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Secretary of state’s office should be free of politics

Secretary of State Nancy Worley is not the easiest person to like. But does that mean she hasn't done her job over the past four years?

Certainly not! Republicans targeted Ms. Worley for defeat early in her administration and succeeded in energizing her combative spirit.

Voters need to weigh the long list of accomplishments in her office during the past four years against the delay in getting a statewide voter registration plan in place.

The voter-list project brought out the schoolteacher in Ms. Worley, a retired Decatur High teacher. She wanted the project done right, or better yet, the way she thought was best.

There is probably truth in her assertion that Republican politics in Montgomery made her job difficult. It's more than likely true also that she bears much of the blame.

The secretary of state's office needed a lot updating when she arrived. A sense of urgency in filing and storing documents and making them available to the public was lacking. She's changed that, which meant shaking up the status quo. She made enemies.

Beth Chapman gave up a relatively safe auditor's office to challenge Ms. Worley. Ms. Chapman is too political to be secretary of state because the state's chief election official doesn't need to be a party activist.

Remember Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris' controversial role in the disputed presidential vote count in 2000?

Ms. Worley would go about her business if left alone, and she would continue to do a good job.

THE DAILY recommends Nancy Worley for a second term as secretary of state in the Nov. 7 general election.

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