Free online training offered for new online campaign disclosure system
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What: Training for online campaign disclosure system
When: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24
Where: Board of Supervisors chambers, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City
The Nevada County elections office is offering free training for its new online reporting system for political campaign disclosures.
Elections officials will hold two courses Feb. 24 in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. The first is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The second is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“It’s open to everyone, but the focus of it is for the candidates or the committees that have to file these disclosures,” said Kristin Kopec, with the elections office.
The online campaign disclosure system is a sea change in Nevada County. In the past candidates had to hand deliver or mail their mandated disclosures. Now they can file that information from wherever there’s an Internet connection.
Additionally, anyone can get online and view a candidate or committee’s disclosures, though the system redacts certain personal information.
The Board of Supervisors hailed the online system when it approved funding for the project in December.
Now the candidates just need to learn how to use it.
NetFile, which the county contracted with to provide the online service, will have a representative here to conduct the training.
“He’ll take the filers through what it takes to file,” Kopec said.
According to Tom Diebert, vice president and COO of NetFile, the online filing system makes the disclosure process easier and reduces the chance of error.
“It helps them file correctly,” Diebert said. “We try to boil it down to the simplest concepts.”
The new filing system removes the need for candidates to do math and ensures their information is listed in the correct spot. They don’t even need to write legibly. Candidates type their disclosure information into the system, which places it in the correct places and adds the necessary sums.
Once submitted the information becomes available to the public at no cost.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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