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Weber County received honors from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Feb. 14, 2018, for its voter outreach efforts. In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, county election workers sort ballots at the Weber County Election Office in Ogden.

OGDEN — Weber County has received honors from a federal agency that serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information for the efforts of election officials here to boost voter participation.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, or EAC, announced Thursday it had given the county a Clearinghouse Award, or Clearie, for its outreach efforts via the Weber County Election Office. In a press release, the EAC cited election office efforts to “engage students, veterans, teens, seniors, individuals with disabilities and children in the electoral process” via the county’s Winning in Weber promotional campaign.

The EAC singled out Weber County and three other entities around the country for “outstanding innovations in election administration.” Six other election entities around the country received recognition for efforts in increasing accessibility for the disabled and with election workers.

Ryan Cowley, director of the Weber County Election Office, said outreach is a focus of the office.

“That’s really a mentality we have in our office, finding ways to engage people other than just at election time,” he said.

Weber County Clerk-Auditor Ricky Hatch, whose office oversees the election office, said part of the aim is to get voters thinking about the issues.

“The more you can educate yourself on both sides, the more informed decisions you can make,” he said.

The EAC singled out efforts of county election officials to engage Weber State University students in the electoral process, to provide civics lessons at local schools and more. “The innovative effort of working closely with registered voters and future voters offers an outstanding service to all Weber County voters,” the EAC said.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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