Local Officials to Improve National Elections Process

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Two area elections officials will be heading to Miami this week to appear before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen is scheduled to testify for the panel during a public hearing this Friday at the University of Miami.

President Barack Obama appointed the commission in March to solicit ideas for improving the election process.

The Miami hearing is the first in the series, and there are four scheduled so far.

While many parts of Florida experienced major problems during last November's elections, Bay County was the first in the state to submit its results.

Andersen says he's excited and honored to have been selected to participate in the process.

"I was notified that they wished for me to testify on election processes or procedures... I have quality management system in place that doesn't exist anywhere else at this time," Andersen said.

Okaloosa County Elections Supervisor Paul Lux is also testifying before the commission.

After holding this first hearing in Miami, the group has six months to gather information and submit a report to President Obama before disbanding.