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June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023

In Focus This Week

Introducing RABET-V
An Innovative Approach to Securing Non-Voting Election Technology

By Jared Dearing, Sr. Director of Election Best Practices
Center for Internet Security

As a first-of-its-kind methodology, the RABET-V program is about more than simply enhancing the security of our election technology; it’s about continually improving the security landscape and ensuring the integrity of our democracy.

Nearly every aspect of our election processes depends on technology, making robust and efficient security verification of those systems critical. Election officials at the state and local levels need confidence that their non-voting election infrastructure is secure, reliable, resistant to threats, and serves the needs of users. The Center for Internet Security® (CIS®) is proud to announce the operational phase of an innovative solution that meets this demand: the Rapid Architecture-Based Election Technology Verification (RABET-V) program.

What is RABET-V, and Why Should I Care?
RABET-V is a technology verification solution that empowers elections officials to make better-informed decisions as to which non-voting election technology to use in their districts by giving them detailed, thorough assessment information about the technology products they use and the organizations that develop those products, regardless of whether the non-voting technology is homegrown or from a technology provider.

RABET-V was developed to provide assurance to election officials of the performance of their non-voting equipment. RABET-V is rapid, reliable, and cost-effective, providing a comprehensive testing standard that gives election officials assurance in the security, usability, accessibility, and other critical factors of non-voting election systems in use, or being considered for use, in their jurisdictions.

How Does RABET-V Help Election Officials?
RABET-V accomplishes all that traditional product verification does, but where other product verification processes stop, RABET-V is just getting started. In addition to an enhanced product verification assessment—think penetration testing or compliance testing—RABET-V also evaluates overall organizational maturity and architectural effectiveness, including meeting usability and accessibility requirements. RABET-V’s unique approach to scoring enables election officials to make apples-to-apples comparisons between technology products during procurements. RABET-V moves past a simple baseline certification, providing both technology providers and state officials key insights into the products overall security posture while incentivizing ongoing organizational maturity and product security.

How Does RABET-V Help Technology Providers?
RABET-V provides technology providers with critical insights into their own systems and architecture, identifying gaps and security weaknesses, subsequently delivering to technology providers a roadmap of how to continually mature their organization and their product(s) over time.

By aligning their product offerings with the rigorous RABET-V standards, technology providers can leverage their RABET-V verification as a market differentiator when garnering business from state and local election officials, while officials know with much greater detail both what they’re getting, and how likely it is to stand up to a constantly evolving threat environment.

How Do I Use RABET-V to Secure Non-Voting Equipment?
The RABET-V program focuses on both the technology product and the technology providers themselves, evaluating their company’s maturity, the consistency of the organization’s procedures and policies, and the quality of the product’s architectural approach. This comprehensive assessment paints a more holistic picture of non-voting election technology and its reliability.

Traditional testing methods often discourage product improvements due to the time-consuming and costly re-verification process required with each incremental update to technology. RABET-V, however, changes this paradigm, introducing an iterative assessment model that encourages continual improvement and enables election officials to deploy an up-to-date, fully patched version of the software sooner.

This is achieved through a risk-based testing approach that reduces the cost of re-verification and saves time and effort, for technology providers.

What Makes RABET-V a Streamlined and Cost-Effective Solution for Technology Providers?
RABET-V is a more cost-effective approach for technology providers. The organizational and architectural assessments of RABET-V require a small upfront investment which pays off in the long run by allowing mature organizations to streamline future testing. This reduces costs by focusing re-verification on the aspects of the system affected by changes, rather than reviewing the entire system each time.

In addition, by creating the environment for a consistent national approach, RABET-V can reduce the cost of having each technology provider go through similar but non-standard testing procedures in each state or locality.

Initial estimates indicate that the RABET-V program will provide substantial cost savings for technology providers compared to traditional testing methods. By using one streamlined testing approach (RABET-V) in multiple states, technology providers, and ultimately states, should experience substantial cost reductions.

What Evidence Is There That RABET-V Is Effective?
The pilot testing of the RABET-V process, with participation from five separate technology providers, proved that the program can consistently apply rigorous assessments of the organization and the company’s product offerings.

The RABET-V pilot program measured the ability of RABET-V to apply the assessment methodology consistently, efficiently, and effectively across several aspects of non-voting systems, including:

  • Product security verification
  • Accessibility
  • Usability
  • Architecture
  • Organizational maturity

How Long Does the RABET-V Verification Process Take?
RABET-V offers election offices in all jurisdictions a quicker means of verifying all aspects of non-voting systems – from security to accessibility, and from reliability to architecture.

Initial iterations of a brand-new product can usually be completed in less than two months—far quicker than traditional testing methods, while revisions of previously-verified technology can take as little as a few days with RABET-V.

How Do Election Officials Get Started?
RABET-V is set to launch in September 2023, with tester accreditation beginning in August 2023.

Getting started with RABET-V is as simple as taking the following actions:

  • Start a conversation with your technology providers about the RABET-V program: Ask your technology providers: “Are you planning to use RABET-V to verify your non-voting election technology is secure?”
  • Collaborate with your procurement organizations: Ask your procurement organizations: “How can we implement RABET-V and RABET-V-verified non-voting election technology into our procurement chain?”
  • Work closely with elections technical staff: Ask your elections technical staff: “What support do you need to sufficiently test and protect non-voting systems?”

We invite you to join us in this journey toward better security, more reliability, and increased confidence in our elections. To get started, visit the RABET-V website at https://www.cisecurity.org/elections/rabetv.


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Election News This Week

2023 Elections: Virginia held primary elections this week and it was relatively smooth sailing in the Commonwealth even with some new election laws in place. While there were some competitive primaries, overall turnout was relatively low on Election Day, although early voting was brisk. “Our absentee voting has been quite high,” said Henrico County Registrar Mark Coakley. “We’ve had over 20,000 voters vote absentee either by mail or in person, so that’s why you’re seeing a low election day turnout so far.” Vote totals were delayed in Prince William County Tuesday night due to “technical issues” with the state’s reporting system, according to county Registrar and Elections Chief Eric Olsen. The county elections office was having difficulties uploading the county vote totals into the state’s new “results reporting system,” Olsen said. A power outage affected voting at two polling places in Virginia Beach Tuesday afternoon, the city’s registrar said. Voting wasn’t stopped, but because the tablets used to run the votes are on battery power, and teams from the city went out with power inverters to keep those machines powered, according to the registrar. Arlington County tested out ranked choice voting for the first time and some voters expressed confusion about the new system.

Fulton County: In a unanimous vote, the Georgia State Election Board concluded that Fulton County, made significant corrections to election operations over the past two years during a performance review started by Republican state legislators under a voting law that passed the General Assembly in 2021. Though State Election Board members voted against replacing Fulton’s bipartisan election board, they also urged the county to continue its progress in preparation for next year’s presidential election. “The performance review helped incentivize Fulton County to make improvements to their elections, which doesn’t surprise me. When under scrutiny, people do in fact change,” State Election Board Chairman Bill Duffey said. “There has to be an assurance of readiness for success in the 2024 election.” Fulton election officials told the board that the performance review failed to find any violations of state laws as the county made substantial improvements to training, processes and procedures.

Luzerne County: A ballot paper shortage in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 2022 was caused by high staff turnover and loss of institutional knowledge, according to a long-awaited report from the county’s district attorney. The report was released last week, more than seven months after the election, and highlights staffing issues that have plagued the county for years. Luzerne District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said there is “no question” turnover was the primary issue, echoing findings from a February report by Votebeat and Spotlight PA.  The report also detailed new information about the county’s scramble to deal with the paper shortage on Election Day and debunked rumors that the situation was intentional. The investigation also found that the problem was less widespread than initial reports suggested. Crucially, the report examined and dismissed public claims that Republican areas had been specifically targeted by the paper shortages in order to suppress or disenfranchise Republican voters. Sanguedolce’s report found that the cause of the ballot paper shortage were part of a complicated series of events that led up to and continued throughout Election Day. The report also pointed out that after the 2021 primary — when Republican ballots displayed on voting machine screens were mistakenly labeled as Democratic — an outside consultant called The Elections Group had developed a timeline of tasks to be completed by election office employees in preparation for the 2022 election, including ordering paper and making sure enough of it made it to each polling site.  It appears the timeline was not followed, and it is unclear whether Gilbert McBride was aware of it.

New Report: Fair Elections Center recently released a new report entitled Poll Worker Recruitment: Recommendations for a Better Voter Experience naming best practices for reducing barriers to working at the polls and improving the experience for present and future poll workers. The report outlines key policy priorities to help election administrators meet their staffing needs and diversify the pool of poll workers ahead of the 2024 election. Poll worker shortages can contribute to long lines, closed polling locations, and significant wait times. To combat these challenges, voting rights experts from Fair Elections Center, a nonpartisan voting rights organization, have identified solutions that help to:

  • Provide flexibility in recruitment by shifting from jurisdiction-specific to statewide residency requirements
  • Allow 16-year-olds to be poll workers
  • Launch accessible online poll worker applications in each state
  • Create opportunities for voters without party affiliation to serve

There are no “off years” when it comes to election preparation. Training skilled poll workers is a year round effort and vital to improving election administration nationwide. Even in non-federal election cycles, poll workers are key investments and play an important role in maximizing voter turnout.   In 2016, Fair Elections Center developed WorkElections, a project aimed at helping election administrators throughout the United States recruit new poll workers. This unique recruitment web portal has created the underpinning of recruitment efforts for national organizations and major recruitment strategies used by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and Power the Polls since the pandemic driven shortages of 2020.

Sticker News: With five final designs before them in the Carson City, Nevada Clerk-Recorder’s “I Voted” sticker contest, the Board of Supervisors chose two winners. Their reasoning was the sticker designs should incorporate the words “Carson City,” making them specific to elections in the capital city. “Previously, we did an ‘I Voted’ sticker contest that was open to Carson City seniors in the 2020 election cycle,” said Carson City Chief Deputy Clerk Miguel Camacho. “This time around, we opened it up to residents in Carson City as a whole.” The public art contest ran from March 30 to April 26. The two winning stickers will be provided to Carson City voters in the next election cycle. Clerk-Recorder Scott Hoen reminded the board and audience members that 2024 will have three elections. “We’re having a presidential preference primary in February, the primary in June and the general in November,” he said. Hoen said his office has been training new election workers. “In fact, we just had some orientation and training sessions for new election workers that are interested in participating, which is great to see,” he said. “A lot of people in Carson City want to turn out and help.”

Personnel News: Clinton Ludwig is the new Tarrant County, Texas elections administrator.  Jamie Heinz, the Anchorage election administrator, has been tapped to serve as the city’s next clerk. Polk County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards will seek a seventh term in office. Kim Ming is retiring after 19 years as the Winston County, Mississippi circuit clerk. Dorothy Robbins has been removed from the Houston County, Alabama Board of Registrars.

Legislative Updates

Arizona: Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) has vetoed more elections-related bills including Senate Bill 1095, which would have required envelopes in which early ballots are mailed to inform voters that dropping off their early ballot after the Friday before the election could result in delayed election results. The Arizona Association of Counties did not support this bill, and said that county recorders believed it would cause confusion since they advise voters to mail their ballots by the Wednesday before Election Day. “I am concerned that this bill could have the effect of discouraging voter participation,” Hobbs wrote in her veto letter. “These concerns outweigh any potential benefits that this bill may present.”

Hobbs also vetoed Senate Bill 1332, which would make Arizona’s cast vote record available to the public.  “Any bill that permits releasing the Cast Vote Record must ensure that a voter’s privacy is protected,” Hobbs wrote in her veto letter, echoing the concerns of critics that this bill could result in the unintentional release of personal information about voters.

Another election bill on Hobbs’ chopping block was Senate Bill 1595, which would have required early voters to either return their ballot by 7 p.m. the Friday before the election or present their ID, if they drop it off after that. Proponents said the bill was an effort to speed up the tabulation of election results by requiring ID for those who drop off their early ballot at the last minute, requiring a scramble to verify signatures on those ballots. “This bill fails to meaningfully address the real challenges facing Arizona voters,” Hobbs wrote.

Senate Bill 1596 also got a Hobbs veto. The bill would have required counties to go back to a precinct voter model, with established voting locations for each precinct, with the option of adding voting centers where anyone within a county can vote. Maricopa and Pima counties in recent years have transitioned to using only voting centers, which allows voters to cast a ballot at any voting site within the county. The bill would also have required state and local governments, including school districts, to provide space for polling places, if requested. “This bill creates an unfunded and untenable mandate for schools and communities,” Hobbs wrote. “This bill once had an appropriation, demonstrating that it needs funding to be viable. However, it was not included in the budget, and as such, I cannot support it.”

California:  Senate Bill 846 would expand the state’s Motor Voter Program to automatically sign up eligible but unregistered residents. Senators Caroline Menjivar and Monique Limón, both Democrats, introduced the legislation, which seeks to register about 5 million more voters. As of May 2022, California has about 21.9 million registered voters, about 82% of the 26.9 million adults in the state who are eligible to vote, according to a Public Policy Institute of California report. However, researchers did find that those likely to vote in California are disproportionately white, older, more educated, affluent, natural-born U.S. citizens and homeowners. The bill, should it pass, would remove barriers to increasing voter registration among people of color, women, and other harder-to-reach populations in the state, Senator Limón said in a news release. California’s Motor Voter program, implemented in 2018, registers eligible residents completing a driver’s license, state identification, or change of address transaction unless they opt out. While the current process has been successful, the bill would expand the process by automatically registering people who complete a transaction at the DMV first, and then providing the option via mail to opt out later.

Delaware: Rep. Stephanie Bolden (D-Wilmington) is hoping the 5th time is the charm as she continues her effort to change the First State’s political calendar. Bolden is backing House Bill 215, that would shift the date of Delaware’s primary election from early September to the fourth Tuesday in April. Currently, Delaware joins New Hampshire and Rhode Island in holding the country’s latest primaries, with each choosing the first Tuesday after the second Monday. Rep. Lyndon Yearick (R-Magnolia) backed the bill in the House Administration Committee, saying the late date of Delaware’s primaries serves to limit the time a candidate has to go from the primary to general election stage. The late April date is intentional, as it would mirror when Delaware holds their Presidential Primary, removing a scenario where Delaware voters would go to the pull on separate dates for Presidential Primary, Delaware Primary, and then the General Election.

Louisiana: Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin sent an open letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards asking him to not veto a bill that would allow his agency to perform a supplemental voter canvass every year.  The legislation is House Bill 646, sponsored by Rep. Les Farnum, R-Sulphur. The majority-Republican legislature has passed similar versions of the bill in two previous sessions, and Edwards has vetoed them each time. They are unnecessary because parish registrars already conduct voter canvasses once every year, the governor has said. An annual voter canvass looks for residents who have changed addresses or moved out of state. The parish registrar mails them a new voter identification card to fill out. If they fail to return the card, they can be moved to an inactive voters list. Farnum’s legislation would allow Ardoin’s office to send similar cards to people who have been inactive voters for at least 10 years. If those people fail to return the cards, they could be purged from voter rolls.

Maine:  The Senate voted along party lines to reject a bill that would have restricted the use of private donations to fund election administration in Maine. LD 1869, introduced by Sen. Trey Stewart (R-Aroostook), would have required that municipalities submit a report to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices within 30 days of “spending funds received from a private source in excess of $100 on the administration of an election.” Such a report would need to include “the amount of the funds received by the municipality, the source of the funds and a detailed explanation of how the funds were spent.” This requirement was set to take effect on January 1, 2024. Maine Secretary of State Shanna Bellows (D) testified in opposition to the bill, accusing it of “sowing disinformation about our elections here in Maine.” Bellows argued that “the Elections Division has never accepted funding from private, partisan sources to conduct state and federal elections and will never do so.” “Again, while the underlying intent of this bill may be benign the way elections are discussed is very important and any suggestion of fraud or malfeasance – where there is none – is incredibly dangerous,” Bellows said.

Massachusetts: The Joint Committee on Election Laws heard testimony from dozens of advocates and lawmakers speaking in favor of several different bills to adjust the voting age for some elections, allow permanent resident non-citizens to vote in hometown elections, and allow municipalities to use ranked-choice voting locally. H.671, or an “An Act extending voting rights in municipal elections to noncitizen voters of the commonwealth,” would allow adults with legal immigration status but who are not U.S. citizens to vote for their local “mayor, school committee, city council, town council, board of selectmen, select board elections, a school committee referendum, a local ballot referendum or other municipal elections.” The bill, if it were to clear committee and be made law, would not allow non-citizens to vote in federal or statewide elections. H.711, or ‘An Act providing a local option for ranked-choice voting in municipal elections bill, garnered significant support, with dozens of speakers saying it would allow cities and towns to try the practice without forcing it on the whole state. Ranked choice voting was specifically rejected by Massachusetts voters during the 2020 election.

Minnesota: Effective June 15, election workers have heightened protections in Minnesota, as threats, harassment and intimidation are now illegal in the state.  “Since the 2020 election, in Minnesota and across the country, election workers have been targeted for simply doing their jobs,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said. “This new legislation provides our state’s local election administrators and the 30,000 election workers across the state confidence and peace of mind while administering free and fair elections.”  In addition to outlawing harassment, the new law bans interference with election administration, spreading an election official’s personal information, obstructing an official from reaching election locations, and accessing the voter registration system without authorization. Tampering with voting equipment, ballot boxes, Statewide Voter Registration System, registration lists or polling rosters is also illegal under this law. Violating this law will result in a gross misdemeanor, damage penalties and up to $1,000 for each violation.

New Hampshire: The Legislature Legislature is considering allowing online voter registration – a major potential change to the state’s election system that advocates say would ease burdens on voters and poll workers. Senate Bill 70, which the House passed last week, would allow the Secretary of State’s Office to create an “election information portal” in New Hampshire, which would allow voters to register to vote and request an absentee ballot online. The proposed system would also let voters change their party affiliation online and amend information in the voter file, such as their name and current address.  If approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Chris Sununu, the bill would not take effect until January 2024 – just ahead of the state’s presidential primary, which is typically held in February. The Secretary of State’s Office is already moving to replace its “legacy voter database” this year and upgrade to a more modern system, Secretary of State Dave Scanlan told lawmakers.

New Jersey: The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released legislation sponsored by Senator Andrew Zwicker and Senator Shirley Turner that requires periodic reporting of results on Election Night and also ensures transparency of the democratic process. Under the bill, county clerks in New Jersey would be required, in consultation with county boards of elections, to periodically report the unofficial tally of election results on the night of any primary and general election, every day thereafter and until the final tally thereafter. Under current law, district boards of elections are required to post a notice every two hours on Election Day indicating the cumulative number of voters who have voted in the election by machine and provisional ballot. The bill would further require that the district level results for the in-person early voting period, the Election Day vote, and the vote-by-mail vote be reported on the county clerk’s Internet site upon certification of the results. The bill, S-3594, was released from committee by a vote of 11-0.

North Carolina: The Senate approved a pair of election and voting-related bills that include the latest attempts by Republicans to enact legislation that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed in past years and to remove his control over the State Board of Elections. By identical party-line votes favoring the GOP, the chamber agreed to two measures that would affect election administration and the details of voting in the nation’s ninth-largest state, where statewide elections are often close.  The bills’ sponsors contend the changes will rebuild trust in election results, protect lawful voting and help create election rules with bipartisan backing.  In one significant provision, traditional absentee ballots not received by county election offices by the time in-person balloting ends at 7:30 p.m. on the date of the election would no longer count. Currently such ballots received by mail up to three days after the election can be counted if postmarked by the election date.  In another bill also approved 28-19, the State Board of Elections would increase from five members to eight, with its members no longer appointed by the governor but by legislative leaders of both major parties. The shift in the absentee ballot deadline is among three provisions that Cooper vetoed in 2019 or 2021 and are contained in one of the bills that was approved.  A second previously vetoed provision bars election boards and county officials from accepting private money to administer elections. And the other previously vetoed item directs state courts to send information to election officials about potential jurors being disqualified because they aren’t U.S. citizens for their eventual removal from voter rolls. The pair of measures now go to the House, where, as in the Senate, the GOP now holds veto-proof majorities. Cooper’s previous vetoes on the three items had stuck at the time because Democrats held enough seats to uphold them.

Ohio: House lawmakers have introduced two separate bills that would require Ohioans to register in advance with the Republican or Democratic Party to vote in their primaries. Proponents say the current system too easily allows people to flip back and forth and mess with their opponents’ elections. The legislation comes less than one year before Ohioans will select nominees for president and Ohio’s 2024 U.S. Senate race. “Just like a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers should not be selecting a Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, the members of each political party should be selecting their candidate,” said Rep. Jennifer Gross, R-West Chester, who’s sponsoring one of the proposals. “This bill simply helps to assure election integrity and increases voter confidence.” House Bill 208 and House Bill 210 are similar in spirit, but they differ on key details. In both cases, voters would select their political party on a registration application or update form. They could choose from a party recognized by the state or write in another established party not listed on the form. Voters could still indicate if they prefer to be unaffiliated, meaning they would only be able to cast ballots on local or statewide issues. Under House Bill 210, sponsored by Gross, Ohioans who wish to select or change their political party for an upcoming primary must do so by Dec. 31. Anyone who submits a form after that would have to wait until the following year to vote in a partisan primary. House Bill 208, introduced by Rep. Thomas Hall, R-Madison Township, would let voters make that call up to 30 days before the election. Hall did not respond to an interview request.

Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have expanded vote-by-mail access for people with disabilities — specifically people who are blind or paralyzed and need assistance marking their ballot.  Advocates say Abbott’s veto of House Bill 3159 is a blow for voters with disabilities who have for years called for the Legislature to grant them a way to mark their mail-in ballots without having to rely on anyone else.  Co-authored by state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, and state Rep. John H. Bucy III, D-Austin, the bill would have allowed voters who need help casting a ballot, such as people who are visually impaired or are paralyzed, to do so “privately and securely” by requesting an electronic ballot and using a computer to mark their choices. The bill still would have required those voters to print out, sign and return their ballots by mail. The bill requires voters who want to vote by mail using the electronically delivered accessible ballot to affirm they “have a sickness or physical condition preventing them from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injuring [their] health.” In a resolution explaining his veto, Abbott called the intent of the bill “laudable” but said the bill does not limit the use of an electronic and accessible ballot by mail only to voters with disabilities. He says the bill would allow “any voter who qualifies to vote by mail to receive a ballot electronically.”

Meanwhile, Abbott signed into law two bills targeting Harris County elections, triggering a legal showdown in which the county is expected to argue the actions violate the Texas Constitution.  Senate Bill 1750 abolishes the county’s elections administrators office. The other measure, Senate Bill 1933, allows certain individuals to file election complaints that could place Harris County election officials under “administrative oversight,” meaning that they would need to clear all election policies and procedures with the secretary of state. The first bill transfers election administration duties to two elected officials — the county clerk and the tax assessor-collector —  ending Harris County’s three-year run with an appointed elections administrator. The second bill creates a process for the governor-appointed secretary of state, currently former state Sen. Jane Nelson, to file a lawsuit to remove those two officials. Harris County plans to fight both laws in court in the next couple weeks, County Attorney Christian Menefee said

Utah: Gov. Spencer Cox has signed HB2001 into law. The bill: changes the dates of the municipal primary elections and municipal general elections, sets up a requirement that each county conduct a municipal election, and changes canvassing and other election deadlines. H.B. 2001 “directs each county in the 2nd Congressional District of Utah to conduct a special congressional primary election on the same day as the 2023 municipal primary election, and a special congressional election on the same day as the 2023 municipal election. Now, counties will hold the primary election on Sept. 25, 2023. Counties will hold the general election Nov. 21, 2023.

Legal Updates

Florida: U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor heard arguments this week in an attempt by the state to end a lawsuit that alleges a voter-registration form violates federal law. Attorneys for Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd want U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor to dismiss a lawsuit filed in April by the League of Women Voters of Florida and the NAACP. The lawsuit contends that the state’s voter-registration form violates a federal law known as the National Voter Registration Act because it does not properly inform potential voters of eligibility requirements. That has resulted, in part, in high-profile arrests of felons who thought they had regained voting rights, according to attorneys representing the voting-rights groups. By seeking changes in the voter-registration form, the plaintiffs are asking the state to “nip this problem in the bud,” Eliza Sweren-Becker, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, told Winsor during the hearing. An attorney for Byrd, argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed and that the state is complying with the federal law. He also contended that the voter-registration form would become unwieldy if it had to provide a wide range of information about restoration of voting rights.

North Carolina: The Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court over a law that makes it a felony for a North Carolinian to vote while they are on supervision for a felony conviction, even if they are erroneously told by their parole officer or an election worker that they are allowed to cast a ballot. “It is completely unjust for a prosecutor to bring a felony charge against someone who made an honest mistake by voting before their sentence was complete due to some unpaid, and often unknown, court cost,” Pat McCoy, the Co-Executive Director of Action NC, said in a statement. “We hope the court will enjoin this law before the next election to ensure thousands of North Carolinians have their voices heard at the polls.” Legislators enacted the law, known as the “Strict Liability Voting Law,” in 1877 to disenfranchise Black voters, and reenacted it in 1899 as part of a broader attempt by the legislature to suppress Black voters’ political voice. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP asked the court to declare the law unconstitutional on Fourteenth Amendment grounds. “The undisputed record also shows that county prosecutors have interpreted and enforced the Law inconsistently,” the motion reads. “While some prosecutors have charged individuals who mistakenly voted before completing their post- release supervision, others have declined to prosecute individuals where there was no evidence of intent.” That motion also states that about Black residents make up 22% of North Carolina’s population, but almost 64% of those investigated by the State Board of Elections under the Strict Liability Voting Law between 2015 and 2022. More than two-thirds of the 441 cases investigated after the 2016 general election audit involved Black voters.

Ohio: In a 4-3 ruling, the Republican-leaning Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state can proceed with an August election for voters to decide whether it should be harder to amend the state constitution. The court court determined that lawmakers legally set an Aug. 8 election for Issue 1. If approved, the measure would require 60% of voters to enact new constitutional amendments, instead of a simple majority of 50% plus one. Issue 1 would also change the signature-gathering process citizens must follow to place amendments on the ballot. It requires citizen groups to get voter signatures from all 88 counties, instead of 44, to place an amendment on the ballot. And it would eliminate a 10-day period that petitioners are granted to replace any invalid signatures. The One Person One Vote coalition sued Secretary of State Frank LaRose in May and asked the court to direct LaRose to scrap the Aug. 8 election. The group contends it’s not legal because of Ohio’s new voting law, which limits when August special elections can be held. Instead, advocates argued, amendments proposed by the Legislature must appear on the ballot during a November general election or spring primary. The Ohio Constitution says lawmakers can put ballot questions before voters at “either a special or a general election as the General Assembly may prescribe.” Republican justices said that rule trumps the new voting law, meaning they could set the election through a joint resolution.

Washington: The Washington Supreme Court denied a challenge of the state’s Voting Rights Act, upholding a settlement between Latino voters and Franklin County that created single-member district systems in lieu of “at large” ones. The appeal filed by Franklin County voter James Gimenez sought to upend a settlement reached in May 2022 after three Latino voters sued Franklin County and its board of commissioners for diluting the votes of Latino voters. Justice Mary Yu rejected Gimenez’s appeal to the state’s high court on Thursday, explaining that his arguments are informed by an incorrect interpretation of the act’s definition of a “protected class,” claiming that it protects some racial groups while excluding others. “The WVRA protects all Washington voters from discrimination on the basis of race, color and language minority group,” Yu wrote. “On its face, the WVRA does not require race-based favoritism in local electoral systems, nor does it trigger strict scrutiny by granting special privileges, abridging voting rights or otherwise classifying voters on the basis of race. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs have standing and that the WVRA is valid and constitutional on its face.”

Wisconsin: Michael Miecielica of West Bend, who threatened election workers in the November 2022 election has been found not guilty due to mental disease or defect on three charges related to the incident. The court’s decision means as found guilty of committing the crimes, but is not legally responsible for committing them, per state statutes, because of his mental condition. Miecielica was ordered into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington County on June 1 for a supplemental examination and report, according to court documents.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Early voting | SCOTUS ruling, II, III, IV | Voting rights | AI | Ranked choice voting | Voting rights litigation

Alaska: Election complaint

California: Election reforms

Maine: Ranked choice voting

Michigan: Strengthening democracy

Minnesota: Disinformation

Montana: Cascade County

New Mexico: Election reform

New York: Election legislation

North Carolina: State Board of Elections | Election legislation, II, III, IV, V| Voter data

Ohio: Voting rights | Voter ID

Pennsylvania: Democracy | Luzerne County

Texas: ERIC, II

Utah: Ranked choice voting

Washington: Washington Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: Election system

Upcoming Events

iGO Annual Conference: The International Association of Government Officials will hold its 2023 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas this year. In addition to an education grid, there will be numerous other events such as committee meetings, a trade show, learning sessions, receptions and fun activities. When: June 24-27. Where: Fort Worth, Texas

From Shelby to Milligan: The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund hosts a virtual event entitled, “From Shelby to Milligan: LDF’s Decades-Long Supreme Court Battle in Defense of the Voting Rights Act.”  When: June 27. Where: Online.

Field Hearing: The Committee on House Administration will hold a field hearing “American Confidence in Elections: The Path to Election Integrity Across America” in Cobb County, Georgia. When July 10, 2:30pm Eastern. Where: Online

NASS 2023 Summer Conference: The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold its summer conference in Washington, D.C. Registration will be open in May. Check back for more details. When: July 9-12. Where: Washington, DC.

2023 EAC Data Summit: The 2023 Data Summit will include a review of significant EAVS findings, and discussion on how the EAVS can be utilized by election officials, academics, and other stakeholders to improve elections. The Data Summit will be held at the EAC Hearing Room and live streamed on the EAC’s YouTube page. When: July 19. Where: Online.

2023 EAC Local Leadership Council Annual Meeting:  The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Local Leadership Council (LLC) will hold its 2023 Annual Meeting on July 20th and July 21st. This meeting is in-person and open to the public. During the meeting, the EAC’s LLC members will discuss EAC updates and upcoming programs, such as election technology. The meeting will include moderated discussion on topics such as training and workforce development, looking ahead to 2024, and making the Local Leadership Council an effective Advisory Board. Throughout the meeting, there will be opportunities for members to ask questions. Additionally, the Board will vote to elect members to executive officer positions, who will be sworn in at the meeting.  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 90 appointed members. When: July 20-21. Where: New York City.

NACo Annual Conference: The National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference & Expo is the largest meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country. Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.  When: July 21-24. Where: Travis County, Texas.

NASED Summer Conference: The National Association of State Election Directors will hold its 2023 summer conference in South Carolina. There will be no virtual option this year.  Where: South Carolina. When: July 25-27.

Election Center National Conference: The National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center) will hold its 38th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in late August. In addition to the conference, CERA courses and renewal courses will be offered. The conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, the CERA graduation ceremony and an optional tour of the Orange County, Florida supervisor of elections offices. When: Aug. 26-30. Where: Orlando, Florida

Job Postings This Week

electionlineWeekly publishes election administration job postings each week as a free service to our readers. To have your job listed in the newsletter, please send a copy of the job description, including a web link to mmoretti@electionline.org.  Job postings must be received by 5pm on Wednesday in order to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Listings will run for three weeks or till the deadline listed in the posting.

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.

Associate Director, Political Science, MIT Election Data and Science Lab— To serve in a leadership role by working with the faculty director to develop and implement an expanded strategic vision of MEDSL and to manage operations and administration of the lab’s activities. Will bear primary responsibility for ensuring that the lab’s activities are responsive to the most pressing needs of election administrators throughout the United States and for maintaining robust lines of communication with election officials and allied research institutions. MEDSL is dedicated to the creation of knowledge, insights, and data necessary to increase understanding and guide improvement of elections as they are conducted in the United States. Required: bachelor’s degree; five years’ direct experience working in election administration or election science (which may have been acquired through work as a state or local administrator, leader of a nonprofit organization, or academic researcher); tactical and strategic approach to responsibilities; excellent problem-solving, organizational, project management, and written and verbal communication and presentation skills; organizational and cultural awareness; diplomacy and good judgment;  initiative; interest in contributing to the progress of scientific research by facilitating the work of others; discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues; and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Must be able to achieve big picture results while paying attention to detail; follow through and achieve objectives in a timely manner; keep teams, projects, and deliverables on track; coordinate multiple tasks, set priorities, deliver results, and meet deadlines; exert influence, negotiate, and work across boundaries; and work independently and collaboratively. Preferred: graduate degree in law, political science, public policy, public administration, management, or related field. 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 adjust 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; and Portfolios will be required by all applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process. Salary: $27.10 – $28.10.  Application: For the complete listing and to apply, click here.

Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, San Bernardino, California— The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters seeks a dynamic and innovative administrator who can lead and thrive in a fast-paced environment to manage our elections programs, processes, and team.  The Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters is a forward-thinking individual that assists with guiding the future direction of the department and its processes, taking a hands-on approach to find solutions while working collaboratively with a knowledgeable and dedicated team. The Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters is a key member of the Department’s senior management team, participating in organizational strategic planning and administering election programs. The position serves as a Chief over a division of the Registrar of Voters (ROV) office and has primary responsibility for assisting the ROV in planning, conducting, and certifying all Primary, General, and Special elections. Salary: $85,425.60 – $118,684.80. 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.

Chief Voting Section, U.S. Department of Justice— The Civil Rights Division (CRT) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as the Chief, Voting Section. The Voting Section enforces the federal civil rights laws that safeguard citizens’ right to vote; brings lawsuits against states, counties, cities, and other jurisdictions; submits statements of interest in litigation brought by private parties; and monitors elections. Salary: $141,022 – $212,100 per year. Deadline: July 12. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Data Analyst, Protect Democracy— VoteShield, a project of Protect Democracy, seeks highly motivated and civic-minded Data Analysts to join our growing team. VoteShield’s goal is to maintain complete and accurate voter data in order to ensure free and fair elections for all qualified voters. As a member of this world-class analysis and engineering team, you will analyze voter registration data, work with election administrators, and grow your technical skills. Ideal candidates will be critical thinkers with a command of data analysis techniques and the ability to distill findings into clear, accessible reports and presentations. We are seeking people who bring an interest in civic data, commitment to non-partisanship, and passion for defending and strengthening our democracy through free and fair elections. We do not expect that any one candidate will have all of the experiences and requirements listed — our current data analysis team comes from a variety of professional backgrounds, including academia and the public and private sectors. We highly encourage you to apply if the job description gets you excited about the role and the work of Protect Democracy & VoteShield. You may work from any location in the United States, and candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum are strongly encouraged to apply. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Deputy Director- Communications & Support Services, DeKalb County, Georgia— The following duties are normal for this classification. 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. Manages, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; 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 County administrators and elected officials; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures. Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities in order 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 County administrators and elected officials; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate. Directs functions and activities of the department; directs voter registration programs, voter education and outreach programs; administers elections; recruits and trains poll workers; and oversees storage, maintenance, preparation, and testing of election equipment. Directs voter registration activities; reviews and approves staffing levels during high volume and peak registration periods; monitors work activities to ensure timely processing of applications and maintenance of voter registration rolls; and conducts voter education seminars and training for citizens. Conducts elections; supervises departmental personnel to ensure that all elections are conducted in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations; determines locations and schedule for early voting; organizes equipment and staff deployment levels for early and election day voting; reviews training packets; monitors early voting traffic and election task lists; approves ballot layouts; and implements changes in procedures to resolve issues. Plans, directs, trains, and supervises voter outreach activities; processing absentee ballots; receives/files nomination papers, candidate statements and initiative petitions; maintains the voter file; advises individuals/groups on procedures for filing initiatives, referendums and recall petitions; and files/audits campaign financial statements. Coordinates the daily operation of the department’s computer systems; supervises data entry of affidavits of registration; maintains election district information; prepares and maintains precinct maps; creating and consolidates precincts, including the operation of customized computer aided drafting applications; supervises election night ballot tabulating. Plans, directs and supervises employees engaged in securing polling places and precinct officers; training precinct officers; orders and delivers precinct supplies and materials; operating collection centers; conducting official canvass of election returns; operates mailing and computerized mail addressing equipment; mails sample ballots and election information to voters; and receives, inventorying and storing election supplies Assists in developing and implementing long- and short-term plans, goals, and objectives for the department; evaluates effectiveness and efficiency of department activities; reviews and revises policies, procedures, plans and programs; and researches, assesses, and makes recommendations regarding strategies to meet current and future election and voter registration needs. Interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations; maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations and pending legislation that may impact department operations; and maintains an awareness of new products, methods, trends and advances in the profession. Assists in developing, implementing, and administering department budget; monitors expenditures for adherence to established budgetary parameters; and prepares and submits financial documentation. Oversees equipment and supplies for the department; determines voting equipment needs for each precinct for elections; monitors the packing and preparation of voting equipment and supplies; reviews and approves supply and equipment requisitions; develops equipment specifications; obtains price quotes from vendors; prepares and updates policies and procedures for equipment storage; and manages the maintenance of all related records. Completes data entry and filing; enters new voter registration information; verifies accuracy and completeness of voter information; conducts research of state records; mails out letters to retrieve missing information and documentation; updates existing records in statewide registration base; files new, updates existing, and pulls deleted cards as appropriate; scans and indexes registration and absentee applications; and files records and correspondence after processing. Oversees the creation of print and online content to publicize and promote department programs, facilities, events, or objectives; researches and verifies information; reviews, approves, or produces newsletters, calendars, brochures, and flyers; monitors, approves, and creates content for social media and department website; and writes or edits official department announcements, emails blasts, press releases, letters, or posts. Directs the design, planning and implementation of training programs aligned with department objectives and strategies; oversees community outreach programs and events; plans, organizes, and oversees special events, facility tours, educational programs; oversees the selection of locations, dates; reviews activities and materials prepared by staff or vendors; recruits and supervises event volunteers; and coordinates set-up, staffing, and implementation of program/event plans. Represents department to media, other departments, municipalities, candidates and state officials; answers questions and provides information; coordinates work activities; reviews status of work; resolves problems; responds to media requests; gives interviews and official comments; and produces short television segments for DeKalb County TV. Salary range: $81,077 – $125,670. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Director of Elections/General Registrar, Fairfax City, Virginia— The General Registrar is a department head and manages two full time employees, a team of temporary staff, and 60-100 elections officers.   He/she is responsible for Voter Registration, candidate filing, campaign finance, and Election Management, including security protocols. The Registrar must perform the duties outlined in Virginia Code Sec. 24.2-114 to include timely processing of registration applications and maintaining accurate and current registration records, assuring compliance with all laws and regulations regarding voter registration and especially overseeing the registration process including eligibility determination and denial notification process in accordance with Department of Elections Guidelines.  Elections management duties are carried out at the direction of the Electoral Board and include the maintenance, preparation, testing and deployment of the voting machines. Assuring the availability of the polling places; posting of precinct signs and preparation of election materials for the polling places. Assisting the Electoral Board to insure the uniformity, legality, and accuracy of elections. The General Registrar is required to manage all personnel, fiscal and physical resources as needed to provide all required and desired services of the office. Develop and administer a public information program to encourage registration and voting. Deal with inquiries and complaints from the general public and be a capable public leader. Must have the ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, City officials and the general public. Responsible for officer of elections training and preparation to include duties as a primary trainer of officers of election. The duties listed above are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Salary: $148,293 – $182,392. Deadline June 30. 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.

Election Director, Ohio Secretary of State’s Office— The Ohio Secretary of State Elections Division is recruiting for a Director of the Elections Division. The Director of the Elections Division (often called the Elections Director) oversees a team responsible for one of the Office’s two main functions: the oversight of local, state, and federal elections. The director serves as the Office’s primary liaison to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections and, under the general direction of the Chief of Staff, leads the strategic planning and daily management of the division, including the following duties: Supervises division employees, including the enforcement of workplace policies, periodic review of performance, and recommendations for compensation and promotion; Oversees the issuance of advisories and directives that inform boards of changes to state election laws and sets uniform standards and policies by which elections are conducted; Develops and executes a detailed plan to manage the division’s work product in support of all timelines and deadlines associated with the annual elections calendar; Helps to develop and administer the division’s operational budget to ensure adequate levels of statewide support for the Office’s objectives; Provides daily support to boards of elections, including troubleshooting and training, as well as assistance as needed with administrative functions such as voting operations, poll worker recruitment, records processing and retention, post-election auditing, budgeting, legal compliance, and all other expectations established in the Secretary of State’s Election Official Manual; Reviews feedback from the Office’s regional operations teams and provides follow-up and support as needed; Determines the forms of ballots, poll books, voter instruction notices, and other forms relevant to the administration of elections; Oversees the collection, organization and review of statewide initiative and referendum petitions; Coordinates the meetings and direction of the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners and the Ohio Ballot Board; Assists in the development and implementation of election-related public policy; Supports the Office’s legal staff in fulfilling public records requests, addressing litigation, and supporting law enforcement inquiries; Frequently briefs the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff on all relevant developments impacting the administration of elections in Ohio; Advises on vendor and consultant contracts; Assists the Office’s Information Technology team with election data retention and analysis efforts, including maintenance of voter registration records, investigations of fraud and irregularities, and publication of election statistics; Communicates with advocacy groups and election officials seeking guidance on the Office’s directives, advisories, or strategic policy initiatives; Represents the Secretary of State as needed in meetings, hearings, conferences, and other functions related to election administration; Seeks opportunities to strengthen the influence and visibility of the Office with election officials, advocacy groups, and influencers; Assists with the development of the Office’s communication content to intergovernmental contacts and third-party stakeholders; Manages the logistical planning and execution of the Office’s statewide Election Night Reporting operation, which includes the collection, tracking, tabulation, and reporting of election data from boards of elections to an official website for public consumption; Assists the Office’s legal staff in ensuring compliance with applicable rules, disclosures, and filings relating to lobbying and ethics laws; Collaborates with the Office’s External Affairs, Business Services, and Public Integrity divisions to support their respective objectives, including the development of public voter awareness campaigns, informational publications, website content, and other communications content; and Otherwise supports the Secretary of State and the Office of the Secretary of State in complying with all statutory obligations set forth under Ohio Revised Code Section 3501.05, “Election duties of secretary of state.” Salary: $125K-$140K. 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 Coordinator, St. Johns County, Florida— The IT Coordinator is a critical role in the organization responsible for overseeing the technology operations of the Supervisor of Elections office operating in a Microsoft Windows environment. This includes managing the IT staff, ensuring the security and integrity of the organization’s data and systems, and identifying and implementing new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity. The IT Coordinator manages core network operations, reports to senior management, and collaborates with other department heads to align Information Technology strategies to maximize organizational operations. Responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the Supervisor of Elections office and systems while identifying and implementing new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity. Salary: $80,000 – $92,500 a year. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Legal and Electoral Dispute Resolution Expert, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, bolstering the electoral dispute resolution process, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting a set of candidate principles for trusted elections. The Carter Center’s proposed electoral dispute resolution program aims to bolster public awareness of existing mechanisms to resolve electoral challenges as a means of building confidence in the process and encouraging peaceful acceptance of results. It also seeks to identify and propose meaningful reforms to strengthen those mechanisms and make them more coherent. Ahead of the 2024 election cycle, The Carter Center is proposing a four-pronged program of work that to increase the transparency, accessibility, timeliness and accountability of electoral dispute resolution mechanisms and thereby bolster public trust in the electoral process. The program will seek to both raise awareness of existing mechanisms for electoral dispute resolution and provide recommendations for their improvement. This position will also serve as our legal expert and will work closely with other members of the US Electoral expert team to assess the extent to which the US legislation, state legislation, and their implementation complies with international election standards. The legal analyst is expected to understand the legal framework of elections in the United States, generally, brief staff on election-related legal issues, and meet with relevant stakeholders as requested. Salary: Commensurate with experience Length of Assignment: Through August 31, 2023, with possibility of extension or contract renewal. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Program Coordinator, Charleston County, South Carolina— This position is responsible for the recruiting, coordinating, and training of Election Day poll managers on the policies, procedures, and SC State law regarding the administering of fair, honest, and accurate elections within the polling places on Election Day and during early voting. This position will also train all temporary Early Voting staff. This position will be responsible for developing all instruction manuals and materials. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director of Election Operations. Salary: $53,248 – $69,784. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Voter Registration Technician, DeKalb County, Georgia— Completes data entry and filing; enters new voter registration information; verifies accuracy and completeness of voter information; conducts research of state records; mails out letters to retrieve missing information and documentation; updates existing records in statewide registration base; files new, updates existing, and pulls deleted cards as appropriate; scans and indexes registration and absentee applications; and files records and correspondence after processing. Provides customer service; provides voter information and answers questions regarding voter registration policies and procedures; and issues voter identification cards and voter registration certificates. Assists in maintaining County-wide master street files, district lines, and precinct maps; researches boundary and location changes and redistricting; and assists in verifying precinct locations and district numbers. Performs duties related to elections; assists in hiring and managing of temporary employees to work at voting site; conducts site visits to ensure site is prepared for voting; checks voter identification; verifies voter information; assists voters in booth with various questions regarding voting; provides provisional procedures, problem solving skills, and conflict resolution skills; ensures all necessary signs are in appropriate area of the polling site; prints election result and zero tapes for all advanced voting sites; completes Election Recap Sheet; and stores all absentee applications in boxes to send to the warehouse. Supervises summer interns; assigns work tasks; and completes time and work habit evaluation sheet. Attend and participate in mandatory ongoing training, including certifications and annual training. Salary: $37,182 – $59,864. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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