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Poll’s toll may hit $5,000

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A special election to decide the fate of Red Feather Ridge will cost up to $5,000, Glenwood Springs city clerk Robin Clemons said. Coupled with the city election in November, Clemons expects to exceed the $10,000 budgeted for city elections in 2003.

“I don’t have the exact figures,” she said of the special election. “It will probably cost $3,000 to $5,000.”

The special election is expected to use a mail-in ballot, more costly than a traditional polling place election. Ballots must be printed and sent to every registered voter in the city. In a traditional walk-in election, fewer ballots are printed because voter turnout is lower, she said.

Clemons said the most likely date for the Red Feather Ridge election is June 24.

“The secretary of state must have the plan 75 days prior to the election,” Clemons said. “By charter, we have to have it on a Tuesday.”

June 24 is 119 days away, but the ordinances approved Thursday by City Council won’t officially take effect until March 21. The ordinance must be finalized, Clemons said, before she can send the plan to the secretary of state.

Clemons also reminded voters that the deadline to register to vote for the Red Feather Ridge election is May 23.

City attorney Karl Hanlon said he’ll draft a resolution calling for a special election, then put it before City Council at the March 6 regular meeting. “Once it’s approved, they’ll also decide if it’s a mail-in election,” he said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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