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Gregg County elections website receives final 'outstanding' rating

From staff reports
Sept. 27, 2016 at 2:08 p.m.


Gregg County's elections website has received a final "outstanding" evaluation from the League of Women Voters of Texas.

The website, greggcountyvotes.com, initially was deemed "poor" after the league's survey of all Texas county elections websites was released.

However, an official with the organization said Friday that reviewers never actually found Gregg's website and that it would be re-evaluated.

The league announced Monday it upgraded its rating to "good" but would review it again after upgrades were added by Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy.

That final score was released Tuesday.

"Congratulations! Your updated elections website has earned a score of (perfect). You will be awarded an outstanding excellence award," Elizabeth Erkel, League of Women Voters of Texas vice president, wrote in an email to Nealy. "(Tuesday), I will be updating our statewide report to reflect this change."

In the final review, Gregg's elections website received perfect marks for having a website that displays elections information; how adequate the information is; providing a link to the Secretary of State's website; providing information in Spanish; and providing a link to the League of Women Voters' website.

The county's website received very good marks for ease of finding information and amount of information on the voter ID law.

"Nealy epitomizes the response we anticipated from county election administrators," said League Executive Administrator Aileen McMurrer. "Given guidance on best practices and the needs of citizens, the local county administrators will respond positively to provide the best services to their communities."

Elsewhere in East Texas, the league gave Panola County's elections website a rating of inadequate. Upshur County's website was rated fair, and those in Harrison and Rusk counties got good ratings.

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