Occ. Code 4134100

 

 

Voting Equipment Specialist 1, GRADE 14

4134100

Voting Equipment Specialist 2, GRADE 20

4134200

Voting Equipment Specialist 3, GRADE 23

4134300

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Voting Equipment Specialists certify the accuracy of electronic voting machines purchased by local elections boards. The positions ensure that a variety of elections electronic equipment is approved for use in elections and that this equipment conforms to appropriate standards and specifications set by localities. They provide technical assistance to local elections boards, respond to complaints on local elections equipment, perform on-site audits of county board of elections, and investigate the role of voting equipment in alleged voting irregularities and/or violations to ensure the smooth and open operations of elections activities. 

 

These positions are only classified at the New York State Board of Elections.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

The level of Voting Equipment Specialist is determined by the level of supervisory authority; the size and scope of the voting program and State region monitored; and the level of independent, discretionary judgment required when responding, assessing, and/or implementing proposed solutions to local elections boards concerns.

 

          Voting Equipment Specialist 1:  entry level; conduct routine voting certification program reviews, and evaluate certification tests on equipment to ensure county elections boards follow federal and State voting system standards.  

 

          Voting Equipment Specialist 2: full-performance level; create voting system evaluation and testing plans, and coordinate and supervise the work performed by independent testing assistants; and may supervise Voting Equipment Specialists 1 and other staff supporting the review or audit of county board of elections voting equipment.

 

          Voting equipment Specialist 3:  supervisory level; lead technical reviews and ensure that voting equipment complies with federal and State voting laws, regulations, guidelines, and requirements. 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

          Voting Equipment Specialist 1  

 

          Conduct routine voting certification program reviews; examine certification tests on equipment to ensure that county elections boards follow all elements of federal and State voting system standards; demonstrate and tests voting system software in user environments to make certain that compliance is obtained for all voting elements; advise counties in troubleshooting voting equipment and user problems; provide training to county personnel in election equipment program certification and review; compile reports documenting reviews of county election systems and recommend changes to equipment, software, and vendor relationships, consistent with election law mandates; and assist in randomly auditing election equipment used during federal, State, or county elections.       

 

          Voting Equipment Specialist 2

 

          Create voting system evaluation and testing plans; coordinate and supervise the work of independent testing assistants; conduct tests to ensure voting equipment and program protocol meet election law and county elections boards requirements; develop, oversee, and monitor all aspects of requests for proposals  and contract provisions for election equipment; provide assistance to county elections boards on equipment operations and review and investigate election equipment and program services provided by vendors; and compile information and create reports documenting services provided by the State Board of Elections to county boards of elections.

 

          Voting equipment Specialist 3 

 

          Lead all long- and short-term technical reviews, ensuring voting equipment complies with all federal and State voting laws, regulations, guidelines, and requirements; supervise technical and clerical staff in the State Board of Elections Certification and Implementation Unit; supervise the field work of subordinates; recommend and implement policy for the Boards testing and monitoring programs in concert with election operations management; ensure  that county boards of elections conform with new laws and that voting equipment meets new requirements; work with State Board of Elections staff, county boards of election, and stakeholders to ensure that existing or new voting equipment, or revised election processes comply with federal and State election laws; and advise county boards of elections on the changes necessary to keep local voting equipment, monitoring and testing practices in compliance with federal and State laws.

 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          Voting equipment Specialist 1

 

Associate's degree including nine college semester credits in computer science; and one year of experience in governmental voting system management or election administration, or in the implementation of electronic voting equipment.

 

          Voting equipment Specialist 2

 

Bachelor's degree including 12 college semester credits in computer science; and one year of experience in governmental voting system management or election administration, or in the implementation of electronic voting equipment.

 

          Voting equipment Specialist 3

 

Bachelor's degree including 12 college semester credits in computer science; and two years of experience in governmental voting system management or election administration, or in the implementation of electronic voting equipment.

 

 

 

 

Date:  6/14

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.