Election 2018: Voting Machine Certification Successful

County Clerk Naomi D. Maestas, center, preps an ICE voting machine during Friday’s certification. Gathered for the certification from left, member of the public Kimberly Thomas, County Clerk Naomi Maestas and County Assessor Kenneth H. Milder. Also in attendance were County Council Candidate Helen. M. Milenski, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya and Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez. Courtesy/LAC

Image Cast Evolution Voting Machines ready for deployment to the Absentee In-Person/Early Voting Sites. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office performed the certification and preparation process Friday for the Absentee In-Person/Early Voting Machines to be used in the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.

Friday’s testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results. Additionally, voting machines underwent functional testing. Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface.

“Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of any election, and provides an added level of confidence in the accuracy of the election results,” County Clerk Naomi D. Maestas explained.

With the certification preparation process complete, the Image Cast Evolution (ICE) voting machines are ready for deployment to the Absentee In-Person/Early Voting Sites.

Clerk Maestas would like to remind everyone that Voter Registration will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Residents who are not registered need to complete a new voter registration form in the County Clerk’s Office no later than Tuesday, May 8 to vote in the Primary Election.

Voter registration forms also are available at the Motor Vehicle Department and both libraries. The New Mexico Secretary of State also provides online voter registration to eligible New Mexico citizens. Visit WWW.SOS.STATE.NM.US to register.

Special note: New Mexico is a closed Primary state and only open to the following Major Political Parties: Democratic; Libertarian and Republican.

Absentee Voting – In Person (Early Voting) is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, May 8 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Additional site and extended days/hours begin Saturday, May 19 and run through Saturday, June 2. Extended Days/Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building and in the Conference Training Room at the White Rock Town Hall.

Voters who prefer a ballot to be mailed, need to complete an absentee application, which can be obtained on the Clerk’s webpage, or by calling the Clerk’s Office and requesting an application be mailed. For more information on the Primary Election, contact the Clerk’s Office at 505.662.8010, by email at clerks@lacnm.us, or visit www.losalamosnm.us/clerk.

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