Bolstering the election’s division staff and considering the privatization of the State Capitol Police force are among recommendations in a report released Tuesday on making the secretary of state’s office more efficient. The 26-page report concluded an eight-month review of the secretary of state’s office by a 10-member committee chaired by former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Curtis Coleman. First-term GOP Secretary of State Mark Martin requested the report. “The committee was taking an almost a-political, almost antiseptic, business-oriented look at the structure,” Coleman said Tuesday. “The committee was looking for what … will help make the secretary of state’s function fundamentally more efficient. How can people get better government for less money?”
Martin spokesman Alex Reed, said the secretary of state received the report Tuesday afternoon and planned to study it before making a comment, possibly later this week. The secretary of state’s office oversees statewide elections, maintains a statewide voter-registration system, maintains the state Capitol building and grounds, and keeps state business records. The report says implementing the recommendations would save the state money, but it does not estimate the extent of the savings.