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.

Happy birthday, Mr. Secretary

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the cupcake he received from Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association, for his birthday. The clerks sang “Happy Birthday” to Williams, who turns 55 on Friday. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with Beth Clippenger with Jefferson County, after she pretended to lick her finger and taste the cupcake frosting. (SOS photo)

Since becoming  Colorado’s secretary of state, Wayne Williams has celebrated his birthday with some of his favorite people: county clerks and their staffs.

Williams’  birthday falls at the same time as the Colorado County Clerks Association’s  winter conference. Association president Pam Bacon, the Logan County clerk, today presented Williams a cupcake with frosting in Colorado flag colors.

Members sang “Happy Birthday” to Williams, but not in a throaty, husky manner made famous during the serenade of another elected official.

Williams’  birthday is Friday, but the clerks wanted to celebrate it today before the secretary’s presentation. The conference, which is being held in Colorado Springs, begins today and ends Friday.

Williams served as El Paso County’s clerk and recorder before being elected secretary of state in 2014.

Chaffee County: a cold wind and a hot city election

Salida voter Sandra Hobbs drops off her ballot Monday in the ballot drop box outside the Chaffee County clerk’s office. (SOS photo)

A  cold wind blew leaves across the Chaffee County courthouse lawn on Monday as Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell told Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams how Salida’s municipal election has voters fired up.

“There’s a difference of opinion on the direction the city should go,” Mitchell said,  noting each of the three ward races are contested as is the mayor’s race.

As if on cue, Salida resident Sandra Hobbs got out of her vehicle and walked up to the 24-hour ballot box located outside the courthouse.

“It’s been something else,” she said of the city election.

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Hard work, hackers & hikers — Here’s to the Colorado clerks conference

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks to Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico and Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers at the Colorado County Clerks Association Conference in Snowmass Village. (SOS photo)

By Lynn Bartels and Julia Sunny

Colorado’s county clerks and their staffs learned about election security and costs, Motor Vehicle registration kiosks and privacy vs. public access from a stakeholder’s viewpoint at their conference in Snowmass Village this week.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams addressed the Colorado County Clerks Association on Tuesday, outlining legislation his office advocated for, the state’s leading status when it comes to voter turnout and registration, and future training to learn about election audits.

“Let me tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with you and how much I and my staff appreciate your … commitment to ensuring that our elections are run with integrity,” Williams said.

Top officials with the Colorado County Clerks Association include Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, the president-elect, executive director Pam Anderson, and Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, the CCCA president. (SOS photo)

Pam Anderson, the former Jefferson County clerk and the executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, said 54 of the state’s 64 county clerk offices sent representatives to the summer conference.

County clerks have a variety of responsibilities, from elections to motor vehicles to recording documents, such as marriage licenses and titles.

The titles of the conferences over the three-day workshop reflected that: “Creative Solutions for Long Lines,” “Election Integrity in the Current Political & Media Environment” and a “History of Paper & Demographics.”

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, the president-elect of the clerks association, said she and her staffers learned plenty at the seminars. “They were really well done,” she said.

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La Plata elections director wins county clerks’ award

With county clerks standing behind her, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker reads her letter nominating her elections director, Erin Hutchins, for an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association. (SOS photo)

The Colorado County Clerks Association today honored an elections administrator known to greet challenging tasks with an “OK boss, we’ve got this” mantra.

Erin Hutchins was nominated for the Michelle Burton Excellence in Elections Service Award by her boss, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker.

“Erin’s passion for elections is profound. She loves the challenge and is always willing to take on more,” Parker wrote in her nominating letter to Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, president of the clerks association.

Erin Hutchins.

The award honors “those who demonstrate love and extra devotion to the election process.” The other finalists were from Weld and Larimer counties.

“This year we are implementing a new recording system, election system and redistricting,” Parker wrote. “Erin is involved with all of these projects. She never complains about working additional hours or skipping lunch. She will say, ‘OK boss, we’ve got this!'”

The presentation was made at the Colorado County Clerks Association’s summer conference in Snowmass Village, which ends Wednesday.

An emotional Parker accepted the award for Hutchins, who was too busy to attend the conference.

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