Snowmass council recall election language off to the printers

Lauren Glendenning
The Aspen Times

The Snowmass Village Town Council recall election ballot language is off to the printers.

Snowmass Village Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon said there are three candidates hoping to snag Councilman Chris Jacobson’s seat if the recall election boots him out: Planning Commissioners Tom Goode and James Knowlton, and Snowmass resident Richard Goodwin.

But if not enough voters check the box to recall Jacobson, the votes cast for the candidates won’t be counted, Coxon said.

Residents of Snowmass Village submitted a petition to recall Jacobson last month with 325 signatures. Jacobson faces criminal charges following a June 26 drunken-driving arrest.

The recall-election ballots will be delivered to Town Hall on Wednesday, and election judges will stuff the ballots into envelopes Thursday and Friday, Coxon said. The ballots will be mailed to voters Sept. 21.

Election day is Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but Town Hall will only serve as a drop-off location, not a voting center. All voters should receive ballots in the mail, but if anyone needs a replacement ballot because they didn’t receive one or lost or damaged their ballot, they can get a new ballot from Town Hall on election day.

As of Friday, there are 2,178 registered voters in Snowmass Village, Coxon said.

The first question on the ballot will ask voters if Jacobson should be recalled from the Snowmass Village Town Council. There will be two boxes where voters can check “yes “or “no.”

The order the candidates will appear on the ballot below the recall question is Goodwin, Knowlton and Goode, respectively. That language will ask voters to choose a candidate in the event that “yes” votes exceed “no” votes in the recall question, Coxon said.