Thurston County Auditor's Office Earns National Achievement Award for Pandemic Response in Elections
– The National Association of Counties recognized the Thurston County Auditor's Office for their work to protect election workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Achievement Award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
"We closed our doors to the public right after the March 2020 Presidential Primary election due to the pandemic, it became clear we needed a 'plan B' to conduct a successful Presidential Election," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Ensuring access to voter services and safe ballot processing during a public health emergency took creative thinking, planning, and coordination."
To ensure employee and public health was protected, the Auditor's Office:
- Partnered with a nearby community college to stand up a drive-thru voting center
- Made significant physical and operation changes to the county's Ballot Processing Center.
"Over the past year, county officials and frontline employees have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership," said Gary Moore, NACo President and Executive of Boone County, Kentucky. "This year's Achievement Award winning programs illustrate the innovative ways counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America."
Awards are given in 18 different categories nationally that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.