Since then, he has developed close relationships with county clerks by visiting them on a yearly basis.
"It helps me do my job better," Rokita said Thursday during a visit to Clay County Clerk Mary Brown. "I couldn't do my job nearly as well if I wasn't at the courthouses."
Rokita said he could not have been more pleased with the state of affairs in the county.
"(Brown) represents the people of Clay County very well," he said. "I can be a better Secretary of State if I'm out here seeing how Mary Brown is working."
Brown said Rokita visits all 92 Indiana county clerks each year. The purpose of his visits are to make sure elections are running smoothly.
"His office oversees all the elections," Brown said. "It makes (things) more open to suggestion."
On Thursday, Rokita said he had five counties left to visit.
"I would say 75 percent, in my office, the time is spent preparing elections," he said. "And I think the way Clay County elections have been running the past few years has been outstanding. I think the residents of Clay County are being served well."
Rokita said Clay County residents should be pleased with the county clerk's office.
"I'm very confident when the citizens come to vote, they will be met with a very open process," he said.