Secretary Williams, “you’ve run a tip-top operation”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, with Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, and two SOS staffers, elections director Judd Choate and IT director Trevor Timmons, during Friday’s meeting before the Joint Budget Committee. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams received plenty of praise during his final appearances before two legislative committees, where he highlighted the office’s achievements and challenges.

The El Paso County Republican presented his budget requests to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee Friday morning, and later in the afternoon he discussed performance plans, regulatory and legislative agendas, and budget requests as part of the SMART Act hearing.

Legislative aide, Michael Templeton, who works for Sen. Lois Court, a Denver Democrat, center, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS photo)

“I’ve had the opportunity to work very closely with you and your office on a variety of issues over the years,” Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, and the chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, told Williams.

“I have to say, you’ve run a tip-top operation.”

Lawmakers on the the Joint State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee were equally complimentary later that day.

“I just want to thank you for your years of service to Colorado and the excellent job you’ve done as our secretary of state and how hard I know you’ve worked to be bipartisan as much as you can be,” said Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver.

“That takes a lot to do the kind of work you’ve done and to try to work as hard as you have across the aisle and I absolutely appreciate it, so thank you.”

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All eyes on U — and Montrose County

The various U’s decorated by the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s office as part of the UChooseCO campaign. Top left, Andrea Martinez, top right, Jerri Frizzell, bottom left, Kelly Codner, bottom right, various U’s.(Kim Percell photos)

Montezuma County Clerk Kim Percell and her staff took it upon themselves to decorate some “U’s” in a way that represented Montezuma County and the changes for unaffiliated voters for the primary election.

“This was a great opportunity for all of us to do something FUN!”  Percell said. “I wanted them to display them at their desk so customers would ask about all of the decorated U’s giving the clerk the opportunity to explain the UChoose campaign. The names of those who participated were thrown into a hat and they won a $20 gift card.”

Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell holds her U, which is covered in eyes and questions. (Kim Percell photo)

Percell’s U is decorated with sets of different sized eyes that are all asking if they get to choose.

“My thought with the U was that we all had the blessing to be able to make a choice,” Percell said. “The entire primary election process is up to each of us to decide what candidate we want on our ballots.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out Wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that for the first time they could participate in Colorado’s primary election. Percell’s staff went and got their own U’s to decorate.

The campaign also reminded unaffiliated voters who got both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail to only vote one. If they voted both, neither counted. Clerks continue to process ballots, although the election ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

All about U — and the ballots U mailed to your clerk

The wooden U decorated by the United States Postal Service in Colorado.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”  but mailing back both the Republican and Democratic ballot will keep your vote from being counted in this primary election.

Thanks to our partners at the United States Postal Service for decorating one of the wooden U’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out as part of the UChooseCO campaign. Postal spokesman David Rupert decorated the U.

“Voting twice is good for postage revenue for USPS but bad for elections. Dont do it,” @USPS_Colorado tweeted.

David Rupert with the United States Postal Service and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at a UChooseCO event June 14 outside the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In fact, don’t mail your ballots. It’s too late. It doesn’t matter if they are post marked before June 26 — they must be to the clerk by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Instead, drop them in one of the 24-hour drop boxes or bring them by a Voter Service and Polling Center located in your county (check your clerk for locations).

Secretary Williams launched the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. If they turn in both the Republican and Democratic ballot neither will count. Repeat after me. NEITHER BALLOT WILL COUNT.

The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

So far, 538,738 Coloradans have returned ballots for the primary election Tuesday. Of that total, 207,881 ballots were cast by Democrats, 207,955 by Republicans and 122,902 by unaffiliated voters.