Voting System Technician
Works with the Voting System Project Lead to program and verify the election setup in both the election management software and vote tabulation systems. Assists the Voting System Project Lead with any database changes, mapping, and precinct changes. Prepares samples of ballots for proofing and creates a sample ballot for publication. Creates memory cards for all vote tabulation machines. Coordinates modem and stress testing. Updates training manuals. Compiles election night returns and assists with post election boards.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Receives general supervision from the Election Operations Manager.
- Receives direct supervision from the Voting System Project Lead.
- Exercises direct supervision over the recruitment, training, and performance of temporary election workers.
- Administer state and federal election laws to provide successful voting experiences for staff and the public.
- Review, analyze, and explain entity involvement, district participation, ballot set-up and design, and voting system equipment statutes and rules.
- Program the election set-up in the election management software application along with the Voting System Project Lead.
- Verify repeatedly the correct set-up of all districts, candidates, and issues in the election management system.
- Program the election set-up in the vote tabulation system under the direction of the Voting System Project Lead.
- Verify the correct vote tabulation system set-up.
- Administer, along with the Voting System Project Lead, any election database changes that may occur due to court actions or Secretary of State directives once the database is locked down.
- Ensure compliance with all Secretary of State Rules regarding election database security and governance.
- Prepare samples for the proofing and editing of paper, machine, and auditory ballots and text ballots.
- Prepare all vote tabulation machine memory cards.
- Perform all tests on test ballots and auditory ballots for functionality and correctness.
- Participate in all ballot and system proofing.
- Create all sample ballots; coordinate with the print shop and the webmaster all .pdf files for public posting.
- Participate in all modem testing and stress testing of election night returns.
- Create updates of all voting equipment sections of all training manuals.
- Compile and report all election night returns to the public and the Secretary of State.
- Assist with any post-election boards as needed.
- Ensure statutory compliance of all election database records.
- Maintain election calendar for all phases of election cycle.
- Extensive public contact on election day and in the office area. Answer questions, explain processes, and further the voter education process with the public.
- Assist with all mapping functions necessary for the creation and maintenance of all taxing districts, municipalities, and towns in the voter registration function.
- Assist with re-precincting projects as needed.
- Assist with petition projects as needed.
- Work in any Clerk and Recorder department when necessary.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to organizations in public administration.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to the Clerk and Recorder.
- Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 1, election laws, and other relevant statutory references to the election process; Secretary of State Rules and regulations as directed by statute; federal election laws as applicable including, but not limited to, The Help America Vote Act of 2002 and the National Voting Rights Act of 1993; thorough understanding of access to ballot statutes and rules.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Principles and best practices of elections, election database management, project management, and public relations.
- Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Vote tabulation system applications.
- Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, voter registration, election management, word processing, spreadsheets, layouts, scheduling, project management, and databases.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Read and interpret statutes.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members assigned to the voting system team.
- Understand the correlation between the election management database and the voting tabulation system database.
- Understand the workings of communication devices (modems and telephones) and the correlation between electronic voting equipment and modems, databases, programming and the election laws.
- Be very detail oriented. This area requires intense attention to detail.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives with other agencies and organizations, vendors, and members of the public.
- One year of supervisory experience in the elections area or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Computer Science, Business Administration or a related field.
- Ability to complete and understand intense voting tabulation system training.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, voter's registration in State of Colorado and Larimer County.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain in the next two years, a Colorado State Election Certification.
- Maintain continuing education hours annually or as required.
- Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
- The elections process is extremely complex and requires accuracy and detailed attention. Stress is most definitely a factor in this position.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Must be able to:
- Lift ballot boxes and cases weighing up to 32 pounds from floor level to 60 inches above floor level.
- Carry up to 32 pounds from a cart to a vehicle.
- Push and/or pull with up to 25 pounds of force.
- Stand and/or walk for up to eight hours during quality control tasks.