I. In Focus This Week
Knight Foundation announces winners of News Challenge
$3.2M awarded for better ideas to inform voters, civic participation
By M. Mindy Moretti
Earlier this year, the election world was atwitter with the announcement of the Knight News Challenge — a challenge that sought projects designed to better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections.
The prize? More than $3 million in funding to make the projects come to life and hopefully encourage greater participation in the process by a more informed public.
This week, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 22 winning projects that will split the $3.2 million. Ten of the winners will receive investments of $200,000 to $525,000 each while 12 early-stage ideas will receive $35,000 through the Knight Prototype Fund.
The Challenge is a collaboration between Knight, the Democracy Fund [which also funds electionline.org], the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation. The Democracy Fund and Hewlett Foundation each contributed $250,000 to the challenge and the Rita Allen Foundation contributed $150,000.
According to John Bracken, Knight Foundation vice president for media innovation, the challenge received just over 1,000 entries.
“We received more ideas than any other Knight News Challenge, since we have moved to a themed format,” Bracken said. “The winning projects reflect this urgency and present important ways to create sustained engagement around community issues on a daily basis.”
Many of the submitted projects, according to Bracken, focused on unraveling influence in elections and were dedicated to exploring a variety of methods for tracking, analyzing and informing the public on who is fueling campaign messages.
Bracken said that as with past challenges, Knight brought in a group of trusted independent reviewers and advisors working in journalism, civic, tech and governance to help with the decision-making process.
The winners range from the Associated Press with a project on providing less expensive and more accurate alternatives to exit polling to the Center for Technology and Civic Life’s civic engagement toolkit for local elections officials.
“We’re living the dream! We are getting paid to collaborate with an amazing team of local election officials and design experts to help increase access to civic information,” said Whitney May, co-founder and director of government services for CTCL.
CTCL, along with its project partners, is building the Civic Engagement Toolkit. The toolkit will be a website that any election official can visit to find communication tools recommended and tested by other election officials. The website will also included step-by-step instructions on how to best use each tool for the 2016 general election and beyond.
“Local election offices are a trusted source of nonpartisan civic information for voters, campaigns, and the media,” May said. “We saw the Knight News Challenge as an opportunity to work with local election officials in communities large and small so they might have access to the best communication tools available to share critical civic information and run excellent elections.”
Voting is a topic that Knight is broadly focused on in multiple programs and Bracken said the organization will continue to focus on a range of projects that help make government at all levels more open and participatory. So even if you’re project didn’t win this time, there will surely be a next time.
“Elections represent the best opportunity for Americans to shape policy and reimagine their shared future,” Braken said. “With this in mind, we hope to develop a better understanding of what strategies can result in a more informed electorate and create sustained engagement around community issues on a daily basis.”
Electionline will be following up with all the election administration-based winners in the coming weeks to look at their projects more in-depth, but in the mean time here are the 10 investment winners.
Vote-by-Smartphone by Long Distance Voter |$325,000 |San Francisco: Making it easier to vote by mail by using mobile technology to allow voters to request absentee ballots with their smartphone.
The Next Generation Beyond Exit Polls by The Associated Press | $250,000 | Washington, D.C.: Providing less expensive, more accurate alternatives to exit polling by working with survey firms to develop new ways to gauge voter preferences in real time.
2016 Political Ad Tracker by Internet Archive | $200,000 | San Francisco: Bringing accountability to the voting process by creating a public library of TV news and political advertising from key 2016 primary election states, paired with nonpartisan fact-checking and additional analysis from PolitiFact, the University of Pennsylvania’s FactCheck.org, The Center for Public Integrity and others.
Campaign Hound by Reese News Lab, University of North Carolina | $150,000 | Chapel Hill, N.C.: Helping to hold politicians more accountable through a searchable archive of campaign speech transcripts that provides customized alerts to keep voters informed about candidates and allows journalists and others to monitor political speeches remotely.
Inside the 990 Treasure Trove by The Center for Responsive Politics | $525,000 | Washington, D.C.: Helping voters and journalists better understand who is funding campaigns by partnering with GuideStar to unearth more comprehensive data on the sources of so-called “dark money.”
Revive My Vote by the Marshall-Wythe Law Foundation | $230,000 | Richmond, Va.: Helping Virginians with prior felony convictions restore their voting rights by organizing local law students to help remotely process rights restoration applications and lessening wait times for those who have applied; an outreach platform will also be developed to motivate and inform prospective applicants.
Sharp Insight by the Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program | $250,000 | Philadelphia: Engaging black men in elections by recruiting barbers in predominantly African-American communities to disseminate nonpartisan information and resources on voting.
Civic Data Coalition by Investigative Reporters and Editors | $250,000 | Los Angeles: Making it easier to track money in California politics with an open-source tool that will help journalists, academics and others mine campaign finance data.
Civic Engagement Toolkit for Local Election Officials by the Center for Technology and Civic Life | $400,000 | Chicago: Helping local governments more easily engage with communities by developing a civic engagement toolkit for election offices, including website templates, icons and illustrations that provide visual guides for information seekers, wait-time calculators and other tools.
Informed Voting from Start to Finish by E.thePeople | $200,000 | New York: Helping build a more informed electorate and making the voting process easier by combining the voter services of TurboVote, which helps people register to vote, request and absentee ballot and receive election reminders, with local guides and candidate information from E.thePeople.
Click here for the complete list of winners including the 12 early-stage ideas.
II. Election News This Week
- In an effort to speed up election-night reporting the Miami-Dade County Elections Department will now send polling place results directly to elections headquarters once the precinct has closed. According to the Miami Herald, until now poll workers had been required to take the results, saved on thumb drives, to the nearest regional collection centers, which would then send in the tallies. “We’re basically eliminating the drive time” to the collection centers, Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections Christina White told the paper. She pegged that time at an average of about 15 minutes.
- Thanks to a contest sponsored by the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Ivan Rojas, a Los Angeles security guard is $25,000 richer just for casting a ballot in the May board of education election. Rojas, chosen at random from all those who cast votes, won the contest that was designed to boost turnout in traditionally low-turnout contests. According to Reuters, California and Alaska are the only states that make it possible to have a voter turnout lottery and it’s prohibited in federal elections.
- Elections officials in Floyd County, Georgia are contemplating whether or not to extend early voting on Sunday to upcoming elections. A trial run on Oct. 26 last year drew 261 voters to cast ballots in the run-up to the November midterm election. In comparison, 168 people cast early votes on Oct. 25, the Saturday before. “The board has decided to get feedback from the community to see if Sunday is something we should continue to offer; to see if it’s worth the cost,” city elections clerk Donna Maldonaldo told the Northwest Georgia News.
- Oops! Officials in Craighead County, Arkansas are finally starting to bill schools, cities and the state for more than 10 elections conducted since 2008. According to The Jonesboro Sun, a former election coordinator failed to bill for more than $260,000 the county was owed for a variety of election contests it conducted on behalf of the other jurisdictions.
- They say good things come to those who wait, and it’s been nine years since officials in California first announced a plan to move to a new statewide voter registration system and now, it’s finally ready for implementation! According to Capital Public Radio, two counties began the transition to VoteCal this week. Other counties will follow in the coming months. Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office says full implementation is scheduled for next June.
- Personnel News: Pinellas County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is seeking re-election. She was first elected supervisor in 2000. Stella Anderson will rejoin the Watauga County, North Carolina board of elections effective July 21. Joyce Griffin, Monroe County, Florida supervisor of elections has filed for re-election. Michael Boose and Kevin Hight have joined the Cumberland County, North Carolina board of elections. Former Volusia County, Florida Councilman Andy Kelly is running for supervisor of elections. Jamie Getty, Jonathan Washburn and Thomas Pollard have joined the New Hanover County, North Carolina board of elections. Danny Boggs has joined the Ashland County, Ohio board of elections. Darrin Thompson has resigned as the Henry County, Tennessee elections administrator. Cynthia Sue Tuttle has been appointed to the Morgan County, Ohio board of elections. Former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has announced that he will not seek the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Heck. Kelley Camper is the new clerk and recorder in Custer County, Colorado.
- In Memoriam: Former West Virginia Secretary of State Helen Holt died on July 12. She was 101. Former Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed Holt to office in 1957. Upon her appointment, Holt became the first female secretary of state. Holt was one month shy of her 102 birthday when she died from heart failure.
- Arlene Garrett, Buena Vista, Virginia registrar of voters was killed in a car accicent this week. She was 73. Garrett and her husband were returning from the Rockbridge County fair when William Garrett, who was driving, suffered some sort of medical emergency. Garrett had served as the voter registrar for Buena Vista for 14 years. “Arlene was dedicated to her family, church and civic activities,” James Bradford, chairman of the city’s electoral board told The Roanoke Times. As registrar, Barnes said, she took pains to ensure elections were conducted in a nonpartisan way.
III. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of the research staff of The Pew Charitable Trusts Elections Initiatives. Please email links to research to Sean Greene at Pew.
VoteCal and the Struggle to Modernize California’s Statewide Voter Registration Database – Kim Alexander, President & Founder, California Voter Foundation, July 22, 2015: This report traces the long history and the ups and downs of California’s efforts to modernize its voter registration database.
Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978–2014 –Thomas File, report on the U.S. Census Bureau Voting and Registration Supplement to the Current Population Survey, July 2015: This Census report provides a detailed profile of the American electorate in 2014. Going back to 1978, when the Census first started accounting for citizenship status in calculating the eligible voting population, 2014’s 41.9 percent turnout was the lowest ever measured by the bureau. More detailed data on the 2014 election can be found here.
IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: House Democrats have floated a proposal that would have them dropping their push to ban displaying the Confederate flag in national ceremonies if Republican leaders would agree to consider an update to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “I’m here to say to you that the members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the full Democratic Caucus are willing to sit down with the Speaker and work out a way for us to allow the proper display and utilization of … the flag in certain instances if he would only sit down with us and work out an appropriate addressing of the amendments to the Voting Rights Act,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said during a press briefing in the Capitol.
On Tuesday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) indicated that he may be willing to move forward with at least a conversation the legislation. On a personal level, I’d like to see the debate go forward,” he said. “I’d like to see [us] have the debate in committee. I think everything, when it’s first written and where the world is today, has changed. So just as most of our bills, how do you modernize? “An overall review, I think, it’s the right time to do it,” McCarthy continued. “What the outcome can be, I don’t prejudge.”
Massachusetts: Spencer selectmen may give voters the opportunity to vote on whether they want longer voting hours or not. In 2003, in order to cut costs, the town changed its voting hours to 12pm-8pm, but voters have complained that the hours are inconvenient.
Michigan: The Ann Arbor city council has voted 7-4 against reforming the city’s elections. The council voted against putting a question on the November ballot that would have made the city’s elections nonpartisan. In addition, the council voted 10-1 against putting a proposal in front of voters that would have moved the city to nonpartisan elections and institute four-year terms for the mayor and councilmembers.
Minnesota: This week, Duluth City Clerk Jeff Cos validated a petition that will put a charter amendment on Duluth’s November ballot that would adopt ranked-choice voting for municipal elections.
North Carolina: In a compromise deal struck between Republicans and Democrats, North Carolina will hold its 2016 primary on March 15.
North Dakota: The Burleigh County commission decided to table a vote on moving to vote-by-mail precincts until they have time to allow for more feedback. By-and-large the commission is supportive of the idea, Commissioner Jim Peluso said the commission wanted to give affected voters more time to weigh-in on the proposal.
Washington: The King County council voted unanimously to require all elections-related materials in the county be translated into Spanish and Korean. Currently under Sec. 203 of the Voting Rights Act, the county must provide materials in Chinese and Vietnamese, but the new ordinance will include Spanish and Korean although those numbers don’t quite meet the Sec. 203 requirements. “I and King County Election staff are looking forward to a partnership with Councilmember Dembowski and his staff to provide translation of election materials for Korean and Spanish speaking voters,” Sherril Huff, Director of King County Elections said in a statement. “I anticipate this partnership will be a critical step in supporting all King County Communities.”
V. Legal Updates
California: Rick Montoya, a former candidate for Garden Grove city council has filed a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the city arguing that the city’s at-large election system dilutes the voting powerof Latino residents.
Delaware: According to The News Journal, Rehoboth Beach resident Jackie Nichols has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Rehoboth’s election procedures for referendum questions violate both the U.S. and Delaware constitutions. At issue are two referendums allowing the city to borrow millions of dollars for municipal complex and sewer updates. The Rehoboth charter allows the owner of corporations to cast ballot in referendum votes and also allows owners of multiple properties to cast multiple votes.
Georgia: Baldwin County Probate Judge Todd Blackwell has ruled that a 35-vote margin isn’t close enough to trigger an automatic recount in a special election for the mayor of Milledgeville.
Indiana: The Indiana Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of former Secretary of State Charlie White who was convicted of voter fraud, theft and perjury. According to The Northwest Times, Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote the one-page denial that was supported 4-0 with Justice Mark Massa not participating. An attorney for White said that he is willing to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to get the convictions overturned.
Pennsylvania: Judge Mark A. Betleski has ruled that Loraine County will not need to recount ballots in a city council race decided by 152 votes. Betleski also ruled this week that the county board of elections will not become a legal party in the ongoing legal battle.
Texas: The 13th U.S. Court of Appeals will not hear a request from a Weslaco city commissioner who is seeking to block a new election called for by a lower court after it determined there was possible voter fraud in the 2013 contest.
VI. Tech Thursday
West Virginia: Monongalia County became the first county in West Virginia to purchase Election Systems & Software (ES&S) ExpressVote® Universal Voting Systems and DS200® in-precinct vote scanners and tabulators. They plan to have all registered voters use ExpressVote units to mark their ballots, subsequently feeding them into a DS200 unit for tabulation, the first in the nation to do so.
VII. Opinions This Week
California: Voting lottery
Colorado: Young voters
Florida: Online voter registration
Hawaii: Election chief pay raise
Kentucky: Online voter registration
Maine: Voting laws
Massachusetts: Worcester voters
Minnesota: Make voting easier
New Jersey: Election reform
Virginia: Ex-felon voting rights
Wisconsin: Government Accountability Board
VIII. Available Funding
U.S. Election Assistance Commission Grants
EAC Grants Management Division is responsible for distributing, monitoring, providing technical assistance to states and grantees on the use of funds, and reporting on requirements payments and discretionary grants to improve administration of elections for federal office. The office also negotiates indirect cost rates with grantees and resolves audit findings on the use of HAVA funds.
IX. Upcoming Events
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NCSL Legislative Summit 2015 — The National Conference of State Legislators will hold their 2015 Legislative Summit in August. Planning is still in the early stages, but be sure to mark your calendar. Where: Seattle. When: August 3-6. For more information when it becomes available and to register, click here.
EAC Election Data Summit — EAC will host an election data summit to discuss how good data can help elections run better. Attendees will include a broad spectrum of election researchers, state and local government election officials and representatives from leading non-profit election organizations. Agenda details will soon be posted here. Where: American University, Washington, D.C. When: August 12 and 13. For more information, click here.
Election Center 31st Annual Conference— The Election Center hold its 31st Annual Conference in Houston in August. Planning is still in the early stages, but be sure to mark your calendars now. Where: Houston, Texas. When: August 18-22. For more information and to register, click here.
NACRC Annual Conference— The Annual Conference of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks is set for Houston in August. Planning is still in the early stages, but be sure to mark your calendar. Where: Houston, Texas. When: August 21-25. For more information and to register, click here.
MEOC Conference — The Midwest Election Officials Conference is back! Following a several-year hiatus, Brian Newby, Johnson County, Kansas election commissioner is bringing back the regional conference for elections officials. There are still a lot of details to work out, but if you’re an elections official in the Midwest, mark your calendars now! Where: Kansas City area. When: September 30-October 2. For more information, stay tuned to electionline and Brian Newby’s Election Diary.
X. Job Postings This Week
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Administrative Assistant, Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office — Administrative Assistant in the Elections Division is part of an Elections team charged with the fair, fast and accurate conduct of elections in the State of Rhode Island. The successful candidate will be a hard working individual, with a passion for excellence, who is dedicated to making it easier for people to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for ensuring all administrative aspects of the elections process are effectively completed. The primary duty of this position is the performance of office work directly related to the general operations of the Elections Division at the Department of State. The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support for the Director of Elections and assists with the daily functions of the Elections Division. Salary: $37,328-$40,893. Deadline: Aug. 5. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
California Program Coordinator, Civic Engagement, NALEO, Los Angeles — California Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement will provide support to the NALEO Educational Fund’s Civic Engagement program work across California. This includes providing program, logistical and administrative support as needed for the implementation of the department’s naturalization promotion and assistance, voter engagement, and capacity building programs. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for oversight of community-focused initiatives; organization of and responsibility for NALEO Educational Fund technical trainings and community events; development/use of program assessment tools and implementation of program improvements; management, training, and engagement of regional volunteers; reporting on California-based civic engagement activities; effective and professional management of external partner relationships; and other programmatic and administrative support for the team as needed. Salary: $16.00-$18.00 per hour. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Clerk-Recorder Services Specialist, Contra Costa County, California— specialist performs the most complex and technical support activities associated with the responsibilities of the Clerk-Recorder Division, plan, coordinate and direct/lead the day-to-day work activities of subordinate staff and ensure that proper procedures are followed while performing those activities. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and understanding of the County Clerk and Recorder functions. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of work organization and the ability to apply them in planning, coordinating and completing work activities to meet specific deadlines is a must. Salary: $3,910-$4,752. Deadline: July 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Director of Elections, Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office — deputy director in the Elections Division is part of an Elections team charged with the fair, fast and accurate conduct of elections in the State of Rhode Island. The successful candidate will be a hard working individual, with a passion for excellence, who is dedicated to making it easier for people to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The Deputy Director is responsible for ensuring all administrative aspects of the elections process are effectively completed. The primary duty of this position is the performance of office work directly related to the general operations of the Elections Division at the Department of State. The Deputy Director of Elections works under the direction of the Director of Elections with considerable latitude for the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters involving elections administration. The administration of elections requires high competency in proof-reading and dedication to accuracy. Salary: $67,885-$76,954 annually. Deadline: August 5. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Deputy Election Coordinator, Boulder County, Colorado —position is a member of the leadership team and instrumental in strategic planning for the Elections Division and the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. This position is accountable for the execution of compliant, accurate, fair and transparent elections for a county of 200,000 voters. The person in this position will ensure the integrity and accuracy of the processes in accordance with federal and state laws, Secretary of State rules and Clerk and Recorder policies. This position will report directly to the Clerk. The ideal candidate must have the ability and desire to serve the public and Boulder County. He or she has extensive experience and competency in planning, coordinating and implementing many projects that span multiple months, with complicated steps and hard deadlines. A background in project management or process management and the ability to drive a project from inception to completion through teams is essential to the success of this role. The ideal candidate is experienced with compliance related processes and comfortable reading statutes and rules to ensure compliance. In addition to strong project management skills, he or she must want to develop and lead a team of 11 permanent staff members and hundreds of temporary workers. The ideal candidate has experience and enjoys both creating teams and managing projects. Attention to detail and timelines is critical as elections are a dynamic and ever changing environment. He or she is competent in ensuring outcomes are met and reporting tools and documentation are accurately and fully completed. This position will require, extensive overtime, nights and weekends during election seasons. This often entails working odd hours during election cycles in an exciting and sometimes stressful environment. Salary: $81,000-$100,000. Deadline: July 28. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Services Specialist, Contra Costa County, California — position is assigned to one of the functional unites of the elections division. Position performs the most complex and technical support activities associated with the preparation for and the conduct of elections; performs database managements in one or more database systems; and has lead responsibility over the Elections Services Technicians and unit clerical staff. Ideal candidate will possess knowledge and understanding of the entire election process cycle and the interrelationships of each section of the Elections Division. Salary: $3,910-$4,752 monthly. Deadline: July 24. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections Technology Specialist III, Boulder County, Colorado — position will perform a variety of complex and specialized tasks associated with elections management, elections processing systems and the statewide voter registration system. The position is responsible for the implementation and results of related processes, as well as related procedural development, training and technology support, while ensuring compliance with elections rules, laws and policies. This role requires varying degrees of process management and supervisory support of temporary employees, as well as a high level of initiative, attention to detail, collaboration, problem-solving and analytical ability. Ability to work effectively under pressure while remaining positive and flexible is also key to success. This position requires additional hours; evenings, weekends, and some county holidays as needed during election cycles. Salary: $52,572-$75,696. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
EO & Training Manager, Fairfax County, Virginia — Manages elections officer support for the Fairfax County Office of Elections. Duties include recruiting and onboarding, developing and implementing effective training, tracking training completions, deployment logistics, and measuring and evaluating election officer performance. Work accomplished utilizes project management principles, techniques, and effective change management processes. Sets project goals and formally monitors progress and quality of outcomes to ensure delivery of results, while providing leadership for internal and external change management. Ensures compliance with all state, federal and county laws, regulations and policies affecting departmental function. Responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, and training of election officers to support the election process across the county. Manages all aspects of election officer training and related scheduling and logistics. Manages the election officer recruiting process to ensure an adequate pool of election officers to support the election process and develop a deep pool of election officers to serve the diverse communities that are represented in Fairfax County. Develops election officer staffing needs reports and forecasting, as well as related plans for Office of Elections staff needs. Manages the election officer support staff and related election support activities, including ensuring election officers and other election support staff all have appropriate training, materials, and direction. Oversees the development and management of all related logistics issues for election officer deployment to polling places during elections. Processes election payroll to make sure all election officer staff is paid in a timely manner after each election cycle. Salary: $56,415-$94,026. Deadline: August 5. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
General Registrar, Fairfax County, Virginia — The Fairfax County Electoral Board, serving Fairfax County (population 1.1 million), the largest locality in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a suburb of Washington, D.C., is currently recruiting qualified candidates with exceptional senior leadership and management experience for the position of General Registrar to serve a four-year term. With close to 700,000 registered voters, and using advanced technology, the incumbent will be responsible for the oversight of a large and complex non-partisan voter registration and election administration agency. Duties include adherence to Virginia Code Sec. 24.2, and other federal, state and local codes; and management of the Office of Elections, an office with approximately 28 full-time, 200 temporary and 3,700 Election Officer employees. This is an executive management position that reports to the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Specifically, the General Registrar oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office, which is responsible for the registration of voters, the conduct of elections, and other related activities. The General Registrar is also responsible for formulating policies and procedures for carrying out the Office’s goals and objectives, and suggesting and implementing changes in methods and procedures to improve operations. Salary: Negotiable. Deadline: July 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
General Registrar, Winchester County, Virginia — assists eligible citizens of Winchester, Virginia to register and vote in fair and accurate elections for all Federal, State, and local offices and measures; provides access to the information needed to utilize the initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes; and to perform related duties. Work is performed under the supervision of the Winchester Electoral Board. Salary is based upon the number of registered voters in Winchester City. Salary: $49,076 annually. Deadline: July 31. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Hotline Operator, Civic Engagement, NALEO, Los Angeles, California — NALEO Educational Fund seeks motivated individuals to staff its national bilingual hotline. The Hotline Operator will be responsible for answering calls, documenting calls and assisting individuals with basic non-legal information and local referrals related to U.S. citizenship, elections and administrative relief programs. Duties also include, but are not limited to recording all call details in a simple database, following up on pending calls and retrieving voicemail as instructed. This is an entry-level, part-time/temporary position. Work hours will vary and may range from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. (PST) Monday through Friday. Salary: $12.00 per hour. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
IT Coordinator, Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Dept. of Political Science, Ball State University — administer and coordinate all activities related to the computer operations and databases created and maintained by the Voting system Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) in the Bowen Center for Public Affairs; work with the co-directors and other staff of the project; provide professional and technical advice in the areas of maintaining and integrating databases and web-based interfaces; maintain responsibility for all database operations; update protocols used in the testing of voting equipment and related peripherals and provide oversight on field tests of voting equipment. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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There are still items available for purchase from Yavapai County Arizona’s previous Diebold system. Most notably, Accu-Vote Precinct Packages, which are $35.00 and include 1 Scanner w/ key, transfer case & power cord. This is good news for Jurisdictions who may be interested in AVOS central count machines, as vendors have indicated that they are still selling the EPROMS that turn AVOS precinct counters into central count machines (see vendor for details). Other items still available for purchase include: 128K Accu-Vote Memory cards ($25.00), 32K Accu-Vote Memory cards ($25.00), and TSx PCMCIA Memory cards ($25.00). Equipment is being sold as-is on a first come, first served basis until all items have been liquidated. Interested parties may send a request for more information to: email@example.com. Please be sure to include in your email: Contact Name, State, County, and phone number.