Today, we are thrilled to share and welcome Jocelyn Bucaro to our team as a Director of Tusk Philanthropies, where she will focus her time and effort on mobile voting. She is a veteran elections administrator, most recently serving as the Director of Elections in Denver and before that as an Elections Director in Ohio.
We were first introduced to Jocelyn in 2019 when we were kicking off the mobile voting pilot in Denver. This was our second pilot, after a successful launch in West Virginia in late 2018. For Denver’s election, mobile voting was used to provide a more convenient and secure way for active-duty military and citizens living overseas to vote in the election. This was also the first time we worked with jurisdictions to launch the first public audit of mobile votes in a U.S. election, where Jocelyn led the effort to make elections more transparent. We were impressed with Denver’s commitment to improving access and security with mobile voting, which helped earn them the Democracy Award from the National Association of Election Officials.
Jocelyn continued to expand access and promote transparency through last year’s presidential election cycle. During her time at Denver Elections, she added curbside voting and super vote centers across Denver to mitigate the risk of voting during COVID. She also initiated a live stream of ballot processing to ensure the public could monitor the election process, and she led the development of a more accessible and interactive ballot tracking system that earned commendation by the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado.
We are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. The pandemic raised the urgency of finding safe, convenient options to cast a ballot and put the spotlight on election officials. Despite the pandemic, voters turned out in record numbers thanks to expanded options, but the aftermath of the election shows how fragile public faith in our democracy is. Jocelyn witnessed first-hand the tests of our democratic process and is ready to use her experience with mobile voting to build on the lessons of 2020. As she demonstrated in Denver, mobile voting offers both convenience and transparency through end-to-end verifiable elections to improve public faith in our democracy.
Tusk Philanthropies is excited to have Jocelyn join our team as we build out the infrastructure and security needed to continue adopting mobile voting. Jocelyn witnessed firsthand the benefits of secure mobile voting. We believe she will be instrumental to our team as we continue to expand access to the ballot box through mobile voting.
Please give her a warm welcome, and if you have any questions about our work with mobile voting, drop us a note here.