News in Brief
November 18, 2005
Want to vote in recall election?For residents wanting to vote in the recall election of District Attorney Colleen Truden, the last day to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail is Dec. 2.Absentee ballots can be faxed to 920-5196. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot that is picked up at the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorders Office (as opposed to having it mailed to you) is Dec. 9.There is no early voting. The last day to register for the election was Monday.The polls for the election on Dec. 13 will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election officials remind voters to bring their ID with them to the polls.Girl missing three days now believed slainAURORA (AP) Police suspended their search for a 6-year-old girl and opened a homicide investigation Thursday, saying her father lied when he reported her missing three days ago and was now a person of interest in the case.Without elaborating, interim Aurora Police Chief Terry Jones said authorities received a tip that Aarone Thompson was killed in her home. He called the story by her father that she went missing a fabrication and said the family home was a crime scene.The investigation leads right back to this home, Jones said during a news conference. We believe that Aarone is no longer alive and that suspicion is rising to the highest level.Late Thursday, investigators could be seen walking in and out of the familys split-level home, which is surrounded by a neatly kept yard in the middle of a cul-de-sac. At one point, a flashlight could be seen moving in an upstairs window, then the light was turned on.No arrests have been made. Police planned to interview the father, Aaron Thompson, and his live-in girlfriend, Sheley Lowe. Jones described Thompson as a person of interest in the case.The family does not have a listed phone number.Manual ballot count not likely to affect Referendum C voteDENVER (AP) A manual recount in 10 counties ordered after a postelection audit found inconsistencies in vote counting equipment will likely not affect the outcome of Referendum C, the only statewide issue on the ballot that passed, state election officials said Thursday.Secretary of State Gigi Dennis ordered recounts for Bent, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Park, Pueblo, and Sedgwick, which used Optech III-P Eagle equipment to tabulate votes.Dennis spokeswoman Dana Williams said several counties had local issues on the ballot that could be affected by the recounts, which are due today. Referendum C, meanwhile, passed with a 52-48 percent margin.Williams said Logan County was conducting a routine, postelection audit when clerks noticed that votes recorded on election night were being rejected during the audit.When people go to the polls, they use the same kind of pen. When voters fill them out at home, some use red and some use black. There is a question if the programming makes a difference, she said.Ken Fields, spokesman for the Optech III manufacturer, Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems & Software Inc., did not return a phone call seeking a response.