It helps to have talented staffers — just ask Adams County Clerk Stan Martin. When his office got a wooden U to decorate, it was turned over to Jami Gaultney, the office’s Voter Service Polling Center and certification manager.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the @UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters. The campaign has a web page, Facebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.
At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.
Four county clerk and recorders praised Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the Colorado Legislature for working on a solution to help rural counties replace obsolete equipment vital to recording important documents, including land transactions.
Williams said the second portion of their title, recorder, is often overlooked but keenly important.
“For most Coloradans, their biggest investment is the home, the ranch, that we own,” he said. “So making sure those property records are accurate is absolutely critical.”
He met with clerks Stan Martin of Adams County, Pat Daugherty of Cheyenne County, Susan Corliss of Kit Carson County and Corinne Lengel of Lincoln County in Lengel’s office in Hugo on Friday. They discussed the Electronic Recording Technology Board, an enterprise account created by the legislature in 2016.
The board announced Thursday that 15 rural counties will be the first recipients of grants it will be doling out.
Daugherty couldn’t be happier. “We don’t have any extra money,” she said.
“We really don’t want to be in a situation where somebody doesn’t get their vote counted because they didn’t have access to a ballot drop box and they weren’t able to drop by the time period that you’re open during business hours,” Williams said.
He also advised election officials attending the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference this week in the metro area to be ready for a deluge of last-minute voters Nov. 8. Williams pointed to presidential primaries in Maricopa County, Arizona, and New Hampshire, where the volume of voters overwhelmed election officials.
El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman had plenty of help from fellow county clerks and his staff when counting ballots at the two-day Colorado Republican Party assembly.
It was Broerman who took the stage Saturday with GOP chairman Steve House, when House announced the stunning results of the U.S. Senate race. Of the eight candidates trying get on at the assembly by getting at least 30 percent of the delegate vote only one person, only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, made it. Glenn kept everyone else off the ballot by getting 70 percent of the vote.
Nearly 14,500 ballots were processed during voting on Friday and Saturday for delegates, the U.S. Senate, CU regent and more.
Colorado Democrats are doing things differently when they meet this Saturday in Loveland.
Denver Elections has already prepared the ballots for the party, but staffers won’t be in Loveland doing the counting. The ballots will be tabulated back at the main office site and the results released Monday by the Colorado Democratic Party, elections director Amber McReynolds said.
Democrats don’t have a scramble for a Senate candidate. The incumbent, Michael Bennet, is running again.
Denver also handled the election last year for the contentious race for chair of the state Democratic Party.
“County clerks provide support to ensure this important process is conducted properly,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.