Roanoke, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today the 2011 West Virginia Elections Seminar will begin Monday, March 21 at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County and will feature training and informative sessions for dozens of county clerks from around the state.
The two-day elections seminar takes on added importance this year, because of the special gubernatorial elections set for May and October. Normally 2011 would have been a year of mostly municipal elections, and not a special gubernatorial election.
The elections seminar will feature county clerks and county clerk staff broken down into smaller groups for a more personal approach to elections training. This will allow clerks and elections officials from the Secretary of State’s Office to openly discuss election law and to better answer questions.
The agenda for the seminar includes sessions on voting machine training, best practices for election day and election night, poll worker training, legislative updates, canvassing and recount procedures, campaign finance, redistricting, updates on pilot projects, absentee and early voting, and information on the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
The seminar also features a 30-minute group discussion with Secretary Tennant.
“This is a great opportunity to get everyone together to talk about concerns and issues,” Tennant said. “I’ve always said face-to-face contact is the best, even with all the new technology we have. This seminar is always important, but maybe even more so this year. In the next 20 months, these county clerks will be administering four statewide elections. It’s a very important time for election officials in West Virginia.”
A representative from each of the 55 county clerks offices must attend the seminar.
The Secretary of State’s Office is required by state code to hold the elections seminar every other year. The 2009 elections seminar was also held at Stonewall Resort.