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 From Albemarle County To Afghanistan, She's Seen It All

1/8/2010
    
    Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is proud to announce the addition of Jackie Harris to the staff of the Elections Division. Harris brings more than 20 years of elections experience, having administered elections in Virginia and observed elections in Afghanistan. 
    
    For three years, Harris served as general registrar in Fairfax County, Virginia, where there are more than

Jackie Harris brings
more than 20 years
of elections experience.
680,000 registered voters. For the fifteen years before that, she administered elections in Albemarle County, Virginia and later served as an elections consultant in Charlottesville, VA. 
    
    Harris also traveled to Afghanistan in 2009 to observe the presidential election there. Harris says in the capital city of Kabul, men and women voted in separate rooms. She says other than that, the election looked much like they do here: the poll workers were clearly identified, they had poll books, and there were ballot boxes in the polling place. She says people who voted had their fingers marked with dark ink to prevent them from trying to vote twice. 
    
    “All my children are grown and I have all this elections experience that I didn’t want to go to waste,” Harris said. “I wanted to work in elections but at the same time be in a place where I could do what I wanted to do. Coming to West Virginia seemed like the perfect fit for me.” 
    
    David Nichols, Elections Division Manager in the Secretary of State’s Office, said having Harris in the department means even more reliable service for candidates and voters in West Virginia. 
    
    “I’m thrilled that she is part of our team,” Nichols said. “Jackie brings a wealth of knowledge that is hard to find. She has worked in elections for so long that it is hard to imagine a situation popping up that she has not seen before. She is going to be a valuable part of the team as we continue our dedication to making sure elections in West Virginia are fair.” 
    
    Harris will have little time to settle in. The filing period for candidates seeking office in 2010 begins January 11.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com