BUREAU OF ELECTIONS VOWS TO CLEAR ABSENTEE VOTING BACKLOG BY 10-23-98

BUREAU OF ELECTIONS VOWS TO CLEAR ABSENTEE VOTING BACKLOG BY 10-23-98

In response to a deluge of more than 6,600 Doña Ana County residents requesting absentee voting privileges through Oct. 22, the county’s Bureau of Elections has hired on additional temporary help to process the incoming applications and mail out absentee voting materials.
Bureau of Elections Coordinator Angi Pendergrass said the additional staffing has augmented the bureau’s normal stable of election-season supplemental staff. The additional supplemental workers, she said, have “made a big difference,” adding that her office expects to have the backlog cleared by close of business Friday, Oct. 23, 1998.
Pendergrass said more than 800 absentee-voter packets were stuffed into envelopes and made ready for mailing as of close of business Thursday, Oct. 22.
While the process has caused some minor delays in processing, Pendergrass said the additional temporary staffing has expedited operations. She said the temporary staffers will remain on board until early and absentee voting is complete.
In order to assure that each absentee voter receives the ballot that reflects his or her voting district, Pendergrass said, there is an extensive double-checking process that accompanies each application.