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Disenfranchised

Dear Editor:The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office made a mistake recently, which lead to some Pitkin County voters visiting the wrong polling place to vote. According to an employee at the clerk and recorder’s office, sometime recently they faxed a copy of the official Pitkin County polling places document to both local newspapers. This copy unfortunately contained an error. The same outdated copy of the document appeared on the http://www.aspenpitkin.com website the morning of Election Day. Their website was updated to the correct version some time during the day. The same outdated copy of this document was on display at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the afternoon on Election Day. The outdated document said that voters who live in the Aspen Airport Business Center are to vote at the Shultz Health and Human Services Building. This was the correct polling place for ABC residents until this year. Now the correct polling place for ABC residents is the CMC in the ABC’s North 40!We like abbreviations! Apparently registered voters in Pitkin County should have all received a card in the mail telling them each where their polling place would be. I didn’t get mine. Fortunately, I visited the wrong polling place early enough that I had time to get to the right place. Fortunately, I was able to get myself from the Health and Human Services to CMC in time to vote. I hope that other ABC voters who were steered to the wrong polling place were also able to get to the correct polling place in time. If you were affected by this mistake you should understand that it was not the fault of the newspaper. It was a mistake made by the clerk and recorder’s office.Elliott LarsonAspen

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