At the Municipal Building Friday, from left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas. Courtesy/LAC
The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2016 Special Los Alamos Public Schools All Mail Election results.
The Canvass Board met at 3 p.m. Friday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and County Clerk Sharon Stover.
During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the results of the all-mail election. The final count of ballots cast in the election totaled 5,806, representing a turnout of 44.5 percent among eligible Los Alamos County registered voters.
Friday’s canvassing results also included the hand tally totals that the Absentee Board tallied on election night. There were a total of 13 ballots that were hand tallied as they were not able to be read through the voting machine. As a result, the board 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.
The projected cost of this election is $30,000, and is paid by Los Alamos Public Schools, excluding the cost of the County Clerk staff time.
“The election results send a vote of confidence to our School Board and all LAPS employees for leadership, hard work, and dedication to what is best for our students, and we are fortunate to live in a community that supports high-quality educational opportunities for all students,” Dr. Steinhaus said.
More than 1,170 ballots were received in person in the Clerk’s Office and Clerk Stover expressed appreciation for the dedicated staff who served voters in a friendly and efficient manner. She also issued a special thanks to Absentee Board members including Presiding Judge Kimberly Thomas and Election Clerks Jess Cullinan, Terry-Lee and John FitzPatrick, Audra Short and Student Election Clerks Jordan Duran and Serenity Maestas. These community members worked over a two-day period in verifying and re-verifying to ensure that every vote was counted, and the election results were accurate.
Lastly, Clerk Stover thanked the 44.5 percent of registered voters who cast their ballots and exercised their right to vote.
Clerk Stover would like to remind everyone that the Presidential Primary and General Elections will soon be here and voter registration opens Monday, Feb. 1, and any registrations received between Dec. 30 and Jan. 29 will begin to be processed, and these registrants will be receiving a voter information card in the mail.
Residents not registered, or who have moved, need to complete a voter registration form in the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240 no later than May 10 in order to have their information updated for the Presidential Primary Election.