The Annual Clearinghouse Awards Recognize 20 Jurisdictions for Best Practices in Election Administration.
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Election Assistance Committee (EAC) today announced the winners for the 6th annual Clearinghouse Awards. The awards, also known as the Clearie Awards, are presented annually to localities across the U.S. for best practices in election administration. Established in 2002 by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for election administration information. To further this mission, the EAC launched the Clearies in 2016 to promote best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of the countrys election officials.
This years award categories and winners include:
Outstanding Innovations in Elections ‐ Large Jurisdictions
Indiana Secretary of State – Development of Professional Certificate in Election Administration, Technology and Security Program
North Carolina State Board of Elections – HUBS Work Groups
Pierce County Elections (WA) – Drop Box Chain of Custody
Wake County Board of Elections (NC) – Data Driven Solutions for Managing Voter Population Growth
Outstanding Innovations in Elections ‐ Small/Medium Jurisdictions
Clay County Supervisor of Elections (FL) – Clay County 2022 Elections Expo
City and County of Denver Elections Division (CO) – Confined Voting Program Expansion
San Mateo County Department of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (CA) – Embracing Equity and Inclusion in Elections
Improving Accessibility For Voters With Disabilities
Michigan Secretary of State – MICRC Accessibility Support
Nebraska Secretary of State – Poll place accessibility for voters with disabilities
Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers
Leon County Supervisor of Elections (FL) – Conflict Resolution Traffic Light
San Mateo County Department of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer (CA) – Increasing Youth Engagement through Student Poll Worker Program
Wyandotte Supervisor of Elections (KS) – Civic Engagement Series – Youth at the Booth
Creative and Original I Voted Sticker Design
Durham County Board of Elections (NC) – ‘I Voted’ Sticker Contest
Maryland State Board of Elections – Student I Voted Sticker Art Contest
Sante Fe County Clerk (NM) – “I Voted!” Sticker Design Contest
Outstanding Innovation in Election Cybersecurity and Technology
Hamilton County Board of Elections (OH) – “Did You Know?” Video Series
Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk (CA) – Use of IoT in Tracking Ballot Boxes
Michigan Secretary of State – MICRC Public Comment Portal
Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Election Modernization
Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk (CA) – Election Worker Disability Awareness Training Video
Outstanding Election Official Association Program
Indiana Secretary of State – Indiana County Clerks Association and Indiana Election Division
In addition to the Clearie winners, 14 offices were recognized for Clearie Honorable Mention awards. More information on these winners and their efforts is available here.
The Clearies give the EAC an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of election officials across the country, said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. The recipients of these awards should be incredibly proud of the work they did, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their innovative thinking, resourcefulness, and creativity are now a tentpole for other election administrators to follow and build on.
EAC Commissioner and 2021 EAC Chairman, Donald Palmer said, Election officials showed us once again that they are true civic leaders in their communities. The professionalism and sense of purpose they displayed ensured that millions of voters across the U.S. were able to cast their ballots securely and accurately. In the face of unprecedented scrutiny, it is an honor to be able to highlight their innovative work.
Now in its sixth year, the Clearie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of election officials across America. Entries were judged based on each initiatives depiction of positive results, innovation, sustainability, outreach efforts, cost-effectiveness, and replicability.
More information about each awardee is available on the EACs website.
Winners were selected by independent panels of election officials from the EACs advisory boards, with the EAC Commissioners serving as judges for the sticker category. Judges included:
Innovation in Election Cybersecurity and Technology
Gail Fenumiai, Director of Elections, State of Alaska (EAC Standards Board Member)
Rina Fontana Moore, Clerk & Recorder / Elections Administrator, Cascade County, Montana (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Elizabeth Howard, EAC Board of Advisors Member
Elizabeth Hundley, County Clerk, Livingston County, Michigan (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Shona Mack-Pollock, Superintendent of Elections, Passaic County, New Jersey (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Election Modernization & Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers
Mary R. Clark, Township Clerk, Delta Charter Township, Michigan (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Shelly Jackson, Deputy Director of Elections, State of Utah (EAC Standards Board Member)
Susan Kiepke, County Auditor, Davison County, South Dakota (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Dan S. Wallach, EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Member
Innovations in Elections Large Jurisdictions & Improving Accessibility For Voters With Disabilities
Heather Carmen, Assistant Registrar of Voters, Washoe County, Nevada (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Batina Dodge, County Clerk, Scotland County, Missouri (EAC Standards Board Member)
Diane Cordry Golden, EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Member
Ricky Hatch, County Clerk/Auditor, Weber County, Utah (EAC Board of Advisors and Local Leadership Council Member)
Sherry Poland, Director, Hamilton County Board of Elections, Ohio (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Innovations in Elections Small/Medium Jurisdictions & Outstanding Election Official Association Program
Alisha Alexander, Elections Administrator, Prince Georges County, Maryland (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Jeff Hancock, County Clerk, Franklin County, Kentucky (EAC Standards Board Member)
Michael Stalberger, Director, Property and Environmental Resources, Blue Earth County, Minnesota (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
Doris Young, Director, Department of Elections, Kent County, Delaware (EAC Local Leadership Council Member)
In a joint statement, all four EAC Commissioners added, We want to thank the 2021 Clearie judges for taking the time to review the many submissions we received this year and helping us highlight best practices within the field of election administration.