Clerk’s Office Completes Solicitation Process to Certify and Finalize 2022 Los Alamos County Primary Election Results

Solicit attendees from left to right, Board Member James Rickman, Deputy Chief Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, Board Member Heath Davis standing, Board Member Betty Ann Gunther and Board Member Cameron Counters. Photo taken by County Clerk Naomi Maestas

County News:

The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the solicitation process required to certify and finalize the results for the 2022 primary election, which was held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

The canvassing committee met at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 13 in the municipal building. The canvassing board consisted of Cameron Counters (Democrat), Betty Ann Gunther (Democrat), Heath Davis (Libertarian), and James Rickman (Democrat). Board member Jolyn McTeigue (Republican) was not present.

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Acting Chief Electoral Officer Victoria Martinez and Deputy Chief Clerk Adrianna Ortiz also attended. An audience member, Kimberly Thomas, watched.

During the process, the Canvassing Board verified the accuracy of election results at early and absentee polling locations, as well as polling centers on election day. The results solicited turned out to be an accurate match between the tapes and the results posted on Election Day.

The canvassing board also reviewed the accuracy of the information on the hand-tabulated and written ballots. The canvassing board then issued a canvassing certificate, which was sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State and others, as required by law. The results then go through another investigation at the state level and then a third review by an independent auditor.

The canvassing certificate and the official election results are available on the County Clerk Web page.

“It was a pleasure to serve with the members of the Board of Directors who are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of elections in Los Alamos County,” Rickman said. Asked about the process, Rickman said. “Through the painstaking efforts of the Los Alamos County Clerk and her staff, as well as everyone who worked on the polls, the board was able to effectively drill down into the details of the elections that we felt were important to further examine. detail and to have all of our questions answered. At the end of this experience, I can confidently say to anyone that I have the utmost confidence that Los Alamos County once again held a free and fair election, the cornerstone of a flourishing democracy.

The final ballot count in the 2022 primary election totaled 3,301, a 30% turnout among Los Alamos County’s 11,035 eligible registered voters. Of a total of 3,301 votes, 1,744 were cast in early voting, 203 were cast by mail and 1,354 were cast on election day.

New Mexico’s ability to register and vote on the same day allowed 117 voters – 39 during early voting and 78 on Election Day – to participate and have their voices heard by becoming a new voter or changing their party affiliation.

“Although this election was not as robust as previous elections, I would like to note and appreciate the 3,301 voters who participated in this recent election in one way or another and made an effort to make their voices heard. their voice,” Clerk Maestas said.

Clerk Maestas would like to thank all of the candidates for their dedication and commitment throughout this electoral process. Many thanks to UNM-Los Alamos and the Betty Ehart Senior Center – as well as the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, partners in promoting voter registration and sharing key election information .

Clerk Maestas would like extend a special “Thanks” to all the electoral agents who have spent many hours, from May 10 during the late hours of Election Day, serve voters in a friendly, professional and efficient manner.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the election workers, who are true patriots for their bravery and dedication to the electoral process!” said Clerk Maestas. “We are all extremely lucky for their service!”

Clerk Maestas also wishes to express her most sincere gratitude to the many county department employees who all contributed to the success of the election. Special thanks to all of the Clerk’s staff: Acting Elections Manager Victoria Martinez; Deputy Chief Registrar Adrianna Ortiz; Principal Deputy Registrar Victoria Montoya; Deputy Clerks Anna Archuleta, Ubaldo Barela, McKenzie Vaupel and Allison Collins; and student secretary Katelyn Alarid.

Clerk Maestas would also like to remind residents who registered by mail, online or with the motor vehicle department after May 10 that they will start processing entries when the books reopen on July 12. Those who are not registered or who have moved can obtain a voter registration application outside the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240. Services and Registration Forms voters are also available through the Department of Motor Vehicles or online for newly eligible. Mexican citizens through the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

For more information, visit the Registrar’s website or contact the office at 505.662.8010 or by email at [email protected] Where [email protected].

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