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Emergency registration changes hands

SUMMIT COUNTY – Officials in the Summit County Clerk’s Office, not town clerks, are administering emergency voter registration for the April 6 town elections.

The change comes on the tails of the Silverthorne election procedure challenge in December, when people who opposed the rezoning for a grocery shopping center scrutinized the nine-vote difference that favored the Shops at Silver Mountain Village.

The deadline for residents to register to vote in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon was March 8.

However there is an option for Colorado registered voters who moved from within Colorado to one of the towns by March 8. Those people can emergency register between now and April 6 at the Summit County Courthouse on Lincoln Avenue in Breckenridge.

The change that made emergency registration a county duty follows the December 2003 special election in Silverthorne, when the town clerk’s office administered emergency registration.

Councilmember Howard Hallman and his poll watchers said the town clerk’s office did not properly administer the emergency registration procedure. The town clerk did not comment on the situation because of the lawsuit filed by Hallman, which has since been withdrawn.

The Summit County Courthouse on 208 Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To apply for emergency registration, residents who have lived in one of the four towns for at least 30 days before the April 6 election must bring a document, such as an energy bill, with their name, date and physical address on or before March 8 .

Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or at cmcmanus@summitdaily.com.

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