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   Election commissioners from 30 north Mississippi counties received training Tuesday at a conference in Grenada.  
   Members of the The Mississippi Election Commission Association, which includes commissioners from each county elected by supervisory districts, gathered at Taylor Hall to brush up on their job-related knowledge and to review policies.
   There are 410 members in the association, or five in each county.
   “We’re always looking to make elections as honest and as transparent as possible,” said MECA President Gary Knight. “We want to make both commissioners and voters knowledgeable and literate in using our current systems.”
   Part of the training, which was offered in conjunction with the office of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, involved using the Statewide Election Management System, or SEMS.
   “This is where the voter rolls are maintained,” said Knight. “We want to help our commissioners make sure that the voter rolls are clean and that people who are not supposed be on there, aren’t.”
   According to Knight, while voting technology has helped in many ways, it has also made managing elections more complicated.
   “We used to do it all on paper. Now, we have to educate commissioners on how to navigate computer systems,” said Knight.

For the full story, see the printed edition or the online edition of the GrenadaStar.

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