MARTINSBURG — Following the biggest voter turnout in Berkeley County historical past and a virtually problem-free election, Berkeley County election officers mentioned they weren’t stunned West Virginia and the efforts made the secretary of state have been honored with a 2020 Clearinghouse Award.
In a press launch shared Friday the U.S. Election Help Fee, the recipients of the 2020 Clearinghouse Awards, also referred to as the “Clearie” Awards, for greatest practices in election administration have been introduced, wherein West Virginia and Secretary of State Mac Warner have been acknowledged for “enhancing accessibility for voters with disabilities way of accessible digital poll” through the 2020 election season.
First established the Assist America Vote Act of 2002, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration data and launched the “Clearie” Awards in 2016 to advertise greatest practices in elections and rejoice the accomplishments of election officers, the discharge mentioned.
In keeping with Darrell Shull, Berkeley County director of elections and chief deputy clerk, it was no shock the Mountain State was honored on this explicit class contemplating the efforts made election officers and volunteers at each the state and county ranges.
“West Virginia was among the many first states to supply digital voting choices for individuals abroad and within the navy, so we have been already ready to supply assist to these with disabilities as we started engaged on final yr’s election,” Shull mentioned. “From Berkeley County’s perspective, these mail-in and digital poll choices have been very a lot wanted and have been very useful in making issues run easily.”
Shull mentioned way of the concerted efforts of election workers, Berkeley County election officers have been in a position to assist roughly 100 individuals with varied disabilities hindering them from voting in particular person to forged their ballots, whether or not mail-in or digital choices.
“West Virginia’s election practices are actually the gold commonplace for securing all elections and in permitting all individuals’s to forged their poll regardless of their incapacity,” Shull mentioned. “And I do know there are much more efforts being made proper now our secretary of state to good these ballot-casting processes, to higher monitor mail-in ballots and ensure those that have to forged their poll in a nontraditional means for no matter motive can achieve this safely. It’s not the primary time our secretary of state was revolutionary in his strategy to digital poll casting, and it actually gained’t be the final. And Berkeley County is simply excited and proud to be part of it.”
As beforehand reported, Shull mentioned the ultimate voter turnout numbers for the overall election held in November — together with ballots forged electronically, mail and in particular person — capped out at 51,845 individuals of the 83,469 registered voters within the county, translating to roughly 62.11% of the registered populace.
Shull defined this whole was almost 8,000 individuals greater than the next-highest voter turnout in Berkeley County historical past, definitively making the 2020 election essentially the most voted on election within the county’s final 50 years.