Bay County's election process is getting attention at the highest levels of the federal government. Mark Andersen, Supervisor of Elections, has been invited to testify before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.
President Barack Obama established the commission by Executive Order in March. Its purpose is to identify best practices and make recommendations to improve the voting experience. The panel is holding public hearings around the country and Andersen will make a presentation on June 28 at the University of Miami.
The Bay County supervisor's office is one of only a few certified Quality Management System (QMS) offices in the state. Andersen and four other Florida supervisors will address the administrative challenges faced during elections and make recommendations for improving the balloting process.
Andersen said he's pleased with the renewed focus on election quality, something he has made a priority. "Others are now starting to look at it more in depth because even at the federal level there's finally some interest in trying to improve the process," Andersen said. "I'm quite honored that I was chosen."