Aspen election facing challenge |

Aspen election facing challenge

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen resident Jim Perry is filing a challenge in the city’s election, according to an e-mail blast from mayoral candidate Marilyn Marks, who has voiced her own lengthy list of concerns regarding the city’s first use of instant runoff voting.

The challenge, according to Marks, regards absentee ballots cast by voters in the city clerk’s office before the election. It asks that absentee ballots cast by walk-in voters ” a process that ended last week ” be segregated from mail-in ballots.

In addition, she said, there may be issues regarding an unlocked ballot box and questions about whether the city conducted the required “logic and accuracy test” required by state law for its new instant runoff system. A test run the city performed Monday did not meet the requirements, she said.

“I call on all candidates to support Perry’s challenge, and his attempt to ensure the integrity of the process of our election,” Marks wrote.

Perry’s challenge, taken to local election judges and Election Commission, was actually filed before the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Marks.

Instant runoff voting, which debuted Tuesday in Aspen, allowed voters to rank candidates for mayor and the two open seats for City Council. A candidate needs to be the top pick on 50 percent of the total ballots, plus one, to avoid a runoff. The runoffs will be conducted by retabulating ballots using the rankings. The system avoids a separate runoff election in June, which the city held in the past when candidates did not win outright in May.

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