From left, Lisa Wismer, Director, Business Operations at UNM-LA, Gloria Maestas, Elections Manager, Honorable Pat Casados, Magistrate Judge, Matt Williams, School Board Secretary, and Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools. Photo by Sharon Stover
The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2015 School Board Election results.
The Canvass Board met at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of the Honorable Patricia A. Casados, Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge; Dr. Eugene J. Schmidt, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent; Lisa Wismer, Director, Business Operations at UNM-LA who was representing Dr. Wynn Goering, Executive Director; Matt Williams, Los Alamos Public School Board Secretary observed, and County Clerk Sharon Stover.
During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the results of the early and absentee locations, as well as the election day vote centers. Thursday’s canvassing passed with a perfect match between the machine tapes and the results posted on Tuesday evening. As a result, the board issued a certificate of canvass, which will be sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State.
“I am very impressed with the election process, and would like to thank voters for participating in this important civic duty,” Schmidt said.
The final count of ballots cast in the election totaled 765, representing a turnout of 5.5 percent among eligible Los Alamos County registered voters. This was a 3.4 percent increase from the similar 2011 School Board election. Of the 765 total votes, 273 were cast during early voting, 9 were cast by mail, and 483 were cast on Election Day.
“The recent general election in November had a 58 percent turnout,” Stover said, adding that the general election included 28 days of absentee and early voting, as compared to 16 with the school board.”
The projected cost of this election is estimated at $30,000, which is split between LAPS and UNM-LA, and does not include the cost of the County Clerk staff time.
The certificate of canvass and official election results has been made available on the County Clerk webpage: www.losalamosnm.us/clerk.
Stover would like to remind everyone that voter registration opens Monday, Feb. 9. Residents who are not registered, or have moved, need to complete a voter registration form in the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240, as well as at the Motor Vehicle Department and libraries.
For more information, contact the Clerk’s Office at 505.662.8010, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.