In Focus This Week
New online tool helps track election topics and trends on social media
By Maya Kornberg and Rachael Dean Wilson
Two nonprofit organizations have developed the Midterm Monitor, a free tool that can help election officials track narratives on social media about the midterms, both the messages’ content and their popularity. The Midterm Monitor has been collecting data since early summer and has already captured close to 40,000 posts related to voting and elections.
What Is the Midterm Monitor?
The Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law created the Midterm Monitor for public use, designed to surface and sort election administration narratives that can impact election officials. The monitor captures election-related posts and associated metrics from select accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
The tool can help election officials see if narratives and information related to voting and elections that they are seeing have moved from the fringe into more mainstream conversations on social media. It also lets users select which platforms they want to focus on. Research shows that different demographic groups (by age, ethnicity, and gender) use different social media platforms, and initial data from the Midterm Monitor already indicates variation in the trending topics from platform to platform.
How the Midterm Monitor Works
The Midterm Monitor collects social media posts and their metrics from candidates for office, national and local media, and other key accounts. It gathers data from accounts affiliated with candidates for the U.S. House, the Senate, governor, and secretary of state. In addition, it captures data from the accounts of influential, national, English-language media outlets and pundits; the most-followed English-language local media outlets in 10 battleground states; non-English language media outlets in the U.S., including Spanish media; and state media and diplomats associated with the Chinese, Iranian, and Russian governments.
Election officials can use the monitor to focus on posts containing election-related search terms like “ballots” or “vote by mail.” The tool also lets users parse posts and metrics according to state, source, and other characteristics.
Guidance Available to Election Officials
In the coming weeks, researchers from the Alliance for Securing Democracy and the Brennan Center will publish detailed analyses of data from the tool, identifying key topics in posts and exploring how narratives vary across different languages, states, races for office, platforms, and type of account. Researchers have looked at — and expect to continue to explore — several topics including the Spanish-language information space, election denialism, threats to democracy, voting and election administration, and more.
Experts from the Alliance for Securing Democracy and the Brennan Center are on hand to help election officials with the tool. We hope that the monitor provides information and support to election officials as they navigate the online conversations about voting and elections at this critical time.
Dr. Maya Kornberg is a researcher on the Elections and Government Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law. Rachael Dean Wilson leads the U.S. midterms work at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
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Election News This Week
Fighting Disinformation: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and his bipartisan Auditors Advisory Group are uniting to dispel election misinformation and disinformation ahead of the 2022 general election. There has been a recent increase in the spread of false claims regarding elections in our state, despite there being no evidence of intrusions into Iowa’s election systems. Secretary Pate and the county auditors also stand united in their support of the bipartisan teams of poll workers that will work at voting sites this November. “Iowans vote on paper ballots, and you cannot hack a paper ballot. We have numerous security measures and checks and balances in place to ensure the integrity of the vote. That includes Voter ID, public testing of voting equipment prior to the election, post-election audits and wide array of cybersecurity protections,” Secretary Pate and the Auditors Advisory Group said in a joint statement. Secretary Pate’s office developed an Election Security in Iowa webpage to counter misinformation and disinformation. It includes a Myth vs. Fact section, a detailed breakdown of the many security measures Iowa has put in place to protect elections, and a five-minute video that details how ballots and election equipment are maintained. “You also have your friends and neighbors staffing the polling sites-in a bipartisan fashion. They are standing up and providing a great service for our state and nation and deserve respect. We encourage all eligible Iowans to register to vote and participate in elections, and we want voters to know that we are dedicated to protecting their vote,” Secretary Pate and the Auditors Advisory Group added.
Ballot Counting: This week, newly appointed Nye County Clerk Mark Kampf announced his plans for how ballots will be counted in the county of roughly 33,000 registered voters. All active registered voters will still receive a mail-in ballot for the general election but at the polls, according to Kampf, those casting their votes in person this fall will now fill out paper ballots instead of using a touch screen, although one voting machine will be available at every voting site for people with disabilities and “special needs.” Voters will also have to provide two signatures — one on a card and another on a “signature screen.” Election workers will count the votes utilizing what Kampf called a “parallel tabulation” process with voting machines alongside the hand count. For the hand count, Kampf said, teams of five will tally batches of 50 ballots at a time. Each team will consist of a “reader” who will announce the votes on each ballot, a “verifier” responsible for making sure the ballots are read aloud correctly, and three “talliers” who will record the votes. Once all 50 ballots have been tallied, the “reader” and the “verifier” will sign off on the batch after double-checking that the votes recorded by the three “talliers” match. If there are any errors, the team will recount any race with a discrepancy, repeating the process until the votes match. Kampf said he expects to release preliminary results around 10 p.m. on the night of the election, and estimates the hand-count to be completed between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14. To meet those deadlines, Kampf said his office would need to count 40 batches a day. “In a worst case scenario,” he told commissioners, “I would have to have a minimum of eight teams doing five batches a day per team.”
Voter Education Fight: Public libraries and elections often go hand-in-hand since libraries serve as polling places, voter registration sites and of course a way to learn about voting rights. In Lafayette Parish, Louisiana though a fight over teaching voting rights has now dragged on for more than a year. In 2021 library director Teresa Elberson received a small grant to host a program about voting rights. However, the Library Board of Control rejected the money citing “far left” content. This week, the Lafayette Parish Council voted unanimously to allow the library system to again apply for a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant supporting a “Who Gets to Vote?” series. But some council members and Library Board of Control President Robert Judge suggested that, when it comes to discussing modern voting rights issues such as felons being able to vote, there’s more than one side. The discussions, they said, should be neutral. Judge said Library Director Danny Gillane worked with board member David Pitre to line up moderators for the discussion if the grant is approved “to present this in a way that I think is the desire of the board.” Parish Council Chairman A.B. Rubin disagreed with how modern voting rights should be discussed. “We can’t have that. We need to educate everybody,” Rubin said. “We have modern-day voter suppression going on. It’s important that we have this grant and hopefully it will be done the proper way.” It remains to be seen if the library will even receive the grant.
A Great Way To Celebrate: As most know, this week was National Voter Registration Day. And while state and local elections officials and voting advocates celebrated in a variety of ways, the Montgomery County, Ohio board of elections celebrated in a very special way. The BOE hosted a naturalization ceremony for 88 people from 43 different countries. “We’ve got 88 new voters right here in our backyard,” Sarah Greathouse, deputy director at Montgomery County Board of Elections said. The nationalization ceremony and National Registration Day were combined to make sure the new citizens can sign up to vote ahead of November’s election. “The greatest benefit of citizenship, and the biggest responsibility of that status is the right to vote,” Judge Walter Rice said.
This and That: Alabama elections officials don’t expect to see poll worker shortage ahead of November election. A dozen protesters showed up at Hawaii elections meeting only to find it being conducted via Zoom. With seven weeks to go before Election Day, Cook County, Illinois officials have about 4,350 people lined up to work at suburban polling places, but they need at least 7,000 “to adequately cover” all of them. The Kansas secretary of state’s office launched a new, streamlined online voter registration site this week. The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in Maine is seeking to work with the town of Houlton to get their own polling place. In Massachusetts, voters in low-income areas, in communities of color, tended to turn out in-person on primary day, while the whiter and more affluent communities used mail-in balloting, according to the secretary of state’s office. Six of the most rural New Mexico counties will each have just one ballot drop box available for voters this year because they will not have to follow a state regulation requiring at least two. South Carolina has lost 19 chief elections officials since 2020. West Virginia election officials uncovered a vote discrepancy in the May primary election that could mean up to 245 ballots cast in Morgan County were not counted toward that election’s vote totals. And there were more stories this week from Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Vermont about the flood of records requests elections offices are seeing.
Personnel News: Congratulations to Defiance County, Ohio Board of Elections Director Tonya Wichman on becoming a CERA. Luke Stremlau is the new executive director of the Bloomington, Illinois election commission. Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers has been elected president of the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities. Thomas Gillon has been nominated as interim elections supervisor in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. Ed Buchanan has officially resigned as the Wyoming secretary of state. Colin Claywell, deputy director of the Shelby County, Ohio board of elections has resigned. Kaitlyn Bruce has been appointed Westfield, Massachusetts city clerk. Timothy Bobanic has been appointed to serve as the new Brevard County, Florida supervisor of elections. Congratulations to Luanna Lewis, deputy elections administrator for Gregg County, Texas who has been designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA). Raleigh County Clerk Danny Moore was recognized by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner as an honorary Secretary of State. Biddeford City Clerk Carmen Bernier is retiring after 28 years with the city. Hilda Salinas is the new Hidalgo County, Texas elections administrator.
Michigan: The Michigan Senate will decide on two changes to election law after a legislative committee advanced bills to expand polling places and beef up training requirements for poll challengers. The two bills, sponsored by state Rep. Ann Bollin, R-Brighton, have already been passed by the House and are now one vote away from the governor after approval from the Senate Elections Committee. House Bill 6124 would require the Secretary of State establish comprehensive training for poll challengers, defining their “powers, rights and duties” on Election Day. Poll challengers are people sent by political parties and interest groups to precincts to lodge complaints if they see something wrong. HB 6124 does not specify exact rules for challengers but proposes county clerks, political parties and challenging organizations get comprehensive training. There would also be a registry to see which organizations have been trained. The Senate Elections Committee also approved HB 6071 to the full Senate on Tuesday, which would expand the types of places that can be polling locations. Both bills have support from municipal clerks, the ACLU and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. The Department of State took a neutral stance.
Huron County, Michigan: The Huron County Commissioners voted to extend the holding of the 2020 election records throughout the county for an extra two years following a late motion that was added during the county meeting. The motion was introduced by board Chairman Sami Khoury and supported by Commissioner Steve Vaughan. It was passed with a 5-2 vote with Commissioners Todd Talaski and Joe Murphy voting against the motion. “After all the people I have talked to in the last couple of weeks, I think it would be a good idea,” said Vaughan when the discussion was opened to the board. “When we do pass stuff like this, it seems we are starting things that may never be looked back at again,” Talaski said. “I don’t disagree with keeping them, they already are, but I don’t think it needs to be made into a motion.”
New York: A New York State Assembly bill (A10687) written by Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine (D-North Shore) will protect the safety of election workers. The “Election Workers, Voters and Polling Places Protection Act” will prohibit and impose penalties for threats and harms such as intimidation of poll watchers and election officials involving violence or threats of harm; and physical damage to or threats to physically damage a polling place, tabulation center, or other election infrastructure. It aims to make the workers who help administer New York elections safer, from officials to volunteers and the contractors who set up and maintain voting equipment. Election workers from across the country recently testified before Congress about threats, intimidation and the spread of misinformation during the 2020 election. “The relentless harassment and intimidation across the country from authoritarian forces in the wake of the defeat of Donald J. Trump makes this type of legislation necessary in order to ensure the safety of election workers and guarantee fair election results,” Lavine said.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania House voted to adopt two new laws concerning elections. House Bill 143, introduced by state Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, would establish an updated process to clear the state’s voter rolls of deceased electors and those who move away. According to the bill, the Department of State would be required to cross-reference its database of registered voters at least once monthly with death record information from local registrars – birth date, first and last names and last four digits of a Social Security number. Deceased electors are to immediately be removed from Pennsylvania’s Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, however, except within 90 days of an election. The bill looks to establish the procedure to remove those who move out of state, along with a one-time exception allowing those who move out of state to cast a ballot in Pennsylvania when they are not yet registered to vote in their new place of residence. It would also require organizations or individuals circulating absentee or mail-in ballot applications to use updated voter registration data from the Department of State. The second proposal, House Bill 2484, introduced by state Rep. Lori Mizgorski, R-Allegheny, would mandate that write-in candidates file statements of financial interests within 30 days of having been nominated or elected. There would be an exception for those who decline nomination or office. The proposed rule would apply to state and local elections.
Federal Litigation: U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright denied MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s motion to throw out a lawsuit brought by a voting technology company that claims he defamed it by pushing the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen. Smartmatic alleges in the complaint that both Lindell and MyPillow defamed the voting tech company by falsely promoting the theory that its machines had been hacked or rigged. Smartmatic also alleges that Lindell, who has advertised promo codes for MyPillow products to viewers and listeners during TV and radio segments where he pushed the false narrative that voting technology was rigged in the 2020 election, used deceptive trade practices. Lindell moved to dismiss Smartmatic’s complaint, arguing that the company failed to adequately plea the defamation claim, and that the deceptive trade practices claim fails because Lindell was acting in a personal, not professional, capacity when making statements about the 2020 election. MyPillow separately moved to dismiss Smartmatic’s complaint, arguing that it is shielded by the First Amendment and that it did not make any statements about Smartmatic. The company also argued that Lindell’s statements can’t be imputed to MyPillow. Wright denied both Lindell’s and MyPillow’s motions to dismiss the complaint. The court concluded that Smartmatic has alleged sufficient facts to support its defamation claim, including its claims that Lindell’s statements were false, that his defamatory statements were communicated to outside parties, that he knew or should have known his statements were false and that he acted with actual malice in promoting them. The court concluded that MyPillow can be vicariously liable for Lindell’s actions, since the CEO intentionally promoted MyPillow while allegedly defaming Smartmatic in the media and during public appearances. The court also maintained that Smartmatic can pursue its claim that Lindell violated the Minnesota Deceptive Trade Practice law, since the company has alleged sufficient evidence to its claim that Lindell’s statements were made in part to promote MyPillow.
Delaware: Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook halted implementation of a ruling he issued last week declaring a vote-by-mail law enacted this year is unconstitutional and that voters cannot mail in their ballots in the upcoming November election. Cook granted a motion by the Department of Elections and Election Commissioner Anthony Albence to stay his ruling pending an expedited appeal to the state Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Oct. 5. Cook said his stay would allow elections officials to process mail-in voting applications and prepare ballots, but that they are not allowed to send the ballots to voters. The judge said elections officials have indicated that if the Supreme Court upholds his ruling, they will notify voters who have applied for mail-in ballots under the new law that they will need to vote in person on Nov. 8.
Florida: Arguing that the ruling was an “insult” to Republican state leaders, lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and national GOP groups tried to convince an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that parts of a 2021 Florida elections law were intended to discriminate against Black voters. The state, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee took the case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that parts of the law were intended to discriminate against Black Floridians, a key voting bloc for Democrats. Walker’s March 31 ruling chronicled what he described as the state’s “grotesque history of racial discrimination,” saying that “when all of the evidence is viewed together, a coherent picture emerges.” The Tallahassee-based district judge blocked parts of the law. But the appeals court in May issued a stay of Walker’s ruling amid the continuing legal battle. The stay kept the law in effect for this year’s elections.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Supreme Court decided that it would not hear a case involving the race for Campbell County Commissioner – District 1. In the race, incumbent Brian Painter defeated challenger David Fischer by just over 100 votes. But following the primary election, Fischer’s campaign filed suit, charging that Painter had personally engaged in illegal electioneering when Painter distributed campaign materials at an event for poll workers when early voting had already started. A Jefferson Co. judge agreed, vacating Painter’s win, tossing him from the ballot, and replacing him with Fischer. Painter’s campaign appealed and the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s ruling. The state Supreme Court denied Fischer’s campaign’s motion for a review of the case, ending the legal battle and officially setting the November match-up as one between Painter, who is seeking his fourth four-year term and Democratic nominee Melissa Whalen.
Maryland: Maryland Del. Dan Cox, the Republican candidate for governor, has filed a motion to block a move to allow mail-in ballots to be counted before Election Day. Under current Maryland law, mail-in ballots cannot be canvassed until two days after Election Day. The Maryland State Board of Elections has said that without the ability to begin the process of canvassing mail-in ballots before Election Day, certifying the results of the November general election could take until December or even early January. “There is no emergency. There are no more excuses for not following the law,” Cox said in a news release. “The Board of Elections asking the courts to change the rules of election weeks prior to the election being held is unacceptable,” Cox said. Cox, in opposing the board’s petition for emergency relief, is claiming only the General Assembly can change the law. The General Assembly did in fact change the law earlier this year, but that legislation was vetoed by current Governor Larry Hogan. Montgomery County Administrative Judge James Bonifant heard testimony from both sides this week and said he will provide a ruling by Friday.
Montana: Montana’s Supreme Court has reinstated a block on two laws regulating elections ahead of the 2022 midterms. Four tribes, two Native American advocacy groups and three political youth action organizations sued the state over election laws passed in 2021 that eliminate same-day voter registration and restrict acceptable forms of voter ID. The plaintiffs argue these policies unduly burden the right to vote, especially for marginalized communities and young people. The laws were temporarily blocked last spring by Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael Moses while the full legal case over the laws plays out. The Montana Supreme Court initially overruled Moses and allowed the laws to stand, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to request the block. The laws were enforced during the June primary. On Wednesday, the majority of justices on the state Supreme Court reversed course and put the block back in place. The court said its order is not a final ruling, but a safeguard in the event the laws are deemed unconstitutional. Attorneys argued over the merits of the case during a two week long trial in August. Judge Moses is expected to issue a final ruling soon.
Judge Rienne McElyea ruled that the state cannot enforce three laws on college campuses passed during the 2021 legislative session. The laws ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports; prohibit groups from registering voters in dorms or dining halls; and craft new guidelines for harassment and free speech policies on college campuses. McElyea ruled that all three bills infringe upon the Board of Regents’ constitutional authority to govern the state’s university system. The ruling invalidates the voter registration legislation and prevents the other two bills from impacting the university system. Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office says it is reviewing the ruling.
Nevada: The Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit against Clark County, its election department and the county registrar to release poll worker information they said is being withheld. The lawsuit specifically asks a judge to force the county to release “the partisan breakdown and political affiliation” of the county’s poll workers. Lawyers for the RNC claim the county has declined to provide that level of data, citing privacy concerns, even offering to “treat this information as ‘attorneys’ eyes only.’” In its lawsuit, the RNC claims all registered poll workers should not be of the same party. Nevada law requires political parties to be equally represented among poll workers. There is no evidence that poll workers are of all the same party in Clark County. Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria, who is personally named in the lawsuit, has repeatedly said poll observers, not poll workers, from both parties have had reasonable access as provided by law. A judge tossed a lawsuit from Republicans regarding poll watchers following the 2020 election. According to the lawsuit, the RNC is asking the county for poll worker data regarding the 2022 primary and upcoming general election. The request was filed in August and later denied. The RNC claims the information is a public record and does not include other identifiable information.
Ohio: In a 4-2 opinion the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that Terpsehore “Tore” Maras, an elections conspiracy theorist, will be able to appear on the ballot as a candidate for secretary of state. The court ruled that current Secretary of State Frank LaRose improperly failed to accept nine signatures – eight from Cuyahoga County and one from Columbiana County – that Maras gathered after a July 5 deadline that LaRose had ordered administratively, but before a July 15 date that appears in Ohio law. The court ordered LaRose to accept the signatures, which pushes Maras above the 5,000-signature threshold independent candidates must gather from Ohio voters to qualify for the ballot. Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor joined the court’s three Democrats in issuing the ruling, while Republican justices Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer dissented.
Pennsylvania: Critics of mail-in balloting procedures in recent elections have filed suit in Chester County Court asking that officials be ordered to change the security measures at two “round-the-clock” drop-boxes used in the last election, contending that people submitted multiple ballots at those locations, against rules that specify that each voter can deposit only one ballot — their own — at any time. The complaint, filed in Common Pleas Court, was submitted on behalf of four registered voters from the county, assisted by two attorneys from a prominent conservative law firm in Villanova and an organization led by former Trump administration officials, the America First Legal Foundation. The suit asks that the court issue an injunction prohibiting the Chester County Office of Voter Services from providing two drop-boxes, out of the 13 that the county maintained in the past election, that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless they are monitored at all times by a staff person from the county Office of Voter Services. The case has been assigned to Common Pleas Court Judge William P. Mahon. A hearing has tentatively been scheduled for Oct. 3.
Texas: A lawsuit asking for emergency relief from electronic voting machines in Burnet County was thrown out of the 424th Judicial District Court on Aug. 30 by District Judge Evan Stubbs. The suit asks that all future elections be conducted with paper ballots only and seeks the seizure of the county’s voting machines and all materials relating to elections from November 2020 forward. It was filed by Marble Falls resident Patricia Cope, who could not be reached for comment. An appeal is pending in the Third Court of Appeals. The lawsuit named Election Administrator Doug Ferguson, Burnet County Commissioners Jim Luther, Damon Beierle, Billy Wall, and Joe Don Dockery, and County Judge James Oakley as defendants. Cause No. 54047 uses the exact language as a series of similar lawsuits filed in other Texas counties, including Lubbock, Jefferson, and Hood. The suits were filed in August to beat the Sept. 3 deadline for destroying election materials in the November 2020 presidential election, a timeframe set by law. State law mandates a 22-month holding period for election materials in all elections. Ferguson said he would keep the information stored and safe as the lawsuit makes it way through the courts.
Washington: Amber Krabach, a Republican activist who posted printed signs this summer warning that King County ballot boxes were under surveillance is suing the public officials who said those signs were unacceptable. Krabach filed a lawsuit this month alleging that King County Elections Director Julie Wise trampled Krabach’s free speech rights by calling Krabach’s signs a form of voter intimidation and ordering them removed. The lawsuit also targets Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, who similarly criticized the signs. Krabach’s signs, which appeared near multiple ballot drop boxes in King County in the lead-up to the Aug. 2 primary, said: “This Ballot Dropbox is Under Surveillance – Accepting compensation for harvesting or depositing ballots may be a violation of federal law.” Krabach is challenging Washington’s law that says no one can interfere with or try to influence someone’s vote within 25 feet of a ballot drop box.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is challenging the use of a federal voter registration form in Wisconsin, saying it doesn’t meet the requirements laid out by state law. The firm filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare the National Mail Voter Registration Application illegal in the state and order the Wisconsin Election Commission to withdraw its approval for the form because it doesn’t ask for all information required by state law. The lawsuit, filed in Waukesha County on behalf of Waukesha resident Richard Braun, alleges that use of the federal form is illegal because it doesn’t include places to fill in information such as whether a voter has been convicted of a felony and how long they have lived in their district. Wisconsin law is abundantly clear on the required content of voter registration forms in Wisconsin, yet WEC has somehow approved the use of a form that fails to meet those requirements,” said Anthony LoCoco, an attorney with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. “It is a shame that, once again, a voter has to go to court simply to ensure that WEC follows the Legislature’s lawful commands.” The lawsuit also takes issue with the form asking applicants to list their race and party affiliation, which aren’t required by law. The form’s instructions make clear that it’s optional for Wisconsin voters to provide the information.
Opinions This Week
Alaska: Ranked choice voting
Colorado: Election security
Connecticut: Ranked choice voting
Florida: Local election officials
Illinois: Election deniers
Maine: Election officials
Montana: Election integrity
New Mexico: Election integrity
New York: Elections oversight
Ohio: Ranked choice voting
South Carolina: Election workers
Texas: Voter fraud
Utah: Election deniers
Vermont: Voting rights
Wisconsin: Dane County
SCOTUS Watch: What Upcoming Supreme Court Term Means for Democracy: Join us for a conversation with Campaign Legal Center (CLC) democracy advocates and other special guests to sound the alarm on the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and what its troubling decisions mean for democracy. Together, they’ll talk about the upcoming cases that could dramatically alter the course of our democracy and the immediate and long-term impact of these decisions. When: September 28, 1:30pm Eastern. Where: Online.
Democracy on the Brink: Our democracy is under attack from people wrongly claiming that the 2020 election was somehow “stolen.” State lawmakers are acting on those false claims with legislation that restricts the right to vote and also undermines the election process itself. Add to that the growing problem of disinformation, which sometimes targets specific racial or ethnic groups. Join the Brennan Center for Justice and Brennan en español at NYU School of Law for a conversation about what these efforts mean for the 2022 elections and beyond. The discussion was held at a recent convention of the national associations of black and Latino journalists. This premiere YouTube stream will include a live text chat Q&A with Brennan Center election expert Sean Morales-Doyle. This event was produced in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Spanish language interpretation will be available for this event. When: September 28, 6pm Eastern. Where: Online.
Disinformation, Midterms, and the Mind: How psychological science can help journalists combat election misinformation: Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and dis-information. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible, targeted, and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to prebunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is more essential than ever as November’s elections near. Register now to join the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the American Psychological Association, and PEN America for a free program on Thursday, Sept. 29 to learn how to use these strategies for coverage that informs and empowers your community as it prepares to vote and to discuss the ways disinformation has affected the practice of journalism. The program, which will be held on Zoom, will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and be followed by a Q&A session. When: September 29, 11:30am Eastern. Where: Online
Voter Accessibility: Improving your election coverage for people with disabilities: Midterm elections are Nov. 8. Are you prepared to be a watchdog for disabled voters in your communities? What is your newsroom doing to ensure your election coverage is useful and accessible for disabled voters? How are you covering voter rights and accessibility leading up to and on Election Day? More than 61 million Americans live with disabilities, yet they remain underrepresented in journalism produced by U.S. newsrooms. As a decisive midterm election approaches, recent coverage shows state and local measures intend to: reduce voting by absentee ballot, limit access at polling locations, and limit information explaining how people with disabilities can cast their ballots. Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for a virtual discussion among experts in voter access, disability representation, and accessible news coverage on best practices to cover disabled voters and to highlight voting access issues they may face. When: October 14, 11:30am Eastern. Where: Online.
The Path to End-to-End (E2E) Protocols for Voting Systems: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in collaboration with NIST, is initiating a process to publicly solicit, evaluate, and approve protocols used in end-to-end (E2E) cryptographically verifiable voting systems for conformance to the recently revised Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Version 2.0. This workshop will be used to discuss the plan and further develop the protocol requirements and evaluation criteria. This workshop will cover the following: A keynote presentation on E2E in voting systems; Four discussion-based panels covering: Integrity and Voter Confidence, Voting System Security, Accessibility and Human Factor Considerations, Implementation of E2E in Voting Systems/Testings; Next Steps; Q&A Session When: October 6 & 7, 1pm-5pm Eastern. Where: Online.
NPC Headliners Book Event: Major Garrett and David Becker, “The Big Truth”: Less than a month before the midterm elections, CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett and David Becker, one of the nation’s leading elections experts, will discuss their new book, “The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of THE BIG LIE,” at a National Press Club headliners book event. Garrett and Becker’s new book examines the potentially dire consequences for the 2022 midterms and beyond. Filled with interviews with key players — election workers, January 6th Committee members Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md), Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and more — they take a close look at what is known as the Big Lie. Garrett, a veteran Washington correspondent, and Becker, the Executive Director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Integrity, make a case that Big Lie “fraud” allegations evaporate under scrutiny. The authors examine what actually happened in 2020, while reporting on what they call each Trumpian misdirection designed to con and beguile Americans into chasing phantom allegations of election crimes. The authors argue that the next midterm and presidential elections will test American democracy more severely than at any time since the Civil War, arguing that how Americans react may determine whether the country is led into another war against itself. The program will include a question-and-answer session with Garrett and Becker. When: October 11. Where: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Vote Early Day: Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan movement of media companies, businesses, nonprofits, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans have the tools to vote early. This holiday is a tentpole moment for partners of all stripes to engage with voters and urge them to cast their ballots. Created in 2020, Vote Early Day has brought thousands of national and local partners together in celebration and activation to increase the number of people voting early. This collaborative, open-source model—similar to Giving Tuesday and National Voter Registration Day—ensures that millions more Americans take advantage of their options to vote early through on the ground activations, get-out-the-vote pushes, national communications on traditional and social media, and efforts to create a new culture around voting. Vote Early Day plays a unique role in the push to get voters to cast their ballot. We are a trusted, nonpartisan holiday with supporters on both sides of the aisle. We provide a central moment for a wide range of partners (many non- traditional to the civic space) to engage with voters and urge them to vote early. Our collaboration of thousands of diverse partners allows us to engage in places beyond where voters are used to seeing election messages. This allows us to break through the noise and meet voters where they are. When: October 28
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Arizona Deputy Coordinator, U.S. Elections, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting candidate codes of conduct. The Carter Center is advancing nonpartisan observation efforts in two key states: Arizona and Michigan. These states were selected following assessments completed on multiple states. Nonpartisan observation efforts implemented and/or supported by The Carter Center will differ from existing partisan poll watchers and election-protection groups. The goal of nonpartisan observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of elections in each state through public reports. The Deputy Coordinator will execute the citizen observation plan and develop partnerships with community-based organizations. They will report directly to the US Elections Coordinator in [Michigan/Arizona] and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Assistant Director, Butler County, Pennsylvania— To supervise and direct the operational processes relating to voter registration, voting and elections, ensuring that voters’ rights are protected and votes are recorded and counted accurately. Assists the Director in implementing the day to day functions of the Elections Department. The incumbent supervises the non-exempt staff and answers voter and candidate questions or selects proper course of action to resolve problems. Assists Director in evaluating new technologies for election process. Consults with others regarding clarification of the Pennsylvania Election Code. Refers complex issues requiring clarification of the Pennsylvania Election Code or the Pennsylvania Constitution to the Director of Elections. A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or equivalent work experience is required. Significant experience in Computer Science course work or equivalent is required. Prior work experience involving the electoral process is desirable, as is supervisory experience. Must be knowledgeable of State and County voting laws, regulations, procedures, and requirements. Computer, telephone and customer service skills are necessary. Salary: $45,129.18-$63,180.85. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Campaign Finance Specialist, Wake County, North Carolina— Do you want to be a part of democracy in action? Wake County Board of Elections wants you! If you enjoy working in a fast-paced rewarding environment, then come work in a place where your team values you. The Board of Elections Campaign Finance Specialist plays a critical role, providing communication support and report auditing for candidates and committees who file campaign finance reports at the county level. The Campaign Finance Specialist must maintain in-depth knowledge of campaign finance law and reporting schedules. What will you do as a Board of Elections Campaign Finance Specialist? Communicate with candidates and campaign committee treasurers; Conduct financial audits of campaign finance reports; Refer late or non-compliant reports to the State Board of Elections for further investigation or financial penalties; Maintain directories and databases of elected officials and report filing statuses; Develop candidate and campaign finance informational guides; Manage the Candidates and Campaign Finance section of the Board of Elections website; Organize and administer candidate filing; Assist campaign committee treasurers with campaign reporting software; and Petition Management. Salary: Hiring Range: $20.81 – $28.10. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Certification and Training Manager, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— The Program Manager for Certification & Training manages the provision of professional certification and training to state election administrators and canvassing board members in 39 Washington counties. The Certification and Training Program Manager reports to the Elections Director and is a member of the Elections Management Team that advises the Elections Director on direction and policy. The Program Manager is responsible for the administration of the Certification and Training Program of the Elections Division by providing strategic analysis, planning, and management of a program that includes four major functions. There functions are: 1) professional certification and training of local and state election administrators and county canvassing board members; 2) review of county election operations and procedures; 3) the election clearinghouse; and 4) testing of all vote tabulation equipment used in each county during state primary and general elections. The Program Manager makes collaborative strategic judgments and decisions balancing competing program demands or priorities for resources; develops, modifies, and implements division policy; formulates long-range strategic plans and projects, and makes division-wide strategic decisions with the Elections Management Team. Integrates division and office policies and continuously reviews the program for compliance with division and office policies and strategic objectives. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Chief Information Officer, Illinois State Board of Elections— Functions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the SBE Information Technology Systems. Responsibilities encompass full range of information services; application design and development, system administration, data administration, operations, production control, and data communications. In conjunction with the Board, Executive Director, and Executive staff, the CIO determines the role of information systems in achieving Board goals. Defines goals in terms of statutory obligations to be met, problems to be solved, and/or opportunities that can be realized through the application of computerized information systems. Prepares and submits budget based projections of hardware, software, staff and other resource needs to adequately provide for existing systems, as well as support of new project initiatives. Advises Executive Staff in matters relating to information technology. Develops presentations and reports for the Board and Administrative Staff. In conjunction with Executive Staff, evaluates system performance to determine appropriate enhancements. Salary: $7,885 – $13,237 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Communications Specialist, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission— The employee and supervisor collaborate to develop the approach, timelines and general framework for projects and, within these parameters, the employee independently plans and carries out the work involved in developing, maintaining, and managing media communication, coordinating with others as appropriate, interpreting and applying policy, determining the content and format for media communication, and consulting with the supervisor on questionable content or issues. The Director of Communications assigns special projects and assignments, defining the nature of the assignment, objectives to be achieved, and resources available. The employee independently resolves most problems that arise, keeping the Director informed on unusual, sensitive or controversial matters. Completed work is reviewed for achievement of objectives and consistency with governing laws, regulations, policies, and the EAC strategic plan. Salary: $74,950 – $95,824. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Departmental Training Coordinator, DeKalb County, Georgia— The purpose of this classification is to develop, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate departmental training programs and learning solutions. The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Develops training programs for departmental employees; creates new and/or modifies existing courses and course materials; researches industry changes; and prepares activities and course assignments. Conducts training and facilitates in-house training programs for employees based on current trends and best practices. Assists employees in meeting certification and recertification requirements for mandated licensure and submits documents for license renewals. Coordinates training logistics to include training room, schedules, attendance tracking, passwords, supplies and set up; and selects or develops teaching aids including training handbooks, tutorials or quick reference guides . Administers and grades course assignments and exams; and tracks and analyzes learning curriculum effectiveness through various evaluations techniques including evaluation of individual performances. Maintains and prepares training and compliance records and prepares related documentation and reports; enters course exam grades; prepares training certificates; and updates compliance databases. Assists with internal departmental communications by preparing newsletters, promotional materials for training programs, flyers for departmental events, or related communications. Communicates with department management, supervisors, other employees, subject matter experts, schools, community groups, volunteers, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. Maintains current knowledge of departmental business functions and operations to develop training programs and solutions for improving employee knowledge and performance within business units; and research training industry standards and best practices and applies new technologies. Salary: $52,815 – $81,862. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Elections Director, Davie County, North Carolina— Performs administrative work with the registration, voting and election activities for the County. Must be willing to perform job duties during pandemics, natural disasters and unexpected events during planned elections and election schedules. This position is required to work extended hours and weekends during planned elections and election schedules. Regular, predictable, full attendance is an essential function of the job. Essential job functions: Performs administrative duties for the Director and Board Members and serves as a resource person to staff and the public, as needed; Assists with the supervision of Elections part-time staff and one stop workers in the performance of their daily responsibilities; Assist the Director with annual budgets and grants received; Assists the Elections Director in the interview and selection process of new employees, one stop and precinct workers and training new employees on office procedures and applications; Assists with ensuring proper and efficient conduct of primary and general elections held in Davie County; Maintenance of geo codes/street index, to include all annexations and changes, to insure accuracy for each address; Performs related duties as required. Salary: Minimum hiring range: $33,587. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy County Clerk, Boone County, Missouri— The Boone County (MO) Clerk’s Office seeks a deputy county clerk in its elections division. With general supervision, this clerk processes new and revised voter registrations, provides information to the public on candidates, ballot issues and other election information, determines ballot styles for walk-in absentee voters, verifies petitions, and performs related election duties. Salary: $15.45-$16.41/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Registration and Elections, Fulton County, Georgia— The County is seeking a Director of Registration and Elections (DRE). This position serves as the chief executive responsible for developing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures relating to voter registration and elections in Fulton County. The DRE also prepares, presents, and manages the department’s approved annual budget. The DRE leads programs and services that ensure safe, free, and accessible voter registration and elections in the County. The DRE ensures accurate collection and maintenance of voter registration data and administers the county elections and associated services, which includes but is not limited to absentee balloting, voter registration, voter education and outreach. The Director collects information and validates candidates for elective office, ensures the availability of training for poll workers, and directs efforts to educate voters on elections in the county. The DRE performs other duties, including preservation, storage, preparation, testing and maintenance of departmental election equipment. Furthermore, the director oversees election district boundaries, and administers the selection of polling places in the county. Salary: $175K-$195K. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections, Cumberland County, North Carolina— The Elections Director works under the administrative direction of the County Board of Elections and Executive Director of the State Board of Election. The Elections Director performs professional, managerial, and administrative work for the Board of Elections and carries out all duties or responsibilities as assigned by Chapter 163 of the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina and as delegated by members of the County Board in accordance with the laws of the State of North Carolina, GS 163-35 (d) and 163-33. Reports to the Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Elections. Salary: $78,784.40 – $132,425.23. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Elections & Chief Registrar, Butler County, Pennsylvania— Seeking a Director of Elections & Chief Registrar with great communication, leadership and organizational skills. Employee reports directly to the Board of Commissioners. Employee is responsible for the overall planning, organization, direction, management, coordination, and oversight of the County voter registration and election processes in accordance with the County Code, the policies of the Board of Commissioners and/or Board of Elections and Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. Working knowledge and familiarity of PA Election laws, laws pertaining to Conduct of Election and Voter Registration and supervisory experience a plus. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience and/or training in the election/voter registration process, course work with an emphasis in business a plus. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Division Director, Illinois State Board of Elections— Subject to Executive Director approval; oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, payroll, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development. Serves as the Board’s subject matter expert relating to personnel and human resource matters. Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management. Conducts research and analysis of Board trends including review of reports and metrics from human resource information systems. Recommends, implements, and ensures compliance with agency policies and procedures including, but not limited to, hiring, disciplinary actions, employee grievances, compensation plan, and employee performance evaluations. Creates and oversees human resource practices, programs, and objectives that provide for an employee-oriented culture that emphasizes collaboration, innovation, creativity, and knowledge transfer within a diverse team. Oversees the day-to-day administrative aspects of the Board’s personnel programs; accuracy of bi-monthly payrolls; benefits; quarterly and annual EEO/AA reporting; and, employee transaction documentation. Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for staff; development and maintenance of agency-wide training programs for on-boarding, staff development, and knowledge transfer. Responsible for the administration and oversight over all disciplinary matters; including: investigation of complaints; conducting witness interviews; documentation gathering; drafting and submittal of investigation findings to Executive Staff; advising Division Directors and Executive Staff on disciplinary matters; and, drafting of formal disciplinary reprimands in accordance with policy. Has administrative oversight of the Chief Fiscal Officer regarding budgetary and fiscal matters under the purview of the Division of Administrative Services. Supervises and evaluates subordinate staff; facilitates knowledge transfers and cross trainings; performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above. Salary: $6,023.00 – $12,374.00 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Early Voting Coordinator, Wake County, North Carolina— re you looking to be more involved in your community? Are you ready to be a part of democracy in the making? If so, get ready to roll up your sleeves and become a part of history! Wake County Board of Elections is currently seeking an Early Voting Coordinator to join our dynamic and talented Early Voting Team. The Early Voting Coordinator plays a critical role in the management and logistical planning of Early Voting. This includes communicating, scheduling election service vendors and managing voting site support operations to include the physically demanding work of setting up Early Voting sites. What will you do as an Early Voting Coordinator? Plan and organize all Early Voting operations; Assist with development of Early Voting expansion budget items and analyze budget impacts of new election laws and state directives and incorporate the changes into Early Voting site procedures; Work with Town Clerks, Municipal Administrators, Facility Directors, Special Event Coordinators and Superintendents to secure use of facilities for Early Voting; Manage Early Voting facilities, including scheduling, communication, support, logistics, database management and site setups; Develop Early Voting ballot order and determine the distribution of ballots each Early Voting facility will receive; Update and maintain the Early Voting blog and Early Voting page of the Wake County Board of Elections website; Manage the Early Voting support Help Line; Post-election reconciliation duties to include provisional management, presentations to the Board and assisting with record retention. Salary: Hiring Range: $20.81 – $28.10. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Cycle Temp, Pinal County, Arizona— Under supervision, performs the basic duties of Voter Registration and Early Voting during the election cycle as required by state statute for the Recorder’s Office. This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System. Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority. The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is “at will” the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. Salary: Up to $20/hr. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Information Environment Specialist, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support democratic elections and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support good elections in the U.S. There are multiple key aspects to this project, contributing to electoral reform, promoting candidate codes of conduct and establishing nonpartisan observation efforts. The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified Electoral Information Environment Specialist to work on the Center’s US election advisory team under the guidance of the Democracy Program staff. The Electoral Information Environment Specialist will assess and analyze key issues affecting women, the disabled, and disenfranchised groups in the United States. The Electoral Information Environment Specialist will contribute to public and private statements concerning the electoral information environment. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Security Intelligence Analyst, Illinois State Board of Elections— Under administrative direction, serves as a team member identifying computer system vulnerabilities in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Elections and Department of Innovation and Technology for local election authorities and other state election partners. Identifies vulnerabilities and provides technical analysis and remediation recommendations for those affected computer systems, including forensic analysis for investigations, monitoring and reporting. Provides technical support to the Cyber Security Information Sharing Program Manager and Cyber Navigator Program Manager of the Illinois State Board of Elections Cyber Navigator Program in coordination with the Department of Innovation and Technology Security Operations Center. Develops and recommends measures to safeguard systems before and after they are compromised. Conducts monthly Tech Talks on election security and relevant cyber threats for local election authorities and their IT and security staff. Develop annual cyber security training for local election authorities. Develops publications, guides, and other election security related resources for statewide distribution. Participates in the development of incident response plans, continuity of operation plans, and tabletop exercise training. Serves on-call for emergency situations and Election Day. Travel to attend training sessions, conferences, meetings, etc. is required. Serves as a team member identifying computer system vulnerabilities; reviews existing computer systems of local election authorities monitored by DoIT for security violations. Document incidents as appropriate. Perform analysis of systems for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities. Identifies vulnerabilities and provides remediation recommendations for those affected computer systems, including forensic analysis for investigations, monitoring and reporting. Coordinates with regionally assigned cyber navigators to assist local election authorities information technology staff/vendor mitigate incidents or provide technical support. Monitors network traffic by utilizing intrusion detection devices and other technologies. Monitors activities such as automated notification of security breaches and automated or manual examination of logs, controls, procedures, and data. Salary: $5,667 – $6,000 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Business Intelligence Specialist, Tennessee Secretary of State— Summary: Assist in planning and coordinating the computer functions and responsibilities for the Elections Division which includes, but is not limited to: data processing, integrating the statewide voter registration system with county voter registration systems, improve election reporting capabilities; analyzing and resolving technical software issues (25%) for the Division of Elections and 95 county election commission offices, which includes, but is not limited to cybersecurity practices; reviewing and researching regulations, legislation, government codes, and directives relevant to the technical elections operation; including serving as the liaison to the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, Local Government; and performing other duties as assigned. This position is responsible for the accuracy and timely compliance and security of voter registration data, ballot review and approval, producing and analyzing election-related state and federal reports, maintaining and assist in updating elections mobile app. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Manager, Cochise County, Arizona— Under limited supervision by the Director of Elections, performs professional and administrative work of a high level in the management of election administration work in planning, organizing and directing strategic and daily goals and objectives, operations and activities of the Elections Department. Performs other related work as assigned. Assists the Director of Elections in the administration and supervision of all County, special, primary and general elections with state and local jurisdictions; Manages program requirements through appropriate delegation and work supervision, organization and assignment of task duties including warehouse organization and inventory, delivery and return of election supplies to polling places, poll workers, election boards, training and pay, website, and submitting meeting agenda items; Assists with ballot creation process including proofreading all ballot styles, sending ballot proofs to candidates and jurisdictions, and creating and reviewing ballot orders; Assures accuracy of election materials and maintains chain of custody of ballots, forms, equipment, and materials; Programs, tests, and maintains all voting equipment, following Federal, State, and local requirements; Recruits, coordinates, trains, manages, supervises, and terminates seasonal or temporary staff in consultation with the Director; Develops and presents poll worker education and curriculum for online and in-person training; Assists with ballot tabulation duties including coordinating, hiring, and training the Early Boards to receive, count and prepare early ballots for tabulation, assists with oversight of receiving Boards on Election night to receive and tabulate the polling place ballots, assists with Hand Count Boards as part of the election audition process and completes necessary reports related to canvass of election and post-election audits; Assists with election night reporting, including preparing the necessary data uploads into the State’s reporting system; Assists with oversite of the departmental budget and administers office financial tasks including but not limited to, inputting requisitions, tracking expenditures and budget reconciliation, lease agreements, paying invoices, overseeing and maintains inventory for equipment and supplies and assists with annual budget preparation; Delivers effective, accurate, secure, cost-effective customer service relative to areas of responsibility. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Finance and Operations Manager, The Carter Center— The Finance and Operations Manager support The Carter Center’s nonpartisan Observation efforts by managing the finance and operations in both states. They will report directly to the US Nonpartisan Observation Coordinators in Michigan and Arizona and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Information Services Specialist, Illinois State Board of Elections— Under the general supervision of the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer and the day-to-day supervision of the Information Services Team Leads, independently and as a project team member, develops, maintains, and enhances the State Board of Elections’ Information Systems. Establishes application development task schedules, testing plans and implementation schedules; Performs technical analysis, design, and programming according to SBE standards; Coordinates development, testing and implementation with end-users, technical consultants and IT Staff according to SBE standards. Consults with end-users to determine application goals, requirements, cost, architecture, and impact to existing systems; Provides Level 1 technical support for Agency end-users as well as end-users of other agency-developed systems. Through continuing self-study and/or formal coursework, acquires knowledge of advanced information systems concepts and techniques, productivity tools, election law, and Board policy as they affect Board Information Systems. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Information Technology Security Analyst, Illinois State Board of Elections— The IT Security Analyst reports directly to the Manager of Cyber Operations and Infrastructure. Supports the administration, implementation, review, and improvement of endpoint, network, hardware, application, and data security practices. Implements, supports and monitors the agency’s information security applications, including email security, web security, endpoint security software, firewalls, intrusion prevention applications, data loss prevention, etc. Monitors system dashboards and logs for threat indicators. Analyzes data and performs necessary incident response procedures. Conducts network, system and application vulnerability assessments. Analyzes agency threat surface and makes recommendations to management to harden agency systems. Evaluates agency processes and implements and/or makes recommendations to enhance security. Reviews information received concerning threat events from end users, supervisory personnel, other federal, state, county and local agencies and governmental entities involved in the exchange of data with the State Board of Elections (SBE), external entities such as the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), trusted cybersecurity vendors, law enforcement agencies, and public information sources. Consults with SBE staff on security issues. Provides a high level of customer service to agency staff, state, county, and local election officials. Ensures service desk queues and incidents are handled in an appropriate and timely manner. Salary: $6,264 – $8,917 Monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Michigan Deputy Coordinator, U.S. Elections, The Carter Center— The Democracy Program at The Carter Center works globally to support and strengthen participatory democracy, consistent with human rights. Beginning in 2020, The Carter Center began efforts to support elections in the United States. There are multiple key aspects to this project: establishing nonpartisan observation efforts, tracking disinformation and dangerous speech, contributing to electoral reform, and promoting candidate codes of conduct. The Carter Center is advancing nonpartisan observation efforts in two key states: Arizona and Michigan. These states were selected following assessments completed on multiple states. Nonpartisan observation efforts implemented and/or supported by The Carter Center will differ from existing partisan pollwatchers and election-protection groups. The goal of nonpartisan observation is to provide credible and transparent information on the conduct of elections in each state through public reports. The Deputy Coordinator will execute the citizen observation plan and develop partnerships with community-based organizations. They will report directly to the US Elections Coordinator in [Michigan/Arizona] and to the US Elections team in Atlanta. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Public Relations Manager, DeKalb County, Georgia— The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and management; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures. Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to management; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate. Develops and implements a comprehensive communications plan to support the mission and objectives of the department/division; develops communications strategies; reviews internal and external communications to ensure consistent messaging; creates and implements branding initiatives; manages online presence; and generates public relations campaigns to support special projects, service changes, and new initiatives within the department. Oversees the creation of print and online content to publicize and promote department programs, facilities, events, or objectives; researches and verifies information; reviews, approves, or produces newsletters, calendars, brochures, and flyers; monitors, approves, and creates content for social media and department website; and writes or edits official department announcements, emails blasts, press releases, letters, or posts. Oversees community outreach programs and events; plans, organizes, and oversees special events, facility tours, educational programs; oversees the selection of locations, dates, and sponsorships; reviews activities and materials prepared by staff or vendors; recruits and supervises event volunteers; and coordinates set-up, staffing, and implementation of program/event plans. Represents department as a spokesperson; serves as a liaison to the news media, other departments, boards, and other external groups; responds to media requests; gives interviews and official comments; and produces short television segments for DeKalb County TV. Cultivates community partnerships to advance departmental objectives and initiatives; develops and maintains relationships with community partners; attends or leads community events on behalf of the department; responds to inquiries from citizen groups or the public; and serves on internal and external committees or projects. Prepares and monitors public relations budget; prepares cost estimates; develops annual budget requests; and reviews and approves expenditures. Salary: $67,182 – $104,133. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Programmer Analyst, Clark County, Nevada— This position provides project and program leadership to professional and technical staff; performs applications systems design, modification and programming of a routine to complex nature in support of County administrative and business services for multiple computer platform applications. Provides lead direction, training and work review to a programming project team; organized and assigns work, sets priorities, and follows-up and controls project status to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work. Provides input into selection, evaluation, disciplinary and other personnel matters. Gathers and analyzes information regarding customer systems and requirements and develops or modifies automated systems to fulfill these needs. Conducts feasibility studies and develops system, time, equipment and cost requirements. Using computer generated techniques, simulates hardware and software problems, tests and evaluates alternative solutions, and recommends and implements appropriate applications design. Develops program logic and processing steps; codes programs in varied languages. Plans and develops test data to validate new or modified programs; designs input and output forms and documents. Troubleshoots hardware and software problems, as needed, for customers, other agencies and information systems personnel. Writes program documentation and customer procedures and instructions and assists user departments and staff in implementing new or modified programs and applications; tracks and evaluates project and systems progress. Writes utility programs to support and validate adopted systems and programs. Confers with customer department staff regarding assigned functional program areas. Maintains records and prepares periodic and special reports of work performed. Maintains current knowledge of technology and new computer customer applications. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. Uses standard office equipment in the course of the work; may drive a personal or County motor vehicle or be able to arrange for appropriate transportation in order to travel between various job sites depending upon departments and/or projects assigned. This is an open and continuous recruitment, scheduling dates will vary depending on when the application was received and reviewed by Human Resources. This examination will establish an Open Competitive Eligibility list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months or may be extended as needed by Human Resources. Human Resources reserves the right to call only the most qualified applicants to the selection process. Salary: $32.07 – $49.74 Hourly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
(Senior) Training Associate, Center for Tech and Civic Life— As the CTCL Government Services (Senior) Training Associate, you will develop and deliver training courses and easy-to-use tools that advance the tech and communication capabilities of election officials. Project coordination – Oversee multi-course training series and other major projects by setting goals, creating project plans, coordinating coworkers and partners, and monitoring progress. Continuous improvement – Suggest, hone, and evaluate new approaches to instructional design, such as alternative training formats, materials, or participant engagement practices. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Technology Division Leader, Boulder County, Colorado— The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Technology Division Leader is a leadership position in the Clerk’s office and reports directly to the elected Clerk and Recorder. The Technology Division Leader is accountable for driving the multi-year strategic technology planning, resourcing, and implementation for the office that enables us to achieve our vision of providing the best in public service for Boulder County residents. This position leads the Technology Team and is accountable for the multi-year planning, resourcing, and implementation of technology and security projects that support our vision. This position supports all areas of the office to ensure adequate technology support and is especially collaborative with the Elections Director, Boulder County IT, and our Cybersecurity Consultant. This position is one of the office’s six Leadership Team members and collaborates closely with the Administrative Team and the Division Leaders. Our team sets a high-bar for fulfilling our commitment to providing the best in public service, and we are looking for someone who has an exceptional technical foundation, is forward-thinking, committed to continual improvement, and someone who can build an empowering and results-driven environment. Our office consists of 75+ team members (and hundreds more during election time). Commitment to ensuring we include historically excluded communities in our work is vital to fulfilling our mission. This person must be committed to building a culture where individuals from any background can be successful, which includes ongoing work around disrupting patterns, systems, and behaviors of inequity and exclusion. Deadline: October 9. Salary: $92,940 – $133,872. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Voter Education & Outreach Specialist, Washington Secretary of State’s Office— This position reports to the Voting Information Services Manager of the Elections Division and works collaboratively to provide outreach and educational services. This position leads onsite customer service to candidates during annual peaks, voters’ pamphlet training for internal staff, organization of printed materials for proofing, fulfillment of outreach materials to stakeholders, and coordinates the printing and distribution of the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The passage of new legislation (ESHB 2421) increases the business needs to be met by the Secretary of State’s Office. Each May and June, the office must preview and process candidate’s statements to be printed in local county primary pamphlets as well as the processing necessary July through October for the state general election pamphlet. The Voting Information Services (VIS) team promotes accessible, fair, and accurate elections. Through educational programs and service excellence, we help eligible Washington residents register to vote, file for office, and cast an informed ballot. VIS exercises visionary leadership to publish the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The team provides voters and candidates with essential tools and training, digestible data and auditing reports, outreach programs and publications. VIS also advises County Auditors in interpretations of federal and state election law to uphold the integrity of election administration throughout the state. These objectives are accomplished through official communications, collaboration with stakeholders, and educational publications including the state Voters’ Pamphlet. The VIS program also acts as liaison for the Office of the Secretary of State. Salary: $55,524 – $74,604. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Voting Rights Expert, The Carter Center— The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified voting rights analyst to work on the Center’s US election advisory team under the guidance of the Democracy Program staff. The voting rights expert will assess and analyze key issues affecting women, the disabled, and disenfranchised groups in the United States. The voting rights expert will contribute to public and private statements concerning the electoral process and provide an impartial assessment of elections as well as detailed recommendations for ways to improve the program’s inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency as it relates to voting access of historically disenfranchised peoples. A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in democracy and/or elections is required, in addition to a degree in political science or another relevant field. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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