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Dirty election tricks in El Jebel?

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL ” Someone is up to dirty tricks that sent people in Eagle County and possibly Pitkin County to the polls when they are closed.

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said Thursday that “more than a few voters” in the Basalt and El Jebel area reported getting a telephone call from an unknown person informing them that the polls in Eagle County were open in El Jebel until 7 p.m. this week. That’s incorrect, she said. Early voting is available only until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31, in Eagle County. Those are the last two days early voting will be offered.

Pitkin County is offering early voting from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, according to the clerk and recorder’s website. Simonton said she was told the unknown caller was also spreading incorrect information about the hours in Pitkin County.

On election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, polling places in both counties will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Simonton said she fears the call was using “dirty tactics” to try to confuse voters by luring them to the polls when they were closed. In theory, frustrated voters might not bother making a return trip.

“We did have people showing up in El Jebel (Wednesday) night at 6 o’clock, 6:15 knocking on the door trying to get in,” she said. They had to be turned away. Simonton, who runs the Eagle County elections, was informed Thursday morning about the frustrated voters and the incorrect information they were given.

“I thought this is a suspicious situation because there’s never been any information out there about Eagle County having early voting until 7 p.m.,” Simonton said. “I just want to get the right information out there.”

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