I. In Focus This Week
What to watch in 2018
In a busy year, here are 10 things we’ll definitely be watching
By M. Mindy Moretti
We here at a electionline love a good list, maybe not as much as the folks at BuzzFeed, but we do enjoy them and so while we keep our eyes on everything happening in the elections world, as we kick off this very busy mid-term election year, we thought we’d list the big 10.
As we move closer to Election Day 2018, it will be interesting to see how many of these items remain an issue and what new items have been added to the list.
So here, no particular order, here are the 10 things we’ll be watching closely in 2018.
1. New voting machines — voters in several states and many counties will face new voting equipment when they hit the polls this year. Will poll workers be ready? Will voters be able to handle the changes?
2. Voter ID — this year will mark the first major roll out of voter ID in several states including Iowa, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia. The secretaries of state in Iowa, Missouri and West Virginia have spent a lot of time (and continue to do so) on education campaigns about the law and Texas’ law remains embroiled in litigation.
3. Automatic voter registration — currently nine states and the District of Columbia have approved legislation allowing for automatic voter registration although only four — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Vermont — have implemented it yet. The approach in the states and DC varies. Some are opt-out, others are opt-in, some retroactively add voters to the rolls while others start from a certain date. What impact, if any, will AVR have on turnout in those states and will any of the remaining states and DC get theirs up and running before November 2018? Also, how many other states will introduce legislation to move in this direction and what type of AVR will they seek to implement?
4. Turnout — mid-term elections turnout always falls off from a presidential year, but given the current political climate, will that be the case in 2018 and if there is a drop off, how big will it be?
5. Cybersecurity — the 800-lb Russian in the room this year is cybersecurity. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it is prepared to help every state that wants help securing their systems for 2018 and beyond.
6. New California voting system — in 2016 the General Assembly approved the Voters’ Choice Act that allows counties to run elections by mail with Election Day vote centers. Although many Californians already vote-by-mail, no counties have strictly run on a by mail/vote center system. A handful of counties will introduce the new way of voting this year.
7. Secretary of state races — the top election position in 24 states is up for grabs this year. While many of the sitting secretaries of state are seeking re-election, some like Ohio’s Jon Husted and Kansas’ Kris Kobach, cannot/will not be running again. We’ll have more on these races in the coming weeks.
8. Legislation — although election years don’t tend to be as busy legislatively as non-election years (we know, we know, EVERY year is an election year) legislators across the country have already been busy introducing bills. Everything from early voting to automatic voter registration to vote-by-mail to no excuse absentee voting.
9. Fake news/ voter suppression — Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have vowed to get the fake news in check, but perpetrators of fake news often quickly find new ways to spread their misinformation campaigns. With many Americans wary of the main stream media and fake news on the rise, what impacts, if any, could that have on elections?
10. Special elections — every year is filled with special elections, but with the prevalence of the #metoo campaign and other situations pushing legislators at all levels to resign, will 2018 prove to be a big year for special elections. Some state legislators are already working on changing the rules about how vacated seats are filled in order to avoid costly and usually low-turnout special elections.
II. Federal-State Updates
Fallout continued this week from President Donald J. Trump’s decision to disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI).
Members of PACEI spoke out as well including New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner, Wood County, West Virginia Clerk Mark Rhodes, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Ken Blackwell from Ohio and Alan King from Alabama.
In his decision the president said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would take over the investigation, but a report from Reuters said that DHS’ election security unit has “no immediate plans to probe allegations of electoral fraud.”
Even though there seem to be “no immediate plans” to probe potential election fraud, a spokesperson from DHS said this week that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach would not be advising the agency when it does investigate voter fraud claims.
As for what data PACEI had already collected from states, the White House says that data will be destroyed and not turned over to DHS.
However, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap continues to pursue the paperwork that a judge had previously ruled he should have. Dunlap has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to intervene to secure access to the documents. According to the Portland Press Herald, the request also asks the court to temporarily block the commission from transferring any of the documents to DHS while it considers its final decision.
In non-PACEI news, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said this week that the Senate Intelligence Committee will soon issue recommendations to help states thwart efforts to hack election systems.
“I do think there’s a real sense of urgency,” Warner said in an interview with USA TODAY. “The one thing we do know with certainty is that Russian interference in our elections did not end on Election Day 2016.”
Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also has indicated that he expects the committee to provide security advice to states early this year.
During a meeting held by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Bob Kolasky, the acting deputy undersecretary in Homeland Security’s cyber unit, acknowledged a backlog of risk and vulnerability assessments which would have had states waiting up to nine months for the assessments.
“I am here today to tell you we have the ability now to meet all the state requests that we have received,” Kolasky said during a keynote address. We want all the rest of the states to sign up, and if they do we believe we will be able to do those risk and vulnerability assessments onsite before the midterm elections. That is a significant shift of our own resources.”
III. Election News This Week
An analysis by The Washington Post found that thousands of Virginia voters may be registered in the wrong state House district. In a statewide analysis, The Washington Post found addresses of about 6,000 registered voters that appear to lie outside a map of the assigned House district. If their turnout tracked the state average, more than 2,800 mistaken state House votes could have been cast in November. Six of the 100 delegate races were decided by fewer than 500 votes. The paper said the problem comes from the “state’s labor-intensive voter registration system that allows incorrect details to be recorded.”
Native American advocates have spent the last few months gathering stories from throughout Indian Country about difficulties tribal members face when casting a ballot and the advocates hope these stories will help tribal members wield more influence in elections. “Some of the problems they were facing actually were issues we thought we’d taken care of long ago,” said OJ Semans, a Rosebud Sioux tribal member and executive director of Four Directions. “If you don’t keep your eye open and the communication open, things will reverse.” The groups have already held a hearing on the issues in Washington and have plans to hold other hearing in Arizona, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma. “What we’re trying to show is people don’t have equal opportunities to vote, to register to vote and to participate in Indian Country than you would see in maybe a more urban setting,” James Tucker, a pro-bono attorney for the Native American Rights Fund said at the Washington hearing.
Using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of California has added six new languages to the 2018 election-language assistance requirements. The new languages include Panjabi, Hmong, Syriac, Armenian, Persian and Arabic. That brings the total number of languages covered by Election Code Section 14201 to 13. The existing languages include English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
Elections offices may still be closed in parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but that has not stopped the work of the board of elections. This week the board voted not to provide funding for a primary election. The board voted unanimously to reprogram the $150,000 budgeted for the 2018 primary to the general fund. In making their decision the board cited their objections to including Democratic party races as part of the primary process.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has produced a free to download white paper on how electoral institutions can deal with the growing problem of hate speech. Although IFES’ focus is largely international, given the current climate we thought elections officials in the United States might be interested in Countering Hate Speech in Elections: Strategies for Electoral Management. According to IFES, the white paper aims to help electoral management bodies better understand the range of issues surrounding hate speech during the electoral cycle, the regulatory and non-regulatory options that may be brought to bear, and how to build partnerships with stakeholders to ensure that elections are free, fair, inclusive and safe.
We’re not sure that this would be possible everywhere, but we love that when the Taylor County, West Virginia commission received some negative feedback about relocating polling places, the commission decided to survey all registered voters in the affected precincts. The commission reviewed the survey responses — about 40 percent were returned — at a recent meeting and decided to go with the will of the people which sent the voters back to their original polling places. “I think we should let the votes stand for themselves,” Commission President Orville Wright said at the meeting according to the Mountain Statesman. “They people have decided, and we should go with their decision.”
Personnel News: Phyllis Thompson, who has served as the Brentwood, New Hampshire clerk for 37 years has retired. Kimberly Riskovitch has been hired as the Republican member of the St. Joseph County, Indiana board of voter registration. Danny Mateo is not retiring as the Maui County, Hawaii clerk. Michelle Wright is retiring as the Manistee, Michigan clerk after 15 years on the job. Rich Chrismer, elections director of St. Charles County, Missouri has announced that he will not seek another term. Cerro Gordo County, Iowa auditor Ken Kline has been named the state’s deputy commissioner of elections. County Treasurer Pat Wright will serve as interim-auditor until a successor is named. Marie Wicks, city clerk in East Lansing, Michigan for 12 years is stepping down. She is moving on to a new job with the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections. Will Gardner, a realtor and businessman has announced that he will run for North Dakota secretary of state.
In Memoriam: Laura L. Bennett, former deputy and Democratic commissioner in the Cattaraugus County, New York board of elections died January 2. She was 94. In addition to serving on the board of elections, Bennett also served as a county legislator and an election clerk in the town of South Valley. “Laura worked at the Board of Elections and at that time the Democrat Party was strictly grass roots,” County Clerk James Griffith told the Salamanca Press. “Laura ran a print shop at the old Democratic Headquarters on Main Street in Salamanca. Her car could be seen there until the wee hours as she printed flyers, scratch pads and posters. She always had ink on her somewhere,” he added.
IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has introduced a bill that would end a longtime quirk with the Postal Service that has some rural northern Missouri residents with an Iowa mailing address.
Alabama: With the spotlight off for now, lawmakers in Alabama are looking for ways to streamline the state’s special election process. SB-18, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial has introduced a bill that would require the governor to appoint a person to a vacancy in the office of U.S. Senate and issue a writ of election to fill the office for the remainder of the term at the next general election occurring more than one year after the vacancy occurs.
California: Sen. Mike McGuire has introduced a bill that would establish a process for election officials to notify voters when their vote-by-mail signature mismatches the one on file. The bill would also require voters whose signatures don’t match be given the opportunity to correct the discrepancy. The bill was recently approved by the Senate Elections Committee.
Indiana: A bill that would allow elections officials to count the ballots of voters who cast an early vote or absentee ballot, but then die before Election Day has been approved 9-0 by the Senate Elections committee.
The Senate Elections committee also approved a bill that would allow for no-excuse absentee voting. The Indiana Clerks Association has expressed its support for the bill.
Kentucky: Rep. McKenzie Cantrell has filed House Bill 98 which would require a special election when an unexpected vacancy occurs on a local council.
Also in Kentucky, House Bill 23, which would change the election year of governor, lieutenant governor and state constitutional officers from odd number years to even-numbered years has been approved by the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Maine: Gov. Paul LePage (R) has announced his intentions to bring forward legislation that would require Maine voters to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.
Maryland: The City of Rockville council is considering a proposal from its board of supervisors of elections that would allow the city to conduct elections by mail. Under the proposal, every registered voter would receive a ballot which they could return by mail, to a ballot drop box or in person. There would be Election Day vote centers as well.
Also in Maryland, the City of Greenbelt approved a measure to lower the voting age in local elections to 16. In order to be able to vote in local elections, 16 and 17-year-olds must be a resident of Greenbelt and must be registered in Prince George’s County. The new rule becomes effective on Feb. 27.
Virginia: De. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) recently introduced four election-reform bills including HJ 333 which would lower the voting age in local elections to 16-years-old. He also introduced HJ 34 which would allow for citizen-lead initiatives and referendums as well as recalls.
Also in Virginia, Del-elect Debra Rodman (D-Henrico) plans to introduce legislation that will create a pilot vote-by-mail program.
Other legislation includes a bill that would allow no-excuse absentee voting, a bill that would give new citizens more time to register to vote and a bill that would add to the list of accepted forms of voter photo ID.
Washington: Officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are supporting a series of election proposals they want the Legislature to take up this year. The proposals include automatic voter registration, Election Day registration and “districts that better represent the makeup of a community or neighborhood.”
V. Legal Updates
Alabama: U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler ordered a lawsuit filed by the Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama NAACP and a group of individuals against the state over its voter ID law be dismissed. According to Al.com, part of Coogler’s court order reads “…a person who does not have a photo ID today is not prevented from voting if he or she can easily get one, and it is so easy to get a photo ID in Alabama, no on is prevented from voting.”
Illinois: Kane County Judge David Akemann has ruled that there were enough signatures on petitions to put a question on the ballot about the fate of the Aurora election commission. If approved, the county clerk will take over the duties of running Aurora’s elections.
Kansas: Judge Julie Robinson has set a March trial date for the case of Fish v Kobach in which the plaintiffs are challenging Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law. Robinson also tossed aside some testimony including from Hans von Spakovsky. According to HPPR, the courts said von Spaovsky lacks direct knowledge or academic training related to some of his claims.
Michigan: Felony ballot tampering charges have been dropped against Grout Twp. Clerk Linda Birgel. “The bottom line is, with all the evidence and everything we had, there is insufficient evidence that (Birgel) did anything to defraud or impact the election in any way,” Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks told the Midland Daily News.
New Mexico: Without providing a reason, the New Mexico Supreme Court turned away a legal challenge to the implementation of ranked choice voting in Santa Fe. Therefore, a decade after voters approved moving to the new system, they will use it for the first time this spring.
North Carolina: A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously found that North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers violated the Constitution’s equal-protection clause when they drew the state’s new congressional maps. “On its most fundamental level, partisan gerrymandering violates ‘the core principle of republican government … that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around,’” the majority opinion states.
In other North Carolina legal news, Richard Robert Rawling, 59 of Cary pleaded guilty to failure to discharge a duty of his office and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended to a year on probation and a $500 fine. Investigators determined that Rawling ran, or ordered subordinates to run provisional ballots through tabulators more than once and made changes to the ballot count.
Ohio: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Ohio’s voter roll purge case this week and according to reports from those in attendance, the justices appeared sympathetic to the state. According to The Associated Press, Justice Anthony Kennedy said states are “trying to protect their voter rolls…What we’re talking about are the best tools to implement that reason, to implement that purpose.” Kennedy’s vote often is decisive in voting cases that otherwise split conservative and liberal justices.
Virginia: A group of four voters are appealing a lower court decision that said errors that led some voters in a close House race to be given the wrong ballot were not significant enough to delay the seating of the candidate.
VI. Tech Thursday
National Tech: Voatz, a blockchain-based voting startup has raised $2.2 million to test its mobile phone-based voting system. According to Government Technology, the money will allow the start-up to expand its testing further.
Indiana: A new app from the secretary of state’s office allows Hoosier to register to vote right from their phones. The Indiana Voters app also allows voters to check their registration status and find their polling place.
New Mexico: The City of Santa Fe has launched a new website to help explain the implementation of ranked choice voting. Vote Different Santa Fe is a site that allows a mock election using ranked choice voting the candidates include Betty Bear, Diego Deer, Felix Fox, Lucinda Lizard and Roberto Rabbit.
VII. Opinions This Week
Florida: Election integrity
Massachusetts: Early voting
Mississippi: Early voting
New Hampshire: Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity | Secretary of state
New Jersey: Turnout
North Carolina: Voting improvements | Voter participation | Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity | Turnout
Oregon: Paid postage
Pennsylvania: Voter fraud
Texas: Voting security
West Virginia: Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity | Election concerns |
VIII. Available RFIs and RFPs
Elections Ballot Mailing Services Solution
Ada County, Idaho has issued a Request for Information for the use of an Elections Ballot Mailing Services Solution (EBMSS) for next year. The RFI is open until January 31, 2018 (1/31/18).
The RFI will be posted on Ada Counties Bid Page athttps://adacounty.id.gov/bids. Specifications will be downloadable there. All questions concerning the RFI are to be sent email@example.com January 19, 2018 (1/19/18) by 4:00pm local time.
Any other questions may be sent to Evan Amidan (firstname.lastname@example.org 208.287.7151)
Risk Limiting Audit Software
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has issued a Request for Information for the next development phase of the state’s risk-limiting audit software tool. The RFI is open until January 21.
The RFI is posted on VSS. Please have vendors go to this website:
- In the middle of the page on the left-hand side they will see a button marked public access. Click here.
- At the top of the page in the middle they will see the keyword search. Have the vendor type in “Risk Limiting.”
- This will bring up both the previously published DQ and the newly published RFI. Click on the RFI details button.
- The attachments tab on the next screen will pull up the RFI and the Exhibit A.
Questions about responding to the RFI may be directed to Kimberly Taylor (email@example.com or 303.894.2200).
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.
IX. Upcoming Events
NASED 2018 Winter Meeting — The National Association of State Election Directors’ winter meeting will feature panels with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, regional DHS reps, Senate Rules staff and House Administration staff as well as discussion on ERIC and VVSG 2.0. When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
NASS 2018 Winter Conference — This event will bring together government and industry leaders to showcase secretary of state initiatives and highlight all the latest developments in state and federal policy-making circles. NASS President Connie Lawson and other speakers will focus on many important topics including election cybersecurity and remote notarizations. When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
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.
X. Job Postings This Week
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Account Manager (Michigan)-ES&S — serves as the interface between customer service and sales with respect to the full array of ES&S product lines. Operating as the lead point of contact for any and all matters specific to customers within the assigned territory from initial implementation of new voting systems through each election cycle. Ultimately, Account Managers are responsible for building and maintaining long-lasting customer relationships, negotiating and promoting Account Management contracts and agreements to maximize profit, and acting as the overall liaison between the customer and internal team members. Account Managers partner with our customers to ensure their long-term success. The Account Manager role includes managing a portfolio of assigned customers, developing new business from existing clients and actively seeking new opportunities. Account Management responsibilities include developing strong relationships with customers, and connecting with key county/jurisdiction officials. Account Managers will liaise between customers and cross-functional internal teams to ensure the timely and successful delivery of our solutions and to proactively identify customer needs and improve the entire customer experience. In addition, Account Managers collaborate with our Sales team to achieve sales quotas and grow our business. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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.
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.
Government Outreach Lead, Democracy Works — as the Government Outreach Lead, you will be responsible for growing our government program and expanding use of our tools. You’ll be joining a team of nationally respected experts in election administration with deep connections among election officials and technologists at the federal, state, and local level. In 2018, we’re focusing on establishing new relationships and formal partnerships with a variety of offices, all with varying priorities, funding constraints, and power structures. In this role, you will need to immerse yourself in the world of election administration, build relationships with keystakeholders, and think creatively in order to generate revenue opportunities for Democracy Works products and services. Salary: $76,000-$120,000. Deadline: Target start date is Feb. 15. 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, 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.
Registrar of Voters, Sacramento County, California — working under the duties required by the Elections Code, the Registrar of Voters plans, organizes, evaluates, and directs the operations and activities of the Department of Voter Registration. This position functions as the appointing authority of the department and is responsible for all divisions within the department including administration, campaign services, precinct operations and outreach, registration, and voting systems which include technology and vote-by-mail. The Registrar of Voters reports directly to the Deputy County Executive–Administrative Services and is exempt from Civil Service. The incumbent is responsible for advising and assisting the officials of the County agencies, departments, boards and commissions with respect to matters assigned to the department. Through subordinate managers, the incumbent is responsible for developing and managing the goals, objectives, and policies of the department. Salary: $134,425.44 – $148,206.25. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Research Associate, The Center for Election Innovation & Research — the Research Associate will work both independently and alongside other CEIR staff to design research and later clean, analyze, and report on the data arising from that research. Research projects will vary in length. Some research will result in short blog posts (approximately 600-words), while other research will lend itself to lengthier reports expected from traditional studies. For this reason, a qualified Research Associate will be both a proficient researcher and writer. 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.
Support Specialist, Marion County, Oregon — journey level classification of the Information Services series, which applies specialized knowledge in department wide, multiple software applications; conducts training sessions; assists in design of systems and applications, and recommend policy or procedural changes to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of systems; provides technical assistance in and facilitates the use of computer hardware and software for a department; and performs related work as required. Works under the general supervision of the Elections and Recording Manager who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews work for conformance to technical standards and compliance with department goals. Salary: $23.29-$31.17 hourly. Deadline: Jan. 29. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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