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March 28, 2024

March 28, 2024

In Focus This Week

United in Security: How Every State Protects Your Vote
BPC, Issue One and R Street detail common election security protections 

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Issue One, and the R Street Institute released “United in Security: How Every State Protects Your Vote,” an infographic outlining the protections in place to keep American elections safe, secure, and transparent. 

“Election officials are often well prepared to discuss why elections are trustworthy in their county or state, but lack a clear and digestible resource for discussing why elections are trustworthy across the country,” said Will Adler, Associate Director of the Elections Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “We hope this can be a resource for communicating why all Americans can trust election outcomes.”

Protections fall into three categories:

  • States have transparent, accountable elections.
  • States confirm the accuracy of voting equipment
  • States ensure that only eligible votes are counted.

The organizations compiled facts about elections that, if voters knew them, might bolster their confidence in elections. The resource is also intended to be a reference for state and local election officials to discuss election security.

“From coast to coast, election officials are working to ensure that all votes are cast and counted accurately,” said Matt Germer, Director of the Governance Program at R Street. “This high-level infographic covers many of the security practices in place—before, during and after Election Day—that should give us all more confidence in our elections.”

This resource illustrates the robust checks and balances among states, along with the common transparency measures that strengthen the integrity of elections nationwide.

“Election officials work year round to ensure that our elections are safe and secure. While there may be some differences in how elections are run from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there are a number of shared practices that should give all of us confidence in how elections work,” said Gideon Cohn-Postar, Legislative Director for Issue One


Overview of State Election Laws

New Profiles Offer Bird’s-Eye Views of Each State’s Election Laws
NCSL and U.S. Election Assistance Commission team up to create one-page policy overviews

By Katie King
National Conference of State Legislatures

All states are looking for the same outcomes in election administration: accuracy, accessibility for all eligible voters and accountability. But states vary in the ways they achieve those goals.

For instance, all states have ways to confirm voters get the right ballot. All states have absentee voting—though some ask voters to indicate why they need to vote absentee. All states have checks and balances to ensure ballots are counted accurately—but those post-voting options do differ.

Because it can be hard to keep even one state’s policies straight—let alone Washington, D.C., and 49 others—NCSL and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission created a one-page profile for each state outlining its election policies. The profiles are available online and as printable PDFs.

While the more detailed NCSL Election Resources page gets into the nitty-gritty on each policy topic, the one-page profiles give a bird’s-eye view of election policies one state at a time. Created with policymakers in mind, the profiles outline each state’s policies and offer a glimpse of where that state stands nationally on particular policies.

Each profile is broken into four sections: state information; voter registration policies; voting policies; and “other.” Below are more details on each section.

State Information
This section details the administrative structure in each state. In most states, such as Idaho and Minnesota, the secretary of state is the chief election official; in Utah and Hawaii, it’s the lieutenant governor. Other states have boards that oversee elections and designate the chief election official. The profiles also list which officials run elections locally, though they can hold different titles. In some states, one local official oversees elections; in others, the duties are split between two or more offices. Each profile links to the state’s election website so voters, lawmakers and others can get accurate, up-to-date information about their state’s elections.

Voter Registration
Except for North Dakota, every state has voter registration. (North Dakota keeps a list of people who vote.) But how each state manages voter registration varies. Alabama and California are among the 42 states with online voter registration, and Georgia and Vermont are among the states that also have automatic voter registration. (When voters interact with a qualifying state agency, such as the DMV, they are automatically registered to vote if they meet the qualifications.) Louisiana and New York allow preregistration for 16-year-olds; Oklahoma permits preregistration for 17.5-year-olds; and Pennsylvania requires eligible voters to be 18 before they can register to vote. Voter registration deadlines and Election Day or same-day registration policies are included in this section.

Policies about voting itself vary widely by state. Missouri and Michigan require some form of identification to vote in person, while New Jersey and New Mexico do not if ID was presented at the time of registration. Nationwide, early voting begins from 50 days to three days before Election Day in the 46 states that offer it. Minnesota and South Carolina do not use vote centers for Election Day, while Arkansas and North Dakota do. Also included in this section are state policies on ballot return, including who can return a voted ballot, drop box permittance, ballot cure processes, timelines for processing ballots and electronic ballot return.

This section showcases state audit policies and primary types. Almost all states use some form of preelection audit or logic and accuracy testing, and all but two states use some form of postelection audit. As for primary types, policies range from open (any voter can participate in either party’s primary) to closed (only registered party members can vote in a party primary). In between, you can find top-two (California and Washington), top-four (Alaska), all-comers (Louisiana for some races) and nonpartisan (Nebraska) primaries.

While this project categorizes similar state policies, each state’s specific policies are more nuanced than what fits in a one-page snapshot. For more detailed information on each policy topic, refer to the EAC and the NCSL Election Resources page.

The one-page profiles hold an abundance of information on each state’s policies, and if there’s a key takeaway, it’s this: Election policy is not one size fits all. Talk with your local election officials about potential impacts of policies before making decisions about election legislation and policy.

View each state’s election profile here: State Profiles: Elections.

Katie King is a policy associate in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program. This article was reprinted with permission from the National Conference of State Legislators. 

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Election News This Week

Threats to Democracy: There was news on several fronts this week on securing democracy. Stateline took a look at the more than 20 states that have worked to ban guns from in and around polling places. Justice Department officials ‘held a news conference this week saying that  reports of widespread threats against officials running the 2020 and 2022 elections have resulted in charges against roughly 20 people, with more than a half dozen receiving sentences between one and 3 1⁄2 years. Officials caution that it remains to be seen if the stiff sentences will serve as an effective deterrent to would-be-criminals in future election cycles. Officials explained that investigators have to assess whether each reported threat crosses the line from free speech to an actual violent or death threat. That includes determining why the person sent the threat and the effect that it had on the person who received it. They said that threats typically occur around the time of elections and vote counting and that election denialism is at the root of many of the cases. Election workers have left their jobs as a result of the threats they, their families and their colleagues have received, the officials said. Voting Rights Lab, a nonpartisan organization that analyzes election-related legislation, is tracking more than 100 bills in 40 state legislatures introduced or passed this year that intend to regulate artificial intelligence’s potential to produce election disinformation. Megan Bellamy, vice president of law and policy at Voting Rights Lab, said some of these laws aim to provide transparency around AI-generated content, while others seek to penalize those that use AI to intentionally mislead voters. “2024 is the first American presidential election year at the intersection of election-related myths and disinformation that have been on the rise and the rapid growth of AI-generated content,” Bellamy told StateScoop in a recent interview about Voting Rights Lab’s legislative analysis, which was released this week. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that seven hackers associated with the Chinese government were charged with computer intrusions targeting perceived critics of China and U.S. businesses and politicians. The defendants were part of the APT31 hacking group. “These allegations pull back the curtain on China’s vast illegal hacking operation that targeted sensitive data from U.S. elected and government officials, journalists and academics; valuable information from American companies; and political dissidents in America and abroad.  Their sinister scheme victimized thousands of people and entities across the world, and lasted for well over a decade,” stated Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. APT31 has a history of targeting politicians in the US and Europe. They have gone after political campaigns, parliamentarians, and other targets for insights into the landscape. “As we’ve seen in previous election cycles, actors like APT31 turn to political organizations to find the geopolitical intelligence that they’re tasked with collecting. Politicians, parties, and elections organizations are rich sources of intelligence that offer collectors everything from rare geopolitical insights to enormous troves of data. These are all serious incidents, but this information, once stolen, is not necessarily destined to be used in active interference like previous hack and leak operations by Russian actors.”  – John Hultquist, Chief Analyst, Mandiant Intelligence – Google Cloud

Congratulations: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger recently recognized elections officials in Meriwether and Houston counties with the EAGLE Award. The EAGLE Award honors the innovations, achievements, and best practices of county election offices to ensure that safe, secure, accessible, and accurate elections are provided to Georgia’s voters. “We have tremendous work being done in Meriwether County and all around the state,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “The EAGLE award highlights that work, promoting a culture where Georgia election officials support and learn from each other, and instill complete confidence in the voters of Georgia. We thank Meriwether County for leading the way.” Meriwether County is recognized with an EAGLE Award for their outstanding work in election security and innovation, demonstrating commitment and dedication in conducting elections that prioritize adherence to all Georgia laws through developing clear training and policies, representing a commitment to secure, accurate, and fair elections and a high level of attention to detail. Meriwether County is considered a leader in elections by their peers across Georgia. Raffensperger praised Houston County, saying “Election Directors like Debra Presswood lead the way for our state. Her skills and leadership instill confidence in Georgia voters and serve as a model for running smooth elections.” Dan Perdue, Chairman of the Houston County Board of Commissioners, stated, “I could not be more pleased that the Secretary of State’s Election Division has chosen to award Ms. Debra Presswood and the entire team…I and the entire Board of Commissioners have the utmost confidence in Ms. Presswood and the Board of Elections and support their efforts wholeheartedly. It is encouraging to see her recognized at the State level.”

Sticker News: Congratulations to Grace Duncan of Winfield Middle School, Hunter Heitman of Elsberry Middle School, and Avery Johnson of Troy Buchanan High for winning the inaugural “I Voted” sticker contest in Lincoln County, Missouri. In total, 91 entries were received. Of the 91 entries, four designs were disqualified due to non-compliance.The remaining 87 designs were scored by a five-member preliminary judging panel that consisted of the County Clerk, one employee from the County Clerk’s office, and three Lincoln County poll workers. Each panelist scored the designs on a scale of 1-10. To facilitate a blind voting process, each entry was identified by a letter and number. Results were calculated and finalists were selected from the cumulative high scores of each age group: 4 designs, 6th-8th grade (hand-drawn); 3 designs, 6th-8th grade (digital); and 3 designs, 9th-12th grade (hand-drawn). The finalists’ designs were then put out to public vote online via SurveyMonkey for a two-week period. A total of 879 votes were cast by the public for the “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest. Congratulations to Charlotte High School junior Clara Bailey and Lemon Bay High School sophomore Annalise Robbins for their winning designs in the Charlotte County, Florida “I Voted” sticker contest. The new stickers debuted in the recent presidential preference primary and will be used in this year’s upcoming primary and general elections. Supervisor of Elections Leah Valenti said there were 25 submissions from Charlotte and Lemon Bay high schools. Robbins’ showcases an alligator, and Bailey’s has palm fronds surrounding the words “I voted.” Valenti said the contest empowers local youth by “actively involving them in the voting and election process.” “We are not just shaping informed citizens, but cultivating the leaders of tomorrow,” Valenti said. She said it’s important to engage teens in voting programs. “At the award ceremony, I felt like a proud mom,” said Valenti, who gave the two winners and their teachers certificates. “The election workers were prideful as well. We told many voters about the stickers and how they came to be. We displayed a poster of all of the entries for voters to pick a winner.”

Podcast News: In the latest episode of High Turnout Wide Margins, hosts Eric Fey and Brianna Lennon speak with Gideon Cohn-Postar. He’s the Legislative Director from Issue One, an organization that advocates for cross partisan political reform at the Congressional level – on issues such as social media reform, protecting the safety of election officials and consistent federal funding for elections throughout the country. They spoke a little about the current status of congressional funding for elections, as well as how projects, like “Faces of Democracy,” can help personalize these issues for members of Congress. On the NPR Politics Podcast, new data shows that voting in America has gotten easier over the past two decades. More voters have the ability to cast a ballot before Election Day, with the majority of U.S. states now offering some form of early in-person voting and mail voting to all voters. On the Safe Mode podcast from the folks at Cyberscoop, Kiersten Todt, CEO of Liberty Group Ventures sits down with host Elias Groll for a wide-ranging conversation about the cybersecurity policy landscape. CyberScoop reporter Derek B. Johnson also joins the show to discuss his reporting on how election officials are preparing for the ways AI might disrupt this fall’s elections. On the Statescoop Priorities Podcast, Ted Allen, a professor at Ohio State University, and Victoria Bassetti, senior adviser at States United Democracy Center — join us to discuss voting as we head into the 2024 election season. With the U.S. 2024 presidential election 8 months away, this episode addresses how state and local governments are preparing for the upcoming election in their states, including election security, voting administration and recent legislation that’s had an impact on election officials and poll workers nationwide. 

Personnel News: Meredith Sumpter has been named the new president and CEO of FairVote. Patty Jenks is retiring after 40 years as the Lyme, New Hampshire clerk. With the filing deadline upon them, the following people have joined the race for secretary of state in Missouri: State Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Wentzville Judge Mike Carter and Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher. The three join five other candidates who had previously announced. Atascosa County, Texas Elections Administrator Janice Ruple has announced her retirement; Cathryn Seiter has been appointed to replace her. 

Legislative Updates

Alabama: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would require probate judges to tally the ballots after every county and statewide general election in a post-election audit. Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis believes it’s unnecessary. He says on election day they know exactly how many ballots go to every precinct, how many ballots are cast at each voting machine from the machine’s automated counter and how many voters were processed at each precinct. “And all three of those numbers are supposed to match, and they do. And they always have,” said Davis. Rep. Debbie Woods is proposing legislation that would require probate judges to randomly select one precinct and one race that is not subject to a recount or contest and either manually tally the ballots or run them through a ballot counter not used during the election. A House committee this week discussed the legislation and Davis listened to the live stream. In 2022 legislation authorized a post-election audit pilot program in three counties.

Georgia: Lawmakers advanced a number of election changes on March 26 that would allow officials to reduce the number of voting machines, add watermarks to ballots and put pictures of all ballots online for public review. The bills are part of a Republican package of changes to how the state would conduct elections ahead of this year’s presidential race. These measures and others still need to pass final votes on the last day of this year’s legislative session March 28. State Sen. Max Burns said county election directors asked for flexibility to deploy fewer voting machines on election day to account for the high number of Georgians who cast early or absentee ballots. House Bill 1207 passed along party lines, 33-20, with all Democrats opposed. The legislation also would require election workers to be U.S. citizens, allow candidates to check ballots for accuracy before they’re printed and guarantee access to poll watchers. The Senate also passed House Bill 974, which would put a watermark on all ballots, require audits of at least two statewide races each election and post ballot images online. That bill passed 47-6.

Idaho: The House passed Senate Bill 1377 (S1377) this week after a short debate questioning the constitutionality of the bill. The bill would require any person receiving payment to gather signatures for an initiative process to disclose they are paid. This bill outlines a verbal notice and a visual badge on the petitioner’s clothing to denote their status as a paid worker. Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) was the only lawmaker to speak other than the floor sponsor Rep. Brandon Mitchell (R-Moscow). Mitchell pitched the bill as a transparency measure against out-of-state money influencing Idaho policy. “If we were so worried about transparency and voters knowing who’s paying for what, we don’t do this for any other political activity. I can spend a million dollars hiring people to knock every door in my district telling everybody that Ilana Rubel is the cat’s meow,” Rubel said. “They wouldn’t have to wear a pin or tell anybody that I’m paying them.” Rubel questioned the constitutionality of the bill; the Idaho State Supreme Court overturned a previous law to regulate the initiative process through Reclaim Idaho v. Denney (2021). The court regarded the initiative process to be a right of the people.

Maryland: A Republican nominee to the State Board of Elections will be recommended for confirmation to the full Senate despite concerns about a social media post and emails attributed to her. The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 12-3 to send Diane Butler, an Ellicott City resident, to the full Senate. The floor vote could come later this week. The committee held Butler’s nomination for two weeks over concerns about hyper-partisanship and her views on the integrity of recent state elections. “I think the correspondence, just to me, seems in many ways, to be incongruent to some of the motivations that were actually expressed during the hearings,” said Senate Executive Nominations Vice Chair Clarence K. Lam (D-Howard and Anne Arundel), one of three members of the panel who voted against Butler’s nomination. “I’m just not confident that her motivations previously to really press the county board of elections and some of her prior statements were solely intended to improve the process.”

Minnesota: Joe Champion (D-Minneapolis) is the lead author of the Minnesota Voting Rights Act, which would restore the right of private action for efforts by governmental entities to suppress the votes of protected classes, or dilute their votes through gerrymandering of political boundaries. “This bill would ensure that Minnesota voters once again have the challenge discrimination that they experience. We believe that voting is a part of our democracy.” The bill would bar localities from taking actions that make it harder for persons of color to vote, such as closing a polling places or limiting early voting. Champion’s bill would allow citizens or interest groups to make a claim short of going to court, and then to pursue the court option if that doesn’t work. The Judiciary Committee passed the bill on a voice vote and sent it to the full Senate for consideration at a later date.

Nebraska: Nebraska lawmakers have advanced legislation that would restore voting rights to felons immediately upon completion of their sentence. Currently state law bars those with felony convictions from voting for two years after completion of their sentence, including parole. The bill, LB20, advanced through the first round of debate, would eliminate this waiting period. Nebraska is the only state that attaches an “arbitrary” waiting period before voting rights are restored after a person’s sentence is complete, Wayne said. LB20, which Wayne introduced last session, would simply do away with that “additional penalty,” he added. “At the end of the day, when you have completed your sentence – when you are done – you should be able to participate in our society fully and completely,” Wayne said. Chair of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, agreed. The bill advanced to a second round of debate with bipartisan support from lawmakers 34-3, with 2 present-not voting, and 10 excused-not voting.

New Hampshire: House Bill 1264 would require towns and cities to provide accessible voting systems in local elections that meet the Help America Vote Act of 2002 as well as the Americans With Disabilities Act. Those machines would need to have the capacity to accept the choices of the voter and print out a paper ballot filled in with those choices for the voter to then cast, the bill states. The bill would effectively “enable access to voting for individuals with disabilities during elections by giving them the same degree of privacy that is accorded to nondisabled voters,” a summary from the Secretary of State’s Office reads. Sponsored by Rep. Mark Paige, an Exeter Democrat, the bill creates a mandate for towns but does not explicitly state how they might meet that mandate or acquire the machines. But advocates say they envision two phases. First, the bill creates a pilot program where the Secretary of State’s Office is required to “provide” the machines to the towns for any elections between Jan. 1 and June 30 of 2025. Paige and other supporters say that would likely entail the Secretary of State’s Office sharing the machines it already has and allowing them to be programmed for local elections. Second, Paige and other lawmakers say they will work to set aside money in the state budget next year to pay for cities and towns to acquire the machines themselves. Local officials would then use a vendor to program the machines – without the involvement of the Secretary of State’s Office. The bill received a unanimous recommendation from the House Election Law Committee and passed the full House on a voice vote last week; it heads next to the Senate.

HB 1014, a bill that would bolster voter registration efforts among young people by altering public and private school curricula. While the prime sponsor Rep. Mark Paige, D-Exeter, thinks it’s a fairly straightforward bipartisan, “common sense” bill; concerns have been raised by Republican lawmakers who oppose its passage. The bill itself would not force students to register to vote, but instead requires school districts and private schools to “develop programs to inform high school students about registering to vote.” This education would also include policies to promote student voter registration, such as “collaboration with the town or city clerk and the supervisor of the checklist to conduct voter registration at high schools.” However, completion of voter registration would not be a course requirement or graded assignment for students, according to the bill. The education program would focus on “informing students of state requirements for voter registration” and “providing access to and assistance with filing registration applications.” Paige, a former teacher, wrote this bill with the hope of bolstering the existing civics curriculum at high schools by turning education into action, or at the bare minimum, remove any barriers of confusion about voter registration.

Pennsylvania: Victims of voter intimidation would have legal standing to sue people criminally convicted of interfering with polling places under a bill passed this week by the state House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia), House Bill 461 would allow victims to sue for punitive damages and attorney fees. The law would apply to defendants who are convicted of violating the Pennsylvania Election Code’s provisions against voter intimidation. The passed 14-12 in a party line vote, with Republicans in opposition, and now goes to the full House for consideration. Kinsey said during a Judiciary Committee meeting that voter intimidation has been a longstanding problem, as communities of color have faced intimidation since the 19th century and remains an issue today, with extremist groups posting watchers at drop boxes in Arizona last year. Fourteen states have passed laws to protect election officials, staff and volunteers, Kinsey noted.

Republicans in the House revealed plans to try to force action on a voter ID measure by using a seldom-used parliamentary maneuver that could get the proposal on the ballot for voters to consider in November.  House Republicans said at a press conference Monday that they plan to introduce a discharge resolution – a parliamentary tool that allows lawmakers to pull a bill out of committee and bypass a committee vote, in an attempt to secure a vote on House Bill 891. The measure would add a universal voter ID requirement to the state constitution – if voters ultimately approve it in a ballot referendum. Under the current House operating rules, discharge resolutions must receive signatures from 50 members – 25 signatures from the minority party and 25 signatures from the majority party – for the resolution to move forward. A discharge resolution must then receive a majority vote from members of the House for a bill to be considered.

Tennessee: Rep. Bryan Richey (R – Maryville) has introduced a bill that would create a process for Tennesseans to formally declare party affiliation ahead of elections after a lawsuit was dismissed over state laws requiring signs to be posted at polling places telling voters they needed to be “bona fide” party members. Currently, voters are not required to register with a party to vote in a primary election in Tennessee. Instead, they just need to ask for either a Republican or Democrat ballot at their polling location. HB 1616 would let voters choose an affiliation with a political party on voter registration applications. Voters would also be allowed to be designated as “unaffiliated” voters. County election commissions would then need to record voters’ party affiliations, or unaffiliated designations, as part of voters’ permanent registration records. The bill would also let qualified voters change their registration at practically any time election offices are open, except for up to 29 days before an election. The proposal could also bolster the earlier laws that required signs placed at polling locations telling voters they needed to be “bona fide” party members to vote in primary elections. Effectively, voters may need to be formally affiliated with a party to vote in primary elections or have an “unaffiliated” designation. Voters could also vote in any party’s primary election if it is the first primary they participate in after the bill goes into effect. After voting in that election, voter affiliations and designations would need to be added to their permanent record.

Wisconsin: Gov Tony Evers (D) took action on several elections-related bills last week. Evers vetoed a Republican-authored bill that would have required him to call special elections if a state constitutional office becomes vacant before that officeholder’s term expires. Evers vetoed a bill that would have reduced the area between election observers and election workers from three to eight feet to no more than three feet. Violators of the provisions under the bill could face imprisonment for up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000. Under a bill Evers signed into law, closing even one polling location within 30 days of an election now requires the support of the clerk and a majority of the city council, town board or village board. Public notices are also now required for those closures, and a person would have to be stationed at the closed site to inform voters of the new site under the law. Under another new law, personal identifying information of election officials is now exempt from public records requests. The law, which takes effect in 2025, also gives election officials whistleblower protections if they report election fraud or irregularities. It also creates a new felony crime of battery to an election official. That penalty would apply if the victim is an election official, election registration official or county or municipal clerk acting in an official capacity. The law also makes changes to the campaign finance system, requiring local candidates to submit their reports to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, rather than local clerks. Evers vetoed two bills that would have overhauled how residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities could cast ballots, and for voters who are determined to be incompetent. Evers also vetoed a bill that would require the state nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau to examine the administration of each general election.

Legal Updates

Arizona: Joshua Russell of Bucyrus, Ohio was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for making death threats in voicemails left for then-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during the 2022 election season. Russell pleaded guilty in late August 2023 to a federal charge of making an interstate threat against Hobbs, a Democrat who, as secretary of state, was Arizona’s chief elections officer in 2022 and now serves as the state’s governor. U.S. District Judge Steven Logan commended Russell for undergoing substance abuse treatment and other counseling since his arrest and getting his life in order, but concluded Russell must spend time in prison, saying he has traumatized people who work in the secretary of state’s office. The judge, who read Russell’s profanity-laden threats aloud in court, said Russell had accused the victim of being a terrorist, while he was threatening her life. He rejected Russell’s characterization of his actions as immature. “None of these people deserved it,” the judge said. Russell’s case is among the cases brought by the U.S. Justice Department’s Election Threats Task Force, which focuses on threats of violence against elected officials, workers and volunteers to ensure they can oversee elections free of harassment.

Kari Lake is asking the court to quickly issue a judgment and to decide how much she will pay Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer in the defamation case he brought against her, according to a filing in Maricopa County Superior Court this week. Richer sued Lake — who ran for governor in 2022 and is now running for U.S. Senate — for defamation last year, alleging that Lake made defamatory allegations that he had assisted in rigging the gubernatorial election against Lake. Richer’s legal team is treating Lake’s filing, a motion for default judgment, as an admission of liability. “She has decided she cannot defend herself in this case despite continuously saying she has evidence,” said Ben Berwick, counsel at Protect Democracy, among the firms representing Richer in the lawsuit. Lake’s attorneys do not defend Lake’s claims about Richer in the filing, nor do they challenge any of Richer’s arguments about the facts. Instead, they ask the court for a quick hearing to decide damages.

Illinois: The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold oral argument on March 28 in a lawsuit challenging an Illinois statute that allows mail-in ballots to be received and counted for up to two weeks after an election as long as they are postmarked or dated on or before Election Day.  Led by a GOP representative for the state’s 12th Congressional District, Michael Bost, the Republican plaintiffs allege that the state’s “extended” mail-in ballot receipt deadline effectively “expands” Election Day in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal law, which requires states to hold Election Day on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Bost and his Republican co-plaintiffs — who are represented by Judicial Watch — contend that the two-week receipt deadline for mail-in ballots burdens their right to vote by allowing “illegal ballots” to “dilute the value of timely ballots cast and received on or before Election Day.” District Court Judge John Kness originally tossed out the lawsuit in July 2023, but the Republican plaintiffs appealed the dismissal to the 7th Circuit, where a three-judge panel will ultimately decide whether or not the lawsuit will move forward following this week’s oral argument. The members of the three-judge panel will not be known until oral argument commences. In his 2023 order, district court Kness acknowledged that although federal law sets a “national standard” for Election Day, “states retain significant discretion—frequently exercised—to prescribe the times, places, and manner of conducting elections” under the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Kness added that the “[p]laintiffs’ votes…are not diluted by other valid, lawfully cast votes” as a result of the challenged deadline.

Mississippi: The secretary of state’s office and two advocacy groups asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state Republican and Libertarian parties seeking to limit the number of  mail-in absentee ballots during the upcoming presidential and congressional election.The Mississippi Alliance for Retired Americans and Vet Voice Foundation, two groups who intervened in the suit, and Secretary of State Michael Watson’s office argued in separate briefings that the federal litigation should be dismissed because the political parties lack legal standing to bring the suit. “The Mississippi Statute does not harm the plaintiff individuals or political parties in any way,” Special Assistant Attorney General Rex Shannon III wrote on behalf of Watson’s office. “It does not conflict with laws that set the election day for federal offices. And it does not impair the plaintiffs’ rights to vote or to stand for office under the First and/or Fourteenth Amendments.” The statute in question is a 2020 law requiring local election workers to count mail-in absentee ballots for up to five days after the election date. The Mississippi law currently permits election workers to count mail-in votes only if the ballots were postmarked by the election date. To support the Republican Party’s argument, Mississippi GOP Chairman Frank Bordeaux wrote in a signed declaration that the statute dilutes the weight of ballots cast on Election Day and harms conservative candidates running for office. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ordered all of the parties to file all responses to the pending motions by April 9 and file responses to the replies by April 16.

Montana: A split Montana Supreme Court panel has upheld a block of the four recent election laws that restrict voter access, finding them unconstitutional. The judges affirmed the ruling in a consolidated case brought by groups like the Montana Democratic Party, several Native American tribes and Montana Youth Action seeking to overturn the laws. Chief Justice Mike McGrath in a 63-page ruling issued this week called the Legislature’s pushback of the voter registration deadline from Election Day to noon the day before — while blocking paid absentee ballot collectors and using a Montana university student ID as a voter identification — facially unconstitutional. McGrath found that while the U.S. Constitution contains no explicit protection of the right to vote, the courts have held that the right “is a bulwark for other basic civil and political rights.” He said that eliminating Election Day registration interferes with the fundamental right to vote and disenfranchises more than 70,000 Montanans. “This is like arguing that because absentee voting was once not allowed, it would not interfere with the electorate’s right to vote to eliminate it today — even though three-quarters of voters in Montana now utilize it to vote,” McGrath wrote.  He affirmed that House Bill 530 takes away the only option to vote for many Native Americans living on reservations. Richie Melby, representing Montana’s secretary of state, called the majority opinion a result of “faulty constitutional analysis.” “The court’s result-driven approach to judicial activism in striking down common sense voting laws designed to be as highly acceptable and secure as possible defies constitutional norms and will inevitably stand on the wrong side of legal history,” Melby said.

New York: The New York City Council filed a notice of appeal this week to the state’s highest court in support of a 2022 law it passed granting municipal voting privileges to non-citizens with green cards or work authorizations. “Empowering New Yorkers to participate in our local democratic process can only strengthen New York City by increasing civic engagement,” council spokesperson Rendy Desamours said in a statement, adding that the legislative body finds the law consistent with the state constitution, election law and municipal home rule. The legislation was ruled unconstitutional one month ago by the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York. It had sought to allow an estimated 800,000 eligible non-citizens to cast ballots in city elections including those for mayor and City Council. But Local Law 11 of 2022 had been challenged by a coalition of right-leaning elected officials, including Staten Island Republicans Vito Fossella, Joe Borelli and Nicole Malliotakis. They argue the right to vote is sacred to U.S. citizens and the legislation is unconstitutional. Mayor Eric Adams’ administration had been defending the law and appealed a lower court’s ruling against it, but representatives did not immediately respond to questions Monday on whether its attorneys would appeal to the New York State Court of Appeals.

Onondaga County filed a lawsuit against the state over the new law that will move many local elections to line up with state and federal elections in even-numbered years. The county legislature has made clear over the last few months its intention to challenge the new law, arguing it conflicts with the county’s charter. Twenty New York counties are chartered, meaning they have a locally drafted and approved laws outlining the structure and authority of county government. The law moves several local elections outside of New York City to even-numbered years, with the exception of some city or village elections, and races for county clerk, sheriff, district attorneys, local judges and others protected in the state Constitution. The state Legislature passed the legislation in June and Gov. Kathy Hochul signed it into law in December. Transitioning elections is scheduled to start in 2025. Advocates argue the change will boost voter turnout in local elections. They also say the state law includes language to supersede any county charter laws.  Opponents have also voiced concern with local issues getting overshadowed by races at the top of the ballot.

The town of Newburgh is facing a new lawsuit accusing the town’s at-large voting system of violating New York’s Voting Rights Act. Newburgh is the second municipality in the Hudson Valley to be sued under the 2022 law designed to prevent racial voter suppression and discrimination. The same law firm, Abrams Fensterman, LLP, sued the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County back in January for similar accusations of violating the state Voting Rights Act. A group of six town residents, three who are Black and three Hispanic, claims the current method for electing the four council seats prevents Black and Hispanic residents from electing their candidates of choice. According to the lawsuit, a quarter of the town is Black and another 15% is Hispanic but the residents claim every person ever elected to the town board has been white. They added the last time a person of color ran for a town board seat was in 2011.

Pennsylvania: Mail-in ballots that are not dated on the outside envelope by the voter should not be counted even if they arrive at a county election office on time, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled this week. The 2-1 decision from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down a lower court ruling and sets up a potential Supreme Court battle over Pennsylvania’s mail-ballots that began in 2020, and will almost certainly affect how the swing state’s ballots are handled in the upcoming presidential election. At issue is the materiality provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits officials from denying anyone from voting because of an error or omission “on any record or paper relating to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting,” unless it is material to the person’s qualification to vote. “Because the date decision is irrelevant to whether a vote is received timely, the blink response is to believe a voter’s failure to date a return envelope should not cause his ballot to be disqualified,” Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote in the decision Wednesday. But the provision only applies when the state is determining who may vote, Ambro added, “and does not apply to rules, like the date requirement, that govern how a qualified voter must cast his ballot for it to be counted.” Ambro noted that the date requirement “serves little apparent purpose,” but since the state’s Supreme Court ruled that dating of envelopes was mandatory, “undated or misdated ballots are invalid under state law and must be set aside.” Pennsylvania redesigned its mail in ballots for this year. Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz  wrote in a dissenting opinion Wednesday that the ruling was a reminder to voters to carefully review all instructions. “If they do not, they risk having their otherwise valid votes discounted based on even the most inconsequential mistake,” Shwartz wrote. “One can only hope that election officials do not capitalize on the Majority’s narrow interpretation of the Materiality Provision by enacting unduly technical and immaterial post-registration paperwork requirements that could silence the voices of qualified voters.”

U.S. District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson has dismissed a lawsuit by two dozen conservative state lawmakers that claimed ballot access initiatives by President Joe Biden and Gov. Josh Shapiro usurped the state Legislature’s authority to direct federal elections in the commonwealth. Wilson’s one-page order grants motions by state and federal officials to dismiss the case. The order also denies a request by two dozen conservative lawmakers for a preliminary injunction to block the ballot access initiatives, including Shapiro’s executive order implementing automatic voter registration for driver’s license applicants. In a statement, Shapiro said automatic voter registration is safe, secure, efficient, and entirely within his administration’s authority. Shapiro said that in 2020, when he was attorney general, he defeated Donald Trump and “his conspiracy theorist allies” in court to defend Pennsylvania residents’ votes and access to the ballot box.

Vermont: A lawsuit alleging voter fraud in a controversial vote to close Windham Elementary School in 2021 has been dismissed.  “A court cannot grant relief in an election contest unless there were errors committed in the conduct of the election ‘sufficient to change the ultimate result,’ there was fraud in the electoral process ‘sufficient to change the ultimate result,’ or for another reason, ‘the result of the election’ was compromised,” Judge Dickson Corbett wrote in a decision issued March 11, citing Vermont law.  In a ballot vote in September 2021, Windham residents voted to close the elementary school and pay tuition for pre-K-6 education to other schools. Afterwards, a successful petition led to a new vote on the question in November 2021. In a 142-139 vote, the article was rejected and the school stayed open. Two Windham residents filed a lawsuit against the town and three voters in December 2021, alleging that the three people participated in the vote even though they were not residents of the town. However, Corbett wrote, “even if these three votes were set aside, the result of the public question would be the same: there would be 139 votes cast in favor of the article, and 139 votes cast against the article. As a result, the article would not have received ‘a majority of the votes . . . in favor of the proposition,’ and so the article would not be approved, and the result of the public question would be the same: that the school should not be closed.” “The Town is pleased with the decision as it confirmed what the Town has been arguing throughout the matter,” Town Attorney Bob Fisher said Thursday in an email response to the Reformer. In a statement, Crystal Corriveau said she and fellow plaintiff Erin Kehoe do not agree with the court’s decision. Corriveau said the point raised in a motion for dismissal was denied in the Windham County court before the case was moved to Windsor County.

Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Democracy | Youth vote | Election workers | Voting rights | Funding 

Alabama: Poll workers 

Arizona: Election threats 

California: Voter ID | Ranked choice voting | Ballot counting 

Colorado: Logan County

Connecticut: Early voting 

Hawaii: Election official 

Illinois: Poll workers, II | Primaries | Vote by mail 

Louisiana: Ranked choice voting 

New York: Absentee voting 

North Carolina: “I Voted” stickers 

Oklahoma: Top-two primary

Oregon: Threats 

Pennsylvania: Voter access | Election security | Poll watchers 

Washington: Artificial Intelligence | Secretary of state 

Wisconsin: Election security 

Upcoming Events

Votebeat Live Discussion: This year, Pennsylvania voters will cast their ballots for president, members of Congress, top state offices such as attorney general and treasurer, and more. In 2020, the state was subjected to false claims of election fraud fueled by former President Donald Trump. The claims led to a flood of lawsuits, some of which went to the state’s Supreme Court and sowed distrust in Pennsylvania’s election system. Via Zoom, Al Schmidt, head of the Pennsylvania Department of State, will join Votebeat and SpotlightPA to discuss how his agency is working to create trust in our election system and combat misinformation. Schmidt will take audience questions. The event will also include a Q&A with a University of Pittsburgh researcher on how to spot election misinformation. Our panelists will include: Carter Walker, Votebeat Pennsylvania reporter, Kate Huangpu, Spotlight PA government reporter. Al Schmidt, secretary of the commonwealth, and Beth Schwanke, Pitt Disinformation Lab executive director. When: April 2, 6pm Eastern. Where: Online

EAC EAVS Comments Deadline: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the EAC announces an information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. The EAC intends to submit this proposed information collection (2024 Election Administration and Voting Survey, or EAVS) to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for approval. The 2024 EAVS asks election officials questions concerning voting and election administration, including the following topics: Voter registration; overseas and military voting; voting by mail; early in-person voting; polling operations; provisional voting; voter participation; election technology; election policy; and other related issues. When: April 3

Race and Risk of Election Subversion: The Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA promotes research, collaboration, and advocacy under the leadership of UCLA Law Professor Richard L. Hasen; one of the nation’s leading election scholars. The Safeguarding Democracy Project is built upon the premise that tackling issues of the U.S. election integrity must be collaborative: across ideologies, across scholarly disciplines, and as a bridge between theory and practice. Speakers: Matt Barreto, Lecturer in Law UCLA School of Law; Sophia Lin Lakin, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project ACLU; and Spencer Overton, The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship and Professor of Law George Washington Law. When: April 9, 3pm Eastern. Where: Online and Los Angeles

After the Voting is Over: Counting, Results Reporting, Recounts (and More): It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted  by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence. The election doesn’t end when the polls close. Counting (and confirming the count) comes next—along with reporting results and, sometimes, recounts. Join us for the second installment of NCSL’s four-part webinar series on election administration to learn about what happens after voting is over. U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Donald Palmer will consider how all states address these tasks that ensure accurate and verifiable results. When: April 12, 2pm Eastern. Where: Online. 

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Annual Board Meetings – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will hold two annual board meetings at the Fontaine Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The Standards Board will hold its annual meeting on April 17 and 18. The Board of Advisors will hold its annual meeting on April 18 and 19. The boards will join for combined panels on the morning of the 18th. During the Standards Board Annual Meeting, members will discuss communications, lessons from the presidential primaries, the impact of artificial intelligence on elections and mitigation tactics, and preparing for the general election. The Standards Board consists of 55 state election officials selected by their respective chief state election official and 55 local election officials selected through a process supervised by the chief state election official. As part of the Board of Advisors Annual Meeting, members will learn about EAC agency developments, ethical standards for election administration, discuss elections administration in 2024, and more. The Board of Advisors is a 35-member board composed of representatives from various EAC stakeholder associations, federal government agencies, and Congress.  These meetings will not be live streamed but are open for the public to join in person. Media and members of the public interested in attending in person can register on the Standards Board Annual Meeting registration page and on the Board of Advisors Annual Meeting registration page. When: April 17-19. Where: Kansas City, Missouri

The Misinformation and Disinformation Idea-thon: Help Solve a Major Societal Problem—Bring Your Ideas to Fight Misinformation and Disinformation Misinformation and disinformation pose a significant threat to democracy. They are spread by authoritarian state actors and malign non-state actors bent on undermining and damaging free and liberty-loving republics. Unfortunately, most solutions come internally from social media platforms or rest with governments to devise. A new grassroots strategy is needed: bottom-up rather than top-down. That is why R Street Institute and George Mason University are holding an Idea-thon to address the problem and find new solutions. Teams will form to attack misinformation and disinformation from four tracks: government, business/technology, nonprofit, and education. Winning teams will receive prizes. Examples of work products include new legislation and regulations, a business plan for a tech start-up, a mobile app, an academic course, or a new nonprofit. Be creative! Software developers are needed, but no computer science skills are necessary to participate. Just bring your best ideas for combating misinformation and disinformation. When: April 20. Where: Fairfax, Virginia

Election Center Special Workshop: The Election Center will hold a Special Workshop in Portland, Oregon with a focus on state trainings, certifications and conferences. Covered topics will include AI and election management, training new employees,  working with interns, volunteers and law students, executive staffing and working with the Legislature. There will also be presentations by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission and CISA. The workshops will kick off with a tour of the Multnomah County elections office. Additionally several CERA classes will be held in conjunction with the workshop. When: April 24-28. Where: Portland, Oregon.

Focus on the Voters: It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted  by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence.  Who are the most important people in an election? The voters. In the third installment of NCSL’s four-part webinar series on election administration, U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Tom Hicks will address questions voters often ask and how states “get out the information” to voters. He’ll cover how states ensure the right to vote for people with disabilities and citizens living abroad (military and otherwise). When: May 10, 2pm Eastern. Where: Online. 

ESRA 2024 Conference: The 8th Annual Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) will be held in person from May 16-17, 2024 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Call for Proposals The 2024 conference Call for Proposals is now open through February 16! Learn more about this year’s conference and submit your proposal here. Registration: Registration to attend the 2024 conference has not yet opened. To hear the news first when it does, please sign up to join our mailing list. When: May 16-17. Where: Los Angeles

Voter Confidence: What Can Move the Needle: It’s full steam ahead to 2024’s general election. What are lawmakers and election administrators thinking about now to prepare? Find out in this four-part series, hosted  by the National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We’ll focus on the elections workforce; counting and recounts and more post-voting work; the voters’ perspectives and voter confidence.  Voter confidence is top of mind for elections stakeholders this cycle. In the final part of NCSL’s spring webinar series, U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Christy McCormick will delve into state policies that can increase voter confidence. Perfecting processes and procedures comes first: clarifying all policies before the first vote is cast; cleaning voter lists; adopting strong chain-of-custody procedures for ballots and equipment; updating emergency plans; using pre- and post-election audits; and more. The next job is to ensure all that good technical work is transparent and communicated well to voters and the public. When: June 14, 2pm Eastern. Where: Online.

Job Postings This Week

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Advocacy Campaign Strategist, Elections and Government Program, The Brennan Center– The Elections and Government Program is looking to hire an experienced campaign strategist. The Advocacy Campaign Strategist position reports to the DC-based Deputy Director of the Elections and Government Program. Responsibilities: Contribute to planning and execution of advocacy campaigns to achieve Elections and Government Program goals, including: Provide project management, organization, logistical solutions, and administrative support, as needed. Identify tools and methods to increase effectiveness and efficiency of team’s work. Coordinate communications between program staff and internal/external stakeholders. Engage in field advocacy, including: Participate in coalition meetings, convenings, briefings. Develop and maintain productive relationships with election officials, grassroots allies, civic partners, government staff, elected officials, and other outside stakeholders. Identify and create opportunities to advance program goals in the field, as well as to improve the program’s advocacy with learning and perspectives from the field. Conceive and execute advocacy products, such as blog posts, digital media products, public comments, FAQs, and other assets, in collaboration with communications colleagues where appropriate, with focus on broadening and increasing partner engagement with program’s work. Contribute research and writing for policy and empirical research reports that will form the basis of advocacy campaigns. Contribute to program’s media and public education work, including strategy, talking points, and speaking engagements. Help to train new program support staff, including program associates, and serve as their first point of advice on routine matters. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Counsel, Elections and Government Program, The Brennan Center– The fight for a more secure, responsive, and equitable democracy has never been more urgent. The Brennan Center seeks a talented early career attorney to join its team in the Elections and Government Program, working on a range of issues related to defending the security of our elections, breaking down barriers to political participation, restraining campaign finance abuses, countering disinformation, and bolstering the integrity and responsiveness of government. The Brennan Center’s methods include legislative and policy advocacy, legal and empirical research and writing, litigation, media communications, and public education. This is an in-person position based in New York City or Washington, D.C. It will require occasional travel. Responsibilities Include: Assisting with policy advocacy, sometimes through work in coalitions, to change policies and laws at the local, state, and federal levels. Participating in litigation, including research, brief writing, and strategy development, with team members, allied organizations, and/or pro bono law firm counsel. Authoring and otherwise supporting the preparation of written work (including articles, opinion pieces, speeches, reports, policy proposals, and organizational materials), with opportunities for named authorship. Providing research support for reports and policy proposals, including research (legal, social science, and news-based), fact checking, legal cite checking, and proofreading. Representing the Brennan Center in meetings and other interactions with external stakeholders, including government officials, allies, donors, and journalists. Helping to supervise and mentor program associates and legal and undergraduate interns. Taking on special projects and other duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Counsel, Elections and Government Program (Research and Policy), The Brennan Center– The fight for a more secure, responsive, and equitable democracy has never been more urgent. The Brennan Center seeks a talented attorney to join its team in the Elections and Government Program, working primarily on empirical research and policy advocacy around campaign finance and related money in politics issues (for examples of the type of work this position would do, please see here, here, and here), with opportunities to work on a range of other matters that are the focus of the program’s work. The Brennan Center’s methods include legislative and policy advocacy, legal and empirical research and writing, litigation, media communications, and public education. This is an in-person position based in New York City or Washington, D.C. It will require occasional travel. This position will report to the directors of the Elections and Government program, and work under the supervision/in close collaboration with a senior attorney who leads campaign finance research initiatives. Responsibilities Include: Designing and executing empirical research projects involving campaign finance and similar data, in collaboration with social scientists and other researchers. Advocacy, sometimes through work in coalitions, to change policies and laws at the local, state, and federal levels. Authoring and otherwise supporting the preparation of written work (including articles, opinion pieces, speeches, reports, policy proposals, and organizational materials), with opportunities for named authorship. Public speaking and other representation of the Brennan Center in meetings and other interactions with external stakeholders, including government officials, allies, donors, and the media. Legal strategy, research, and writing. Helping to supervise and mentor junior lawyers, program associates, and legal and undergraduate interns. Taking on special projects and other duties as assigned. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Deputy Director, Swain County, North Carolina– The Swain County Board of Elections is now hiring for its Deputy Director of Elections position. An employee in this position performs clerical functions, voter registration procedures, and other election-related tasks in the daily operations of the Swain County Board of Elections, as may be assigned by the Director or Chair/members of the Board of Elections. This position is open until filled. Desirable Experience and Training: 1. Graduation from high school/GED or higher. 2. Considerable experience in one of the following fields: elections, public administration, clerical work involving public contact, or another field related to this position. OR 1. An equivalent combination of education and experience. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Swain County is an excellent place to live and work and is a popular destination for tourists across the Southeast. It contains nearly half of America’s most-visited national park and is home to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Fontana Lake, and the vibrant communities of Bryson City and Cherokee. Apply to join us today! Salary: $38,850 – $51,445 per year. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Director Board of Elections/Voter Registration, Bucks County, Pennsylvania— Are you ready to play a pivotal role in the election processes in Bucks County, the fourth largest county in the State of Pennsylvania? Are you committed to ensuring the efficient and accurate administration of elections while also maintaining the integrity of vital records of 470,992 registered voters? If so, we invite you to consider the role of Director of the Bucks County Board of Elections/Voter Registration. The Board of Elections office is at the heart of our community’s election governance, overseeing critical functions that impact every Bucks County resident. As a member of our team, you will collaborate with a dedicated group of 20 full-time and 40+ seasonal part-time employees, working under the direction of the Board of Elections/Voter Registration Director. Bucks County has an excellent benefits package including medical, vision, dental, and prescription as well as an employer-matched retirement program. Bucks County is a wonderful community to live, work, and play and is uniquely located along the I-95 Corridor. Directs operation of the offices of Board of Elections, Voter Registration, and Voting Machines. This includes planning and conducting elections, voter registration management, and ensuring compliance with election laws and regulations. The Director is responsible for training election staff, overseeing technological security measures to safeguard voting integrity as well as creating an annual budget. Communicates election information to the Board of Elections, County administration, and the public. Addresses any issues or concerns that may arise during the election process. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Election Protection Hotline Specialist, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law– Are you passionate about safeguarding democratic processes? Join us as an Election Protection Hotline Specialist! This pivotal role involves collaborating with hundreds of legal volunteers to address voter concerns reported to the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. As part of our dynamic hotline infrastructure team, you’ll be at the forefront of managing day-to-day operations. Expect a fast-paced environment, multitasking, and a commitment to early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Embrace the opportunity to learn and employ cutting-edge technology. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stands at the forefront of national racial justice legal advocacy. Established in 1963 at the behest of President John F. Kennedy, our organization employs legal advocacy to champion racial justice. We strive, within and beyond the courtrooms, to ensure that Black individuals and people of color have a resounding voice, equal opportunities, and the power to materialize the promises of our democracy. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Election Services Representative, Fort Orange Press— The Election Services Representative is an onsite position at our Albany, NY facility. It acts as a liaison between clients and internal Fort Orange Press teams (i.e., Estimating, Sales, Prepress, Production, Shipping, etc.). The primary focus is gathering election details, and artwork from numerous clients across the United States while coordinating all aspects of day-to-day processes to ensure a successful election cycle. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and thrive in a high-pressure environment. Providing timely solutions for clients’ ever-evolving needs while building/maintaining quality relationships. Identifying new business opportunities within assigned accounts. This role is a brand ambassador to both current and prospective clients and requires an energetic personality, the ability to multitask, manage multiple clients and elections at the same time and serves as the internal client advocate. Salary: $23– $32 per hour.  Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections and Democracy Fellow, Center for Democracy & Technology– The Elections and Democracy Fellow will contribute to the organization’s work across these issues, particularly focusing on threats to the online information environment. The position requires a combination of research and advocacy skills to respond to emerging issues. Responsibilities: Conducting research on key issues impacting the information environment around elections, in order to raise awareness about vulnerabilities, highlight best practices, and develop/disseminate recommendations for generative AI companies, social media platforms, election officials, political campaigns, and other actors. Authoring policy papers, reports, blog posts, and similar materials. Engaging directly with technology companies to develop best practices and policy recommendations. Serving as a resource to federal and state governments and political campaigns as they enact new policies and practices on the use of generative AI in political advertising and campaigning. Coordinating advocacy efforts with other civil society organizations that have a shared interest in elections and democracy and the online information environment. Assisting with tracking and analyzing federal and state proposals to regulate generative AI and other elections-related legislation. Convening and engaging with technical experts, election vendors, election officials, voting and democracy advocates, academics and other stakeholders working on issues within the project’s scope. Supporting research, preparation, and operationalization of trainings for election officials and other stakeholders. Collaborating with CDT’s teams focused on free expression/online platform governance; technology & disability rights; AI governance, and consumer privacy; as well as CDT’s Research team and non-resident Research Fellows. Salary $65K-$105K. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here  

Elections Compliance Officer, Pima County, Arizona— Are you an experienced professional specializing in elections? The Pima County Elections Department is looking for you! Join our team and bring your expertise to the forefront of our mission. Your background in city, county, state, or federal agencies, coupled with your in-depth knowledge of election processes, will make you an invaluable asset. Be a part of our dedicated team, shaping policies, and ensuring the integrity of our electoral system while making a lasting impact on our community. If you’re ready for a rewarding challenge, apply today! (Work assignments may vary depending on the department’s needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor) Independently plans, coordinates, monitors and participates in administrative and operational activities required to maintain compliance with state and federal election regulations; Verifies department director and staff operate within full compliance regarding any and all applicable legal regulations and timelines; Maintains a listing of legally required deadlines for the unit via a cyclical timeline; Manages campaign finance, including correspondence for late filings and violations; ensures candidate filing compliance, including challenges; Ensures federal and state voting equipment compliance; Responds to public records requests; Assures separation of duty compliance required by Pima County; Completes periodic compliance audits and provides findings with recommendations to the Director and Deputy Director; Prepares requisite drafts of new procedures or processes for preclearance by regulatory agencies in compliance with state or federal laws or other regulatory requirements;  Coordinates the compilation and submission of required reports to regulatory agencies; Ensures Department compliance with all poll worker regulations; Determines Department compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to facilities utilized in the elections process; Assists with grant requests; Develops and maintains public feedback tracking systems to capture voter complaints and concerns, allocate them to the appropriate division for resolution and record actions taken to rectify issues identified. Salary: $57,607 – $63,367. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Coordinator, Buncombe County, North Carolina– The 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. Supervisory/Leadership Responsibilities: Provide training and lead worker support through motivation, direction, review, and feedback of assigned tasks. Essential Functions of the Position: Organize and manage day-to-day activities of assigned elections program area to ensure program objectives are met; ensure compliance in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulatory standards, ordinances, laws, and requirements. Participate in the recommendation, assignment, training, direction, and success of seasonal poll workers and other seasonal staff. Design, deliver, and/or facilitate trainings, program outreach, and educational sessions to expand knowledge of services; develop content, materials, and necessary supporting documentation. Effectively administer software tools and systems to manage program; synthesize and analyze program data, design/develop reports and ensure accurate and timely reporting. Act as the liaison and conduit between key shareholders, the community, and the department to convey relevant information and ensure effective collaboration; participate in meetings, presentations, trainings, and outreach as needed. Manage budget for assigned elections program including coordinating, processing, and recording financial and budget information and transactions. Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements. Perform other related duties as assigned. Salary: $28.65 – $40.11. Deadline: April 19. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Elections Division Director, Travis County, Texas– Are you looking for career opportunities that provide top-notch benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, parental leave, outstanding health, vision, and dental insurance, a free health clinic for you and your dependents, a generous retirement plan, and much more? Then bring your talents to Travis County! Directs, administers and manages operational activities of a divisional area. Directs and administers operational activities. Manages systems, staff and equipment. Ensures that systems comply with applicable federal, state and local election laws. Directs, manages and controls division budget. Prepares and submits a variety of fiscal and administrative reports. Ensures adequate resources available for operation of division. Designs, budgets, implements, monitors and evaluates operations. Directs the annual work plan to achieve organizational mission statement, stated goals and objectives. Evaluates and reports on performance and develops and implements quality improvements strategies. Solicits, conducts initial negotiations for, and drafts new contracts with other governmental entities for providing any combination of election services. Serves as liaison with other agencies and the media with regard to elections issues. Supervises support staff, evaluates staff job performance, coordinates and prioritizes schedules and assignments. Authorizes staff productive and non-productive work hours. Orients and trains staff, including assignments and distribution of workload to adjust to changing priorities. Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Salary: $99,345.18 – $129,148.73 Annually. Deadline: March 28. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Elections Equipment/Operations Analyst, Jackson County, North Carolina— This position performs intermediate skilled technical and operational support work assisting the Director with planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the elections process. Duties and Responsibilities: Assists in Implementing changing election laws, coordinating elections, and supervising activities of the office. Oversees set up of One-Stop voting sites and network. Sets up all E-poll books according to polling place. Assists in machine logic and accuracy. Administers Campaign Reporting schedule. Provides requested information such as registration analysis, voting analysis, lists of precinct officials, precinct locations, precinct political committees, and campaign reports to the various candidates, campaign committees, party chairs, news media, and the general public. Provides requested information   regarding the North Carolina Campaign Reporting Act to prospective candidates, candidates, elected officials, media, and the general public, provides and notices of required reports to Candidates. Assists with audits submitted campaign reports, reviews, and verifies records to ensure that required information is provided and correct. Assists with polling sites database. Prepares campaign reports for public viewing. Assists with planning for and coordinating all early voting site, including the set up and close out of all sites.  Assists in training of one-stop workers.  Assists in canvassing the returns of all elections. Explains policies, laws, rules, regulations, and procedures to the public and other inquiring parties. Assists with voter registration verification procedures. Assists in ADA compliance and Campaign zones at polling places. Assists in processing and verifying petitions. Assists in preparing and conducting elections. Assists with state reporting requirements. Interacts with elected officials, candidates, the North Carolina Campaign Reporting Office, the general public, and the media. Performs other related job duties as assigned. Salary: $40,694. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Operation Manager, Pima County, Arizona— Pima County Elections Department is actively seeking a highly qualified candidate with a unique blend of skills and experience to join our team as an Elections Operations Manager. The ideal candidate brings extensive expertise in voting equipment and e-poll books, ensuring the seamless functioning of critical election infrastructure. Your familiarity with online inventory systems will be instrumental in maintaining accurate and efficient inventory management. Additionally, your proven ability to collaborate with political parties and high-ranking officials sets you apart. Your past interactions with these stakeholders have showcased your exceptional communication and diplomacy skills, essential in the realm of elections. If you’re ready to leverage your expertise and contribute to the democratic process, we encourage you to apply. Join us in shaping the future of elections, where your skills and experience will make a significant impact. This classification is in the unclassified service and is exempt from the Pima County Merit System Rules. Duties/Responsibilities: (Work assignments may vary depending on the department’s needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.) Develops program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures, and establishes short- and long-range program performance plans subject to management review; Manages and administers program activities and evaluates program effectiveness and success; Manages the activities of professional staff and evaluates their performance; Develops, negotiates, monitors, and administers contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and/or financial and service agreements for the program managed; Monitors program contract compliance and takes corrective action as required; Performs as a program representative within the community, delivers informational news releases, serves as a program contact person, and participates in community awareness activities; Develops and maintains effective working relationships and coordinates program activities with other County departments, public and private agencies, organizations and groups to promote the program and its goals; Analyzes local, state and federal legislation and ensures program compliance with applicable regulations and policies; Directs organizational and management studies for the purpose of identifying problems and alternative solutions to the problems; Develops, writes and administers the program’s annual budget, prepares program-related financial forecasts, and identifies funding sources to support program activities; Reviews and analyzes routine and special reports detailing the status and/or success of the program, prepares recommendations, and/or initiates corrective action; Evaluates management problems and makes decisions regarding the proper course of action; May make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding program objectives; May direct the preparation and submission of proposals and grant applications; May access or maintain specialized databases containing program-specific information to review information or generate reports. Salary: $57,607 – $63,367. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technician II, Pima County, Arizona— Participates in the supervision and training of elections personnel and the administration of elections activity. Duties/Responsibilities: Supervises and participates in activities involved in inventory control, ordering, receipt, delivery, and storage of election equipment and supplies; Researches election laws and regulations and prepares reports regarding impact on County election procedures; Supervises the preparation of the ballot order; Participates in preparing forms; Receives and files nomination forms; Assists in generating signature requirements necessary for the candidate or proposition to be placed on the ballot; Supervises and coordinates requisite training of election office and warehouse personnel; Coordinates the transportation and delivery of voting machines, supplies and equipment to polling places; Makes minor adjustments to voting machines to ensure functionality and operability prior to use by the public; Demonstrates voting machine operation and explains voting procedures to the public and elections workers; Participates in updating precinct and district maps; Assists State and local agencies in administering election activities; Participates in coordinating elections activities with other government agencies or departments; Assists in the training of subordinate and volunteer staff. Salary: Hiring Range: $19.14 – $22.49/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Technology Specialist, McLennan County, Texas– Under supervision of the Elections Administrator, the Elections Technology Specialist performs complex and technical duties related to activities in overseeing the County’s voting equipment by creating each election’s ballot using ballot origination software, programing and testing the County’s voting equipment with each elections ballot, processing and scanning returned mail-in ballots with the Ballot Board, and maintaining the County’s voting equipment after each election. Salary: $19.92 – $31.72 Hourly. Deadline: June 20. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Field Operations Coordinator, Hays County, Texas– Reporting directly to Election Network Engineer, responsible for overseeing the inventory, distribution, maintenance, warehouse storage, and logistics of all equipment, voting ballots, and department assets for Hays County Elections Department. Responsible for identifying and reserving polling sites including overseeing the coordination of all polling site compliance and usage. Ensures polling locations follow the Texas Election Code for early voting and election day. Oversees the day-to-day tasks of the election technicians’ program. Salary: $46,378 – $50,678. Annually Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Field Services Engineer, Syracuse, New York– Our nation’s elections are being challenged like never before, and the elections industry has historically stifled innovation to improve voting technology. As the first newcomer in the industry in the last 30 years, Clear Ballot rises to the challenge with a simple goal: Let’s create technology that empowers our customers to improve democracy. We are seeking a dedicated Field Service Engineer to provide exceptional on-site support and technical services to our clients. In this critical role, you will ensure that our election technology operates flawlessly, safeguarding the integrity of the voting process. This is a remote position with up to 70% travel, especially during election cycles, to deliver hands-on assistance and expertise nationwide. Key Responsibilities: Install, configure, and maintain Clear Ballot election systems at customer sites, ensuring optimal performance and reliability. Conduct comprehensive training sessions for customers, empowering them to effectively use our technology. Provide immediate on-site technical support during pre-election, election day, and post-election activities, resolving any issues to prevent disruptions. Perform regular system maintenance and updates, minimizing downtime and ensuring continued compliance with industry standards. Collaborate with engineering and product teams to report field observations and contribute to product improvements. Develop and maintain strong customer relationships, providing exceptional service and support. Manage logistics and prepare for deployments, ensuring all necessary equipment and materials are available on-site. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Operations Associate, NASED– A part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), fully remote, Operations Associate for a small nonpartisan, nonprofit membership association. Reporting to the Executive Director, this new role will support all the organization’s operational needs. The responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to, the following: Help update and maintain website content; Help maintain NASED’s social media presence, including developing content and creating basic graphics; Work with NASED’s controller on monthly financial reports and with the auditor and accountant on annual reports and filings; Monitor and assist with responses to inquiries sent to NASED’s shared inboxes; Maintain organization distribution lists; Assist with scheduling Board and Committee meetings; Assist with conference planning, including developing the conference website via the conference management platform, creating and proofing materials, planning activities, and budgeting; Support the execution of two national conferences per year; Create and send annual invoices to organization members and Corporate Affiliate members; and Other duties and special projects as assigned. This position is part-time and fully remote, but the candidate must live in the United States. Travel to support NASED’s Winter and Summer conferences is required (approximately 10 days per year). This position reports to NASED’s Executive Director. This role does not supervise any staff. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Precinct Manager, North Charleston, South Carolina— Are you passionate about democracy and civic engagement? Join us as a Precinct Manager at the Board of Elections and play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth and efficient elections! Welcome to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections, where we are not just an agency, but a dynamic force committed to excellence in democracy. As an award-winning organization, we pride ourselves on our relentless pursuit of improvement to better serve the voters in our community. A major way this is done is through the recruitment and management of those who serve as poll managers. At the heart of our mission is an unyielding dedication to organizing elections with precision, fairness, and strict adherence to the law. Salary: $64,209 – $84,146. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Registration & Elections Manager, DeKalb County, Georgia– The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Manages, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and management; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures. Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities 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 ; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate. Conducts elections; manages personnel to ensure that all elections are conducted in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations; secures early voting locations and recommends schedules; appoints site managers and determines staffing requirements for early and election day voting; works with polling location personnel and county information technology and GIS staff to ensure provision of technology training and services; develops and reviews training for compliance with election laws; monitors early voting traffic; recommends changes in procedures to resolve issues; conducts election night precinct check-in, election audit and preparation of precinct statistics; monitors election tasks lists; monitors election software programming; and oversees financial filing process. Implements, monitors and maintains registration functions and processes; reviews registration functions and processes including felon registrations, duplicate voters, citizenship verifications, jury summons questionnaires, provisional voting, election night precinct check-in and election audit; monitors and ensures compliance with established protocols and procedures; and updates protocols and procedures as needed. Prepares and completes a variety of registration, production and election reports; compiles and/or tracks various administrative and/or statistical data; generates and prepares data; submits all mandated reports to local, state and federal regulatory agencies or others as required; and maintains related records. Maintains training and procedure manuals; and develops, updates, and revises procedural manuals for voter registration and election functions. 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 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 and implementing department budget; reviews budgetary needs and makes recommendations to executive management; and monitors expenditures against approved budget. Salary: $66,132 – $106,473. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Sales Engineer, Richmond, Virginia– Our nation’s elections are being challenged like never before, and the elections industry has historically stifled innovation to improve voting technology. As the first newcomer in the industry in the last 30 years, Clear Ballot rises to the challenge with a simple goal: Let’s create technology that empowers our customers to improve democracy. We are on the lookout for a proactive, dynamic Sales Engineer to join our team. In this remote position, you will have the flexibility to work from home, bridging the gap between our innovative technology and the customers who utilize it. This role is instrumental in advancing our mission to enhance democracy. Please note, while this position offers remote flexibility, it requires up to 70% travel, especially during election periods, to provide on-site support and expertise to our customers nationwide. Key Responsibilities: Collaborate closely with the sales team to understand customer requirements and provide technical support during the sales process. Develop and deliver product demonstrations that clearly articulate the value and unique advantages of Clear Ballot’s solutions.Respond to technical questions and concerns from potential clients, ensuring they understand how our technology can meet their needs.Assist in the preparation and delivery of proposals and presentations that effectively communicate the benefits of our products. Provide feedback from the field to our product development teams, influencing future product enhancements and innovations. Stay abreast of industry trends, competitive landscapes, and emerging technologies to position Clear Ballot effectively in the market. Serve as a Field Service Engineer during election periods, offering hands-on support and expertise to ensure the seamless operation of Clear Ballot technology for existing customers. Provide proactive assistance to customers during pre-election testing and setup, ensuring their systems are optimized and ready for use. Be readily available on election day to troubleshoot any issues that arise, offering immediate solutions to maintain the integrity and smooth functioning of the election process. Conduct post-election follow-ups with customers to gather feedback, address any concerns, and ensure the overall success of their election experience with Clear Ballot technology. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Senior Director, Election Law Program, William & Mary–The Election Law Program (ELP), a joint initiative of the William and Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, has a mission to provide resources for judges deciding election disputes. This vacancy is for an experienced attorney to serve in the role of Senior Director of the Election Law Program. The Senior Director will be an attorney with experience in election law. Reporting to the ELP Co-Directors, the portfolio of responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: Developing resources for judges deciding election cases; Supporting projects that enhance understanding of federal and state election laws and the role of courts in resolving election disputes; Sharing research findings and legal resources through a variety of mechanisms such as publications and educational programs (e.g., webinars, presentations, and conferences); Overseeing ELP project implementation; Identifying and capturing trends in election litigation; Engaging in collaborative projects with trusted partners; Supervising student research; and Participating in fundraising efforts to support existing and future ELP initiatives as required. NOTE: If interested, an opportunity for appointment as an adjunct professor to teach a relevant course within the field of election law is available. Salary: $110,000 to $125,000, commensurate with experience. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here

Senior Policy Associate, Verified Voting– As we head into an election year, the SPA will play an integral role on Verified Voting’s programs team, helping the organization ramp up work in priority states and respond effectively to new developments as they arise. The SPA will lead our engagement in several priority states related to Verified Voting’s key issue areas, including robust tabulation audits, ballot accounting, chain-of-custody documentation, and other best practices that support public confidence in elections. (The states will be determined in coordination with other team members who serve as state leads.) The SPA will not lobby, but will advocate for improved policies in priority states, engaging with various stakeholders. They will also collaborate closely with election officials, providing procedural and technical assistance related to implementation of risk-limiting audits and other best practices. The SPA will also provide election officials with strategic messaging support to help them effectively communicate the impact of their work to voters. The SPA will work closely with team members on other policy work and may lead research and writing projects. In particular, the SPA will help develop new materials and resources to capitalize on the upcoming conclusions of a new messaging research project. We are a fully remote organization — the only requirements are that you are eligible to work in the US, that your location is in the US, and that you have a workspace that allows you to complete the demands of the position. Verified Voting’s official operating hours are 9am-5pm Eastern Time, but we work together to accommodate team members’ various time zones, circumstances, and work styles. Occasional in-person meetings and travel opportunities are possible. Salary: $85,000–$90,000. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here  

Training and Education Coordinator, Pima County, Arizona— Researches, coordinates and develops materials for use in training staff and educating clients on procedures, rules, regulations, forms, requirements and equipment for area of assignment; Assists management in the identification of training needs for staff and education for clients; Collects, compiles, prepares, updates and assembles training and presentation materials and manuals; Designs new training and education materials and/or updates materials on a regular basis; Conducts initial training/orientation for newly hired staff to increase understanding of procedures and position responsibilities; Delivers training to classes and individuals through lectures, demonstrations, exercises and workshops; Conducts continuing education to comply with changes in federal, state and local regulations, policies and procedures, and to resolve specific performance deficiencies; Coordinates and investigates compliance with federal, state and/or local policies, laws and regulations and conducts quality control audits and reports on findings; Participates in the review of productivity levels for activities and staff, analyzes problem areas, identifies training needs and recommends solutions to management; Assesses implementation of policies and/or procedures and makes recommendations to management regarding changes and/or supplemental training; Provides additional training as needed, under management direction; Serves as the technical advisor for interpreting federal, state, and County policies, laws, rules and/or regulations governing are of assignment; Compiles statistical data and prepares reports for area of assignment for presentation to management and the Board of Supervisors. Develops and evaluates student surveys/assessments on training/education provided; Coordinates and maintains training/education materials, audio-visual equipment, laptops, tablets and supplies utilized for training and education; Maintains manual and computer based documentation on training and/or education conducted, competency checklists and assessment files. Salary: Hiring Range: $54,863 – $65,836. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Training Manager, Charleston County, South Carolina— Are you passionate about democracy and coaching people to their fullest potential? Join us as a Training Manager at the Board of Elections and play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth and efficient elections! Welcome to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections, where we are not just an agency, but a dynamic force committed to excellence in democracy. As an award-winning organization, we pride ourselves on our relentless pursuit of improvement to better serve the voters in our community. A major way this is done is through the training of those who serve as poll managers. At the heart of our mission is an unyielding dedication to organizing elections with precision, fairness, and strict adherence to the law. Responsibilities include: Comprehensive training development, training coordination, community engagement, year-round training program, performance tracking, new hire training, continuous improvement, collaboration with precinct manager.  Salary: $64,209 – $84,146. 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.


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