In Focus This Week
GAO releases new report on 2020 election
GAO received survey responses from 43 states and 407 local jurisdictions.
This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the 2020 election. GAO’s mission is to provide Congress with fact-based, nonpartisan information that can help improve federal government performance and ensure accountability for the benefit of the American people.
Election officials faced unprecedented challenges in conducting the 2020 elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act provided $400 million in grants for states to use to prevent, prepare for, and respond to issues related to the pandemic for the 2020 federal election cycle. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was responsible for administering the grants. In addition, the EAC serves as a national clearinghouse and resource for the compilation of information and review of procedures with respect to the administration of federal elections.
The CARES Act includes a provision for GAO to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report describes (1) the steps states and local jurisdictions took to prepare for and conduct elections in 2020 during the pandemic and the challenges they reported facing, (2) how states and local jurisdictions reported using CARES Act grant funding, and the challenges they reported facing, and (3) what EAC resources and guidance states and local jurisdictions used and their perspectives on such assistance.
To address all three objectives, GAO conducted two web-based surveys of election officials. One survey was administered to election offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and achieved a response rate of 84 percent. The other survey was administered to a sample of 829 local election jurisdictions. The survey achieved a weighted response rate of 47 percent, and the design and analysis allows GAO to provide national estimates of the perspectives of local election officials.
GAO surveyed state election offices and local election jurisdictions about steps they took to prepare for and conduct the 2020 elections during the pandemic. The surveys asked questions on steps and challenges in five areas: absentee/mail voting, in-person voting, election supplies, election worker recruitment and training, and voter education and outreach. GAO received survey responses from 43 states and 407 local jurisdictions.
Within the area of in-person voting, for example, nearly all states reported taking steps to coordinate with public health agencies, and most coordinated with emergency management agencies, consulted with vendors and experts, and helped local election offices add new polling locations. Nearly all local jurisdictions reported taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as by providing protective equipment to election workers.
States and local jurisdictions most commonly reported that various issues related to in-person voting—such as funding and understanding guidance—were not challenging. For voter education and outreach, all states reported that they provided information on their elections websites about voting policies and procedures. Nearly all local jurisdictions reported that they answered questions about voting policies and procedures. Additionally, nearly all states and most local jurisdictions reported that false or misleading information about absentee/mail voting was challenging.
Over half of states reported spending CARES Act grants on supplies and equipment, voter education, facilitating absentee/mail voting, and recruiting and training election workers. Most states reported that issues related to grant funding and reporting requirements were challenging, such as submitting required progress reports within 20 days of an election. More than half of local jurisdictions reported spending CARES Act grants on various in-person voting activities, including purchasing protective supplies and cleaning voting locations.
Nearly all states and some local jurisdictions reported that they used EAC information resources and guidance during the pandemic. Nearly all states used information about CARES Act grants; fewer used information on other election administration topics. Most states reported finding EAC’s information helpful during the 2020 elections. Most local jurisdictions reported that they did not use EAC information on any of the topics GAO asked about, such as in-person voting. The most common reasons cited were that they were not aware of or did not need the information.
To read the full report, click here.
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Stadium Polling Place Report
New research shows sports stadiums are effective polling sites
Key findings show widespread nonpartisan support, promising future
Center for Election Innovation and Research and the Civic Alliance, the cohort surveyed voters, local election officials, and team representatives from cities across the country – including Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Louisville, Tampa, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Boston, Green Bay, Cleveland, and Charlotte – where major league sports teams converted stadiums into polling sites in the 2020 election. Virtually all stakeholders involved expressed praise for the initiative, indicating great potential for efforts to be replicated and built upon in future elections.
In the 2020 election, there was a reckoning on the sports world to respond to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support social justice by encouraging civic engagement. Teams rose to the occasion by offering up their facilities as safe, socially-distant, and accessible polling sites. Civic Responsibility Project—a cohort of nonprofits, brands, and influencers working to shift the culture around civic engagement and strengthen our democracy—supported research to explore the impact of this unprecedented response.
The 2020 election produced the highest voter turnout in over a century and shifted the conversation around corporate involvement in civic engagement,” said Ashley Spillane, Co-Founder of the Civic Responsibility Project. !The near-unanimous praise for stadium polling across party lines is an encouraging indication of the potential such collaborative efforts have to build on the momentum of the last election and drive participation in the midterms.”
The report offers five case studies with teams in Atlanta, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. Overall, the interviews reflect a new attitude of sports franchises towards civic engagement, widespread support from local election officials, and optimism on both ends to collaborate on future civic activities. The positive feedback is attributed to a range of factors including the size of facilities, which allows for shorter waiting times and increased safety, available parking, and disability access. The impact on vote times was particularly dramatic in several locations: voters waited an average of 26 minutes to vote at the Atlanta Hawks’ State Farm Arena in 2020, while the average wait time in some places in the county was 4 hours.
Teams also cited ease in organizing logistics due to similarities in processes for games and concerts.
“The partnership with the teams was a great thing for our city and our county,” said Michael Dickerson, Director of Elections, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Charlotte). “This was the most powerful thing I have ever been associated with,” said Steve Koonin, CEO of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena.
“The key to success here was the relationships built between the local election officials and team representatives that honored and uplifted each of their areas of expertise,” said Natalie Tran, Co-Founder of the Civic Alliance and Executive Director of the CAA Foundation. “These findings demonstrate the power businesses have to support our democratic process through meaningful partnerships that emphasize mutual respect and clear communication. We’re proud to see the impact Civic Alliance member companies like these are making in their communities, and we’re excited to apply these learnings to future collaborations with our corporate partners.”
In addition, an online survey of a representative sample of adults in the U.S. was conducted to understand citizens’ thoughts on stadium voting. Results showed broad support across the political spectrum. When asked whether they support or oppose using sports stadiums as polling places for voting, 77% of respondents !Strongly” or !Somewhat” supported voting at stadiums. Democrats offer the strongest base of support with 36% !Strongly” supporting and 50% “Somewhat” supporting. Republican and politically unaffiliated respondents echoed that sentiment with a clear majority “Strongly” or “Somewhat” supporting—66% for Republicans and 71% for unaffiliated.
A core component of this research was also to understand who voted at stadiums and why, which presented a challenge due to the lack of available data in most counties. However, three jurisdictions—Los Angeles County, California, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.—provided viable, comparative data. A key finding was the variability across jurisdictions and stadiums with regard to the composition of voters. Despite preconceptions among some that non-white or Democratic voters would take greater advantage of stadium voting, the data do not show a consistent difference in Democratic turnout and Republican turnout at stadium polling sites. No single demographic or partisan group consistently benefited from or took advantage of stadium voting.
The report wraps with a breakdown of lessons learned to inform and improve future stadium voting initiatives. Highlights include an emphasis on cultivating strong relationships between teams and local election officials, strong outreach and education efforts, and a call for teams and leagues to tap into their potential to do more to elicit impact.
For additional information, visit civicresponsibility.org and follow their journey on Twitter @WeAreCRP and Instagram @wearecrp.
About Civic Responsibility Project
Civic Responsibility Project is a non-partisan coordinating hub for nonprofits, brands, and influencers working to create a vibrant civic culture in the United States. Bringing together a variety of previously siloed stakeholders in our democracy, Civic Responsibility Project”s mission is to shift the culture around voting and strengthen our democracy. During the 2020 election, the cohort brought together—for the first time—a coalition of nonprofits, election holidays, business alliances, influencers, and celebrities to drive mass voter turnout. In 2022, Civic Responsibility Project is re-activating this coalition to build off the unprecedented turnout seen in 2020, and to ensure that in this pivotal moment for civic engagement and voting, no voter is unprepared for Election Day.
Election News This Week
Competing Deadlines: With a special election looming in the city of Atchinson, Atchinson County, Kansas Clerk Michelle Phillips shut down voter registration 21-days prior per state law. While a 21-day deadline is pretty typical, it also meant that voter registration was shut down for residents who wanted to register for the upcoming August 2 primary. The ACLU threatened to sue the county, but the secretary of state’s office stepped in to ensure that registration was reopened. Clay Barker, deputy assistant Kansas secretary of state, told the ACLU of Kansas on Friday morning he spoke with Phillips and that registration would be reopened. “They will reach out to everyone who tried to register as new voter and ask them to either return to register, if they had been turned away, or that their registration form will be processed,” Barker wrote in an email to ACLU of Kansas legal director Sharon Brett. Whitney Tempel, a spokeswoman for Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, said his office will try to address the conflict between state and federal law during the next legislative session. Some local residents had urged the City of Atchison to cancel or postpone the election, but local officials refused.
NASS News: New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way is the new NASS president and the first Black person to serve in that role in the organizations 118 year history. “I am honored to be the first Black woman to serve as NASS President. This organization’s nonpartisan work has never been more critical representing the nation’s guardians of democracy,” said Way. “I would also like to express my deep gratitude for those who came before me. They bravely paved the way and without them this historic moment would not be possible.” In other NASS news, Louisiana’s Department of State received the 2022 IDEAS Award for its Operation Geaux Vote Task Force that was launched in response to three hurricanes that hit the state in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election. “Despite a global pandemic and nature’s wrath, the Operation Geaux Vote Task Force facilitated strong partnerships and communications with all stakeholders to ensure that Louisiana’s voters would be able to exercise their right to vote,” Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “I could not be more proud and thankful to the staff at the Louisiana Department of State, our state agency and other trusted partners, and our Clerks of Court, Registrars of Voters, and election commissioners for their tireless efforts in the 2020 and 2021 elections. I am grateful that my fellow secretaries have recognized their hard work and dedication to delivering fair, accurate and transparent elections for Louisiana.”
Preserving History: The Keene Sentinel has a neat story about a program started by former New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to preserve ballots. State Archivist Brian Burford is busy preserving ballots from elections dating back to 1892. “They’re very expensive to preserve,” Burford told the paper. “We’ve done 1892 and 1986 and now we’ve done the 1900 election.” In the conservation process, fasteners are removed and ballots are cleaned. After tears in the paper are repaired, each ballot is washed in a special solution to neutralize the acid and then placed in an archival plastic sleeve to support the paper’s fibers. Up through the late 1800s paper was made from old rags and cotton, a technology that can last for centuries, but then it was found how to make paper out of wood pulp, the method still in use today. The old preserved ballots can be seen by request, he said: “I’ve got them put away in a cooler in a dark vault, but anybody who’d like to see them can ask and I’d be happy to bring them out.” Midland County, Texas Elections Administrator Carolyn Graves is also hard at work preserving elections records dating back to 1886 in that county. Graves, says she loves collecting old books, so the preservation of election records started as a passion project for her. Graves says her predecessor had rescued the records from a barn and then she took the next step to keep them safe forever. The records are now kept in protective plastic seals which took a year to complete because the process required going through the returns page by page. “It’s interesting because you can look back and see when Bush first ran for office. He lost that first time. You can go back and see and it’s really interesting that there was more than just the republican and democrat party. It was history,” said Graves.
Sticker News: Pima County Arizona’s new early voting sticker will feature three languages, the county announced. The sticker reads “I voted!” in English, “A:ñi ‘ant wodalt” in Tohono O’odham and “Yo Voté” in Spanish. The Tohono O’odham language was included to acknowledge that Pima County is within the ancestral homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and nearly 42% of the county’s land includes the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui tribes. “Pima” is an O’odham word for another tribe, and “Arizona” is derived from the O’odham word “Alṣon,” meaning “place of little springs.” Tucson is derived from the O’odham phrase “S-cuk ṣon,” or “base of the black mountain.” The Pima County Recorder’s Officer also plans to release the sticker in the Yoeme or Yaqui language. Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the first Native American to hold a countywide elected office in Pima County. And the “I Voted” sticker contest continues in Ulster County, New York, with Hudson Rowan’s unique multi-colored spider sticker getting media coverage from all over the country including in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.
This and That: Former Yavapai County, Arizona Recorder Leslie Hoffman talks about the heartbreak of having to leave a job she loved. The request to recount ballots cast the Nevada County, California clerk/recorder election has been halted. People incarcerated at Cook County, Illinois Jail turned out to vote in the June primary election at rates higher than Chicago as a whole. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose will spend more than three times as much as normal to promote public awareness of the upcoming primary election on Aug. 2, as state officials fear the unusual second primary election will result in low voter turnout. Mark Lazarus, runner-up for Horry County, South Carolina Council chairman announced that he accepts the certification of the runoff election on June 28 and is no longer appealing the results. Elections officials in Davidson County, Tennessee are urging voters to do their homework before the August primary because voter will be faced with the longest ballot in county history. Bowie County, Texas is joining a growing list of local jurisdictions in The Lone Star State seeking to move to a vote center model. The Wisconsin Elections Commission recently mailed about 178,000 postcards to state residents who are eligible to vote, but haven’t yet registered.
Personnel News: Lauren E. Eddy is the new general registrar and director of elections for Albemarle County, Virginia. Gerald “Gerry” Lawrence has resigned from the Delaware County, Pennsylvania board of elections. Tom Cool, executive director of the Council on College Admission will represent the Democrats in the race for South Dakota secretary of state. Richard Colwell has been appointed to serve at the Yuma County, Arizona recorder after Stallworth Pouquette resigned from the roll. Lori Parmenter is the new East Grand Rapids, Michigan clerk. Beth Gilbert McBride is Luzerne County, Pennsylvania’s new deputy election director. Frank Holman has resigned from the Ocean County, New Jersey board of elections.
Federal Legislation: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation (S 4500) would expand voter registration at public colleges and universities, ensure all states allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, require colleges and universities to have polling places on campus and ensure that all states include student IDs as a form of voter ID, among other proposals. The bill is based on expanding implementation for the 26th Amendment, which was ratified in 1971 and established the right of individuals aged 18 and older to vote. Previously, all voters needed to be at least 21 years old. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA), who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s voter protection efforts, is sponsoring the bill in the House. Warren’s bill, as it stands, is co-sponsored by six additional Democrats in the Senate, but no Republicans. “Voting is the beating heart of our democracy. Young people are the future of America, and with voting rights under attack across the country, we must do everything we can to ensure they can exercise their right to vote,” Warren wrote in a statement. “My new bicameral bill with Congresswoman Williams will ensure young people aren’t left out of the voting process, and I’m thrilled to partner with her and my colleagues on this effort.”
Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have permitted poll watchers to operate outside the counties where they live. The poll watchers’ bill, sponsored by the current GOP gubernatorial nominee Sen. Doug Mastriano of Franklin County, would give candidates the right to have an additional observer and post them inside, close enough to see any canvassing and pre-canvassing. Gov. Wolf says the bill “undermines the integrity of our election process and encourages voter intimidation.” Wolf added he believes the bill would’ve made it possible for “bad faith partisan operatives to target a specific neighborhood or group of voters in an attempt to challenge the eligibility of voters, make poll workers’ jobs more difficult, and disrupt the counting of ballots.” The governor says he “urges” the General Assembly to focus on election reform that allows for free and safe elections.
In other legislation news. Wolf has signed House Bill 1614 into law. Under the new law, voting precincts in Pennsylvania will now be required to print a certain number of ballots on Election Day. Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) requires a voting precinct to print 50% of the necessary ballots needed based on the number of people registered to vote. For a general election, precincts will need to print a ballot for every person registered to vote in that precinct. Precincts can skip printing ballots for the number of people who requested an absentee or mail-in ballot. The bill amends the Pennsylvania Election Code and will take effect in 60 days. The law comes after reports of precincts running out of ballots after under printing leading up to Election Day.
With the approval of this year’s state budget package Wolf and state lawmakers agreed to ban private election funding, meaning state and local governments can no longer accept third-party grants to fund elections. Instead, the budget deal includes a new $45 million state grant program designed to help counties with election-related costs. Under the agreement, which was outlined in Senate Bill 982, counties will be able to apply for state grants distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development for a range of uses, including: Payment of staff to pre-canvass and canvass ballots; Security and transparency expenses related to pre-canvassing and canvassing ballots; Voter registration list maintenance; Ballot printing costs; Training costs for district election officials; Payment of staff at polling places; Costs related to storage, transportation and preparation of voting machines and other polling place materials and County voter registration costs.
Federal Litigation: Former Attorney General William Barr has been subpoenaed as part of an ongoing 2020 election defamation lawsuit against Fox News brought by voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems, according to the court docket in the case. Dominion filed to subpoena Donald Trump’s former AG last week, according to the docket — the latest sign that the company’s lawsuits against those who pushed false claims of election fraud may be gathering steam. As part of the Fox News suit, Dominion recently issued an additional string of subpoenas to officials including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who Trump famously called after the 2020 election asking to help him “find” the exact number of votes he needed to win the state of Georgia. In its $1.6 billion defamation suit filed against Fox News last March, Dominion alleges that the network pushed false accusations that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election in order to make a profit and boost ratings. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” Dominion said in its complaint.
Alabama: Plaintiffs who challenged Alabama’s congressional district map as racially discriminatory and won at the district court level filed their briefs today with the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices have scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 4 on the question of whether the state’s map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race. A three-judge court ruled in January that Alabama’s district map likely violated the act. The judges issued an injunction against using the map in this year’s elections and ordered the Legislature to draw a new one. But in February, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state’s request for a stay, temporarily blocking the injunction. That allowed the map to be used in this year’s congressional races. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in an opinion granting the stay that the decision was based on the timing. The three-judge court’s order came four months before the May 24 primary. “The stay order is not a ruling on the merits, but instead simply stays the District Court’s injunction pending a ruling on the merits,” Kavanaugh wrote.
Colorado: Former Elections Manager Sandra Brown turned herself in to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office late Monday after an arrest affidavit was issued against her on felony charges of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and attempting to influence a public servant. Those charges are similar to those included in a 13-count grand jury indictment against Peters and her chief deputy, Belinda Knisley. In an affidavit in support of Brown’s arrest first obtained by The Daily Sentinel, a longtime investigator with the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office, James Cannon, wrote that Brown was involved from the beginning in an alleged scheme to make copies of election software during a routine “trusted build” in May 2021, and allegedly using someone else’s identity to do so. “Brown’s actions, statements and/or inactions were a — successful — attempt to influence the public servant’s decisions and actions before and during the trusted build through Sandra’s misrepresentations,” Cannon added. “Wood no longer is a target of the investigation. The person who completed that computer services using Wood’s identity is still under investigation.”
Connecticut: An attorney for former mayoral candidate Barry Lee Cohen filed a motion in Superior Court requesting a reconsideration of a judge’s ruling that determined the results of the 2021 municipal election should stand, despite finding “substantial violations of election statutes” by city officials. Attorney Vincent Marino, who represents Cohen, said he agrees with Superior Court Judge Robin Wilson’s opinion that there had been violations of election statutes in how the city collected and counted absentee ballots, but he disagreed with the conclusion that only nine ballots were at issue and therefore not enough to require a special election. Mayor Nancy Rossi, the incumbent Democrat, won by 32 votes following a recanvass of the closely-fought 2021 election. Wilson, in her decision, said Cohen’s team proved seven absentee ballots were improperly counted and two ballots marked as returned were unaccounted for — too small of a margin to believe Rossi was not the legitimate victor. However, Marino said the court overlooked several issues, such as 14 ballots that were counted but not properly endorsed and eight additional ballots that lacked documentation for how they were returned to the city clerk’s office. Marino also argued that the city acted outside of Secretary of the State guidance by having employees in the city clerk’s office collect absentee ballots from three dropboxes instead of having the city clerk do it herself.
Georgia: U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee has denied an attempt by advocacy organizations to throw out a part of Georgia’s voting law that prohibits mailing multiple absentee ballot applications to voters. Boulee’s ruling leaves in place restrictions on sending absentee ballot request forms after voters were swamped with repeated solicitations during the 2020 election year. Some voters complained that they kept receiving letters imploring them to apply for absentee ballots, even after they had already done so. Boulee said groups can still mail absentee ballot applications, but the law prevents them from sending forms to Georgians who have already requested a ballot or voted. “The Georgia Legislature struck a balance. It required third parties to consult the state voter roll and refrain from sending duplicate applications,” Boulee wrote in a June 30 order denying a motion for preliminary injunction. “To be sure, avoiding voter confusion and administering effective elections are important regulatory interests.” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the ruling shows that Georgia’s voting law withstands court scrutiny. “This is a huge win for election integrity,” Raffensperger said. “This law has commonsense reforms that will help ensure smooth, secure and accessible elections in Georgia.”
Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court says mail-in voting does not violate the state’s constitution. The Massachusetts Republican Party had been challenging the state’s new law, dubbed the VOTES Act, that allows anyone to vote by mail for any reason. The SJC order handed down on Monday read: “The plaintiffs’ request to enjoin the Secretary from putting the VOTES act into effect is denied.” The SJC decision clears Secretary of State William Galvin to begin sending ballot applications to voters later this month. In a statement, Mass. GOP said they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court because the case “presented significant issues of both state and federal law.” “We hope that Supreme Court will provide relief to prevent a constitutional travesty presented by this law,” Mass. GOP chair Jim Lyons said. “Only in Massachusetts can absentee voting possibly be defined as the mailing of 4.7 million ballot applications to every voter in the commonwealth.” Galvin says he’s not concerned about a potential appeal from the state’s Republican party. “We’re proceeding immediately,” he said. “They have no injunction against me. They better catch me if they can, because I’m going to make sure voters have the right to vote [by mail] if they possibly can.”
Montana: Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael Moses pressed the Secretary of State’s attorneys for proof of the alleged identification forgery that stoked new voting restrictions passed by the state Legislature last year. In a hearing for Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s motion to dismiss the many claims that those new voting laws are unconstitutionally restrictive, Moses repeatedly asked Jacobsen’s attorneys to furnish the Legislature’s evidence that student IDs are more easily forged than driver’s licenses, or other forms of government identification cards. “If you sit in this courtroom for a year you’d see forgeries of all kinds of things,” Moses asked of John Semmens, an attorney with Crowley Fleck Law representing Jacobsen in the case. “…What was the proof that it’s easier to cheat on a student ID than the driver’s license?” According to the Independent Record, Monday’s hearing was a marathon of arguments for and against four election laws passed by the 2021 Legislature: House Bill 176, which ended Election Day voter registration; House bill 530, which prohibits people from collecting and submitting other people’s ballots if they receive any financial compensation for doing so; and House Bill 506, which prevents anyone who turns 18 before Election Day from getting a ballot before their birthday.
The Missoula County Election Integrity Project and John Lott, Ph.D. have filed a lawsuit in Missoula District Court against the Missoula County Elections Office and Bradley Seaman in his official capacity as Elections Administrator. The gist of the lawsuit ‘enjoins Defendants from their systematic practice of destroying video, data, and documentary election records. It is, therefore, a request for prospective relief. 2. Upon information and belief, the Missoula Elections Office installed video recording device(s) (hereinafter referred to as the “vote count video”) for the 2020 election cycle in the vote count room to ensure election transparency and public trust in the elections process. In response, KGVO reached out to Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman for his comments on the issue. “We can’t comment on ongoing litigation against the county, but transparency is critically important,” said Seaman. “And that’s why we maintain a 100 percent transparent process around elections to help educate people on the way elections truly function. That’s why we encourage anybody to come by at any point in time and have held public tours, while we make sure to send out press releases to media outlets like yourself, to candidates to elected officials, and members of the public, so that they can see how elections truly function.”
North Carolina: U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle has blocked North Carolina laws that greatly restrict who can help people with disabilities request absentee ballots, fill them out and return them. A disabled person needing help to vote by mail can now seek assistance from anyone they choose, not just from a close relative or legal guardian as state law has limited, the State Board of Elections told county election officials after the decision filed by Boyle. Boyle declared that such restraints in state law conflict with the federal Voting Rights Act, which allows people who are blind, can’t read or write, or have a disability to pick whomever they wish to assist them with voting, other than the voter’s employer or union. The elimination of the state’s restrictions applies to all citizens with such disabilities, and not just the thousands who reside in hospitals, clinics or nursing homes, Boyle ruled in a lawsuit filed last September against the state board by the nonprofit Disability Rights North Carolina.
Opponents of the state’s photo voter ID law are urging the North Carolina Supreme Court to consider their suit as early as September. In a motion filed this week, they asked for an expedited hearing. “Timely resolution of this matter is necessary to allow the State and its voters to prepare for future elections without the risk of voter confusion and disenfranchisement,” according to the motion from attorney Jeffrey Loperfido of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The coalition represents plaintiffs challenging the state’s 2018 voter ID law. The case is called Holmes v. Moore. “It has now been more than three years since S.B. 824 [the voter ID law] was enacted,” the motion added. “And the legislature’s inability thus far to craft a voter ID law that does not intentionally discriminate against African American voters has resulted in nearly 10 years of confusing, on-again-off-again messaging to voters and election officials alike. … North Carolina’s voters and election officials deserve the certainty that only this Court’s review can provide.” “[I]n light of the recent release of the Supreme Court’s Calendar of Arguments for August, Plaintiffs-Appellees request that the Court schedule this matter for oral argument at the earliest possible date, either in a special session scheduled for September or, in the alternative, as part of the October oral argument calendar,” Loperfido wrote. The motion acknowledges that legislative leaders oppose an expedited review. State government lawyers representing the N.C. State Board of Elections “take no position” on the motion, according to Loperfido.
North Dakota: U.S. District Judge Peter Welte has denied the state’s request to throw out a lawsuit brought by two Native American tribes that allege the state’s new legislative map dilutes tribal members’ voting strength. The lawsuit filed in February by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Tribe alleges that the state’s Republican-led Legislature’s new map violated the Voting Rights Act. Welte’s ruling dismissed the state’s argument that the tribes lacked the standing to sue. Welte, who is based in Fargo, said the state’s argument was without merit and the tribes “do have standing to protect the voting rights of its members.” Secretary of State Al Jaeger said that he would not comment on ongoing litigation. The Legislature approved a map that It separates the state House districts on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota and the Fort Berthold reservation, which is home to the Three Affiliated Tribes and in the west of the state. Turtle Mountain argues that the map “packs” tribal members into a single House district on its reservation while diluting their vote with non-native voters in the non-reservation subdistrict.
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania’s elections agency sued three Republican-controlled county governments seeking to force their election boards to report primary results that include ballots with undated exterior envelopes — the subject of several other lawsuits. The Department of State sued Lancaster, Berks and Fayette counties in Commonwealth Court, describing them as “outlier counties” that have not properly certified vote tallies from the May 17 election that included nominating contests for U.S. Senate, governor and most of the Legislature. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 20 that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 county judge race in Pennsylvania. Although the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt the Senate vote-counting after the primary, three justices signed onto an opinion that said the 3rd Circuit was “very likely wrong.” In the new case, the Department of State and acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf want an order forcing the three counties to include in their primary election tallies, within three days, all absentee and mail-in voters, “even if the voter failed to write a date on the declaration printed on the ballot’s return envelope.” “Interpreting Pennsylvania law to allow a county board of election to exclude a ballot from its final certified results because of a minor and meaningless irregularity, such as a voter omitting a date from the declaration on a timely received ballot, would fail to fulfill the purpose of the Pennsylvania Election Code and would risk a conflict with both the Pennsylvania Constitution and federal law,” wrote the state agency’s lawyers from the attorney general’s office.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that most ballot drop boxes aren’t allowed in the state and that a voter can’t have someone else return — in person — their completed absentee ballot on their behalf. The decision is the latest in a legal battle that began in January, after a Waukesha County judge sided with a conservative legal group in a lawsuit, declaring state law doesn’t allow for unstaffed ballot drop boxes and requires that voters physically return their own absentee ballots. Although an appeals court temporarily blocked the order for contests in February, the ban was in effect for local elections in April. “The key phrase is ‘in person’ and it must be assigned its natural meaning,” wrote Justice Rebecca Bradley for the conservative majority, referring to the state statute governing ballot returns. “‘In person’ denotes ‘bodily presence’ and the concept of doing something personally.” Bradley wrote that absentee ballots must be delivered in person at a clerk’s office and cannot be returned by someone else. The ruling did not address whether someone must physically put their own absentee ballot in the mailbox if voting by mail. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley (no relation to her colleague) wrote that the court’s decision “although lamentable, is not a surprise.” “It has seemingly taken the opportunity to make it harder to vote or to inject confusion into the process whenever it has been presented with the opportunity,” she wrote. “Without justification, [the majority] fans the flames of electoral doubt that threaten our democracy.”
Opinions This Week
Kansas: Voter registration
Massachusetts: Election protection
Michigan: Election integrity
Nevada: Voter fraud claims
New Jersey: Same day registration
New York: Early voting
North Carolina: State Board of Elections
Pennsylvania: Election laws
Texas: Voter fraud
Wyoming: Secretary of state
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.
Future of California Elections: We are thrilled to bring back the annual Future of California Elections (FoCE) Network Conference in 2022! The FoCE Conference brings together elections officials, election reform advocates, researchers, organizers, and other stakeholders to discuss key topics in voting and elections, build relationships, and together begin to imagine a future for our elections that better serves all voters. Our theme this year, “Democracy for All: What’s Next for Building Equity in California’s Elections?” seeks to help us think together about the state of our democracy and elections in California, and build upon the momentum and innovations we are driving in leading secure, accessible democracy nationally. We may be leading the way in California, but there is still much work to be done – and we’re bringing together leading thinkers and advocates across the spectrum of elections stakeholders to discuss, inspire, innovate, and envision elections and a democracy that is more inclusive of all Californians. This year, the FoCE Conference is being held adjacent to the California Association of County Elections Officials (CACEO) conference to provide a streamlined experience to individuals who wish to attend both events. You can attend either in-person or choose to view selected sessions as a virtual attendee, as we want to ensure the greatest possible accessibility of the event. When: July 25. Where: Burbank.
ESRA 2022: We are delighted to welcome you to the 6th Annual Election Science, Research, and Administration Conference. The conference will commence on Wednesday, July 27 and will run through Friday 29 at the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Where: Charlotte, NC. When: July 27-29
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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City & County Clerk, Broomfield, Colorado— As the City and County Clerk you will be required to perform the following job duties: Plan, direct, organize, implement, and coordinate all programs and activities associated with City Clerk, Recording, Elections, and Motor Vehicle divisions. Create strategic plans, assemble staff resources, and delegate tasks to assigned staff members. Communicate official plans, policies, and procedures to staff, civic organizations, and the general public through various means of communication. Effectively communicate and work with City Council members. Review proposed ordinances and regulations, plans, and technical reports related to departmental activities for content, accuracy, and feasibility; present ordinance changes, reports, and studies. Salary: $110,240-$149,136. Deadline: July 25. 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.
Director of Registration and Elections, Fulton County, Georgia— The County is seeking a Director of Registration and Elections (DRE). This position serves as the chief executive responsible for developing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures relating to voter registration and elections in Fulton County. The DRE also prepares, presents, and manages the department’s approved annual budget. The DRE leads programs and services that ensure safe, free, and accessible voter registration and elections in the County. The DRE ensures accurate collection and maintenance of voter registration data and administers the county elections and associated services, which includes but is not limited to absentee balloting, voter registration, voter education and outreach. The Director collects information and validates candidates for elective office, ensures the availability of training for poll workers, and directs efforts to educate voters on elections in the county. The DRE performs other duties, including preservation, storage, preparation, testing and maintenance of departmental election equipment. Furthermore, the director oversees election district boundaries, and administers the selection of polling places in the county. Salary: $175K-$195K. 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 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.
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, 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 Services Manager, Contra Costa County, California— Our office is vital to our democracy and our community, and we love to help our residents. Our leadership values employee development and engagement, promotes open and transparent communication, prepares us to be a high-performing organization, and recognizes the contributions of others. We connect with the community, listen to them, and provide a critical service that people rely on. The incumbent will report directly to the Assistant Registrar, work in collaboration with the Clerk-Recorder-Registrar and executive management team, and interact with leaders in other county departments, state officials, and vendors to carry out essential functions. self-starter. You need to see the overall picture and be able to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks using tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment. A team player. You will be expected to bring balance to the team, foster trust, and instill confidence in your direct reports and the department as a whole. Customer Focused. You should provide a high level of customer service and strive to improve the voter’s experience and services to County residents. Accountable. You should take responsibility for your own work and the work of your division, assuring projects are completed within established timelines. Flexible. You will need to work well under pressure and be adaptable to changing priorities while balancing multiple projects. At times, this can be a high-stress job and the successful candidate must be able to cope and respond appropriately. A collaborative leader. You will collaborate with multiple units that have interconnected work products to help achieve division goals and should be willing to step in and help other units when needed. Knowledgeable. You should be experienced in election law, the election process, procedures, timelines, and administration. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Supervisor, Washington County, Oregon— We invite you to be part of the fundamental process of a democracy and serve approximately 400,000 voters in Washington County as an Elections Supervisor. The Elections Supervisor is responsible for running four (4) annual elections: two countywide elections, one half-county election, and one quarter-county election. In this position, you will be responsible for tracking local, state, and federal candidates and positions, as well as money measures, and the many facets of the elections process including candidate filings, creation of ballots and voter pamphlets, the counting of the ballots, and the reporting of final voter results for Washington County. You will also supervise, lead, and train a team of nine (9), as well as temporary employees hired during election seasons, on election duties. Additionally, you will coordinate day-to-day activities and help plan and schedule all functions necessary in an election (i.e., mandatory timelines for various mailings, registration cutoffs, public notices, and all elements related to statutory dates). Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to communicate effectively, exercise sound decision-making and demonstrate collaboration and accountability to peers, the team and the public. For a complete list of essential job duties, click here. The Elections Office is highly driven by the many hands that help in the election process, the sophisticated elections equipment, the production elements of a successful election event, and the dedicated knowledge of supervision and understanding of Oregon Election laws and rules. If you enjoy working in a highly visible office and in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment, then we invite you to apply for the Elections Supervisor position! Salary: $74,608-$90,646. Deadline: July 17. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Technology Specialist, Voting Systems, Boulder County, Colorado— As the point person for the voting system, this position is instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of implementing the most accurate, efficient, accessible, and secure elections in the country. This position is accountable for end-to-end activities associated with the voting system – from procurement of equipment all the way through to results reporting. Along the way, this position will be charged with designing and building the ballot in the voting system, conducting extensive compatibility testing, documenting and updating procedural documentation, setting up the scan room environment, leading a team of temporary workers in scan room activities, scanning ballots, and reconciling reports on a nightly basis. This position must be comfortable working in a highly scrutinized environment. The ideal candidate is someone who is committed to accuracy and is willing to triple check their work and the work of their team members. The ideal candidate will be committed to maintaining and updating documentation, likes to troubleshoot and problem solve, and is able to create a team environment that is collaborative, compliant, and aligned. This is a full-time, benefitted position. This position will require overtime, nights and weekends during election season and is subject to periods of time when vacation scheduling is not allowed (because of the election calendar). The Elections Technology Specialist will work Monday-Thursday (10-hour day) 40 hours per week during non-election time; this includes both in-office and telecommuting options at certain points in the year. This position will work out of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, located at 1750 33rd St., Boulder, CO 80301; this position has the ability to telecommute at certain points in the year. Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), this position is exempt. Salary: $59,964 – $86,328. Deadline: July 18. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Technology Specialist, Boulder County, Colorado— This position will play a significant role in facilitating activities which provide improved technology solutions to county staff. This position will be expected to execute a variety of tasks to ensure our team meets our deliverables to provide excellent public service for voters. The ideal candidate must be eager to learn, possess troubleshooting skills, can convey technical information to non-technical audiences and has the ability to document process through conversation, implementation, and observation. Successful applicants will be comfortable in a high-stakes, team-focused work environment. We seek a person who is process-oriented and motivated to do meaningful work that facilitates the democratic process. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, enjoys actively participating in a collaborative environment, and possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills. They have the demonstrated ability to use complicated software, learn and convey user technology requirements, perform moderately sophisticated tasks in MS Excel and Access, learn and apply new skills effectively with minimal support, and communicate technical information (written and verbal) to nontechnical personnel. Additionally, the ideal candidate can demonstrate creativity and innovation through problem-solving. Ability to work effectively under pressure while remaining positive and flexible is also key to success. 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. This is a full-time, benefitted position. This position will require overtime, nights and weekends during election season and is subject to periods of time when vacation scheduling is not allowed (because of the election calendar). The Elections Technology Specialist will work Monday-Thursday (10-hour day) 40 hours per week during non-election time; this includes both in-office and telecommuting options at certain points in the year. This position will work out of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, located at 1750 33rd St., Boulder, CO 80301. Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), this position is exempt. Boulder County requires its employees to reside in the state of Colorado as of the first day of work. Deadline: July 18. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Information Services Specialist, Illinois State Board of Elections— Under the general supervision of the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer and the day-to-day supervision of the Information Services Team Leads, independently and as a project team member, develops, maintains, and enhances the State Board of Elections’ Information Systems. Establishes application development task schedules, testing plans and implementation schedules; Performs technical analysis, design, and programming according to SBE standards; Coordinates development, testing and implementation with end-users, technical consultants and IT Staff according to SBE standards. Consults with end-users to determine application goals, requirements, cost, architecture, and impact to existing systems; Provides Level 1 technical support for Agency end-users as well as end-users of other agency-developed systems. Through continuing self-study and/or formal coursework, acquires knowledge of advanced information systems concepts and techniques, productivity tools, election law, and Board policy as they affect Board Information Systems. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above. 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.
Logistics Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina– Are you a highly organized, detail-oriented individual who knows how to manage overlapping projects? Are you deadline driven? Are you an analytical thinker; a problem solver; an excellent communicator and negotiator? If the answer is YES then keep reading because this just may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for! The Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an experienced Logistics Specialist to join our team to provide oversight, administrative and compliance support for election services within the logistics area of the department. What will you do as a Board of Elections Logistics Specialist? Perform technical and administrative procedures to ensure timely and accurate elections. Perform both administrative and warehouse duties. Serve as an intermediary between staff members and organizational supervisors. Manage the inventory of election equipment and supplies in a database. Oversee the preparation, packing of election supplies and plan for supply pickup event for Chief Judges. Coordinate staff, temporary employees and vendors. Ensure election supplies are delivered and returned accurately and timely during pre-election and post-election events. Manage official documents in accordance to retention schedules. Supervise and train seasonal agency temporary staff on processes and procedures for various tasks. Plan and schedule deadlines with other departments in the office for printing and packing election documents. Utilize warehouse dock for deliveries, supply distribution and training events. Survey and inspect potential facilities to use as polling places to include inspections of a variety of structures ensuring compliance with ADA regulations. Maintain a safe and organized work environment by implementing routine preventative maintenance programs for the elections warehouse. Salary: $18.92 – $25.55/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Project Specialist, Ball State University— Manages activities for the Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP), a project under the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University; Coordinates and tracks the contracted activities of VSTOP and provides scheduling oversight for all VSTOP activities; schedules voting system and electronic poll book lab and field tests according to specifications in the Indiana Election Code; tracks voting system and electronic poll book anomaly reporting as required by state statute; assists the VSTOP Co-Directors in coordinating the preparation, organization and submission of various VSTOP reports including recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission and the Indiana Secretary of State; tracks best practices for election administration and operation of election equipment; leads all training related activities carried out by VSTOP including the Certificate in Election Administration, Technology, and Security (CEATS) and other training and assessment activities as needed. Electronic Poll Book Training Assessment data and reporting, and other training activities undertaken by VSTOP. Deadline: July 20. 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.
Systems Administrator, Sarasota County, Florida— The Systems Administrator is an Information Technology professional responsible for the coordination, implementation, planning, investigating and serving as the liaison for all facets of data processing, to include any election related tasks. Key Responsibilities: Provides expertise on hardware and software, considering costs and capabilities. Installs new software and hardware, including network operating system, as assigned. Adds new systems to network and ensure all required documentation. Ensures account setup, maintenance, and removal; provides user support. Assists to administer/maintain networked servers. Ensures timely systems backups and maintains logs. Protects data and performs and tests backup processes. Maintain password, trustee and viral security. Maintain network policy and maintenance controls, including network security. Troubleshooting, including maintenance and repair of computer equipment. Assists with ballot preparation, processing and tabulation. Performs equipment tests to include election and computer equipment as needed or assigned. Responsible for network design. Participates in the review and revision of security and emergency procedures and the maintenance of the information system disaster recovery plan. Maintains system software licenses and supervise all software installations. Salary: $40,996-$87,630. 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.
Web Developer, Ballotpedia— Ballotpedia is seeking a full-time, senior full-stack Web Developer to join our organization. This is a remote position. Ballotpedia’s Tech team supports the rest of the staff in making high-quality political data and unbiased encyclopedic content available to the American public by improving many aspects of Ballotpedia’s web presence and the behind-the-scenes tools used by staff. This is a full-stack role that may include various aspects of engineering, development, design, programming, architecture, testing, and tooling. We are looking for someone with at least two years of career experience in full-stack web development who can demonstrate abilities across the stack. Salary: $65,000-$85,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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