ELECTIONS TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY MEETINGS

ELECTIONS TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY MEETINGS

The non-partisan advisory task force appointed by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners to review county voting procedures has announced a series of community meetings -- one in Hatch, one in Sunland Park and two in Las Cruces -- to solicit public input on how the election process can be improved. The first meeting will be held in Las Cruces on Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. in the County Commissioner Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

At its recent organizational meeting, the task force elected Republican Maria Silva Sutton and Democrat Lynn Ellins as co-chairs of the task force, whose nine members are charged with reviewing poll-worker training, the assignment of polling locations, election-day voting procedures and post-election canvassing procedures. Sept. 1 is the target deadline for submission of task force recommendations to the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners.

The series of public meetings is designed to solicit input from former poll workers and other members of the public who wish to offer suggestions for improvement.

Echoing the sentiments of other task force members, Ellins and Silva Sutton said the election review will be neither a whitewash nor an effort to bash the County Clerk=s office. The goal, they said, “is to conduct a November 2006 election that is verifiable and accountable.@

For further information, contact Maria Silva Sutton at (505) 523-7255 or Lynn Ellins at (505) 523-0090.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.