In 1972 the County Auditor was given an additional title of Commissioner of Elections by the legislature. In addition to federal, state and county elections, the Commissioner of Elections then assumed the duties of all city, school, and special elections.
The Commissioner prepares and supervises the printing of ballots and/or programming of voting machines, as well as orders all election supplies. The Commissioner conducts Schools of Instructions, according to law, for all precinct election officials and is responsible for their employment on Election Day. The Commissioner also prepares and monitors the processing of all absentee ballots in order to aid voters who will not be voting at the polls on Election Day.
As Custodian of the Election Returns and Records, the Commissioner certifies the results to the state or subdivision involved and issues certificates of election to the proper persons.
Other duties of the Election Commissioner include:
- Acting as Receiving Clerk for nomination papers and public measurers to be placed on the ballot.
- Acting as Clerk of the County Board of Election Canvassers and Special Precinct Board.