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Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office Wins National Award for “Learn the Vote” Election Worker Training Program

02/13/2019

The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office has received a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Recruiting, Training and Retaining Election Workers. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Annual “Clearie” Awards recognize outstanding innovations in elections, and best practices in accessibility and recruiting, training and retaining of election workers.

The Clerk’s Office received the award for a new election worker training program called “Learn the Vote.”

Born of the EAC’s mandate to serve as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration, the annual “Clearie” awards recognize best practices in election administration and highlight exemplary models which can serve as examples to other officials and jurisdictions.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award recognizing the excellent work of the Clerk’s Office staff, and I want to especially thank Kathy Korte who led this training initiative,” says Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover. “Effectively training poll officials with the ‘Learn to Vote’ program has allowed our office to redirect staff time previously spent fixing errors made by poll officials into enabling us to successfully complete the election canvass within the statutory 13 days and completing the general election audit in less than two days.”

Bernalillo County has over 420,000 registered voters, and the Clerk’s Office trains hundreds of citizens during election years to work as poll officials.

In preparation for the 2018 midterm election, the county overhauled its poll official training program to maximize learning and reduce election worker errors. The centerpiece of the new training program was an online video series called “Learn the Vote” – the first online election worker training program in New Mexico. Online training reduced class time by one-and-a-half to two hours, allowed poll officials to review materials as often as needed and reduced poll official errors in the 2018 General Election.

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