The county clerk leads the way on issues from choosing voting technologies to training election workers to coordinating the tabulation and certification of results. Our next county clerk will implement the new state election laws, which change election scheduling and consolidate authority over local and school elections.
The goals of election administration should always be inclusive, to eliminate unnecessary barriers to voting. The Clerk should be an advocate at the state level for changes in election law to help maximize voter participation, while preventing fraud.
Each and every person who comes to the Clerk-Registerâ€™s office should be treated with the utmost courtesy and respect. To achieve this requires an ongoing commitment, including adequate training and active support for front-line staff.
Public access to information is a core mission of the Clerk-Registerâ€™s office. The availability of public information and services online, via the countyâ€™s web site, needs to be expanded â€” but with careful attention to issues of privacy, security, and cost.
Though final authority rests with the judges, the Clerk administers many aspects of the jury system for local courts, and is in a position to recommend and implement policies to make jury duty as brief, flexible and hassle-free as possible.
Every task assigned to the Clerk-Registerâ€™s office requires working with other elected and appointed officials in local and state government. Active cooperation requires seeking out the ideas and concerns of officials and stakeholders, and finding solutions which work for everyone.