April 7, 2016

I. In Focus This Week

Long lines at the polls? There’s an app for that!
Collin County, Texas app helps voter get moving

By M. Mindy Moretti

Everyone knows that the waiting is the hardest part and with work, family and other responsibilities many voters don’t have time to wait in the lines they are sometimes greeted with during high profile elections or peak voting hours.

Election administrators too admit that they lose sleep worrying about election-day lines and from resource allocation to polling place relocation, work hard to make sure that if there are lines, they are as short as possible.

One county in Texas has done something about election day lines with the Voter Line Wait app.

In 2009 Collin County became part of Texas’ vote center pilot program and have been a successful addition to the county’s elections arsenal.

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“One of the biggest challenges is that voter turnout is not equally distributed between vote centers so the number and placement of locations is critical,” said Bruce Sherbet, administrator of elections for Collin County. Also, providing sufficient equipment and supplies to handle heavier turnout in certain vote centers can be a little challenging.”  

Following the mid-term elections in 2010 when vote enters faced many lines, the county’s GIS Administrator Tim Nolan created an app to help voters find the vote center with the shortest lines closest to them.  

“The EA [at the time] asked all the interested parties to come up with suggestions that might alleviate long lines – think outside the box,” Sherbet explained. “The GIS representative, Tim Nolan, thought we could do something with mobile device mapping and QR Codes. They took the idea and ran with it.”

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The original version was done completely in-house (no additional money) for the 2012 presidential election. Following that, the county enlisted GIS Incorporated (GISi) to help the county build a new version of the app that incorporated routing and directions.

The app is a web application.  If your device supports web-browsing then you can run this app.  No downloading from the various app stores. You do, however, need to download a QR Code reader to scan the codes. The single app performs three functions –

  1. Route to the closest polling location based on a typed address (website)
  2. Find the closest polling location based on my current location (mobile device)
  3. Scan QR Code and let me choose another polling location with route direction (mobile device).

There is a polling location map layer on the app that reveals real-time line waits (Green < 20′, Yellow 20′-40′, Red > 40′) that corresponds to the Elections dashboard. The Dashboard has been around since Nov 2010 and has a listing of all polling location with line wait colors.

The app was incredibly useful during the March presidential preference primary which, according to Sherbet, was the busiest day ever recorded on the county election website.

While other localities, like the District of Columbia, allow voters to check vote center wait times online, the GIS system in Collin County is the only app of its kind that we know of that can let you know, based on your current location, where the shortest lines are.

Sherbet said the GIS app is pretty easy, however there are some things an elections office would need to have in place before taking on such project and that he and his staff are happy to share any information that other elections officials might find useful.

“I think it is an outstanding app especially in jurisdictions using vote centers,” Sherbet said. “I am certain it has helped route many of our voters to voting locations and it has definitely been instrumental in re-routing voters to locations with lower wait times.”


II. Primary Update

Voters went to the polls in several states on Tuesday, but with only Wisconsin casting presidential primary ballots, all eyes were on the Badger State.

Although the state’s new voter ID law had been rolled out at earlier elections, Tuesday marked the first presidential primary where voters had to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot. In addition to the presidential race, there was also a high-profile Supreme Court race and many local non-partisan races.

While there were reports of issues with both lines and voter ID, overall initial reports are that things went smoothly on Tuesday although the jury is still out on the implementation of the new voter ID law.

Although the numbers aren’t final, it appears that turnout was about 45 percent which is higher than it’s since 1972.

There were reports of lines at some polling places, and reports of some issues with the state’s new voter ID law. Many of these reports came from polling places typically catering to university students. Students at the University of Wisconsin said that rules about ID were inconsistent. One student reported that she was asked for proof of residence, but not a photo ID.

A polling place near Marquette University reported long lines of students wishing to register and vote on the same day.

Some polling places in Racine County were open beyond the 8 p.m. closing time because voters were still in line. Those polling places ended up closing around 8:30 p.m.

A Milwaukee polling place was briefly put on lock down due to police activity nearby, but voting was not disrupted. Instead the doors were locked and when a voter would show up, a poll worker stationed at the door would allow the voter in.

In Madison, some voters complained that construction equipment parked in front of the polling place was obstructing access to the site. The equipment was removed by 10 a.m.

In Brown County three 17-year-olds voted illegally. Two were able to convince poll workers to let them register and vote and the third certified that he was 18 although his birth date on his registration form showed differently. “We also heard that some of the people who voted at age 17 were assertive to the point of bullying poll workers who might have been intimidated into registering them,” Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno told the Green Bay Press Gazette. Unlike some other states, Wisconsin does not allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election to vote.

And proving why poll workers can be some of the best people around, Lois Obermeier spent her 80th birthday serving as a poll worker in the Town of Mosinee. “I just love to work with the people and do my duty. It’s just something I like to do. I mean, I love people,” Obermeier told WSAW.

But Wisconsin wasn’t the only state to hold elections this week. Voters went to the polls in Missouri for municipal elections.

Given the short turn around time from the March 15 presidential preference primary, elections officials in St. Louis County decided to use paper ballots instead of the county’s DRE machines. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey told a local television station it would have cost the county thousands of dollars in overtime pay to reprogram and test the DRE machines in time for the municipal elections.

The problems in St. Louis County began early with polling places reporting ballot shortages by lunchtime. The county board of elections asked the Circuit Court to keep the polls open for two hours, but just after 5 p.m. Circuit Judge Maura B. McShane denied the request saying in her written order that she didn’t believe the court had the authority to extend the hours.

The Court of Appeals overturned McShane’s ruling and kept 63 precincts in 24 polling places open for an additional two hours, but some polls had already closed by the time the order was issued. Voters who wanted to vote were encouraged to go to the county elections headquarters.

Secretary of State Jason Kander said that his office will investigate how the ballot shortage happened. Frey and his Republican counterpart Gary Fuhr will both testify before the Missouri House Urban Issues Committee.

Fey told Fox 2 News that at polling places with more than one ballot style, the election board flipped the numbers of how many ballots for each style were needed meaning some polling places had too few of one ballot type and too many of another.

The only reported problems in Kansas City came first thing in the morning when tablets used to check-in voters weren’t fully charged and therefore didn’t function properly. Voting was briefly delayed.

Also in Missouri, a fire in Princeton forced elections officials to move a polling place to the Mercer County Courthouse because smoke from the fire was blowing into the polling place.

North Carolina
Voters in North Carolina didn’t go to the polls this week, but there was some news from the state’s March primary. The North Carolina State Board of Elections has decided that there should be a new election in the South Ward of Forsyth County. Candidate John Larson lost the primary by just six votes and it was later discovered that 26 voters were given the wrong ballots. The county board of elections agreed that Larson’s complaint had probable cause. “With a very close election like this, it doesn’t take very many irregularities to trigger a protest and have probable cause,” said Board Member Stuart Russell.


 III. Election News This Week

  • Online voter registration has proved wildly successful everywhere it’s been introduced — including in West Virginia — however, clerks for two of the state’s largest counties refuse to accept voter registration forms submitted online and instead send those attempting to use the online system a paper registration form. Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick told the Gazette Mail that they are uncomfortable with the security provisions in the system. “These clerks are choosing not to use the system when 53 other counties are using it,” Tennant told the paper. “They need to be up front and make a statement to the citizens of their counties why they are not accepting voter registration online.” According to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, so far more than 7,000 people have been denied registration online.
  • Oops. This week’s elections for Delaware City, Delaware’s council were postponed after an error in the legally mandated election notice was discovered. According to The Wilmington News Journal, the Jan. 5 notice, which is filed with state officials and posted in public places within the city, incorrectly stated that all residents of the city who are older than 18 with valid identification can vote. However, the rules have recently changed to require residents to register with state officials to vote on city matters. The city chose to postpone the election instead of possibly having results contested. A new date has not yet been chosen.
  • In other Delmarva news, two days after the Pocomoke City, Maryland election, there are still no official announced results. According to the Delmarva Daily Times, due a machine malfunction, when the numbers for each candidate were added up, they did not match the total number of votes cast. The Pocomoke Board of Elections decided on a revote, but only for the 132 people who cast a ballot on Tuesday.
  • In an interesting turn of events, poll workers in Richland County, South Carolina say that they’ve been paid too much for the work they did during February’s presidential primaries. “You can call it a bonus, you can call it anything you want, but it’s $60 I didn’t earn,” poll worker Jim Reid said at a March meeting of the county elections commission. Elections Director Samuel Selph said the county always pays workers $60 for training for election even if they do not attend the training sessions. “We have to do that to keep our poll workers coming to work for us,” Selph told The State. “It may sound a little flimsy, but that’s the way we do it. It was done that way before I got here. … One of the hardest things we have to do now is find dependable poll workers.” Also in Richland County this week, the county council denied a request for $229,000 in additional funds for required maintenance and licensing fees. The elections office will run a deficit of more than $1 million before July.
  • While the Portland Trailblazers may be the basketball team of record in Oregon, Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship and Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker are teaming up with NBA players Kyle Singler (Oklahoma Thunder) and E.J. Singler (Raptors 905, part of the NBA Development League) to create a series of videos encouraging young voters to participate in the electoral process. The brothers both played for South Medford High School in Jackson County. “Voting is important – it helps shape our lives, our jobs and our health care,” Kyle Singler told KTVZ. “It’s really important to us that Oregonians of all ages realize how much voting matters.”
  • Even thoug electionline focuses on the administration of elections, we read this story in Bloomberg over the weekend found it, if true, to be absolutely fascinating and thought that some of you might be interested in it as well.
  • And finally, hats off to the National Federation for the Blind for this April Fools’ video that may hit a little too close to home for some.
  • Personnel News: Mona Willamowski has been appointed to the Allen County, Ohio elections board. Jesse Salinas has been named the new clerk-recorder/assessor/registrar of voters for Yolo County, California. Stephanie Agee is the new Bossier Parish registrar of voters.

In Memoriam: Eeve T. Lewis, the long-time Sonoma County, California clerk, assessor and recorder died from a rare form of leukemia this week. She was 69. Lewis began her work with the county as a clerk-typist and eventually served seven terms as clerk before her retirement in 2006. “She took on more and more and more responsibility and never complained,” former Supervisor Jim Harberson told the Press Democrat. “She was a very valuable county employee.” An immigrant herself, Harberson said Lewis would take every opportunity she could get to swear in new citizens. She would always tell them that too could some day be county clerk.


 IV. Legislative Updates

Florida: Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed legislation into law that will expand the acceptable forms of ID for people to vote. The additional, acceptable forms of ID include a veteran health ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; a license to carry a concealed weapon; or an employee ID card issued by any branch of government.

District of Columbia: Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has introduced legislation that would require District officials to give oral and written notification to returning citizens about their renewed right to vote. Interestingly, the legislation was written by a high school senior who wrote it as part of his senior project about voter disenfranchisement.

Kentucky: An attempt to allow Kentuckians to vote early at least 12 days before an election failed to make its way out of committee before the General Assembly completed it’s work for 2016.

Maine: A legislative committee has unanimously approved a bill that directs the secretary of state’s office to begin the groundwork to switch Maine from a presidential caucus state to a primary preference election state.

Missouri: The Senate voted 25-4 to allow the secretary of state’s office to issue probable cause statements and take court cases related to election crimes. Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), who is currently running for secretary of state, introduced the legislation.

Also in Missouri: Sen. Bob Onder (R, Lake St. Louis) is sponsoring a bill that would make paper ballots the only type of balls available for voters statewide in all elections.

Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) has signed legislation into law that will allow Rhode Island to become the 35th state in the union to offer online voter registration.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Rules and Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would combine the territories two boards of elections into one board with 14 members. The bill now moves to the full Senate.

Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation into law that will prohibit elections officials from putting their names on the return envelopes for ballots or in voter guides in a year then they are running for election.

West Virginia: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation into law that will require West Virginias to show an ID in order to vote. However, after extensive amendments by Democrats, the ID does not have to include a photo and can be any form of government-issued ID, any college or high school issued ID, a health insurance card, a utility bill, a bank card or statement or verification of ID by another adult who has known the voter at least six months, including a poll worker. Also tucked in the bill was language that makes West Virginia the third state in the nation to approve automatic voter registration. The bill takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.


 V. Legal Updates

SCOTUS: This week the Supreme Court of the United States refused to take up a case determining how states draw voting districts. According to USA Today, the “one person, one vote” case was among the most consequential of the high court’s term, and it delivered a major victory for civil rights groups that opposed opening the door to drawing districts based on the number of voters, rather than total population. The unanimous ruling left intact Texas’ method — followed by nearly all states — of counting residents when drawing state and local voting districts.

Arizona: The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into what went wrong during the March 22 presidential preference primary in Maricopa County. According to the Arizona Star, Chris Herren, chief of the voting section of the Department of Justice, told Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell in a letter Friday that his agency is trying to determine if there were violations of the federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits states from making changes in election procedures that discriminate against minorities.

Kansas: The League of Women Voters of Kansas has joined a federal class action lawsuit that seeks to overturn a state law requiring voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register.

North Dakota: U.S. District Judge Daniel Howland has refused to throw out a lawsuit that alleges that North Dakota’s voter ID law is unfair and unconstitutional. The complaint was filed in January by seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Ohio: The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, on behalf of Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute and Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has filed suit against Secretary of State Jon Husted over how the state removes inactive voters from the rolls. The suit argues that the state is wrong to assume voters are inactive because they have moved.

Washington: The Yakima City Council is expected to drop its appeal of the American Civil Liberties Union voting rights lawsuit that changed city elections last year. If that happens, Yakima will owe more than $1.8 million in legal fees and costs to the ACLU as ordered by a federal judge.


 VI. Tech Thursday

Idaho: The Blaine County commission voted to authorize the county elections office to spend $30,000 to buy 15 new voting machines. The ExpressVote machines will replace the county’s older AutoMARK machines.

Indiana: Hoosiers head to the polls on May 5 and many of them will be using new voting machines for the first time including in Marion County and Miami County.

Tennessee: The Wilson County election commission has partnered with Volunteer State Community College and WANT-FM to create online training for poll workers. The Media Services Department at Vol State provided the equipment, expertise and hours of editing to develop several online classes. The online training allows poll workers to learn and review information presented in class.

Washington: A Facebook ad encouraging people to register to vote netted Washington 13,072 new online voter registrations and updates on March 18, the most for a single day since OVR launched in 2006. The previous one-day high was 12,655 on Oct. 8, 2012, the deadline before the last big presidential/gubernatorial election year. “We are pleased with the influx of new voters as we head into the state Primary and General Election season,” Wyman told the Daily Sun News. “We love using social media as one of the avenues to attract new voter registrations.”


 VII. Opinions This Week

National News: Kobach/EAC, II | Voter ID; Voting Rights Act, II | One person, one vote, II, III, IV | Voter suppression, II | Making it easier to vote

Arizona: Provisional ballots | Primary problems | Ballot harvesting | DOJ investigation | Maricopa County

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV, V

Kansas: Kobach/EAC, II

Louisiana: Orleans Parish

Maryland: Ex-felon voting

Mississippi: Election reform

Missouri: St. Louis County

North Carolina: Forsyth County | Campus voting site

Oregon: Automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Voter education

Texas: McLellan County | Voter fraud

West Virginia: Automatic voter registration | Online voter registration

Wisconsin: Voting rights | Voter suppression | Primary; Voter ID, II


 VIII. Available Funding This Week

Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who demonstrate unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy. IFES presents the Democracy Award annually to three individuals: a Republican, a Democrat and a member of the international community.

The recipients of the Democracy Award embody the character and spirit of former U.S. Ambassador and IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt. Manatt served as Chairman of IFES’ Board of Directors from 1993 to 1999 and was a distinct leader, dedicated to spreading democracy around the world and nurturing the next generation of political leaders.

The three Democracy Awards are presented in a single ceremony each year. To nominate someone, click here.

Innovation in American Government Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards. Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.

All units of government — federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial — from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition.

This year, the Ash Center is also once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.

The winners of the Innovations in American Government Award and the Roy and Lila Ash Award will each receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities in 2017. Top finalists will also receive monetary grants.

Applications and additional information is available here. Applications are due April 15.


 IX. 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.

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.


 X. Job Postings This Week
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Ballot Receiving Specialist, Arapahoe County, Colorado — reporting directly to the Elections Manager – Operations, this employee performs a variety of clerical and customer service work which ensures compliance with statutes and mandates that govern election operations in Arapahoe County. Experience of applicant selected will determine which role — ballot receiving specialist, senior ballot receiving specialist or ballot receiving lead — they will fill. The ballot receiving specialist is is an entry-level positions in the Elections division. This entry-level position should be able to work independently most of the time after an appropriate amount of training. The Ballot Receiving Specialist is distinguished from upper level positions by the degree of work experience and having a basic knowledge of the election process. The senior ballot receiving specialist is the second level position for the Election Division. This position will master the Ballot Receiving Specialist position. The Sr. Ballot Receiving Specialist is distinguished from upper level positions by the degree of work experience and having an intermediate knowledge of State election statute and Colorado Secretary of State Election Rules. And the ballot receiving lead is the third level positions for the Elections Division. This position will master the Ballot Receiving Specialist position and the Sr. Ballot Receiving Specialist. Additionally, the Ballot Receiving Lead has overall responsibility for all areas of ballot receiving, ballot security teams, the mail ballot sorting equipment (Agilis), and Health Care Facilities. Salary: $33,664-$52,802 annually. Deadline: April 18. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

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.

Elections Technician, Wayne County, North Carolina — installs hardware and software, manages system upgrades, and coordinates with county IT department. Implements upgrades and/or updates to the State Election Information Management Software (SEIMS) as provided by the State Board of Elections. Manages voting equipment to include inventory, preparation of voting equipment and systems for elections, delivery and return of equipment for each election, and general maintenance or oversight of maintenance in accordance with federal and state regulations. Trains and supervises small technical work group during voting equipment preparation for polling location and as Election Day support. Prepares and administers polling location computerized poll books and voting tabulation software. Inspects and prepares supplies for each polling location prior to each election. Supervises temporary and part time elections workers. Conducts voting machine training for both technical and user level. Administers and maintains county elections website. Salary: $40,994-$63,937. Deadline: April 15, 2016. 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 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.

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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