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Summit elections office hires help

KIM MARQUIS
Summit Daily/Reid Williams Election judge Joanie Meirick, left, and deputy county clerk Carol Levin sort through Wednesday's stack of absentee ballots received at the county clerk's office in Breckenridge. As the election draws near, the office's workload is increasing exponentially.
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BRECKENRIDGE – More than 400 new voter registrations, hundreds of absentee ballot requests and nonstop telephone inquiries from the county’s some 12,000 voters expected to cast ballots in the general election prompted Summit County Clerk Cheri Brunvand to hire help. One full-time temporary position was already filled and two additional temporary positions will be filled when Early Voting begins on Monday. While the hired help is necessary, Brunvand said she is not panicked.

“Everything is going smooth for us,” she said Tuesday.In addition to the hired help, three county employees within the clerk and recorder’s office are helping process forms every day for voters who want to make sure their ballot is counted Nov. 2. Pay for the additional employees is expected to cost about $14,800, according to county finance director Linda Gregory. The money will be subtracted from the staff merit pool from the county’s general fund.In September, elections officer Vicky Stecklein said the office was “slammed.”

The office usually employs two people – Stecklein and election assistant Joanie Meirick – who spent Wednesday inputting inch-thick stacks of registration forms.The office received about 400 new voter registrations this year. The deadline to register was Oct. 4, but Stecklein said Tuesday the forms have not all been entered. Stecklein said new registrations will be inputted by Friday.Early Voting is set to begin Monday at the Old County Courthouse at 208 E. Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge. It will continue until Friday, Oct. 29.

Early voting will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers on the third floor. Colorado identification is required to vote. For more information on the Nov. 2 elections, visit http://www.summitdaily.com/elections.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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