All about U — and Broomfield

Today is the first day that clerks have to open voting service and polling centers. Broomfield Clerk Jim Canderlarie, left, staffer Daniel Misssap, holding the U he decorated, and staffer Michael Susek, right, along with election judges.

Broomfield Clerk and Recorder Jim Candelarie, staffers and election judges opted to show off their wooden U today, the first day that all clerks must open the minimum required number of Voter Service and Polling Centers.

VSPC’s, as they’re called, are where county residents can vote in person, get a replacement ballot, get a ballot of one wasn’t mailed to them and more. Most counties have a list of their voting center locations on their website.

Broomfield’s U.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. They’ve been decorated by lawmakers, county clerks, a former mayor and a former governor. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Jeffco, Broomfield county clerks talk elections with Secretary Wayne Williams

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits the Jefferson County Clerk’s office Thursday. From left to right, Gary VanDeStouwe, director of elections and technology; Shawna Weir, mail ballot and UOCAVA supervisor; Secretary Williams; and Cody Sawnson, deputy director of elections. (SOS photo)
Broomfield Clerk Jim Candelarie and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited two county clerk’s offices, in Jefferson and Broomfield counties, Thursday during a whirlwind trip that also included a speech before the civics organization  Progressive 15 before heading to the Western Slope.

Williams met with Jefferson County Clerk Faye Griffin and her staff, and Broomfield Clerk Jim Candelarie and his staff.

“It’s important to actually view their operations and talk to their people to see if there is anyway our office can help,” he said.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, right, visits with Jefferson County election officials Thursday. He is with Gary VanDeStouwe, director of elections and technology, and Clerk and Recorder Faye Griffin. (SOS photo)

Last week, Williams met with Gilpin County Clerk Colleen Stewart and her staff in Central City, Clear Creek County Clerk Pam Phipps and her staff in Georgetown and Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder and his staff in Kiowa.

“Wayne’s pretty responsive,” Candelarie said. “I enjoy working with him.”

He talked to the secretary about several issues, including witness verification of ballot signatures.

Griffin said she always enjoys talking to Williams, especially as an election nears. The coordinated election is Nov. 7.

Nevada’s secretary of state joins Wayne Williams for clerk tours

Arapahoe County Elections director Jennifer Morrell, takes Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on a tour of the elections warehouse Monday. (SOS/Julia Sunny)
Arapahoe County Elections director Jennifer Morrell, takes Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on a tour of the elections warehouse Monday. (SOS/Julia Sunny)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams teamed up with his counterpart from Nevada Monday to visit county clerks in Broomfield, Clear Creek and Arapahoe the day before the primary election.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske was interested in touring counties using the latest equipment from Dominion Voting Systems. Her state uses an older version. In all, 18 Colorado counties are using the new Dominion equipment this primary.

“It was fast but we got a lot in,” Cegavske said of the visit to the counties. “I’ve been making mental notes to myself of everything. We are grateful we were able to meet with the clerks and talk to them.”

On Sunday, Williams gave her a tour of one of his city’s most visited attractions — Garden of the Gods.

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