October 12, 2006
Election season is always busy for those of us in the news business, but the November 2006 borders on the ridiculous.The sample ballot for Pitkin County includes no fewer than 49 races, tax questions, initiatives, referenda, constitutional amendments and other issues. Coloradans have a governor, a secretary of state, a state treasurer and an attorney general to choose, not to mention seven amendments and seven referenda to decide. And then there are numerous local races in Pitkin County, Basalt, the city of Aspen and Snowmass Village.It’s a lot for The Aspen Times to track, and we’re political geeks. We can only imagine how voters will feel when presented with a ballot thicker than a phone book.It’s part of our job to inform voters about election issues and candidates, and that’s what this issue of the Times Weekly is for. However, this publication is not exhaustive – not even close. There simply isn’t enough space. The idea here is to highlight a few of the important local races, and we hope voters will read all of the stories herein.For the most complete election coverage, go to the Times’ online election page: http://www.aspentimes.com/elections. There you will find both our stories (from the Times’ daily edition and this edition of the Weekly) and our endorsements. The offerings on the website will continue to grow as Nov. 7 draws closer.Whatever you do and however much you decide to read, please make sure you vote. It is both a right and a privilege that every American should exercise.