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Pitkin County clerk looks to boost staff for 2012 elections

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Motorists who are late in registering their vehicles in Pitkin County will help fund a ramped-up elections staff in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office next year.

Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill has proposed six additional positions, some for only two-month stints, to assist with the added workload she anticipates with the primary and general elections in 2012. Next year is a presidential election year.

Typically, an additional $35,000 is budgeted for election help, but next year’s budget for the added staff totals $133,561, including $98,561 in accumulated money from the late fees on auto registrations, she said.

The staffing increase awaits a final OK by county commissioners as part of their 2012 budget approval.

The added staff is a response to state election mandates, according to Vos Caudill.

“Over the last five years, the legislative mandates and the changes – the additional requirements on elections – have outpaced the past 20 years combined,” she said.

The 2012 staff boost includes one full-time, bilingual administrative post for the entire year; the same post was filled this year, as well. It also includes one full-time, temporary post from April through November; one temporary, full-time staffer in May and June; and three temporary, full-time staffers in September and November. Only the year-long position includes benefits.

The county has been collecting the $10 late fee on auto registrations since 2008. While some of the revenues have been spent, much of it has accumulated, allowing Vos Caudill to allocate it to her office’s 2012 election needs.