I. In Focus This Week

EAC hosts public hearing on accessibility
Equipment is there, but obstacles remain for voters with disabilities

By Dan Seligson

It has been 14 years since the implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). It has been almost that long since election officials across the country have worked to implement (and in many cases, replaced and re-implemented), new voting machines, polling place procedures and improved access to polling sites.

Yet, at a public hearing in Boston last week, it became clear that while HAVA has succeeded in many ways – including the mandatory addition of polling place machines that allow voters with a variety of disabilities to vote independently and with confidence that their vote counted – the experience of voting has lagged behind the vision laid out by HAVA.

“One in five Americans have a disability,” said U.S. Election Assistance Commission member Thomas Hicks, leading his first meeting as Chair of the commission. “Their voting rights must be honored as vehemently as all others.

Testimony from voters with disabilities from around the country, particularly those with visual disabilities, share a theme: machines that do the job, but many hurdles to clear before getting to use a reliable machine operated by a well-trained, empathetic poll worker.

“The voting machine works well for me,” wrote Frank Welte, a California voter in testimony. “However, at least on three occasions, the voting machine was not set up and operating when the polling place opened…I have ended up waiting quite some time…for poll workers to figure out how to activate the voting machine.”

Erica Jones, a New York voter and advocate for people with disabilities, said her experience was not the independent experience envisioned in HAVA.

“The poll workers were not aware how to operate the accessible Ballot Marking Device. Also, I was not given a private vote as other voters were surrounding the area of the [device],” she said.

“It would be nice if a blind person like myself could use the write-in part of the ballot like everyone else,” said Brian, a voter from New Jersey who did not provide his last name.

For their part, the U.S. Election Assistance Commissioners who held the hearing in Boston said they understood the ongoing challenges in implementing not only the requirements of the federal law, but improving the on-the- ground experience of voters with disabilities on election day. As did William Galvin, the top voting official in Massachusetts, who gave a keynote at the beginning of the hearing.

“The creation of [the EAC] came out of an electoral crisis in 2000,” Galvin said. “Sixteen years later, we have made progress but still have a long way to go.”

Specifically, Galvin said until 2000, the voting experience of voters with disabilities was “papered over.”

“If you’re like me and you’ve been involved with elections for a long time, you’re so focused on the mechanics and outcome of an election that you don’t take as much time as you should thinking about what the right to vote would mean to individual citizens,” Galvin said.

To that end, some localities are taking steps to train poll workers to assist voters with disabilities exercise their right to vote. A program in Boston, for example, has an additional voluntary training for poll workers, training them to be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of votes with disabilities.

“That training went beyond information about machines and focused on understanding voters with disabilities and how poll workers can appropriately assist them,” said Dion Irish, chairman of the Boston Elections Commission.

Yet, for its promise, the course is voluntary, designed for once- or twice-a- year temporary citizens who serve as poll workers. And very few, Irish noted, had actually opted to take the training.

Challenges for voters with disabilities have gone beyond machines and poll worker shortcomings. During New England’s nightmarish winter of 2014-2015, election officials struggled to ensure ramps at polling places were clear of snow – then large puddles – on election day in municipalities that hold town elections in March.

And year round, there are often parking shortages, particularly spaces reserved for people with disabilities that are close enough to ramps and doorways.

Most places in California never see a flake of snow. Yet, different challenges continue to hinder voting by people with disabilities.

“Great barriers to access still exist in every region of California,” said Ted Jackson, community organizing director for the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. “Officials continue to rely on voter education materials that are out of date. Vote-by- mail is not accessible by all. In some places, there is a lack of understanding about how to protect the rights of voters… to read and cast a ballot independently.”

In short, a substantial amount of progress has been made, but perhaps even more remain.

“It’s not that the equipment isn’t there or doesn’t work,” Galvin said. It does work and it is there. People administering each election need to make sure a person with a disability can use the equipment with confidence and without any sense of stigma. The process now is about furthering and helping election officials – and citizens – to move it forward.”

A full video of the hearing is available here.

 


 II. Primary Roundup

Hoosiers (and Boilermakers and Irishmen and Sycamores) went to the polls on Tuesday in the nation’s only presidential primary this week. Turnout was high, especially for Indiana, which struggles with turnout, and there were some issues, but not some of the issues that had plagued vote center counties in previous elections.

A poll worker in Miami County will be disciplined after they told as many as 30 people standing in line near closing time that they may not be allowed to vote because the polls close at 6 p.m. Staff were able to get some of those voters back to the polls, but not all of them.

In Hancock County, about 400 to 500 ballots did not include a race for county commissioner. The ballots were distributed at one vote center between 6 a.m. and 10:26 a.m. when the error was caught. Also in Hancock County, software problems created long waits at some polling places.

St. Joseph County debuted e-poll books for the primary and other than a “few glitches” things went well with the debut. The county did have to send additional iPads to a few polling places because turnout was greater than anticipated. "We'll be looking at purchasing some additional iPads," County Clerk Terri Rethlake told the South Bend Tribune. "As we do in every election, we learn things and tweak things and, hopefully, it helps the voters."

In bellwether Vigo County [for the general people, not the primary!] it was a busy day with occasional long lines impacting voting in Terre Haute. There was one strange incident where a poll worker allegedly said that ballots of female voters should be shredded. The county elections office is investigating. “We put a lot of time, money and effort in running these elections,” Vada Long with the elections office told WTHI. “It’s hard finding poll workers to work, and then we find out they’re discouraging voters. It’s heartbreaking.”

Vote center granddaddy Tippecanoe County reported heavy crowds, but no major problems. First-time voters from Jefferson High School talked with a local television station about the process. “This is a really cool process,” John Colestone told WLFI. “This is the first time I’ve voted, so it was really cool to get out there and support the candidate that you think is going to make the country better.”

In Marion County turnout was so steady that a poll worker “complained” about not being able to read! “The irony is I came prepared to read a book today, thinking that we wouldn’t have this great a turnout,” poll worker Robert Hill told WISH. “I can’t even open it up.”

Johnson County had about a 40 percent voter turnout which occasionally lead to long lines so the county is already planning to add more vote centers and poll workers for the fall.

In Vanderburgh County, 10 voting machines had to wait until Wednesday to be counted because they weren’t shut down properly. The machines had to be returned to the elections office to be double checked and counted.

 


 III. Election News This Week

  • Former Mayor Shelia Dixon who was running for election in Baltimore last week is considering a challenge to the city’s election results. About 3,000 vote separate Dixon from the unofficial winner Sen. Catherine E. Pugh. Activists have called on Gov. Larry Hogan not to certify the election until an investigation can be completed. The activists, including the NAACP cite primary day problems in the city including voters who were turned away and lost ballots. According to The Baltimore Sun, the board is processing about 7,000 provisional ballots and more than 3,800 absentee ballots that are arriving by mail daily, Jones said. He expects the final results to be certified Friday. A Maryland State Board of Elections official said that timeline was not unusual.

  • In other primary follow-up news, nearly two months after North Carolina’s March primary, ballots in 20 counties are still being reviewed to ensure that the state’s photo ID law and other new voting laws were properly enforced. According to the Associated Press, State election officials said such audits are designed to promote statewide uniformity by county election officials and local precinct workers on how provisional ballots will be counted or handled in advance of the fall election. A smaller review occurred after the May 2014 primary. "This is about making sure the results are correct but it is also about making sure the counties are educated about issues," state board Executive Director Kim Strach told the AP. "In November, we won't have this ability."

  • Some voters in Oregon are seeing double. For voters that changed their party affiliation right before the April 26 deadline for the state’s upcoming closed primary they will receive two ballots. One reflecting their old affiliation and an updated one reflecting their new party affiliation and candidate choices. To make sure that ballots go out on time, they are printed and prepared before the registration deadline, therefore some voters will need to get a new ballot. "There's nothing wrong. “It's OK to have two ballots," Molly Woon, spokeswoman for the Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins told The Oregonian. "But you won't get to vote twice." The state has gone on an all-out media blitz to explain the situation and even recently posted a haiku about it on their Twitter account:

Two ballots? Don't fret.
Vote the second ballot, please.
Safeguards are in place.

  • Baby steps. Thirteen precincts in Stevens County, Minnesota have opted to conduct future elections all by mail. Approximately 1,475 registered voters live in those precincts, representing about 25 percent of the 5,685 voters registered in Stevens County.

  • Free popsicles? Sign us up! A nonprofit in the El Paso County, Texas-area is offering free popsicles to anyone to registers to vote or even anyone who engages with volunteers about the process. Turnout has been as low as 6 percent in the county the Paleta Power is looking to change that by getting voters registered and engaged in the issues. "It's really important to try and engage voters in as many way as possible to try and understand why, why is there such apathy," County commissioner David Stout told KVIA.

  • Personnel News: Diane Owens, election commissioner and Geardie Carter, poll manager in Oxford, Mississippi were recently honored for their long service to elections. Diane Mederos, former Bristol town administrator has been nominated to serve on the Rhode Island board of elections. Former East Providence Mayor Isadore Ramos has also been nominated to the Rhode Island board of elections. President Barack Obama has nominated Kate Marshall to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Marshall, a Democrat, is the former Nevada State Treasurer and ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state.

 


 IV. Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden announced this week that he plans to introduce federal legislation to move the U.S. to a national vote-by-mail system. According to the Statesman Journal, the bill would send a ballot to every registered voter before each election. Postage on the ballot envelopes would be prepaid.

California: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will provide $16.3 million to counties to help cover the costs of the upcoming June primary and the expected “deluge” of petitions from groups seeking to qualify ballot measures for the November election. “It absolutely goes a long way to assisting us in juggling this kind of perfect storm: the initiatives colliding at the same time we’re producing ballots and tallying ballots,” said Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley told the Sacramento Bee.

Also in California, the Assembly has approved AB1921 that would allow voters to designate anyone to turn in their mail-in ballots for them. Existing law limits that to immediate family members and housemates.

Louisiana: By a 60-37 vote, the Louisiana House voted down a proposal that would have allowed ex-felons to have their voting rights restored upon release from incarceration instead of when they complete parole or probation.

Missouri: Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement over a proposal that would require voters to show ID to vote. Under a version of the legislation adopted this week, if voters don’t present a photo ID, they would sign a statement under penalty of perjury attesting that they are who they say they are. The voter would then have to present some form of ID, such as a university-issued ID or a utility bill. The bill awaits Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.

New York: Legislation that would combine the state’s federal and state primaries has stalled in the Senate. It was approved by the Assembly earlier this year, but the Senate has failed to act. According to the Utica Observer Dispatch, a spokesman for Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins who sponsored the bill said they are still hopeful about the legislation moving forward when the Senate reconvenes.

Vermont: Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation into law making Vermont the fourth state to adopt automatic voter registration. he Vermont law streamlines voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles with a system that identifies eligible Vermont residents and automatically sends their information to the town or city clerk for addition to the checklist, unless they opt out. Vermont’s law will go into effect July 1, 2017.

Wisconsin: The Superior City Council is considering a proposal from the city clerk that would allow flexibility in staffing the polls. Clerk Terri Kalan is seeking to change the city ordinance to allow poll workers to serve in shifts, instead of one 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. shift.

 


 V. Legal Updates

Arizona: Project Vote is suing the state of Arizona because it claims that the state requested $50,000 for a copy of election registration records, something it provides to political parties for free. The suit alleges the request for payment violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez are named in the suit.

 Colorado: In an ongoing dispute over the April election, the town of Basalt is suing a resident who filed a FOIA request. The lawsuit requests clarification from the court on whether already deleted text messages between the mayor and town’s top elections official, are subject to the FOIA request.

Florida: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested David Levin, 31, owner of Vanguard Cybersecurity. Levin is facing counts of unauthorized access of any computer, computer system, computer network or electronic device for hacking into the Lee County Elections Office website and the State Division of Elections website.

Louisiana: Attorneys for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Fair Elections Network have sued the state over an 1874 law that they claim subjects naturalized citizens to a higher voter registration requirement than those born in the U.S. The class-action suit aims the law is unconstitutional because it requires naturalized citizens to provide documents proving their citizenship when they register to vote, while other residents simply must swear that they are citizens on the voter registration application.

Montana: U.S. District Judge Brian Morris dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Montana Republican Party and 10 GOP county central committees that sought to close the state’s GOP primary. The suit had argued that the open primary system violates Republicans’ freedom of association and forces candidates to change their message to appeal to crossover voters.

New York: In more closed primary news, State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron rejected a please by a Manhattan attorney who wanted the courts to rule that the state’s closed primary system violates the state constitution because independents aren’t allowed to vote. Engoron noted that several Court of Appeals rulings and Supreme Court rulings have already leaned in favor of closed primaries.

 North Carolina: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered an expedited review of U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroder’s decision that North Carolina’s new election law creating voter ID requirements and eliminating same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting does not discriminate against minority voters.

Ohio: Final arguments were made this week in a suit over changes made in 2014 to requirements for absentee or provisional ballots. Democrats claimed that the new law creates hurdles for voters, especially minority voters.

Texas: The U.S. Supreme Court left in place Texas’ voter ID law, but it did leave open the possibility it would intercede if the appeals court considering a challenge to the law did not act promptly. In March, the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the case and set arguments for May.

Virginia: Although a suit had been filed at press time, Virginia Republicans have retained the services of an attorney in their efforts to stop Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order to reinstate the voting rights of more than 200,000 ex-felons.

West Virginia: The battle over online voter registration moved, albeit briefly, to the courts this week when the ACLU, on behalf of one Democrat and one Republican sued in an effort to force the clerks in Kanawha and Cabell counties to accept new voter registrations via the state’s online voter registration like the other 52 counties do. The petition before the court had asked for a writ of mandamus to require the clerks to accept the online registrations. The State Supreme Court gave no reason for the rejection of the suit.

Wisconsin: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the state’s Democratic members of Congress are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to review the state’s voter ID requirements. "The barriers these requirements have set up and the harmful impact they have had for many Wisconsin voters demonstrate that now is the time for a full and thorough review of the constitutionality of the voter ID law," they wrote.

 


 VI. Tech Thursday

National Tech: The Hill has an article this week that looks into the concerns over a series of data breaches of voter information and what that could mean for the future. “It's time to treat such [voter] information as high-security government information,” David Maman, a cloud security expert with database security firm HexaTier told The Hill.

 This week, Long Distance Voter officially became Vote.org. To go along with the change, they have rolled out a new voter registration tool and upgraded all their existing tools. On their site people will find a user-friendly voter registration tool, a voter verification tool and an easy-to-use absentee ballot request form.

 Minnesota: The League of Women Voters of Minnesota have launched a new Your Vote Your Voice website. The website, funded by The Joyce Foundation, is designed as a resource for high school students. The site, a collaborative effort of 13 organizations, covers the history of voting rights from pre-Independence through the present.

 


 VII. Opinions This Week

National Opinions: Voter suppression | Ex-felon voting rights, II | Voter access | Primary process | Universal design | Vote-by-mail, II | Voting problems | Voting machines | Voter ID, II, III

Alabama: Voting history

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights

Illinois: Automatic voter registration

Indiana: Voter ID, II | Turnout

Iowa: Ex-felon voting rights

Kansas: Voter access

Maryland: Baltimore primary

Massachusetts: Voter registration

Missouri: Voter ID, II, III, IV, V

New Jersey: Primary process

New Mexico: Turnout

New York: Primary problems | Voter registration | Poll workers | Election reform

North Carolina: Voting laws, II, III, IV | Voter ID

Ohio: Ex-felon voting rights

Oregon: Secretary of state, II | Two ballots

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia elections | Voter access | Ex-felon voting rights

Rhode Island: Ranked choice voting | Primary system

Tennessee: Election lawsuit | Voter ID

Texas: Voter ID, II, III

Utah: Vote-by-mail

Virginia: Ex-felon voting rights, II, III, IV

Wisconsin: Voter ID, II

 


 VIII. Upcoming Events

National Conference of State Legislatures Elections Webinar — Spring Cleaning Your Voter Lists: The Legislative Role. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and that's especially true when it comes to voter lists. Join representatives from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and others to discuss why accuracy in the voter registration rolls is vital for smooth-running elections especially in a big election year, and how accuracy can help avoid problems on Election Day. Hear ideas to help your state maintain voter lists year after year. This webinar will address: How accurate are voters lists currently?; What problems arise from inaccurate voter records?; How can states cooperate to maintain voter lists?; and What options are available to lawmakers? When: Friday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET. Where: Online. For more information and to register, click here.

Future of California Elections Webinar — Funding Democracy: The Future of Sustainable Election Funding and Governance. Funding for elections is essential to strengthening California’s democracy, yet election administrators face rising costs and significant barriers, including replacing aging voting systems. This panel explores the true costs of elections and strategies for providing adequate and sustainable funding for elections in California. When: May 10 11 a.m. Pacific. For more information and register, click here.

Future of California Elections Webinar — Register to Vote at the DMV-Changes this Election Cycle. This webinar is for you if you are mobilizing voters this election season, if you register to vote at the DMV, if you are an organization that interacts with voters. Know the steps and know the facts about registering to vote at the DMV. In April 2016, the DMV changed its voter registration process for applicants seeking a driver’s license and ID card. These changes come in advance of the implementation of automated voter registration reform expected in 2017 under AB 1461.  With so many changes happening at the DMV it is important that voters know the steps they need to take to ensure they are registered with their political party preference and their language preference for election materials. This webinar will discuss the recent changes at the DMV, the importance of DMV compliance under the National Voter Registration Act and the importance of voter education to ensure voters register correctly. When: May 12, 2pm Pacific. For more information and to register, click here.

National Disability Voter Registration Organizing & Training Webinar— The REVUP Campaign is coordinating a National Disability Voter Registration Week to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. The purpose of the webinar is aid organizers across the country to hold their own voter registration events - both physically and online - to increase the number of people with disabilities who are registered to vote and ultimately the number of people with disabilities who cast their ballots on election day this November and in future elections. When: May 24, 3pm Eastern. For more information and to register, click here.

NACRC/IACREOT Annual Conference — the 2016 annual conference—the last to be held under the NACRC/IACREOT banner will feature plenary sessions, a trade show, committee and board meeting, awards breakfast, annual banquet and a ballgame. When: June 25-30. Where: Memphis, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.

National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference — NASS will hold its annual summer meeting in Nashville this year. Agenda programming will include: policy discussions on important issues facing secretaries of state, idea-sharing panels highlighting best practices in state programming, sessions designed for professional development and networking, induction of national officers for the 2016-2017 cycle and excursions to explore Tennessee and learn more about the culture and state government.  When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to register, click here.

National Association of State Election Directors Summer Conference — the 2016 NASED summer conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Details about the event are still being hammered out, so be sure to check the website often. When: July 14-17. Where: Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, click here.

National Association of Counties Annual Conference — NACo’s Annual Conference and Exposition provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association. The 2016 Annual Conference is hosted by Los Angeles County. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Attending the Annual Conference provides member county officials with the opportunity to vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; learn more about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors.​ When: July 22-25. Where: Long Beach, California. For more information and to register, click here.

National Conference of State Legislators Summer Meeting — the 2016 Legislative Summit will be held in Chicago. The elections portion will include: Politics 2016: State Election Preview, Evaluating Elections, What to Do If You’ve Got a Disputed Election, Technology: Improving Elections One Bit or Byte at a Time? And Helping our Military Vote.  When: Aug. 8-11. Where: Chicago. For more information and to register, click here.

 


 IX. Job Postings This Week
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Customer Relations Manager, Dominion Voting Systems, San Leandro, California — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic, Customer Relations Manager, to be based in our San Leandro, California office! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; addressing and resolving customer concerns; and, identifying ways to implement preventive measures for continuous process improvement. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Customer Relations Manager, New Jersey (Remote) — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Customer Relations Manager to work remotely and be based in New Jersey! This position will be responsible for supporting customers by partnering with the sales and operations teams to exceed customer needs and requirements; address and resolve customer concerns; and, identify ways to implement preventive measures for continuous process improvement. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Administrative Assistant, McLennan County, Texas —McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections administrative assistant. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintain polling location information, standard list of voters and petition verification in VEMACS; operates BOSS (ballot software), which includes precinct definitions, district definitions, contest and translation, and MBB (mobile ballot box) production; prepares and records election telephone message in English. Coordinate Spanish translations; records audio in English for ballot preparation; Coordinates Spanish translation and audio recording for ballot preparation; assists with ballot proofing, including contest/candidate spellings, district/precinct associations, ballot styles and election code requirements; oversees voting equipment inventory; prepares voting equipment for early voting and Election Day, which includes polling location assignment, diagnostic evaluation, and zero reports; organizes, supervises, and participates in voting equipment distribution for Election Day. Conducts back up and reset of electronic voting equipment; prepares and prints poll books and standard/customized list of voters in Crystal Reports; coordinates public tests for each election; coordinates daily closeout procedures for early voting, including distribution of information to media, candidates and public; operates TALLY (tabulation software), which includes election reporting, supervision of provisional ballots, and write-in candidate tabulation; collects, stores, and submits SOS required reports, back ups, and audit logs for each election; assigns, trains and coordinates troubleshooters for voting equipment; diagnose and performs minor repairs on voting equipment ; and attends vendor training to improve knowledge of election equipment. Salary: $1,452.10-$1,886.41 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Elections Specialist, McLennan County, Texas — McLennan County, Texas is looking for an elections specialist. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: review voter registration applications; process - Data Input - permanent records for all New Applications, Changes, Cancellations, Purges from the State, County, Cities; image all documents; send Correspondence, Recruit Workers and Maintain Lists of Election Workers, Polling Places; send Confirmation Cards on Suspended VR; review special request applications or problem apps and reply; create Voter Registration Reports from VEMACS; help incoming customers with applications, corrections and printing of new VR cards; and answer phones, handle questions and answers. Salary: $937.51-$1,306.26 biweekly. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Board of Elections — seeking qualified applicants for Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government. Incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board, as the primary management official, directs program operations and support activities associated with election operations including the conduct of elections and agency administration.  Provides leadership and direction to subordinate divisions in the areas of voter registration and services, administration and support.  Represents the Board in the management of financial, material, and personnel resources, including administering the agency’s independent personnel authority; providing oral or written support information for formal hearings and meetings through guidance and specialized oral or written backup information; assists the Board and the General Counsel in developing legislative proposals affecting agency operations in the delivery of elections services. Advanced degree in policy administration/and or law preferred, work experience in governmental organization(s) and election processes; and comprehensive background in election administration, organizational development, administration and supervision. Applicant should possess the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.  Excellent salary and benefits.  District of Columbia residency requirements is required. Application: For immediate consideration, please send confidential CV and Cover Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Junior Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an out-going, technology savvy, Junior Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and assisting with warehousing and logistics. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver — the Policy Specialist will work on NCSL’s elections team, a part of NCSL’s Legislative Management program. A Policy Specialist requires skills in research, analysis, and program planning gained through progressively more complex and more in-depth work over several years. The work is performed independently within established program guidelines or project specifications; major work products are reviewed by more senior professionals or program managers/directors for quality, policy considerations, form, and substance. The Policy Specialist will develop expertise on elections-related technology and election administration. The work includes research, writing, speaking, maintaining internal and external documents and resources, developing connections with state legislators and legislative staff as well as meeting planning. Travel will be expected. This position is grant-funded, and guaranteed for one year. Salary: $4154. Deadline: May 6. Application. For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Manager, Clear Ballot — product management is the hub around which all other functions orbit. It is uniquely positioned as an internal customer and supplier of and to Engineering, Business Development, Compliance/Certification, Field Operations, and Executive Management. Responsibilities include: Maintain on-going conversations with relevant stakeholders (Clear Ballot staff, regulators, activists, prospective customers, alpha/beta customers, existing customers, and staff at technology leaders such as Intel) to define product requirements; hold twice yearly or event driven cross functional meetings to set requirements and timelines for future product releases, in both hardware and software; work with the CTO, COO, and VP, Products to ensure a cohesive product strategy that aligns with market driven dates and manifests appropriate functionality and peripheral products within the voting system; drive a requirements and solutions set across development teams (primarily Development/Engineering, Product Documentation, and Marketing Communications) through market requirements, product contract, and positioning; maintain a Product Roadmap and a product requirements database; and analyzing potential partner relationships for the product. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and passionate, Product Specialist, to be based in our downtown Denver, Colorado office. This role is responsible for responsible for the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems elections products; providing elections support services and customer training; and interfacing directly with customers, co-workers and election officials. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Product Support Specialist, Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking an experienced and motivated, Product Support Specialist, to be based in our downtown Toronto office. This position is responsible for supporting installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of all Dominion Voting Systems products; as well as developing and executing training sessions; and working closely with the Operations and Development Teams on a number of critical projects. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

RMA Support Consultant, Hart InterCivic — an RMA Support Consultant responds to all return material authorization requests from Hart InterCivic internal and external customers for all Hart Voting System products. The person in this position must possess the ability to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, or employees. Essential responsibilities include: Acquires a functional level of knowledge for all Hart InterCivic products and their modules; manages and organizes information and documentation for customer issues; applies advanced knowledge of computer software tools to problem-solving situations; knowledge of standard ticket tracking software is a must; in-depth knowledge of standard inventory warehouse processes and procedures; stays informed on support methodologies; keeps up with revisions to any relevant materials (Agile ECOs and effectivity); works cooperatively with Hart InterCivic field personnel to insure customer satisfaction; complies with, and keeps up with changes in, Hart InterCivic policies, procedures and regulations; other duties as assigned. Deadline: Opening until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, Albemarle County, Virginia — the Senior Assistant Registrar performs complex technical and clerical work in the Department of Voter Registration and Elections. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for independent judgment. Supervision is exercised over subordinate clerical personnel or Assistant Registrars. Essential functions include, but are not limited to: manages complex and extensive physical and computerized voter registration and election records; supervises Assistant Registrars; processes information on computerized registration system and physical files; interacts regularly with staff from other Virginia localities regarding voter issues; designs and develops materials designed to increase efficient election day operations; provides project development support to Electoral Board, as needed; coordinates and executes special projects for department, as assigned; determines eligibility of voter registration applicants, in accordance with law; prepares official letters of Denial of Voter registration, as necessary; assists with maintenance of departmental website; verifies eligibility and assists voters in casting absentee ballots; provides materials and support to area agencies regarding absentee voting; provides information to the general public concerning voter registration and election related issues; actively participates in professional organization; acts for the Deputy and General Registrar in their absence; and performs other duties, as assigned. Salary: $33,641-$40,360. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar, James City County, Virginia — Voter Registration Office is seeking an experience professional to be a part of a dynamic team to assist with daily operations of the General Registrar’s Office. Responsibilities include: assist the General Registrar in implementing and maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal election and voter registration guidelines and requirements; update and maintain accurate records of voter information including, but not limited to, eligibility, changes with redistricting/recprecinciting, voting credits, and any applicable forms. assist with coordinating, maintaining, and supervising of all parts of the election and voting process including, but not limited to, satellite registration sites, absentee ballots, training programs for Officers of Election, posting of results on designated sites, and programing of electronic poll books; assist with preparation of budget including preparation of required reports; create and maintain candidate files; accepts, verifies and certifies candidate forms; receive, audit, and acknowledge Candidate Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports; and prepare, provide information, and generate support for voter education projects. Salary: $30,685. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Senior Assistant Registrar II, James City County, Virginia — performs responsible work assisting the General Registrar/Director of Elections (GR) in conducting elections, registering voters, and maintaining files. Implements National Voter Registration Act in accordance with Federal and State laws. This position shall be appointed by the GR for a term set by the Electoral Board that coincides with, or is shorter than, the term of the GR, subject to reappointment. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

Software Developer II, Denver, Colorado & Toronto, Ontario — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a highly technical and passionate Software Developer II to be based in either our downtown Denver office or our downtown Toronto office! This position will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to design development, coding, testing and debugging of new voting system software and/or significant enhancements to existing software for our customers. This position will work on a team utilizing an Agile development environment. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

System Support Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy and detail oriented, Network & Systems Specialist, to be based in our downtown Denver, Colorado office. This role is responsible for assisting with the deployment and troubleshooting of advanced elections hardware and software system configurations; providing support to the logistics associated with procuring elections systems and equipment; performing tests and evaluations of various voting solutions; and providing election support to customers both remotely and/or on-site. Salary: Negotiable base + bonus target & benefits. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.

 


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