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Making Democracy Work Award Announced

Making Democracy Work Award Announced


Dana receives the Making Democracy Work award

Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Clerk, received the Making Democracy Work award from the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area last night in a ceremony at Green Pastures restaurant. The League’s Making Democracy Work award honors an individual for outstanding community service.

The event emcee was former TX Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, and the award was presented by former TX Representative Wilhelmina Delco.

“Dana DeBeauvoir is the recipient of the 2013 award because she has provided excellent leadership in her public service as Travis County Clerk. Through DeBeauvoir’s efforts, Travis County has been recognized across the country for its groundbreaking early voting program, a program centered on customer-friendly polling locations in high-traffic retail locations. She has been an outstanding local leader, as well as a nationally and internationally recognized expert in her field.”

DeBeauvoir’s many services include the following accomplishments:

  • Received a Best Practices Award from the Election Center for her work in using risk analysis to implement security measures for electronic voting systems;
  • Named Public Official of the Year by the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks;
  • Awarded the 2009 Minute Man Award by the National Association of Election Officials (Election Center) for developing an effective, inexpensive, and easy-to-adopt election security practice;
  • Served as an election observer for Bosnia, the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Kosovo, and the historic South Africa election that represented the end of apartheid;
  • Brought innovation to the Clerk’s Recording Division by, among other actions, ensuring that the county’s most precious and important documents are now preserved as digital or film images and creating a new eRecording program to enable electronic filing of many documents;
  • Serves as a Texas representative on the Federal Election Commission Assistance Board;
  • And, serves on the Board of Directors and as the Election Committee Chair for the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials, and Clerks.

The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is an all-volunteer nonpartisan organization that works to engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. The Austin League works year-round to help voters understand the issues of our community. The League also studies issues carefully to create positions that reflect a consensus of its members, subsequently advocating for public policies that are consistent with the League’s formal positions.

The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is a nonpartisan, all-volunteer organization that promotes civic participation and education in all aspects of our democracy. Membership in the League is open to both men and women. For more information visit www.lwvaustin.org .

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