All about U — and magnificent Moffat County

How appropriate that Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod is taking her wooden U on the road Monday because it features a dinosaur and she’s headed to Dinosaur.

Dinosaur — pop. 339 — on the Colorado-Utah border is almost 90 miles away from the county seat in Craig. The clerk’s office heads over the day before the election so voters can personally deliver their ballots or get new ones if they need one.

“Last year it was only 25 ballots, but that’s 10 percent of their precinct,” Herod said.

Moffat County, Colorado.

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 Tuesday’s primary election, and to remind them they can only vote one ballot. If they vote both, neither will count.

Moffat County’s wooden U was decorated by a courthouse neighbor, Loy Jones, the mineral agent for the assessor’s office.  The dinosaur was a natural to highlight because Moffat County is known for the spectacular Dinosaur National Monument, two miles from the town of Dinosaur.

Loy Jones with the U she decorated for the Moffat County clerk’s office.

Herod said she and her staff have enjoyed watching how various county clerks, lawmakers, journalists and others have decorated their U’s.

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.

Be like (Wayne) and Moffat County

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds up a sign that the Moffat County clerk and recorder's office made for him. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds up a sign that the Moffat County clerk and recorder’s office made for him. (SOS photo)

Moffat County is going one step further for the Nov. 8 election, urging its residents to be smart, vote early and “Be Like (Fill in the Blank).”

County Clerk Lila Herod (“Be Like Lila”) credited her deputy chief of elections, Amanda Tomlinson, for the new sign campaign that asks voters in Colorado’s farthest-northwest county to vote early.

Moffat County made a sign for Secretary of State Wayne Williams, which Tomlinson and another staffer, Tori Pingley — “my girls,” Herod calls them — hand delivered when they visited Denver Tuesday.

“This is (Wayne). (Wayne) does not like to wait in line,” it reads. “(Wayne) votes early. (Wayne) is smart. Be like (Wayne).”

Williams let out his trademark laugh when he saw the sign. The flip side includes the number for Moffat County’s election division and a link to, where Coloradans can register to vote or update their registration information.

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