You can’t blame Secretary of State Wayne Williams for beaming when a solider at an Armed Forces lunch praised Colorado’s process for overseas and military voters.
And then Army Major Eric Lintelmann followed up with an e-mail to the state’s top election official.
“Sir,” the soldier began. “As a native Coloradan, I am extremely proud of our state’s voting process.”
Lintelmann explained that when he was stationed in Iraq in 2016 mail was taking anywhere from one to three months to arrive. At the time, he was the voting assistance officer.
“I had voters from Mississippi, Illinois, California, Texas, and mostly Colorado,” he wrote. “The people from the non Colorado states had much more trouble getting help voting … However, all Colorado voters who wanted to vote were able to vote. I had soldiers from Teller, El Paso, Douglas, Elbert and Denver counties.”
With Memorial Day just around the corner, when America honors those who died in active military service, it’s important to note that Colorado has 8,086 military voters. Nearly one-third are registered to vote in El Paso County, home to five military installations, including Peterson Air Force Base, where Lintelmann is stationed.