Charleston, W.Va. – Election legislation passed during this year’s legislative session and voter registration systems were the focus of the Secretary of State’s Elections Conference for county clerks this week at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County.
Video clips of some of the speeches can be seen here.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant and members of the Elections Division discussed the Vote By Mail Pilot Program and Satellite Precinct legislation with county clerks and county commissioners, who came from across West Virginia.
The Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) were also discussed in detail. Secretary of State staff took questions and clerks were able to express pros and cons of both programs, and give ideas on how to improve service to voters and how to better keep track of their registration.
The three-day event also featured voting issues from a national perspective. Gary Poser, the elections manager for the State of Minnesota, was the keynote speaker on the second day of the conference. Poser retold the saga of the more than six month long court battle between incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, and Democratic challenger Al Franken.
Leslie Reynolds, executive director of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), was joined by two representatives from the United States House Committee on Administration to discuss changes in federal election laws.
“We are always in touch with county clerks,” Secretary Tennant said. “Our elections division is constantly talking with them and listening to their concerns. But getting everyone together for a few days to hear how we can do things better is invaluable. We are going to take suggestions from the county clerks and do our best to serve them better, so that they can serve the voters of their counties better.”
County clerks were also briefed on the state of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in West Virginia, voter surveys, and how to use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter to stay better connected to voters.
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