Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver is rolling out her proposal to implement Voting Convenience Centers (VCC) in lieu of Election Day precinct locations for the Primary and General Elections in 2012.
Voting Convenience Centers would carry the early voting model forward to Election Day, allowing all voters in the county to vote at any early voting or Election Day Voting Convenience Center.
“Legislation was passed earlier this year to allow all Clerks in New Mexico the option of implementing Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs),” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “My staff and I have prepared a detailed proposal and we are seeking input from the public in an effort to make certain that we have incorporated all essential elements.”
“Our analysis shows that VCCs will be more convenient for voters and generate a cost savings for taxpayers. The proposed 65 locations will be strategically located throughout the City and County and will be easily accessible. Having 65 locations instead of the current 172 on Election Day will cut down significantly on manpower and supplies, resulting in a potential savings of up to $1.5 million dollars,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “More and more voters are taking advantage of Early Voting and VCCs are a logical extension.”
The Clerk will also be hosting a public forum to present the proposal on Thursday, September 22, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Chambers at One Civic Plaza, NW.
The proposal, including any necessary changes and the public’s feedback, will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval in October.
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