From the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office
Albuquerque, NM - Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver is rolling out her proposal that the Bernalillo County Commission implement Voting Convenience Centers (VCC) in lieu of precinct specific locations for the Primary and General Elections in 2012. “Legislation was passed last year to allow all Clerks in New Mexico the option of implementing Voting Convenience Centers,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “My staff and I have prepared a detailed proposal and we are seeking input from the public in an effort to make certain that we have incorporated all essential elements.” “Our analysis shows that VCCs will be more convenient while cutting costs for county taxpayers and voters.
"The 65 locations will be strategically located throughout the City and County and will be easily accessible. Having 65 locations instead of the traditional 172 on election day will cut down significantly on manpower and supplies, resulting in a potential savings of upward of $1 million dollars,” says Clerk Toulouse Oliver. “More and more voters are taking advantage of Early Voting and VCCs are a logical extension.”
Comments, questions or concerns can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 468-1291.
The Clerk will host a public forum to present the proposal on Thursday, September 22, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Chambers at One Civic Plaza, NW.
The proposal will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval in October.
The proposal can be found here: http://www.bernco.gov/Clerks-Voting-Convenience-Centers/
Liz Hamm reporting