I. In Focus This Week
Sign of the times
Minneapolis Elections partners with local college for custom signage
By M. Mindy Moretti
If there is one thing election workers know, it’s that necessity is the mother of invention.
When a member of the college staff at a polling site located at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) realized that the signs provided by the city weren’t quite as helpful as they could be, the college added its own supplemental signage on polling days.
At the same time, Tim Schwarz, election administrator for the City of Minneapolis and his colleagues were discussing an overhaul of the mandated and supplemental hodgepodge of signage there were using.
While there was nothing technically wrong with the information presented on the signage, Schwarz said there was a real dissonance resulting from inconsistent fonts, colors, sizes and overall readability of the signs. With the hodgepodge display of signs, it didn’t look professional and information was not being presented in an easily consumable, consistent format.
“I don’t believe we were getting many complaints, per se, but I honestly think most voters ignored much of the signage being thrown at them — it was just a swirl of colors and poor design on multiple, mixed-size posters,” Schwarz said.
Inspired by the work students at the Rhode Island School of Design were doing with election signage and seeing the materials that MCAD was producing for their on-campus polling site Schwarz said the department knew they wanted to establish some more uniformity and clean design in their own signage.
The city partnered with MCAD’s in-house design firm, DesignWorks, which involves staff and students working with outside clients on real world design solutions, to create a whole new series of voting signage in about six months.
Staff at MCAD used the Design for Democracy principles via the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) as their guidepost during the entire process. The Secretary of State’s Office was also involved, providing feedback and information and joining meetings at key points along the way.
“Good civic design should be accessible to everyone. We hope that members of the design-for-good community are inspired to build upon the work MCAD has done to help create a better voting experience for citizens nationwide,” MCAD president Jay Coogan said in a statement.
The new signage, in multiple languages, rolled out during the 2016 election season and was well received.
“Reaction has been very positive,” Schwarz said. “I think we’ve heard some nice anecdotal responses from voters via the election workers. And many of our election judges have given us kudos for making the polls look more professional and providing easy to digest info for them and for the voters.”
The project was so well received in Minneapolis, the Secretary of State’s Office has joined the partnership and, it will be rolled out statewide in 2018. And possibly elsewhere.
“Once we decided to pursue this redesign, we decided it would be our goal to share the work with not only the state, but to other jurisdictions that wanted to utilize the designs, at no cost, via a creative commons license,” Schwarz said.
The state was already supplying a number of mandated signs to post at all polling locations, and they will continue to provide such printed signs, albeit the newly designed versions. In addition to the mandated signs the state will be printing and providing, digital files for other supplemental signs and designs are available to any other jurisdiction to access, modify and use, if they chose to do so.
“Minnesota’s election system continues to be a role model for the nation, and the implementation of these improved signs with important voting information will help further ensure a consistent voting experience across the state,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement.
For those interested in using Minneapolis’ files, Schwarz said his office is happy to speak with anyone about it.
“We’re happy to speak with anyone about this project,” Schwarz said. “It’s great to be able to share and to see what others are doing across the country. We’re hopeful that this project will be useful to other elections teams out there!”
For those looking to go out on their own with regard to sign design, he recommends getting a copy of Design for Democracy: Ballot and Election Design by Marcia Lausen and also copies of the Center for Civic Design’s Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent.
And in the most exciting news, it is even possible to customize “I Voted” stickers right down to polling place. Yes, you read that correctly!
“What we wanted to do was to provide the files of all the signage and the design elements to any jurisdiction to modify and use in their town/county,” Schwarz explained. “There is a stars/bars design pattern available, which is used mainly on some outdoor signage and on the wayfinding signage here in Minneapolis, and also a sticker design that could be a simple ‘I Voted’ sticker or customized for a particular poll or town or anything else!”
How about that? Customized “I Voted” stickers. These are heady times.
II. Election News This Week
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the number of late absentee ballots not counted in the 2016 general election more than doubled from 2012 after lawmakers moved up the return deadline by three days. In 2012, there were 498 late-arriving ballots and in 2016 there were 1,208. The new deadline, used for the first time in November 2016, required that absentee ballots be received by the municipal clerk’s office by 8pm on Election Day instead of just postmarked by 8pm on Election Day.
Although Montana’s May 25 special election will not be an all-mail ballot affair, many Montanans will cast their ballot by mail in the special election as well as the May 2 school board election, which is causing some confusion. Voters who have received their school board ballots have been calling elections boards to find out why the congressional race is not on the ballot. Missoula County Elections Coordinator is hoping some foresight she had will help. All the school board ballots have a large green stamp on the front of the envelope that says they are due May 2. “We saw the overlap of the two elections earlier this year and were proactive about it by making sure that the packets were color coded and also had Due By dates printed on outside of the envelope,” Connors told KGVO.
This week, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea released a report of election improvements compiled by an Elections Task Force. Among the recommendations discussed were legislative initiatives such as In-Person Early Voting, Automatic Voter Registration, Post-election Audits, and clarifying the number of voting machines that the Board of Elections can allocate at each polling place. These initiatives are currently under review at the General Assembly. “2016 was quite an election year with the administration of three statewide elections and the implementation of new technology like online voter registration, new voting equipment and an electronic poll book pilot program,” Secretary Gorbea said. “Any time you implement something new, it’s good to debrief and discuss what worked and what didn’t go as planned. As the state’s Chief Elections Official, I convened this task force to do just that.”
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced the formation a Native American Voting Taskforce. The taskforce will be charged with identifying ways to boost voter registration, education and election participation in tribal communities. The taskforce will include representatives from the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, the nineteen pueblos, and a Native American who resides in an urban area. “It’s imperative that we do all we can to register New Mexico Native Americans to vote, to educate them about the timing of elections and what’s on the ballot, and to get them to the polls to vote,” said Secretary Toulouse Oliver. “I’m confident my Native American Voting Taskforce will generate new and creative ways to effectively engage Native voters and increase their election participation.”
By a 3-2 vote, the St. Thomas-St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands election board voted not to certify a recent special election over ongoing concerns whether or not they need to decertify the losing candidate first. Senate President Myron Jackson has said that the court will have to have the final say on the election.
Congratulations to Ada County, Idaho for being name a finalist in Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards for its food-truck style mobile voting unit. “It’s not often that government is recognized for innovative ideas,” Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane stated in a press release. “We appreciate being among the businesses and nonprofits that make up the list of finalists. With our successful rollout last November, we hope other jurisdictions will take up the Food Truck Voting concept and we’ll see voting expand even wider.” Congratulations! ElectionlineWeekly is proud to say we knew you when…
In other congratulations news, a hearty congratulations to Charles Stewart, III of MIT who was named to the 2017 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Stewart is among 35 scholars and intellectuals who will receive up $200,000 to support a research sabbatical. According to MIT News, The Carnegie fellowship will allow Stewart to write more for electionlineWeekly…or possibly take an overview of all the questions about elections he has been working on, and analyze the state of democratic voting from a larger perspective.
Personnel News: Henry Ficklin has been sworn into the Bibb County, Georgia elections board. South Dakota State Auditor Steve Barnett has announced that he will run for secretary of state in 2018. James Hartley has officially been removed from the Lucas County, Ohio board of elections. After 27 years on the job, Maria Tomasia is stepping down from the New Bedford, Massachusetts elections commission. Will Nesbitt is stepping down as the Danville, Illinois election commission director. Sandra Smith has been appointed chair of the Limestone County, Alabama board of registrars. David Belle Isle, mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia has announced he is running for the secretary of state position in 2018. Rokey Suleman has been appointed the elections director in Richland County, South Carolina (congratulations Rokey!).
III. Legislative Updates
Alabama: Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) has introduced legislation that would allow for no-excuse absentee voting in The Yellowhammer State. While voters would not be required to provide an excuse, they would have to include a copy of their photo ID with their absentee ballot application.
Arizona: Senate Bill 1307 is now before Gov. Doug Ducey that would add an extra day to the voter registration deadline if the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday.
California: The Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendment has unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from giving the secretary of state’s office electronic information needed to complete the voter registration affidavit for ineligible voters how hold special drivers’ licenses for noncitizens.
Also in the Senate, the full body has approved Bill 286 that would allow voters who lose their vote-by-mail ballot or never receive it to cast a regular ballot instead of provisional one at an in-person polling place.
Assembly Bill 668, offered by Lorena Gonzales (D-San Diego) would more allow lawmaker to place a $450 million voting-equipment borrowing measure on the June 2018 ballot to replace many of the state’s aging voting machines.
Indiana: Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill into law that expands the opportunities for Indianans to get registered to vote, but does not allow them to automatically get registered.
Louisiana: A House committee has rejected a bill that would have restored the voting rights of 70,000 ex-felons. The committee also rejected a bill that would have put ex-felon voting rights restoration before the voters.
Maine: Largely along partisan lines, the House has vote down a requirement to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot by a 76-67 vote. According to the Portland Press Herald, the meaure will likely see some Senate action, but overall appears dead for the 2017 session.
Nebraska: The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 6 to 2 to advance to the floor Legislative Resolution 1CA that asks residents if they want to put a photo ID for voting requirement in the state constitution. If approved the language will appear on the ballot in November 2018.
Also in Nebraska, lawmakers have approved a bill that will restore a felons’ right to vote as soon as they have completed the terms of their sentence. Currently there is a two-year waiting period after all terms of their sentence are complete. Gov. Pete Ricketts has said he will not sign the bill, but he did not go so far as to veto it.
Nevada: With the clock ticking, by a 12-9 vote the Senate has approved a bill that will allow voters to register and vote on the same day. The bill extends voter registration until the last day of early voting and allows same-day registration at designated locations. The bill also establishes voting centers.
North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has vetoed a bill that would have consolidated the state elections and ethics board. On Monday, the Senate voted 33-15 to override the veto. The House completed the override on Tuesday.
This week, the North Carolina House unanimously voted to begin the process of amending the state Constitution to remove Article VI, Section 4 which says “Every person presenting himself for registration shall be able to read and write any section of the Constitution in the English language.” House Bill 148 would let voters decide the fate of the provision in a November 2018 referendum. “I don’t think I need to explain why we want to repeal it,” Republican Rep. Michael Speciale told the News & Observer. “It’s a stain on North Carolina, and I just think it’s something that needs to come out of the constitution.”
The Senate has approved a bill from Sen. Andrew Brock (R) would prevent voting hours from being extended in a precinct where there was equipment malfunction or another problem unless every other precinct in the state stays open as well.
North Dakota: Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has signed a bill into law that reworks the state’s voter ID laws allowing voters who don’t have the required ID to cast a provisional ballot. An attorney for the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa that is suing the state over the ID law argues that the legislative changes don’t fix the constitutional problems with the law.
Ohio: Senator Frank LaRose has introduced Senate Bill 135, a supplemental appropriation bill for multiple fiscal years that would allow for the acquisition and implementation of new voting machines and other elections-related equipment.
Tennessee: The Legislature has approved a measure that allows high school students who volunteer at the polls on Election Day to turn those hours into community service hours necessary for Tennessee Scholars and Tennessee Promise scholarships.
Texas: The McAllen City Commission has approved a measure that will allow an all-volunteer Signature Verification Committee to review absentee ballots for the upcoming election. With more than 500 absentee ballots expected, this should save the elections office about 12 hours of work.
This week, the Texas House Committee on Election discussed House Bill 3425 that would decrease the number of mail-in ballots a person can handle and impose a heavier fine for those who violate the law.
IV. Legal Updates
Florida: The state’s highest court has given the go-ahead for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way ex-felons have their voting rights restored. The Voting Restoration Amendment would restore voting rights to those with felony convictions after they complete all terms or their sentence including parole and probation.
Georgia: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the state of violating federal law by reducing the amount of time residents have to register to vote. The suit claims Georgia law cuts off voter registration for federal run-off elections two months earlier than guaranteed under federal law.
In a separate lawsuit, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights has filed another federal lawsuit against the state claiming Georgia lawmakers violated federal voting rights laws by moving black voters out and white voters in to two state House districts in 2015.
Kansas: Judge James O’Hara has agreed to stay his order demanding that Secretary of State Kris Kobach turn over documents he took with him to a transition meeting with then-president-elect Trump. O’Hara has stayed his order long enough for Kobach to appeal the order to U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson.
Texas: By a 2 to 1 vote, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that a Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas’ statehouse districts violates the Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters. In the ruling, federal judges round signs of racial gerrymandering and evidence that Republicans intentionally diluted the growing electoral power of minorities around Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
Also in Texas, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett has said that he is considering an independent review of Harris County’s 765 polling locations to ensure they are accessible to the voters that need them. “We’re talking about something that really needs an intensive review,” the judge told the teams of lawyers in the courtroom. “There’s no blanket order I can give. We’re going to have to look at almost each of these sites or on a site-by-site basis.”
In Dallas, the Dallas County district attorney’s office is investigating complaints involving mail-in ballots. According to WFAA, the Dallas County elections office has received between 50 and 100 complaints from voters about questionable mail-in ballots for the upcoming May 6 election. Toni Pippins-Poole, the Dallas County Elections Administrator, is working closely with the District Attorney’s office in the ongoing criminal investigation.
V. Tech Thursday
Georgia: A group of computer experts have written to Secretary of State Brian Kemp imploring him to update the state’s voting equipment. The letter comes after ballot processing was delayed during the special election. According to the East Cobb Patch, The experts, which include computer science professors from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and a former president of the Association for Computing Machinery, are also inquiring about a March 1 breach of the voting database at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Elections.
VI. Opinions This Week
Alabama: Special election
California: Voting modernization
Iowa: Election integrity bill
Missouri: Voter ID
New York: Automatic voter registration
North Dakota: Voter ID
Ohio: Lucas County
Rhode Island: Instant runoff voting
VII. Request for Proposals/Information
Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County RR/CC is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) #17-001 to hear directly from vendors about their interest in potentially partnering with the County to bring the VSAP vision to fruition. Additionally, this RFI seeks input from the vendors on partnership models that would enable successful development and implementation of VSAP.
RR/CC would like to receive responses from any vendor who is interested in providing one or more components of VSAP, and encourages vendor feedback on the VSAP project being undertaken by RR/CC.
The components of VSAP are:
- Ballot Marking Device (BMD)
- Interactive Sample Ballot (ISB)
- New Tally System
- Tally System Scanners
- Special Thermal Printers for the BMD and ballot activation mechanism
- Vote by Mail (VBM)
- Systems Integrator Services
- VSAP On-going Maintenance and Support
Disclaimer: This RFI is for planning purposes only and is not an RFP, Invitation for Bid (IFB) or an obligation on the part of the County to acquire any services. Responses to this RFI are not offers and will not be accepted by the County to form a binding contract. The County reserves the right to determine how it should proceed as a result of this notice. Furthermore, those who respond to this RFI should not anticipate feedback with regard to its submission. The information provided in this RFI is subject to change and is not binding on the County.
VIII. Upcoming Events
NCSL Webinar: Primaries and Beyond — Learn the history of primary runoff elections, why states use them and what’s changed over the years. Then hear about the ins and outs of ranked choice voting—a method some suggest can replace runoffs (hence the other name, “instant runoff voting”). And explore the legislative angle – what options are available to lawmakers? When: May 10, 2017 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ 12 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m. PT
Global Election Technology Summit — The GET Summit is a multi-day conference and networking event convening leaders in the rapidly evolving space of election technology. This nonpartisan event provides a forum to build the technology infrastructure that enables innovation in election technology. Attendees include government officials, private industry, academia, media, and civil society organizations. A 30 percent registration discount is available to readers of electionline. When: May 17-21. Where: San Francisco.
The Future of Elections: Technology Policy and Funding — Join legislators, legislative staff, elections officials and election administration experts for a discussion on the future of elections technology and how to pay for it. Share ideas on updating voting infrastructure in an era of limited resources and heightened security concerns. In addition to a robust discussion on elections policy, attendees will enjoy all Colonial Williamsburg has to offer. Bring the whole family with you! When: June 14-16. Where: Williamsburg, Virginia.
IaoGO 2017 Annual Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the International Association of Government Officials 2017 Annual Conference. When: July 6-13, 2017. Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
NASS 2017 Summer Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of Secretaries of State 2017 Summer Conference. When: July 7-10, 2017. Where: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform and Administration — Hosted by Reed College and Portland State University the goals of the conference are, first, to provide a forum for scholars in political science, public administration, law, computer science, statistics, and other fields who are working to develop rigorous empirical approaches to the study of how laws and administrative procedures affect the quality of elections in the United States; and, second, to build scientific capacity by identifying major questions in the field, fostering collaboration, and connecting senior and junior scholars. When: July 26-27. Where: Portland, Oregon.
NASED 2017 Summer Meeting— Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of State Election Directors 2017 Summer Meeting. When: August 22-25, 2017. Where: Anaheim, California.
IX. Job Postings This Week
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Account Manager, Clear Ballot, Boston — we are looking for a talented Account Manager to play an active role in developing and maintaining long-term working relationships with Clear Ballot’s customers. This person should be able to work independently and in partnership with other team members to achieve high customer satisfaction. The account manager will have a regional assignment, with certain customers assigned to him/her. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Data Reporting Supervisor, Orange County, Florida — The Office of the Supervisor of Elections is seeking an experienced GIS Data Reporting Supervisor to join our dynamic team. With minimal supervision, this position maintains accurate street index, precinct map, municipal and district boundaries for the elections office. The position coordinates all activities related to management of census data and redistricting. The ideal candidate would have experience managing GIS data for a government agency, developing and maintaining data reporting for internal and external parties and experience working with Oracle database, forms and reports including development of SQL queries and stored procedures. Preference will be given to candidates with strong supervisory skills, project management experience and prior experience utilizing MapInfo. Employment with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office is contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check, health screening and verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications, as applicable. Salary: Grade 14-Minimum $56,998, Maximum $85,486. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Nonprofit Vote — Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve – communities typically left out of the political process – participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. Nonprofit VOTE also assists nonprofits with other forms of civic engagement, and increasingly Census participation. Nonprofit VOTE manages the multi-organizational work of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). NVRD is a single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology, and media efforts, held on the fourth Tuesday in September, to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and ultimately help hundreds of thousands of Americans get registered to vote. Director of Strategic Partnerships will be focused on cultivating partnerships and related activities for both Nonprofit VOTE and NVRD. The Dir. of Strategic Partnerships will be based in a shared space or home office easily accessible to Washington, DC, with frequent travel across the country and to Nonprofit VOTE’s main office in Boston. Deadline: May 14. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Election Warehouse Technician, Yavapai County, Arizona — Under minimal supervision, coordinates all the logistical activities for obtaining and equipping the county’s polling locations. This includes assuring that these sites are in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). PLEASE NOTE: This is not a typical warehouse job; no hard hats or heavy equipment operator licenses are necessary. Ideal candidate would have experience in election equipment testing and maintenance, leading a group of seasonal staff, project planning and preparing documents. Preference will be given to candidates with supervisory, project management and Microsoft Office experience. Employment with Yavapai County Government is contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check and verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications, as applicable. Salary: $35,731-$41,073. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Full Stack .Net Developer, Dominion Voting Systems, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly technical and passionate Full Stack .Net Developer to join our team in downtown Toronto! 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. 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.
Project Manager, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced and passionate Project Manager to join our team in Michigan! This position will be responsible for the effective project management of assigned projects which includes, but not limited to, product implementations, scheduling, budgeting, quality control, staffing, communication, risk management, fulfillment, integration and customer communication. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager (Southeast), Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking is highly-motivated and accomplished Regional Sales Manager to work remotely and be based in the Southeastern United States; preferably in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, or Louisiana. The Regional Sales Manager is responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, planning and development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager (Northeast), Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking is highly-motivated and accomplished Regional Sales Manager to work remotely and be based in the Northeastern United States; preferably Illinois, Ohio or New York. The Regional Sales Manager is responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, planning and development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Regional Sales Manager (West), Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking is highly-motivated and accomplished Regional Sales Manager to work remotely and be based in the Western United States; preferably California. The Regional Sales Manager is responsible for long term sales (3-5 years) of the company’s election products and services in a specified geographic region to governmental agencies. This position uses technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. In addition, the position provides input and participates in the marketing, planning and development of products and services. Salary: Negotiable base + commission & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Sales Engineer, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a passionate and technically skilled Sales Engineer to be based in either California or Colorado. This position will be responsible for serving Dominion Voting Systems customers by identifying their needs; working with Engineering & Certification on adaptations of existing DVS products, equipment, and services; and this using technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying our products and services to their needs, resulting in revenue generation. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Technical Trainer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — our small and growing documentation and training team has an immediate need for a new member with intermediate-to-senior experience in: Instructional design, development of learning curricula, production of training materials, and hands-on, customer facing training. Generally, the training department, technical staff, and operations staff provide training at the customer’s site. We need an instructional designer and trainer who can analyze the learners and materials, and establish an appropriately targeted learning program. The opportunity exists to develop computer based training as an enhancement to our learning curriculum. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — we are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
System Specialist, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking tech-savvy, passionate System Specialist to be based in our Toronto office! This position will be responsible for a wide range of projects to include end-to-end election simulations, identifying new features for development, coming up with creative solutions to meet customer needs; and documenting procedures and solutions. 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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Diebold TS-RG Voting Machines
The Maryland State Board of Elections is currently auctioning off its legacy Diebold TS-RG voting machines via the GovDeals.com website. The link to the auction is here and the auction closes at various times on May 3, 2017.
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