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 Secretary of State Ranks Third Nationally In Pew Center Study Evaluating Online Election Content

12/12/2011

    Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s website has ranked third nationally in a Pew Center on the States study that evaluated how content about elections is presented online to voters.
 
    West Virginia scored 45.4 out of a possible high score of 50. The Pew Center evaluated the elections websites of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
 
    West Virginia received high marks for posting information about how to register to vote, a detailed state candidate list, information for military and overseas voters, information about absentee voting, results for current and past elections with detailed maps, and active voter outreach through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
 
    “This recognition from the Pew Center shows the type of dedicated and forward-thinking election officials we have here in the Secretary of State’s Office,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, the state’s chief elections officer, said. “It is a voter’s right to have this information readily available and it is our duty to provide it. And we are going to take this evaluation from the Pew Center to mean that we are doing it the right way and we are going to get even better at it.”
 
    The Pew Center made special note of a “comprehensive and easy-to-read alphabetical list of municipal elections.” That list includes the dates of each municipality’s primary and general election and the voting system used in each municipality.
 
    Efforts are being made to make the website even better. In the future, voters will be able to see sample ballots online and find more detailed information about the location of their polling place. One improvement that has already been made is the ability of an absentee voter to check the status of their ballot and make sure it was received and counted.
 
    Overall, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s election website ranked 22nd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Contact:

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