Constitution and its voter-approved amendment concerning redistricting and gerrymandering.  State election officials have said they need new maps to be finished by April 20, in order to have them ready for Aug. 2, the last possible day for a makeup legislative primary to be held. State legislative candidates have been pulled from the ballot for the regularly scheduled May 3 primary, which features a U.S. Senate race.  But the majority dismissed that concern in its unsigned opinion. “The so-called April 2 ‘deadline’ for implementing a General Assembly-district plan appears to be an artificial deadline that is based on a speculative, potential primary-election date for stat legislative races,” the ruling states.  The opinion added, “No matter what the primary date is to be, time is of the essence.”

Texas: A coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against Galveston County, alleging that the county’s redistricting plan intentionally discriminates against a growing minority population in the Gulf Coast community. The complaint marks the second lawsuit that seeks to overturn maps approved by the Republican majority on the county’s governing body. Last month, the Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit against the county on similar grounds — in a redistricting dispute that has garnered national attention. The new lawsuit — brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice on behalf of local branches of the NAACP and the Galveston League of United Latin American Citizens Council 151 — alleges that the new map diminishes the voting power of Black and Hispanic voters by splitting up the only majority-minority precinct. The lawsuit alleges the Republicans majority pushed through a “racially discriminatory map” that “largely took place behind closed doors.” Sarah Chen, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, called the map — and the process used by the Republican majority in the county to approve it — “egregious examples of people in power … exercising that power to dilute the votes of racial minorities.”

Tech Thursday

Georgia: Automatic voter registration through the Georgia Department of Driver Services dropped from 79% in 2020 to 39% in 2021. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the reason for the decrease wasn’t known until pictures of the department’s website surfaced in response to the AJC’s reporting, showing that it had altered its online voter registration form last year. Before January 2021, drivers had to check a box if they wanted to decline to register or update their voting information. The website changed last year so that voters were required to click “Yes” or “No” when asked whether they wanted to register. Drivers received an error message if they didn’t select either option. The Department of Driver Services recently changed the website again so applicants can toggle a button to opt out of registration. Data isn’t yet available to show the effect of the change. The DDS told the AJC that it’s up to customers to decide whether they want to register to vote. “They make the choice. The question is still the same, and if that person wants to make a choice, that is their choice to make,” said Shevondah Leslie, an agency spokeswoman. “We cannot say that changes to the website made a difference.”

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voters with disabilities | Ranked choice voting | Voting rights

Alaska: Ranked choice voting

California: Voter’s Choice Act, II | Ranked choice voting

Georgia: Voting process

Hawaii: Ranked choice voting

Louisiana: Private funding

Montana: Election lawsuit

New York: Voting changes

North Carolina: Board of elections | Bladen County

Ohio: Voter ID | Secretary of state | Redistricting

Pennsylvania: Election preparation | Drop boxes| Election security| List maintenance | Voting laws | Electoral process

Rhode Island: Election legislation

South Carolina: Election reform

Texas: Vote by mail, II

Virginia: Election reform

Washington: Turnout

West Virginia: Poll workers

Wyoming: Ballot counting

Upcoming Events

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.

Restoring  Confidence in American Elections:  In 2005, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III co-chaired the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform. They understood that public confidence in elections was critical to the survival of American democracy. Now, with the U.S. facing an unprecedented crisis of confidence in our electoral processes, The Carter Center and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are collaborating on a series of conferences looking at key election issues. On April 29, we are bringing together leading experts on election administration from across the country to discuss questions on many American’s minds: Can a presidential election be stolen? What is the electoral landscape across the country? What do the state-level legislative changes really mean for voter access and election security? When: April 29, 9:45am-3:15pm. Where: Online.

Strengthening Election Mail Together: We invite you to join us at the NPF in Phoenix, AZ, where a special one-day Election Mail Forum will be taking place, hosted by USPS and expert Election Mail leaders like you. Hear their experiences. Benefit from their expertise. Election Mail experts will showcase how to optimize best practices and make the most of available resources throughout every stage of the Election Mail process. Enjoy a full day of expert panel presentations and actionable insights that will fortify your Election Mail responsibilities. When: May 18. Where: Phoenix.

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.

Election Center Annual Conference: Join the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center) for their 37th Annual Conference this summer.  When: August 20-24. Where: Denver.

Job Postings This Week

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Associate Director, Elections & Voting, Democracy Fund— Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations that defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open and just. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and serving our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators. Voting is the single most significant way Americans exercise political power. The Elections & Voting Program works to ensure that all Americans, especially those who have been historically underrepresented at the polls, have the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process and freely vote for the candidates and issues representing their communities. 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: Range begins at $149,040. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Communications Specialist, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission— The employee and supervisor collaborate to develop the approach, timelines and general framework for projects and, within these parameters, the employee independently plans and carries out the work involved in developing, maintaining, and managing media communication, coordinating with others as appropriate, interpreting and applying policy, determining the content and format for media communication, and consulting with the supervisor on questionable content or issues. The Director of Communications assigns special projects and assignments, defining the nature of the assignment, objectives to be achieved, and resources available. The employee independently resolves most problems that arise, keeping the Director informed on unusual, sensitive or controversial matters. Completed work is reviewed for achievement of objectives and consistency with governing laws, regulations, policies, and the EAC strategic plan. Salary: $74,950 – $95,824. 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.

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 Hardware Manager, Dallas County, Texas— Manages the lifecycle of election hardware by developing and maintaining processes, policies, systems and measurements. Manages the election hardware inventory; ensures quality control by assigning and deploying equipment; recommends, implements, and utilizes automation and tools to monitor and report on inventory; records and manages licenses, service agreements, and warranties for election hardware and related software/firmware; reviews, analyzes, and evaluates election hardware operations. Establishes and maintains an inventory of election related assets to include but not limited to ballot marking devices, ballot counters, electronic poll books, mobile networking equipment, computers/laptops, mobile devices, tablets, and related software and peripherals. Plans, monitors, and enforces the usage, tracking, and health of election hardware and software. Plans, monitors, and enforces configuration of election hardware to include installed software, security configuration, and election specific programming/configurations. Provides regular reports and analysis on asset usage and related costs. Documents and provides guidance and training on the usage, tracking, and maintenance of election hardware and related peripherals and software in coordination with vendors and election staff. Manages, trains and guides the work of staff in preparing, deploying, and supporting election hardware. Performs other duties as assigned. Salary: $5094.59- $6355.07. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Security Intelligence Analyst, Illinois State Board of Elections— Under administrative direction, serves as a team member identifying computer system vulnerabilities in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Elections and Department of Innovation and Technology for local election authorities and other state election partners. Identifies vulnerabilities and provides technical analysis and remediation recommendations for those affected computer systems, including forensic analysis for investigations, monitoring and reporting. Provides technical support to the Cyber Security Information Sharing Program Manager and Cyber Navigator Program Manager of the Illinois State Board of Elections Cyber Navigator Program in coordination with the Department of Innovation and Technology Security Operations Center.  Develops and recommends measures to safeguard systems before and after they are compromised.  Conducts monthly Tech Talks on election security and relevant cyber threats for local election authorities and their IT and security staff.  Develop annual cyber security training for local election authorities. Develops publications, guides, and other election security related resources for statewide distribution. Participates in the development of incident response plans, continuity of operation plans, and tabletop exercise training.  Serves on-call for emergency situations and Election Day.  Travel to attend training sessions, conferences, meetings, etc. is required. Serves as a team member identifying computer system vulnerabilities; reviews existing computer systems of local election authorities monitored by DoIT for security violations.  Document incidents as appropriate.  Perform analysis of systems for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities.  Identifies vulnerabilities and provides remediation recommendations for those affected computer systems, including forensic analysis for investigations, monitoring and reporting. Coordinates with regionally assigned cyber navigators to assist local election authorities information technology staff/vendor mitigate incidents or provide technical support. Monitors network traffic by utilizing intrusion detection devices and other technologies. Monitors activities such as automated notification of security breaches and automated or manual examination of logs, controls, procedures, and data.  Salary: $5,667 – $6,000 Monthly. 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.

Elections Manager, Cochise County, Arizona— Under limited supervision by the Director of Elections, performs professional and administrative work of a high level in the management of election administration work in planning, organizing and directing strategic and daily goals and objectives, operations and activities of the Elections Department. Performs other related work as assigned. Assists the Director of Elections in the administration and supervision of all County, special, primary and general elections with state and local jurisdictions; Manages program requirements through appropriate delegation and work supervision, organization and assignment of task duties including warehouse organization and inventory, delivery and return of election supplies to polling places, poll workers, election boards, training and pay, website, and submitting meeting agenda items; Assists with ballot creation process including proofreading all ballot styles, sending ballot proofs to candidates and jurisdictions, and creating and reviewing ballot orders; Assures accuracy of election materials and maintains chain of custody of ballots, forms, equipment, and materials; Programs, tests, and maintains all voting equipment, following Federal, State, and local requirements; Recruits, coordinates, trains, manages, supervises, and terminates seasonal or temporary staff in consultation with the Director; Develops and presents poll worker education and curriculum for online and in-person training; Assists with ballot tabulation duties including coordinating, hiring, and training the Early Boards to receive, count and prepare early ballots for tabulation, assists with oversight of receiving Boards on Election night to receive and tabulate the polling place ballots, assists with Hand Count Boards as part of the election audition process and completes necessary reports related to canvass of election and post-election audits; Assists with election night reporting, including preparing the necessary data uploads into the State’s reporting system; Assists with oversite of the departmental budget and administers office financial tasks including but not limited to, inputting requisitions, tracking expenditures and budget reconciliation, lease agreements, paying invoices, overseeing and maintains inventory for equipment and supplies and assists with annual budget preparation; Delivers effective, accurate, secure, cost-effective customer service relative to areas of responsibility. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Manager, Washington County, Oregon— The Elections Manager is responsible for preparing and executing all elections within Washington County, the second largest county in Oregon. The Elections Manager will work with a staff of nine (9) and an annual budget of $3 million to serve approximately 400,000 registered voters. They will provide management and oversight to multiple activities, including overlapping elections; hiring and leading supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff; as well as, managing personnel issues such as discipline, staffing and recruitment. Salary: $100,348.20 – $128,019.96. Deadline: April 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Supervisor, Dallas County, Texas— Assists with managing the administration and operation of an election program area, to include program planning, supervising the work of others, establishing goals and objectives, developing schedules, priorities and standards for achieving goals, and coordinating and evaluating program activities. Assists management by planning, organizing, delegating and overseeing the daily operations of one or more areas of responsibility associated with the election process. Oversees the election program area to ensure staffing coverage is adequate, and productivity standards are met and are effective develops and implements goals and objectives, performance measures and techniques to evaluate programmatic activities reviews correspondence and reports from local, state and or federal agencies analyzes statistical data and prepares and maintains related reports. Researches and maintains comprehensive knowledge and understanding of applicable laws, policies and procedures to effectively communicate with staff, and acts as liaison and departmental representative to elected officials, political representatives, candidates, judges, contracting customers, vendors, general public, and or other county, state and federal representatives to resolve problems, answer questions, provide assistance and modify policies/procedures. Hires and trains supervisory and support staff, evaluates performance and initiates disciplinary actions coordinates and monitors scheduling, productivity and workloads. Assists in budget preparation and maintains related data and reports. Performs other duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Elections, The Pew Charitable Trusts— The Executive Director will guide the efforts of several interested philanthropic funders, which aim to advance evidence-based and nonpartisan solutions that improve the access to, integrity of, and trustworthiness of the U.S. election administration system. This position will lead a team of 3-4 staff to drive transformative investments, and will be accountable for developing investment recommendations, allocating resources to sourcing and due diligence, supporting fundraising, and providing leadership to drive progress and performance. The ideal candidate will have significant and distinguished work experience relevant to election administration and U.S. democracy, managing senior-level professional staff, and working with executive leadership, boards, or donors. This senior role requires a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment in designing and implementing programs aimed at solving complex and dynamic problems. The individual in this role must understand best, promising, and emerging practices and innovations in the field of election administration, and have well-honed political, strategic and analytical skills. The Executive Director must be flexible and results-oriented, with exceptional interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, and experience translating concepts into action, with a proven record of success in developing and implementing innovative strategies and solutions with the engagement of a broad set of stakeholders. This position will report to the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support. 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. Deadline: June 13. 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.

Information Technology Security Analyst, Illinois State Board of Elections— The IT Security Analyst reports directly to the Manager of Cyber Operations and Infrastructure. Supports the administration, implementation, review, and improvement of endpoint, network, hardware, application, and data security practices. Implements, supports and monitors the agency’s information security applications, including email security, web security, endpoint security software, firewalls, intrusion prevention applications, data loss prevention, etc. Monitors system dashboards and logs for threat indicators. Analyzes data and performs necessary incident response procedures. Conducts network, system and application vulnerability assessments. Analyzes agency threat surface and makes recommendations to management to harden agency systems. Evaluates agency processes and implements and/or makes recommendations to enhance security. Reviews information received concerning threat events from end users, supervisory personnel, other federal, state, county and local agencies and governmental entities involved in the exchange of data with the State Board of Elections (SBE), external entities such as the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), trusted cybersecurity vendors, law enforcement agencies, and public information sources. Consults with SBE staff on security issues. Provides a high level of customer service to agency staff, state, county, and local election officials. Ensures service desk queues and incidents are handled in an appropriate and timely manner. Salary: $6,264 – $8,917 Monthly. 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.

Multistate Project Manager, Election Reformers Network— The specialist will assist our Vice President of Programs in building and maintaining relationships with state-level stakeholders. Key responsibilities will include: Preparing analysis of state election administration structures and laws, and of political landscape for reform; Self-directed communication and coalition-building with election officials, nonprofit organizations, and other actors from across the ideological spectrum; Tracking and maintaining relationships across multiple states; Clearly communicating and distilling complicated information to interested audiences; Scheduling remote conference calls and video calls across multiple time zones; Providing input on ERN reports, op-eds and other publications. This role offers a great opportunity to be a part of the solution to the country’s pressing democracy challenges. 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. The specialist will work remotely, most likely on a half-time basis, though the time frame is open to discussion. The specialist will report to the Executive Director (based in Newton, MA) and Vice President of Programs (based in Santa Fe, New Mexico). 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.

Vote Center and Outreach Supervisor, Boulder County, Colorado— This position will be accountable for the day to day activities around the administration of Vote Centers during elections. This role will require the ability and desire to serve the public in Boulder County, hire and train up to 250 temporary staff, and coordinate work scheduling for all Vote Centers in the county. In non-election time, this position will drive and support various voter outreach and engagement initiatives; including but not limited to conducting voter registration at new citizen ceremonies, outreach at community events, and spearheading our High School engagement work. This position is expected to build strong working relationships with team members, vendors and stakeholders and be committed to Boulder County and Clerk and Recorder guiding values, including equity and inclusion. The ideal candidate would enjoy both driving the success of a project and working with a large, diverse group of people. This position is full-time, non-exempt. Salary: $44,688.00 – $64,440.00 Annually. 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 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.

Voter Services Supervisor (Republican), Lucas County, Ohio— Reports to the Directors.  Voter Services Supervisor is charged with managing and evaluating staff in accordance with the standards established by the Lucas County Board of Elections including training of said staff (shared responsibility with Democrat). Responsible for the accurate and timely data entry of all registration information including, but not limited to, new registrations, address changes, deletions, corrections and name changes in the voter registration system (both local and state); Responsible for supervision of all absentee by mail operations including but not limited to, processing absentee applications and assembling/mailing absentee ballot packets to voters as prescribed by law;  Responsible for processing of all returned absentee ballots; Responsible for supervising inspection and counting all absentee ballots;  Responsible for preparing absentee ballots for tabulation and the balancing of said tabulation as prescribed by law. Assisting in the processing and reviewing of the validity and sufficiency of all candidates, initiative and referendum petitions; Responsible for adhering to all statutory deadlines regarding campaign finance, registration, absentee voting and local options; Responsible for maintaining the supervision of the switchboard operations; Responsible for administrating the processing of the NCOA and Duplicate Lists; Responsible for maintaining confidentiality and business integrity. Responsible for providing the Directors with periodic written status reports regarding work processed and still outstanding in a format established by the Directors; Responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of staff are logged into the phone queues at all times. Performs all other duties as assigned, by the Directors, the Board of elections, and/or as prescribed by law. Responsible for daily supervision of operations within the absentee department by mail and in person voting. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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