I. In Focus This Week
On the eve of NVRD, a look at the state of registration
Paper may be new king in polling places, but it’s old news for registration
By M. Mindy Moretti
This story has been updated to include comments from the Arizona secretary of state’s office.
The year was 2002. Facebook was just a dream in a college student’s eye. The president was four years from being able to send his first Tweet and most of the Stranger Things kids hadn’t even been born yet.
And even though only just over half of the population had access to the Internet at home, the state of Arizona boldly stepped into the abyss and became the first state in the country to allow residents to register to vote online.
Now, 15 years later, as we approach National Voter Registration Day, and even though paper is all the talk these days, there are more ways for people to get registered to vote than ever before and most those ways don’t involve paper at all.
Online Voter Registration
Since launching in 2002, online voter registration in Arizona has been the most popular method of registration. Since 2010, the state has registered approximately 1.8 million people online. The state has also saved approximately $1.5 million dollars.
Currently, Arizona’s online voter registration system is maintained as an overnight batching process for voter registrations applications that were received from the prior day. Matt Roberts, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office said that although this process works successfully, they would prefer and recommend to other states a real-time submission of voter registration applications.
“As we move forward with technology advancements, we look for ways to maintain the most secure online system while also providing ease of usability for voters and our state’s voter registration officials,” Roberts said. “One of our future enhancements may include a real-time interface between MVD and our statewide voter registration database, providing faster validation checks and a more streamlined process for changes/updates to existing voter registration records.
As of September 2017, 35 states and the District of Columbia offer online voter registration Tennessee was the most recent state to join the growing list.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), an additional three states have approved legislation to enact OVR.
But what about those 12 hold outs?
“Some of these states have introduced and debated online voter registration this year, and others have not. It’s possible that last year’s elections, with concerns raised about cybersecurity, may have made a few states pause,” explained Wendy Underhill, program director, Elections and Redistricting, NCSL. “Even though online registration does not link to online voting, there may have been some understandable hesitation to push it in 2017.”
Underhill said that she’s heard informally that a few stats may look at it next year, but as she pointed out, introductions don’t necessarily lead to enactments.
She also noted that about the same number of states offer some form of early, in-person voting as offer OVR.
“And my colleagues at NCSL who cover issues besides elections say it’s not uncommon for a trend to be adopted by about 2/3 of the states, and then not move further,” Underhill said. “It’s the nature of federalism, that states don’t all move together.”
Automatic Voter Registration
In 2016, Oregon became the first state in the nation to implement automatic voter registration. To-date, nine states and the District of Columbia have approved AVR, although only three have implemented it thus far.
But how exactly is automatic voter registration defined? NCSL’s Underhill said that’s been an issue.
“I’d say that it is tricky to define the difference between automatic voter registration and a well-run motor voter process, where registration applications are automatically sent from the motor vehicle agency to the voter registration authorities,” Underhill said. “It’s the difference between opt-out, and opt-in, and about semantics.”
Oregon is the only state that literally automatically registers voters at the DMV and then gives the registrant the choice to opt-out at a later date. All the other states and DC allow a potential voter to opt-out at the point of service.
“We expect we’ll see at least a small handful of states consider ‘automatic voter registration’ again in 2018, even though the definitions may vary,” Underhill said. “Mostly, the sponsors have been Democrats, but not always. Illinois’ recently signed bill was bipartisan, and has a model for implementation that other states might like to review.”
Katy Hubler with Democracy Research, LLC added that as more states have looked at AVR legislation their concept of what automatic voter registration could look like has evolved.
“I think in the beginning everyone thought of it as something that had to involve the DMV, and possibly only the DMV. People forget sometimes that the NVRA covers a lot of other agencies as well, and more recent legislation and conversations about AVR have included other voter registration agencies, if they are able to sufficiently verify citizenship status and the like.”
Hubler noted that Alaska’s process is worth highlighting.
“They found that they would catch more people to register by using the permanent fund dividend application than if they used the DMV as a source for automatic registrations, so that’s what their AVR process is tied to.”
Election/Same Day Registration
Currently, 14 states and the District of Columbia offer same day voter registration. Hawaii has approved legislation but it’s not slated for implementation until 2018. Underhill thinks that election/same day registration may be the “next big thing” in voter registration.
“Typically this idea has been championed only by Democrats, but NCSL has had recent inquiries from Republicans. If technology can be used to assure that Election Day voters are indeed eligible and cannot vote twice, then security concerns are allayed,” Underhill said. “Recently I heard a nonpartisan person refer to Election Day registration as a fail-safe option.”
(Editor’s Note: Do you have a unique voter registration program? Let us know, we’d love to share it with our readers.)
II. Federal-State Update
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) have introduced federal legislation that would require the government to audit the president’s election commission. “There is simply no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States,” Bennet said in a statement. “The commission is wasting taxpayer money investigating the president’s invented claims about voter fraud, while serious threats like Russian interference in our elections go unaddressed.”
During a 90-minute hearing of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, an advisory panel to Senate Democratic leadership, members stressed that voting rights must be at the top of Congress’ agenda and that the president’s election commission must be stopped.
Hawaii: Although there have not been reports of Hawaii voters unregistering in large numbers following the data request from the presidential election commission, county elections officials do report that quite a few have expressed concerns and complained about the data sharing. Honolulu has not yet sent its list of voters because the election commission has not paid $153 in fees as requested.
Nebraska: Secretary of State John Gale said he still needs more answers from the elections commission about data security and access before he will release the state’s data.
III. Election News This Week
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio says that the time has come to rethink the city’s board of elections. “I think the Board of Elections’ time has come and gone,” DeBlasio told The New York Daily News. “I think it’s time for fundamental change. This model doesn’t work, period.” DeBlasio said that he would look to change state law to overhaul the board. “The first thing we could do, and there’s a piece of legislation that exists right now, is professionalize the agency and give the executive director a professional role not dependent on a political board to make fundamental changes in the operations,” de Blasio said.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced how the state plans to stop crossover voting in the upcoming Senate runoff. The state outlawed crossover voting earlier this year and this will be the first election with the new law in place. Under the law, if a voter voted as a Republican or not at all in the special election, they are allowed to vote in the runoff, however if a voter voted as a Democrat, they may not vote. Poll workers will have a list of names of those who voted and how in the original special election and they will check that against those arriving to vote in the runoff.
The American Civil Liberties Union is launching an effort to expand voting rights in all 50 state with their first state being Kansas. According to McClatchy News Service, The ACLU campaign, called Let People Vote, will forgo a federal approach to expanding voting rights. Instead, it will pressure each state to adopt individually tailored plans, including proposals such as creating independent redistricting commissions and restoring voting access for convicted felons. “We, as protectors of voting rights, we’ve been playing defense,” Faiz Shakir, ACLU’s national political director, told McClatchy. “And this is a moment to go on offense.”
Leon County is honoring former Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho by naming the new election center building after him. It houses the new Supervisor of Elections’ administrative offices and operations center—now under one roof. It includes voter registration and candidate services, more parking, and a new early voting site.
We think this is a great idea! The League of Women Voters of Kent, Ohio is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio on a program dubbed The VOTER Girl Project. As part of the project, League members will provide instruction about citizenship, voting and leadership and the Scouts that attend the workshops can earn their citizenship badges.
And here’s another great idea from Hernando County, Florida. Shirley Anderson, the supervisor of elections, has created a Wall of Honor in the office that showcases county veterans and those who are actively servicing. Anderson told the Hernando Sun that the inspiration for the wall came after she started the “Vote in Honor of a Vet” program several years ago. She explained that the goal of the program is to advocate voter registration to youth within Hernando County while spreading knowledge about our military and conflicts that helped shape the United States of America.
Personnel News: Tracie Krevanko is the new Clatsop County, Oregon clerk. She was previously the elections supervisor of Washington County. Nevada Assemblyman Nelson Araujo has announced that he will run or secretary of state. Tyler Woods has resigned from the Forrest County, Mississippi election commission. Mary Treder Lang, vice chair of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has announced that she will run for secretary of state in 2018. Maura Hoff has resigned from the Marion County, Indiana election board.
IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) has introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere Act (PROVE). The bill would enable citizens who are 16 and older to pre-register to vote in all 50 states and the District. The legislation is also sponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN).
Sen Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) has introduced a bill that would move Election Day from the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November to the first full weekend in November. “Americans should not have to choose between their workday and family responsibilities and participation in our democratic process,” Reed said. “It is time for Congress to update the law and make it more convenient for Americans to cast their ballots.” States would still be allowed to offer alternative voting options, such as early voting and voting by mail, under the proposal.
California: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors have approved moving the county to the new elections model proposed under the California Voter’s Choice Act. The June 5, 2018 statewide direct primary will be the first election under the vote center model.
Also in California, lawmakers have approved a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary to March. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk. According to The Associated Press, he has not indicated whether or not he will sign it.
Maryland: Although the College Park city council voted 4 to 3 to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections apparently a charter amendment needs six votes of the eight-member council to be approved. That rule was changed in June, and the mayor and council members said they neglected to note that they needed six votes. “We each accept our responsibility for not realizing the impact of the June charter amendment on Council procedures and we apologize to our residents,” the mayor and council said in a statement.
Rhode Island: During a special session, both chambers of the Legislature approved a bill that will allow the state board of elections to develop a program for auditing the initial results of voting machines to ensure their accuracy. The governor is expected to sign the bill.
V. Legal Updates
Federal Litigation: The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments last week in a case about whether or not residents of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands should be allowed to vote absentee in their former state of residence. The case was brought by seven Illinois residents who argue that because federal law allows former residents living in the Northern Mariana Islands to vote via absentee and Illinois law allows those in America Samoa to vote as well, it should be extended to all territories.
Kansas: A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals hear arguments this week over a suit filed by statistician Beth Clarkson who wants to use audit tapes of the state’s voting machines to determine their accuracy. Clarkson is asking the judges to order a recount of votes on ballot questions in the 2014 election using the paper tapes generated by the voting machines.
Maine: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Augusta by a Maine State Prison inmate who said he was denied his right to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The complainant, Raishawn Key, 35, sought the dismissal himself, saying he did not have the resources to pursue it while incarcerated.
Michigan: Plaintiffs in an ongoing suit against the state’s ban on ballot selfies have filed a motion to reply in their fight to amend a complaint they filed a year ago against Michigan election rules that prohibit people from photographing a marked ballot. The amended complaint would not only argue the ban on ballot photographs — which carries a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and forfeiting one’s ballot — is a violation of free speech, but of voting rights, too.
New Hampshire: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three voters against the state for the its challenging process for validating signatures on absentee ballots. The suit alleges that current law allows election officials to reject ballots without giving notice to the voter.
New Mexico: In a response to a lawsuit filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court urging it to require the city of Santa Fe to comply with a 2008 voter initiative to use ranked choice voting, the city’s attorney wrote that the city is neither obligated nor prepared to implement ranked choice voting by 2018.
North Dakota: Dale Monte Larsen who was charged with voter fraud, has reached a diversion agreement which calls for Larsen’s prosecution to be suspended for six month as long as he doesn’t commit a crime or infraction and follows through with neuropsychological testing, his case may be dismissed. Larsen was charged with voting in Burke and Ward counties, something Secretary of State Al Jaeger said hasn’t happened in the state since at least 2000.
Ohio: Seven people have been indicted on illegal voting charges in the 2012, 2015 and 2106 elections. The indictments are for people who illegally registered to vote by declaring they were U.S. citizens on their voter registration forms.
Also in Ohio legal news, in their latest filings before the U.S. Supreme Court, the ACLU and Demos argue that targeting registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period for eventual removal from the registration rolls is a tool for voter suppression.
VI. Tech Thursday
Arizona: The state’s new E-Qual system allows eligible voters to electronically sign petitions and make contributions. A registered voter may start the process on the AzSOS’s Voter Authentication page, where personal information such as driver license number or non-operating ID number and birth date must be entered to authenticate and access the individual’s voter registration record. Once that information is provided to verify your existing voter registration and current address, the system will direct you to a page of available candidate petitions you can sign.
Mississippi: Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced this week that the state is no longer using Kaspersky Lab software with the state’s voting systems. Hosemann said he made the decision about a month ago after he first heard concerns about the company’s possible ties to the Russian government. The Kaspersky antivirus software is used in three counties. One has already switched to another brand the other two are in the process.
Texas: Denton County will be the first jurisdiction in the country to use Hart InterCivic’s Verity ballot-on demand system that will be electronic-based and have a paper trail as well. [Hart InterCivic is an electionline.org underwriter]
Virginia: Counties throughout Virginia are working to comply with the state’s new mandate to eliminate touch-screen voting machines. Some counties are facing a cash crunch in an effort to buy the new equipment.
VII. Opinions This Week
Arizona: National Voter Registration Day
California: Primary date
Colorado: Voter fraud
Idaho: Voting rights
Maryland: Noncitizen voting
North Carolina: Redistricting
Texas: Voter registration
VIII. Available RFPs
Ballot Delivery Services for UOCAVA Voters
The Colorado Department of State (CDOS) is soliciting proposals to select a Contractor to provide a web-based ballot delivery system for Colorado military and overseas voters secure and reliable online access to their full precinct-specific ballot which they can use to vote. Deadline to submit is 11 a.m. Mountain Time on October 27.
IX. Available Awards
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking entry submissions for its second-annual national competition for best practices in election administration. This year the commission will present three awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers. All entries must be received by October 6, 2017.
“These awards celebrate the very best in election practices across the nation,” said EAC Chairman Matthew Masterson. “As we travel throughout the country, our commission sees first-hand the innovation and commitment to excellence that election officials and their partners bring to their work. These awards acknowledge that work and highlight best practices that other election administrations can emulate.”
This year’s awards come in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), legislation that established the EAC. This year’s categories, especially the award for best practices in accessibility, celebrate the advancements made since the passage of HAVA. For example, the new accessibility category reflects landmark HAVA provisions guaranteeing private and independent voting for people with disabilities.
This year’s entries will be judged using the following criteria:
- Outreach efforts
All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email email@example.com. Nominators should use the following subject lines based on entry category: Election Worker Competition, Accessibility Competition or Outstanding Innovations Competition. All entries must include a brief summary of the election program nominated and relevant supporting documents that can be used to assess the entry. It should also include contact information for the person submitting the program for consideration. Each entry must be submitted in a separate email.
For more information about this year’s competition, please contact Patrick Leahy firstname.lastname@example.org.
X. Upcoming Events
Inclusion & Integrity in Election Administration — join Auburn University and the Election Center for their 2nd Biennial Symposium. The Symposium will feature the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the EAVS and data-driven conversations and invited panelists including election officials, vendors, researchers, academics and advocates. Discussion will include use of the EAVS data, voter participation, language access and support, accessibility, performance measurement and technology acquisition and security. Where: Auburn, Alabama. When: October 15-17.
NCSL Capitol Forum 2017— the NCSL Capitol Forum is the meeting where NCSL Standing Committees meet to discuss policy and set the agenda for the states. The NCSL Standing Committees are composed of legislators and legislative staff who are appointed by the leadership of the legislatures. The committees are the main organizational mechanism for serving NCSL members. There are nine committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in the state legislatures. When: December 10-13. Where: San Diego.
iGO Mid-Winter Conference 2018 — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on iGO’s mid-winter conference. When: Jan. 5-10, 2018. Where: San Diego.
Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee meeting. Where: Jan. 11-12, 2018. Where: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Arlington, Virginia.
NASED 2018 Winter Meeting — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on NASED’s 2018 winter meeting. When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
NASS 2018 Winter Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on NASS’s 2018 winter meeting When: February 16-19. Where: Washington, D.C.
XI. Job Postings This Week
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Chief Deputy Registrar, Sonoma County, California — the Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters plans, directs, manages, coordinates, and supervises the operations of the Registrar of Voters, a division of the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Office. It is the Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters’ responsibility to represent the Division before official bodies; to control and direct budget preparation, personnel matters, and the management and technical functions of the Division; to respond to media and voter questions and concerns; to administer voter outreach and education programs; and to act in the absence of the Registrar of Voters as needed. The Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters stays abreast of proposed state and federal legislation, anticipates policy trends, and identifies strategies and develops plans to integrate new laws and regulations into existing procedures. Policy direction is provided by the elected Clerk-Recorder-Assessor/Registrar of Voters, with significant discretion left to the Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters to interpret and apply that direction. Salary: $113,560- $138,042. Deadline: October 5. Application: For the complete job listing, click here.
Counsel, Fair Elections Legal Network — FELN is seeking an attorney with a background in civil rights or elections to implement the organization’s programmatic objectives. The organization is currently transitioning from operating with a fiscal sponsor to operating as an independent 501(c)(3). This position will be hired directly as part of the 501(c)(3). A J.D. is required with at least two years of post-J.D. experience. Policy and advocacy experience and some knowledge of election administration and voting rights law are required as well. Litigation experience is a plus. Familiarity with grassroots organizations and campaign or organizing experience are strongly preferred. Applicants should have a strong commitment to the organization’s mission and a good sense of humor. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Director (Democrat), Sandusky County, Ohio— Candidate must, to the satisfaction of a majority of the board, have the experience and capability to manage the day-to-day operations of the Sandusky County Board of Elections. The candidate must possess: Previous elections administration experience preferred but not required; Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; Effective written and interpersonal communication abilities; Familiarity with the handling of budgets and preparation of budgets; Ability to perform duties assigned by law, the county board of election, and/or the Secretary of State; Ability to multitask; Ability to convey or exchange information, including giving and managing assignments or direction to board personnel; Ability to adapt and to perform in a professional manner under stressful or emergency situations; Ability to comprehend a variety of informational documents quickly and efficiently; and Ability to conduct self at all times in a professional and courteous manner. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check. A job description and evaluation criteria may be obtained at the Sandusky County Board of Elections, 2020 Countryside Dr., Fremont, Ohio 43420. Deadline: Oct. 6, 4 pm Eastern. Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Sandusky County Board of Elections; Attn: Chairwoman Sandra Wise; 2020 Countryside Dr.; Fremont, Ohio 43420.
Election Services, Technology Certification and Security Manager, Virginia State Board of Elections — manage the Election Services Division of the agency including managing election administration staff, policy analysis, campaign finance analysts, and voting system certification specialists. Manages and sets direction for policy analysts in the review of introduced legislation, interpretation of statutes and regulations, and effectively communication policy interpretation to agency leadership. Manage the work associated with the legislative session; ensuring the accuracy of and timely submission of analysis/documents, and the implementation of enacted legislation. Manages and set direction of campaign finance staff in the processing of campaign finance reports, addressing campaign finance violations and managing records in accordance with statute and regulations. Plans, designs and manages the election technology certification programs to ensure the security, integrity and accuracy of elections in Virginia. Implements policies, standards and procedures relating to voting systems, performance, security and auditing. Analyzes and documents election administration processes and data, identifying efficiencies and opportunities to improve performance. Possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide analytical reports of election administration processes throughout the Commonwealth. Works closely with our vendors, developers and business analysts for successful election administration management. This position supervises the work of the team responsible for administering elections in the Commonwealth, training of local election officials and provides guidance to the agency to determine best practices in voting equipment management, evaluation trends in election administration, and acting as a liaison with system vendors, federal certification entities and election administrators in other states. Manages training staff to ensure compliance with relevant statute and develop a culture of continuous learning among election officials across the state. Salary: $70,000 to $105,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Hardware Engineer III, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an accomplished and passionate Hardware Engineer III to be join our team in Toronto! This position will be responsible for provision of electronics, software and mechanical engineering support to new product development, manufacturing and field support teams. Deadline: Open until filled. 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.
President, Verified Voting — Verified Voting Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization) and VerifiedVoting.org (a 501(c)(4) organization) are nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations founded over a decade ago by election security experts. We strive to guarantee the accuracy, transparency, and verifiability of elections, so that citizens rightly can trust election outcomes. We are the only national organization with the exclusive mission of protecting the security of elections in the digital age. This is is an exciting time to be Verified Voting President. Citizens and policy makers are finally becoming aware of major security vulnerabilities of our election systems. The President of Verified Voting, who is the Chief Executive Officer of both organizations, will have a platform that can have significant national impact. We are in the initial stages of launching an ambitious nationwide campaign to promote the adoption of paper ballots and routine manual audits throughout the U.S. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Specialist, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking two experienced and passionate Product Specialist. One of the positions will be in our Denver, CO office and the other will be in our San Leandro, CA office! These positions are will be accountable for the readiness of Dominion’s voting systems to perform properly in assigned jurisdictions; which includes defining the functionality of the D-Suite system, monitoring the development of the system in accordance with the required functionality, and managing its testing and preparation for delivery to the market; this position also provides significant input to the system release visions, diagnoses and resolves obstacles and challenges as they arise. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & 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 Researcher, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Tisch College — CIRCLE is seeking a Senior Researcher with a background in quantitative research methodologies and varied experience in planning and executing research projects. Responsibilities include serving as the lead quantitative researcher on a range of research projects that may include secondary data-analysis, large dataset creation/analysis, literature reviews, field experiments, and original surveys. The Senior Researcher’s tasks include producing analytic plans, methodology documentations, datasets, reports, fact sheets, formal and informal research briefs and press releases on timely and relevant topics, often in close collaboration with CIRCLE colleagues. The Senior Researcher will assist with research grant proposals writing especially with the methodology sections. They will occasionally represent CIRCLE research conferences, practitioner forums, and press events. The Senior Researcher will work alongside colleagues, including a current Senior Researcher, Director of Impact, and Researcher, and provide inputs and peer training to other CIRCLE staff who produce research (quantitative and qualitative). All CIRCLE staff report directly to Director of CIRCLE, who reports to Associate Dean of Research at Tisch College. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Senior Technical Trainer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — our small and growing documentation and training team has an immediate need for a new member with intermediate-to-senior experience in: Instructional design, development of learning curricula, production of training materials, and hands-on, customer facing training. Generally, the training department, technical staff, and operations staff provide training at the customer’s site. We need an instructional designer and trainer who can analyze the learners and materials, and establish an appropriately targeted learning program. The opportunity exists to develop computer based training as an enhancement to our learning curriculum. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
State Certification Manager, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts— Certification Manager’s primary duty is to manage, coordinate, and represent Clear Ballot when finding compliance to all regulations and mandates of the federal and state election certification boards. The successful candidate has all or some combination of experience with voting systems certification campaigns, VVSG requirements, project management techniques and tools, and the ability to describe to technical staff how to comply with the statute, rule and other written and unwritten system requirements. This position reports to the Vice President, Product. Deadline: Open until filled. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Systems Engineer, Clear Ballot, Boston, Massachusetts — we are looking for a talented Systems Engineer who has both a technical and services/support background which enables them to quickly assess customer needs and offer value to Clear Ballot’s customers. The Systems Engineer will gain a deep understanding of how Clear Ballot’s products operate and their optimal configuration to build a streamlined installation process of the Clear Vote election system. The ideal candidate for this position can prioritize mission critical tasks and coordinate the implementation and expansion of our systems. They will be able to work directly with customers, display innovation, think conceptually and act tactically to build consensus around system installation and enhancement and meet deadlines. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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Personal Electronic Ballots
The St. Louis County, Missouri Board of Elections is seeking to purchase Personal Electronic Ballots (PEB’s) used in ES&S iVotronic voting machines. If your jurisdiction has any extra or leftover PEB’s from legacy systems, please contact Christian Tolbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-615-1853.