All about U — and Mesa County’s Sheila Reiner

The wooden U from the Mesa County clerk’s office was decorated by Rose Tafoya, left, from the recording division. To her right is Clerk Sheila Reiner. #COpolitics
A closer look at the Mesa County clerk’s wooden U.

Here’s to Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner, whose office was the first to decorate a wooden U and the first to host a UChooseCO event, complete with an 8-foot yellow U.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out the wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that for the first time they can participate in Tuesday’s primary election, and to remind them they can only vote one ballot. If they vote both, neither will count.

Like so many other clerks, scenery inspired how the Mesa County wooden U was decorated. Rose Tayofa in the clerk’s recording division decorated the U.

Here are some — but not all — of the wooden U’s from other county clerks:

Adams County Clerk Stan Martin
Broomfield Clerk Jim Candelarie
Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell
Cheyenne County Clerk Pat Daugherty
Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien
La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker
Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon
Moffat County Clerk Lila Herold
Montrose County Clerk Tressa Guynes
Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner
Summit County Clerk Kathleen Neel
Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes

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.

Colorado secretary of state visits Mesa County

Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday visited Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Rainer and elections director Amanda Polson. Mesa is one of eight counties involved in a pilot program testing voting equipment in the Nov. 3 election.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday visited Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and elections director Amanda Polson. Mesa is one of eight counties involved in a pilot program testing voting equipment in the Nov. 3 election.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams dropped by the Mesa County clerk and recorder’s office on Monday to visit with clerk Sheila Reiner and discuss voting equipment the county will be using on Nov. 3.

Mesa County is one of eight volunteer counties that is testing equipment from four different voting-machine companies. Each of the four vendors is operating in one large county and a smaller county. Dominion is providing the equipment used in Denver and Mesa counties.

The system must be able to process mail ballots and allow for in-person voting for those who still mark their ballots in person at county polling centers, Williams said.

The other companies and the counties they are partnered with are: Clear Ballot, Adams and Gilpin; ES&S in Jefferson and Teller; and Hart Intercivic in Douglas and Garfield.

The state is looking to eventually adopt a uniform voting system.

Reiner praised the secretary of state.

“Wayne’s accessible. He’s been a good partner,” she said.

Williams will be in Alamosa Tuesday for the fall conference for the southern county clerks.  He was in Limon last week for the fall conference for the eastern county clerks.