In Focus This Week
Communications help on demand
Election Official Legal Defense Network expands help to communication
By M. Mindy Moretti
After more than a year of providing pro bono legal assistance to elections officials, the Election Official Legal Defense Network has expanded the assistance it provides to provide assistance in another pressing matter — communications.
“After spending the last year providing pro bono legal assistance to those who professionally administer U.S. elections, we consistently heard from our clients that they not only need legal help, but they also need advice and support when it comes to disinformation attacks designed to injure their public reputations and impede their work,” said David Becker, Executive Director of EOLDN.
Becker said elections officials have talked about being inundated with disinformation, and needing help in providing accurate, official information to push back on the lies. The challenge, he noted, is not only creating an effective truthful narrative, but also navigating the bandwidth issues that overwhelm the staff in an election office.
“We want to meet both these challenges by providing communications professionals to assist them both with expertise, and bandwidth challenges,” Becker said.
Any election official who needs communications advice or assistance can go to eoldn.org and click on the “request help” button. There will be an option to request communications assistance, and within 1 business day EOLDN get back to the requestor and begin the process of pairing that election official with a communications professional.
EOLDN has retained a communications firm to provide this assistance, with a professional who works in communications assigned to assist each election official.
This combined communications and legal service is available to any election official, completely free of charge. This service is available whether they need it for planning, rapid response, or anything in between.
There are several groups who have provided really useful materials and reports to assist election officials with communications and efforts to combat disinformation and Becker sees the work of EOLDN as a complement to that work.
“But one thing we’re hearing is that election offices are overwhelmed with work right now, and sometimes they just need a person who can help them deal with an urgent communications need, perhaps correcting disinformation that might be circulating,” Becker said. “This can be a particular challenge for small and medium size jurisdictions that might not have the resources for their own communications staff. We hope that this service will help these election offices, and complement the work that others have done.”
Whatever communications needs an election office has, EOLDN is available to help. That includes traditional media, social media, messaging, planning, rapid response, and anything else an election office needs to support their work and combat disinformation.
With T-54 days till the November 8 elections officials are overwhelmed with regular election preparations, record requests and of course keeping the public informed. Becker said the best thing for most officials is to keep it as simple as possible.
“Most voters don’t think about elections as much as we all do, and it’s important to recognize that simple, positive messaging is effective,” Becker said. “Rather than focus on the highly specific information that might differ from county to county, focus on those things that are common among all jurisdictions – transparency, bipartisanship, and professionalism. Every single election office has these things in common, ensuring that the multiple checks and balances in the process work.”
And if you need an assist, reach out to EOLDN.
National Disability Voting Rights Week
Honoring National Disability Voting Rights Week
U.S. Vote Foundation Launches New Disability Voting Guide and Disability Guest Blog Series
By Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO
U.S. Vote Foundation and Overseas Vote
At U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote), our mission is simple: Every Citizen is a Voter. With that mission comes the responsibility to ensure that every eligible citizen can access a ballot and have it counted. Voting patterns from the 2020 election show an alarming trend: While absentee voting was up across the board, a key constituency – voters with disabilities – were still struggling to make their voices heard.
In our work to expand voting access for all citizens we are excited to launch US Vote’s new resource guide for voters with disabilities. Together with a guest blog series on disability voting, the launch marks the 2022 National Disability Voting Rights Week.
Since our founding in 2005, we’ve served as a resource for all voters seeking general information on upcoming elections, including registration basics, absentee ballot requests, and direct access to local elections officials. Over the years we’ve become known as a one-stop resource for voting, absentee or in-person, whether for domestic voters or those living abroad or in the military.
When the pandemic hit, voters, whether to protect their health or that of their communities, began using absentee voting at even higher rates. We were thrilled to see so many states expand their absentee ballot offerings in 2020, resulting in greater accessibility for all Americans. At a time when turnout could have plummeted, we saw voter participation at its highest (66%) in over a century.
We also noticed that, in the same election, more Americans with disabilities participated than ever before. Indeed, mail-in voting ameliorated difficulties reported by disabled Americans: in 2020, 11.4 percent of voters with disabilities reported problems with voting, down from 26 percent in 2012. And some two-thirds of polling locations audited had at least one barrier present to those with disabilities.
When it became clear that, post-pandemic, some states were putting restrictions on absentee voting – by eliminating drop boxes, limiting who could return completed absentee ballots on voters’ behalf, and instituting complicated signature requirements – we recognized that not only would this make voting harder for all Americans, but that voting would potentially become especially difficult for those with disabilities.
During our research, we came across a key article by Elizabeth Pendo, a professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and an expert in disability law, that made the same point. This set us on another mission: to provide a place on our website where disabled Americans could readily find the information and data they need to vote; contact their local election officials; and advocate for reform as needed.
The complexity of fulfilling this mission made us realize how essential this effort is. We quickly found out that the information needed to empower disabled persons in making choices about voting was very difficult to find. In fact, as we conducted research for our Voters with Disabilities guide, we noticed serious information gaps, even on state websites. Our staff, though research-savvy, found it could take hours to locate basic info on voter accessibility issues, such as who could pick up a ballot, who could return a ballot on behalf of someone else, and where to make a complaint about an accessibility problem, among many other issues. No one should need that much time to figure out how to vote!
This information gap further prompted us to develop what we proudly believe to be the most comprehensive voter guide for Americans with disabilities, no matter where they live. Indeed, as of now, no other state-by-state resource exists that consolidates, in an accessible and clear way, all the information needed for voters with disabilities to cast ballots successfully and confidently – whether for the first or 50th time.
We’re proud of the effort – and of the final product: U.S. Vote Foundation’s Disability Voting Guide.
The goal of the initiative that led to the Disability Voting Guide was to create the definitive resource that brings together relevant information in one central location, saving voters hours of searching. The Disability Voting Guide not only informs and empowers voters who visit the Guide’s home page but also enable voters to access all US Vote’s available resources – as well as contact local officials for assistance, if needed.
The topics covered in the Disability Voting Guide include state and federal information on:
- Voter eligibility (who can register to vote)
- Voter rights (at federal and state levels)
- Ways to vote in a specific state, especially the alternative methods available to voters with disabilities (absentee/mail-in ballot requests, etc.)
- Information on accommodations and rules of assistance
- Information, when available, on the voting accessibility devices used at polling locations (or whom to contact for information if it is not readily available online)
Where and how to file complaints, self-advocate, or reach out for assistance if someone’s voting rights have been violated
Our future plans include providing this information in PDF format for people who use screen readers as well as audio files for the visually impaired so as to make these pages as accessible as possible.
“It Can’t Be About Us Without Us”
We’ve been mindful to create this product in collaboration with those most impacted by the services we provide. Our friends and partners in this effort, individuals who lead disability-advocacy organizations and lecture in universities – many of whom have disabilities – helped remind us that the work “can’t be about us without us.”
To that end, we have sought to partner and co-create these services every step of the way. Leaders from Access the Vote Florida, AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities), the “Rev Up” campaign, and others have all guided us by providing feedback, reviewing documents, and asking key questions. As our relationships solidified, we recognized not only the importance of this guide but also the necessity to highlight our partners’ own stories, advice, and advocacy. That’s why, for National Disability Voting Rights Week, we enlisted five disability-rights advocates and scholars to present their views and recommendations on our blog. Check out their blog posts on disability voting topics from voting with aphasia, current barriers to voting, and ways to close the 6% gap (between Americans with and without disabilities).
This work is comprehensive, collaborative and – importantly – ongoing.
US Vote has also created one of the most thorough state-by-state guides on voting for those with felony convictions. And now we’ve added the most comprehensive state-by-state guide for voters with disabilities. We won’t stop here! As one of the most mainstream, visited, and accessible voter authorities online, we intend to cover other special voting circumstances to provide accurate, up-to-date information for voters – whatever their zip code, no matter their special interest.
Keep checking us out as we keep expanding! And reach out if you’d like to collaborate on an area we haven’t yet covered. Creating an America where every citizen votes requires our working together. Let’s collectively get it done.
About U.S. Vote Foundation
U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization that works to facilitate and increase participation of U.S. domestic, overseas, and military voters worldwide through streamlined voter registration and absentee ballot request services, civic data, technology development, and access to personalized voter information services. US Vote is a leader in Vote-by-Mail Absentee Ballot Request services. Overseas Vote is the principal initiative of US Vote. Further information: www.usvotefoundation.org.
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Election News This Week
Primary Updates: The final three states — Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island—held their primary elections this week and overall it was a relatively quiet election day. In Delaware, about 20,000 ballots were cast before election day — either via early voting or by mail — but people still showed up at the polls on Tuesday where there were some minor problems. The biggest issues seemed to be scattered power outages in places like Georgetown and Rehoboth Beach. Sussex County, poll worker Barbara Steele said it has been a busy morning. “We’ve had really good turnout for a primary election,” she said. “Everything seems to be going smoothly and we are happy to see so many people come out to vote.” One poll worker in Cape Henlopen reported having to help voters find their correct polling places after they were confused about redistricting. For the first time since 1976, someone else oversaw the elections in New Hampshire and according to new Secretary of State David Scanlan, things went smoothly. “It was a routine election,” Scanlan said. “New Hampshire knows how to do elections.” There were no long lines or major complaints. A few minor problems cropped up. A couple of small towns, New Castle and Woodstock were concerned about having enough Republican ballots, but got more. Following unintentional ballot mistakes in 2020, Windham, Bedford and Laconia were all assigned elections monitors by the state. Eugene Van Loan, the election monitor assigned to Windham said things to be going smoothly. “I think that’s very unfortunate because I have great faith in our election processes. I have great faith in the people that run them,” said Van Loan, who served for years as Bedford’s moderator. “Some level of trying to convince people that things are fair and accurate is almost as important or, let’s say, of some significant importance, as the reality that they are fair and that they are accurate.” At least one local race ended in a tie that will need to be broken by lots. The biggest issues facing the Rhode Island primary happened during early voting when people using the Spanish language feature on the ExpressVote machines were given the wrong candidates. Primary day itself was a wet one in Rhode Island and with early and mail voting turnout was light. Eighteen-year-old Kingston DaLomba was doing his civic duty by voting for the first time. “I feel like if I want to create change that I want to see around me, I should be voting in local elections,” DaLomba said. “So I made sure I researched everything. I knew who I wanted to vote for and came out before going to classes.” Cumberland Town Clerk Sandra Giovanelli reported that a ballot counting machine jammed twice, but voters were still able to cast their ballots. While results were still be confirmed at least five local races could be headed for a recount. And in the race for secretary of state, Democrat Gregg Amore will face Republican Pat Cortellessa in November.
Records Requests: From Maine to California, elections offices across the country are being inundated with records requests. “The requests are growing exponentially,” Nevada County, California Clerk Natalie Adona told the San Francisco Gate. “There is some comfort in knowing that it’s not just us.” The requests, which are often copy/pasted from templates distributed by influencers peddling falsehoods about the 2020 election, must be carefully reviewed and responded to. Some counties have had to bring on temporary or permanent staff to deal with the requests. In Ohio, all 88 county election boards have gotten record requests. “Pretty much everybody is talking about it,” Faulkner County, Arkansas Clerk Margaret Darter, a Republican, said. “All the county clerks are discussing how to handle it. The smaller counties especially, they’re getting overwhelmed.” In Knox County, Tennessee, even a recently elected county commissioner has filed a records request. Seminole County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson said that while it’s not unusual to get a records request, the volume and data requested this year has been “off the wall.” “These are not normal requests that you see…” he said. “You know, the price tag on some of these requests have been in the tens of thousands, if not the hundreds of thousands, which we are legally allowed to do.” Election experts are of mixed opinions about whether fulfilling these requests will make a difference. “And maybe giving access to it would ameliorate to some degree the concern about distrust,” Ned Foley director of election law at Ohio State University’s law school recently told NPR. Michael McDonald head of the U.S. Election Project said activists are just using a loophole in public records law to gum up elections.
This and That: Juneau, Alaska’s new ballot processing center is up and running. The Arizona Corporation Commission will not address voting issues at its meeting later this month as requested by one of its members, because it is not among the regulators’ duties, the commission chairwoman said. DeKalb County, Georgia will give county employees time off to vote. Overall turnout in the recent Massachusetts primary was only 21.8%. A group of citizens is going door-to-door in Klamath County, Oregon asking residents about their voter registration and voting record. Denton County, Texas has postponed moving to vote centers until sometime next year. Republican Virginia Attorney General, Jason Miyares announced this week the creation a new unit to investigate possible violations of election law, where any evidence of voter fraud is scant and recent elections have run smoothly.
Personnel News: Inez Brown is stepping down as the Flint, Michigan clerk after 25 years on the job. Deputy Flint Clerk Davina Donahue will take over the clerk’s role on an interim basis. Nottoway County, Virginia electoral board member Tom Reynolds has been censured by the other members of the board. Lancaster County, Nebraska Election Commissioner David Shively has announced his retirement after 23 years on the job. Jason Vineyard has been removed from his position as the chair of the Sebastian County, Arkansas election commission. Akyn Bailey will be the new Floyd County, Georgia elections supervisor. Bret Rutherford is stepping down as the Yellowstone County, Montana elections administrator after 17 years in the office and 10 in charge. Multnomah County Elections Director Tim Scott is the new president of the Oregon Association of County Clerks. Congratulations to Monica Evans, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections for being Certified as an Elections & Registration Administrator by the National Association of Election Officials.
In Memoriam: Mildred Alsford, the former, longtime Garfield County, Colorado clerk and recorder has died. She was 93. Alsdorf was one of the longest-serving Garfield County elected officials, becoming Clerk and Recorder in 1978 after seven years working for her predecessor and remaining in the clerk’s position until 2006. In that role, she oversaw many county elections, as well as motor-vehicle registrations, real-estate transactions and vital records. “It was such a pleasure working for her, and she was such a wonderful example for us,” said current Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico, who immediately succeeded Alsdorf and is also retiring after this year. “She was a public servant at heart, and she loved being county clerk,” Alerico said. “She was just a warm, caring person.” Even though she was an active member of the Garfield County Republican Party, she was the consummate nonpartisan when it came to carrying out the duties of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office and in helping people understand the political process, daughter Pati Moreno noted. She recalled that her mother always enjoyed speaking to high school and college civics and government classes alongside representatives from the local Democratic Party and helping explain the different points of view and the elections process in general. “When people talk about her, you can just hear the smile in their voice,” Moreno said. “It just brings so much joy. … And she always accepted people and passed onto us that we need to be more accepting of others.
Federal Legislation: Bipartisan elections-related legislation is on hold with the clock ticking down to the end of the 117th Congress. “It’s something we’d like to get done. And we’re going to try to figure out the best way to get it done,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters this week. There’s an urgency to act because Democrats — and some Republicans — worry that a possible GOP-controlled House would ignore the issue next year. But in the Senate, the growing expectation is that a vote will be punted into the lame duck session between the Nov. 8 midterm election and when the new Congress is seated on Jan. 3. One reason for the delay is the calendar and the other is that the proposals—the Electoral County Act and Enhanced Election Security and Protection Act are still being negotiated. The main elections-related bill is the Enhanced Election Security and Protection Act, which would establish new rules for protecting electronic records and toughen penalties for intimidating poll workers or officials. There is some pessimism that it won’t have the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster, as some Republicans, including Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Sen. Lindsey Graham of south Carolina, have endorsed the first bill but not the second. Johnson said he firmly opposed the second bill. “I’m not generally in favor of the federal government being involved in the elections that should be run by the states,” Johnson said, arguing that it’s better to have “individual states be responsible for their elections.” But some in the bipartisan working group, including Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., have hope that both bills can secure the 60 votes needed to pass, even if it’s a different set of Republicans who ultimately get each piece of legislation across the finish line. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., agreed with Tillis, though he said that Congress must give priority to the Electoral Count Act. “I think we have support for both bills but the Electoral Count Act is by far the priority focus at this point. It’s a complete package. The other is important, but there are some issues that could be run into,” Cardin said.
Shasta County, California: After hearing hours of comments from local election skeptics claims of fraud in the November 2020 presidential election, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors deferred to County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen on when to destroy/recycle materials from the 2020 election. According to the Record Searchlight, many in the supervisors chambers came in anticipation of an agenda item in which the board would consider taking action related to preserving election materials from the 2020 election. But a motion made by District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones asking Darling Allen to preserve the ballots for six months to give supporters time to file a lawsuit failed to get a second motion. So Darling Allen will now go ahead and destroy or recycle the ballots and other materials. By election law, she has the ability to do so 22 months after the election. The 2020 deadline to do that was Sept. 3. “22 months is enough time to file 22 lawsuits” but to date none have been submitted,” said Supervisor Les Baugh. “This county (voted for) President (Donald) Trump. Why you want to contest that as a conservative county, I have no idea.”
District of Columbia: The Council of the District of Columbia will consider legislation introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) that would broaden voter eligibility. Under the bill, the city would take information it collects when residents interact with the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to maintain a constantly-updating list of people who are “preapproved” to vote. For people on that list, all there would be left to do is to vote come election time. “Traditionally, registration has been used as a way to keep people from voting,” Charles Allen, the D.C. councilmember who is sponsoring the legislation, told Bolts. “It’s a way to be a gatekeeper as to who you think should be able to vote.” Under Allen’s bill, voting itself would be the act of registration—at least for those the city identifies as prequalified. This would “make sure we are really reaching every single person we possibly can to make sure they can participate and have their voice heard,” Allen said. “We already have a version of automatic voter registration, and this really takes it further,” he told Bolts. “We want to make it as automatic as possible.” His bill would not exactly move D.C. to a “back-end” system like Colorado’s because it wouldn’t outright register people. But it’s guided by a similar principle that it’s really up to public authorities to review someone’s eligibility based on the information they’ve already shared. Under his proposal, as long as someone has provided certain documents, the city would verify and record them as eligible: This would pre-qualify them as voters, even when they’re not formally on voter rolls. D.C. would then send people on this preapproved list a mail-in ballot for every election during the following two years. They would never need to proactively register, though they would be given an opportunity to remove their name from this list through a mailer. D.C. would also inform them that they can return a ballot or head to the polls to activate their registration. All they would need to do at that point is choose whether or not to vote.
LaPorte County, Indiana: By a 2-1 vote, the LaPorte County commission has approved procedures for the use of a mobile voting unit that the county purchased in 2021 for $67,000. The van will be used for registering people to vote, filling out absentee voter applications and early voting. The commissioners voted for themselves to be in charge of deciding when and where to send the mobile voting unit, to be manned by members from the Democratic and Republican parties. Commission President Sheila Matias said a schedule for use of the van will be developed and posted on the county government website. She said the primary idea is to make voting possible for people unable to cast a ballot due to physical, transportation and other challenges. Commissioner Joe Haney, who cast the negative vote, argued the van should remain under the control of the LaPorte County Voter Registration Office to avoid any appearance of impropriety. He said he didn’t see a problem if the commissioners suggested times and locations for using the van, but felt them deciding the schedule will create questions as to whether the van is used for things like ballot harvesting to give candidates from one party an advantage.
Fargo, North Dakota: Following reports that a number of residents were turned away from the polls in June because they were listed as noncitizens, the Fargo City Commission voted unanimously in favor of requesting a report from Cass County election administrators exploring the June primary election that includes: The specific number of Fargo citizens who were mis-classified as non-citizens and how that will be resolved prior to future elections. The stated process for election workers to handle situations with those labeled “non-citizens,” what happened during the last election and what the correct approach is. Details about the functionality of the three Fargo polling sites, such as issues identifying the correct ballots for voters, the length of the lines that voters had to wait in and any complaints regarding the physical voting sites’ accessibility and/or ease of locating the sites. The availability of election judges and workers. An update on the process of recruitment, training and management of election staff. An explanation of how problems in the process will be corrected. “It’s worth noting that nobody is saying we have election problems here,” Commissioner John Strand said, admitting that while there is room for improvement in such a diverse community, there have been no allegations of election fraud. The report from the Cass County election administrators will be given to the Human Rights Commission once completed, then will go to the Fargo City Commission.
Pennsylvania: The House State Government Committee has approved three elections-related bills. Under one, election workers would have to place marked ballots in sealed containers – and write down any instance in which those seals are broken. Another would require counties to purge dead people from the voter rolls each month. Write-in candidates would have to file financial disclosure forms under a third.
With only seven legislative session days left before the General Election on November 8, House Democrats are calling on Harrisburg’s Republican leaders to pass a clean pre-canvassing bill. Currently, mail-in and absentee ballots cannot be prepared for counting until 7 a.m. on Election Day. This effects elections as seen in November 2020, and again in May 2022, when voters had to wait several days to learn the results of certain races while those ballots were being processed. Allowing counties to pre-canvass ballots earlier would mean faster vote counts and results. Several House Democrats have introduced standalone legislation that would allow counties to pre-canvass these ballots, but said Republican leaders in Harrisburg refuse to bring up pre-canvassing unless it’s tied to other legislation that divides the House.
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: Six of 11 Luzerne County Council members — a majority — said they don’t support more protracted focus on another mail ballot drop box ordinance. After hours of public comment and council debate last month, a council majority had voted against Councilman Stephen J. Urban’s proposed ordinance banning the use of county staff and resources to deliver mail ballot drop boxes to sites approved by the county’s independent citizen election board. A key argument against passage was that the county likely would be sued because the election board — not council — has authority to decide whether drop boxes are used, officials had said. Urban had publicly acknowledged the election board’s authority over the use of boxes, saying that was why he did not seek an outright ban. Board members would still be free to deliver the boxes, Urban had said. Now Councilman Brian Thornton is pushing for introduction of an ordinance that would outright ban drop boxes in the county.
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania: The Lycoming County Commissioners voted to remove a referendum from the November ballot that on September 6, they voted to add to the ballot. The reversal will removes the referendum about discontinuing the user of electronic voting systems in future elections. The referendum was initially approved by Commissioners Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare. A small group of residents had asked the commissioners to end the use of electronic machines in favor of reverting to paper ballots. Commissioners agreed to put the question on the ballot in November, voting to add the referendum at their September 6 meeting. After receiving a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of State warning commissioners that the addition of the referendum would be in violation of the Help America Vote Act, the commissioners made the decision to remove the referendum Monday. The state department said the county did not seek the consent of the legislature prior to adding the referendum, which is required under HAVA. The letter also said paper ballots were resolutely not allowed under HAVA. Metzger said, after conferring with legal counsel, they were told they’d lose in court regarding the former violation listed by the DOS, but that he felt they could have won on the latter.
Burlington, Vermont: By a 10-2 vote, the Burlington City Council advanced a measure that would ask voters whether to reimplement ranked choice voting in races for the city’s top office. The vote was procedural, and the council would have to vote again before the charter change proposal appeared on the 2023 Town Meeting Day ballot. Burlingtonians are already set to use the voting method in the 2023 council elections, but Councilor Jack Hanson, P-East District, said the city shouldn’t stop there. Councilor Mark Barlow, D-North District, along with Councilor Sarah Carpenter, D-Ward 4, cast the sole votes in opposition to the measure. Barlow said during the meeting that his no vote rested on his previous understanding that ranked choice voting would be “tested out” on city council elections before it could be extended to mayoral elections.
Federal Litigation: Election logistics firm Konnech Inc. says in a lawsuit filed its founder and his family had to leave their home due to threats from supporters of True the Vote, a voter fraud conspiracy group spreading lies that the company is a vehicle of the Chinese Communist Party to control American elections. Making claims of defamation and computer fraud, Konnech sued True the Vote Inc., a Texas nonprofit, its founder Catherine Engelbrecht and board member Gregg Phillips in Houston federal court. Konnech sells election logistics software called PollChief to U.S. governmental entities, which they use to manage poll workers and coordinate distribution of equipment and technical support staff to polling places. Though its software is meant to help county, city and local governments run elections more efficiently, Konnech underscores the limits of its services in its lawsuit. “Konnech’s software products are not involved in any way in the registration of voters, the production, distribution, scanning, or processing of ballots, nor the collection, counting or reporting of votes,” the complaint states. “Indeed, Konnech never handles any ballots and no ballots or other voting counts ever enter any of Konnech’s computer servers.” Represented by Constantine Pamphilis of the Houston firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, Konnech seeks damages on claims of defamation, tortious interference, conversion and violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and two Texas statutes: the Harmful Access by Computer Act and Theft Liability Act. Konnech also seeks an injunction to stop True the Vote from accessing its servers and ordering the group to return its stolen data.
Alabama: Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against state officials that claimed the electronic ballot-scanning machines used to tabulate votes in Alabama are unreliable because they could be hacked over the internet to change results. Griffin agreed with the lawyers from the Alabama attorney general’s office, who said the claims were based on speculation and asked for the dismissal. The state’s lawyers said the machines are not equipped to connect to the internet and it would take a series of improbable actions to carry out the potential tampering and vote-changing that is the basis of the lawsuit. The plaintiffs asked Griffin for a preliminary injunction to bar the use of the machines and order hand counts of ballots in the general election in November. Griffin denied that as moot after granting the motion to dismiss the case. The state argued that a change to a hand-count system would be a “gargatuan, last-minute overhaul of the election process.” The plaintiffs sued Merrill and the five members of the Alabama Electronic Voting Committee, which certifies voting machines used by Alabama counties.
Alaska: Anchorage Superior Court Jack McKenna ruled that the Alaska Division of Elections has a duty to determine whether a candidate for public office is ineligible for disloyalty. It means the case remains on schedule for arguments later this month that could decide Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman’s future as a candidate and a legislator. The order by McKenna denied an attempt by the division to dismiss itself from a lawsuit challenging Eastman’s eligibility for office. The lawsuit was filed July 26 by Randall Kowalke, a former member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly, who claims that Eastman’s membership in a far-right organization violates the “disloyalty clause” of the Alaska Constitution. That clause says in part that anyone who belongs to or supports an organization that advocates the “overthrow by force or violence” of the U.S. government shall not be eligible for public office. Attorneys representing the division said it should not be in charge of enforcing the clause because it lacks investigatory powers and that making judgments about the clause could be seen as a partisan act. McKenna acknowledged the difficulty of investigating claims but said the division has a duty to enforce the Alaska Constitution.
Arizona: U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton halted the rollout of a new election law demanding the removal of invalid voters from county voter rolls after opponents said it targeted people of color. House Bill 2243, sponsored by Sen. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, was supposed to take effect Sept. 24. It would have required county officials to attempt to confirm any information they received that a voter registration wasn’t valid. If House Bill 2243 took effect this month, it would allow enough time to “purge voters” just before the start of early voting in October, said in an Aug. 25 court motion by the Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian And Pacific Islander For Equity Coalition, a local nonprofit civil rights group. Besides potentially purging valid voters, the law would “frighten Arizona’s voters of color and naturalized voters from registering, including by threat of criminal investigation if they simply are unable to quickly provide (proof of citizenship),” the coalition’s motion stated. Bolton granted the group’s request for an injunction, ordering the plaintiffs — including Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and each of the 15 county recorders — to take no action implementing or enforcing the new law’s provisions in a way that would affect voting in the Nov. 8 general election. Bolton further ordered that no action could be taken on the law until at least Jan. 1, 2023, clarifying that the injunction later could be lengthened.
The Republican candidates for Arizona governor and secretary of state appealed a federal judge’s ruling that threw out a lawsuit they filed seeking to require the hand-counting of ballots in November’s election. Lawyers representing governor candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state hopeful Mark Finchem filed a notice saying they would ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their lawsuit. The pair sued in April, repeating unfounded allegations that vote-counting machines are not secure. Named in the lawsuit is Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the state’s top election official and the Democratic candidate for governor, and the majority Republican Maricopa County board of supervisors U.S. District Judge John Tuchi dismissed their lawsuit late last month, saying they lacked the right to sue because they failed to show any realistic likelihood of harm. He also noted that their lawsuit must be brought in state, not federal, court and that it is too close to the election to upend the process. “The 2022 Midterm Elections are set to take place on November 8,” Tuchi wrote in his ruling. “In the meantime, Plaintiffs request a complete overhaul of Arizona’s election procedures.” “We are appealing because it is absolutely critical that we have a vote counting process that gives the public complete confidence in the process,” La Sota said in a statement.
Connecticut: State Rep. Jack Hennessy’s court challenge of his primary loss for the 127th District will go forward. Just one day before Hennessy’s case was scheduled for a hearing, his successful challenger, Councilman Marcus Brown, lost his request to have the state Supreme Court decide whether Hennessy’s appeal was filed too late. “The motion to transfer is denied as the statute is not applicable to these proceedings,” Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens ruled. He reiterated that the hearing on Hennessy’s appeal will go forward as scheduled. Brown’s campaign manager, Thomas Gaudett, said the issue is still one the campaign can use on appeal if Stevens decides to order a new primary. Following a second recount, Brown was declared the winner of the primary by a vote of 573 to 571. The first recount was triggered when the initial vote count on Aug. 9 showed Brown, 31, holding a narrow five vote lead — 579 to 574 — over Hennessy, 71, the Park City’s current longest serving state lawmaker. Election officials named Hennessy the winner after the recount revealed that the nine-term lawmaker and former truck driver received 567 votes while Brown received 566. That recount, though, concluded with at least nine absentee ballots still missing. Brown then filed an appeal in Superior Court claiming that city election officials improperly lost possession of numerous absentee ballots; improperly allowed absentee ballots to co-mingle so that an improper count was made during the recount canvass; used a defective machine tabulator and certified the results of the recount while acknowledging the absence of at least nine absentee ballots.
Former Stamford Democratic Party chief John Mallozzi has been found guilty of 28 Class D felonies stemming from a ballot fraud case. Mallozzi was charged with forging absentee ballots in 2015. According to the trial record, 26 fraudulent absentee ballots were submitted to the town clerk’s office in a “scheme” involving Mallozzi and former Republican Town Clerk Donna Loglisci. The state, however, raised instances involving 14 voters, charging Mallozzi with 14 counts each of 2nd-degree forgery and false statement in absentee balloting. Mallozzi, 72, could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison, or a fine that could total $140,000, or both. “By the defendant’s hand alone, 26 people could have had their civil right to vote extinguished,” Randolph said, reading his verdict into the record.
Delaware: Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook ruled this week that a new vote-by-mail law enacted earlier this year is unconstitutional and that voting by mail cannot be used in upcoming November election. Cook ruled that the law, the result of legislation that Democrats rammed through the General Assembly in less than three weeks this past June, violates a provision in Delaware’s constitution that spells out the circumstances under which a person is allowed to cast an absentee ballot. “Our Supreme Court and this court have consistently stated that those circumstances are exhaustive,” Cook wrote. “Therefore, as a trial judge, I am compelled by precedent to conclude that the vote-by-mail statute’s attempt to expand absentee voting … must be rejected.” While declaring vote by mail unconstitutional, Cook upheld the state’s new same-day voter registration law. Democratic lawmakers introduce the vote-by-mail bill after failing to win Republican support to amend the constitution. A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote by each chamber in two consecutive General Assemblies. The first leg of a constitutional amendment to eliminate limitations on absentee balloting cleared the legislature in 2020, after initially being defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but the second leg failed to win the necessary majority in the Democrat-led House last year.
Michigan: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of certifying an elections reform ballot measure for the November 8 election. The Board of State Canvasser had deadlocked 2-2 over whether or not to put the Promote the Vote 2022 (Proposal 2) on the ballot. Those opposing putting the measure before voters had argued petition language did not list everything in the constitution it would change or cancel – or in legal terms, “alter and abrogate.” Democratic board members and PTV argued that the board’s role in that vote was only toward approving signatures, not rehashing language that was approved months ago. The state Supreme Court agreed, as the majority opinion cited a 2012 case, Stand Up for Democracy v. Secretary of State, which held canvassers are “limited to determining the sufficiency of a petition’s form and content and whether there are sufficient signatures to warrant certification.” The court also concluded that PTV “would not abrogate any of the constitutional provisions identified by the challenger. The Board thus has a clear legal duty to certify the petition.” Among PTV’s provisions are nine days of early in-person voting; requiring state-funded absentee ballot drop boxes and postage for ballots and applications; and requiring military and overseas ballots be counted if postmarked by Election Day. The constitutional amendment would also bar harassing conduct while voting; allow donations to fund election operations if publicly disclosed; and allow voters to fill out a single absentee ballot application to vote in all future elections.
A federal lawsuit filed against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson calls for Michigan to “re-run” the 2020 presidential election over unproven and debunked claims of election fraud nearly two years after Michigan voters elected now-President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes. In the complaint, lawyers allege the election should not have been certified by the Board of State Canvassers due to the voting software used in some counties. The complaint lists as plaintiffs two west Michigan voters, the Macomb County Republican Party chapter, U.S. Taxpayers Party’s gubernatorial candidate Donna Brandenburg, a nonprofit known as Election Integrity Fund and Force, and Irving Township Clerk Sharon Olson. Olson was one of the clerks who handed over vote tabulators to a group now being investigated for illegally accessing voting machines, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. Specifically, the lawsuit states that since 24 counties use voting software not certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, election results in all of Michigan’s 83 counties should not have been certified. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, asks a judge to invalidate the Board of State Canvassers’ certification of the 2020 election and have the election take place again. It’s unclear how an election would be re-done in such a circumstance. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney last week said attorneys for the grassroots coalition did not meet the requirements for a request for a temporary restraining order. He said the challenge was likely to fail, according to his 7-page order. The group also has “not demonstrated any imminent irreparable harm or a likelihood of success on the merits of their claims,” the judge wrote.
New York: Jason T. Schofield, the Republican Rensselaer County Board of Elections commissioner, was arrested by the FBI and charged with fraudulently obtaining and filing absentee ballots last year using the personal information of at least eight voters without their permission, according to an indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court. The indictment charges Schofield with 12 felony counts of unlawful possession and use of a means of identification. He declined comment as he left the courthouse with his attorney, Danielle Neroni, and the small group of supporters. Neroni said her client “continues to maintain his innocence.” The indictment accuses Schofield of using an online state Board of Elections portal to request absentee ballots on behalf of eight voters who had no interest in voting, did not request absentee ballots and didn’t know that Schofield was using their personal information to obtain the ballots. The indictment alleges the official “falsely certified” that he was the person requesting the ballot when he entered the voters’ names and dates of birth in the portal. The ballots that were delivered to the Rensselaer County Board of Elections were subsequently filled out and submitted in last year’s primary election, the general election, and sometimes both. In some instances, documentation was completed falsely claiming the ballots were mailed to the voters at their residences.
North Carolina: North Carolina and national Republicans sued seeking to block the State Board of Elections from extending the fall absentee-ballot receipt deadline because of a holiday and from enforcing a rule that could disrupt the movement of some polling site observers. The Republican National Committee, state Republican Party and the Clay County GOP chairwoman sued the state board, the board members and its top administrator in Wake County court. They want a judge to declare the board is violating state law and the state and U.S. constitutions. The GOP plaintiffs contend that board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell lacked authority last month to move the absentee ballot deadline from Nov. 11 — the federal and state Veterans Day holiday — to Nov. 14. State law says county election offices must receive civilian absentee ballots by the third day after Election Day — either in person or in the mail if the ballot was postmarked by Election Day, which is Nov. 8 this year. The lawsuit says the absentee ballot deadline law doesn’t specifically give the board authority to push back the deadline based on a legal holiday. The lawsuit says since 2016 board guidance or rules have required an at-large observer to work for at least four hours before they can be replaced at a voting site. The Republicans contend the requirement doesn’t align with state law and makes it hard for the party to fill volunteer gaps at voting sites and precincts by moving at-large observers to other locales.
Oral arguments over the constitutionality of North Carolina’s photo voter identification law will be held next month, the state Supreme Court has decided. In a 4-3 decision, the justices who are registered as Democrats agreed with attorneys for minority voters who had asked the state’s highest court in July to move the case along more quickly. These voters are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in December 2018 moments after the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a photo ID law. That law has never been administered. A panel of judges held a trial, and in September 2021 a majority struck down the law, saying it intentionally discriminated against Black voters. Earlier this year, in a similar 4-3 decision, the justices agreed to hear the case, instead of waiting for the intermediate-level Court of Appeals to deliberate first. The plaintiffs wrote in July that an expedited argument date as soon as September would help state officials and voters “prepare for future elections without the risk of voter confusion and disenfranchisement.” An order filed Friday and signed by Senior Associate Justice Robin Hudson granted the request, citing “the great public interest in the subject matter of this case, the importance of the issues to the constitutional jurisprudence of this state, and the need to reach a final resolution on the merits at the earliest possible opportunity.” The order said oral arguments would occur either the week of Oct. 3, or no later than Oct. 18. The scheduling means oral arguments now will occur weeks before elections for two of the seats on the Supreme Court currently held by Democrats. Hudson is retiring and Associate Sam Ervin IV is seeking reelection.
Pennsylvania: A legal advocacy group led by former high-ranking members of the Trump administration sued Lehigh County election officials to ensure that drop-off ballot boxes are properly used. The lawsuit asks Lehigh County Court to order the officials to follow state law and ensure that a person drops off only one ballot, unless authorized to deliver another for someone else. The county should do that, the suit says, by stationing people to monitor activity at its five ballot box locations. The lawsuit cites county District Attorney Jim Martin’s investigation earlier this year that determined, based on video surveillance, at least 288 people deposited multiple ballots in the November 2021 election. The investigation was prompted by a complaint from the Lehigh County Republican Committee. Three weeks before the May 17 primary, Martin, a Republican, announced that he would deploy county detectives and video surveillance of the five ballot box locations to make sure people didn’t turn in more than one ballot without authorization. The court filing mentioned that Martin’s action “achieved its goal as there were no reported cases of third-party delivery of ballots.” Martin did not respond Friday to a request for comment about the accuracy of the lawsuit’s statement. Defendants are the county Election Board, comprising county Executive Phillips Armstrong, Jennifer Allen and Dennis Nemes. Other defendants are Timothy Benyo, the county’s top election official and chief clerk of the Election Board, and Diane Gordian, the board’s deputy chief clerk.
South Dakota: Circuit Court Judge John Pekas signed a motion to partially vacate an order preserving records after a lawsuit was filed by We the People for Free, Fair and Transparent Elections against Lincoln County and Sheri Lund, the county auditor, on Aug. 31. Lincoln County agreed to keeping records relating to elections after the November 2020 Presidential election while also arguing they were not given enough time to respond to a lawsuit pertaining to said records. Pekas said Tuesday in a Minnehaha County Courtroom that he signed the motion based on the fact that the county and Lund had no prior notice that they would be served the lawsuit. The parties agreed to preserve records for elections from after the November 2020 election, so long as the records existed. The vacated order, filed by Joseph Meader, the deputy state’s attorney for Lincoln County, on Sept. 2, requested that they had only known about the lawsuit for two days before Pekas’s order on Sept. 1, requesting that all records on elections after the November 2020 be kept. The order not only included Lincoln County but the other 65 counties in South Dakota. Meader added that jurisdictional issues could arise by including the counties.
Opinions This Week
National Opinions: Election workers | Threats | Democracy | The Big Lie | Local elections | Ranked choice voting | Records requests | Joy of voting
Arizona: Midterms | Election skepticism | Secretary of state race
Connecticut: Early voting, II | Misinformation
Florida: Election police
Georgia: Election integrity | Conspiracy theories | Polling places;
Hawaii: Ranked choice voting | The Big Lie
Idaho: Sensible election reform
Illinois: Election integrity
Indiana: Secretary of state race
Kentucky: Ex-felon voting rights
Michigan: Election scam
Nevada: Threats | Ranked choice voting | Voter suppression;
North Carolina: Voting safety
North Dakota: Record requests
Ohio: Voting integrity
Oregon: Election reform
Pennsylvania: Luzerne County | 2020 election | Voting machines | Drop boxes
South Dakota: Secretary of state
Texas: The Big Lie
Utah: Ranked choice voting | Salt Lake County
Vermont: Get out the vote
Virginia: Election integrity unit
Wyoming: Election security | Ranked choice voting
National Voter Registration Day: National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center). When: September 20
Special From the Frontlines: The United States Supreme Court and American Democracy: View of Three Journalists: The Safeguarding Democracy Project promotes research, collaboration, and advocacy under the leadership of UCLA Law Professor Richard L. Hasen; one of the nation’s leading election scholars. The Safeguarding Democracy Project is built upon the premise that tackling issues of the U.S. election integrity must be collaborative: across ideologies, across scholarly disciplines, and as a bridge between theory and practice. Moderated by Richard L. Hasen and featuring Joan Biskupic, Adam Liptak and Dahlia Lithwick. When: September 20, 12pm Pacific. Where: Online.
Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Cases: What They Could Mean for Redistricting and Voting Rights: State legislatures and redistricting commissions in every state except Montana have drawn new district maps. However, many states, particularly in the South where the absence of Section 5 coverage of the Voting Rights Act unleashed a torrent of racial gerrymandering efforts, still face legal challenges to the new lines. Starting in October, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing three redistricting cases on appeal by state legislatures in Alabama, Louisiana, and North Carolina that could have profound implications for redistricting as well as voting rights. They are Merrill v. Milligan (Alabama); Ardoin v. Robinson (Louisiana); and Moore v. Harper (North Carolina). The Alabama and Louisiana cases present challenges to the Voting Rights Act. The North Carolina case presents a novel argument that under the U.S. Constitution, state courts do not have the ability to review redistricting actions by their state legislatures–even for compliance with state constitutions and laws. This theory would remove any state court check against illegal actions by state legislatures related to elections, making it easier for state politicians to suppress the vote, draw rigged maps, and cast doubt on election results. Presenters will explain the implications of these three important cases and discuss how advocates and funders around the country can engage in the fight for fair representation. Cosponsored by Fair Representation in Redistricting, State Infrastructure Fund, and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. When: September 22, 1pm Eastern. Where: Online.
FOIA and Government Transparency: A Report Card: In the more than 50 years that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has been on the books, it has helped revolutionize Americans’ understanding of how their government works in practice. But the agencies and departments of the executive branch that are covered by the FOIA have persistently attempted to thwart its effective implementation. The most recent statutory update to FOIA took place in 2016, and with several years of experience with the revised law behind us, it’s fair to ask: Is FOIA working better now? If not, why not? What is it like to battle federal agencies and departments weekly to pry loose information dealing with immigration policy, telecommunications policy, and the national security establishment? What additional changes to FOIA are needed to truly make the law work as intended? Join our expert panel as we discuss these and related issues. When: September 22 1pm Eastern. Where: Online
Disinformation, Midterms, and the Mind: How psychological science can help journalists combat election misinformation: Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and dis-information. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible, targeted, and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to prebunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is more essential than ever as November’s elections near. Register now to join the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the American Psychological Association, and PEN America for a free program on Thursday, Sept. 29 to learn how to use these strategies for coverage that informs and empowers your community as it prepares to vote and to discuss the ways disinformation has affected the practice of journalism. The program, which will be held on Zoom, will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and be followed by a Q&A session. When: September 29, 11:30am Eastern. Where: Online
Voter Accessibility: Improving your election coverage for people with disabilities: Midterm elections are Nov. 8. Are you prepared to be a watchdog for disabled voters in your communities? What is your newsroom doing to ensure your election coverage is useful and accessible for disabled voters? How are you covering voter rights and accessibility leading up to and on Election Day? More than 61 million Americans live with disabilities, yet they remain underrepresented in journalism produced by U.S. newsrooms. As a decisive midterm election approaches, recent coverage shows state and local measures intend to: reduce voting by absentee ballot, limit access at polling locations, and limit information explaining how people with disabilities can cast their ballots. Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for a virtual discussion among experts in voter access, disability representation, and accessible news coverage on best practices to cover disabled voters and to highlight voting access issues they may face. When: October 14, 11:30am Eastern. Where: Online.
Vote Early Day: Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan movement of media companies, businesses, nonprofits, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans have the tools to vote early. This holiday is a tentpole moment for partners of all stripes to engage with voters and urge them to cast their ballots. Created in 2020, Vote Early Day has brought thousands of national and local partners together in celebration and activation to increase the number of people voting early. This collaborative, open-source model—similar to Giving Tuesday and National Voter Registration Day—ensures that millions more Americans take advantage of their options to vote early through on the ground activations, get-out-the-vote pushes, national communications on traditional and social media, and efforts to create a new culture around voting. Vote Early Day plays a unique role in the push to get voters to cast their ballot. We are a trusted, nonpartisan holiday with supporters on both sides of the aisle. We provide a central moment for a wide range of partners (many non- traditional to the civic space) to engage with voters and urge them to vote early. Our collaboration of thousands of diverse partners allows us to engage in places beyond where voters are used to seeing election messages. This allows us to break through the noise and meet voters where they are. When: October 28
Job Postings This Week
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Administrator, Maryland State Board of Elections— The Administrator position in the Election Reform and Management Division assists the Director and Deputy Director implementing, managing and supporting various projects related to the election process and improving election administration in Maryland. The duties will include on-going compliance with the Help America Vote Act, Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, and other federal election laws and any federal funds awarded to the State under these laws. This position will develop and oversee the statewide training and education program for elections officials and judges, including development and issuance of a statewide Elections Judges’ Manual, training curriculum, and an online training system/module. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Arizona Deputy Coordinator, U.S. Elections, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting candidate codes of conduct. The Carter Center is advancing nonpartisan observation efforts in two key states: Arizona and Michigan. These states were selected following 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 nonpartisan observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of elections in each state through public reports. The Deputy Coordinator will execute the citizen observation plan and develop partnerships with community-based organizations. They will report directly to the US Elections Coordinator in [Michigan/Arizona] and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Assistant Director, Butler County, Pennsylvania— To supervise and direct the operational processes relating to voter registration, voting and elections, ensuring that voters’ rights are protected and votes are recorded and counted accurately. Assists the Director in implementing the day to day functions of the Elections Department. The incumbent supervises the non-exempt staff and answers voter and candidate questions or selects proper course of action to resolve problems. Assists Director in evaluating new technologies for election process. Consults with others regarding clarification of the Pennsylvania Election Code. Refers complex issues requiring clarification of the Pennsylvania Election Code or the Pennsylvania Constitution to the Director of Elections. A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or equivalent work experience is required. Significant experience in Computer Science course work or equivalent is required. Prior work experience involving the electoral process is desirable, as is supervisory experience. Must be knowledgeable of State and County voting laws, regulations, procedures, and requirements. Computer, telephone and customer service skills are necessary. Salary: $45,129.18-$63,180.85. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Campaign Finance Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina— Do you want to be a part of democracy in action? Wake County Board of Elections wants you! If you enjoy working in a fast-paced rewarding environment, then come work in a place where your team values you. The Board of Elections Campaign Finance Specialist plays a critical role, providing communication support and report auditing for candidates and committees who file campaign finance reports at the county level. The Campaign Finance Specialist must maintain in-depth knowledge of campaign finance law and reporting schedules. What will you do as a Board of Elections Campaign Finance Specialist? Communicate with candidates and campaign committee treasurers; Conduct financial audits of campaign finance reports; Refer late or non-compliant reports to the State Board of Elections for further investigation or financial penalties; Maintain directories and databases of elected officials and report filing statuses; Develop candidate and campaign finance informational guides; Manage the Candidates and Campaign Finance section of the Board of Elections website; Organize and administer candidate filing; Assist campaign committee treasurers with campaign reporting software; and Petition Management. Salary: Hiring Range: $20.81 – $28.10. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Certification and Training Manager, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— The Program Manager for Certification & Training manages the provision of professional certification and training to state election administrators and canvassing board members in 39 Washington counties. The Certification and Training Program Manager reports to the Elections Director and is a member of the Elections Management Team that advises the Elections Director on direction and policy. The Program Manager is responsible for the administration of the Certification and Training Program of the Elections Division by providing strategic analysis, planning, and management of a program that includes four major functions. There functions are: 1) professional certification and training of local and state election administrators and county canvassing board members; 2) review of county election operations and procedures; 3) the election clearinghouse; and 4) testing of all vote tabulation equipment used in each county during state primary and general elections. The Program Manager makes collaborative strategic judgments and decisions balancing competing program demands or priorities for resources; develops, modifies, and implements division policy; formulates long-range strategic plans and projects, and makes division-wide strategic decisions with the Elections Management Team. Integrates division and office policies and continuously reviews the program for compliance with division and office policies and strategic objectives. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Chief Information Officer, Illinois State Board of Elections— Functions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the SBE Information Technology Systems. Responsibilities encompass full range of information services; application design and development, system administration, data administration, operations, production control, and data communications. In conjunction with the Board, Executive Director, and Executive staff, the CIO determines the role of information systems in achieving Board goals. Defines goals in terms of statutory obligations to be met, problems to be solved, and/or opportunities that can be realized through the application of computerized information systems. Prepares and submits budget based projections of hardware, software, staff and other resource needs to adequately provide for existing systems, as well as support of new project initiatives. Advises Executive Staff in matters relating to information technology. Develops presentations and reports for the Board and Administrative Staff. In conjunction with Executive Staff, evaluates system performance to determine appropriate enhancements. Salary: $7,885 – $13,237 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Civic Information Quality Assurance Associate, The Center for Tech and Civic Life— The Center for Tech and Civic Life’s (CTCL) Civic Info programs help organize the country’s civic information and answer voters’ most pressing questions like, “What’s on my ballot?”, “Who represents me?”, and “What are the responsibilities of my elected officials?” for federal, state, and local levels of government. Our north star is that access to such civic information allows communities to develop lifelong civic engagement habits, resulting in governments that are more reflective of their communities. These communities include voters who are newly eligible, have limited English proficiency, live with disabilities, or are from communities that are impacted by the digital divide or historical disenfranchisement due to race. The Quality Assurance Associate will collaborate with our Research Team work to ensure the completeness and accuracy of our data. 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.
Departmental Training Coordinator, DeKalb County, Georgia— The purpose of this classification is to develop, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate departmental training programs and learning solutions. The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Develops training programs for departmental employees; creates new and/or modifies existing courses and course materials; researches industry changes; and prepares activities and course assignments. Conducts training and facilitates in-house training programs for employees based on current trends and best practices. Assists employees in meeting certification and recertification requirements for mandated licensure and submits documents for license renewals. Coordinates training logistics to include training room, schedules, attendance tracking, passwords, supplies and set up; and selects or develops teaching aids including training handbooks, tutorials or quick reference guides . Administers and grades course assignments and exams; and tracks and analyzes learning curriculum effectiveness through various evaluations techniques including evaluation of individual performances. Maintains and prepares training and compliance records and prepares related documentation and reports; enters course exam grades; prepares training certificates; and updates compliance databases. Assists with internal departmental communications by preparing newsletters, promotional materials for training programs, flyers for departmental events, or related communications. Communicates with department management, supervisors, other employees, subject matter experts, schools, community groups, volunteers, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. Maintains current knowledge of departmental business functions and operations to develop training programs and solutions for improving employee knowledge and performance within business units; and research training industry standards and best practices and applies new technologies. Salary: $52,815 – $81,862. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Elections Director, Davie County, North Carolina— Performs administrative work with the registration, voting and election activities for the County. Must be willing to perform job duties during pandemics, natural disasters and unexpected events during planned elections and election schedules. This position is required to work extended hours and weekends during planned elections and election schedules. Regular, predictable, full attendance is an essential function of the job. Essential job functions: Performs administrative duties for the Director and Board Members and serves as a resource person to staff and the public, as needed; Assists with the supervision of Elections part-time staff and one stop workers in the performance of their daily responsibilities; Assist the Director with annual budgets and grants received; Assists the Elections Director in the interview and selection process of new employees, one stop and precinct workers and training new employees on office procedures and applications; Assists with ensuring proper and efficient conduct of primary and general elections held in Davie County; Maintenance of geo codes/street index, to include all annexations and changes, to insure accuracy for each address; Performs related duties as required. Salary: Minimum hiring range: $33,587. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy County Clerk, Boone County, Missouri— The Boone County (MO) Clerk’s Office seeks a deputy county clerk in its elections division. With general supervision, this clerk processes new and revised voter registrations, provides information to the public on candidates, ballot issues and other election information, determines ballot styles for walk-in absentee voters, verifies petitions, and performs related election duties. Salary: $15.45-$16.41/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director, Pinal County, Arizona— Looking for an opportunity to make a difference and make significant contributions to our elections department? Pinal County is seeking a Deputy Director to support and assist our Elections Director with all aspects of elections activities. We are seeking a dedicated individual who is passionate about the democratic process and ensuring integrity and efficiency of election administration. Consider Pinal County, one of the fastest growing counties in the country who invests in every one of it’s 2000 employees. Assist the Director of Elections with the overall planning, organizing, staffing, logistics, and operational activities of the Elections Department. Perform work in collaboration with the Recorder’s Office and other key stakeholders to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and intergovernmental agreements relating to elections. Supervise the activities of staff, volunteers and temporary workers. Oversee and respond to public inquiries regarding elections processes and compliance. Salary: $81,979.00 – $131,166.00 Annually. Deadline: Sept. 15. 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.
Director of Elections & Chief Registrar, Butler County, Pennsylvania— Seeking a Director of Elections & Chief Registrar with great communication, leadership and organizational skills. Employee reports directly to the Board of Commissioners. Employee is responsible for the overall planning, organization, direction, management, coordination, and oversight of the County voter registration and election processes in accordance with the County Code, the policies of the Board of Commissioners and/or Board of Elections and Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. Working knowledge and familiarity of PA Election laws, laws pertaining to Conduct of Election and Voter Registration and supervisory experience a plus. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience and/or training in the election/voter registration process, course work with an emphasis in business a plus. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Division Director, Illinois State Board of Elections— Subject to Executive Director approval; oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, payroll, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development. Serves as the Board’s subject matter expert relating to personnel and human resource matters. Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management. Conducts research and analysis of Board trends including review of reports and metrics from human resource information systems. Recommends, implements, and ensures compliance with agency policies and procedures including, but not limited to, hiring, disciplinary actions, employee grievances, compensation plan, and employee performance evaluations. Creates and oversees human resource practices, programs, and objectives that provide for an employee-oriented culture that emphasizes collaboration, innovation, creativity, and knowledge transfer within a diverse team. Oversees the day-to-day administrative aspects of the Board’s personnel programs; accuracy of bi-monthly payrolls; benefits; quarterly and annual EEO/AA reporting; and, employee transaction documentation. Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for staff; development and maintenance of agency-wide training programs for on-boarding, staff development, and knowledge transfer. Responsible for the administration and oversight over all disciplinary matters; including: investigation of complaints; conducting witness interviews; documentation gathering; drafting and submittal of investigation findings to Executive Staff; advising Division Directors and Executive Staff on disciplinary matters; and, drafting of formal disciplinary reprimands in accordance with policy. Has administrative oversight of the Chief Fiscal Officer regarding budgetary and fiscal matters under the purview of the Division of Administrative Services. Supervises and evaluates subordinate staff; facilitates knowledge transfers and cross trainings; performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above. Salary: $6,023.00 – $12,374.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Early Voting Coordinator, Wake County, North Carolina— re you looking to be more involved in your community? Are you ready to be a part of democracy in the making? If so, get ready to roll up your sleeves and become a part of history! Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an Early Voting Coordinator to join our dynamic and talented Early Voting Team. The Early Voting Coordinator plays a critical role in the management and logistical planning of Early Voting. This includes communicating, scheduling election service vendors and managing voting site support operations to include the physically demanding work of setting up Early Voting sites. What will you do as an Early Voting Coordinator? Plan and organize all Early Voting operations; Assist with development of Early Voting expansion budget items and analyze budget impacts of new election laws and state directives and incorporate the changes into Early Voting site procedures; Work with Town Clerks, Municipal Administrators, Facility Directors, Special Event Coordinators and Superintendents to secure use of facilities for Early Voting; Manage Early Voting facilities, including scheduling, communication, support, logistics, database management and site setups; Develop Early Voting ballot order and determine the distribution of ballots each Early Voting facility will receive; Update and maintain the Early Voting blog and Early Voting page of the Wake County Board of Elections website; Manage the Early Voting support Help Line; Post-election reconciliation duties to include provisional management, presentations to the Board and assisting with record retention. Salary: Hiring Range: $20.81 – $28.10. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Cycle Temp, Pinal County, Arizona— Under supervision, performs the basic duties of Voter Registration and Early Voting during the election cycle as required by state statute for the Recorder’s Office. This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System. Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority. The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is “at will” the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. Salary: Up to $20/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Information Environment Specialist, The Carter Center— 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 and establishing nonpartisan observation efforts. The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified Electoral Information Environment Specialist to work on the Center’s US election advisory team under the guidance of the Democracy Program staff. The Electoral Information Environment Specialist will assess and analyze key issues affecting women, the disabled, and disenfranchised groups in the United States. The Electoral Information Environment Specialist will contribute to public and private statements concerning the electoral information environment. 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.
Finance and Operations Manager, The Carter Center— The Finance and Operations Manager support The Carter Center’s nonpartisan Observation efforts by managing the finance and operations in both states. They will report directly to the US Nonpartisan Observation Coordinators in Michigan and Arizona and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Government Affairs Director, National Vote at Home Institute— The National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to expanding the use of mailed-out ballots in local, state, and federal elections across the U.S. Through our education, research, and advocacy efforts with state and local election officials, policymakers, and partners, NVAHI works to expand this secure, convenient, and voter-supported method of voting and works to ensure state and local election officials have the tools, training and support they need to conduct successful, transparent, accurate and secure mail ballot elections. The Government Affairs Director serves as an integral leader for the organization, working with the Executive Director, Board, and staff shaping and executing the strategic priorities for NVAHI. This position routinely interacts with key stakeholder groups, national leaders, state and local elections officials, research professionals/institutions, funders, and partners. This position reports to the NVAHI Executive Director and is responsible for all election official engagement efforts on behalf of NVAHI. 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.
Michigan Deputy Coordinator, U.S. Elections, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting candidate codes of conduct. The Carter Center is advancing nonpartisan observation efforts in two key states: Arizona and Michigan. These states were selected following assessments completed on multiple states. Nonpartisan observation efforts implemented and/or supported by The Carter Center will differ from existing partisan pollwatchers and election-protection groups. The goal of nonpartisan observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of elections in each state through public reports. The Deputy Coordinator will execute the citizen observation plan and develop partnerships with community-based organizations. They will report directly to the US Elections Coordinator in [Michigan/Arizona] and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Program Associate, Center for Tech and Civic Life— When you think about elections, you might think about popular candidates, “I voted” stickers, and all sorts of paperwork and deadlines. But behind the scenes are thousands of election administrators in state and local governments who are working hard to make sure ballots are counted and voices are heard. U.S. election officials want to administer elections where every eligible voter can easily and securely cast their vote, but they often need support to achieve these outcomes. To serve every community and make democracy work, election departments need a new set of values and standards for excellence. As Program Associate, you will help build a new set of standards that make explicit what high performance looks like in U.S. election administration. Think Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, but for local election departments. This is big, bold work at the forefront of election administration, so an entrepreneurial spirit will help you succeed. To build the standards and support their rollout, you’ll collaborate closely with internal teammates as well as external partners, including state and local election officials. You’ll report to the Program Manager in the Government Services department. If you care about democracy, if you believe in the importance of public service, and if you love to exceed expectations, this is the job for you. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Public Relations Manager, DeKalb County, Georgia— The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and management; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures. Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to management; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate. Develops and implements a comprehensive communications plan to support the mission and objectives of the department/division; develops communications strategies; reviews internal and external communications to ensure consistent messaging; creates and implements branding initiatives; manages online presence; and generates public relations campaigns to support special projects, service changes, and new initiatives within the department. Oversees the creation of print and online content to publicize and promote department programs, facilities, events, or objectives; researches and verifies information; reviews, approves, or produces newsletters, calendars, brochures, and flyers; monitors, approves, and creates content for social media and department website; and writes or edits official department announcements, emails blasts, press releases, letters, or posts. Oversees community outreach programs and events; plans, organizes, and oversees special events, facility tours, educational programs; oversees the selection of locations, dates, and sponsorships; reviews activities and materials prepared by staff or vendors; recruits and supervises event volunteers; and coordinates set-up, staffing, and implementation of program/event plans. Represents department as a spokesperson; serves as a liaison to the news media, other departments, boards, and other external groups; responds to media requests; gives interviews and official comments; and produces short television segments for DeKalb County TV. Cultivates community partnerships to advance departmental objectives and initiatives; develops and maintains relationships with community partners; attends or leads community events on behalf of the department; responds to inquiries from citizen groups or the public; and serves on internal and external committees or projects. Prepares and monitors public relations budget; prepares cost estimates; develops annual budget requests; and reviews and approves expenditures. Salary: $67,182 – $104,133. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Publications and Clearinghouse Program Specialist – Certification and Training Program, Washington Secretary of State’s Office. — The certification and training program oversees, directs, and advises County Auditors in interpretations of federal and state election law and the correct administration of voter registration and elections throughout the state. The certification and training program reviews county practices for adherence to election law and best practices, provides essential tools for election administrators through official communications and training, and acts as liaisons for the Office of the Secretary of State. This position reports to the certification and training program manager and is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and advising county auditors on the federal and state elections laws and the administration of voter registration. Serves as the lead program specialist in the Elections Publications and Clearinghouse Program. Salary: $57,324-$77028. 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.
(Senior) Training Associate, Center for Tech and Civic Life— As the CTCL Government Services (Senior) Training Associate, you will develop and deliver training courses and easy-to-use tools that advance the tech and communication capabilities of election officials. Project coordination – Oversee multi-course training series and other major projects by setting goals, creating project plans, coordinating coworkers and partners, and monitoring progress. Continuous improvement – Suggest, hone, and evaluate new approaches to instructional design, such as alternative training formats, materials, or participant engagement practices. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Technology Associate, Center for Tech and Civic Life— When you think about elections, you might think about popular candidates, “I voted” stickers, and all sorts of paperwork and deadlines. But behind the scenes are thousands of election administrators in state and local governments who are working hard to make sure ballots are counted and voices are heard. To serve every community and make democracy work, election administrators need 21st-century tools and training. You can help them get it! As a CTCL Technology Associate, you will implement streamlined, digital learning experiences that advance the tech and communication skills of America’s election administrators. The Technology Associate will work with the Government Services team and report to the Senior Program Manager. 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.
Voting Rights Expert, The Carter Center— The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified voting rights analyst to work on the Center’s US election advisory team under the guidance of the Democracy Program staff. The voting rights expert will assess and analyze key issues affecting women, the disabled, and disenfranchised groups in the United States. The voting rights expert will contribute to public and private statements concerning the electoral process and provide an impartial assessment of elections as well as detailed recommendations for ways to improve the program’s inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency as it relates to voting access of historically disenfranchised peoples. A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in democracy and/or elections is required, in addition to a degree in political science or another relevant field. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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