July 17, 2009
Local Commissioner Elected President of State Election Commissioners Association
OSWEGO - Oswego County Election Commissioner William W. Scriber was elected president of the Election Commissioners Association of the State of New York at the association's annual conference in late June. Scriber is the first Oswego County Commissioner to hold that post in the association's 94 years.
“I am honored to have the confidence of the association's members in this historic time, with the conversion to new optical scan voting systems statewide,” said Commissioner Scriber.
The Election Commissioners Association of the State of New York is one of the oldest associations of elections administrators in the United States and is made up of commissioners and deputies in each of the 62 counties in New York State. The conference highlighted training sessions in voting machine deployment, preparation and counting new optical scan ballots, campaign finance law, and new state regulations and policies in election operations.
Scriber unveiled a new taskforce to prepare a certification program for election commissioners that will create a training program much like the New York State School Boards Association. A new web site will be developed to allow training online for commissioners and staff and to provide a new information portal for the association.
“This year will present many important challenges to election professionals around the state,” said Scriber. “With 47 of 62 counties volunteering for a pilot which will replace the lever voting machines with optical scan systems, and the new policies and procedures passed by the New York State Board of Elections, county boards are making a unparalleled change in their operations statewide. We as an association must be willing to take clear action in support of our membership.”
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