Logan County’s election supervisor today received an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association that honors those who demonstrate “love and extra devotion to the election process.”
Traci Griffee was nominated by her clerk, Pam Bacon, who outlined what Griffee has done for the office since beginning work there in 2011.
“I am not only honored to nominate her for the Michele Burton award but I am also honored to have her on my team and right beside me in the election battle field,” Bacon said in her nomination letter. “I know I don’t say it enough but I would like to thank her for everything she does for me, the office and the citizens of our county.”
Michele Burton began her elections career in 1976 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and ended it as an Arapahoe County elections deputy. She and her husband Wayne died in a car accident in 2000 as they were traveling to Utah to watch their 14-year-old son play in a soccer tournament. The Grandview High student was not in the car, which collided with a deer.
The award was presented at the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference at the Inverness Hotel in Arapahoe County. The conference ends Wednesday.
Other nominees for the 2016 Michele Burton Excellence in Elections Service Award were Doreen Bellfy, the Larimer County elections manager, who was nominated by Clerk Angela Myers, and Crystal Christman, Boulder County elections technology coordinator, nominated by Clerk Hillary Hall.
Here are excerpts from the clerks’ nomination letters:
Myers on Bellfy
Bellfy began her elections career in Pitkin County and “brought her wealth of knowledge” to Larimer County in 2000 and became elections manager in 2010, Myers said.
“I am proud to consider Doreen as my teammate through the gauntlet that is elections administration.
“She is fearless, determined, calm under pressure and disciplined. Her attention to detail — and the fact that her brain ‘lives’ there– is the stuff that election management dreams are made of,” Myers said.
“You won’t see any flamboyance or emotional outburst from Doreen — that’s not her style. Instead, she carefully considers words before speaking. She is consistently dependable, poised and professional. If you spend much time around her, you will quickly learn that she can also be quick to laugh, compassionate and fun.”
Bacon about Griffee
Bacon said she wasn’t surprised that Griffee said “Let’s do it” when Logan County had a chance to switch to Dominion Voting Systems, the firm selected by Secretary of State Wayne Williams as he moved the state to a uniform voting system.
“Traci has put in countless hours making procedure documents, check list and logs,” Bacon stated. “The 2016 primary election with new equipment went very well and this is mostly due to the fact that I have Traci as my right-hand gal, my go-to person, my read-my-mind (which is scary for her most of the time), my ‘Don’t worry and she will get it done’ girl.”
Hall about Christman
“Crystal came to our office just over eight years ago with a strong background in technology from the private sector. She knew practically nothing about the mechanics of elections. But she dove into the intricacies of elections with a drive for learning that is unparalleled,” Hall stated. “Crystal quickly became an invaluable leader in our office and dedicated public servant. She often uses the phrase ‘I’m all in’ during our most difficult election periods and she shares a love and devotion to the elections process that one must possess (or be possessed!) to survive and thrive as an elections professional.”
Hall said that in the county’s troubled 2008 general election nearly every ballot has to be visually inspected due to “an inferior print job and toner adhesion.”
“The ballot was an 11×17 two-sided, two-sheet ballot with 25+ contests,” Hall wrote in her nomination letter. “This is when I knew that Crystal had the mutated election gene that takes on election challenges and not only solves them, but finds the challenges inspiring and rewarding.”