Hail to the “Chief,” Adams County’s Christi Coburn

Christi Coburn, second from right, the elections administrator for Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, right, this week received an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association. Also pictured are Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Pam Anderson, the executive director of the clerks group, state elections director Judd Choate, and Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, president of CCAA. The backdrop features a picture of the Steam Plant in Salida. (SOS photo)

Christi Coburn’s election experience spans five secretaries of state and five county clerks, and this week she was honored by the Colorado County Clerks Association for her efforts.

Coburn received the Michelle Burton Excellence in Elections Service Award. She was nominated by her boss, Adams County Clerk Stan Martin.

“Christi has shown time again her dedication to the voters, to the integrity of the entire elections process  and to my staff,” Martin said. “She has been instrumental in transforming our organization for the better and improving staff morale and our organization processes.”

Her colleagues, he said, call Coburn “Chief.”

The Michelle Burton award honors “those who demonstrate love and extra devotion to the election process.” The other finalists were Jami Goff from Fremont County and Jenny Thomas from Routt County. Both run their county’s elections.

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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!

Rio Blanco: remote and Republican

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rio Blanco County Clerk Boots Campbell at the county offices in Meeker. (SOS photo)

You can’t blame Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell and her staff for being excited about their digs in the newly remodeled courthouse. No longer does brown water seep down the walls or ceilings because the prisoners in the jail above decide to flood their toilets.

“It was pretty disgusting,” she said.

The old courthouse, which originally was completed in 1936, was gutted and refinished. The clerk’s office began moving back in around April. Meanwhile, the jail and the courtrooms moved into the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center.

Campbell — whose name is “Boots” on her voter registration record and driver’s license — gave Secretary of State Wayne Williams a tour of the courthouse when he visited her office Friday in Meeker. The county’s stunning logo, featuring an oil derrick and an elk, adorns the walls and the county commissioner’s room.

In Campbell’s office, she still has some of the wooden antique juror chairs from the olden days in the courthouse, as well as a wooden desk she refused to part with.

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Here’s to rowdy Routt County

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited the Routt County clerk and recorder’s staff Friday in Steamboat Springs. From left to right, Lane Iacovetto, recording deputy; Tina Fry, chief deputy; Williams; Clerk Kim Bonner; and elections coordinator Jenny Thomas. (SOS photo)

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner and her staff are excited to show off their new election equipment to county residents on the front steps of the courthouse lawn on Oct. 14.

Of course, if it snows, they’ll move the operation — and the cookies — inside, Bonner told Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Friday during his visit to the clerk’s office. There once was a discussion about serving beer, but that idea fell flat. Of course, all this was told to Williams with much laughter. They like to have fun in the Routt County clerk’s office.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner and Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan. (SOS photo)

“Boy, in this business if you don’t have laughter it makes it kind of tough,” Bonner said.

The November election is the first time Routt County residents will use Dominion Voting Systems, which was the top choice of a committee looking at voting systems for Colorado’s counties.

Williams announced in 2015 he was entering into negotiations with Dominion in an effort to move the state toward a uniform voting system. Because the state handled the negotiations, counties were able to purchase equipment at a reduced rate.

That was good news to Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan, who also visited with Williams during his visit to the courthouse in Steamboat Springs.

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On the road again: Secretary Wayne Williams swings through Colorado

Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin's photo screen at Club 20's steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)
Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin’s photo screen at Club 20’s steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)

Friday was a long day for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who attended a court hearing in  Denver in the morning, met with two county clerks on the Western Slope in the afternoon and then attended Club 20’s steak fry at its fall meeting in Grand Junction that night.

Next week Williams heads to the San Luis Valley for the southern region’s county clerks fall conference in Alamosa. On Thursday he was in Limon for the fall conference of the eastern region’s county clerks.

Williams, who took office in January, has been traveling the state meeting with clerks, including some who were elected last year and who will be conducting their first election on Nov. 3. He said it’s one of the best parts of his job.

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