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February 16, 2023

February 16, 2023

In Focus This Week

New Report from Nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises 
Task Force experts advise an array of reforms in advance of 2024

Elections experts from the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises recently unveiled their most recent report: Lessons from the 2022 General Election: How to Prevent Election Crises, and Emerging Issues for 2023, 2024, and Beyond. The report details that while greater communication, transparency, coordination, and efforts to combat mis- and dis-information generally resulted in a successful 2022 election, threats of election crises still remain and are of serious concern as the 2024 election approaches.

“Two years after the turbulent election of 2020 and its troublesome aftermath that put into question the stability of our elections, the last election has offered us a way forward in reducing the risk of certain election crises in 2024 and beyond,” said Trey Grayson, former Kentucky Secretary of State and former President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “But while the risk of some of the worst forms of election crisis has fallen, complacency is not an option as serious threats of election crisis remain.”

Based on expert analysis, the Task Force identifies and warns of several categories of challenges and potential crises that must be closely monitored in 2023 and 2024 such as:

  • Efforts by elected officials to attempt to manipulate the outcome of the 2024 presidential election in battleground states;
  • “Constitutional sheriffs” and their growing focus on election issues;
  • The risk of election interference and manipulation through litigation;
  • The need for states to update their election codes as a result of the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, which updated rules for presidential elections and cut off certain paths for election subversion;
  • The independent state legislature theory and the implications of the eventual decision, particularly a maximalist ruling;
  • Ongoing election security risks from foreign governments via cyber attacks, deliberate disinformation, or other disruptions;
  • And a heightened climate of political violence which increases the risk of multiple forms of crisis, and increases the urgency for violent actors to be held responsible.

“While the most feared threats to election administration and vote counting did not materialize in 2022, that doesn’t mean that the elevated risks to our elections have disappeared and we can lower our guard,” said Wendy Weiser, Vice President for Democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law. “We need to make commonsense reforms to strengthen our electoral system ahead of 2023 and 2024, giving voters more protection against election subversion, intimidation, and other interference.”

In an effort to prevent multiple election crises in 2024 and beyond, the Task Force outlines recommendations that evidence and review support. Each recommendation focuses on improvements and solutions around four initiatives. Some potential reforms in those categories include:

  • Election administration and security: Sustain and expand crisis-tested voting options, including early voting and mail-in voting — and ensure sufficient funding for election equipment, supplies, security, personnel retention, and educating voters about election mechanics
  • Legal reforms: States should examine election emergency statutes and where appropriate make updates to provide more predictable and depoliticized means of election modification for emergency situations, and where necessary make changes to conform with the Electoral Count Reform Act on this issue and more broadly
  • News media and social media platforms: Downgrade or delete rather than label election-related disinformation, and speed up processes for labeling/removing posts
  • Civil society involvement: Increase investments in work to prevent political violence, including through projects to research and defuse intense polarization that can lead to violence

“As a country, election crises and the threat of political violence directed towards election officials and voters cannot be the new normal,” said Tammy Patrick, Chief Executive Officer for Programs at the Election Center [Ed Note: electionline is a project of the Election Center]. “The recommendations to prevent extremism and acts of violence are a start. Staying vigilant will be necessary for 2024 because something as simple as a tweet of mis-information can set off a chain reaction that leads to an election crisis”

About the National Task Force on Election Crises: The mission of the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises is to prevent and mitigate a range of election crises by calling for critical preventative reforms to our election systems. The only electoral outcome the Task Force advocates for are free, fair, and safe elections in the United States.


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Election News This Week

Automatic for the People: Gov. Tony Evers proposed several changes to Wisconsin election laws, which his office says will improve voter access and election transparency. The initiatives, which include the creation of a new office focused on election transparency, will be included in the 2023 budget proposal that Evers releases this week. The proposals also include automatic voter registration, changes to voter ID processes, allowing clerks to canvass absentee ballots before Election Day, and speeding up the reimbursement process for smaller communities during a special election or recount. Evers also proposed a $2 million “Office of Election Transparency and Compliance” aimed at improving audits of voting equipment and voter rolls. Such a system would “ensure continued confidence in Wisconsin elections,” according to a press release from Evers’ office. Debra Cronmiller, the executive director of League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, said in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio that her group recently released a report endorsing some of the same ideas proposed by Evers. “Many of the recommendations from the governor were really very voter-centric, which is wonderful to see,” Cronmiller told Wisconsin Public Radio.

Voting is her Love Language: This week, the Cook County, Illniois clerk’s office honored Susie Lewis, who at 111 has been voting for more than nine decades. To honor Lewis’ long voting history, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough made Lewis her “valentine” this week by bringing her a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a large card, red and pink flowers and a balloon to the woman’s Maywood home. And after early voting expanded to sites in each of Chicago’s 50 wards, Lewis had advice for voters across the county. According to the Chicago Tribune, Lewis prefers to vote by mail these days because it’s sometimes difficult to vote in person. “They should vote if they’re able to vote,” Lewis said. “I think everybody should vote.” Yarbrough noted that some people don’t think voting is important. “If she’s still here having her voice heard, what does that say?” Yarbrough asked. “It makes a difference, it really does. When people aren’t engaged, things can go awry … If she votes, everybody should vote.” When a reporter asked the 111-year-old to recall the good that’s come from her many years partaking in the democratic deed, she pushed back. “It ain’t too good, but it’s better,” said Lewis, a Black woman who moved from Arkansas to Chicago as a toddler.

Black History Month: The “Receipt Book, Land Grants From Gerrit Smith” in the New York State Archives is more than a 122-page volume listing names, acres and locations.  It contains the factual proof for a plan to give about 3,000 Black men the wealth required to have the right to vote in New York  in 1846. Smith, an abolitionist, gave away 40 acres of land to each of the 3,000 people listed in the receipt book. Smith’s receipt book, when tied to other 19th-century records, shows that the fight for Black suffrage didn’t only occur in the 1960s, but was a battle waged in New York more than a century earlier, said Aaron Mair, Adirondack Wilderness Campaign director for the Adirondack Council. “This is a unique piece of African American history, a gem to the nation, but also a crown jewel to New York State,” said Mair, who was the 57th president of the Sierra Club and an advocate for people of color on environmental issues ranging from access to wilderness areas to living free of toxic pollution. The receipt book is proof of how otherwise disenfranchised Black Americans obtained their voting rights. While some moved north into the Adirondacks, which stood as a fortress of protection away from the South, most remained where they lived before receiving the grants, Mair said. “It’s one of the illustrative examples of why they were pushing for suffrage,” Mair said. “The grants made by Gerrit Smith were to meet the requirements for the right to vote.”

Personnel News: Greene County, Missouri Clerk Shane Schoeller announced his candidacy for secretary of state. Boone County, Missouri Clerk Brianna Lennon recently traveled to Tunisia as an elections observer.  Congratulations to Dare County, North Carolina Board of Elections Director Jackie Tillett who was named Dare County Employee of the Month for January 2023. Jennifer L. Hall is the new Santa Ana, California clerk. Reggie Rhoden and Adam Miller will join the South Dakota secretary of state’s office. Rhoden will be the Elections Coordinator and Pistol Permit Administrator for the office, and Miller will serve as the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)/National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) Coordinator. Raquel Bogan Baker has been appointed chief deputy registrar of voters for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Nancy McKeen has been appointed to the Erie County, Ohio board of elections. Carol Beecher is the director of the Alaska Division of Elections. Nadine Williams is the new Fulton County, Georgia elections director.

Legislative Updates

Alabama: Senate Majority Whip Clyde Chambliss announced that he has pre-filed two pieces of legislation related to election integrity: One to prohibit the use of ballot tabulating systems capable of connecting to the internet and another to require the use of only paper ballots when casting votes. Senate bills 9 and 10 both place “existing administrative rules into statute” and would require any changes, if they appear, to be approved by the state legislature, according to Chambliss. “Every voter in every election in this state – municipal, county or state – should leave the polling place with the assurance that every vote is counted fairly and securely,” Chambliss said in a statement on Monday. “These bills do just that.” Over the previous two regular sessions, Chambliss has filed similar bills attempting a straight prohibition of electronic vote counting machines capable of connecting to the internet, with each attempt failing to reach final enactment.

Arizona: A Republican bill supported by Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes that would make ballot images a public record cleared its first hurdle, despite concerns from Democrats about privacy issues.  The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma, would require all 15 Arizona county recorders to send the secretary of state a digital image of every ballot cast in an election. They would also have to give the secretary of state a list of all eligible voters prior to the election and a list of those who voted in the election. The secretary of state would then publish all of that information online. Toma’s House Bill 2560 also has a mirror version in the Arizona Senate, sponsored by Sen. Ken Bennett, R-Prescott, who testified to the House Municipal Elections and Oversight Committee Wednesday on Toma’s behalf.  “I want this bill to earn the support of two-thirds of both caucuses in both the House and the Senate,” Bennett said, stressing during his testimony the bipartisan roots of the bill, which is an idea long promoted by Democratic election activist John Brakey.

The Senate Elections Committee has approved SB 1074 would require all voting machines to be manufactured in the United States. The bill would not replace voting machines but make them harder to use in elections. The bill was changed from a bill about election lawsuits to a bill about machines and tabulators. It’s the provision which requires all the components to be made in the United States may be the hardest to achieve and may need some work if the bill is to meet approval.

Every Arizona voter would be purged from the rolls once a decade and have to re-register under a proposal Republicans in the state Senate advanced this week. The measure from Sen. Frank Carroll (R-Sun City), Senate Bill 1566, would cancel every voter registration in the Grand Canyon State on April 2 of 2031 and every 10 years after that, forcing all voters to re-register each decade. Jen Marson, executive director of the Arizona Association of Counties, told the Senate Elections Committee on Monday that her organization opposes the bill simply because it violates the National Voter Registration Act, which limits the reasons for which a person can be removed from a state’s voter rolls to a voter’s death, if they move outside of the jurisdiction or if the voter requests to be removed.  That federal law also specifies that a voter must be informed prior to being removed from the voter rolls, not afterward, as is outlined in the proposed law.

District of Columbia: Last week, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that would overturn legislation approved by the Council of the District of Columbia that would allow noncitizens to vote in local elections beginning in 2024. On the resolution targeting the non-citizen voting bill, the vote was 260-162, with more than 40 Democrats joining Republicans. The disapproval resolutions would have to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Joe Biden to take effect. The non-citizen voting bill was passed by the council late last year, with lawmakers arguing that non-citizens, even those who are undocumented, should have a say in who makes the decisions that can impact them. But House Republicans said the bill would empower foreign diplomats and agents from adversary nations like Russia and China to wreak havoc in local elections, and that it would dilute the right to vote currently enjoyed by U.S. citizens. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) who represents a portion of Maryland where a number of towns allow legal permanent residents to vote in local elections, said the issues at stake should involve non-citizens, whether they are documented or not. “When we’re talking about local non-citizen voting, who’s going to vote in school board or town council elections? That should be decided locally. And my colleagues are the ones determined not to make the District of Columbia a state should be the first ones to say if it’s just a local government, let them decide who’s going to vote on matters of garbage collection and who their teachers are going to be,” he said. Raskin also noted that a number of states throughout U.S. history had allowed non-citizens to vote, including Colorado and New York.

Florida: A statewide prosecutor could soon have the power to take on most election-related cases across Florida. The Legislature on a 77-33 vote approved a bill (SB 4B) that allows Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office to handle election crimes that potentially impact multiple judicial circuits. The House approved the bill days after the Senate also passed the measure on a party-line vote. DeSantis has signed the bill into law.


Georgia: The House Governmental Affairs Committee voted last week to pass a proposal that would require consistent use of forms, signatures and seals as ballots move through the election process. The legislation deals with the bureaucratic back end of elections rather than taking on more controversial topics such as voter eligibility challenges, election takeovers or whether to eliminate runoffs. The bill’s supporters say it will increase confidence among conservative election skeptics who doubt that absentee ballots were kept secure during the 2020 presidential election. “It will create a certain level of trust and confidence in the system. As we saw in the elections just last year, I heard very little problems,” said state Rep. Alan Powell, a Republican from Hartwell who sponsored the bill. “Every little part that could give credence to our elections is what’s needed right now.” The committee passed the measure, House Bill 17, along a party-line vote, with Democrats in opposition saying it would create more work and costs for county election officials with little benefit. A similar bill considered last year didn’t pass after election officials called it “security theater.”

Idaho: A bill introduced in House Education committee would require that schools used as polling places not have classes on Election Day. Rep. Greg Lanting (R-Twin Falls) is the sponsor. He says it’s to keep students safe. House Education Committee chairman Julie Yamamoto (R-Caldwell) pointed out her county — Canyon County — has had trouble finding enough ADA compliant polling places. so sometimes schools are the only option. If passed, schools would have enough time to adjust their calendars, Lanting said. Lanting, who was once a middle school principal, says their gym was the polling place for the town.  “Twice a year we just threw the place wide open and everybody in the community came in and we didn’t ever have any problems but the possibility was always there,” he said. “Twin Falls County, where I’m from no longer uses schools. They’ve been able to find enough other locations – find fire stations and whatever they may be to hold the election, but not every county, not every area has that ability. Sometimes the school is the only available polling spot.”

Secretary of State Phil McGrane said his highest budget priority for his office this fiscal year is the development and funding for a statewide voter guide to be distributed prior to an election. Senate Bill 1078 is estimated to cost $750,000 for the design, production and dissemination of the guide, according to the bill’s fiscal note, a cost that would be incurred for primary and general election years. The bill text states that the guide would contain the following information: A complete copy of the title and text of ballot initiatives or referendum measures, with a fiscal impact statement summary, the sponsor’s proposed method of funding for applicable measures, and a copy of arguments for and against each measure submitted.For constitutional amendments, a presentation of the major arguments submitted by the state’s legislative council and the text of the proposed amendment. The names of candidates for state and federal offices. If submitted by candidates, a statement with fewer than 200 words, the campaign’s contact information, and the candidate’s photograph, which cannot be more than four years old. Any additional information relating to elections that is required by law and/or deemed informative by the Idaho secretary of state. The guides would be distributed no later than 30 days before a primary or general election and would be delivered to every household in the state, and copies would be available at local county clerks’ offices, according to the bill text.

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would eliminate Idahoans’ ability to sign a sworn voter identification affidavit to verify their identity to vote at the polls in elections.  Rep. Joe Alfieri, R-Coeur d’Alene, is sponsoring House Bill 137, which he said he worked on with the support of the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Under current Idaho law, voters may sign a voter identification affidavit instead of showing photo identification. Anyone who provides false or inaccurate information on their voter affidavit is guilty of a felony under current state law.  “It’s very rarely used, frankly,” Alfieri told the House State Affairs Committee. After a short discussion, the House State Affairs Committee voted to introduce Alfieri’s bill, which clears the way for it to return to the committee for a full hearing. Alfieri’s new bill isn’t the only  bill that would do away with the voter affidavits. Earlier this session, Rep. Tina Lambert, R-Caldwell, introduced House Bill 54, which would eliminate student IDs as an acceptable form of identification at the polls and eliminate the voter affidavit. The House State Affairs Committee voted to introduce House Bill 54 on Jan. 30. So far, that bill has not returned to the committee for a full public hearing.

A new bill introduced in the Legislature would move Idaho’s presidential primary election back from March to May. Rep. Dustin Manwaring, R-Pocatello, is pushing House Bill 138, which he said could save the state millions of dollars by not having to administer the March primary elections.

Indiana: Under a bill amended and approved by the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, absentee voters would be required to submit their driver’s license number as well as another identifier. Originally, House Bill 1334 had much tighter restrictions, requiring that Hoosiers applying for an absentee ballot guarantee that they would be unable to vote on Election Day as well as the 28 days beforehand. It also required that applicants include the last four digits of their Social Security number and their driver’s license number or voter ID number.  The bill’s author, committee chair Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, proposed an amended version, loosening these restrictions.  Instead of requiring both a driver’s license number and the four digits of one’s Social Security number, the amendment would allow the applicant instead to include just a photocopy of their driver’s license. In addition to the identification, the amended bill would not allow government agencies to send out unsolicited absentee ballot applications, providing that applications could be received only if they were requested. If a non-governmental group wanted to send one out, it would have to mention on the application who it was from.

Minnesota: A major elections reform bill moving through the Legislature would protect the freedom to vote and make it harder to run political advertisements without saying who paid for them. The House elections committee last week advanced the “Democracy for the People Act” (HF3) authored by Rep. Emma Greenman, DFL–Minneapolis, to the transportation committee. The Senate companion bill (SF3) was also recently advanced by the Elections Committee. The bill includes automatic voter registration; allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote; restores voting rights to people on parole or probation; and seeks to protect voters, election officials and election volunteers from intimidation and harassment. Author Sen. Liz Boldon, DFL-Rochester, said the bill defends, strengthens and modernizes Minnesota voting. “We’ve certainly seen our democracy tested in the last few years,” Boldon said. “Threats and intimidation of voters and election officials has been on the rise across the country.” Secretary of State Steve Simon said during a Senate Elections Committee hearing on the bill that automatic voter registration — in which people are automatically registered to vote when they apply for or renew their driver’s license — would save money and allow the state to add or update up to 450,000 registrations annually. Automatic registration would reduce by 80%-90% the number of people who register on Election Day, Simon said, which would help the polls run more smoothly.

Mississippi: Mississippi’s legislature is debating several measures that would address election security. But Democrats are pushing back saying this could deter voters from participating in elections. House lawmakers are debating if the state should enhance penalties for election fraud. Senate Bill 2352 would codify voting under the name of a deceased person as fraud and carry criminal charges. That bill passed with no opposition, but another measure in the House faced pushback for how it could affect voters. Representative Jansen Owen of Poplarville authored House Bill 400 which changes the penalty for voting twice in an election to a felony. Currently, it is a misdemeanor to vote twice in an election. Systems are also in place at voting precincts to prevent someone from voting twice. Democratic lawmakers asked him for evidence of the crime occurring in Mississippi. Another measure, HB 1310, would revise how the state manages voter roles. Following several amendments, the bill outlines a system where if a voter did not participate in two consecutive federal general elections they must respond to a mailed letter to maintain their registration status.

Nevada: Nevada’s newly-elected Democratic secretary of state, Cisco Aguilar, wants to make it a felony to harass or intimidate election workers. “Due to ongoing misinformation campaigns, many local election officials have stepped down, or rather are dealing with threats and harassments. The loss of that institutional knowledge is only hurting ourselves as a state. The violent rhetoric surrounding the election has also discouraged poll workers,” Aguilar said.


New Hampshire: In a unanimous vote, the Senate affirmed its support for the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, passing a resolution 23-0 that clashed with the recently passed demands of the Democratic National Committee.  Passed by voice vote with all but one senator present, Senate Resolution 1 advocates for New Hampshire’s position at the front of the calendar, less than a week after the DNC voted to request that the state accept second place instead. The resolution, proposed by Sen. Regina Birdsell, a Hampstead Republican, rebuffs the DNC’s request that New Hampshire lawmakers repeal the state law upholding the primary.  The resolution states that the Legislature affirms “its confidence in the secretary of state to ensure that New Hampshire’s primary maintain its legal and proper status at least one week before any similar nominating contest.” Since 1975, the New Hampshire secretary of state has been required by law to schedule the primary at least a week out.

New Mexico: A push for open primary elections is making its way through the Roundhouse. The idea is proposed in a Senate bill. Senate Bill 73 allows independent voters to vote in the major party primary of their choice, whether that’s the Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian ballot. For years, lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to get similar proposals across the finish line. The current bill is on its way to the Senate floor. Last year, state election officials changed the rules to make it easier for independent voters to change their party registration temporarily in order to vote in a party primary. This would eliminate that need.

A bill that would make major changes to voting rules in New Mexico, particularly on tribal lands, received a Do Pass recommendation from the House Judiciary Committee, and now heads to the House Floor. HB 4, known as the Voting Rights Protection Act was approved on a party line 7-4 vote. The bill is similar to one that died on the final day of last year’s session after a filibuster by Republicans ran out the clock. House Speaker Javier Martinez is the bill’s main sponsor. He told the committee the bill includes the Native American Voting Rights Act. Martinesz says it addresses voting inequities in native areas as well as the rest of the state by ensuring precinct boundaries are aligned with tribal nation and pueblo boundaries along with other provisions. “It requires tribal language translation at the polls. It expands and enhances early voting in and near tribal communities. It allows the use of official buildings on tribal lands as mailing addresses for tribal members for the purpose of election mail,” he said. “It allows the appointment of ballot tribal assistance to help tribal members with their absentee ballots and it provides the necessary resources to clerks in counties across the state to comply with all aspects of the Native American Voting Right Act.” The bill also allows felons in New Mexico to automatically be allowed to register to vote after they are no longer incarcerated.  It creates a permanent, voluntary absentee voting list, declares Election Day a school holiday and would require at least two secured voter drop boxes in each county for early voting.

The House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee voted on Feb. 11 not to pass House Bill 217, which would have changed New Mexico’s voting law to allow people who are at least 16-years-old to vote in elections. While other bills that did not make the cut in committees were resurrected, this proposal will not return, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque).  Committee Chair Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D-Rehoboth) made the deciding vote to stall the legislation, saying young people should come of age before being allowed to vote.  “I voted no because I do agree that at this time, we should grow our children into adulthood and responsibilities, and afford them this right,” Johnson said. “But also at the same time, as a Native American woman, as an auntie, as a sister, I think we should protect our children and let them be afforded and honor that process to go through their coming of age.”

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that makes it a fourth degree felony to intimidate election workers at all levels. SB 43 amends the state Election Code to include making intimidating election officials a fourth degree felony. The bill passed unanimously on a 7-0 vote. Voters, election watchers and election challengers are already covered by the state Election Code, SB 43 would expand that to include election administrators including poll workers.

Passing on a 28-to-9 vote the Senate approved legislation would make it illegal to carry a firearm near a polling place. Sponsored by Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) and Reena Szczepanski (D-Santa Fe), Senate Bill 44 would make it a petty misdemeanor to carry a gun within 100 feet of a polling place on Election Day or during early voting. The law would apply to both loaded and unloaded guns. “Passing this legislation would increase the amount of protection available to our election administrators, poll workers, and voters, and it would work towards eliminating threats of fear and intimidation,” the New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State said in an analysis. The bill would add to existing laws that make it illegal to intimidate voters.

North Carolina: Senate Bill 88, titled the Election Day Integrity Act, would require all absentee ballots to be received by county election boards by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, whether they’re delivered in person or mailed. Current law allows ballots to be postmarked on or before Election Day, “and received by the county board of elections not later than three days of the election by 5 p.m.” The legislation provides an exception for any conflict with federal law or when the State Board of Elections extends the closing time of polls for every poll in a county, which would extend the absentee ballot deadline to the same. SB88 further adds a subsection to the law that states: “Each county board of elections and the State Board shall publish on its website and on any materials sent to voters the date by which absentee ballots are available for voting.” County boards would be required to publish the date by which a completed request form must be received, as well. Another added section would task each county board of elections with reporting specific figures in regards to one-stop early voting and absentee ballots. The required reports would include the number of absentee ballots that have been spoiled due to the voter voting in person at a one-stop voting site, and the number of outstanding absentee ballots, for each day of the one-stop early voting period. County boards would also be required to report to the state board specific information “from the day after the day of the election through the day after the receipt deadline for absentee ballots … by 5 p.m. each day,” including the number of absentee ballots, number of outstanding absentee ballots, and number of voted provisional ballots. “The State Board shall publish each report received by a county board of elections pursuant to this section on its website each day,” SB88 reads. “Each list shall be made publicly available and published in a readable and usable format.”

House Bill 44 was introduced into the General Assembly, to repeal the literacy test from the North Carolina Constitution. Section 4 of Article VI of the state constitution requires state voters to be able to read and write any part of the constitution in English, although this is not currently enforced after the passage of federal civil rights legislation. Rep. Terry Brown (D-Mecklenberg), a primary sponsor of the bill, said this is not the first time that this legislation has been introduced. In 1969, this same proposed amendment failed. “I think that the North Carolina that we’re living in today, here in 2023, is worlds different from the North Carolina in 1969, when Henry Frye first introduced this piece of legislation,” he said.  The aim is for this bill to be submitted for North Carolina residents to vote on during the statewide general election on Nov. 5, 2024. Citizens can vote for or against this legislation to decide whether or not the test will be repealed. The bill has bipartisan support, with primary sponsors Brown and Rep. Kelly Alexander (D-Mecklenburg) supporting the bill as Democrats and Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) and Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry, Wilkes) supporting the bill as Republicans.

North Dakota: The merits of approval voting were at the center of a discussion before a North Dakota House committee last week, with some disagreement as to who has the authority to regulate how a city conducts local elections. The House Political Subdivisions Committee to discuss House Bill 1273 , which would prohibit statewide the use of ranked-choice voting and approval voting. Fargo is the only city in the state that uses approval voting and has used that method for local elections since 2020. Approval voting allows voters to cast votes for all candidates they approve of in municipal races, such as the mayoral and city commission elections. The person with the most votes wins the seat. Rep. Ben Koppelman , R-West Fargo, introduced HB 1273 and presented it to the committee. “House Bill 1273 was introduced with the intent of honoring the time-tested method of voting in our state,” Koppelman said. He wants to ban ranked-choice and approval voting and use only plurality voting, which Fargo used prior to approval voting. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney appeared virtually to speak in opposition to the bill. “As proposed, bill 1273 would completely void the wishes of the citizens of Fargo by prohibiting approval voting in future elections,” he said. The measure to enact approval voting was created by Fargo citizens and voted into law in 2018 with over 30,000 voters, or 63.5%, in favor. The House approved the bill 75 to 19. It now heads to the Senate.

The Senate killed a bill that would have banned mail-in ballots Senate Bill 2308 to ban mail-in ballots, brought by Sen. Jeff Magrum, R-Hazelton, failed in an 8-38 vote. The Senate State and Local Government Committee had given the bill a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation. “My biggest concern is we have over 30 counties that this is their primary way of voting, and to throw it out as an option is a huge change for those counties and with not a lot of evidence to justify that giant of a change in my mind,” Committee Chair Kristin Roers, R-Fargo, told her panel Thursday. Magrum cited “potential mischief” around mail-in voting in bringing the bill. More than 70,000 North Dakota voters cast ballots by mail in the November 2022 election. That was nearly 30% of all ballots cast.

Ohio: State Senator Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, this week introduced Senate Bill 51, legislation to create the Election Integrity Division within the Office of the Secretary of State. This is the first bill Gavarone has introduced during the 135th General Assembly, and it follows up her efforts in writing the laws to require Ohioans to show a photo ID to vote and create some of the nation’s most stringent post-election auditing requirements. The Election Integrity Division will be required to investigate allegations of election fraud and voter suppression, allow the public to submit complaints, refer cases to a prosecutor, law enforcement, or another state or federal agency for review, and submit a report to the General Assembly detailing the number of complaints and people referred for investigation. Senate Bill 51 will be referred to a committee for further consideration.

Pennsylvania: Senate Bill 1 would attempt to amend the state constitution by a voter referendum. The bill would ask voters to: Open a two-year window beyond the statute of limitations for abuse survivors to sue their perpetrators; Require new regulations to pass the Legislature before they’re enacted; and Mandate voter ID each time a person casts a ballot. Current Pennsylvania law states that ID is required only when a person is voting for the first time or is using a new precinct. Both this measure and the regulatory approval change are expected to face broad opposition from Democrats in the Legislature. The GOP is using the constitutional amendment, in part, because a similar law had been deemed unconstitutional by the courts.

Rhode Island: Democratic state Rep. Enrique Sanchez of Providence is sponsoring a bill that would allow residents of Rhode Island who aren’t citizens of the United States, but who have a license or a Taxpayer Identification Number, to vote in their local city or town. Sanchez said it would include “ordinances, bonds, city council stuff, and mayor stuff” to name a few. “We would just like to see more participation on behalf of folks who are, might not have had a say are paying taxes, have kids in the schools, are contributing to the local economy, have been here for years but aren’t able to participate in those decisions happening on municipal governments in their respective communities,” he said. Sanchez said that these people would not be allowed to vote in state and national elections, but would have a say in what happens in the community where they live. Sanchez said he believes non-citizens would be allowed to vote in a local election under the state Constitution without any amendment. His bill has been referred to the House Elections Committee.

A new Rhode Island Senate commission will study the possibilities of non-plurality voting and runoff elections for primaries for the General Assembly members and the state’s five general officers. The resolution creating the commission was sponsored by Sen. Samuel Zurier (D-Dist. 3, Providence), who saw the significance of this issue in his own election to the Senate in 2021.  At that time, he won a five-way primary with 31.2% of the vote, meaning that more than two-thirds of the voters preferred a different candidate.  His experience is not unique, as other primaries (such as the 2022 Democratic primary for governor) and elections (such as the 2010 election for governor) have been won by candidates who received less than 40% of the vote.

South Dakota: South Dakota would require a person to have lived in the state for at least 30 days before registering to vote under a change moving forward in the Legislature. State senators voted 28-6 on Monday to approve SB-139 and send it to the House of Representatives for further action. The bill’s prime sponsor, Republican Sen. Randy Deibert, said the legislation came from concerned voters in Pennington County. “Numerous” new voters have been registering under the current one-day requirement, he said. Republican Sen. Jim Bolin spoke against the change, saying South Dakota should first know what other states have been doing regarding residency and voter registration. “We’re becoming a more mobile society,” Bolin said.

There’s momentum for creating a post-election audit in South Dakota.  But the details behind what South Dakota’s post-election audit will look like has caused a rift between some county auditors. Senate Bill 160, which would create a post-election audit following the state canvassing of a primary or general election, cruised through the Senate on Monday 34-0. SB-160’s fate is now in the hands of the House, where there’s another version of a post-election audit in House Bill 1199. SB-160 would require county auditors to conduct a random, manual county of 5% of the voting precincts in a county for two statewide contests. HB-1199 would require 25% of voting precincts using automatic tabulating or 10% of voting precincts not using automatic tabulators. Lincoln County Auditor Sheri Lund said in an interview with KELOLAND News that she is supporting SB-160 because the post-election audit would be for two precincts in Lincoln County instead of eight precincts. Lund said county auditors were hoping to study the topic more with the new secretary of state, but she believes many lawmakers are looking to implement changes this summer rather than 2024 when the change would take place in the middle of primary and general elections.

A trio of election-related bills were defeated by the Senate State Affairs Committee this week. The committee sent Senate Bill 123, SB-124 and SB-128 to the 41st Day, killing all three “election integrity” bills 9-0 brought forward by  Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller.  “This is about harassing local officials,” Sen. Lee Schoenbeck said after bringing a motion to defeat SB-124. “In this case, you have a group of a half a dozen people that clearly have some kind of an obsession or fetish.” Schoenbeck, the Senate President Pro Tempore, aimed his comments at a group who call themselves the South Dakota Canvassing Group. The group played a role in Tripp County’s decision to hand count ballots for the 2022 election.  “This would give them the ability to take their little hobby, their obsession and fetish and give papers to these county auditors all across South Dakota,” Schoenbeck said. “Instead of working on South Dakota, local issues that the auditors are elected to do, they would be stuck trying to help these people with their fetish.”

Vermont: After failing to pass a similar bill last legislative session, state senators are once again looking to pass a bill that would require ranked choice voting for presidential primary elections.  Lawmakers recently heard testimony on how a different system could benefit Vermonters.  Vermont lawmakers are hopeful the new system would be ready to go by the 2024 primaries.  Gov. Phil Scott was against a similar bill during the last legislative session, and NBC5 received the following statement Friday morning on what Scott thinks of the new bill. “The governor is opposed to ranked choice voting. He believes that one person should get one vote, and there should be consistency across all Vermont elections,” said Jason Maulucci, the governor’s press secretary.

Texas: Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Houston) filed House Bill 2020, which would allow the secretary of state to suspend a county elections administrator if the state department has “good cause” to believe that the county department has recurring problems or if an administrative complaint is filed against them. Under the bill, “good cause” includes malfunction of voting system equipment, unfair distribution of election supplies, errors in the tabulation of results, delays in reporting election returns, and discovery of voted ballots after the polls close. The bill also states the county employee could be terminated with or without pay after a majority approval from the county election commission.

Washington: Senate Bill 5209 would compel eligible Washingtonians to vote unless they obtain a waiver. Residents would not need to give a reason to seek the waiver, so the bill essentially makes it a hassle to not vote, as opposed to the other way around. The bill would instruct the secretary of state to create a clear and concise form for waivers. It would not require voters to fill out their ballot, just submit it. It also does not include a punishment for those who fail to vote. The Senate State Government & Elections committee advanced the bill along party lines. Republicans argued it’s an infringement on Washingtonians’ First Amendment rights, which protect them from compelled speech. “This bill is about disrespect for the voters,” said Sen. Jon Braun, R – Centralia. “We owe them the opportunity to tell us if we are on the right track.” The bill now heads to the Senate Rules Committee, where it will be scheduled for a floor vote.

Supporters of ranked choice voting say the system could improve Washington state’s presidential primary elections. A bill  in Olympia would create a ranked system in which candidates are ranked by a voter’s preference. Stephanie Houghton, managing director of FairVote Washington, said the measure, which her group supports, would alleviate a problem caused when voters are asked to vote early, including in primaries.  “Unfortunately, if you did that in the 2020 primary, you were punished, possibly, because your vote was cast for someone who then dropped out,” Houghton said. “There are no re-dos.”

Wisconsin: A Republican-authored bill with bipartisan support in the Wisconsin Legislature would allow voters to track the status of their ballots through text messages sent to their cell phones. Currently, absentee voters must log into MyVote, the Wisconsin Election Commission’s information portal, to make sure their ballots have been received by a clerk. Under Senate Bill 39, introduced by Sens. Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R-Appleton) Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Cory Tomczyk (R-Mosinee) voters who apply for absentee ballots can sign up for free text message updates letting them know when their ballots are received. One positive aspect of SB-39 is that it’s a stand-alone measure, Heck says, “rather than the mixed packages of bills we saw last session on elections and voting where some parts of the bill might have been something to support but there was always a part (or several parts) of the bill that would be terrible for voters so it could not have been supported as a whole,” ays Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin. “That’s very important.”

Wyoming: A bill that would codify rules for electronic voting machines was postponed for its third reading in the Senate. Sponsored by the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Interim Committee, it passed the House on a 33-27-2 vote and was introduced to the Senate on Jan. 19 where it subsequently passed its first two readings. The bill aims to codify the secretary of state’s guidelines regarding election system security. That includes requiring proof that a vendor, or the provider of a voting system(s) meet the specified requirements outlined in the bill, the EAC [U.S. Election Assistance Commission], and the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office, which would issue a certificate indicating the vendor was in good standing with the state. “The County Clerk’s support [the bill] and would really appreciate the codification of the federal certification for our electronic voting systems,” said Mary Lankford, a representative of the Wyoming County Clerk’s Association. “We feel that the codification of this portion of the rules only strengthens the security of Wyoming’s election system and our integrity.”

State Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, has brought back a bill eliminating the practice of crossover voting after it has previously been defeated in a committee. Hicks brought the motion to withdraw House Bill 103 from the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee, which on Feb. 9 spiked the bill.  Using Senate Rule 5-5, Hicks was able to bring a floor vote to reassign the bill to a new committee after the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee had already voted it down. There was a separate vote to approve which committee would receive the bill. HB 103 sets the deadline to change party affiliation to the day prior to the campaign filing deadline opening. Crossover voting has been a major concern for certain conservatives in recent years, many claiming that the practice dilutes Republican Party primaries with input from Independent and Democratic voters. One of the biggest proponents of HB 103 is Secretary of State Chuck Gray, who oversees the state’s elections.

Legal Updates

Colorado: The upcoming election tampering trial of former Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters has been delayed on her attorney’s request. The prosecution did not object.  The defense said it needs more time to examine a trove of new information and data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to the case. Peters faces ten state criminal charges but a federal investigation is ongoing.  The trial was originally scheduled to begin March 6 in Grand Junction, before the judge agreed to the delay. The prosecution and defense are expected to meet Feb. 22 to set a new trial date, likely this summer. Peters’ attorney said the new information was “voluminous” and he’s only had a chance to preliminarily review it.  “Not only will defense counsel require a significant amount of time to review the discovery that has been provided, but the defense will also almost certainly need to retain an expert in computer forensics,” stated Harvey A. Steinberg in his request to delay the trial.

Georgia: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney wrote in an eight-page order that there are due process concerns for people that the grand jury report names as likely violators of state laws, but he found that three sections that do not mention specifics can be released on Feb. 16.  “These three portions include the introduction and conclusion to the final report, as well as Section VIII, in which the special purpose grand jury discusses its concern that some witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony to the grand jury,” McBurney wrote. “Because the grand jury does not identify those witnesses, that conclusion may be publicly disclosed at this time.” The decision comes after a Jan. 24 hearing where District Attorney Fani Willis’ office argued against publishing the report and a consortium of media outlets said it should be published with no redactions. McBurney’s order is a slight compromise, writing that certain parts of the report should be shared with the public while others merit secrecy until further action by prosecutors. “Having reviewed the final report, the undersigned concludes that the special purpose grand jury did not exceed the scope of its prescribed mission,” the order reads. “Indeed, it provided the District Attorney with exactly what she requested: a roster of who should (or should not) be indicted, and for what, in relation to the conduct (and aftermath) of the 2020 general election in Georgia.”

Hawaii: The Hawaii Republican Party had accused the state’s election office of violating election statutes during the post-election ballot auditing process for the 2022 general elections, where Democrats won a majority of the races including for governor. The complaint, first filed two weeks after the election, named the State of Hawaii Office of Elections and Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago in his official capacity as defendants and asked for a proper election audit to be completed. The GOP’s suit relies on an assortment of witness statements and affidavits from election observers who claimed to have seen election officials using digitized images of ballots to tally votes rather than the paper ballots as required by state law. Oahu Circuit Court Judge Gary Chang was not convinced by the GOP’s arguments and dismissed the case, finding Republicans were unable to show sufficient evidence that the elections were somehow compromised or that the party had been injured by the auditing process.

Maryland: Davinder Singh, 47, of Gaithersburg has been indicted on vehicular homicide charges for killing two people crossing the street near a polling place in November 2022. Singh as under the influence of alcohol when he fatally struck 65-year-old Miguel Antonio Ortiz and 70-year-old Ana Margarita Ortiz on Nov. 8, 2022. According to a police news release, Singh was indicted by a grand jury last month on two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, which is a felony in Maryland. At the time of the indictment, Singh was out of the country. He was arrested Friday upon his return, police said. According to police, Singh was driving his Toyota Prius west on School Drive when he hit and killed the couple while they were crossing the street near Muddy Branch Drive to vote at Fields Road Elementary School.

Minnesota: Minnesota’s Supreme Court declined to restore voting rights to people with felony records who still haven’t satisfied parole or probation. In a decision issued this week, Justice Paul Thissen concluded, “There may be many compelling reasons why society should not permanently prohibit—or perhaps prohibit at all — persons convicted of a felony from voting. But the people of Minnesota made the choice to establish a constitutional baseline that persons convicted of a felony are not entitled or permitted to vote, and the people of Minnesota have not seen fit to amend the constitution to excise the felon voting prohibition.” He also wrote that a corresponding state law passed constitutional muster even if there are “troubling consequences, including the disparate racial impacts, flowing from the disenfranchisement of persons convicted of a felony. The Legislature retains the power to respond to those consequences.” It was a 6-1 decision, with only Justice Natalie Hudson dissenting.

Missouri: Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada and two employees have sued the Pettis County Commission and the head of the county’s IT department after claiming they were recorded illegally. The lawsuit claims the audio and video recordings violate voters’ rights to cast their ballots in secret, are an invasion of privacy and could be considered illegal wiretapping. The county clerk is the county’s chief election official. In June 2022, the county clerk’s office moved to the Pettis County Courthouse. La Strada and his staff began prepping for the 2022 primary and general elections shortly after and became aware of cameras located inside and outside of the building. The lawsuit claims on June 8, 2022, IT employees told La Strada the cameras did not record audio. It also claims on the same date, that IT and maintenance employees had access to transmissions from the camera. The lawsuit states the county commissioners or any employee in the IT department never requested “permission or consent to record, listen to, or view audio or video transmissions from the cameras.” On Oct. 14, La Strada learned IT employees were allegedly transmitting and recording audio and video, the lawsuit claims. La Strada informed the Pettis County sheriff and prosecuting attorney. Video recordings from the cameras included employees changing clothes and “in states of partial nudity,” according to the lawsuit.

New Mexico: A civil lawsuit against former Torrance County Clerk Yvonne Otero was filed by state ethics commission. t alleges that Otero used her office for personal gain and to exchange favors, seeking sanctions that include fines of up to $5,000. Otero, a Republican elected as clerk in 2020, was replaced in office last month by a decision of the board of county commissioners. The all-Republican board says Otero went missing from work and abandoned her duties. Linda Jaramillo was appointed in her place to serve as clerk through 2024. Jacob Candelaria, an attorney for Otero, called the misconduct allegations by the State Ethics Commission “outlandish, sexist and politically motivated,” and said that Otero has not abandoned her elected post. “We intend to vigorously defend against these allegations,” he said Friday. Separately, Otero has petitioned the state Supreme Court to reinstate her as county clerk.

Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court won’t force the Pennsylvania Department of State to release private voter information to state Senate Republicans as part of their long-running attempt to investigate the 2020 election. But the court also left the door open for the GOP to continue seeking voters’ partial Social Security numbers, and more. The court ruled that the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee had other tools at its disposal to compel the department to comply with its subpoena and thus did not need the court to do so. “The Senate Committee has express constitutional authority to enforce its subpoena,” the opinion read. “It may enforce its subpoena in accordance with the contempt statutes.” In 2021 the committee began subpoenaing documentation such as communications with counties, audit reports and also partial Social Security and driver’s license numbers for voters  from the Department of State. While the department provided some information, it argued that other information the committee was seeking contained sensitive private information about voters, which the state’s constitution prohibited the department from releasing. This prompted the committee to sue the department, seeking to have the courts compel the department to release the records. The court declined to provide that type of “extraordinary remedy” the committee sought because the committee has authority under the state’s constitution to enforce its subpoena. The court specifically mentioned the Senate’s power to hold individuals in contempt. The Commonwealth Court also dismissed the Department of State’s December motion to render the case moot, since the court’s decision addresses the underlying arguments of the case. The Department of State has argued that the subpoena had effectively expired at the end of the last legislative session. The state Department of State has cited 11 errors it claims a judge made in ruling that cast vote records (CVR) from the 2020 general election in Lycoming County are public. The state agency filed the list as part of its appeal to Commonwealth Court of Judge Eric R. Linhardt’s Dec. 16 ruling making the CVRs public in county.

Texas: A group of businessmen have filed a lawsuit against the Harris County election administrator’s office over the release of election records from the 2022 election. The 20-page lawsuit claims the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office is withholding documents they believe would shed light on some of the problems that occurred during the 2022 general election, including shortage of paper ballots, malfunctioning voting machines and staffing shortages. Media consultant Wayne Dolcefino said he and Jim McIngvale submitted requests for records from Election Day, including detailed copies of Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum’s phone records, emails, and documents detailing maintenance issues with voting machines, but they said they were denied by the elections administrator’s office citing pending lawsuits and a state audit. “Harris County voters have a right to know right now, right now, what went wrong,” Dolcefino said. In a statement, the election administrator’s office said: “Since the lawsuits filed starting in November and more recently on Jan. 6, the elections administrator’s office has and will continue to follow the law and Texas Election Code. The office has responded with transparency to two audit requests from the state and has released an assessment on the November 2022 election. “The office has readily responded to public information requests not requiring documents subject to the litigation. Any request that involves information involved in litigation has been sent to the attorney general for an opinion, and both the Harris County GOP and Harris County Democratic Party are copied on these requests.

Opinions This Week

California: Election deniers

Connecticut: Mandatory voting

Florida: Election legislation, II

Idaho: Ranked choice voting

Maryland: Ranked choice voting | Student voting

Nevada: Vote by mail | Election laws

New Mexico: Native American voting rights

Ohio: Voter ID law | Secretary of state, II

Pennsylvania: Voter ID | Vote by mail, II

Tennessee: Election legislation

Utah: Election reform, II

Washington: Advisory votes | Mandatory voting

West Virginia: Election preparation

Wisconsin: Automatic voter registration

Upcoming Events

EAC Local Leadership Council Meeting: The EAC’s Local Leadership Council (LLC) will host a virtual meeting on February 21, 2023, that will be live streamed on the EAC’s YouTube Channel. During the meeting, the EAC’s LLC members will examine the council’s organizational structure and consider the adoption of the initial committee Bylaws.   The LLC Bylaws establish the guidelines for the conduct of the council members, meetings, and subcommittees. The Bylaws cover several topics, including the process for calling and conducting meetings, the establishment of committees, the structure of the Executive Committee, the makeup of Regional Committees, and the process of holding elections.   As leaders and officials who work firsthand to administer elections at the local level, the LLC provides recommendations and direct feedback to the EAC on a range of topics such as voter registration, voting system user practices, ballot administration (programming, printing, and logistics), processing, accounting, canvassing, chain of custody, certifying results, and auditing. The EAC appoints two members from each state to the 100-member LLC after soliciting nominations from each state’s election official professional association. Members of this advisory board, which was established in June 2021, must be serving or have previously served in a leadership role in a state election official professional association when appointed. The LLC currently comprises 88 appointed members. When Feb. 21. Where: Online.

On Account of Race, Color, or Previous Condition of Servitude: Black History and Democracy’s Future: Join Commissioner Shana Broussard of the Federal Election Commission and Chairman Thomas Hicks of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission as they mark Black History Month in a conversation with election experts about the lessons of Black history that can guide us through modern challenges to our nation’s democratic foundations. Topics will include the future of multiracial democracy, diversifying the candidate pool, and barriers to casting a meaningful vote, among others. This is a live event that will simultaneously broadcast on the FEC’s YouTube channel. Where: Online. When: Feb. 21, 12pm-1pm Eastern.

Election Center Special Workshop: Courses offered include: Course 7 (Enhancing Voter Participation); Course 8 (Implementing New Programs); and Renewal Course 13 (Legislatures, Decision-making, & the Public Policy Process). Workshops will include blocks on communications, design, access, security, logistics and planning, and vote by mail. There will also be a visit to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk facilities. When: Feb. 22-26. Where: Pasadena California.

EAC Clearie Submission Deadline: Each year, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) invites submissions for its national Clearinghouse Awards, or Clearies for short. Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for election administration information. By celebrating innovative efforts from state and local election offices, the Clearies helps the EAC to fulfill this important mission.  Entries for the 2022 awards must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Jurisdictions of all sizes are encouraged to submit their work. Please use the EAC’s online submission form to submit your entry and any supporting material.  Questions can be sent to the EAC at clearinghouse@eac.gov. The 2022 Clearies winners will be announced in spring of 2023. When: Feb. 28

Democracy Solutions Summit: This virtual event brings together experts and leaders in election administration, voting rights, and democracy reform who are working on innovative solutions that upgrade and strengthen our democracy. Women experts will discuss a range of critical issues related to fair access, fair elections, and fair representation. Experts will focus on viable, scalable, and transformative solutions to build a 21st century democracy that reflects today’s needs and values. DAY ONE: Fair Access – Ensuring Ballot Access for Voters and Candidates; DAY TWO: Fair Elections – Upgrading US Presidential Elections; and DAY THREE: Fair Representation – Ranked Choice Voting and the Fair Representation Act. Where: Online. When: March 7-9.

Election Center Special Workshop: Courses offered will include: Course 9 (History III – 1965 to Present), Course 10 (Constitutional Law of Elections, renewal) and Course 15 (Training in Elections: Reaching All Levels). When: April 27-30. Where: Houston.

ERSA 2023 Conference:  The 7th Annual Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) will be held in person from Wednesday, May 31 to Friday, June 2, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Details about this year’s conference program are forthcoming. When: May 31-June 2. Where: Atlanta

Job Postings This Week

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Assistant County Clerk-Recorder, Nevada County, California— Under administrative oversight you can be assisting with planning, organizing, directing and leading the activities of the County Clerk-Recorder’s office! The Assistant Clerk-Recorder will provide highly sophisticated staff assistance to the Clerk-Recorder! This management classification position serves at the will of the County Clerk-Recorder, and acts on her behalf in her absence and provides full line and functional management responsibility for the department’s Recorder and Election divisions. This position is distinguished from the County Clerk-Recorder in that the latter is an elected position and has overall responsibility for all functions of the department. Salary range: $111,810 – $136,500. 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.

Assistant Manager-Poll Worker Department, Palm Beach County, Florida— The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections is looking for an experienced Assistant Poll Worker Department Manager. In this role, you will oversee the planning and the completion of various projects, administrative functions, operations, and specialized tasks in the Poll Worker Department. The work involves knowledge and application of departmental operations, planning, assigning responsibilities, monitoring election worker classes, maintaining records, evaluating performance, and the ability to review work for accuracy. This position requires initiative and sound independent judgement in the application of office policies, election laws, and procedures. Must be personable and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, associates, and the general public. All work is performed under the guidance of the Supervisor of Elections. The ideal candidate will have an excellent work ethic, including consistent performance, reliability, and attendance. The desire and ability to work well in a fast-paced collaborative environment with a smile are essential to the position. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Board of Elections Training Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina— Are you looking to get involved in your community? Do you want to make a difference? Are you passionate about learning? If so, get ready to roll up your sleeves and become part of something bigger! The Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an experienced Instructional Designer/Training Specialist to join our dynamic and driven Training Team. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator who thrives in a fast paced, ever changing work environment. They will have a clear understanding of the commonly accepted instructional design models, what it takes to be a behind the scenes designer, have a strong visual sense and excellent project management skills. What will you do as a Board of Elections Training Specialist? Develop training materials, including classroom presentations, manuals, workbooks, training videos and online training modules to facilitate comprehensive training for Early Voting and Election Day Officials Review, evaluate and modify existing and proposed programs and recommend changes Create schedules, design layouts for training facilities and adjusts room layouts as necessary between in-person classes. Train and manage instructors and assistants for in-person training classes. Serve as instructor for some online webinars and in-person classes. Collaborate with team members to gain knowledge of work processes, identify training needs and establish plans to address the needs through training solutions. Identify innovative training tools and methods to enhance the training program. Monitor and assess election law changes and incorporate the changes into polling place procedures. Develop and design election forms, precinct official website, newsletters, assessments and other communications. Develop high level design documents, storyboards, audio narration scripts, status reporting, QA and testing plans. Assists with Early Voting site setups and call center support. Assists with Election Day call center support and post-election processes. Portfolios will be required by all applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Chief Deputy Registrar, Lexington, Virginia— The City of Lexington is accepting applications for the non-exempt full-time position of Chief Deputy Registrar. This is an appointed, at-will position that serves a term not to exceed the term of the current Registrar.  (Code of Va. §24.2-112)  The Chief Deputy Registrar “shall have the same limitations and qualifications and fulfill the same requirements as the General Registrar…”  (Ibid.)  The Chief Deputy Registrar must be able to assume the duties and responsibilities of the General Registrar in the Registrar’s absence. The position requires knowledge of, or the ability to quickly obtain, knowledge of: elections, election law, security practices, government, finance, training, and related technologies.  The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal background check, DMV motor vehicle record check, and drug screening. Salary: $22.86–$24.09/hr. 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.

Compliance Specialist 2, Oregon Secretary of State’s Office— In this role, you will help the public comply with Oregon campaign finance laws and rules. You will also help investigate possible violations of Oregon election laws and rules. This is accomplished in part by, but not limited to: Teaching filers how to submit filings on ORESTAR (Oregon Elections System for Tracking And Reporting); Explaining election laws and rules to the public and to filers; Reviewing filings for legal sufficiency; Conducting investigations into possible election law violations; Making recommendations about the outcome of investigations; Issuing civil penalties for non-compliance; and Answering the public’s questions about registering to vote and voting. 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. Deadline: Feb. 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Digital and Multimedia Specialist, Issue One— The Digital and Multimedia Specialist (DMS) will play an integral role in expanding Issue One’s reach by producing and promoting multimedia content (including in-house video),  managing and growing Issue One’s social media footprint, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Instagram, running Issue One’s fundraising and action email list. The DMS will be proficient at video production and help Issue One reach new and larger audiences through video messaging, social media, and digital storytelling. The individual will also support key functions of the communications team, working closely with the communications director, senior communications manager, and communications specialist. The ideal candidate will possess a strong understanding of digital and multimedia strategies and tools needed to reach wider audiences and grow the organization’s brand in a competitive digital climate. Salary: $58K-$70K. 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.

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 Certification & Training Program Manager, Washington Secretary of State’s Office—   The Elections Certification & Training Program Manager reports to the Deputy Director of Elections and is responsible for managing the Certification and Training team. Certification and Training is a mission critical program established and required by RCW 29A.04.530, 29A.04.560, 29A.04.590. The Certification and Training Manager develops and manages program objectives and priorities, in collaboration with external stakeholders including independently elected auditors and election officials. Additionally, 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 . The Certification and Training Manager also integrates division and office policies and reviews the program for compliance with policies and strategic objectives. The position is responsible for four mission critical functions: Professional certification and training of local and state election administrators and county canvassing board members. Review of county election operations and procedures. Testing of all vote tabulation equipment used in each county during state primary and general elections. The election clearinghouse and publication program. The Program Manager also manages the process for adopting state rules and is the Election Division’s liaison with the USPS. Salary: $83,000 – $93,000. Application: For the complete job application and to apply, click here.

Election Review Specialist, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— This Program Specialist 4 reports to the Certification and Training Program Manager and is responsible for overseeing the County Review Program which reviews the policies and procedures of Washington County Election Departments roughly every 5 years for compliance with state and federal election law.  This collaborative process is intended to support local election officials, share best practices and is one of the reasons Washington State Election Administration is ranked highest in the nation. Salary: $57,324 – $77,028. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Coordinator-Voter Registration, Buncombe County, North Carolina— An employee in this position is responsible for the management of all aspects of conducting voter registration and voter roll maintenance. This employee will lead a team who will perform the administrative duties of answering calls, registering voters, updating registrations, and performing regular database maintenance. This employee will also oversee the provisional voting process. Work requires that all materials meet the guidelines of election law and department standards. Salary: $24.96 – $29.13. Deadline: March 8. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Coordinator-Absentee Program, Buncombe County, North Carolina— An employee in this position is responsible for the management of all aspects of conducting absentee by mail voting. This employee will lead a team who will perform the administrative duties of absentee by mail voting. Work requires that all materials meet the guidelines of election law and department standards. The primary purpose of this position is to plan, coordinate, and administer assigned elections program or service area to support the strategic direction of the department and organization by connecting community participants to election services. Salary: $24.96 – $29.13. Deadline: March 8. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist-Ballot Processing, Pierce County, Washington— This is a great opportunity to play a critical role in this nation’s elections and democracy. Whether it is Election Day or another day of the year, we are working to continuously improve the voter experience and the conduct of elections. As a dedicated civil servant with experience in elections and supervising large teams, we are looking for an Elections Specialist for ballot processing. You will have the opportunity to be in the center of the action in Washington’s second-largest county. You will work with other specialists and management to develop a ballot processing schedule, and then schedule staff. You will also help with voter registration tasks when needed. We are looking for someone is comfortable and excels at leading and directing a large team of Seasonal elections workers ensuring accuracy in ballot processing and time-sensitive tasks. Someone who is customer service focused yet is deadline driven. Someone who values teamwork, is adaptable, learns new systems quickly, and who can communicate across all levels of the organization, with our customers and party observers. Multi-taskers with excellent written communication will be successful in this role. As an Elections Specialist, you will have the ability to immediately contribute to the team’s success. You will be guided through the process with coaching-focused managerial support, a team that wants you to be successful in your role, and an organizational culture that encourages continuous learning and professional development. Salary: $33.62 – $42.52 Hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Officials— The Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities (MACCEA) is a professional association of county clerks and election authorities from Missouri’s 116 counties and election authority jurisdictions. MACCEA’s Executive Board is comprised of elected county clerks and appointed election directors whose full-time jobs are to manage county offices, conduct high profile elections, and work in the challenging environment of county government administration. The Board is a volunteer position and officers are elected by the association membership with additional members appointed by the Board President. The Executive Director position, established in 2022, will help the Board better support our membership in their roles as county clerks and election authorities, as well as support the association’s vision, mission, and goals. MACCEA seeks a contract Executive Director with diverse non-profit management, governance, conference planning, and communications experience. The Executive Director reports to the 12-member MACCEA Executive Board. Duties and association management are delegated to the Executive Director by the MACCEA Bylaws and under the direction of the Executive Board. Salary Range: $55,000 – $65,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center— The primary responsibilities of this position are to set and reinforce the mission and vision of the organization, define its strategic direction and implement strategic plans for the organization’s development, make executive decisions that drive organizational growth, and build and manage relationships including stakeholders and potential donors. The Executive Director works with the Board to set goals for the organization, governs over organizational activities and relationships, guides the organization’s culture, and directs communication to support the mission of the organization. The ideal candidate will define the organization’s priorities and direction, oversee staff recruitment and retention, and work systematically to meet organizational goals. He or she should be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and with a team. This is a full-time remote position with in-person meetings and travel as needed. 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.

IT Specialist, Leon County, Florida— This full-time employee will provide support for a wide variety of technology needs, primarily specializing in computer hardware. Duties include deploying computer images, providing support for desktop computers, and assisting with security and protection of elections technology and infrastructure. The role is ideal for a dynamic, self-motivated IT professional who is focused on providing outstanding internal customer service and innovations across project teams. Success in this position requires experience with Windows desktops and applications, and installing and maintaining peripheral hardware such as printers, scanners, and bar code readers. Experience in multimedia and video production and editing is desired, but not required. Must be able to deliver work on-time under pressure and maintain flexible hours including on-call shifts and overtime during elections. Occasional out-of-town travel may be required for training. Work is sometimes physically demanding and requires reliable personal transportation, an insurable driving record, and a security clearance. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Specialist-Voter Services, Johnson County, Kansas— The Senior Election Specialist – Voter Services will take a lead role on the voter services team within the Election Office. This position will oversee the office’s use of the statewide voter registration system and support other employees in their work within this vital system. This will require attention to detail and the ability to define a series of tasks to complete work within the system in an efficient and accurate manner for temporary employees. This position will also research and perform all geography changes within the statewide voter registration system to accommodate annexations made by cities as well as district boundary changes made by state and local governing bodies. The Senior Election Specialist – Voter Services will also participate in the programming of elections to include laying out paper ballots and designing the screens and audio for use on the ballot marking devices. This position will also receive and file all candidate paperwork including declarations of candidacy and required campaign finance disclosures. This position also actively mentors, coaches and collaborates with employees to enhance the county mission and vision keeping in mind the common goal of leaving our community better than we found it. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Special Projects Manager, King County, Washington — This is an amazing opportunity to be engaged in the election process! This benefits-eligible Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position is anticipated to last up to two years with the possibility of extending an additional year. A Special Duty Assignment may be considered for King County Career Service employees who have passed their initial probationary period. King County’s Department of Elections is searching for an exceptional leader to serve as a Special Project Manager to help implement ranked choice voting (RCV). This position reports to the Deputy Director for the Department of Elections. The person who fills this role will oversee all elements of project management for implementing RCV from developing a detailed project plan and team infrastructure development to working with key stakeholders to develop and adopt policies and rules for conducting RCV elections. This project will have major impacts on the voting system for King County residents who reside in the city of Seattle. Implementation for RCV is scheduled for no later than the 2027 Primary Election. The Special Project Manager in the Elections Department combines an exciting environment with the opportunity to develop and implement a RCV system for the largest county in Washington. The ideal candidate will thrive in an innovative, fast-paced environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. Salary: $119,712.94 – $151,743.28 Annually. Deadline: Feb. 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System Administrator, Sarasota County, Florida— The Systems Administrator is an Information Technology professional responsible for the coordination, implementation, planning, investigating and serving as the liaison for all facets of data processing, to include any election related tasks. Salary: $40,996 – $87,630. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Vote by Mail Manager, Palm Beach County, Florida— The Vote-by-Mail Manager is responsible for all aspects of vote-by-mail administration and operations, including but not limited to the Budgets, Staffing, Training Procedure Manuals, Database Management, Quality Control, Canvassing, Supervised Voting, SBIS administration, Inventory, Maintenance, and Testing. Responsibilities include: Departments operational calendar with timeline of election cycle tasks; Forecasting and updating departments annual operating budget; Staffing and training of vote-by-mail operational staff; Staff training and process manuals; Quality control of vote-by-mail database; and Update and maintain inventory, equipment, and software. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Vote by Mail Specialist, Leon County, Florida— This full-time employee co-leads the Vote-by-Mail effort during election time, and provides critical administrative support to the Voter Services team year-round. Duties include training small groups of seasonal election staff, operating commercial mail equipment, recommending policy and process improvements for the Vote-by-Mail project area, and assuring compliance with all known legal requirements. This role is ideal for a dynamic, self-starter with a meticulous eye for detail, a knack for solving intricate puzzles, and a passion for project management. Success in this position requires proficient computer capabilities to handle large workloads on time-constricted schedules, excellent leadership skills, and the ability to seek out information and manage complex projects. Experience working with Florida Statutes in a professional environment is desired, but not required. Work is performed under the direction of the Voter Services Director, generally in an office environment. Must be able to work under pressure with composure, excel in a team environment, maintain flexible hours, be able to lift up to thirty pounds, and possess an insurable driver’s license. Some overtime and out-of-town travel may be required. 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.

Warehouse Supervisor, 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. 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. Supervises warehouse operations and facilities; safeguards warehouse operations and contents; establishes and monitors security procedures and protocols; implements production, productivity, quality, and customer service standards; plans warehouse layout, product flow, and product handling systems; identifies trends; evaluates and recommends new equipment; and analyzes process workflow, space requirements, and equipment layout; and implements improvements. Researches, purchases, and inventories commodities, equipment, and other supplies; conducts physical counts of inventory items; records issuing and usage; verifies and refines or updates required bid specifications; and maintains related records and documentation. Oversees the administrative process through process assessments, measurements, and process mapping for better efficiency; formulates process documentation; organizes periodic and random cycle counts; formulates and monitors various administrative reports; populates database with stocking levels and other information for proper report generation and order tracking; performs regular maintenance on various inventory report statuses to keep system clean and updated; and reviews various system-generates reports for overall key performance drivers. Manages the issuing, maintenance, servicing, and receiving of various types of equipment and supplies from the supply room. Organizes and directs physical inventory counts; manages vending equipment acquisition, implementation, and orders replenishment items; and manages office product inventory for assigned department and emergency response procedures, non-stocked inventory, and expendable inventory items. Receives and reviews various documentation, including attendance records, overdue equipment reports, operational budgets, equipment status reports, stock transfer reports and about-to-reorder reports, and physical inventory reports; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation, including inventory measures reports, open purchase order reports, performance evaluations, and performance measurements; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records. Facilitate all logistics related to the elections operation of voting sites, including moving equipment, furnishings, supplies, and materials; conduct pre-election testing and post-election equipment audits. Serve as site manager for VRE warehouse space; oversee the department’s inventory of voting site supplies, tables, chairs, signs, voting machines, and equipment. Attend and participate in mandatory ongoing training, including certifications and annual training. Salary Range: $42,937 – $66,552. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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