Jerome serves as Testing and Certification Director for voting system certification at the EAC. In this role, he assists jurisdictions with developing processes and procedures for conducting risk-limiting audits (RLA). He published the white paper "Risk-Limiting Audits - Practical Application" to provide a foundation for elected officials on how RLAs work and things to consider before conducting pilots or mandating RLAs via legislation. He assisted Marion County, IN and the Ball State Voting System Technical Oversight Program with conducting an RLA pilot, and the Michigan Secretary of State with pilot RLAs in Rochester Hills, City of Lansing, and City of Kalamazoo.
Prior to joining the EAC in September 2017, he worked as a Voting Systems Specialist at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office for 10 years where he served as the voting system certification lead and risk-limiting audit project manager. He is a former Certified Colorado Election Official and former City of Centennial Election Commissioner. In 2007, Jerome led the re-certification testing campaigns on three of the four voting systems that were used in Colorado. In 2015, he was heavily involved in piloting four new voting systems for the 2015 Coordinated Election, and assisted in deploying and implementing a new voting system in 56 of 64 counties for the 2016 General Election. He also drafted and revised voting-systems related rules and procedures, conducted county audits and investigations, and provided county support on all voting-systems related matters.
While serving in the Secretary of State’s office, Jerome spearheaded the effort to apply for a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to conduct research on performing RLAs in Colorado. With that grant, he assisted counties in conducting RLA pilots; chaired the RLA public working group; created training material and conducted trainings at regional county meetings. In addition, he drafted software specifications for RLA software, and created a project plan to implement a statewide RLA for the 2017 Coordinated Election.
Jerome received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.