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Buck stops with Oklahoma Election Board secretary

Owen Canfield Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012
Too often, agency heads go looking for scapegoats when problems arise on their watch. Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax has stood tall in addressing recent election hiccups.
After a software glitch resulted in a two-hour delay in getting results posted from the June 26 primary, Ziriax said he was “embarrassed” and would “get to the bottom of this.” He since has decided not to use a subcontractor to report election results to the agency’s website. “We are going to get it fixed and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
Ziriax also has made changes following problems with a state House election that was held in April. He also has overseen the agency’s transition to new voting machines.
All in all, he gives the primary a grade of B. “The problem,” Ziriax said, “is we are an A-plus agency and while a B is good, the state Election Board wants excellent.” He’s been a breath of fresh air in state government.

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