In Mac Warner’s first term as Secretary of State, he has successfully:
LAUNCHED THE NATION’S FIRST ALL-IN-ONE BUSINESS REGISTRATION CENTER
Secretary Warner has worked hard to cut red tape for small businesses by launching the first in the nation One-Stop location with five state agencies in the same office -- allowing businesses to easily reach the Secretary of State’s business division, Tax Department, Workforce WV, the Division of Labor and the SBDC.
REDUCED OFFICE STAFF BY 15%, RETURNED $1.7 MILLION TO STATE
Secretary Warner is doing more with less.
He repositioned staff away from Charleston to assist customers closer to business, opening two Business Hubs outside the capitol city. This provides in-person customer service in North-Central WV and the thriving Eastern Panhandle that mirrors services available in Charleston. Mac prioritized the office to accomplish these expanded services within the existing level of employees and implemented cost saving measures to complete the mission without asking for additional funds from the legislature. The office has generated roughly $1.7 million per year in business services above its allocated funding, allowing Secretary Warner to return this money to the state's general fund for other uses.
POSITIONED WV AS A NATIONAL LEADER IN ELECTION CYBER SECURITY
Taking office immediately after the Russian interference of American elections in 2016, Secretary Warner immediately went to work making assessments of existing infrastructure and protocols in place for communication from federal to state and local election officials. He produced the key resource used to educate secretaries of state nationwide about Russian meddling; that effort caused the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State to ask Secretary Warner to co-chair the Elections Committee during the all-important 2020 Presidential election year.
Protecting against election hacking attempts, Secretary Warner teamed with the West Virginia National Guard to embed a Guardsman with TOP SECRET clearance into WV's Fusion Center to monitor internet traffic for targeting or hacking attempts. This allows state officials to communicate with local, state and federal agencies regarding current threats on election systems and to make suggestions on protecting state elections.
PARTNERED WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO IMPROVE ELECTION SECURITY
A strong constitutional advocate of states’ rights to hold individual elections, Secretary Warner quickly emerged as a leader for reforms in communications from federal agencies to state and local election officials. He led the effort to have DHS sponsor SECRET security clearances for state chief election officials to remove barriers of sharing information regarding election security. Also, as a founding member of the US Department of Homeland Society’s Government Coordinating Council, Secretary Warner has led the fight to keep the federal government out of the administration of state elections while increasing communication among actors on cyber security threats.
REMOVED 193,000 INELIGIBLE VOTER REGISTRATIONS
By initiating additional technologies and renewing focus from the office, Secretary Warner assisted in the removal of 193,000 deceased, outdated, moved or otherwise ineligible voter registrations. During the same time period he was able to assist in registering more than 180,000 new voters with more than 40,000 new high school students registering for the first time. The cleaning of the voter list will reduce opportunities for fraud, save tax dollars on ballot printing costs and assist campaigns in contacting voters -- while increasing confidence against voter fraud.
CLOSED NEARLY 700 ELECTION FRAUD CASES WITH 8 CRIMINAL CHARGES
In another significant improvement, Secretary Warner redesigned the investigations division to meet the demands of 21st century crime with data driven results. With investigators located in every part of the state, he was able to close over 650 cases with 8 criminal charges.