Natalie E. Tennant
Secretary of State, West Virginia
Former broadcaster Tennant is running for a second term as West Virginia's Secretary of State, where she is responsible for implementing voter registration rules and overseeing elections -- an important office, as we learned in 2000 when Florida's Katherine Harris played a part in George W. Bush's electoral college win over Al Gore.
From her website:
Former broadcaster Tennant is running for a second term as West Virginia's Secretary of State.
"During her tenure as Secretary of State, Tennant has dedicated herself to making government accountable and never wasting taxpayer dollars. She cut outdated programs, eliminated excessive spending in her office, and made government more accessible to West Virginians.
As a small business owner herself, Tennant knows the importance of ensuring that business in West Virginia thrives. The largest division Tennant oversees as Secretary of State is business and licensing – and she has made efficiency, access, and cutting red tape for small businesses hallmarks of her tenure as Secretary. The work she does there is vital to the economy of West Virginia and literally keeps businesses running. In 2010, as the result of Tennant’s commitment to making the Secretary of State’s Office more business friendly, the number of online filings nearly doubled to more than 16,000.
Tennant has also successfully fought for initiatives to make the voting process more streamlined, secure, and accessible. In just two years as Secretary of State, Tennant helped West Virginia become a worldwide leader in safe and secure online voting for overseas and deployed military, ensuring that our men and women in uniform can cast their ballot when performing their duty for their country."