Advertising clockwise from left to front: Heath Davis, Board Member, Betty Ann Gunther, Board Member, Jolyn McTeigue, District Secretary Naomi Maestas, Elections Superintendent Victoria Martinez, Board Member James Rickman and Board Member Cameron Counters. Photo by Victoria Montoya, Senior Deputy Clerk.
The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office has completed the necessary selection process to certify and finalize the results of the 2022 general election, which took place on Tuesday, November 8th.
The Election Committee met on Tuesday, November 15 at 11 am in the Parish Hall. The Canvass Board consisted of Cameron Counters (Democrat), Betty Ann Gunther (Republican), Heath Davis (Libertarian), James Rickman (Democrat) and Jolyn McTeigue (Republican).
Also present were County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Elections Superintendent Victoria Martinez and Senior Deputy Clerk Victoria Montoya. Members of the public Kimberly Thomas and David Hampton watched.
During the process, the Canvass Board verified the accuracy of the voting results from the early and absent locations, as well as the polling centers on Election Day. The results obtained proved to be an exact match between the machine tapes and the results published on election day.
As a result, the board issued a certificate of enlistment, which was mailed to the New Mexico Secretary of State and others as required by law. The election certificate and the official election results were made available at the County Clerk site.
When asked about the process, Canvass Board Member James Rickman said: “We are honored to confirm that our county and its constituents have once again participated in free and fair elections, a cornerstone of our democratic republic. Kudos to the poll workers, district judges, poll observers, the hard-working staff at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office, and everyone who cast their ballots in the 2022 general election. These people deserve our gratitude for upholding the tradition and integrity of American democracy.”
The final ballot count for the 2022 primary totaled 10,184, representing 65.5 percent turnout among Los Alamos County’s 15,559 registered voters. Of the total votes, 5,774 were cast during early voting, 1,126 by absentee voting and 3,284 on election day. Employee Maestas said: “As shown before, the citizens of Los Alamos find value in democracy. ‘Thank you’ to the 65.5 percent of voters who chose to cast their vote in this election.”
Clerk Maestas would like to thank all candidates for their service and dedication during this election process, UNM-Los Alamos and the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, their partner in advancing voter registration and sharing, with important election information . Clerk Maestas wants to renew a special “Thanks” to all the poll workers who spent many hours on October 11th late into the night of election day to serve voters in a friendly, professional and efficient manner.
“Words cannot express my gratitude to our campaign workers, also known as our campaign heroes! They keep proving that they are indeed the backbone of democracy! Our church is incredibly happy for their ministry!” said employee Maestas.
She would also like to express her sincere gratitude to the Acquisition Committee, which always diligently strives. Clerk Maestas also offers sincere appreciation to the many County Department employees who all contributed to the success of the election. A special thank you to all Clerk employees who took the trouble to make this election despite the severely understaffed office, most notably: Elections Manager Victoria Martinez; Senior Deputy Clerk Victoria Montoya; Assistant Clerks Ubaldo Barela, Anna Archuleta and Allison Collins and Student Clerks Katelyn Alarid and Olivia Koo.
Caseworker Maestas would like to remind residents who registered by mail, online or with the Motor Vehicle Authority after October 11 that they will begin processing registrations when books reopen on December 13. Those who are unregistered or have relocated may obtain a voter registration application from the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240. Voter registration services and forms are available through the Motor Vehicle Department or online for eligible New Mexico citizens through the New Mexico Secretary of State website.
See Clerk’s for more information website or contact the office at 505.662.8010 or email [email protected]. Continue to follow Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Canvass Board members review the result bands from each tab at each polling station. Courtesy/LAC
Members of the public David Hampton and Kim Thomas discuss the process. Courtesy/LAC