Axed amendments still on paper ballots
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Four Amendments that were pulled from this year’s ballots on Oct. 2, are still on the paper ballots and mail-in ballots for Garfield County residents.
October 2, was the deadline for proposed Amendments to be withdrawn from the ballot. But, by that late date, the paper ballots were already printed in Garfield and many counties around the state, according to Garfield County Clerk, Jean Alberico.
“There is absolutely no way any of the counties could have pulled them off the paper ballots,” Alberico said.
What will happen is that, if voters mark the boxes for or against Amendments 53, 55, 56, and 57, these specific amendment votes will not be tabulated. Voters not having voted already, are not required to vote for those Amendments because they will not be counted anyway.
“We will not report any of the results for any of those four races,” Alberico said. “So even if the system does tabulate, we work with the vendor who relays the tallies, and they will not report any of he results to those questions.”
The Garfield County Clerk’s Office is required to post a public notice at least 10 days prior to election day informing voters of the withdrawn Amendments. And Alberico said that her office had already done what they could to let voters know that those Amendments had been withdrawn, even though they were still on the ballots, by listing them in the State Information “blue book” and the sample ballots available at the polling places will also notify voters of the change.
Those voting on the electronic machines won’t have to vote on the Amendments.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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