‘Red couch’ ballot requests roll in | SummitDaily.com

‘Red couch’ ballot requests roll in


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office received 64 requests Tuesday for absentee ballots from an organization called Alliance For A Better Colorado that engaged in a “get out the vote” campaign in Summit County.The organization’s advertising pitch told citizens to “meet their new voting booth” and to look for packets in their mailboxes adorned with a red couch. It created alarm among Summit County citizens who thought it was a voting scam. Summit elections official Vicky Stecklein said the organization was legitimate. She was relieved Tuesday to receive postcards from the organization, but 34 percent of them were marked “problem applications,” causing Stecklein, who is working overtime to handle voter registrations and absentee ballots requests, to sigh deeply.Stecklein didn’t have time to look immediately at the 22 “problem” absentee ballot request forms from Alliance For A Better Colorado, but assured that she and the staff would research every one and call voters to work out the problems.The phone line at Stecklein’s office has been busy with calls all day, so Stecklein suggested people with questions on an absentee ballot request should, if possible, visit the office instead of calling.”If there’s any problem with absentee ballot requests or voter registration forms, we always contact people,” Stecklein said. “When it gets down to it we’ll even drive to their house.”Staff at the clerk and recorder’s office will process the absentee ballot request postcards and, in a 24-hour period, turn them around so the ballots will be sent out via U.S. Post.People should fill out the ballots then return them in person to the Summit County Courthouse at 208 E. Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge, or mail them to: Summit County Elections, P.O. Box 1538 Breckenridge 80424.The last day the office will send out absentee ballots requested via U.S. Post is Oct. 26. The ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Nov. 2 to be counted.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.

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