Pitkin County clerk: Workload tripled on Election Day
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
PITKIN COUNTY ” A confluence of factors, ranging from record voter turnout to a lengthy two-sided ballot, contributed to the hours-long delay of general election results in Pitkin County, an official said Thursday.
County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill said her staff simply had too much work to do on what turned out to be the busiest general election in county history. Tuesday’s election results, which historically have been posted within two or three hours of the polls closing, were released at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“Our work tripled,” said Caudill of the election-day process that was also complicated by a surge in absentee ballots and a new voter database system.
The system, known as Statewide Colorado Registration and Election, or SCORE, stems from a federal mandate to deal with problems with voting systems in the United States, most notably the Florida debacle in 2000.
“Any new system has some [issues],” said Caudill, who added it takes some getting used to for staffers.
The election staff now is reviewing provisional ballots “for folks who failed to sign their names,” or signatures that did not match with voter rolls.
Should that occur, the voter with the ballot in question would receive a letter from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office advising them of the problem. Those ballots are then subject to review with Democratic and Republican party representatives, Caudill said.
All told, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office has 17 days to certify the general election vote and forward it to the Colorado Secretary of State.
“Our work isn’t over,” Caudill said.
In a related event, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Thursday released general election voting totals from individual precincts, including early and absentee ballots.
Those results can be viewed online at http://www.aspenpitkin.com, or at the clerk’s office at 530 E. Main St., Aspen.
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