December 4, 2009
CONTACT INFORMATION: Harper Lawson, (406) 465-4474
Biennial Secretary of State’s Office Election Training Workshop
Monday, December 7 – Wednesday December 9
|Secretary Linda McCulloch and Elections Deputy Lisa Kimmet observe a mail-ballot election in Billings, Montana.|
BILLINGS, MT – The 2010 election cycle will soon be in full swing, and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is working to ensure Election Administrators have the tools they need to run smooth and efficient elections in each of Montana’s 56 counties.
More than 100 election officials will join Secretary McCulloch and staff at the Secretary of State’s Biennial Election Training Workshop to receive hands-on training, review and discuss timely elections issues and analyze contingency plans. Montana law provides that attendees must also receive a Certificate of Instruction, which is valid for two years.
“My staff and I have developed an informative training agenda that will prepare us all for a successful 2010 election season. Communication is the foundation to any partnership, and I’m confident that great work will be accomplished,” said McCulloch.
The Montana Election and Technology Advisory Council (METAC) will be a featured presenter at the workshop. Members consist of local election officials who guide the Secretary of State’s Office on the needs of counties as they relate to elections systems.
“METAC helps bridge the communication gap between state and local government. It’s important that we’re all on the same page in regards to elections issues,” said McCulloch.
Montana law provides the Secretary of State shall hold at least one workshop every two years to instruct Election Administrators and their staff in use of materials and new technology. This will be the first training workshop for many of the attendees.
“The beauty of this workshop is that we, in the Secretary of State’s Office, learn as much from the Election Administrators as they learn from us.”