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Elected Service

Having completed her second term as Marion County Clerk at the end of 2014, Beth was the chief fiscal agent and record keeper for Indiana’s largest county court system. She also served as secretary of the Marion County Election Board in Indiana’s largest county, with more than 650,000 registered voters. Beth also chaired the county’s Information Technology Board, chaired the county Public Records Commission, co-chaired the Indiana Clerks Association’s Legislative Committee and was a member of the Marion County Criminal Justice Planning Council.

As the chief election official for the 12th largest city in America, Beth championed voters’ rights by expanding early voting opportunities and urging the legislature to remove barriers to voting. Beth also created yVote!, an award-winning voter education program targeted to high school students to encourage their participation in elections. Beginning in 2008, Beth and her staff visited 28 public, private and charter high schools and registered more than 3,400 eligible students to vote. She also regularly attended the naturalization ceremonies of the U.S. District Court – Southern District of Indiana and registered more than 5,000 of our newest Hoosiers to vote.

In 8 years, she presided over 14 elections, including a Special Congressional Election (after the death of Congresswoman Carson) within 60 days of the 2008 primary election. Beth and her staff also successfully managed the 2008 general election, in which nearly 100,000 voters voted early, by far the greatest number in Indiana history at that time. Her advocacy for improving access to the right to vote earned Beth recognition from local opinion leaders. In 2012, Beth was named an Indiana Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence” and a “Distinguished Barrister” by the Indiana Lawyer. She was awarded a “Champion of Diversity” from Indiana Minority Business Magazine in 2013. Her leadership in responding to the federal court decision establishing marriage equality in Indiana in the summer of 2014 earned her a “Commitment to Equality” award from Lambda Legal.

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