CLERK'S OFFICE TO HOLD VOTER DRIVES, VOTING-MACHINE DEMOS AT MUNSON CENTER AND ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN WITH 101 GOLD

CLERK'S OFFICE TO HOLD VOTER DRIVES, VOTING-MACHINE DEMOS AT MUNSON CENTER AND ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN WITH 101 GOLD

The Doña Ana County Clerk's office will be conducting voter-registration drives, poll worker-recruitment drives and demonstrations of the office's new touch-screen voting machines throughout the month.

Staff from the clerk's Bureau of Elections will hold simultaneous expos on Aug. 17 at the Munson Senior Center and on the south lawn of the Doña Ana County Courthouse.

Staff will be at the Munson Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, and KVLC 101 Gold Radio will host a live remote broadcast on the Courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The broadcast will feature Mike McKay and K.C. Combs of 101 Gold’s “Your Morning Show.”

"We're excited to take our registration and educational services into the community, and we are eager to recruit poll workers for our upcoming elections," County Clerk Rita Torres said. “I particularly want to thank the management and staff of 101 Gold for agreeing to assist us by providing the equipment and personnel for the remote broadcast next Wednesday.”

Torres said the public will be given an opportunity at both events to test the county’s new touch-screen voting machines, which are scheduled to be deployed during future elections. The new machines allow voters to view ballot names and initiatives in a variety of languages, including English and Spanish. Visually impaired voters can use the machine’s auditory ballots without the assistance of poll workers.

The Bureau of Elections also plans to host a registration drive at the Valley Drive Wal-Mart on Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clerk's office also is working with the Associated Students of New Mexico State University to hold an expo on Friday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., outside the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union's bookstore.

Other events are in the planning stages and will be announced as the dates, times and locations are finalized.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call County Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.