A new report from the University of New Mexico examines election administration practices and voter experiences in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, during the 2014 general election. The study used Election Day monitoring and surveys of poll workers’ and voters’ experiences to evaluate the elections process and make recommendations for improving data-driven performance at the local and state levels.
Voters reported a generally positive experience. Ninety-six percent rated poll worker performance high, and the same percentage said the voting process was easy. However, some issues emerged: Nearly 70 percent of voters said the ballot was too extensive, and 1 in 4 Election Day voters said their wait in line to vote was very long.
The report recommends a number of best practices, including:
The report was the fifth release of data from a longitudinal study that Bernalillo began in 2006, making it one of the longest ongoing examinations of election performance by a single local jurisdiction.