Office of Elections Receives National Best Practices Award for Emergency Planning

Aug. 23, 2013

The Fairfax County Office of Elections was recently honored by the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) with its annual Elections Administration Best Practices Award for the county’s 2012 Election Day Emergency Preparedness Plan. The award was presented at NACRC’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

According to Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Quinn, the Election Day Emergency Preparedness Plan was created and implemented by a broad team of county agencies to ensure that pre-planning and sufficient resources were in place to handle multiple potential emergency scenarios during the Nov. 6 presidential election. In addition to the Office of Elections, key agencies involved in the planning and support included the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Information Technology, Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Facilities Management Department, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Libraries, Office of the County Attorney and the Office of Public Affairs.

“The plan was the outcome of a lot of hard work by numerous county employees to ensure the safety of our citizens on Election Day, as well as the access and integrity of the election process in the county, if emergencies were to occur” explained Quinn.  “We are delighted to be nationally recognized for a job well-done by our peers in NACRC with this Best Practices Award.”

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