Snowmass vote totals clarified
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Bill Boineau won the Snowmass Village mayoral race Tuesday by how much?
Vote totals from Snowmass Village differed significantly in the wee hours of Wednesday morning ” the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office released one set of numbers and the Snowmass town clerk provided quite another, though both sets of results produced the same winners.
The discrepancy was resolved after election officials had a few hours of sleep. The unofficial, final tallies reported by the county clerk were correct.
Wednesday in print, The Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News reported the numbers from the Pitkin County clerk, while the Snowmass Sun went to press with the considerably higher vote totals provided by Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon.
Coxon explained the confusion arose because she misunderstood a report that included numbers from early voting plus votes cast Tuesday in Precinct 6 (Snowmass Village). Based on the title of the report, she thought it included only early voting totals, so she then added the results of Tuesday’s balloting to the sum.
In her haste to release numbers to newspaper reporters, she gave out the incorrect numbers before realizing that she had counted the ballots cast on Tuesday twice, she said.
The final, unofficial vote totals in Snowmass Village show Bill Boineau winning the mayoral race with 762 votes; his opponent, Arnie Mordkin, received 443 votes.
John Wilkinson and Markey Butler won seats on the Snowmass Town Council, with 793 and 744 votes, respectively. Kay Honigman-Singer received 451 votes.
Election results are considered unofficial until they are certified by the county clerk.
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Cam Daniel is a former youth addiction counselor who’s been a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy for three years.