Secretary of State talks about accomplishments, re-election plans |

Secretary of State talks about accomplishments, re-election plans

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson attended a Rotary Club luncheon meeting at the National Hotel in Nevada City on Thursday, speaking to scores of residents about the job he is doing for California and his plans to run for re-election in November.

The Secretary of State, a Republican from Santa Cruz, serves as the state’s Chief Election Officer, whose top priority is voter registration and participation. McPherson was appointed to the position by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after his predecessor, Kevin Shelley resigned last February amid allegations that he misappropriated voting funds.

“I don’t spend any time going back there,” McPherson said regarding his desire not to dwell on the office’s controversial history.

McPherson said he is committed to running an election “free of fraud and error.” He said California has the “strictest standards in the nation” when it comes to counting votes accurately.

“We owe it to them to make sure their votes count on election day,” McPherson said of California residents, adding there is “no day like election day when we are all created equal.”

McPherson said Thursday that California is “90 percent compliant” with the 2002 Help America Vote Act. $900,000 in federal funds have been allotted to help Nevada County become compliant with the act. McPherson said accessiblity for disabled people is currently the “sticking point” blocking full compliance.

The Secretary of State said he is also taking measures to boost California’s voter turnout, including an information blitz in April and mailing birthday cards to residents when they turn 18 encouraging them to vote.

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