Delta County welcomes Wayne Williams

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and four election judges at the Delta County clerk’s office on Monday. The judges are, left to right, Debbie Cole, Laura Earley, Susie Johnson and Judy Briscoe. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams always gets rave reviews about Dominion Voting Systems, the firm he selected to provide voting equipment to counties statewide, but during his visit to Delta County on Monday he heard a first:

The system is so fast, so efficient, that the work of checking in ballots and checking for signatures gets done in a much shorter period of time.

Delta County Clerk Teri Stephenson and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Monday at her office in Delta. (SOS photo)

“That means we don’t get to spend as much time together,” election judge Debbie Cole told Williams when he stopped by the Delta County Clerk and Recorder’s office to visit with Clerk Teri Stephenson and her staff.

At that lament, Williams let out a huge laugh. He told the judges he had never heard that one before.

Stephenson said the election judges told her afterward how surprised they were that the secretary of state “was such a down-to-earth, normal guy.”

“And we always brag on our election judges so it was great that Wayne got to meet some of them,” she said. “They are just an awesome group and they get along so well.”

Election supervisor Rene Loy said the volunteer election judges who showed up Tuesday were bummed they missed a visit by the secretary of state.

Delta County is one of the counties in Colorado where not every voter is getting a ballot. The county is running two elections, one for the town of Crawford and its 285 voters, and one for the ambulance district, and nearly 14,000 voters. Both measures on the ballot are tax increases.

Other towns in Delta County are Paonia, Orchard City, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge. The county boasts  21,505 total registered voters. Of the active voters, 9,540 are Republican, 6,556 are unaffiliated and 3,557 are Democrats, according to the latest figures from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

Stephenson thanked Williams for holding training sessions in Rifle, which is close enough that it keeps hotel and mileage costs down.

“Thank you,” she said, “for everything you do for our office.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the staff of the Delta County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. (SOS photo)