All about U: journalists Anna Staver and Joe St. George

Journalist Joe St. George and his U.
TV producer Anna Staver and her U.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office delivered wooden U’s to Colorado newsmakers and news reporters to inform them about its UChooseCO campaign for unaffiliated voters, who can now participate in primary elections with affiliating with one party or the other.

We’re not sure why Joe St. George, a reporter with FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News, has his initials upside down on his U, but check out that smile. (He said he can’t explain why he came out looking a Trumpish shade of orange in the shot.)

Anna Staver, a producer at KUSA-TV, went with a totally Colorado look: blue skies, mountains and camping, including a tent that looks like the state flag. The wooden U went to 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman, who is busy planning a governor’s debate and a move to California, so Staver took over decorating duties from him.

“Maybe this ‘U’ will finally motivate to spend our first night in the wild as a family of four … ,” she said in her tweet highlighting the U.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots but they have to pick just one ballot. They can’t, for example, vote for a Democratic candidate for governor and a Republican candidate for treasurer.

Those who received U’s were informed they could indicate their values when decorating or  just have fun. Some clerks highlighted their counties.

Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Almost 1,000 Coloradans sign up as part of National Voter Registration Day

Celebrating National Voter Registration Day at Civic Center Park were, from left to right, Alton Dillard, spokesman for Denver Elections; former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state; and Debra Johnson, Denver clerk and recorder. (SOS photo by Julia Sunny)

More than 900 Coloradans signed up to vote one week ago today, National Voter Registration Day, and almost half of them chose to be unaffiliated.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his deputy, Suzanne Staiert, made media appearances as part of NVRD and some election offices, such as Arapahoe, El Paso and Denver counties, hosted registration events.

In all, 953 people registered to vote in Colorado on Sept. 26, according to Secretary of State data released Monday. Of that, 454 registered as unaffiliated, 285 as Democrat, 190 as Republican and the rest were third-party members. The five top counties with the most registrants were:

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams appears on “Good Morning Colorado” with anchors Megan Kelly and Kirk Yuhnke to talk about voter registration and participation. (SOS photo)

El Paso: 139

Denver: 128

Arapahoe: 113

Larimer: 100

Jefferson: 81

In addition, Boulder County registered 63 people and Adams and Douglas counties each registered 61.

The National Association of Secretaries of State in 2012 designated September as National Voter Registration Month with the fourth Tuesday in September set as National Voter Registration Day to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting.

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