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Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover took office in December 2016. She pledged to increase Bureau of Elections community outreach to increase voter registration and voter turnout and to ensure that documents maintained in Recording and Filing are accurate and easily accessible to the public. Since then, she has administered fair and honest elections while increasing voter participation. Innovations include the introduction of a mobile voting unit and the production of Civic Plaza events for National Voter Registration Day.

Clerk Stover has also spearheaded educational initiatives to get students interested in civics. These efforts culminated in creating the Bernalillo County About My County Activity Book. Albuquerque Public Schools embraced civics teaching as part of their curriculum and distributed it to all 4th-grade students in the APS system. The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Clerk Stover a 2020 Achievement Award for the book in the category of Civic Education and Public Information. In 2022 Clerk Stover received another Achievement Award from NACo for her outreach program titled “We’re All in This Together: Voting Through the 2020 Pandemic”. The program provided information about voting procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, explained what COVID-safe practices were being implemented, corrected misinformation, and ensured voters that they could count on a safe election.

Ms. Stover brings a long history of public service to New Mexico and Bernalillo County. She served two terms as a board member with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area Flood Control Authority and worked 29 years at the New Mexico Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, including 15 years as executive director. In 1996 she broke the glass ceiling to become the first woman to be elected president of the National Association of Rural Rehabilitation Corporations.

Ms. Stover is a native of Carlsbad. She’s also a graduate of Sandia High School and studied at Fullerton Junior College and the University of New Mexico. She was married to the late Bob Stover of Taos, New Mexico, two-term Bernalillo County sheriff and twice-appointed Albuquerque police chief, who so far is the only police chief to serve two appointments. But Linda’s grandson, Sam Olmsted, truly has her heart.