Praise for Yuma High School and its voter-registration efforts

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner with Navil Babonoyaba and Andrea Hermosillo, two Yuma High School graduates who got 96 percent of their class to register to vote during the last school year. Yuma High was honored during an awards ceremony Friday. (SOS photo/Judd Choate)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner with Navil Babonoyaba and Andrea Hermosillo, two Yuma High School graduates who got 96 percent of their class to register to vote during the last school year. Yuma High was honored during an awards ceremony Friday. (SOS photo/Judd Choate)

Two of Colorado’s top leaders shared their high school experiences when honoring Yuma High School on Friday for its effort in registering its seniors to vote.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner — a 1993 Yuma High grad — addressed students at an afternoon assembly at Yuma High School.

“It’s easy to participate but a lot of folks don’t do that. Instead they complain. They whine,” Williams said. “But you have a couple of students here who took some leadership and they did something different. They got their peers registered to vote.

“I’m just ecstatic to be here at Yuma High School.”

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Yuma County clerk soon will solemnly swear

Yuma County Clerk Bev Wenger and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in the building that houses election equipment. (SOS photo)
Yuma County Clerk Bev Wenger and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in the building that houses election equipment and serves as a voter service center. (SOS photo)

Yuma County Clerk Bev Wenger is headed to Kansas in January to testify at the trial of Lincoln Wilson, who has admitted voting in Yuma County in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and in Sherman County, Kan., in the same elections.

A Colorado DA declined to prosecute Wilson, saying because he voted in Yuma County first he did not commit voter fraud, but the Kansas secretary of state has filed charges against the 65-year-old Republican. The case prompted Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to successfully push for legislation that allows Colorado to prosecute an errant voter, no matter where the first ballot was cast.

Wenger discussed the case with Williams on Friday when he visited her office in Wray to check on readiness for the Nov. 8 election. Yuma County has a spacious building across the street from the courthouse that it uses for its election operations — and to store its award-winning Christmas tree made with license plates.

“I’m so appreciative that the secretary has taken time to visit and to listen to our concerns,” she said.

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