National Group Recognizes PBC Elections Office

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, for best practices in election administration.

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections is proud to have earned an honorable mention from them for Outstanding Innovation in Cybersecurity and Technology, one of only two recipients of this recognition throughout the country.

“I am thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of our team,” Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said. “Each and every member of our staff worked relentlessly to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.”

In 2020, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office implemented various initiatives to improve election security. The efforts focused on securing physical and electronic access to network infrastructure and elections facilities.

Specific accomplishments include cybersecurity training, a network-based multi-camera surveillance system to safeguard voted ballots, color wristbands to identify protected access levels, the introduction of zero trust programs and a centralized command center to provide countywide information.

This is the first time that Palm Beach County has been recognized by the EAC.