The State Board of Elections and the North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections have recognized county boards of election in Jackson, Dare, Mecklenburg, Rutherford and Craven counties for best practices in the area of elections administration.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding elections administrators whose hard work helps ensure fair and secure elections in our state,” said Director Kim Strach of the State Board of Elections.

The State Board of Elections and NCADE reviewed applications submitted from administrators across the state to identify best practices in areas relating to election management, precinct management, campaign finance and public relations.

Strach and NCADE President Dawn Stumpf announced that Jackson County was the winner of Most Outstanding Practice for its innovative use of mobile messaging to increase coordination among elections officials on Election Day.

With specific training and standardized texting protocols, county poll workers were able to dedicate more time to interacting with voters while reporting vital data to county personnel.

This is the first time that the State Board of Elections and NCADE have distributed awards for best practices.

For more information, contact Lisa Lovedahl, director of Jackson County Board of Elections, at 586-7538.