Secretary Williams makes his way to Weld County

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes in Greeley Monday. (SOS photo)

Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes was excited to show Secretary Williams the county’s new elections office ballots processing center, which is in an old bank building, complete with a vault where the ballots will be stored.

Koppes says she is welcoming name suggestions for the processing center since “elections office ballots processing center” is a mouthful. Her favorite suggestion so far is the “Koppes Center.”

She thanked Williams for his visit to Greeley and praised the SOS staff.

“You guys are rock stars,” she told him. “You do a good job supporting us.”

This year is the first time Colorado will conduct a primary election where unaffiliated voters can automatically participate.

The door to the vault where Weld County’s ballots will be stored. (Weld County clerk photo)

Williams launched the UChoose campaign earlier this year to inform unaffiliated voters about the primary and emphasize that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive. They have to pick just one or neither ballot will count.

The campaign also handed out wooden U’s to decorate. Weld county’s U is decked out in images of the county, which is located on the Wyoming border and is known for its agriculture.  There are also images of Uncle Sam encouraging “U” to vote.

Koppes says that they have received a few questions on why unaffiliated voters received two ballots. Republicans are the largest voting block of active voters in Weld County with 61,880 voters, but the unaffiliated are close behind with 61,669 voters. Democrats trail with 37,164 active voters, according to the latest registration data from the SOS.

“We are keeping track of the questions we receive,” she said. “That way we will be ready for 2020. You know, us elections geeks, always thinking ahead.”

All about Logan’s County Traveling U

A wooden U decorated by Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon and her staff has traveled throughout the county, including the town of Crook.

Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon didn’t just have her staff decorate her wooden U — she took it around the rural county and documented her trip.

Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon outside the iconic courthouse in Sterling with her U.

She placed the U on railroad tracks between Iliff and Crook, with cows in the background between Crook and Flaming and on a hay bale off Highway 113 going to Peetz. The pictures appeared on the clerk’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

“I have pictures from Sterling, Peetz, Padroni, Iliff, Crook, Fleming, Merino, Atwood and everywhere in between to post pictures of the Logan County Traveling U,” she said. “We tried to think of fun pictures that represent our county to grab peoples’ interest when I post them.”

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 for the June 26 primary, but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

At least every weekday between now and the primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a U or two. Recipients were asked to consider their values when decorating or to just have fun. Some clerks — such as Bacon, Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes —  highlighted their counties.

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

Logan County’s wooden U atop a hay bale off Colorado 113 going to Peetz.

All about U: Weld County

You just knew that the Weld County clerk’s office was going to go all out decorating its wooden U because of the tweet from Clerk Carly Koppes when she received the kit from the Secretary of State’s office:

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive. They have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count. This is the first election where unaffiliated voters can automatically participate.

Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes and her team chose county and voting themes to decorate all sides of their wooden U.

Every day between now and the June 26 primary we will highlight a wooden U or two. Recipients were asked to consider their values when decorating or to just have fun. Some clerks — such as Koppes — focused on their county and on elections.

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

A lot of love for Marge Klein

Marge Klein, center, poses for a group shot Saturday with, from left to right, her daughter Tammy Klein, politico Shari Williams, former Congressman Bob Beauprez and Routt County Treasurer Britta Horn. Williams and Horn jumped into the pool to raise money for Klein, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Marge Klein, center, poses for a group shot Saturday with those who helped raise money for her medical bills. From left to right, her daughter Tammy Klein, politico Shari Williams, former Congressman Bob Beauprez and Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn. Williams and Horn jumped into the pool to raise money for Klein, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Larry Klein knew his wife Marge had a lot of friends — after all, she had worked for two congressmen and been active in the Republican Party for eons — but he didn’t truly understand how many until she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Larry broke down this afternoon at a fundraiser to help his wife pay for chemo treatments, which weren’t covered by their insurance.

Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey and Marge Klein.
Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey and Marge Klein.

“It’s just overwhelming,” he said.

Plenty of bold-face names showed up at Brian Watson’s home in Greenwood Village for the “Pony Up for Marge” event that Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey helped put together. Among them were two of her old bosses, former Congressman Bob Schaffer and Bob Beauprez.

Also present were Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. Horn and political maven Shari Williams even took a dunk in Watson’s yet-to-be- heated swimming pool to raise money for their friend.

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County clerks help Republicans, Democrats, tally assembly ballots

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman had plenty of help from fellow county clerks and his staff when counting ballots at the two-day Colorado Republican Party assembly.

It was Broerman who took the stage Saturday with GOP chairman Steve House, when House announced the stunning results of the U.S. Senate race. Of the eight candidates trying get on at the assembly by getting at least 30 percent of the delegate vote only one person, only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, made it. Glenn kept everyone else off the ballot by getting 70 percent of the vote.

Nearly 14,500 ballots were processed during voting on Friday and Saturday for delegates, the U.S. Senate, CU regent and more.

The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.
The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.

Colorado Democrats are doing things differently when they meet this Saturday in Loveland.

Denver Elections has already  prepared the ballots for the party, but staffers won’t be in Loveland doing the counting. The ballots will be tabulated back at the main office site and the results released Monday by the Colorado Democratic Party, elections director Amber McReynolds said.

Democrats don’t have a scramble for a Senate candidate. The incumbent, Michael Bennet, is running again.

Denver also handled the election last year for the contentious race for chair of the state Democratic Party.

“County clerks provide support to ensure this important process is conducted properly,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

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