Williams says 24-hour drop boxes make it easier for Coloradans to vote

The addition of a 24-hour ballot drop box outside of Pueblo's Patrick Lucero Library excited neighborh kids, who jokingly asked Secretary of State Wayne Williams if they could vote. (SOS photo)
The addition of a 24-hour ballot drop box outside of Pueblo’s Patrick Lucero Library excited neighborhood kids, who jokingly asked Secretary of State Wayne Williams if they could vote. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams helped two county clerks on Wednesday celebrate the opening of ballot drop boxes in their communities, saying it’s another step in making it easier for Coloradans to vote.

Voters in Bent County received their ballots on Tuesday and Clerk Patti Nickell was tickled to see 12 ballots in the box by Wednesday morning. Bent County Commissioner Bill Long admitted that at first he couldn’t see why Nickell was so intent on getting the box until Williams explained that voters love the service because they can drop off their ballots after work or on a Sunday.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Bent County Clerk Patti Nickells examine the 24-hour ballot drop box that was recently installed outside the courthouse. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Bent County Clerk Patti Nickell examine the 24-hour ballot drop box that was recently installed outside the courthouse in Las Animas. (SOS photo)

“We hope to have another box next year in in the east end of the county, at McClave,” Nickell  said. “I’m so glad Wayne is pushing this.”

Nickell said another 16 ballots were in the box Thursday morning.

Pueblo County on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its fourth round-the-clock ballot drop box, at the Patrick A. Lucero Library on the city’s eastside.

“What the heck is this?” a young boy called out when he spied the big white metal box covered with decals. “This is for Pueblo?” another asked. And a third wanted to know whether Williams was supporting Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

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Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz lauds new voting system

The Pueblo County clerk and recorder's election crew: front row, left to right: Brandi Marquez, Joanne Romero, Theresa Urenda, Rosita Gonzales and Jennifer Sek; and back row, left to right: Tammi Pando, Stefani Wilson, Colorado Secretary Wayne Williams, Clerk Bo Ortiz and Daisy Jensen.
The Pueblo County clerk and recorder’s election crew: front row, left to right: Brandi Marquez, Joanne Romero, Theresa Urenda, Rosita Gonzales and Jennifer Sek; and back row, left to right: Tammi Pando, Stefani Wilson, Colorado Secretary Wayne Williams, Clerk Bo Ortiz and Daisy Jensen.

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz celebrated the arrival of new voting equipment Monday that he said is saving taxpayers money.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and members of the media also were on hand as scanners and election servers from Dominion Voting Systems were unpacked.

Ortiz told reporter Andy Koen of KOAA5 in Colorado Springs said the cost savings with Dominion was substantial.

“We’re paying … just under $140,000 for the new system where in the past you were, you know, counties were paying a million dollars or more,” he said.

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Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz sets up shop at chile festival

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Saturday dropped by the voter registration booth set up at Pueblo's Chili & Frijoles Festival. Manning the booth were staffers Ralph Valdez, Clerk and Recorder Bo Ortiz and Shawna Vigil.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Saturday dropped by the voter registration booth set up at Pueblo’s Chili & Frijoles Festival. Manning the booth were staffers Ralph Valdez, Clerk and Recorder Bo Ortiz and Shawna Vigil.

Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz is taking advantage of two events that cross paths in September: National Voter Registration Month and the Pueblo Chili & Frijoles Festival.

Ortiz told The Pueblo Chieftain he hopes to register 500 voters during the festival, which begins Friday and continues through Sunday.

Pueblo has 90,079 active voters, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Of that, 44 percent are Democrats, 30 percent are unaffiliated, 25 percent are Republican and the rest belong to minor parties.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams participated in a variety of events Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day. Coloradans who want to register to vote or make sure their address is correct — ballots are mailed, but not forwarded — can go to GoVoteColorado.com.

 

Secretary Williams updates county clerks on NFIB lawsuit

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state's southern regional at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state’s southern region at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave county clerks in southern Colorado an update Tuesday on a lawsuit the state’s leading small-business group filed against his office, saying money collected through business filing fees shouldn’t be used to pay for election costs.

The clerks asked Williams to draw up a summary they can present to their commissioners on the fiscal impact  of the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Independent Business. A Denver judge, who heard arguments in the case last week, is expected to make a ruling within two months.

Clerks present at the conference were, left to right, Melanie Woodward of Alamosa County, Lawrence Gallegos of Conejos,  Tiffany Parker of La Plata, Debbi Green of Park, Krystal Brown of Teller, Secretary Williams,  Lori Mitchell of Chaffee,  Kelley Camper of Custer, Cindy Hill of Rio Grande, Patti Nickell of Bent,  Carla Gomez of Saguache, Nancy Cruz of Huerfano,  Peach Vigil of Las Animas and Kathy Simillion of Gunnison.

Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz wasn’t in the shot — he had stepped out to take a call when it was snapped.

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