MAYVILLE - The county's Republican and Democratic election commissioners are looking for a four-year extension.
A resolution to confirm a four-year appointment for Republican Commissioner Brian Abram will be discussed today during an Administrative Services Committee meeting.
Abram, a former county legislator, serves alongside Norm Green (Democrat) in the county Board of Elections. Green may also get reappointed for another term, but as of Thursday that resolution had not been filed with the legislature.
"I enjoyed the challenge and the political process," Abram said of his first term as commissioner. "I enjoy helping people get to the polls and to vote and to get on the ballot. It's a thrill for me."
A Certificate of Appointment has been signed by county Republican Chairman Allen Henderson and filed with the legislature clerk, pursuant to state election law. The Republican Committee, in a unanimous decision, recommended Abram for the four-year term.
If approved by the legislature later this month, Abram would begin his second term Jan. 1, 2013.
"Well I'm encouraged he is being considered," County Executive Greg Edwards said of Abram. "He has changed the dynamics of the county Board of Elections. He is renowned around the state for his work. The rest of the state now sees him as a model of how effective work can be done."
Abram said once confirmed, he hopes to further streamline the county Board of Elections, including creating a uniform voting method throughout the county.
"Without getting too into the specifics, there's a lot of cost-cutting measures out there," Abram said. "I would love to show the taxpayers what we can do to save them money."
The commissioner said outdated laws and equipment also need to be addressed.
"My goal for the next four years is to streamline the process and to save money," he said.
According to the legislature clerk's office, if no resolution for Green is received, his reappointment may be addressed during committee discussions under "other."
Green unanimously received the endorsement of the county Democratic Committee for another term as commissioner.
"I appreciate the confidence of the (Democratic committee) in recommending me to the County Legislature for a new four year term," he said. "The Board of Elections staff has lots to take pride in as together we have accomplished much during my 13-year tenure as Democratic election commissioner."
Green alluded to new voting technology as examples for other county election board to follow. He also mentioned in-house ballot printing and voting machine transportation as cost-cutting moves in the department.
"Due to the great working relationship that I have with ... Abram, our office staff truly works as a unit for the good of the people of Chautauqua County," Green said.