Ottawa County recognized for election integrity, excellence

OTTAWA COUNTY — Ottawa County’s elections department was recently named a finalist for a national award for election excellence.

Centers for Election Excellence is a nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence. The program was launched in 2022 as a five-year, $80 million program, bringing together election officials, designers, technologists and other experts to “envision, support and celebrate excellence in U.S. election administration.”

Ten finalists for the inaugural Centers for Election Excellence were announced in November, with Ottawa County among them.

“We are so excited and thankful for the opportunity to partner with our colleagues from across the country, and with the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, for this inaugural program,” said Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck in a statement.

“Our motivation is to deliver the very best in transparency, integrity and access for our voters. This collaboration will connect our elections team with some of the best and brightest minds in the country in order to share ideas and make our elections process even stronger.”

Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck
Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck

Through the recognition, the Ottawa County elections team will have an opportunity to join with a bipartisan group of election officials to “support each other and sharpen their skills as they collaborate on ideas that ensure the integrity and accessibility of elections.”

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Other municipalities honored are Contra Costa County and Shasta County in California; Greenwich, Connecticut; Kane County and Macoupin County, Illinois; Clark County, Nevada; Brunswick County and Forsyth County, North Carolina; and Madison, Wisconsin.

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This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Ottawa County recognized for election integrity, excellence