New Law Prompts New Position in Washington County

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The Washington County Commissioners created a new office of Elections Administrator Tuesday after county officials say the Help America Vote Act created problems for them with the election process.

H.A.V.A. was established in 2002 to replace the punch card voting system and to assist the handicapped and elderly vote, and was not created in response to the problems the state of Florida experienced during the 2000 presidential election.

County Clerk Beth Rothermel said the new position was needed because H.A.V.A had compounded elections and had become too overbearing for her office to handle.

With it being an off-year for elections, it was a good time to create the new position.

County Judge Dorothy Morgan said the real problem has been finding a qualified individual that was willing to assume the duties.

Because the office was created recently, there have been no public advertisements, but notices will appear soon said Rothermel. Applications are available in the County Judge Office.

The Elections Administrator is a full-time position in charge of elections and the photo registrar. The job pays between $30,000 and $40,000 annually.