Charleston, W.Va. - The chairman of the State Election Commission said Wednesday that the days of closed door meetings are over, thanks to the internet and webcasting.
"I think any time we can increase the voter's knowledge of how their government works, the state wins," Dr. Robert Rupp, who has been chairman since 2009, said. "The days of that closed-door meeting, basically, the internet has made that obsolete."
Dozens of people from around West Virginia - from Charleston and Fairmont to Morgantown and Martinsburg - were able to watch the meeting live on the Secretary of State's live webcast channel.
This was the first time ever that the SEC webcast one of its regular meetings.
The SEC is made up of four appointees and Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, who could not attend this meeting because of the recent death of her mother.
The SEC discussed public campaign finance issues, loan requests from counties, and legislation that affects the voting process in West Virginia.
The Secretary of State's Office has more webcasts planned. The schedule is updated regularly on the live webcast channel, which can be seen here.
The members of the State Election Commission receive a UOCAVA briefing from Secretary of State Policy Director Jackie Harris (right) during their webcast meeting on June 1, 2011.