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 Secretary of State's Office Wins National Elections Award


    Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office received national recognition in Orlando recently for a presentation that detailed the state’s online voting pilot project. 

    The award, in the State Division for the Best Professional Practices, was presented by the Election Center. The presentation, called “E-Voting: Beyond the MOVE Act,” showed West Virginia’s process for expanding voting opportunities for military personnel, their families, and other overseas citizens. 

    The pilot program, which will continue through the November general election, was recently expanded to
include 10 counties in West Virginia. 

    “By conducting this pilot, the West Virginia Secretary of State endeavors to capture sufficient data to shape future initiatives and to contribute to the national dialogue on the online voting process,” the report says. “If a level of security and confidence consistent with more traditional methods of absentee voting can be achieved, then online voting may provide an unprecedented opportunity to remove time-related barriers from the absentee voting process for uniformed service and overseas citizen voters.” 

    Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has traveled abroad to promote and increase awareness of West Virginia’s online absentee voting pilot program. She spoke to a gathering of the Overseas Vote Foundation in Munich, Germany, and as a member of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship discussed election programs with leaders in India and China. 

    The Secretary of State’s Office will be making a presentation on West Virginia’s online absentee voting pilot program at the winter conference of the National Association of State Elections Directors (NASED) in February in Washington, D.C. 

    For more information on the Election Center, visit their website at www.electioncenter.org.


Jake Glance
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