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.

Safe and secure: Eagle County thrilled with recording grant

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and three county clerk and recorders, Regina O’Brien of Eagle County, Kim Bonner of Routt County and Matt Crane of Arapahoe County, in front of files at the Eagle County clerk’s office. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams traveled to the mountains on Monday and the eastern plains last Friday to tout grants county clerks are receiving to help them update and maintain equipment used to record important documents, from land transactions to mineral rights to marriage licenses.

Williams congratulated Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien and her staff, who were awarded $23,000 to purchase additional software modules intended to enhance electronic record storage.

“We all know how important it is to electronically preserve document images,” O’Brien said. “We are very, very excited for this addition.”

The money is part of $900,000 that the Electronic Recording Technology Board, created by legislation passed in 2016, has awarded in recent weeks.

“We know there’s a lot of technology in the state that’s outdated,” Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, board chairman, said during a news conference in Eagle. “This gives all counties a chance at having better technology and to be able to push more things to the web to allow citizens to access documents and electronically file.”

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County clerks celebrate recording grants

Four county clerk and recorders — Cheyenne’s Pat Daugherty, Adams’ Stan Martin, Lincoln’s Corinne Lengel and Kit Carson’s Susan Corliss — stand with Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Hugo on Friday. They talked about the Electronic Recording and Technology Board and how it is benefiting rural and smaller counties and the customers they serve. (SOS photo)

Four county clerk and recorders praised Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the Colorado Legislature for working on a solution to help rural counties replace obsolete equipment vital to recording important documents, including land transactions.

Williams said the second portion of their title, recorder,  is often overlooked but keenly important.

“For most Coloradans, their biggest investment is the home, the ranch, that we own,” he said. “So making sure those property records are accurate is absolutely critical.”

He met with clerks Stan Martin of Adams County, Pat Daugherty of Cheyenne County, Susan Corliss of Kit Carson County and Corinne Lengel of Lincoln County in Lengel’s office in Hugo on Friday. They discussed the Electronic Recording Technology Board, an enterprise account created by the legislature in 2016.

The board announced Thursday  that 15 rural counties will be the first recipients of grants it will be doling out.

Daugherty couldn’t be happier. “We don’t have any extra money,” she said.

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All about U — That’s some bull!

Sen. Kerry Donovan, who manages her family’s ranch outside Edwards, used one of her cows as a model for her wooden U.

When Sen. Kerry Donovan said she wanted to decorate one of the Secretary of State office’s wooden U to look like a cow, she wasn’t kidding. The photo of her finished U in front of the real thing is a rib tickler.

The Vail Democrat covered the wood with hair from the bull she modeled her U after. She added nails for the horns, washers for the eyes and locking nuts for the nostrils.

“I laughed the whole time I was making it,” she said.

Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail. (Donovan campaign)

Choosing a bovine motif was a natural Donovan, who runs her family ranch near Edwards. According to her bio, the Donovans have owned Copper Bar Ranch since the early 1980s, although the land’s history extends back to the Homestead Act.

Colorado Secretary of State Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the office’s UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the mail for the June 26 primary but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

The UChooseCO 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 your mustache

Senate President Kevin Grantham holds up his decorated wooden U.

When you’ve got a distinctive mustache, why not go for it? That’s what I told Senate President Kevin Grantham when the Cañon City Republican was looking at ways to decorate his wooden U.

Colorado Secretary of State Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the office’s UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive for the June 26 primary. They have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

U recipients were told to decorate the U’s with their values or to just have fun.  I had been trolling the crafts stores to get items for my own U and I saw a bunch of mustaches. I also suggested Graham get a miniature replica of the Royal Gorge Bridge and put on top of  the U. Hey, it’s better than another Cañon City feature — “Old Sparky” at the state pen.

Grantham’s executive assistant, Emily Cordes, decorated her boss’ U.

On Saturday, the SOS will highlight the U from Graham’s colleague, Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail. (Lawmakers, if you want to decorate a U e-mail me at Lynn.Bartels@SOS.state.co.us.)

The UChooseCO 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.