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City Election Day change approved

Greg Massé

Glenwood voters approved a small-but-important change to the city’s municipal charter on Tuesday. Before Tuesday, the charter mandated that the city hold its election on the Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. Most county, state and national elections are held on the first Tuesday of the month.During most election years, the first Tuesday and the Tuesday after the first Monday are the same day. But in 2005, the first Tuesday is on Nov. 1 and the Tuesday after the first Monday is on Nov. 8. Why is this a big deal?Because according to Garfield County laws, the city can’t hold an election within 32 days of the county election.”We would have been in trouble,” Glenwood Springs city clerk Robin Unsworth said. The Tuesday-after-the-first-Monday rule has been on the books in Glenwood Springs since the charter was first ratified in 1966, apparently with no problems. But if voters had refused to change the timing of election day, the city would have had to figure out another way to hold an election that will include three City Council races. But apparently voters had no problem with the change, as it was approved by 2,891-579, more than a 4-1 margin.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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