Chaffee County’s Lori Mitchell to lead Colorado’s county clerks

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, the new president of the Colorado County Clerks Association, swears in the other officers, including Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, president-elect, on the left, and Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill, the vice president, at his right. (SOS photo)

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell — known for her colorful shoes and her clever Facebook posts reminding residents their motor-vehicle tags are about to expire — is the new president of the Colorado County Clerks Association.

Mitchell, who succeeds Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, took the oath of office on Jan. 18 at the clerk’s winter conference in Colorado Springs.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve the community where I grew up, and now I get to serve as president of the Colorado County Clerks Association,” Mitchell ssaid. “This is the greatest group of people I have ever worked with. We always have our citizens in mind.

“We do good things.”

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Happy birthday, Mr. Secretary

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the cupcake he received from Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association, for his birthday. The clerks sang “Happy Birthday” to Williams, who turns 55 on Friday. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with Beth Clippenger with Jefferson County, after she pretended to lick her finger and taste the cupcake frosting. (SOS photo)

Since becoming  Colorado’s secretary of state, Wayne Williams has celebrated his birthday with some of his favorite people: county clerks and their staffs.

Williams’  birthday falls at the same time as the Colorado County Clerks Association’s  winter conference. Association president Pam Bacon, the Logan County clerk, today presented Williams a cupcake with frosting in Colorado flag colors.

Members sang “Happy Birthday” to Williams, but not in a throaty, husky manner made famous during the serenade of another elected official.

Williams’  birthday is Friday, but the clerks wanted to celebrate it today before the secretary’s presentation. The conference, which is being held in Colorado Springs, begins today and ends Friday.

Williams served as El Paso County’s clerk and recorder before being elected secretary of state in 2014.

Chaffee County: a cold wind and a hot city election

Salida voter Sandra Hobbs drops off her ballot Monday in the ballot drop box outside the Chaffee County clerk’s office. (SOS photo)

A  cold wind blew leaves across the Chaffee County courthouse lawn on Monday as Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell told Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams how Salida’s municipal election has voters fired up.

“There’s a difference of opinion on the direction the city should go,” Mitchell said,  noting each of the three ward races are contested as is the mayor’s race.

As if on cue, Salida resident Sandra Hobbs got out of her vehicle and walked up to the 24-hour ballot box located outside the courthouse.

“It’s been something else,” she said of the city election.

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Colorado’s county clerks know how to get lots of likes

Colorado’s county clerks have gotten creative with their election-related social media postings. Here are a few of our favorites:

Colorado County Clerks Association reminding voters that ballots are being sent:

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Regina O’Brien showing off a sign for a 24-hour ballot drop box:

Logan County’s selfie station:

Arapahoe County’s election judges taking their oath:

A GIF from Denver Elections reminding voters they can check the status of their ballot using BallotTRACE:

A behind-the-scenes look at Boulder county’s mail ballots:

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner and her staff wearing “Routt County Elections” jerseys to promote voter registration at the showcase of their new voting equipment:

Lincoln County reminding voters that this piece of mail isn’t junk:

Mail ballots for the 2017 coordinated election were sent out on Oct. 16.  Ballots must be received by Nov. 7. To update your registration, view your sample ballot, check your mail ballot status, or find an in person voting location or ballot drop off location, please visit www.govotecolorado.com.

There is no statewide ballot measure, and six counties do not have any local issues so are not holding an election.

Happy voting!

Colorado election officials stand out at national conference

Colorado’s election officials racked up the awards at this year’s Election Center conference, which was held in California. From left to right: Arapahoe County Elections Director Jennifer Morrell, Denver Elections’ Amanda Beach, the voter records manager, Amber McReynolds, director of Denver Elections, El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman and Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson.

By Lizzie Stephani

Colorado election officials shone at the Election Center’s 33rd national conference, winning several prestigious awards and gaining certification or re-certification as election administrators.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, as well as members of various clerks’ offices,  attended the conference in Garden Grove, Calif., which ended Wednesday.

“Colorado’s county clerks have one of the highest participation rates in the Election Center and it was exciting to see Colorado’s clerks win awards and their staffers graduate at this year’s national conference,” Williams said. “Colorado won three of the 10 awards that were handed out.”

El Paso and Denver counties, and the Colorado County Clerks Association were recognized for their work in serving their voters with professional best practices.

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