County clerks help Republicans, Democrats, tally assembly ballots

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman had plenty of help from fellow county clerks and his staff when counting ballots at the two-day Colorado Republican Party assembly.

It was Broerman who took the stage Saturday with GOP chairman Steve House, when House announced the stunning results of the U.S. Senate race. Of the eight candidates trying get on at the assembly by getting at least 30 percent of the delegate vote only one person, only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, made it. Glenn kept everyone else off the ballot by getting 70 percent of the vote.

Nearly 14,500 ballots were processed during voting on Friday and Saturday for delegates, the U.S. Senate, CU regent and more.

The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.
The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.

Colorado Democrats are doing things differently when they meet this Saturday in Loveland.

Denver Elections has already  prepared the ballots for the party, but staffers won’t be in Loveland doing the counting. The ballots will be tabulated back at the main office site and the results released Monday by the Colorado Democratic Party, elections director Amber McReynolds said.

Democrats don’t have a scramble for a Senate candidate. The incumbent, Michael Bennet, is running again.

Denver also handled the election last year for the contentious race for chair of the state Democratic Party.

“County clerks provide support to ensure this important process is conducted properly,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes.
El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane at the Colorado Republican assembly.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane.

Some clerks who assisted  Broerman also were delegates to the assembly in Colorado Springs. Others just came to help. And some clerks brought their staffers to assist.

The clerks who assisted in the tabulation were Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, former Douglas County Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder, Montrose County Clerk Tressa Guynes,  Park County Clerk Debbie Green and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes. (Apologies to Martin and Green for not getting their pictures.)

Koppes, a Republican, also handled the ballot process for both the Weld County Republican and Democratic assemblies.

Former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson oversaw ballot tabulation when Colorado Republicans held their assembly at the University of Denver in 2012.

“It’s a big job, especially in a presidential year when you have hundreds of people running for delegate,” said Anderson, who  now is director of the Colorado County Clerks Association.

About 14,500 ballots were processed at the two-day GOP assembly over the weekend, with results released the same day as the balloting.

“I am button-busting proud of my staff,” Broerman said.

That includes deputy clerk Ryan Parcell and elections manager Liz Olson. Other El Paso county clerk and recorder staffers who helped were Jeff Weston, Angie Leath, Byron Linthicum, Brian McLellan, Kelly Lindgren, Katie Alessandri, Cheryl Brink, Brad Wilson, Angi Ballinger, Karl Nordstrom, Bryan O’Neil, Tom Hunter, Janice Littlefield, Mary Bartelson, Rich Jones, Kevin Long, Corey Council, Vicki Ratterree, ML Black and Amie Isban.