Bold ideas from Boulder County’s elections division

The coasters in action at a Boulder bar that contain voting info for residents of Boulder County. (Matt Benjamin, Facebook photo)

Bolder Boulder refers to a race, but can accurately be applied to the Boulder County elections division, too. This year,the division is giving away coasters, bookmarks, posters and even temporary tattoos that contain election information.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams during a recent visit to her office in Boulder.

“Our office takes voter outreach seriously, and that means reaching voters in unconventional ways and unconventional places,” said Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall.

“By conducting our outreach in a variety of channels we are helping reinforce the message that voting is a priority. It helps the voter engage in the process, check their registration, and puts election information at their fingertips in a variety of settings.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams praised Hall and other clerks for their efforts to boost voter registration and turnout. “There’s a reason we’ve got the highest voter registration in the country, and we’re tops in turnout, too, and innovate ideas such as this are part of our success story.

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All about U — and Boulder County

Franklin Alexander, 3, and Beatrix Alexander, 7, work on decorating their wooden U’s. They are the children of Mircalla Wozniak, the communications spokeswoman for the Boulder County Clerk’s office.

The Boulder County Clerk’s office went all out when it came time to decorate a wooden U. Or two. Or three. Or more.

Clerk Hillary Hall decorated one U. Election data specialist Alonna Crotzer put her touch on another U. And spokeswoman Mircalla Wozniak’s two kids, Beatrix and Franklin, each decorated one.

The wooden U decorated by Alonna Crotzer, an election data specialist, with the Boulder County clerk’s office.

Beatrix pulled double duty. She also starred in a wonderful video narrated by her mother that featured two corgis, two desserts and two stuffed animals. But she could only pet or pick one — just like unaffiliated voters.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform  unaffiliated voters that for the first time they can participate in Colorado’s primary elections, which is being held today.

The campaign is also reminding unaffiliated voters if they get both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail to only vote one. If they vote both, neither will count.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter and this blog.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall decorated a wooden U with “I voted stickers.”

Boulder County: election innovation

Boulder County's election is handing out these informative coasters.
Boulder County’s election division is handing out these informative coasters.

If this election is driving you to drink, the Boulder County elections division has a solution for you: a handy coaster.

The cardboard coasters are available starting this week. The information on them advises voters to turn in their ballots early, and instructs them to text “CO” to “2Vote” to register to vote or check on their registration.

The elections division ordered 10,000 coasters and is handing them out to restaurants, bar and breweries.

“We thought these beverage coasters would be a great way to reach first-time voters to make sure they had the information they need about voting, including understanding that all Colorado voters receive ballots in the mail,” said Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall.

“We also wanted to provide information on how easy it is to register or check your voter registration.”

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Logan County election official wins “Michele Burton” award

Logan County Clerk Pam Logan with her elections supervisor. Traci Griffee, and Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. Griffee today received an award from the organization.
Logan County Clerk Pam Logan with her elections supervisor. Traci Griffee, and Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. Griffee today received an award from the organization. (SOS photo)

Logan County’s election supervisor today received an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association that honors those who demonstrate “love and extra devotion to the election process.”

Traci Griffee was nominated by her clerk, Pam Bacon, who outlined what Griffee has done for the office since beginning work there in 2011.

“I am not only honored to nominate her for the Michele Burton award but I am also honored to have her on my team and right beside me in the election battle field,” Bacon said in her nomination letter. “I know I don’t say it enough but I would like to thank her for everything she does for me, the office and the citizens of our county.”

Michele Burton began her elections career in 1976 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and ended it as an Arapahoe County elections deputy. She and her husband Wayne died in a car accident in 2000 as they were traveling to Utah to watch their 14-year-old son play in a soccer tournament. The Grandview High student was not in the car, which collided with a deer.

The award was presented at the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference at the Inverness Hotel in Arapahoe County. The conference ends Wednesday.

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