I. In Focus This Week
The Price of Democracy: Splitting the bill for elections
New report from the National Conference of State Legislatures
By Wendy Underhill, National Conference of State Legislatures, and
Katy Owens Hubler, Democracy Research, LLC.
“The cost is one of the most important aspects of the problem of election administration. It is, of course, secondary to honesty, accuracy, and the convenience of the electors, but nevertheless is of great importance.” —Joseph P. Harris, Ph.D., “Election Administration in the United States,” 1934
This new NCSL report, “The Price of Democracy: Splitting the Bill for Elections,” is the result of two years of studying all things related to elections and costs, addressing questions such as: What are the costs associated with running elections? What state policy choices relate to costs? What funding mechanisms are in use in the states? Can money buy security?
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from our work on election costs is this: Money matters.
Not that money is the only factor when making decisions about election policy. There’s also turnout, reliability, accessibility, accuracy and a host of other values. Democracy is not a place for cutting corners.
Here are 10 more takeaways for legislators and other policymakers:
1. Elections aren’t priceless—it’s just that no one has put a price on them yet. Does the United States spend a billion dollars a year running elections? $10 million? No one knows. States know how much they spend on roads, health care, education and other big-ticket items, but no one knows how much they spend on elections, the backbone of democracy. State budgets typically do not include a dedicated line item for election expenses. Instead, they may be folded into the budget of the chief election official or other state agencies. At the local level, some election administrators, especially those who seek reimbursement for services they provide to other entities, may have a good cost analysis, but others may not. Good research on election costs is slim; data collection efforts are just beginning. States can facilitate collection of data that will help with comparisons within a state, and perhaps someday, across state lines.
2. States are in charge of elections. The U.S. Constitution gives states the right to regulate elections. Two caveats: historically, states have authorized local jurisdictions to run elections, although that is changing. And, over time, federal requirements have set the framework for elections.
3. Funding can come from different levels of government. Funding can, and to some extent does, come from three levels of government: local, state and federal. None of these is flush with cash. In 2002, with the enactment of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), approximately $3 billion was provided by the federal government to the states for upgrades to registration and voting systems. That money is largely gone, and state and local governments are figuring out a new plan. Each state has a somewhat different approach.
4. Tech (and security) needs are the current drivers of election costs at the state level. While elections technology costs are just one part of the overall costs of elections, they are the driving cost in policy conversations, at least at the legislative level. That’s because most states are looking to replace their equipment before the 2020 presidential election.
5. Security requires good protocols, well-trained staff and adequate funding. In any IT environment, security is a big component. Elections systems require protection as good as—or better than—any other government or business process or service.
6. States maintain and secure voter registration databases. The list of voters is kept at the state level, though the state works closely with local jurisdictions to update and maintain it. Security is an increasingly important consideration here, though much of the cost falls to states.
7. States provide resources or assistance in other ways, too. Election costs can be broken down into many categories, some obvious and some less so. On top of sharing costs between different jurisdictions, paying for technology and voter registration databases, at least some states pay for:
- Statewide voter information
- Training for local election officials
- Compensation for local election officials
- Ballots or other supplies
- Polling places
8. Policy choices on how elections are conducted can affect overall costs. Legislators decide whether to maintain traditional Election Day, precinct-based elections, or to move toward alternatives such as using more pre-Election Day voting options—vote by mail, early in-person voting—or vote centers. The choices legislators make can affect the bottom line, even if it is often hard to make apples-to-apples comparisons.
9. States have choices on where to look for money to fund elections. These include direct appropriations, statewide bond measures and dedicated revenue streams.
10. Recently, states have used task forces to scope out their elections needs and options. Because elections are a shared responsibility, legislatures are asking that task forces—including legislators, executive branch administrators and local election officials—work to develop solutions for funding elections technology, approaching security and considering new options on how to run elections.
II. Federal-State Updates
As part of the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors winter meetings secretaries and election directors heard from a variety of federal officials on the topic of cyber security and also got to have a classified briefing from officials.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as top Democrats on the House and Senate Appropriations committees, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging them to support an increase in funding to the FBI to help fight potential Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections.
According to The Hill, they are asking for a $300 million increase in the FBI’s budget to help target and counteract the influence of Russian and other foreign officials.
III. Election News This Week
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton said his office has and county officials have agreed how to review questionable ballots. Moving forward, county officials still will try to resolve any conflicts with non-matching signatures, but the secretary’s office and the commissioner of political practices will be notified. It will be up to the commissioner to decide whether or not to pursue cases where someone may have intentionally cast a false vote. “When you get to a point where you can’t de-conflict it, then forward it to (the commissioner’s) office, just like anyone else that has a campaign violation or suspects it,” Stapleton told MTN News. “What we’re looking for is consistency and following the law.”
Gwinnett County, Georgia is required to hire about 350 bilingual poll workers for the May primaries and November election and so this week, Elections Director Lynn Ledford is holding a first-ever “hiring event.” “I want to be optimistic,” Ledford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I have no idea what it’s going to be like.” To-date the county has only been able to secure about three dozen bilingual poll workers. An estimated 171,000 Latinos live in Gwinnett and the county is the first in Georgia to receive a Sec. 203 designation from the Department of Justice.
Following a “B” grade from the Center for American Progress’ election security study, Alaska will no longer allow citizens or members of the military who live overseas to return their ballot via email. In 2016, 8,411 ballots were returned electronically. “Alaska is suspending the return of completed ballots through a web portal in 2018 until a more secure solution is available. The Division will continue to accept voted ballots via fax and by mail,” Division of Elections Supervisor Josie Bahnke wrote.
As students march on capitals throughout the nation, including our nation’s capital, to demand common sense gun laws, many on social media have talked about lowering the voting age. The City of Takoma Park, which did just that in 2013, and in response to some of the commentary on Twitter tweeted out some pretty impressive statistics. In 2013, youth turnout was 44 percent, overall it was 10 percent. In 2015 youth turnout was 45 percent, overall it was 21 percent and in 2017, youth turnout was 48 percent whereas overall voter turnout was 22 percent. While it doesn’t seem likely that too many states will pass legislation lowering the voting age this year, it will be interesting to keep an eye on the 18-24 turnout in 2018.
Personnel News: Kathryne Harper is stepping down as Howard County, Missouri clerk. Her last day will be December 31.
IV. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of Sean Greene, director of research for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
The State and Local Election Cybersecurity Playbook – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, February 2018: This playbook focuses on identifying the most likely and most serious cybersecurity and information operation threats and making them understandable for all stakeholders in the election process and provides election officials basic risk-mitigation strategies to counter these threats.
V. Legislative Updates
Connecticut: Legislation proposed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill would alter what information is publicly available on the voter rolls. Under her proposed bill, voter roll information would still be publicly available for $350, but the birthdates of registered voters would no longer be included.
Florida: This week the Senate unanimously approve a bill to allow Florida to join ERIC. The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk.
Indiana: Senate Enrolled Act 9 is heading to the governor’s desk. The legislation ensures that patients committed to a mental health institution or psychiatric hospital have voting rights.
Kansas: The House has advanced a bill aimed at resolving a dispute between the state’s four largest counties and the secretary of state’s office. Under the proposal, county commissioners would gain authority to decide salaries and approve budgets for the appointees.
Maryland: The Senate effectively killed Senate Bill 190 that would have codified uniform rules to guide foreign election observers. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D) gave up his gavel to join the debate on the senate floor and spoke at length about the fear of Russians hacking American elections. “This bill might have been ready for prime time four weeks ago or six years ago or four years ago or even two weeks ago, but what has happened now with the indictment of these 13 men showing how vulnerable our elections are … our elections are very easy to manipulate,” Miller said. “I don’t want these people in the room.”
New Hampshire: A bill that would have prevented New Hampshire from sending voter data to Crosscheck was killed in the Senate. The bill was voted down 14-10 along party lines.
New Mexico: The Legislature has approved House Bill 98, which if signed by the governor would consolidate most nonpartisan elections into one day in November.
Tennessee: The Senate State and Local Government Committee has voted down a bill that would have required an auditable paper trail for all voting machines. According to Nashville Public Radio, the measure had been opposed by state election officials, who say paper receipts are an unnecessary expense. Machines that spit out paper receipts would have cost Tennessee election commissions about $9.5 million up front, and they would have cost millions more to operate.
Utah: The House Government Operations Committee has approved HB218 sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake City). Under the bill, counties would be required to have at least one polling place for every 5,000 voters even if elections are conducted by mail. The only elections that could be handled entirely by mail under the bill would be those held solely for a referendum challenging a local tax law. The bill would also make same-day voter registration permanent throughout the state, would allow for voter registration to be automatically updated when license information is updated and would prohibit counties from sending mail ballots to voters who had not cast a ballot past elections.
Vermont: The House has approved a bill that would prevent the state from handing over voter data to the federal government.
West Virginia: House Bill 3004 would codify a ruling from the state Supreme Court of Appeals regarding how the governor fills vacancies left by a constitutional officer, legislator or county commissioner.
Wisconsin: A bill that would allow Wisconsin voters to cast their ballots early on electronic voting machines instead of paper ballots has cleared the state Assembly.
VI. Legal Updates
Federal Lawsuit: A nonpartisan campaign reform group wants a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to un-redact names from a chain of emails secured through a Freedom of Information Act request that it says shed light on the inner workings of President Trump’s now defunct voter fraud commission.
Arizona: The Justice Department’s Civil Rights division has sued Arizona and Secretary of State Michele Reagan claiming that the state failed to give absentee voters enough time to consider the finalized and official ballot ahead of a Democratic special primary election. “The inability of the state to transmit the final absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters receiving a Democratic Party ballot by the 45th day before the February 27, 2018 special primary election for the House of Representatives violates the United States of America under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act” wrote John Gore, an assistant attorney general with the civil rights division of the justice department. On Tuesday, the DOJ and the state reached an agreement.
Maine: Supporters of ranked-choice voting in Maine — joined by eight Democratic candidates — filed a lawsuit to ensure that the voting method is in place in time for the June primaries. The lawsuit comes two weeks before the deadline for Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) to certify signatures designed to place on the June 12 ballot a referendum question that could decide the long-term fate of ranked-choice voting.
New Hampshire: This week, a judge heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state law that requires additional documentation from voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election. According to Seacoastonline, lawyers for the state argued the lawsuit failed to allege any injury from the law. They said the plaintiffs had no trouble voting, arguing two were already registered voters and a third eventually voted in a local election.
New York: Supreme Court Justice Thomas Nolan dismissed a petition to recount ballots in Saratoga Springs’ November charter vote. The petition sought a recount of all ballots cast in the City of Saratoga Springs by a hand or by a review of the image files, or .TIF files, scanned by the voting machines used in the election. The idea was to look for discrepancies. Nolan said there was no factual support for the petitioner’s request.
Utah: A settlement agreement has been reached between the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and San Juan County. The commission had sued the county arguing that its vote-by-mail system violated the voting rights of Navajo voters. In the settlement agreement, the county has agreed to implement various measures to create equal opportunities for Navajo voters.
VII. Tech Thursday
California: This week, the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Elections Department launched a new, integrated website at www.smcacre.org. “In this rapidly changing technological age, it is essential that citizens have real-time access to the vast array of information, services and data the Department of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Elections (ACRE) provides,” said Mark Church, San Mateo’s assessor, clerk, recorder and chief elections officer. The website is compatible with many modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE, and Edge). The site increases accessibility to visually impaired and disabled persons by adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Additionally, two prominent features are Google Translator, which is offered in ten languages, along with an online search tool to quickly locate information.
Pennsylvania: The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Cyber Law, Policy and Security will soon start a project on voting security with the goal of coming up with suggestions to improve Pennsylvania’s election security.
VIII. Opinions This Week
Alabama: Voting rights
California: Voting system
Florida: Ex-felon voting rights
Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights
Mississippi: Ex-felon voting rights
New Jersey: Ex-felon voting rights
North Carolina: State board of elections
Tennessee: Ranked choice voting
Virginia: Instant runoff voting
Wisconsin: Election integrity
IX. Available Grants/RFPs
New Initiatives Grants in Election Science
The MIT Election Data and Science Lab invites applications for grants to fund systematic research on the conduct of elections in the United States. The Lab has allocated up to $100,000 in 2018 for grants, with individual grants capped at $20,000. Proposals will be judged by the significance of the research project; the project’s design, plan of work, and dissemination; the applicant’s qualifications; the relationship of the project to the Lab’s goal of encouraging research that is relevant to the improvement of elections; and the appropriateness of the budget request for the project’s requirements. Deadline for application is April 2. For the complete announcement and how to apply, click here.
Voting System Development
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Los Angeles County Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP). The RFP seeks proposals from pre-qualified vendors to support the development and implementation of the County’s new voting systems. Vendors were pre-qualified during the initial Phase of this RFP in November 2017.
The VSAP is an innovative project launched by Los Angeles County to develop a completely new voting experience for Los Angeles County voters; an experience that focuses on the needs and preferences of the voters themselves – and, that is publicly owned and operated. The proposed new voting experience was designed using a human-centered approach that engaged over 3,500 voters in the design process to result in an experience that is secure, accessible and convenient.
Pre-qualified vendors have until Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2PM to respond. Individuals desiring more information on the RFP are advised to visit the VSAP website at VSAP: Request for Proposals.
Additional information and updates are available online at vsap.lavote.net.
X. Upcoming Events
CTCL 2018 Online Training Series — The Center for Technology and Civic Life is leading a series of online training courses for election officials in February. Choose from 6 convenient 90-minute training sessions, including 2 new courses for 2018 — Messages that Motivate Voters and Poll Worker Management Best Practices. The price is $40 per course. When: Through March 1. Where: Wherever works best for you!
Election Center Special Workshop — The Election Center’s special workshop will include courses on election and voter registration systems administration and management and leadership concepts in elections and voter registration administration as well as workshops on procurement and contraction, new voting models, IT security, election resources and costs, USPS initiatives and data dangers. When: Feb. 28-March 4. Where: San Antonio, Texas.
NASS 2018 Summer Conference — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of Secretaries of State 2018 summer conference in the City of Brotherly Love. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Philadelphia.
2018 NASED Summer Meeting — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of State Election Directors’ 2018 summer meeting in the City of Brotherly Love. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Philadelphia.
NACo Annual Conference and Exposition — Mark your calendars now for the National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition in Music City. Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 13-16. Where: Nashville, Tennessee.
2018 iGo Annual Conference — Mark your calendars now for the International Association of Government Officials 2018 Annual Conference in The Biggest Little City in the World! Check back soon for more information about the agenda. When: July 16-21. Where: Reno, Nevada.
Election Sciences Reform and Administration (ESRA) — The conference brings together political scientists and other experts in election administration to develop rigorous empirical approaches to the study of how law and administrative procedures affect the quality of elections in the United States. Participants will identify major questions in the field, share new insights, foster collaboration between election administrators and election scientists, and connect senior and junior scholars. When: July 26 and 27. Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
XI. Job Postings This Week
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Chief Security Officer (Denver) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a senior executive Chief Security Officer to join our team in Denver, Colorado! The CSO will be accountable for the development, implementation, and management of enterprise-wide strategies, policies, and programs intended for the mitigation and reduction of operational, financial and reputational risk relating to the security of our products, data, personnel, customers, and facilities globally. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
City Clerk, Grand Rapids, Michigan — this position is appointed annually by the City Commission and serves under an employment agreement with the City. This is responsible professional and supervisory duties over the City Clerk’s office. The City Clerk is responsible for the administration and oversight of all functions performed by the office staff, including the City Commission meetings; all notice functions and record keeping responsibilities of the City; supervision of staff (full time, seasonal, and supplemental employees); and providing direction and guidance for all election processes required of the City. The work of this position is performed under direction of the City Commission. The employee is expected to demonstrate considerable independent knowledge and judgment in the performance of the duties. The employee is also responsible for assigning and coordinating work of a large clerical staff, and assuring that work is completed according to applicable federal and state laws and guidelines and according to established standards. Salary: $102,012-$129,416 annually. Deadline: Feb. 23. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Manager (Toronto) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a customer focused and passionate Customer Relations Manager to join our team in Toronto! This position is responsible for providing world-class customer service to our customers in order to achieve our core purpose of delivering solutions for the advancement of fair, accessible, and secure elections! Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Relations Manager (Phoenix, AZ) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a customer focused and passionate Customer Relations Manager to join our team in Phoenix, AZ! This position is responsible for effectively and proactively managing the day-to-day relationship, administration and technical/product support of one or more assigned customer accounts. Additionally, the CRM will serve as project manager for specialized projects such as pre- and post-election day support, new product implementations, and/or product upgrades/updates. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Operation Manager, Douglas County, Colorado — this position performs a variety of complex supervisory and project management responsibilities This is a highly technical and supervisory position that, in collaboration with the Elections Manager, plans and conducts all functions associated with the operation of the department including: documentation of policies and procedures; mentoring and support for all subordinate staff; creating and enforcing policies that comply with statutory mandates and directives; participate in the creation and execution of strategic and tactical plans for operating successful elections within the County; provide assistance to other entities participating in a County or conducting their own election; managing election assets; ensuring accurate and unbiased collection and reporting of votes; cash management associated with revenues and fees as required by law. Coordinates with and assists other Clerk & Recorder Divisions as needed. Salary: $4,6230-$5,778, monthly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Executive Director/Chief Prosecutor, Rhode Island Ethics Commission — to serve as chief administrative officer and prosecutor for the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. To be responsible to the Commission for all administrative, personnel, budgeting, investigative and prosecutorial functions, as well as other litigation, financial disclosure, advisory opinions, educational programs and any additional matters directed by the Commission. The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is a constitutionally mandated body empowered to adopt, enforce and administer the Code of Ethics. The Code sets forth standards of conduct for all public officials and employees. The Commission educates and advises public officials and employees about the standards of conduct set out in the Code of Ethics. Works under the supervision of the Commissioners. Work is subject to informal review by the Commission Chair and/or Commissioners for effectiveness and conformance to policy, statutes, regulations and professional standards. Annual performance review by the Commission. Salary: $117,412 – $131,715. Deadline: March 4. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Operations Technician, Clear Ballot — the Operations Technician’s primary duty is preparing, installing software, staging, and shipping equipment to customers. Additionally, the position manages an internal IT network and maintains inventory of company equipment. The successful candidate has all or some combination of experience with hands on hardware and software integration, IT, project management, procurement, logistics, and inventory management. This position reports to the Director of Field Operations. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Payroll & AP Administrator, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced Payroll & AP Administrator to be join our team in Denver, CO! This position will be responsible for managing and organizing of all functions related to payroll administration and accounts payable, including, but not limited to: recording, processing and obtaining approvals; and Processing all matters in a timely and accurate fashion, including following up on items related to the various accounts payable, payroll and month-end deadlines. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Manager, Clear Ballot — the Product Manager position is a member of the Clear Ballot Product team. At Clear Ballot, the Product team is the hub around which all other functions orbit. The team manages the company’s product planning and feedback cycle, interacting and collaborating regularly with Customer Success, Engineering, Business Development, Compliance/Certification, Field Operations, and Executive Management. Clear Ballot Product Managers work on a multi-disciplinary product team which is assigned one of more of Clear Ballot products. As the customer representative on the product team, the Product Manager creates, prioritizes and represents product requirements to the product team. The Product Manager also the product team’s representative to stakeholders inside and outside of the organization. The Product Manager is often working with prospects and clients to gain insight, vet ideas, and present solutions. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Manager, TurboVote — as Product Manager for TurboVote, you will be acting as a product owner and project manager, working from end-to-end— from sitting with our executive leadership to make strategic choices AND down in the details of planning sprints and onboarding partners. In doing so, you’ll be supported by a constellation of software developers; a researcher who brings extensive knowledge of election administration; a partner support team with significant experience implementing across higher education, nonprofit, and corporate environments; and a COO dedicated to corralling the external resources you need to succeed. Deadline: Open until filled. Salary: $90,000 to $120,000 per year. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product & System Specialist (Jamestown, NY) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking tech-savvy and passionate Product & System Specialist to join our team in Jamestown, NY! This position is responsible for delivering internal and external technical support services related to the implementation, operation, repair, maintenance and upgrades of Dominion’s hardware and software technologies and products. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & 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.
Senior Manager, Technical Product Support (Denver, CO) – Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy, passionate Senior Manager, Technical Product Support to join our team in Denver, CO! This position is responsible for strategically leading and developing a multi-state team of election technology software and hardware Product Specialists through a number of critical projects throughout the Western United States. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Research Support Associate, Election Data and Science Lab, MIT— support the data processing and research assistance needs of the lab. Responsibilities will include assisting with data management and research by collecting and cleaning data, performing data analysis, creating graphs and figures, visualizing data, and preparing tables for papers that are in the process of publication; assisting with the fielding of surveys; and performing general administrative duties including file organization, participating in meetings, and other miscellaneous tasks. This is an ideal position for someone interested in gaining research experience in political science and data science more broadly. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Technical Trainer, Clear Ballot — training courses and learning materials support users whose skills range the technical spectrum and include laypersons (pollworkers), election officials, and system administrators. 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; 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. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
State Election Technology Associate, Clear Ballot— our growing team has an immediate need for a new member to manage testing, approval and certification campaigns of election technology in new states. This position works directly with State Government to test and approve voting systems. Certification and approval is key to success in the election systems domain. Diplomacy and empathy alongside professional and tactful communications are key contributors to smooth state certification campaigns of new election technology. All voting system components (ballot layout, in-person voting, absentee voting, results reporting and audit) and their associated documentation are certified by state agencies; evaluation is performed by demanding government laboratories. Requirements vary across the States; and these requirements are found in statute, Rule, by written and oral tradition, and sometimes are ambiguous and even unwritten. Attention to detail is paramount to success. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot — 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. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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