Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant
takes a question from a webcast viewer
on her Blackberry during the final day
of candidate filing.
Charleston, W.Va. – More than 1,200 people watched the last day of the candidate filing period in West Virginia live on the first webcast from the Secretary of State’s Office.
The live webcast was on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
The live webcast began at noon on the final day of filing and ended at midnight, when candidacy papers had to be postmarked. Dozens of candidates took advantage of the final day of filing, and many were able to file live during the webcast.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant and members of the Elections Division also took questions during the webcast. People were able to email questions directly to Secretary Tennant. Questions ranged from how to get more young people involved in the elections process to what happens if a candidate cannot afford the filing fee.
Tennant’s office has been utilizing technology during the entire filing period. From the first day, an up-to-the-minute listing of candidates was available on the Secretary of State’s website.
Despite the more than six inches of snow that fell in Charleston Saturday the webcast went on as planned, because Tennant said the people of West Virginia deserved to see their state government in action and see how candidate filing worked.
“We owe it to the people of this state to use technology to make state government more open and engaging,” Tennant said. “We were able to show people sitting at home how a candidate comes in, what they have to fill out, and how they officially become a candidate. And being able to do it live adds to the excitement of the last day. Hopefully we will be able to use technology even more in the future.”
Candidacy papers had to be postmarked by midnight on January 30. Several filings may still be in the mail, and Tennant says the final listing of candidates should be available on the Secretary of State’s website by the middle of the week.