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May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

In Focus This Week

NSGIC reviews nation’s progress in geo-enabled elections
New election modernization tools published

By Jamie Chesser, project lead, Geo-Enabled Elections project
National States Geographic Information Council

Election modernization is moving forward across the U.S. in small and big ways. Take Montana, where efforts are underway to create and validate a state-wide voter GIS address layer, which will help ensure accuracy when registering voters and assigning them to the right districts. Or take Vermont, where a team of election and GIS experts recently completed a geocoding and audit of all addresses, which will ensure ballots can be delivered more accurately in upcoming elections.

In a recent survey of election directors around the country, about two-thirds indicated they don’t have access to – or don’t know if they have access to – a universal address list, like the one used in Montana, or the National Address Database, compiled by the Department of Transportation.

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has spent the last four years supporting states’ election modernization efforts through its Geo-Enabled Elections project, creating a blueprint for how states can enhance the elections process by integrating GIS. Leveraging GIS in elections improves accuracy, saves work effort, and enables greater transparency.

To kick off the project’s final year, NSGIC launched Resources for Election Directors a webpage filled with tools and guidance, free to download, for any election leader looking to enhance accuracy and efficiency by further integrating GIS. Over the past four years, NSGIC has also helped build stronger bonds between the elections community and the GIS community – often an integral part of a state’s administration. For what can be more central to elections than geography and maps?

For states still in the beginning stages of the journey to geo-enable elections, a first destination might be their state’s geographic information officer (GIO). Not sure if such a position exists? Election administrators can locate theirs using NSGIC’s directory. Not sure what to ask? A list of topics is available for download; the Five Questions Election Directors Can Ask Their State GIO. For officials who want to grow their proficiency in the topic, NSGIC and the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) launched a self-paced training series on how to use GIS to increase the accuracy and reliability of election data.

Of course, many states are much further along in this process, and might instead benefit from hearing about New Jersey’s experience enshrining the use of GIS in elections in state statute, or learning from peers in Pennsylvania about the approaches they considered when deciding how to go about statewide election change. NSGIC’s Resources page even offers model statutory language and sample requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to ensure any new voter registration system will be able to use GIS information for voters and district boundaries.

In an effort to map the progress made over the last four years, the Geo-Enabled Elections project is now focusing on a survey of the nation’s election directors. The resulting report, to be published in October, will document advances in voter address management and auditing, states’ access to technology and systems capable of using GIS location information, collaboration with state GIOs, and more. If the past few years are any indication, the report may also touch on how new technology is being deployed to increase transparency or deliver services to voters. Another possible hot topic, given the recent redistricting process, is boundary management and how voting district boundaries are codified and shared once adopted. Says NSGIC’s incoming executive director John Jordan: “If you are an election director and haven’t discussed your state’s use of GIS in elections with NSGIC recently – we want to hear from you. Please consider connecting with us today.”

Two previous reports with insights from election directors are already available for download; the 2018 NSGIC Election Director Report and the 2021 NSGIC Election Director Survey, which also touched on the financing of election modernization. In addition, pilot studies and case studies report in detail on the efforts of sixteen states and nine counties that worked to more fully geo-enable their elections. Lastly, the leading-edge findings of the project, the Best Practices for Geo-Enabling Elections, are also available for download.

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Election News This Week

Primary Update: Primaries were held in Indiana and Ohio this week and by-in-large it was fairly smooth sailing primary day. There were pockets of problems, but nothing major. In Indiana, several counties reported low turnout which made for a slow day for poll workers. Madison County debuted vote centers, which ran smoothly and were overall embraced by voters. The recent switch to vote centers in Jasper County made it possible for a Kankakee Valley High government teacher to bring about 40 of his students who are registered to vote to cast their first votes.  At press time, Delaware County is the only county that seemed to experience any technical problems, which actually stemmed from low turnout. In some precincts some voting machines weren’t used and poll workers, knowing they hadn’t been used, failed to close them properly and the machines had to be properly shut down when they were returned to the clerk’s office. It added about three hours of work. Further East on Interstate 70, Ohioans headed to the polls in their first of two primaries this year. Cuyahoga County experienced issues with its e-pollbooks early on Tuesday, but no voters were turned away. In Lucas County, some voters early Tuesday morning were given the wrong ballots. In Williams County, the board of elections said it experienced problems providing voters with the right ballots at all polling locations which led to some short delays. Election results were delayed in Union County after a voting machine at one polling place wasn’t properly closed down and 1,100 ballots had to be scanned at the clerk’s office. Weather definitely played a role in Tuesday’s primary. In Hancock County, voters and poll workers had to temporarily seek shelter in the basement of a polling place with a tornado nearby. Power outages from storms forced some polling places in Fayette County to rely on generators. A blown transformer was the cause of power outages in Miami County. And finally, incumbent Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) will face Democrat Chelsea Clark in the November general election.

HAVA Funds: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has been given full discretion to decide if states can allocate funds from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to provide security services for state or local election officials, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In December 2021, the EAC reached out to GAO to determine whether states may use certain grant funds made available to them under HAVA to provide “physical security services and social media threat monitoring” in connection with election activities. GAO stated in its decision that “if not otherwise specified in the law, an expense is authorized where it bears a reasonable, logical relationship to the purpose of the appropriation to be charged.” “Here, a decision to allow the use of grant funds for the physical security services and social media threat monitoring would be within EAC’s legitimate range of discretion,” the report says. “Congress vested in EAC the authority to administer the HAVA grants [but] also vested in EAC the authority to determine whether a particular grant expenditure helps ‘improv[e] the administration of elections for Federal office.’”

Elections Smackdown!: Seminole County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson is going the extra mile for charity. Later this month he will be wrestling with former WWE wrestlers in a fundraising event called The ‘Nole/Hound Throwdown fundraiser. Money raised will benefit athletic departments for both Lyman and Seminole high schools. “You can’t be afraid, you got to be able to step up,” Anderson told a local television station about wrestling with former pro-wrestlers. Andersen has been practicing for the big event with fellow elected official Matt Morgan, an actual WWE wrestler and Longwood City commissioner. “I see an opportunity to utilize the resources we have to come together and do something really cool and entertaining,” said Anderson. Let’s get ready to rumble!

This and That: Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Dave Bronson is launching an inquiry into the municipality’s 2022 election, calling for an audit of election technology and requesting a trove of records from the city clerk. The mayor is asking questions in part based on a series of complaints lodged by conservative candidates he supported.  A Selma, Alabama, church with historic ties to the 1960s voting rights movement has landed on the 2022 Most Endangered Places list – because of termites. Maricopa County, Arizona has announced its plans for 2022 election season including hiring more than 2, 600 poll workers.  Elections officials throughout Florida are spending hours and thousands of dollars to change the name of ballot drop boxes to secure ballot intake stations. A technical change to automatic voter registration through Georgia’s Department of Drivers Service that had drastically reduced the number of voters sign-ups has been restored to the previous format. Several counties in Maryland have shifted their early voting sites to school facilities following the primary’s move to July when school will not be in session. Elections officials in Douglas and Sarpy County, Nebraska were forced to respond to accusations made at a recent rally held by the former president. The New York City Campaign Finance Board has some new numbers to report on the city’s first use of ranked choice voting including that voters collectively cast 74,996 different combinations out of a possible half million.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Sac County Auditor Jim Dowling for being awarded the NASS Medallion Award from Secretary of State Paul Pate. Dowling has served as Sac County Auditor for more than 40 years, making him the longest serving current county auditor in the state and one of the longest serving auditors in Iowa history. “I want to thank Auditor Dowling for his many years of public service and dedication to Sac County and the State of Iowa,” Pate said. “Serving as the county commissioner of elections for more than 40 years, he has helped us ensure a clean, fair process for voters. Jim is more than deserving of this honor.”  Dowling was appointed Sac County Auditor on August 5, 1981. Prior to that, he worked for the Sac County Secondary Roads Department, starting in 1976.  “Well, first of all it comes as a big surprise,” Dowling said. “I didn’t expect anything like this. Looking back, I can say the last 40 years went by in a big hurry. We’ve enjoyed it. I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of good people, and I appreciate this very much.”

Sticker News: Travis County, Texas voters will be getting new “I Voted” stickers in upcoming elections. The county held its first-ever sticker design contest and Ashwara Pillai, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin won first place. Pillai’s sticker features a famous Texas bluebonnet in the shape of a checkmark. The winning sticker will be distributed to voters at all early voting and Election Day locations for the Nov. 8 election.  The panel that selected the winners included three judges: Dawn Okoro, a multidisciplinary artist; Jose Luigi, an education associate at the Mexic-Arte Museum; and Laura Odegaard, cultural investment program manager with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department.  This was the county’s inaugural “I Voted” sticker design contest. Contestants had to include the phrase “I Voted” and the theme was voting and elections in Texas or Travis County.  It was open to all students attending college in the county. Judges picked the winners based on the theme, uniqueness and artistry.  “The Travis County Elections Department was excited to engage college students in the electoral process. Thank you to every student who submitted a design. We look forward to continuing engagement and holding another contest in the future,” the county clerk’s office said in a release.

Early Voting Update: Trainer Chad Brown said that Early Voting would skip Saturday’s 148th Kentucky Derby and instead point to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21. Since Early Voting’s second-place finish to Mo Donegal in the April 9 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, Brown had said, due to Early Voting’s lack of experience, he was leaning toward waiting for the Preakness, but he reserved the right to change his mind if the complexion of the Derby field changed significantly. After virtually all of the contenders put in their final workouts in Kentucky, Florida and California over the weekend without incident, Brown withdrew Early Voting from consideration. Brown said while Early Voting has made just one less start than his other Derby contender, Zandon, he doesn’t have the experience of that horse. Guess we’ll need to find something else to do at 6:57pm on Saturday. Black-eyed Susans are prettier than roses anyway! 😉

Personnel News: The Michigan Bureau of Elections says Genesee County, Clerk John Gleason will not participate in upcoming elections. Middlebury, Vermont Town Clerk Ann Webster is retiring. Christine Lewis is the new Virginia Beach, Virginia general registrar. State Sen Matt Lesser (D- Middletown) has announced his candidacy for Connecticut secretary of state. State Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford) has announced her candidacy for Vermont secretary of state. Mark Lunn is stepping down as the Ventura County, California clerk-recorder. Armandina Martinez has been appointed the new Starr County, Texas elections administrator.

Election Security Updates

CISA Update: Testifying before the House Committee on Appropriations, Jen Easterly, the head of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), told lawmakers that election security is a top priority for her agency, as it anticipates Russian interference in the upcoming midterm elections. “We are here to help and make sure that all state and local election directors have the resources that they need to ensure the integrity of their election security,” Easterly said in her testimony according to The Hill. Easterly added that she’s also concerned about other types of threats, including potential insider threats and physical threats on both election officials and building facilities. “There’s nothing more important for the democracy we live in for Americans to have that sense of confidence,” Easterly added.

DHS Update: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is standing up a “Misinformation, Disinformation Governance Board” to help combat election security threats and protect the homeland, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced. The board will be co-chaired by Undersecretary for Policy Rob Silvers and Principal Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Gaskill, Mayorkas said. Nina Jankowicz – a former disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center – confirmed she will head the board as executive director. “The goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat,” Mayorkas told lawmakers on April 27 during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to discuss DHS’ fiscal year 2023 budget. Mayorkas explained the board is vital to help ensure election security given that “the midterm elections that are upon us and the fundamental integrity of our democratic processes that is at stake.” Mayorkas said CISA Director Jen Easterly is also helping to lead DHS in this effort to combat misinformation and disinformation.

Legislative Updates

St. Petersburg, Florida: The City of St. Petersburg is moving to algin municipal elections with the county, state and federal elections which would provide an early voting option and could save the city over $1 million. During a Public Services & Infrastructure (PSI) meeting, city council members discussed a draft ordinance to change the city’s municipal election cycle. The potential charter amendment referendum follows a letter sent by the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE) late last year affirming the SOE’s authority to decline the city’s request to provide an early voting option for its municipal elections. “By shifting the election schedule from 2023 to 2024 – that would open up a six-month window in which a person who found themselves drawn out of a district for which they wanted to run could move into that district and reestablish residency in time,” he said. “The ordinance is not a permanent solution, nor does it address all of the issues coming out of redistricting.” Despite those challenges, the idea of increasing voter turnout while also saving money outweighed any trepidation.

Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have changed Michigan’s voter registration form to require applicants to attest that they understand it is illegal to attempt to vote more than once in the same election. The bill would have specifically required adding a statement to the voter registration form for the applicant to acknowledge “that it is a felony to offer to vote or attempt to vote more than once at the same election in the same or another voting precinct.” “Every citizen of Michigan has a constitutionally guaranteed right to vote and should be free to exercise this right without obstruction,” Whitmer wrote in her veto letter. She said the legislation “is part of a larger package of election bills that were not negotiated and aim to restrict or chill access to the ballot.”

Whitmer has also signed an executive directive to boost voter registration in Michigan. The directive instructs all state departments and agencies to identify and assess potential opportunities to help eligible Michiganders register to vote. It also instructs the departments and agencies to help people in Michigan gain access to reliable information about voting. This includes displays in public spaces, printed materials, online information, public announcements, and social media posts. State departments and agencies will also have to consider which of their offices could help register voters by distributing vote by mail applications, helping people in Michigan complete voter registration forms, and accepting voter registration applications.

Missouri: Local election authorities would be barred from accepting donations from nonprofits or political organizations under a bill debated by the Missouri Senate The language was added by Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) to House Bill 1606. It would restrict county clerks and boards of election commissioners from taking or accepting “funding, grants or gifts of any kind from any source other than from the governing board of a political subdivision, the state of Missouri or the federal government.” House Bill 2140, which contains similar language banning the accepting or spending of private money “for preparing, administering or conducting an election including registering voters” passed the House and was sent to the Senate.

The House approved House Joint Resolution 131 that proposes to modify the state constitution as follows: Providing that “only citizens of the United States” may vote in elections for which they are eligible (existing language specifies that “all citizens of the United States” may vote in elections for which they are eligible).  Providing that voters “shall have only a single vote for each office or issue for which such voter is eligible to vote,” thereby barring the use of ranked-choice voting and other alternative voting systems. Requiring that all voting machines “shall be tested and certified as secure prior to each election.” Requiring that all voting machines must provide “an individual, permanent paper record for each vote cast,” which must be preserved for use in any election audit.  The House approved HJR 131 with a 97-45 vote largely along party lines. The bill is now pending in the Missouri Senate, where it has been referred to the Local Government and Elections Committee. If the proposed amendment is approved by both chambers of the state legislature, it will go to the voters for final approval in November. A simple majority vote is required to amend the state constitution.

By a 96-47 vote, the House has voted again to require photo identification at the polls. The proposal advanced last week allows voters to cast provisional ballots if they don’t provide valid photo identification. Missouri voters in 2016 amended the Constitution to allow lawmakers to require photo identification to vote. But the Missouri Supreme Court in 2020 permanently blocked a central provision of the 2016 law that required voters who lacked a photo ID to make a sworn statement in order to cast a regular, nonprovisional ballot.

Taos, New Mexico: The Town of Taos Council passed an ordinance by unanimous vote to opt in to the Local Election Act during a meeting April 26. The ordinance aligns the town elections with the November elections of odd-numbered years and will see all councilmembers’ and the mayor’s terms cut short by nine weeks. The ordinance was moved up on the agenda at the beginning of the meeting, as many of the public comments submitted were regarding the possible adoption of the act. Every one of the 10 people who spoke or submitted a comment said they were in favor. In the March election, Town Clerk Francella Garcia said the town spent “almost $23,000.” She also noted the additional costs to the town. “It involved other departments than the clerk’s office,” she said, referencing the IT department, the facilities department, human resources, the GIS analyst along with legal and finance help. Taos County Clerk Anna Martinez, who will now run the elections for the town, said it would help to streamline the election process, as in Red River, which adopted the act in January of 2019. “It’s nice to combine it all into one,” she said.

Pennsylvania: Following the announcement by the Lehigh County district attorney that detectives would be assigned to monitor ballot drop boxes, State Reps. Mike Schlossberg, Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill, all Democrats, say they plan to introduce legislation that makes it legal for spouses and blood relatives to deliver absentee or mail-in ballots for family members. “I don’t think anyone can stay with a straight face that there is any voter fraud of anything ridiculous going on,” Schlossberg told WLVR. “It’s just a husband and wife doing what they have done for years or for decades — doing errands like picking up the groceries or picking up a prescription at the drug store.” The lawmakers did not elaborate on when they expected a bill to be introduced. They said language is being drafted now.

Legal Updates

Arizona: Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper heard arguments last week in the lawsuit brought against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by Attorney General Mark Brnovich over the publication of the state’s elections procedure manual. According to the Associated Press, Napper seemed skeptical of Brnovich’s arguments, but did agree with Brnovich that at least some rules Hobbs included in the Election Procedures Manual she drafted last year were not legal.  The judge said he wants a valid document in place soon. He seemed confounded, however, at many of the wholesale deletions Brnovich demanded, saying the attorney general gave no explanation for much of them and at least some seem to follow the law. “I need some explanation of why you think certain, all of it, specifics, why you think it should be out,” he told attorneys for Brnovich. Napper sided with Brnovich on a rule that allowed unmonitored ballot drop boxes, saying that seemed clearly outside of what the law required. But he said the attorney general’s demand that Hobbs provide a whole new section that outlines how signatures are verified didn’t pass muster. “The manual tracks the statute almost verbatim,” Napper said. “What I need from the attorney general first (is) why each of these provisions needs to be struck. That’s the starting point,” Napper said. “Some of the things that you say need to be struck, as I sit here right now I don’t see why they need to be struck.”

Colorado: Judge Gary M. Kramer has ordered a county clerk who copied his voting system’s hard drives to turn over his copies to Colorado’s secretary of state this week. Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued to force Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder to turn over the external hard drives containing the copies and Kramer ruled late last week that Schroeder must follow her lawful orders. Kramer also ordered Schroeder to answer Griswold’s questions about who has had access to the copies in filings. Schroeder has said he copied the hard drives because he wanted to preserve the results of the 2020 election. He first made a copy of the hard drives of the election server, the image cast central computers and the adjudication computer before the state updated voting software. He then made a copy of that set of copies. During a hearing before the judge issued his order, an attorney for Schroder urged Kramer not to allow both copies to be in the same place at the same time in case some disaster like a fire might destroy them. He also asked that Griswold return them to Schroeder after looking at them. Kramer’s order did not address those concerns.

Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robinson issued two orders on Monday in the ongoing legal fight with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters. In two orders issued by Robison late Monday, the judge granted a motion filed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to dismiss those counterclaims, and then denied a change-of-venue motion from Peters’ attorneys to move the case to the Front Range. In one of the orders, Robison wrote that Peters’ counterclaims to a lawsuit filed against her to permanently remove her as the county’s designated election official, by law, must be filed directly to Denver District Court. “When a county clerk seeks review of a secretary of state’s final actions, there are no other Colorado statutes that give a court jurisdiction, other than to Denver District Court,” Robison wrote. “Therefore, the court determines that it does not have subject matter jurisdiction over the respondents’ counterclaims against the petitioners.” Robison wrote that if Peters wants a Denver judge to hear her claims, she will have to file a lawsuit directly with that court.

Georgia: Voting rights advocates filed another lawsuit challenging Georgia’s election rules and laws, this time seeking to invalidate the state’s requirement that voters use a “pen and ink” signature on absentee ballot applications. In the fall, the State Election Board approved rules that require voters to print out absentee ballot application forms, sign them by hand and return them. In 2020, voters were able to apply for ballots online without filling out paper forms. Three groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, saying the new “wet signature” requirement violates provisions of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit election officials from denying people the right to vote because of minor errors in an application. In announcing the lawsuit, the groups said the new signature requirement “unfairly limits ballot access for those who do not have the resources, like printers, to complete applications under the new restrictions.”

Judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals questioned why they should allow a lawsuit alleging fraud in the 2020 election to continue after a lower court threw out the case. The appellate court hearing was the latest attempt by several voters to inspect paper absentee ballots in Fulton County so they can search for alleged counterfeit votes. Election investigators conducted their own review that couldn’t find any illegitimate ballots. “You’re alleging … that there are various discrepancies that caused some suspicion, at least in the minds of the plaintiffs, that there might have been some misconduct. But there’s no evidence that that’s actually occurred, right?” Presiding Judge Christopher McFadden said during the 30-minute oral argument. A superior court judge dismissed the case in the fall based on the legal principle of standing, finding that plaintiffs hadn’t suffered a specific injury that would give them a right to sue. On appeal, the plaintiffs say their votes would have been illegally diluted if there were counterfeit ballots. Defense attorney Don Samuel asked the appeals court to uphold the lower court’s ruling because the plaintiffs have failed to show they suffered any individual harm.

Montana: Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s office asked Supreme Court justices to stay a district court order that blocked two new regulations: one eliminating Election Day voter registration, and the other requiring voters using student IDs for identification to bring additional documents. Plaintiffs – including the Montana Democratic Party, tribal advocates and youth-voting groups – challenged the laws as unconstitutional restrictions on voting. They specifically argued the requirements would disproportionately affect Native Americans and young voters. In April, District Court Judge Michael Moses of Billings granted their request for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of those laws until a final ruling on their constitutionality. Moses said his order would prevent possible “constitutional injury” to affected while the case is litigated.  Jacobsen’s office said in their request for a stay that election officials across the state have already been trained on the new laws, and they have been doing outreach to voters explaining the new requirements. They noted that municipal elections were successfully conducted last year with the laws in place, and they argued allowing a change so close to an election would create unnecessary confusion.

Nevada: Republican activists in Clark and Washoe counties filed lawsuits against state and county election officials last month, arguing that election observation in 2020 was inadequate and seeking greater opportunities for “meaningful voter observation” this year. Specifically, they want provisions that would allow election observers in both counties to “visually inspect each ballot,” stand within 2 feet of any ballot-counting system and demand the counting process be stopped, if an observer affiliated with any political party has an issue they cannot resolve. Plaintiffs in both cases, who are represented by Adam Fulton from the Las Vegas-based Jennings & Fulton law firm, made identical claims — referencing alleged election misconduct and fraud during the 2020 election and arguing that observers in the state’s two most populous counties were denied “‘meaningful observation’ of the ballot counting process” in 2020. They argued that observers were placed too far to see the counting process, that ballot boxes were moved without giving observers the chance to review the ballots and that observers could see technological issues occur with the counting process but were provided no opportunity to understand those issues. With those obstacles in mind, they argued that “being ‘in the same room’ as the ballot processing operations does not equate to ‘meaningful observation’ as required by law.”

Virginia: Paul Goldman, a former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party who is seeking Virginia House elections this year under new maps wants a federal judge to reject the attorney general’s office’s argument that his legal effort would also require the state Senate to have elections, calling it the state’s “latest red herring.”  In its final motion to dismiss the case, Attorney General Miyares’ office argues Goldman has not provided evidence that he has personally suffered injury as a voter due to the decision to hold last year’s House elections under districts not updated with new population data. The state attorneys wrote in the filing that Goldman has refused to offer evidence that he voted in the last election, which they argue he must do to prove that his right to vote was injured.  Goldman filed a brief calling for the state’s Department of Elections to provide the evidence and to share which state delegate represents him. Susan Beals, Virginia’s new elections commissioner, claims in a declaration attached to the motion to dismiss that she is unaware if Goldman voted in last year’s elections.

Wyoming: An attorney and former Democratic lawmaker filed suit over Wyoming’s voter ID law, arguing it violates multiple sections of the state’s constitution. The lawsuit alleges the law, which went into effect last year, is inconvenient and unnecessary. “(The voter ID law) trammels the constitutional right essential to suffrage both in passage and operation,” the suit states. The law, which requires voters to show ID at the polls, was passed in the 2021 legislative session and has been in effect for less than a year. “This is not the last century,” the lawsuit read. “The government needs to show why the first acceptable photo ID cannot display automatically to the poll workers when people vote, so voters can be welcomed and thanked for voting—rather than challenged.” The law was enacted via House Bill 75, whose prime sponsor was Casper Rep. Chuck Gray. Notably, 40 members of the House of Representatives and half of the 30-member Wyoming Senate signed on as co-sponsors.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Federal election legislation | Voter fraud | Voting rights

Alabama: Secretary of state race

Arkansas: Secretary of state race

California: Ranked choice voting | Pilot project

Colorado: Ranked choice voting

Florida: Election police | Ranked choice voting | Democracy

Idaho: Secretary of state candidates

Indiana: First-time voters

Iowa: Ranked choice voting

Maryland: Poll workers

Mississippi: Election legislation | Ex-felon voting rights | Voting equipment

Missouri: Election reform | Election police

Nevada: Ranked choice voting | The Big Lie | Language access

New Hampshire: Military & overseas voters

Ohio: Get out the vote

Oregon: Deschutes County

Pennsylvania: Ballot drop boxes | Voter engagement | Election administration

Virginia: Voting rights

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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.

Client Success Manager, Scytl– The Client Success Manager will serve as a liaison between Scytl and current clients, managing assigned accounts. This role leads product implementations, providing project management services to new clients and existing clients based on contract needs. Manages project expectations internally and externally. Responsible for all tasks and assignments associated to the implementation of products and services. This requires collaboration with clients, the internal team, and management to ensure requirements and goals are being met and projects are kept on schedule. Flexibility in working across multiple time zones is often necessary. Establishing rapport with clients and provide ongoing product support during defined business hours as well as occasionally after business hours is important. To be successful in the role, Client Success Managers must be adept at building relationships through a combination of communication platforms with external clients and internal departments. To support the client, the Client Success Manager must have the technical aptitude to retain working knowledge and understanding of internal products. The Client Success Manager will need to be able to solve problems not only related to the products themselves but project implementations. While some instances may be simple and involve providing instruction or directing the client to training or documentation, some cases may involve critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We value innovation and welcome opportunities for Client Success Managers to recommend solutions that improve our internal processes. They will help sales identify any potential new sales opportunities and participate in the communication to the client regarding them. This will include staying abreast of upcoming renewals and knowing if the client is utilizing the most up-to-date software. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Communication Specialist III, King County, Washington— This position reports to the Communications Lead for the Department of Elections. The person who fills this role will play an integral role in providing accurate and reliable information to King County voters through a variety of mediums. As misinformation surrounding elections has grown, it has become more important than ever for Elections to communicate proactively, regularly, and reliably with our voters. This position will work with a team of highly qualified election professionals and will often be tasked with translating complex technical processes into information that can be delivered on a variety of platforms and easily understood by a variety of audiences. This position will work closely with the Language Services and Community Engagement team to ensure all information is delivered in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese in a culturally appropriate way. 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 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 Office Technician, Yavapai County, Arizona— The Elections Office Technician is a full-time position within the Yavapai County Elections Department. Major responsibilities include: Recruiting, interviewing, training, and overseeing poll workers; Processing candidate, special district and committee forms and paperwork, including campaign finance reports; Maintaining various databases for the Elections Department; Communicating with various stakeholders and the public; and Performing general office duties including ordering supplies, processing invoices, and filing. 2 years of professional experience in administration of elections, project planning, or adult learning required. Preference to applicants with experience in Microsoft Access. Salary $18.30 – $22.33 / hr, DOE. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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.

Elections Business Intelligence Specialist, Tennessee Secretary of State— Summary: Assist in planning and coordinating the computer functions and responsibilities for the Elections Division which includes, but is not limited to: data processing, integrating the statewide voter registration system with county voter registration systems, improve election reporting capabilities; analyzing and resolving technical software issues (25%) for the Division of Elections and 95 county election commission offices, which includes, but is not limited to cybersecurity practices; reviewing and researching regulations, legislation, government codes, and directives relevant to the technical elections operation; including serving as the liaison to the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, Local Government; and performing other duties as assigned. This position is responsible for the accuracy and timely compliance and security of voter registration data, ballot review and approval, producing and analyzing election-related state and federal reports, maintaining and assist in updating elections mobile app. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Manager, Alexandria, Virginia – The City of Alexandria’s department of Voter Registration and Elections is looking for an Elections Manager to direct and coordinate the elections operation within the City. The Elections Manager’s primary responsibility is to direct the security, maintenance, repair and transportation of voting machines to and from voting precincts, and to ensure accurate recording and accounting of votes. Responsibilities also include management of the absentee voting process, the hiring, placement and training of election officers, and overseeing the printing of ballots.  The work is performed under the general direction and guidance of the General Registrar. Oversees the management of local, State and Federal elections, including ballot design and layout, equipment preparation and testing, and the development of training plans for election officers; Manages the absentee voting process, including the operational aspect of the process; Reviews, interprets and implements complex and continually changing laws, regulations and policies (local, State and Federal) relating to the election process, including accessibility issues; Supervises election staff and manages the hiring, training and evaluation of staff; Manages the campaign finance disclosure process for the City and determines when penalties are required; Secures and manages the City’s polling places, works directly with facility managers and ensures compliance with disability law and regulations; Serves as the Acting General Registrar in the absence of the General Registrar; and Performs other related duties as required. Salary: $63,597.82 – $104,540.02. Deadline May 10. 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 Program Engagement Manager, US Digital Response— USDR is seeking an Engagement Manager to be an early hire for our growing Elections program. As an early hire, we are looking for someone who is excited to influence the shape and structure of the program, particularly the way we build relationships with government partners. USDR partners often reach out with a complex problem knowing that USDR teams will work collaboratively to meet their needs. The Engagement Manager will be responsible for working with new and existing partners and shaping USDR projects in this space, while engaging the elections team and volunteer network to deliver on our partners’ needs. You’ll work with multiple levels of government and non-governmental organizations, interfacing with elections office stakeholders, individual engineers, support personnel, and everyone in between. You would be a good fit for this role if you’re an elections expert, a project or program manager with delivery experience, or a technologist with experience in supporting government partners. In this position, you will: Build and maintain strong, credible relationships with government partners and key stakeholders in the elections ecosystem; Create and maintain the process and infrastructure for maintaining relationships with existing partners, including building a community space for these partners; Explore new opportunities to provide impact and support to new and existing elections partners; Collaborate with government partners and USDR technologists to translate partner feedback into new features and impactful projects; Manage a portfolio of complex projects and initiatives in our Elections Program, including Poll Worker Management; and Represent USDR and the values of our Volunteer Oath in your work. 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.

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.

LAN Administrator, King County Elections— King County Department of Elections (KCE) is searching for an energetic and resourceful professional who likes to “get stuff done.” The LAN Administrator – Journey position in the Elections Department combines an exciting environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will thrive in an innovative, fast-paced environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. This position is responsible for the build and support of laptops, desktops, and all other Elections auxiliary technology equipment. Duties include providing workstation provisioning, imaging, and support for Office 365. This position will also resolve software and hardware problems for end users locally and remotely; maintain end user hardware and software and the inventory of such; and be primary back-up for account setup, administration and management. This position reports to the Information Technology Division Director. 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.

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 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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