RUNNELS COUNTY - Runnels County has followed the lead of other counties across the state by hiring an elections administrator to oversee all elections going forward.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Runnels County has followed the lead of other counties across the state by hiring an elections administrator to oversee all elections going forward.

Shanna Smith took the oath of office in October and will preside over the elections taking the place of County Clerk Julia Miller, who has been in that position along with her other duties.

Smith was hired by the Elections Administrator Board which includes Miller, County Tax Assessor Collector Robin Burgess, Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard, Republican Party Chair Becky Ferguson and Democratic Party Chair Lisa Yates.

Smith served as a deputy county clerk prior to taking the elections administrator position. Prior to that, she worked with Texas Health Steps and Medicaid, which covered residents in the Concho Valley.

Smith is a native of Midland, where she worked in the family business for years before moving to this area.

She said she is happy to do the job, which requires keeping up with many changes.

“There are a lot of legislative changes to keep up with,” Smith said.

She is currently in the process of moving all voter registration to her office at 600 Strong Ave.

She said some of the changes coming include doing away with paper ballots in 2018.

“We will only have paper absentee ballots by mail,” Smith said.

Early voting for the March 6 Primary begins Feb. 20.

Smith said she is always seeking volunteers to work the polls at the eight precincts in Runnels County.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer to work the polls or sign up to vote by mail, call the elections administrator’s office at the new number 325-365-5027.