September 7, 2017

I. In Focus This Week

As officials in Texas recover from Harvey, East Coast braces for Irma
One way or another the election must go on

By M. Mindy Moretti

Mother Nature does not discriminate. She does not care if you are a red state or a blue state. She really does not care if you have an election next week or if that building her winds are about to topple is one of your polling places.

Currently counties in Texas are recovering from Hurricane Harvey while preparing for a November election and cities in every state in Hurricane Irma’s path have elections next week.

There are no off-years for elections or Mother Nature.

We reached out to about 20 of the most-impacted counties in Texas to find out how their elections offices fared during the storm and fortunately most of the news was good, although some counties are still trying to assess the damage.

Rachael Garcia, election administrator in Refugio County said that her office had extensive water damage and that it will be weeks if not longer before the office will be open. In addition to the office, she and her family have also been displaced from their home.

Despite the damage to the elections office, Gracia said that while there was flooding at the county elections warehouse, all the equipment is safe and secure.

Other counties that we spoke with including Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, and Matagorda said their elections offices were not impacted by the storm and torrential rains.

Heather Hawthrone in Chambers County said that having been through Hurricane Ike, the elections office is prepared to deal with displaced voters and they will begin by reaching out by mail per precinct and then go from there.

In Wharton County, Elections Administrator Cindy Richter said that while the office and warehouse were spared any damage from Hurricane Harvey, two polling places were damaged.

“We will just have to wait and see if they will be ready for November,” Richter said. “We are checking around for available locations.”

Pamela Hill, elections administrator for San Patricio County said that three of the county voting locations have damage to the buildings but her greatest concern is reaching out to displaced voters.

“We are hoping we can send them mail ballots,” Hill said. “We will be posting on our website and Facebook page in hopes of reaching those displaced.”

John Oldham, election administrator in Fort Bend County said one of the saving graces for many Texas counties affect by Harvey is that they already operate on a vote center system. Many of the county’s vote centers are in schools and with those not scheduled to re-open until next week he said it might be mid-month before his office could assess whether or not they need to find alternatives for November.

He said his office will use its customary methods for contacting voters about polling locations including required notices, the county website and social media such as Facebook and Next Door.

Because Fort Bend was lucky weathering Harvey, Oldham said that he would be reaching out to other impacted counties in the state to see what help his office may be able to provide.

Elections officials throughout the state are closely monitoring the storm and making sure all their emergency management plans are in place.

Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle has suspended early voting for municipal elections in Cape Coral and Fort Meyers and is awaiting permission from Gov. Rick Scott (R) to postpone Tuesday’s primary in the municipalities.

Vicki Davis, Martin County supervisor of elections, has been attending briefings twice a day all week at the Emergency Management Complex and responded to emailed questions while county workers were boarding up the elections office windows. The supervisor of elections offices will be closed today and Friday.

Davis said during every hurricane season her office does the following:

  • Store enough election equipment, electronic pollbooks (EvIDS) and supplies to set up seven (7) vote centers throughout the county, if needed; and, equipment has been pre-tested for the upcoming November election;
    We have a virtual server which stores our voter registration database and the server is backed up in three different locations;
  • We have an election work station and tabulation server at the Public Safety Complex for back up;
  • Currently we have burned two sets of media for our city elections and have one set stored with the backup equipment and one set at the home of the Chief Deputy; and
  • We have placed our two 650 high speed tabulators in the vault for security; the voting equipment has been secured in the warehouse and we have a backup diesel generator to power the warehouse, computer server room and vault a/c units.

Davis said ballot for the upcoming election are already in production and post-hurricane they will assess polling locations for any damages.

South Carolina
In South Carolina, where Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of a possible impact from Hurricane Irma new Richland County Elections Director Rokey Suleman said his office isn’t taking any chances and is keeping a close eye on the storm.

“We are keeping an eye on the weather forecasts but have begun to prep our warehouse for a significant weather event,” Ruleman said. “The county is having an emergency management meeting on Friday to discuss various contingencies. We have ordered sandbags and expect them to be placed around the warehouse by the weekend. The equipment is stored off of the ground and we will be covering the machines with tarps in case there is minor wind damage to the roof. If the building suffers major or catastrophic wind damage, we will adjust to the situation as best as possible.” 

Orangeburg County Director of Voter Registration and Elections Aurora Smalls told The T & D that Tuesday’s scheduled election in the City of Orangeburg will go on as scheduled, no matter what Irma may do.

“We are looking at emergency plans now for the election,” she told the paper. She said the election commission’s plans include finding alternative sites for precincts that are in low-lying areas that could potentially flood. Smalls said an assessment of the city’s voting places are under review.

North Carolina
Further north in North Carolina, officials there are too keeping a close eye on forecasts for Irma.

The City of Charlotte, which had to move its 1989 primary because of Hurricane Hugo, has a primary scheduled for Tuesday the 12th.

“We are monitoring weather conditions closely,” Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for the state elections board told the Charlotte Observer.

According to the article, State Elections Director Kim Strach has the authority to postpone the election if necessary, but the paper said she will not make that call until forecasters have a better sense of the path of the storm.

Primaries are also scheduled in Cleveland and Cherokee counties on Tuesday.

A little advice
We also reached out to officials in Louisiana and New Jersey to get some advice from them about what to do when Mother Nature attempt to wreak havoc on your very carefully planned elections.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina forced the postponement of the New Orleans mayoral election and forced the secretary of state’s office and officials in Orleans Parish to scramble to hold an election in April of 2006. In 2016, major portions of the state were impacted by catastrophic flooding.

Angie Rogers was director of elections for the state in 2006 and last year.

“The biggest thing is identifying and opening up vote centers so displaced residents can vote,” Rogers said.

She said setting up an 800 number for people to call was also critical in both 2006 and 2016. Rogers noted that while social media played a much larger factor in 2016 than it did in 2006, the 800 was and still is critical because not everyone may have access to the Internet.

“You can’t forget about social media,” Rogers said. “You just can’t rely on it.”

Rogers said she is available to give advice to any affected county.

One week before the 2012 presidential election Superstorm Sandy crashed into New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Despite the proximity to the election and the sheer devastation suffered in parts of each state, the election was held as scheduled on November 6.

“Every day things were changing,” said Robert Giles, director of elections for New Jersey. “We were working with power companies that were putting the grid back together to make sure they had a list of polling places.”

Giles noted that just because the power grid was back on did not mean that the power was back on in a polling place because there were still transformer issues.

The state brought in generators to voting sites and mobile voting buses to emergency shelters. The state also ended up treating all voters like UOCAVA voters.

To get some idea of what New Jersey did to make a successful 2012 election, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey created “Storming the Vote.”

 II. Federal-State Updates

Emails…why is it always emails? According to The Hill, in its lawsuit against the presidential election commission, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law states that a attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice revealed at a meeting earlier this month that members of the presidential commission have been using their personal email accounts rather than federal government-issued accounts to conduct business of the commission.

“Such use of personal email violates the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which Congress amended in 2014 specifically to require that all persons covered by the PRA — including members of this Commission — use official federal government email to conduct government business,” the Lawyer’s Committee argued in a status report.

The commission is set to meet on Sept. 12 in New Hampshire and according to WMUR the agenda for the meeting has a heavy emphasis on voter confidence in the process. Secretary of State William Gardner told New Hampshire Primary Source that he was involved in formulating the agenda and has tried to gather experts in the history of election turnout statistics and how “integrity issues” have affected turnout over the past several decades. Vice President Mike Pence who is chair of the commission will not be at the meeting and the meeting will be lead by Vice Chairman Kris Kobach.

Idaho—The secretary of state’s office announced this week that it has complied with the request from the election commission after the commission completed the state’s official public records request form and paid the $20 fee to obtain the records electronically. “They filled out the same request like everyone else,” Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst told KBSX. “We didn’t have to deny anything because they just asked for public information.”

North Carolina: North Carolina has also forwarded the election commission a copy of the publicly available voter information. The information sent to the commission does not include social security numbers, signatures and dates of birth. According to the News & Observer, the state also sent a copy of the audit from the 2016 election which found 508 people — mostly convicted felons serving active sentences — had voted illegally.

In an accompanying letter to the commission, Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the board of elections cautioned that instances of noncitizen voting are not easy to catch.

“North Carolina voters who appeared to be non-citizens based on DMV data were later confirmed to be U.S. citizens 97.6 percent of the time” when checked against a Homeland Security database, she wrote. Even the check against the Homeland Security list does not produce completely accurate results, she wrote. After the 2016 election, 34 people listed as noncitizens in both the Division of Motor Vehicles and Homeland Security databases produced evidence of citizenship, she wrote.


 III. Election News This Week

The Cuyahoga County, Ohio board of elections is investigating why a back door to the BOE’s building was found unlocked by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich had showed up at the BOE only to find the office closed for early voting, but the back door unsecured. Board officials affirmed that they are sure no one could access ballots cast ahead of the Sept. 12 primary election. “We can confirm with certainty that no tampering with voted or unvoted ballots took place, nor any other action that would compromise the integrity of the… primary election,” a statement from the BOE. Ballots are stored in double-locked rooms, and those rooms were found to be locked before the close of business, the statement says. Board of Elections staff accounted for all ballots after authorities learned the building was unlocked Saturday, and no ballots were tampered with. The BOE is working with the county executive and sheriff to upgrade security procedures for the building. State Rep. Bill Patmon, who is running for mayor in Cleveland, has asked the state to investigate.

A 76-page audit by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission published in the Federal Register said that New Hampshire failed to get prior approval to use $1 million in federal election money as part of a $3.7 million renovation of to the state archives building. New Hampshire received $18 million in these HAVA grants, and by the end of 2015 the state still had a $10.4 million balance. According to the Union Leader, state election officials said they have been trying for more than seven years to get retroactive approval of the spending.

The U.S. Postal Service has petitioned the Postal Regulatory Commission to raise the cost of a first-class postage stamp to $.60. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, that’s the largest one-time increase in the Postal Service’s history. USPS claims the rate hike will help it avoid bankruptcy and improve delivery service. Needless to say, with vote-by-mail growing in popularity, and de rigueur in several states, any increase to the postal rates causes concern for elections officials. “Any government service has costs associated with them, so when the price of poll workers or postage goes up, so do the cost of running elections,” Wendy Underhill of the National Conference of State Legislatures told the paper.

Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel announced that Tim Eyman, who has submitted a statement to the voter’s pamphlet opposing a proposed ballot measure may not use the term “B.S.” in his statement. The B.S. in question does not stand for bachelor of science degree but well, something else. “I believe it is vulgar and inappropriate. There are many other more appropriate words in the English language that could be used to make the same point,” she told Seattle Weekly. Eyman insisted the phrase isn’t profane and that barring its use infringes on his free speech. Weikel said she has sought advice from the county attorney’s office about her decision. “I don’t think I’m being a prude. This is an election publication and I believe voters expect a certain level of appropriate and professional presentation of information,” she told the paper. “They expect a higher level of discussion than what Mr. Eyman has put forward.”

Personnel News: Phyllis Smith has been named the new Cabell County clerk. Bill Rousseau, Sonoma County, California clerk-recorder-assessor said that he will not seek re-election to the position in 2018.

In Memoriam: Freddie Wayne Williams who served as the Giles County, Virginia general registrar from 1983 to 1995, has died. He was 76. Williams served in the 155th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam where he was severely injured when his aircraft was shot down. He was forced to learn to walk again and after doing that he received his Master’s Degree from Radford University. From 1967 to 1983 he served as an administrative assistant in the Virginia Senate.


IV. Legislative Updates

California: The Senate has approved a bill that would require races for county offices in San Diego County only to be determined in the November general election, regardless of the results of the June primary.

Kansas: The Sedgwick County commission is working to get legislation passed in 2018 that will allow audits of election results. Kansas currently does not allow for election audits other than in the case of a specific election challenge. “We would like to do random sample auditing across our county, and that would add a lot of transparency and a lot of confidence in our election process, and right now we don’t have that,” Commissioner Jim Howell told KMUW.

Maine: Gov. Paul LePage has told the Legislature that he will call them back for a special session, most likely at the end of October. One of the items up for review will be ranked choice voting.

Michigan: The Michigan Legislature is moving quickly on a plan that would allow political candidates in several cities to qualify for the November ballot even though they missed the filing deadline because of faulty information from local clerks. The House approved the proposal in a 92-13 vote. The Senate will consider the bill next week in an attempt to beat ballot printing deadlines.

Texas: A new that allows Texas residents to open carry swords and knives but the law does have a few exceptions with one of those is polling places.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary moved two elections bills recently. One, Bill No. 32-0054 would grant the supervisor of election the authority to set places, days and times for early voting and the other Bill No. 32-0097 would “bar cancellation of voter registration in every instance other than death.”


 V. Legal Updates

Arkansas: Circuit Judge Robert Wyatt Jr. has ruled that the Jefferson County election commission must perform the duties they are assigned under state law and that while the commission can refuse to use the election coordinator selected by a county judge, they cannot deny that coordinator access to information needed to conduct elections, nor can they deny the coordinator access to any county property.

New Hampshire: The Attorney General’s office has moved two legal challenges to the state’s new voter registration law from a state court to a federal court. Lawyers for the state said that the suits brought in state Superior Court are being shifted because “several federal questions” are raised in the complaints. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante saw things differently and ruled that the lawsuits should return to the state-level court where they were filed.

New Mexico: The New Mexico Supreme Court has given the City of Santa Fe until September 15 to respond to a petition that seeks an order requiring the city to use ranked choice voting.

New York: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has sued the state of New York alleging that the state is wrongly purging the state’s voter rolls. The suit argues that voters that are being purged should be placed on the inactive list.

Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a decision by a lower court that ruled nine state House districts unconstitutional.

Also in Texas, the Justice Department has asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to block a lower court ruling that the state’s new voter ID law failed to fix intentional discrimination against minority voters. On Tuesday, by a 2 to 1 decision, the 5th Circuit ruled that the state may use its revised voter ID law for the November 2018 elections.


 VI. Tech Thursday

California: The San Francisco Chronicle has a piece this week on San Francisco’s push to potentially run its voting machines on open-source software. The city has allocated $300,000 to study the possibility and last week Elections Director John Arntz began discussions with Slalom, the consulting firm hired to report on the possible move. The report is expected in early January.

Iowa: Linn County has hired ProCircular, a cybersecurity firm, to review the county’s voter registration and election system. This is a continuation of our efforts to improve the integrity of the voting process to ensure that our systems and records are secure, and that every vote is accurately counted,” Linn County Auditor Joel Miller told The Gazette.

Mississippi: A new feature on the state’s elections website Y’all Vote will now allow residents to verify their registration status. The new “Are You Registered to Vote?” tool requires a user to enter their name, county of residence, date of birth, and the last four digits of their social security number to locate their information in the Statewide Elections Management System. As a security feature, search results list four name and address combinations, requiring the voter to choose the correct one to move forward. Citizens who are found in the database are notified and directed to their polling place. Citizens who are not found in the database after three attempts are directed to their Circuit Clerk for more information.

West Virginia: West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is teaming up with the West Virginia Air National Guard to secure the state’s voting system. In a press release, Warner says that a National Guard member specializing in cyber systems will join the daily operations of the secretary of state’s office to asses elections systems and monitor computer security.

Wisconsin: The state Elections Commission approved building an e-poll book system that it will share with the state’s municipal clerks at no cost to the clerks. The commission hope to pilot the system in at least three jurisdictions in the 2018 spring elections and have it available statewide in time for the fall 2018 elections. The use of e-poll books will be voluntary.


 VII. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Presidential election commission | Voting rights | 2016 election | Voter fraud | Election attack | Voting access

Alabama: Election security

Arkansas: Election modernization

Colorado: Importance of voting

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights, II

Georgia: Fayette County

Idaho: Illegitimate voting laws

Illinois: Voting age

Indiana: Vote centers | Silencing voters | Voter registration

Kansas: Kris Kobach | Uncounted ballots

New Hampshire: Secretary of state, II

North Dakota: Polling places | Election dates

Oklahoma: Voting machines

Pennsylvania: Cybersecurity training

Texas: Voter registration, II | Vote-by-mail

West Virginia: Voting machines | Cyber terrorism strategy


 VIII. 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:

  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Outreach efforts
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Replicability 

All submissions should be sent to the EAC via an email 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


 IX. Upcoming Events

Public Service Law Conference —The University of California is hosting the first combined conference of UC’s four law school’s focused on public interest, to be held in September at UCLA. The conference, developed in partnership with Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California’s premier legal resource provider, will bring together over 500 diverse UC law students and young professionals and is designed to expose them to the wide array of issues around the inaugural theme: Civil Rights in the 21st Century. Where: Los Angeles. When: September 23-24.

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. When: 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.


 X. Job Postings This Week
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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:

Director of Policy Development and Programming, The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, Washington, D.C. — the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations, seeks an experienced, creative, and detail-oriented Director of Policy Development and Programming based in Washington, D.C. to lead ACS’s “Democracy and Voting” and “Equality and Liberty” efforts. The first portfolio focuses on developing a comprehensive vision of the right to vote and to participate in our political process. The second addresses means of combating inequality resulting from race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and other factors. The Director plays a central role in coordinating and facilitating ACS’s substantive legal and public policy work in the areas described above and will: Work closely with constitutional scholars, practitioners, advocates, public officials and law students to formulate and advance a progressive vision of the law that is intellectually sound, practically relevant, and faithful to our constitutional values and heritage; Develop and oversee execution of conferences, symposia and other live programming; and Work with authors to publish ACS Issue Briefs and other publications. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Full Stack Software Engineer, Clear Ballot, Boston— Clear Ballot is looking for a talented Software Engineer who wants to bring their technical skills to bear on a hugely consequential problem – to modernize America’s voting systems and to bring transparency to democratic elections.  The successful candidate will build and enhance enterprise-level, highly available applications using primarily Python and MySQL that interface with frontend web applications implemented in JavaScript, Node.js and HTML5.  The ideal candidate should have strong technical skills and a good working knowledge of the latest concepts in performance, security and resilience. One of the hallmarks of our system is its emphasis on new visualization techniques made possible by sophisticated data structures that enable high-performance in a multi-user environment. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled individuals to build and enhance a platform that is changing the elections industry. 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 (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.  

Project Manager, Dominion Voting Systems — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced and passionate Project Manager to be based in our Toronto office! This position will be responsible will be responsible for the effective project management of assigned projects throughout the Operations, North territory which includes but is not limited to, scheduling, budgeting, quality, staffing, communication, risk, supply chain, integration and customer communication. 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 or 314-615-1853.