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U.S. Election Assistance Commission recognizes county excellence in election administration

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    U.S. Election Assistance Commission recognizes county excellence in election administration

    On April 21, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) presented the 2021 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as “Clearies,” recognizing several counties across the nation for excellence in election administration. The EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for information on election administration under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). As such, to assist in this mission the EAC solicits applications across several different categories on an annual basis to highlight best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of state and local election officials. In 2021, the EAC solicited applications under two new categories: Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Election Modernization; and Outstanding Election Official Association Program.  

    The county role in elections cannot be understated. The nation’s 3,069 counties traditionally administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state, and local elections. Before, during and after Election Day, county governments and election officials across the county work diligently process and count ballots to execute a fair, secure and accurate election.  

    In recognition of this vital role, over 50 percent of the 2021 Clearies and honorable mentions recognized counties and are highlighted below.  

    Outstanding Innovations in Elections (Large Jurisdictions)  
    • Pierce County Elections (Wash.) – Drop Box Chain of Custody
    • Wake County Board of Elections (N.C.) – Data Driven Solutions for Managing Voter Population Growth
    Outstanding Innovations in Elections (Small/Medium Jurisdictions) 
    • Clay County Supervisor of Elections (Fla.) – Clay County 2022 Elections Expo
    • City and County of Denver Elections Division (Colo.) – Confined Voting Program Expansion
    • San Mateo County Department of the Assessor – County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (Calif.) – Embracing Equity and Inclusion in Elections
    Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining and Training Poll Workers  
    • Leon County Supervisor of Elections (Fla.) – Conflict Resolution Traffic Light
    • San Mateo County Department of the Assessor – County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (Calif.) – Increasing Youth Engagement through Student Poll Worker Program
    • Wyandotte County Election Office (Kan.) – Civic Engagement Series-Youth at the Booth
    Creative and Original “I Voted” Sticker Design  
    • Durham County Board of Elections (N.C.) – ‘I Voted’ Sticker Contest
    • Santa Fe County Clerk (N.M.) – ‘I Voted!’ Sticker Design Contest
    Outstanding Innovation in Cybersecurity and Technology  
    • Hamilton County Board of Elections (Ohio) – “Did You Know?” Video Series
    • Los Angeles County Registrar – Recorder/County Clerk (Calif.) – Use of IoT in Tracking Ballot Boxes
    Outstanding Use of HAVA Funds in Election Modernization  
    • Los Angeles County Registrar – Recorder/County Clerk (Calif.) – Election Worker Disability Awareness Training Video
    On April 21, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) presented the 2021 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as “Clearies,” recognizing several counties across the nation for excellence in election administration.
    2022-04-28
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    2022-04-28