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Aspen mayor says in-person voting is fundamental to American democracy

Lauren Glendenning
The Aspen Times

Going to a polling place on Election Day to cast a ballot is “fundamental to American democracy,” Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron said during a work session Tuesday.

The Aspen City Council will decide next Monday whether to conduct mail-ballot elections or polling-place elections in the future. City Clerk Linda Manning told the council Tuesday that an all-mail option also would include an in-person voting center option, while a polling-place option also would offer voters the ability to request absentee ballots via mail.

In the last city of Aspen election, 980 people voted in-person and about 2,000 sent absentee ballots, she said. In November, however, the statewide mail-in ballot election resulted in an overall 5 percent higher voter turnout for Pitkin County, Manning said.

The 5 percent increase is a compelling reason to consider the all-mail election, Councilman Dwayne Romero said, with Councilmen Adam Frisch and Art Daily echoing the same sentiment.

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But Skadron passionately compared the process of voting as akin to going to church on Sundays — “it should be treasured.”

He talked of Aspen’s small-town character as a reason to encourage in-person voting, citing a “tangible benefit to the community” for maintaining the tradition.

“If mail-in resulted in a significant percentage of more voters, then I could be persuaded,” he said.

lglendenning@aspentimes.com


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