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Porter County Clerk Bailey to offer candidate training

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Porter County Clerk Jessica Bailey reported at Thursday’s Election Board meeting that the new Office of Elections and Registration is gearing up to offer training for candidates running for local office.

Bailey said the training will be held in a two-hour session on a weekend and will touch on issues such as filing campaign finance reports, creating proper campaign signage, and other campaign laws and requirements. Election Board Attorney Monica Conrad is working on a disclaimer clarifying that candidates themselves are still responsible for knowing the laws.

In other business, Bailey also congratulated Elections Director Sundae Schoon for being accepted into Ball State’s Certificate in Elections, Administration, Technology, and Security (CEATS) program. Bailey reported the program follows changes in state law and updated technology so election professionals can learn about topics like human resources, poll worker training, election and procedural law, space management, public relations, information technology, and cybersecurity in one go.

Director’s Report

Schoon reported the Elections and Registration office completed its voter list maintenance by the state deadline of Aug. 8. Postcards went out to every registered voter.

Schoon said the Elections and Registration booth at the Porter County Fair was a hit, with more than 670 people of all ages testing out the County’s new voting machines. A lot of parents brought their teens who will be voting for the first time in November, and many older people came to familiarize themselves with the new technology, according to Schoon.

Campaign Finance Reports

The Board discussed acquiring software so candidates can file campaign finance reports online. The Board took no action, but agreed that online reports have several benefits. Board member Jeff Chidester said he thinks the state provides an option for online campaign finance reporting that is free to candidates.

Chidester said he sees the benefits of online paperwork when he files union paperwork. “It’s always on time. It’s just so easy. If you have to do this paper, you’re constantly making notes and changing things, reprinting things,” he said. “It’s easier on us, too.” Bailey agreed, adding that typed reports are easier to read.



Posted 8/20/2019




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