Bernalillo County prepares for record-breaking election

(AP photo)
(AP photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While each candidate has been busy hitting the campaign trail hard in the last few days, officials at the County Clerk’s Office have been working equally hard in preparation for Election Day.

Just one month after the June primary ended in Bernalillo County, preparations for the General Election were underway. With record breaking numbers expected, workers and volunteers have been working around the clock.

“All hands on deck the couple of months leading up to the election,” said Joey Keefe, spokesperson for Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office.

Officials say they’ve had to train up to 1,000 volunteers.

“We have about 150 back-up poll officials to send out in the field if necessary on Election Day, should a certain location get overwhelmed with the turnout,” said Keefe.

Officials say each poll worker has been trained on everything from different statutes to answering voter questions, comments and complaints.

As for equipment, almost everything was already set up for at least 19 of those locations because of early voting. Over the weekend, workers were out setting up the 50 other polling places across the county, and officials say they’re ready if anything happens to any of their machines.

“We do have staff on call all throughout the day that the poll officials can call at any time if anything goes wrong to either repair or replace a machine,” said Keefe.

Officials say they determine how many poll workers they need based off of the number of polling locations and how many people are needed to keep everything running smoothly.

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