Registered voters in the North Fork Valley could drop off their ballots at Paonia Town Hall or the North Fork Annex until 7 p.m. on election night.
The ballots were then transported by election officials to Delta County offices for the official count.
Prior to Nov. 5, Ann Eddins, Delta County clerk and recorder, picked up ballot boxes and brought new empty ones for the two sites. Eddins made sure the proper procedure was followed in locking and date stamping the boxes.
Voters also had the option of mailing in their ballots.
Eddins said on Oct. 30 she felt the voter turnout was good at that time.
"Rene Loy at Delta County runs a very, very clean election," Barbara Peterson, Paonia town clerk, said on Oct. 30.
Election night at 7:01 p.m., Peterson locked up the ballot box and took it to the courthouse in Delta for the official count.
If there had been a line outside of Paonia Town Hall at 7, the town clerk would have waited until everyone had voted.
"Colorado is very inclusive in their voting. They really believe in trying to get everybody to vote because that's what democracy is all about," Peterson said.
"They only disallow a vote if someone voted twice or if they cannot figure out how the person voted." If a mark on the ballot is confusing, the rest of the ballot is still counted.
"If you can tell how someone voted, they will count it."
Peterson added, "We are getting a plethora of comments of how happy people are dropping their ballots off in Paonia."
After the ballot is put in the box, the ballots go to Delta. The first thing that happens is the piece of paper on the envelope right above the voter's name is removed. The ballot is double checked against the voter registration list to make sure someone didn't vote twice.
From there it goes to a different person who opens the envelope and removes the secrecy sleeve with the ballot.Then the ballot goes into a different pile for other people to count.
"So, at no point in time does anyobody have any connection between how someone voted and the person's name," Peterson said.blog comments powered by Disqus