Thursday, February 24, 2011
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver announces the release of the “2010 New Mexico Election Administration Report. This report was prepared by political science Professor Lonna Atkeson of the University of New Mexico’s Center for Democracy and sponsored in part by Bernalillo County.
“It is critical to understand the voting process in New Mexico in order to ensure that compliance is occurring in all aspects,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. The Election Administration Report involved several participating agencies including the New Mexico Secretary of State and County Clerks across the state.
“The report shows that overall, elections are running smoothly in New Mexico,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “This means that the paper ballot system, the “ballot on demand” system and other initiatives that have been implemented are improving the process. However, the report does include recommendations for improvement in the areas of poll worker training and voter identification.”
The original study began in 2008 and was funded by the Pew Charitable Trust Center for the States. The study was expanded in 2010 through funding from the County Clerk’s office and the University of New Mexico and established a comprehensive document to provide guidance on the election process, how poll workers function across the State of New Mexico and what voters think about casting their ballot.
“I would like to thank Professor Lonna Atkeson and Cal Tech professor R. Michael Alvarez for gathering and analyzing the data for this very important study,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “As elected officials, it is our responsibility to thoroughly understand the voting process in order to support the proper legislation and recommend new methods of operation for improvement. I do intend to incorporate some of the recommendations regarding poll worker training in preparation for the 2012 Primary and General Elections.”
The report is available on-line at http://www.unm.edu/~atkeson/newmexico.html
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