CES Updates

Volunteer Project Lead Positions Available

The Center for Election Science is a national, non-partisan reform organization dedicated to helping people fight for better, fairer and more representative elections across the country. 

CES is looking for dedicated volunteers to help build its grassroots organization. Project Leads play an absolutely vital role in building and expanding the system of CES support chapters throughout the nation. Chapters are officially sanctioned supporter organizations of CES. They engage in grassroots activities like educating the public, reaching out to officials and advocating for voting method reform.


The core job of the Project Lead is to see through the completion of projects crucial to our organizing efforts like basic (nonacademic) research. This work is crucial, as it informs our strategy and ability to build support for voting method reform.

The Project Lead will be in charge of helping us connect with our supporters. They will work directly under and in close contact with the Director of Campaigns and Advocacy (DCA). 

Volunteer Position Outline

As a Project Lead you will:

  • Lead straightforward (nonacademic) research projects using our tools to help us improve and maintain our contact database
  • Assist with research into the basic underpinnings of city and state governments to help understand our organizing opportunities
  • Assist chapters in their outreach to local stakeholders by helping them map out potential outreach opportunities
  • Learn the necessary research skills from the Director of Campaigns
  • Help assess the landscape for voting reform in an area
  • Help us find new localities that could be interested in reforming their voting system
  • Participate and give strategic guidance in national organizing calls
  • Be a dependable partner, able to give ~5-8 hours a month
  • Act responsibly in line with your leadership position, treating all people and ideas with respect

What Makes You a Good Fit

  • Experience in contact info research (i.e. for a non-profit, an organization). Or interest/experience reading through city or state documents and statutes.
  • Maybe you like to be behind the scenes, but feel passionate about the effort
  • You are perceptive and are able to understand policy/political situations that differ from those in your own city or state
  • You like research that helps tell a story – that is actionable and leads to outcomes
  • Skills or willingness to learn skills with online tools like Google Docs, Sheets and Zoom
  • You’re comfortable working remotely and independently


  • Ability to work directly with the DCA to create change in your community! Very cool.
  • It’s very fun trying to find this info, feels like a serious scavenger hunt!
  • Opportunity to learn new skills, and make new connections
  • Be a part of a movement at the ground floor
  • Get to work with some really cool tools and data!

Those interested in this position are encouraged to apply via email to the Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, Chris Raleigh, at chris@electionscience.org. In your email, make the subject “Project Lead,” and in 2-3 paragraphs tell us why you’d like the position and why you’d be a good fit.