Upgrades & unaffiliated voters, southeastern Colorado style

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with Prowers County elected officials Wednesday, including the commission, sheriff and clerk. From left to right, Commissioners Ron Cook, Tom Grasmick and Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Sheriff Sam Zordel, Secretary Williams and Clerk Jana Coen. (SOS photo)

The word of the day in two southeastern county clerk and recorders’ offices is renovation, as the Otero County clerk is temporarily operating out of a former Montgomery Ward’s store and the Prowers County clerk endured a year of dust and drilling when a new heating and air conditioning system was installed in her courthouse.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited the clerks Wednesday where besides talk of remodeling the conversation centered on unaffiliated voters receiving ballots for the primary election — a first in state history.

“We’re trying to figure out a process for the unaffiliated,” Prowers County Clerk Jana Coen said.

Voters in 2016 passed Proposition 108, which allows unaffiliated voters to participate without declaring to be a member of either party.

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