April 21, 2016

I. In Focus This Week

Alabama works to make sure everyone counts
State becomes first to use online voting system for UOCAVA voters in presidential race

By M. Mindy Moretti

Not everyone gets the opportunity to vote for who their new boss may be, but thanks to a new program in Alabama, that’s exactly what more than 100 UOCAVA voters stationed overseas got to do in the March 1 presidential primary.

Only they didn’t have to find a printer, put pen to paper and then make their way to a mailbox, instead they took to their keyboards and requested and submitted their ballots online.

During the “SEC Primary”, Alabama became the first in the nation to implement statewide, a fully electronic end-to-end voting system for a presidential primary election.

Through the years there have been a multitude of attempts to quickly and securely get service members stationed overseas their ballots and get those ballots returned. Other localities have tested various ways of doing it, but this is the first statewide use of a uniform, all electronic system.

The state used Everyone Counts’ eLect electronic ballot delivery and return system for UOCAVA voters stationed overseas.

“We know that the military often feel as if their voices aren’t heard in the election process because of the hoops that they have to jump through to receive their ballots – much less get them returned on-time. We have a solution that solves that problem and it was proven to be effective this past Super Tuesday for Alabama,” said Lori Steele Contorer, Everyone Counts CEO.

During the March primary 493 UOCAVA voters received their ballots electronically with 173 being eligible to return them also via the secure electronic system. Of those 173 eligible, 128 ballots were returned.

Eligible voters were able to log into a secure website using a special code they received via email and then were able to cast their ballot online. The voter was then notified that the ballot had been received and counted.

The secretary of state’s office considered this to be very successful and will be offering the option to UOCAVA voters again in November.

The state first partnered with the City of Montgomery in October 2015 to test the program on a smaller scale. During that election two service members stationed abroad used the system. Although two may seem like a small number, the state was pleased enough with the results to use the system in March.

“It went well, which is why we chose to carry it over into the regular primary,” Secretary of State John Merrill said. “We were excited about the interest and encouraged that people wanted to participate.”

In the coming months, the state will be working with the military and the local press as well as identifying every possible eligible voter about the system so it can be used more broadly in November.

“We want to reach as many of our voters as possible and be able to have as large of a turnout as possible,” Merrill said.


 II. Primary Update


Voters went to the polls in New York on Tuesday for the state’s closed presidential primary and while some pre-primary fears of thousands of unaffiliated voters turning up at the polls to vote in the closed primary didn’t quite come to pass, the day was not without controversy.

The bulk of the issues occurred in Brooklyn. There, more than 100,000 people were removed from the voters rolls in the months leading up to the primary. Elections officials argue that it was delayed, but normal voter roll maintenance, but state and federal officials have launched an investigation.

Also in Brooklyn, several polling places reported problems with voting machines and building access delaying start times for up to two hours in some cases.

The closed primaries did raise some issues. In Onondaga County, home to Syracuse University, elections officials reported that about one-third of voters who showed up at the polls were turned away because they were not registered for either party.

Officials in Onondaga County said part of the problem on Tuesday could be blamed on social media. Democratic Commissioner Dustin Czarny told Syracuse.com that the county saw more provisional ballots than normal and said social media spread a lot of misinformation which resulted in the provisional ballots. “Social media took a story and ran with it telling people they could register or do affidavit voting and it would count because of the lawsuit,” Czarny told the website. “We saw a lot of social media scares on Facebook and Twitter that not only should people go to the polls, but some posts said the judge had ruled in their favor, which was not true.”

In Broome County, home to Binghamton University, the polling place at the Old Student Union ran out of ballots. Voters had to fill out affidavit ballots instead. According to county officials, about 95 percent of the campus is registered to vote.

Franklin County elections officials reported some issues with independent voters wishing to cast ballots. Some voters seemed to understand that the problem was not the fault of the local elections officials. “It’s disheartening and I do want to make it clear, you know, it’s not the people at the elections here. It’s not their fault. They’re fine, decent, hard-working people who are following the rules that they have to get,” Janet Zanchelli of Plattsburgh told WPTZ.

And in what may be our favorite primary day story to-date, some voters in Rochester have taken to placing their “I Voted” stickers on the headstone of Susan B. Anthony. “It was definitely like I was putting it on her lapel, like, ‘This one’s for you Susan, here you go,’ ” Brianne Wojtesta told The Washington Post. The practice has been happening for several years now and cemetery officials have said they are OK with it.

Primary Preview
Voters in five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island — head to the polls next week and there are a few things worth keeping an eye on Tuesday.

In Maryland, the state will be using it’s new, all-paper ballot voting system for the first time in a presidential election.

In Connecticut, the state’s DMV crashed for two days this week. What impact that may or may not have on voter registration in the Nutmeg State remains to be seen.

Elections officials in some Pennsylvania counties are scrambling to add a last-minute candidate after a court ruling placed the candidate back on the ballot. Also still in limbo is a constitutional question about judge retirement age. The question, while on the ballot, may or may not be counted.

And in Rhode Island, the state will only be using 1 out of 3 polling places that it normally uses. The state is making the cuts for cost savings and said that similar reductions were made for the March 2008 primary.


III. Election News This Week

  • Fallout from the botched primary April 5 continued this week when the St. Louis County board of election commissioners suspended Democratic director Eric Fey for two weeks without pay. According to St. Louis Public Radio, the commission also suspended Elections Coordinator Laura Goebel, but did not sanction Republican director Gary Furh. “The employees who work here are very dedicated,” Commissioner John Maupin told KWMU. “And they are trying to do the best job they can. So whatever we do is only to try to enhance their ability to do their jobs. And the only job they have to make sure people can vote.”
  • It’s not quite the Hatfields and McCoys, but there is definitely trouble brewing in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Recently, we reported that of the state’s 55 counties, only two, Kanawha and Cabell were refusing to allow new voters to register using the state’s new online voter registration system. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said the clerks in those counties were uniformed about how the system works. Now, the clerks are fighting back and they’ve got the support of the West Virginia County Clerk’s Association. The Clerk’s Association sent Tennant a letter accusing her of making “antagonistic and incorrect” statements. According to the Register Herald, Donald Evans, president of the association and Monroe County clerk said clerks were only give one afternoon to test the new OVR system and provide feedback. “We are not anti-change, but we want to be included in the process of change and its implementation,” Evans wrote in his letter. Tennant responded to the letter in part by saying: “I am befuddled by the assertions in the letter that there was no communication with or inclusion of the county clerks when specifically talking about the implementation of the Online Voter Registration (OVR) system. I value the collective knowledge and experience that the County Clerks have to offer. And I have a record of asking for clerks to share it.”
  • Same-day voter registration has been controversial in Illinois, but numbers from Will County prove that despite the controversy — clerks are unhappy about the costs and added lines it creates — it’s wildly popular with residents. According to the Chicago Tribune, 5,778 residents in Will County took advantage of same day registration during the March primary. The recent primary was the first time the county offered same day registration at all 300 of its precincts. Same day registration “is a good thing, but we don’t want anyone to be turned away (by the long wait),” Judy Wiedmeyer, Will County’s chief deputy clerk told the paper. “At least we didn’t run out of ballots, like some other counties.”
  • A recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that as many as 73 percent of California voters registered for the American Independent Party actually thought they were registered as independents. Some advocates and elections officials are blaming the design of the state’s voter registration forms. According to the paper, the analysis of registration records from AIP members finds a higher percentage of forms that were mailed in rather than completed at a state or local office. “When they use the word ‘independent,’ I want to clarify it,” Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County’s registrar of voters told the paper. She and elections officials in other counties said voters routinely ask in-person questions about how to navigate the various choices. But for those who fill the cards out on their own, there’s no help.
  • She didn’t win a new car, or a trip to a tropical island, but 18-year-old Katarina Gruber from Pierce County, Washington is getting a lot of attention for being Washington’s 4 millionth registered voter. Although she registered back in March, shortly after her birthday, she was recently recognized by state and county leaders. “In the elections community, this is a pretty big deal,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said at the event. Gruber told The News Tribune that registering shortly after her birthday was a no-brainer. “Growing up, you have your parents, and they’re involved in voting and they’re talking about it, and you hear it on the news all the time. So honestly, in my point of view, I couldn’t really ignore it,” Gruber told the paper.
  • Go Chad go! Dane County, Wisconsin’s delightful Chad Vader video explaining the state’s new voter ID law is in the running for best municipal public service announcement. Engaging Local Government Leaders, an organization with the mission of connecting, communicating and educating people about important topics in local government, is hosting a contest for the most creative short video made by a local government. This is one time electionline can get behind the old adage…vote early, vote often!
  • Personnel News: Tina Gardner, Wilton, Connecticut’s Republican registrar of voters for almost 20 years announced that she will not seek re-election. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced that he will seek re-election as secretary of state. Mark Thomsen has been appointed to the new Wisconsin elections board, which will replace the existing Government Accountability Board. Thomsen serves as president of the board of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. Joseph Shea, Quincy, Massachusetts city clerk for 24 years retired last week. Kyle Jensson, Black Hawk County, Iowa election manager since 1987 will retire this week. Clara T. Harelik has been appointed to the Union County, New Jersey board of elections. Hats off to Walt Latham, York County, Virginia director of elections who was recently awarded the 2016 Jensen-Hager Best Practices Award by the Virginia Electoral Board. And good luck to Brevard County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott who will participate in a charity fundraiser called Dancing for the Space Coast. Scott, who has been dancing since high school is well-known for her community service and outreach.


IV. Legislative Updates

Alaska: By a 56-3 vote, Senate Bill 9 was approved this week. Under the bill, political advertising will no longer be allowed in the state’s official voter guide and the Division of Elections will now be allowed to identify voters who are ineligible to vote.

Also in Alaska, because there is a 120-day rule between the adjournment of the Legislature and the placement of a measure on a ballot, the citizen-lead initiative to tie PFD applications to voter registration will move to the November 2016 general election ballot.

Arizona: Tucked inside another elections bill is language that would require Maricopa County to have at least one polling place for every 1,700 people eligible to vote, which would translate into approximately 200 polling places. The amendment to HB 2017, which still requires a roll-call vote, also allows the county recorder to designate emergency polling places for a presidential preference election.

California: The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee and Budget Subcommittee recently hosted a joint hearing on whether or not local elections officials will be able to get some of the $120 million available for state-mandated election programs. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials and other organizations testified that, if funding isn’t increased for elections in California, there could be problems.

In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors will soon hold its first ever joint meeting with the Youth Commission to decide whether or not to put forward a proposal to lower the voting age in San Francisco to 16.

Colorado: Legislators are set to introduce a bipartisan bill that would create a presidential primary system for the state and would allow the state’s unaffiliated voters to cast their ballot in the primary. The legislation would allow unaffiliateds to choose a party for the primary and that party affiliation would then expire 30-days after the primary.

Florida: Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation into law that will allow for the creation of of a task force to review the development of an online voting system for overseas military voters.

Louisiana: With the support of Secretary of State Tom Schedler, legislation allowing students at Louisiana state colleges and universities to use their college-issued ID to cast a ballot is quickly making it’s way through the state Legislature.

Also in Louisiana, a constitutional amendment that would have required people seeking appointment as parish registrar of voters to meet a set of qualifications failed to reach the 70-vote mark (67-23) in the House.

Minnesota: According to recent reports, despite a busy calendar, legislation to switch from caucuses to primaries beginning in 2020 is moving quickly both through the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor controlled Senate.

Ohio: State Sen. Bill Seitz has introduced legislation that would change state law to require a cash bond before a judge could order polls to stay open past the scheduled closing time. The law also would set a higher standard for proving the need for longer hours and would allow for the immediate appeal of any ruling that extends poll hours.

Rhode Island: State Rep. Blake Filippi has introduced legislation that amend the Rhode Island constitution to allow for a ranked choice voting. Filippi cited cost and time savings in supporting ranked choice voting instead of runoff elections.

Tennessee: This week, the Legislature gave final approval to a bill that will add Tennessee to the growing ranks of states offering online voter registration. If signed by the governor, the system would be in place by July 1, 2017. A recent poll found that Tennessee voters support online voter registration 4:1.


V. Legal Updates

Arizona: The Democratic Party and the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are suing Arizona over problems voters—mostly in Maricopa County—faced during the March primary. The state’s “alarmingly inadequate number of voting centers resulted in severe, inexcusable burdens on voters county-wide, as well as the ultimate disenfranchisement of untold numbers of voters who were unable or unwilling to wait in intolerably long lines,” the lawsuit says.

In other primary lawsuit news, Judge David Gass refused to dismiss a case seeking to throw out the results of the March 15 primary. He said he will hold an evidentiary hearing on Monday, April 25.

In yet more Arizona litigation news, on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s voting map and the legality of the nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Connecticut: The U.S. Department of Justice informed Connecticut officials that it is investigating the state’s participation in Motor Voter. The April 15 letter says, in part: This is to notify you that I have authorized a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut and appropriate state officials to enforce compliance with Section 5 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993,” which applies to local ‘motor voter’ programs in the states,” Vanita Gupta, a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, wrote April 15 to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.

Kansas: Following a four-hour hearing there was still no decision on a preliminary injunction to block Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law. The ACLU, which sued the state in February to stop the law, hopes for a ruling before elections in August and November.

New Mexico: The secretary of state’s office lost a long-running lawsuit over legal fees in a public records case that the ACLU filed against former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the original case stems from Duran’s since-discredited claims that 117 non-citizens voted in 2011. The state will now be required to reimburse the ALCU more than $90,000.

New York: According to The New York Daily News, more than 200 New York voters have joined a lawsuit claiming their party affiliations on their voter registration was changed without their consent and therefore they were unable to vote in this week’s primary. The suit calls for New York to be an open primary state, allowing anyone to vote in primaries regardless of party affiliation.

Virginia: The Public Interest Legal Foundation, on behalf of the Virginia Voters Alliance Inc., has sued Anna Leider, the general registrar of voters for the City of Alexandria. The suit alleges that Leider did not maintain proper voter rolls with the city having more registered voters than eligible citizens.


 VI. Tech Thursday

Connecticut: This week, Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced that the state has completed work on a real-time election results reporting system. The program will launch in a few towns during the primary on April 26. According to published reports, the system will allow allow local election officials to enter returns from their town into an Internet-based system. In the past, town elections officials would fax or email elections results—sometimes PDFs of hand-written tallies—to the secretary of state’s office.

 New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment launched its online voter registration system in January 2016 and since then, more than 5,500 people have registered to vote for the first time and 11,000 have used it to update their information. “It’s been received very well,” Kari Fresquez, elections director with the Secretary of State’s Office told KOAT. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”

 Rhode Island: Rhode Island has launched a new mobile version of the state’s Voter Information Center that allows voters to check their registration status, look up their polling place and view a sample ballot. The Voter Information Center is available in English and Spanish, and has constantly updated, customized information for upcoming elections. “We live in a mobile-driven society and I have made it a priority to modernize our elections so that folks can find the information they need, when they need it,” Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea told WPRI.

 Wisconsin: According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Brown County is seeking $100,000 in taxpayer funds to replace the county’s aging voting system as soon as possible. County Clerk Sandy Juno said the county had hoped to get through the 2016 election cycle with the existing system, but a system failure during testing before the March primary mean Juno wants to make the change now. “We need to take care of this right away,” Juno told the paper. “It’s an emergency.”


 VII. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voting rights | Primary problems | Ranked choice voting | Voting barriers | Proof-of-citizenship | U.S. Election Assistance Commission | One person, one vote, II | U.S. Postal Service | Voter ID

Arizona: Primary problems

California: Party confusion, II, III | Latino voters

Colorado: Primary v. caucus

Florida: Turnout

Indiana: Voting confusion | Purdue voters | Straight-ticket voting

Kansas: Voting system, II

Louisiana: Voting system

Minnesota: Primary v. caucus

Missouri: Election antics | Voter fraud

Montana: Mail ballots

New Mexico: Voting restrictions

New York: Voter registration, II | Polling hours | Election law, II, III | Turnout | Primary problems, II, III | Bake sales | I Voted stickers | Board of Elections

North Carolina: Rejected ballots

Ohio: Poll workers | Late polls

Oregon: Secretary of state, II | Ranked choice voting

Pennsylvania: Ballot question | Voter registration

South Dakota: Election results

Tennessee: Online voter registration

Texas: Hidalgo County

Vermont: Automatic voter registration

Virginia: Photo ID

West Virginia: Early voting

Wisconsin: Voter ID, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX | Poll workers


 VIII. Upcoming Events

EAC Public Hearing on Accessibility — EAC will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from election administrators and voters with disabilities about accessible voting and the progress made since passage of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).  The objective of the hearing is to hear from voters with disabilities regarding their voting experiences, highlight EAC resources, and help election officials prepare for the 2016 elections. Where: Boston. When: April 27. For more information, click here.

Election Center Special Workshop — “The Calm Before the Storm” is an Election Center special workshop that will cover issues such as media relations in a presidential year (including a discussion on press releases), tips and reasons for gathering data; voter registration and elections litigation update, updated information from the USPS, vote-by-mail and other issues and the impacts polls and media projections have on election administrators. There will also be two CERA/CERV/CEM core courses 3 and 4 and Renewal Course 24. When: April 27-May 1. Where: Kansas City, Kansas. For more information and to register, click here.

National Conference of State Legislatures Elections Webinar — Spring Cleaning Your Voter Lists: The Legislative Role. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and that’s especially true when it comes to voter lists. Join representatives from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and others to discuss why accuracy in the voter registration rolls is vital for smooth-running elections especially in a big election year, and how accuracy can help avoid problems on Election Day. Hear ideas to help your state maintain voter lists year after year. This webinar will address: How accurate are voters lists currently?; What problems arise from inaccurate voter records?; How can states cooperate to maintain voter lists?; and What options are available to lawmakers? When: Friday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET. Where: Online. For more information and to register, click here.

NACRC/IACREOT Annual Conference — the 2016 annual conference—the last to be held under the NACRC/IACREOT banner will feature plenary sessions, a trade show, committee and board meeting, awards breakfast, annual banquet and a ballgame. When: June 25-30. Where: Memphis, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.

National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference — NASS will hold its annual summer meeting in Nashville this year. Agenda programming will include: policy discussions on important issues facing secretaries of state, idea-sharing panels highlighting best practices in state programming, sessions designed for professional development and networking, induction of national officers for the 2016-2017 cycle and excursions to explore Tennessee and learn more about the culture and state government.  When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.

National Association of State Election Directors Summer Conference — the 2016 NASED summer conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Details about the event are still being hammered out, so be sure to check the website often. When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, click here.

National Association of Counties Annual Conference — NACo’s Annual Conference and Exposition provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association. The 2016 Annual Conference is hosted by Los Angeles County. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Attending the Annual Conference provides member county officials with the opportunity to vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; learn more about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors.​ When: July 22-25. Where: Long Beach, California. For more information and to register, click here.

National Conference of State Legislators Summer Meeting — the 2016 Legislative Summit will be held in Chicago. The elections portion will include: Politics 2016: State Election Preview, Evaluating Elections, What to Do If You’ve Got a Disputed Election, Technology: Improving Elections One Bit or Byte at a Time? And Helping our Military Vote.  When: Aug. 8-11. Where: Chicago. For more information and to register, click here.



 IX. Job Postings This Week
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Customer Relations Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico–Dominion Voting is searching for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and hands-on Customer Relations Associate for our Albuquerque, NM office. The key responsibilities for this role will be to manage one or more customer accounts to include product support, problem resolution, and placing product and service orders. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing customer projects such as election support, new product implementations, upgrades, and providing superior customer service. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Relations Manager, Dominion Voting Systems, San Leandro, California — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic, Customer Relations Manager, to be based in our San Leandro, California office! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; addressing and resolving customer concerns; and, identifying ways to implement preventive measures for continuous process improvement. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Relations Manager, New Jersey (Remote) — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Customer Relations Manager to work remotely and be based in New Jersey! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; address and resolve customer concerns; and, identify ways to implement preventive measures for continuous process improvement. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Administrative Assistant, McLennan County, Texas —McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections administrative assistant. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintain polling location information, standard list of voters and petition verification in VEMACS; operates BOSS (ballot software), which includes precinct definitions, district definitions, contest and translation, and MBB (mobile ballot box) production; prepares and records election telephone message in English. Coordinate Spanish translations; records audio in English for ballot preparation; Coordinates Spanish translation and audio recording for ballot preparation; assists with ballot proofing, including contest/candidate spellings, district/precinct associations, ballot styles and election code requirements; oversees voting equipment inventory; prepares voting equipment for early voting and Election Day, which includes polling location assignment, diagnostic evaluation, and zero reports; organizes, supervises, and participates in voting equipment distribution for Election Day. Conducts back up and reset of electronic voting equipment; prepares and prints poll books and standard/customized list of voters in Crystal Reports; coordinates public tests for each election; coordinates daily closeout procedures for early voting, including distribution of information to media, candidates and public; operates TALLY (tabulation software), which includes election reporting, supervision of provisional ballots, and write-in candidate tabulation; collects, stores, and submits SOS required reports, back ups, and audit logs for each election; assigns, trains and coordinates troubleshooters for voting equipment; diagnose and performs minor repairs on voting equipment ; and attends vendor training to improve knowledge of election equipment. Salary: $1,452.10-$1,886.41 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, McLennan County, Texas — McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections specialist. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: review voter registration applications; process – Data Input – permanent records for all New Applications, Changes, Cancellations, Purges from the State, County, Cities; image all documents; send Correspondence, Recruit Workers and Maintain Lists of Election Workers, Polling Places; send Confirmation Cards on Suspended VR; review special request applications or problem apps and reply; create Voter Registration Reports from VEMACS; help incoming customers with applications, corrections and printing of new VR cards; and answer phones, handle questions and answers. Salary: $937.51-$1,306.26 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Board of Elections — seeking qualified applicants for Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government. Incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board, as the primary management official, directs program operations and support activities associated with election operations including the conduct of elections and agency administration.  Provides leadership and direction to subordinate divisions in the areas of voter registration and services, administration and support.  Represents the Board in the management of financial, material, and personnel resources, including administering the agency’s independent personnel authority; providing oral or written support information for formal hearings and meetings through guidance and specialized oral or written backup information; assists the Board and the General Counsel in developing legislative proposals affecting agency operations in the delivery of elections services. Advanced degree in policy administration/and or law preferred, work experience in governmental organization(s) and election processes; and comprehensive background in election administration, organizational development, administration and supervision. Applicant should possess the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.  Excellent salary and benefits.  District of Columbia residency requirements is required. Application: For immediate consideration, please send confidential CV and Cover Letter to dhudson@thechoiceinc.com

HR Intern, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-driven and passionate HR Intern to join our team in our downtown Denver office! This position will be responsible for understanding and executing on the Company’s Compliance requirements – the foundation of HR. In addition to gaining full understanding of Compliance requirements, the HR Intern will work closely with the HR Manager and HR Generalist to gain exposure to the full breadth of the HR function within a fast-paced, global, high-tech environment! Salary: Negotiable hourly rate Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Hardware Engineer III, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly-skilled and enthusiastic Hardware Engineer III to join us in our downtown Toronto office! This role will be responsible for contributing as a lead member of the mechanical engineering team to develop new products from concept to production, as well as supporting production runs and any field requirements for existing and legacy products. New products are designed and developed in an Agile environment using time to market concepts and robust design techniques! This position will also be responsible for successfully partnering with our contract manufactures. Salary: Negotiable hourly rate Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Junior Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an out-going, technology savvy, Junior Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and assisting with warehousing and logistics. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Clear Ballot — product management is the hub around which all other functions orbit. It is uniquely positioned as an internal customer and supplier of and to Engineering, Business Development, Compliance/Certification, Field Operations, and Executive Management. Responsibilities include: Maintain on-going conversations with relevant stakeholders (Clear Ballot staff, regulators, activists, prospective customers, alpha/beta customers, existing customers, and staff at technology leaders such as Intel) to define product requirements; hold twice yearly or event driven cross functional meetings to set requirements and timelines for future product releases, in both hardware and software; work with the CTO, COO, and VP, Products to ensure a cohesive product strategy that aligns with market driven dates and manifests appropriate functionality and peripheral products within the voting system; drive a requirements and solutions set across development teams (primarily Development/Engineering, Product Documentation, and Marketing Communications) through market requirements, product contract, and positioning; maintain a Product Roadmap and a product requirements database; and analyzing potential partner relationships for the product. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Specialist, Chicago, Illinois area (Remote) — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and out-going Product Specialist to work remotely and be based in the Chicago, IL area! This position will be responsible for the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; development and delivery of product training curriculum and materials to customers and internal employees; and interface directly with customers, co-workers, and election officials. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced and motivated, Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and working closely with the Operations and Development Teams on a number of critical projects. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

RMA Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic — an RMA Support Consultant responds to all return material authorization requests from Hart InterCivic internal and external customers for all Hart Voting System products. The person in this position must possess the ability to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, or employees. Essential responsibilities include: Acquires a functional level of knowledge for all Hart InterCivic products and their modules; manages and organizes information and documentation for customer issues; applies advanced knowledge of computer software tools to problem-solving situations; knowledge of standard ticket tracking software is a must; in-depth knowledge of standard inventory warehouse processes and procedures; stays informed on support methodologies; keeps up with revisions to any relevant materials (Agile ECOs and effectivity); works cooperatively with Hart InterCivic field personnel to insure customer satisfaction; complies with, and keeps up with changes in, Hart InterCivic policies, procedures and regulations; other duties as assigned. Deadline: Opening until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, Albemarle County, Virginia — the Senior Assistant Registrar performs complex technical and clerical work in the Department of Voter Registration and Elections. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for independent judgment. Supervision is exercised over subordinate clerical personnel or Assistant Registrars. Essential functions include, but are not limited to: manages complex and extensive physical and computerized voter registration and election records; supervises Assistant Registrars; processes information on computerized registration system and physical files; interacts regularly with staff from other Virginia localities regarding voter issues; designs and develops materials designed to increase efficient election day operations; provides project development support to Electoral Board, as needed; coordinates and executes special projects for department, as assigned; determines eligibility of voter registration applicants, in accordance with law; prepares official letters of Denial of Voter registration, as necessary; assists with maintenance of departmental website; verifies eligibility and assists voters in casting absentee ballots; provides materials and support to area agencies regarding absentee voting; provides information to the general public concerning voter registration and election related issues; actively participates in professional organization; acts for the Deputy and General Registrar in their absence; and performs other duties, as assigned. Salary: $33,641-$40,360. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, James City County, Virginia — Voter Registration Office is seeking an experience professional to be a part of a dynamic team to assist with daily operations of the General Registrar’s Office. Responsibilities include: assist the General Registrar in implementing and maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal election and voter registration guidelines and requirements; update and maintain accurate records of voter information including, but not limited to, eligibility, changes with redistricting/recprecinciting, voting credits, and any applicable forms. assist with coordinating, maintaining, and supervising of all parts of the election and voting process including, but not limited to, satellite registration sites, absentee ballots, training programs for Officers of Election, posting of results on designated sites, and programing of electronic poll books; assist with preparation of budget including preparation of required reports; create and maintain candidate files; accepts, verifies and certifies candidate forms; receive, audit, and acknowledge Candidate Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports; and prepare, provide information, and generate support for voter education projects. Salary: $30,685. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar II, James City County, Virginia — performs responsible work assisting the General Registrar/Director of Elections (GR) in conducting elections, registering voters, and maintaining files. Implements National Voter Registration Act in accordance with Federal and State laws. This position shall be appointed by the GR for a term set by the Electoral Board that coincides with, or is shorter than, the term of the GR, subject to reappointment. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Developer II, Denver, Colorado & Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly technical and passionate Software Developer II to be based in either our downtown Denver office or our downtown Toronto office! This position will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to design development, coding, testing and debugging of new voting system software and/or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. This position will work on a team utilizing an Agile development environment. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System Support Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and detail oriented, Network & Systems Specialist, to be based in our downtown Denver, Colorado office. This role is responsible for assisting with the deployment and troubleshooting of advanced elections hardware and software system configurations; providing support to the logistics associated with procuring elections systems and equipment; performing tests and evaluations of various voting solutions; and providing election support to customers both remotely and/or on-site. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.


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