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December 17 2013 Brad King CoDirector Indiana Election Division 2014 Election Administrators Conference Just Like Being County Treasurer HA Clerks need to know about all sorts of things not just elections These include ID: 727809

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“I Wish Someone Had Told Me…” December 17, 2013

Brad KingCo-Director, Indiana Election Division2014 Election Administrators Conference Slide2

“Just Like Being County Treasurer”

HA!Clerks need to know about all sorts of things (not just elections). These include:Public Records and Retention LawsRelations with Candidates, Media, CampaignsNew laws (such as government employee restrictions)Slide3

Public RecordsStart by assuming that everything is a public record, unless you can point to something that says it is not. (IC 5-14-3-3)Some election records are restricted:

Some absentee ballot applications (Atty General Confidentiality Program participant; IC 5-26.2-5-5)Ballots (IC 3-10-1-31.1)Slide4

Public Records IISome voter registration records are restricted:Information on agency where a person submitted a voter registration application

Declinations (person declined to apply to register) from a “full service” voter registration agencyAddress confidentiality participant voter registration recordSlide5

Public Records IIICommon questions about public records requests:Original voter registration application (is public record, except Confidentiality program member)

Absentee application information (is public record, except Confidentiality program member)Electronic voter registration records (depends on “uniform, nondiscriminatory”county election board policy)Slide6

Record RetentionSome things last forever: County Election Board minutes, for example, including sample regular and provisional ballots used in each election.

Voter Registration records: original voter registration records (until cancellation, + 2 years)Ballots (22 months, except if recount or court order). Unused ballots can be disposed of after recount deadline.Slide7

Record RetentionMiscellaneous precinct election material (22 months, unless recount or court order). Includes precinct oath books, paper poll lists.

Don’t forget County Public Records Commission disposal procedures (IC 5-15-6)Slide8

Ballot ProofingThe more eyes, the betterCounty election board members and county party chairs must be given chance to proof

Example 1: You spell a candidate’s name incorrectly. What happens?Example 2: You leave a candidate’s name off the ballot completely. What happens?Ballot errors can mean special election.Slide9

OutreachIdentify stakeholders:Candidates

Political parties and committeesMedia (newspaper, radio, television, social media)Citizen groups and service clubsPoll workersSlide10

Outreach IIHow to communicate to stakeholders?Training for candidates (campaign finance, disclaimers)

Training for poll workersPublic speaking at schools, community events, club meetingsSocial mediaPress releases throughout year (deadlines, new procedures that affect voters)Slide11

Outreach IIIIt’s OK if you don’t know answer!“I don’t know (or I’m not 100% sure). Let me check on that and get you more information.”

Lots of resources: Election Division website and publicationsYour fellow county election administratorsSlide12

New LawsElection laws change for several reasons:Policy decisions by Congress, State legislature

Court decisions interpreting lawsNew technology and obsolete technology (in 2013, Indiana law repealed references to “ballot pasters” and microfilm of election records.Legislative Summaries in front of each edition of Indiana Election Code bookSlide13

Example of new state law:Use of Government Resources for Political activity by government employeesState, county, municipal employees prohibited from using money, equipment, goods, and materials of their government employer to solicit contributions or advocate election or defeat of candidate or approval or defeat of public question.Slide14

New Law on Campaign ActivityState, county, and municipal employees prohibited from distributing campaign materials advocating approval or defeat of public question:

On real property belonging to the person’s government employer; andDuring regular working hours (IC 3-14-1-17)Slide15

Food for Thought(Thanks to Trent Deckard for discussion topics)

Tell us about you and your background. Why did you step up to the plate to be clerk?Tell us about your county.  How many registered voters do you have? What is typical turnout? How many poll sites do you administer?  What is the size of your office staff and what other duties are you responsible for?

What is one thing you wish that someone had told you before you took office?  Slide16

Food for ThoughtA county clerk’s office must deal with campaigns for federal, state, and local offices (not to mention public questions) Many of these groups make public records requests. 

How does your office reach out to these candidates and campaigns, and to the general public?What have been some of the most effective outreach strategies?Slide17

Food for ThoughtWe have daily, weekly, television, radio, and internet media sources.  What particular media outlets do you have in your county?  How you do you work with media to provide information about the election? Have you had media challenges?

 Being clerk can be difficult enough, but being both clerk and a candidate on the ballot is even tougher. How do you balance those roles? How do you work with your bipartisan county election board? How involved are CEB members in administering the election? What challenges have you faced?Slide18

Your thoughts?