I. In Focus This Week
Election observation provides opportunity to assess voting system
Roller coaster experience was ‘experience of a lifetime’ for observer
By David Levine
Special to electionlineWeekly
(Editor’s Note: This week, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) released its Election Observation Mission Final Report from the November 8, 2016 election. The full report can be found here. Frequent electionline contributor David Levine served on the Mission. His observations are featured in this week’s electionlineWeekly.)
At the invitation of the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to observe the November 8, 2016 general elections, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) assessed the pre-election environment and preparations for the US 2016 General Election.
Most of those with whom OSCE/ODIHR spoke expressed confidence in the administration of the election, but they also welcomed OSCE/ODIHR election observation activity because they were concerned about matters such as:
1) the implementation of new state laws regarding voter registration and identification;
2) changes to alternative voting methods (such as early voting and vote by mail);
3) the reliability of voting technologies;
4) the effectiveness of campaign finance rules; and
5) the conduct of the campaign, particularly in the media.
In the end, OSCE/ODIHR recommended the deployment of an Election Observation Mission – a core team of analysts, a group of long-term observers to follow the electoral process countrywide, and a larger group of short-term observers to follow Election Day proceedings.
This was the first time OSCE/ODIHR has deployed an entire election observation mission to the United States for an election.
As is always the case, the Mission principals hailed from outside the U.S., mostly Europe. But they were supported by a staff that included U.S. election analysts whose job was to guide them through (and help them understand) our unique process.
Early in October I joined the Mission as the Senior Legal Analyst Assistant to the Legal Analyst. The job was to assist the Legal Analyst in assessing the U.S.’s compliance with its OSCE commitments and international standards for democratic elections and national legislation.
That was a daunting task because unlike most nations, the U.S. legal framework for general elections is highly decentralized and complex, with significant differences among states. I consider myself an election professional, in part because of the work I’ve done helping administer elections in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., but even in those jurisdictions the laws had changed, and I had never personally administered elections in the other 47+ states and territories.
For the next six weeks, life was a roller coaster ride as we attempted to stay abreast of election developments across the country.
One day, I would research the number of disenfranchised convicts and ex-convicts, including those facing trial, assessing the U.S.’s compliance with universal and equal suffrage, as provided in the OSCE commitments.
Another time I researched, analyzed and interpreted state voter identification rules, assessing their impact on the integrity of the vote and the disenfranchisement of eligible voters, and weighing the impact of lawsuits concerning those rules on voters and election officials.
In the end, the job was both rewarding and challenging. I took great comfort in the fact that the November 8, 2016 elections were well administered despite a campaign filled with harsh personal attacks, legal changes and decisions on technical aspects of the electoral process that burdened (and often confused) voters and administrators.
On the other hand, I saw an election system that still has room for improvement. About one in seven of the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) observers throughout the United States reported voting equipment malfunctions, which can likely be attributed at least in part to the use of outdated equipment that hasn’t been replaced due to a lack of money.
Ten percent of the observers reported that voters had to wait in line thirty minutes or more due to inadequate polling place staffing and/or high voter turnout, especially in the morning and just before polls closed.
And contrary to the nation’s OSCE Commitments, the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) to the United States was not able to freely observe early voting and Election Day in 17 states.
While citizen observers and party representatives were able to observe throughout the country, adding transparency and confidence to the election process, the failure to allow international observers not only violates our OSCE Commitments, but provides critics the false impression that those states are engaging in unbecoming behavior or have something to hide.
Serving as Senior Legal Analyst Assistant for this IEOM was the experience of a lifetime, and I would encourage anyone with a professional interest in elections to do it.
The analysts themselves are some of the foremost experts in their fields, which encompass media, political, legal, and security analysis in the election context. Many of the short and long-term observers help administer elections in their home countries, and getting their insights about the election process in a particular state or a jurisdiction was fascinating and will be helpful in the long run.
The only way to really understand how an election works is to help administer one. But to objectively assess how well an election is conducted there are few things better than serving as an international observer.
(David Levine is an Election Management Consultant who has administered county, state, federal and private sector elections; developed election policy for non-profit organizations; and monitored elections in other countries. His expertise includes voter registration, election administration, poll worker training, outreach, research design and evaluation, voting system standards, logic and accuracy testing, post-election audits, voting accessibility, evaluating proposals and voting technology.)
II. VIP Feedback
Where should the Voting Information Project go from here?
As you may have heard, The Pew Charitable Trusts has initiated a planning process to determine the future of the Voting Information Project (VIP). And as part of that process, we are seeking input from the field on what stakeholders think should be the next phase of VIP.
To that end, we invite you to submit your views—ideally no more than 500 words—on the following topics:
1. What should VIP continue to do? What should it change?
2. What can VIP teach about—and learn from—its efforts?
3. Are there other opportunities for VIP (or a project like it)?
4. What changes to VIP would make election officials more or less likely to participate?
5. What communities are currently being missed by projects like VIP, and how can we address those shortcomings?
6. Who else is doing work in this space, and how might VIP contribute to those efforts—and vice versa?
7. What other questions should we be asking?
We plan to make the submissions available to the community; please let us know if you’d prefer not to be featured publicly.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your contributions.
Voting Information Project Working Group
Alexis Schuler/Monica Leibovitz, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Mike Hogan, Google
Samidh Chakrabati, Facebook
Marc Burris, North Carolina State Board of Elections
Paul Stenbjorn, Virginia Department of Elections
Brian Corley, Pasco County, Florida, Supervisor of Elections
Kathryn Peters, Democracy Works
Tiana Epps-Johnson, Center for Technology and Civic Life
Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clarence Wardell, United States Digital Service
(Note: Affiliations are for identification purposes only.)
III. Election News This Week
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is hoping that the incoming presidential administration will reverse the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to classify election infrastructure as “critical”. “I have yet to hear of a single secretary of state from either side of the aisle who is in favor of this designation,” said Schedler. “We all feel railroaded by this announcement and have serious concerns about the way in which this announcement was delivered and its timing. When it comes to election integrity, I am not going to let the federal government have the keys to our secured election system unless they can better articulate their intentions" Schedler sent a letter to the incoming administration requesting the reversal and he also said that he and other secretaries may consider a resolution of opposition at the upcoming NASS winter meeting.
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), leader of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Inspector John Roth asking about “unauthorized scans” and “unsuccessful attempts to penetrate" the Georgia Secretary of State's firewall from last February into November's election season.
Because it’s never too early to start planning, clerks in Colorado have already starting looking ahead and are exploring the possibility of shortening the amount of early voting time. According to an article in the Kiowa County Press, they would like more leeway when it comes to providing early voting locations. Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane told a meeting of the Bipartisan Election Advisory Commission that the data suggests the first week could be eliminated - his county spent $52 per vote over those six days. But he said one option for Arapahoe might be reducing locations for that first week from 11 to just the clerk's office and the four Motor Vehicle offices.
For the second time this year, the St. Croix Elections Board has been forced to cancel a meeting because it failed to meet quorum. According to the St. Thomas Source, on Jan. 5 three members of the board waited for more than an hour for enough members to show up, when they didn’t the meeting was rescheduled for Jan. 18. Once again, not enough members showed up to make quorum. “There has to be a legal precedence that would cause members to attend meetings,” Boardmember Raymond Williams told the paper. The board, which needs to hold an organizing meet, will try again in February.
There’s been a lot of real news about fake news and this New York Times article is an interesting look at how quickly fake news can spread. The article focuses on a false report thousands of fraudulent votes were found in an Ohio warehouse.
Personnel News: Steve Trout has returned as the director of elections in Oregon. Derek Oestreicher is the new director of elections in Montana. Austin Erdman, the San Joaquin County, California registrar of voters is set to retire on March 3. Laura Dees has retired as the Hamilton County, Florida supervisor of elections after 14 years on the job. Margaret Villani and Jamieson Campbell have been sworn in as registrars in Monroe, Connecticut. Tammy Cline is the new Meigs County, Ohio director of elections. Cheryl Karrels, Port Washington, Wisconsin town clerk, has resigned. Marc Hoffman has been appointed to serve as the Fredericksburg, Virginia director of elections and general registrar. Wallace Barton, Jr. is set to be sworn in as the new Andover, Connecticut Republican registrar of voters.
IV. Legislative Updates
Arizona: Rep. Bob Thorpe has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to use a dormitory address “or other temporary college or university address” to register to vote in Arizona.
Colorado: Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) has introduced legislation that would give jurisdictions the option to use approval voting methods in nonpartisan elections. House Bill 17-0608 would allow voters to check as many candidates as they like in races where political affiliations aren’t on the ballot, such as city councils and school boards. But the law would not require any jurisdictions to use such methods.
Hawaii: Lawmakers in Hawaii are preparing to once again consider legislation that would transition the state to most a vote-by-mail state and that would automatically register voters when they got a new or renewed their driver’s licenses.
Indiana: A bill before the General Assembly would consolidate voting precincts in Lake County into smaller precincts. Rep. Harold Slager, R-Schererville, filed a bill to establish a commission to develop a plan to consolidate Lake County voting precincts with less than 600 active voters. Proponents say the legislation will create savings for the county, while detractors decry consolidation efforts as making it difficult for residents to vote.
Kansas: Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has signed a quick-moving bill fixing state election laws governing special elections. The new law extends the length of time for a special election in order to ensure that absentee ballots can be mailed to military and overseas voters.
Kentucky: Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes has included early voting in her legislative agenda for 2017 and Rep. Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green) has introduced the legislation.
Michigan: Legislation has been introduced that would allow for no-excuse absentee voting and automatic voter registration.
Missouri: Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) has introduced legislation that would implement ranked choice voting in Missouri by 2018.
Montana: Rep. Greg Hertz (R-HD-11) has introduced legislation that would remove Election Day as a state holiday. Hertz told Montana Public Radio that he was approached by several constituents about why some people got the day off when others did not. Linda Stoll with the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders and Election Administrators says county officials need government employee volunteers to help run polls. She testified against the bill.
New Hampshire: According to the Union Leader, as many as 40 bills to change the Granite State’s election laws will soon be working their way through the Legislature, but the paper opines that only a few will end up on the governor’s desk.
New Mexico: Democrats have introduced an amendment to the state’s constitution that would automatically register residents to vote when they received a new or updated license from the state’s motor vehicle division.
Utah: Like in Kansas, legislators in Utah are scrambling to update election laws in the likelihood that Rep. Chris Stewart may be appointed to serve in the new presidential administration. Currently Utah has no procedure for filing a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Utah Policy, the current law states: "When a vacancy occurs for any reason in the office of a representative in Congress, the governor shall issue a proclamation calling an election to fill the vacancy." The law does not specify how soon he has to call the election, and how that election will be conducted.
Virginia: The House elections subcommittee has killed several elections-related bills including one that would have eliminated the voter ID requirement for Virginians. Other vetoed bills would have expanded absentee and early voting and allowed out-of-state college IDs and IDs issued by nursing homes to the forms of ID acceptable for voting purposes.
Also in Virginia, following a bumpy special election where several polling places ran out of ballots, Sen. Steve Newman (R-Bedford County) announced plans to introduce a bill that would require local registrars to issue a certain percentage of ballots for special election.
V. Legal Updates
California: A lawsuit contesting a San Jose city council race is focusing on 116 contested ballots. The losing (and suing) candidate lost by just 68 votes.
Florida: Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen has ruled that Delray Beach cannot be forced to hold a special election to fill an open commission seat.
Idaho: According to the Associated Press, Idaho's top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter intimidation and interference during campaigning for last November's election. Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther sent a letter this week telling the Bonner County prosecutor's office that he did not find evidence of malicious harassment or stalking in the alleged incidents.
Maine: Maine State Prison inmate Raishawn Key has filed a complaint that he was denied his right to vote because Augusta City Clerk Robert Egg rejected his absentee ballot application because of a “non-existing street address.”
New York: The U.S. Department of Justice has gotten involved in a lawsuit against the New York City Board of Elections over the removal of 117,000 voters from the rolls in the months leading up to the election. DOJ has said that the removal of the voters was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
Pennsylvania: Luzerne County has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to make polling places more accessible. According to the Times Leader, the settlement stems from a survey of 52 of the county’s 180 polling place locations during the Nov. 3, 2015, general election.
Texas: The City of Pasadena has appealed a ruling that found that it deliberately violated the voting rights of Hispanics. Although the appeal has been filed, Judge Lee H. Rosenthal said the city must conduct the upcoming 2017 election under the new voting system.
Virginia: Vafalay Massaquoi has pleaded guilty to one count of election fraud and two counts of forging public records for submitting bogus voter-registration forms.
VI. Tech Thursday
Washington: Pierce County has become the first county in Washington to select Clear Ballot’s ClearVote election system.
VII. Opinions This Week
California: Open source voting technology
Florida: Ex-felon voting rights
Kansas: Lost votes
Indiana: Voting laws
Maine: Ranked choice voting
Massachusetts: Voter ID
Nebraska: Voter ID
New York: Voting system
North Carolina: Voter fraud
Oregon: Automatic voter registration
Texas: Voting problems
Wisconsin: Voter fraud
VIII. Upcoming Events
NASS 2017 Winter Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of Secretaries of State 2017 Winter Conference. When: February 15-18, 2017. Where: Washington, D.C.
Election Center Special Workshop — the Election Center will host a special winter workshop featuring courses in facilitating voter participation (Course 7), implementation of new programs (Course 8) and resources management (Renewal Course 26). When: February 15-19. Where: Savanah, Georgia.
NASED 2017 Winter Meeting — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of State Election Directors 2017 Winter Meeting. When: February 15-18, 2017. Where: Washington, D.C.
IaoGO 2017 Annual Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the International Association of Government Officials 2017 Annual Conference. When: July 6-13, 2017. Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
NASS 2017 Summer Conference — Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of Secretaries of State 2017 Summer Conference. When: July 7-10, 2017. Where: Indianapolis, Indiana.
NASED 2017 Summer Meeting— Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information and registration details on the National Association of State Election Directors 2017 Summer Meeting. When: August 22-25, 2017. Where: Anaheim, California.
IX. Job Postings This Week
Assistant Registrar I, City of Richmond, Virginia — under general direction, performs all forms of customer service and office procedures related to voter registration and elections. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Processing voter registration applications, voting records and verifying data entered; receives candidate's filing papers and reports, and verifies candidates' petitions; assists the general public with absentee voting; assists with election officer training to include preparation of training packets and, setup and testing of equipment in training; serves as department receptionist; receives and screens calls and visitors, directing them to appropriate offices; prepares, sorts, prioritizes, and distributes incoming and outgoing mail; handles return mail and researches voter applications; performs routine office functions, including document preparation, filing, sorting, copying, and faxing; provides information to the public by providing copies of public documents, answering questions and resolving complaints regarding election/VR laws and procedures; and, other job related duties as assigned. Salary: $24,108.00 - $39,076.00. Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:59 PM EST. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Associate Director for Modern Election, Democracy Fund— the Democracy Fund seeks an Associate Director for Modern Elections to lead its strategy for creating a modern election system. The Associate Director will be responsible for implementing the Election Program’s efforts to modernize voter registration systems, improve and expand access to voting, and reduce the risk of systematic election failures. The Associate Director, a newly created position reporting to the Elections Program Director, will also support the team’s work to encourage the adoption of evidence-based best practices and technology in the elections field, which will include direct advocacy and coalition building through Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c4 sister-organization. The Associate Director also will support research, network development, field evaluation and analysis, and the development of a portfolio of regional and national grantees working to generate change for a modern election system. The successful candidate will be an excellent manager with demonstrated policy reform and management experience. Strong candidates will possess deep expertise in the field of election administration or a related area of public policy and will be comfortable collaborating in a highly bipartisan, fast-paced work environment. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Service Consultant, Hart InterCivic — Hart InterCivic is seeking a Customer Service Consultant who has a strong desire to provide an outstanding customer experience for a growing company. Our Customer Service Consultant supports our customers on a daily basis by providing the following: Foster and develop positive customer relations by providing courteous, prompt and proactive customer service. Communicate with customers by phone, email or other correspondence. Respond to customer requests in a timely manner. Ensure timely Order Fulfillment through interactions with customers , other internal departments, and vendors: Create price quotations, orders, and similar requests for customers. Process purchase orders and enter purchase information into Order Management System. Verify all purchase orders and order information for accuracy. Contact customers to verify the information on purchase orders as it may be appropriate. Provide customers with assistance and information on part numbers, order status, troubleshooting their purchase orders, or other requests. Act as a liaison and coordinate with other departments through order completion and to expedite or resolve any issues or concerns. Provide follow up and respond to customer issues, inquiries, emails, correspondence, or other requests. Assist in maintaining up to date customer files. Partner with other departments to prepare documentation to process returns and credit memos. Partner with other departments to process requests for internal orders, including capital expenditure requests. Maintain a current working knowledge of product lines, prices, lead-time, and other relevant information. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Customer Service Representative, Collier County, Florida— purpose of this classification is to provide clerical support and customer service. Work involves preparing a variety of documents; entering data and retrieving information from department databases; maintaining automated and manual files; and assisting callers, customers and/or visitors. Salary: $34,000-$38,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Elections & Special Districts Director, Cochise County, Arizona — under general direction of the County Administrator, provides professional level project planning in all functions related to the conduct of voting and election activities for the County. Under limited supervision, perform work of considerable difficulty to plan, organize, coordinate, direct and control all activities of the Elections & Special Districts Department in compliance with statutory and regulatory federal and state requirements. Prepare and manage the annual fiscal budget for the department, develop long-range plans and anticipates/identifies long-term organizational needs. Sound judgment and considerable communication and interpersonal skills are required in this position. Salary: $60,000-$90,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
IT Specialist, Collier County, Florida — the IT Support Specialist works closely with IT staff to provide technical support and assistance to all staff located within the Supervisor of Elections office. This person will work with a wide variety of elections industry specific technologies to include hardware, software, programming, printers, and applications. In addition, this person will be providing support and assistance for non-election industry networking technology to include workstations, servers, printers, etc. Salary: $44,000-$50,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Product Specialist, Denver, Colorado — Dominion Voting Systems is seeking a tech-savvy, passionate Product Specialist to join our team in downtown Denver! This position will be responsible for providing technical support on all Dominion Voting Systems products both on-site, via the telephone or via email; write detailed, technical documentation for distribution internally and externally; and interface 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.
Research Fellow- Elections, The Democracy Fund — the Elections Program focuses on election administration and money in politics by supporting unbiased research, bipartisan dialogue, and unconventional solutions that will ensure the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. We are looking for candidates who are available part-time (20-30 hours/week) and can support the research needs of the Elections Program team, which may include both qualitative and quantitative analysis. A successful candidate has the ability to work with policy experts and academics on questions fundamental to our program and has a high interest in making meaningful contributions to elections and voting research. Deadline: Open until filled. 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.
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.
Vote-by-Mail Coordinator, Collier County, Florida —purpose of this classification is to issue vote-by-mail ballots, handle vote-by-mail voter service inquiries, maintain voter records, and support all other vote-by-mail ballot functions. Duties include: Interacts daily with registered voters and makes decisions regarding the vote-by-mail balloting process. As part of a team, works well with others and communicates ideas effectively. Exchanges information, coordinates assignments, and problem solves with others. Supervises temporary workers for ballot processing and voter inquiries during peak election cycles. Designs routing and sorting schemes and then loads, operates, adjusts, and repairs machinery used by vote-by-mail department. Maintains database information for vote-by-mail ballots by entering voter registrations and vote-by-mail ballot requests, retrieving voter information, and providing detailed reports. Creates new spreadsheets/files and purges old data. Researches information from databases as requested. Generates reports, logs, and listings from databases. May include scanning paper documents into digital database. Administers the security of vote-by-mail ballots by ensuring secure distribution, receipt, and storage. Controls voted vote- by-mail ballot acceptance, signature verification, sorting, and extraction. Prepares department records, reports, and forms. Prepares correspondence and letters; receives documents and retrieves information from drafts, summaries, databases, or other source documents; incorporates information into prepared materials; proofreads for accuracy and completeness; copies and distributes documents as appropriate. Requests information from other departments as necessary to complete department records/files. Answers telephones; assists callers with questions regarding election related issues, services, or procedures; refers callers to other staff members as appropriate. Responds to email, web, and fax inquiries. Operates a personal computer, telephones, copiers, mailing, and other general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and other system software. Salary: $38,000-$42,000. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
Voter Registration Specialist II, Yavapai County, Arizona — under minimal supervision, supervises temporary employees and performs all forms of customer service and office procedures. Also performs technical work of increasing difficulty in the operation of Voter Registration and specialized mailing and printing equipment. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Maintains complex voter registration database; manage all phases of printing and mailing of voter materials. Helps manage all phases of mailing and receiving ballots; purchases and maintains inventory of stock; accounts for beginning and ending inventory of ballots. Assists the Registrar of Voters in planning, organizing and preparing for upcoming Elections. Oversees day-to-day office duties; supervises and provides clerical operational support to assigned staff; maintains daily and monthly reports; monitors and performs the maintenance of voter registration records and lists. Prepares periodic and special reports including statistical reports to the Parties, statutory reports to Secretary of State’s office and audit reports to election for canvass. Provides information to the public by answering questions and resolving complaints regarding election/VR laws and procedures. Orders supplies for the Voter Registration department. Performs other job related duties as assigned. Salary: $17.18-$19.75/hour. Deadline: Open until filled. Application: For the complete job listing and to apply, click here.
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