Pitco pays for poor postage
A number of absentee ballots that were initially at risk of not being counted because they were lacking the necessary postage will, in fact, be counted thanks to Pitkin County and the local Democratic Party.Instead of affixing the 60 cents it costs to mail the two-page ballot, a number of voters have affixed a single 37-cent stamp on their return envelope, putting their vote in jeopardy.The postal service cannot deliver ballots unless they are paid for in full.”The ballots were sent out with 60 cents, so you’d think people would be aware of how much it costs to mail them back,” Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Silvia Davis said.When a Democratic Party member learned of the problem yesterday morning, officials offered to pay the difference. “Although we didn’t do well in the absentee voting in 2000, we’re absolutely committed to the idea that every vote counts, regardless of affiliation,” said Mick Ireland, a Pitkin County commissioner and Democratic Party activist.But acting Postmaster Phil Hice said he’s not allowed to accept money from any of the political parties. The county, however, can be reimbursed by the political parties. After a round of discussions with the post office yesterday, Davis came to the rescue by offering to pay for the missing postage. She agreed only after the Democrats promised to cover the cost. “The Democratic Party is reimbursing me, [because] they have to be delivered directly to me,” Davis said Monday.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon to remain closed to aid firefighting efforts; No Name on pre-evacuation notice
Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon is to remain closed in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum until further notice due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. According to officials, “the fire was active last night.”