All about U — Thanks, firefighters

The La Plata County clerk and recorder’s wooden U is a reflection of the county’s trying times.

La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and her elections director Erin Hutchins were stumped on how to decorate their wooden U but, sadly, Mother Nature inspired them.

The 416 Fire has ravaged the Durango area and other parts of southwestern Colorado, burning more than 34,000 acres. Displaced La Plata County voters were told they could pick up their ballots at the post office. Rain helped slow the fire’s spread but now voters impacted by flooding also are being sent to the post office.

Hutchins’ husband, Denver Hutchins, handled the wood burning, including the official firefighters logo, the burn marks between the U legs, the name of the blaze, the  “416 fire” and the date it started, June 1.

“When the fire is out, Denver will inscribe that date on it, too,” Parker said.

Secretary Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

All about U — and Broomfield

Today is the first day that clerks have to open voting service and polling centers. Broomfield Clerk Jim Canderlarie, left, staffer Daniel Misssap, holding the U he decorated, and staffer Michael Susek, right, along with election judges.

Broomfield Clerk and Recorder Jim Candelarie, staffers and election judges opted to show off their wooden U today, the first day that all clerks must open the minimum required number of Voter Service and Polling Centers.

VSPC’s, as they’re called, are where county residents can vote in person, get a replacement ballot, get a ballot of one wasn’t mailed to them and more. Most counties have a list of their voting center locations on their website.

Broomfield’s U.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. They’ve been decorated by lawmakers, county clerks, a former mayor and a former governor. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

All about U — and DIA

Oh, Denver International Airport, you did not disappoint when we sent you a wooden U to decorate. Go ahead and click on this and you’ll see what we mean:

Secretary Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

“We’re proud to support #UChooseCO,” DIA’s communications manager Emily Williams said in an e-mail.

“The design is thanks to our fabulous graphic designer, Brian Page, who wanted to include some of the iconic architectural and artistic elements that people love about DEN (like the Jeppesen Terminal tents and Blue Mustang), a few words that define us, and our personality -– which is obviously multicolored and fun😊.”

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. They’ve been decorated by lawmakers, county clerks, a former mayor and a former governor. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

All about U — and amazing harmony

Here’s to the talented Downey sisters. They didn’t just decorate a wooden U, they sang that old Schoolhouse Rock favorite, “We the people.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

The singers — Cate, 17, Ella, 13, and Meg, 10 — are the daughters of Tom Downey and Lori Fox of Denver. The couple is not only known for their singing daughters but also for their amazing Halloween costumes — in 2012 he was Clint Eastwood and she was the chair! Their girls sing all over the state, including the upcoming Bohemian Nights  Music festival in Fort Collins. They also have a long history of performing at Swallow Hill Music.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

All about U — it’s their Forté

Forté Advertising is behind the Secretary of State’s UChooseCO campaign. Team members are holding the wooden U’s they decorated. Back row, left to right, owner Nancy O’Dorisio, Jason Marvin and Rachel Ann Howard. Front row, Dar Ewing and Rachel Goodson. (SOS photo)

Here’s to our wonderful partners, Forté Advertising, who helped Secretary of State Wayne Williams launch the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters they now can automatically participate in primary elections but if they get both the Republican and Democratic ballots, they can only vote one.

If they vote both, neither one will count.

The campaign also includes the distribution of wooden U’s to decorate. Sen. Kerry Donovan’s cow is amazing. Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien’s U is a work of art. Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb played off his 1991 mayoral campaign with his shoe and a shoelace.

The wqoden U’s decorated by Forté Advertising.

The folks at Forté decorated two U’s. We gave them permission to use the state seal — it’s under the control of the Secretary of State’s office. The other U features all things Colorado on both sides: logos for the Broncos, Avs, Rockies and Nuggets, columbines, the state Capitol, Red Rocks and more.

The legislature authorized Secretary Williams to launch a campaign to educate unaffiliated voters amid concerns from county clerks, party officials and others that unaffiliated voters as well as Democrats and Republicans would be confused about the new voting process for the June 26 primary. Forté Advertising has targeted active unaffiliated voters with a mostly digital campaign, which has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.