By Breanna Francis, The Journal
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Following the largest voter turnout in Berkeley County history and a nearly problem-free election, Berkeley County election officials said they were not surprised West Virginia and the efforts made by the secretary of state were honored with a 2020 Clearinghouse Award.
In a press release shared Friday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the recipients of the 2020 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, for best practices in election administration were announced, in which West Virginia and Secretary of State Mac Warner were recognized for “improving accessibility for voters with disabilities via accessible electronic ballot” during the 2020 election season.
First established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information and launched the “Clearie” Awards in 2016 to promote best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of election officials, the release said.
According to Darrell Shull, Berkeley County director of elections and chief deputy clerk, it was no surprise the Mountain State was honored in this particular category considering the efforts made by election officials and volunteers at both the state and county levels…