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Hallman asked the right questions about shopping center balloting

Nancy van Doorninck - Silverthorne

Election law changes are truly needed and Silverthorne Town Councilmember Howard Hallman’s leadership in this direction is a breath of fresh air. Many of us support him and thank him.

The recent close voting on the Smith Ranch shopping center zoning pointed at the lack of clarity with voting rules, thus the impossibility for election officials to enforce them equally for all.

It’s essential to have unambiguous requirements for a primary residence – meant to be, I’ve always believed, the one and only place a voter registers and votes – and accurate publicized opportunities for emergency voter registration, to touch on a couple of examples.

The definition of a voter’s primary residence is an especially good sample of obscurity: “The place voter comes home to (in the voter’s heart.)”

Apparently no identification as to primary address is required.

It’s the voter’s call as to where home-is-where-the-heart-is, and how many of their homes would qualify in this way.

Thus, in their hearts, some could justify reregistering and voting on local issues who are part-timers with second homes here, just as residents’ adult children living elsewhere could feel this is “back home.”

But then they are free to reregister again back in their primary Colorado residence.

In this way, the balance of power could shift away from the actual full-time local community to part-timers if vague rules like this let them vote here as well as at their primary residence, especially as more and more second homeowners move into resort communities.

Howard is absolutely correct in working to protect our fundamental right to a fair and equal vote. We need election procedures that voters of any persuasion may have confidence in.

Nancy van Doorninck


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