The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2017 School Board Election results for the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos (UNM-LA) School Board.
The Canvass Board met at 1 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The board consisted of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Cynthia Rooney, UNM-LA Chief Executive Officer, the Honorable Pat A. Casados Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge and County Clerk Naomi D. Maestas.
During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the results of the election. The final count of ballots cast in the election totaled 1,432, representing a turnout of 10 percent among eligible Los Alamos County registered voters. This is the highest percentage of voters the office recalls participating in a school board election.
The board has issued a certificate of canvass, which will be sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State and kept on file in the County Clerk’s Office, and official election results have been made available on the County Clerk webpage: www.losalamosnm.us/clerk.
Clerk Maestas would like to express appreciation for the dedicated staff who served voters in a friendly and efficient manner: Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, Election Manager Gloria Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Francella M. Montoya, Deputy Clerk Victoria L. Martinez, and Student Clerk Jordan Duran. She also would like to express a special thank you to the Presiding Judges: Kim Thomas, Linda Fox and Mary McInerny; the Election Judges and Clerks: Arlene Merayo, Eden Weinbrecht, Jan Michel, Jess Cullinan, John FitzPatrick, Judith Handy, Ken Thomas, Mary Halsted, Mary Wilhoit, Norma Puckett, Palmer Smitherman, Terry FitzPatrick and Wendy Skidmore; as well as the Student Election Workers: Esperanza Ortega-Tapia, Robert Zhu and Will McCumber. These community members worked diligently over 13 hours to ensure that every vote was counted and the election results were accurate.
Clerk Maestas would like to thank the candidates for stepping up and showing their dedication and commitment to serving our schools. Lastly, she would like to thank the 10 percent of registered voters who cast their ballots and exercised their right and privilege to vote.