Commissioners prep for next election cycle

Between new election machines potentially coming to the county and the business of a municipal election, 2019 is going to be a busy year for county elections officials.

A couple events discussed during Monday’s Warren County Commissioner’s meeting are aimed at making those processes a little smoother.

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said that Elections Director Lisa Rivett is planning a March 14 event at the Slater Room at the Warren Public Library.

He described it as an “open house for the election office to have people review, use and check out (and ask) questions about new potential election systems.”

Eggleston said that Centre County held a similar event and he “thought it was a really good idea,” explaining that the vendors with state-certified election machine options will be in attendance and that individuals will be able to ask “questions on how the election systems would work.”

He added that the public is invited and will be able to “play with the machines (and) ask questions.”

Rivett added that she is inviting poll workers and is wanting the vendors to show how to set up and tear down the machines and well as troubleshoot problems.

Once the county selects a system, Rivett said, “then we’ll have a more extensive training with the poll workers and the rovers.”

Rivett said she is also planning a candidate forum with a tentative date of Feb. 13.

She said that will be a time for potential candidates to receive petition packets and street lists and “everything they would need to get started the following Tuesday” with collecting signatures.

“(It’s) really important to get the information first hand,” she said.

Eggleston noted that event sees increased participation during each election cycle.