Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams always gets rave reviews about Dominion Voting Systems, the firm he selected to provide voting equipment to counties statewide, but during his visit to Delta County last week he heard a first:
"That means we don't get to spend as much time together," election judge Debbie Cole told Williams when he stopped by the Delta County clerk and recorder's office to visit with clerk Teri Stephenson and her staff.
At that lament, Williams let out a huge laugh. He told the judges he had never heard that one before.
Stephenson said the election judges told her afterward how surprised they were that the secretary of state "was such a down-to-earth, normal guy."
"And we always brag on our election judges so it was great that Wayne got to meet some of them," she said. "They are just an awesome group and they get along so well."
Election supervisor Rene Loy said the volunteer election judges who showed up Tuesday, Oct. 31, were bummed they missed a visit by the secretary of state.
Delta County is one of the counties in Colorado where not every voter is getting a ballot. The county is running two elections, one for the Town of Crawford and its 285 voters, and one for the ambulance district, and nearly 14,000 voters. Both measures on the ballot are tax increases.
The county boasts 21,505 total registered voters. Of the active voters, 9,540 are Republican, 6,556 are unaffiliated and 3,557 are Democrats, according to the latest figures from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.
Stephenson thanked Williams for holding training sessions in Rifle, which is close enough that it keeps hotel and mileage costs down.
"Thank you," she said, "for everything you do for our office."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.