The three Rs for Colorado’s county clerks

The Colorado County Clerks Association winter conference kicked off Wednesday in Colorado Springs. From left to right: Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, CCCA director Pam Anderson, Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz and Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon. (SOS photo)
The Colorado County Clerks Association winter conference kicked off Wednesday in Colorado Springs. From left to right: Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, CCCA director Pam Anderson, Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz and Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon. (SOS photo)

After the year Colorado’s county clerks had in 2016, it’s no wonder they chose this theme for their winter conference underway in Colorado Springs: “Rejuvenate. Recharge. Relax.”

In between seminars on the US Postal Service and mail ballots, Motor Vehicle operations and electronic recordings, clerks and their staffs could take part in a social painting class, a nature walk at Garden of the Gods and yoga.

Darryl Glenn, chairman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and the GOP’s U.S. Senate nominee last year, acknowledged the hard work of Colorado’s 64 county clerks.

“I don’t think you guys receive enough praise,” he said Wednesday when he welcomed the clerks and their staffs.

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Colorado’s new world ballot order

My name is Madeline Gallagher, I am a senior at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. I am curious about why the names on the ballot are in their particular order.

Democrat Alice Madden
Democrat Alice Madden
Republican Heidi Ganahl.
Republican Heidi Ganahl

Madeline isn’t the only person to ask why Hillary Clinton’s name is ahead of Donald Trump’s in the list of candidates for president on Colorado’s ballot — or why their names are before Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Or why U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s name comes before his Republican challenger, Darryl Glenn, but in the 6th Congressional District, the incumbent, Republican Mike Coffman, is listed after his Democratic challenger, Morgan Carroll.

My government teacher was unable to answer, but, by asking I piqued his curiosity and my fellow classmates’ as well. My research has not lead me to an answer, but it did lead me to the Colorado Secretary of State website.

 Madeline, the answer has to do with the alphabet and luck. I learned about this system when a political consultant last month asked about the statewide race for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Was there a reason Democrat Alice Madden’s name was ahead of Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl’s? When I asked ballot access manager Joel Albin, I found out yes, there was a reason. Madden’s name was drawn first.

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Republican U.S. Senate ballot: Darryl Glenn’s name is first

The primary election is June 28.
The primary election is June 28.

UPDATE:  Ryan Frazier’s name will be on the Republican Senate primary ballot but the votes will not be counted if a judge determines he should not have made the ballot.

If former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier makes the ballot, his name will be second on the list for Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in a race rife with unexpected twists and turns.

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn’s name will be first because he made the ballot at the state Republican assembly in a stunner: Glenn received so many delegate votes that that no one else competing at the assembly survived. Pueblo West resident Jerry Eller got less than 1 percent of the vote at the assembly but  has filed paperwork to become a write-in candidate.

The other way to get on the Senate ballot is by collecting 1,500 valid Republican voter signatures in each of the state’s seven congressional districts. The Colorado Secretary of State’s office held a drawing for those candidates to determine ballot order. This is how the ballot will look, pending Frazier’s appeal after the office deemed he fell short:

  1. Glenn
  2. Frazier
  3. Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha
  4. Former CSU athletic director Jack Graham
  5. Former state Rep. Jon Keyser
  6. Write-in candidate_____________

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