A transition is underway at the Secretary of State’s office as the current occupant prepares to move to the governor’s office and make way for the new Secretary. Secretary of State Matt Blunt is moving on to the governor’s office. Robin Carnahan is moving in to the Secretary of State’s office. Executive Deputy Secretary of State, Dan Ross, says Blunt is determined to have a smooth transition. He says the biggest adjustment for an in-coming Secretary is getting a handle on the office’s complexity. The office has eight divisions. Elections might get the most publicity, but it also handles securities, corporate registrations, library services, state archives and more. Ross says Carnahan will be faced with finishing something Blunt started: state compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act. Outlying counties will need help getging up-to-date technology so they can access the new centralized voter registration list intended to make sure those eligible to vote get to and those not eligible don’t.
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