All about U — Cheyenne County

Cheyenne County’s U. (Cheyenne County photo)

Cheyenne County Clerk Patricia Daugherty’s artistic talent is clear in the U she decorated.

“I wanted to represent our area,” she said. “I painted the blue and clouds, then added wheat fields, cows, oil wells, sunflowers, and a family, things that make up Cheyenne County.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the primary election Tuesday, but they can only vote one ballot. If they turn in both the Republican and Democratic ballot neither will count. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

Colorado’s county clerks have done an amazing job decorating their U’s. La Plata County, faced with fierce wildfires, thanked firefighters.  Logan County took it’s U around the county for various photo ops. Montrose County kept the U plain but surrounded it with amazing scenery.  Like Cheyenne County,  Weld County went with local images.

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.

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!

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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Colorado county clerks: thinking outside the box regarding the box

Logan County has gone to drive-by voting, with Clerk and Recorder Pam Bacon installing a new ballot drop box that allows voters to pull up and drop off their ballots.

Logan County Clerk and Recorder Pam Bacon demonstrates how the new drop box can be closed and locked for times when there are deadlines for official documents, like ballots or tax payments. (Photo courtesy of Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate)
Logan County Clerk and Recorder Pam Bacon demonstrates how the new drop box can be closed and locked. (Photo courtesy of Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate)

Bacon also got the OK from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office to make it a “multi-use box” so that county residents can drop off their motor-vehicle registrations.

Other county clerks also use 24-hour ballot boxes, which under secretary of state rules must be monitored by surveillance cameras with the data being preserved for 25 months.  It is illegal to drop off more than 10 ballots at a time, and the outside of the envelopes must be signed by the voter in order to  be counted, state  elections director Judd Choate said.

According to the Sterling-Journal Advocate, Bacon also reached out to the other county departments, with Treasurer Patty Bartlett believing the box would be useful for receiving tax payments. Bacon said residents can drop off correspondence for any county office, such as a letter to the county commissioners.

“Whatever is in there,'” Bacon told the newspaper, “we’ll make sure it gets to whatever county office it needs to.”

Here’s a look at ballot-box practices in some other counties, per their clerks or election officials:

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