Grand County election judges did a great job
November 12, 2008
To the Editor:
I wish to thank all of the vigilant election judges who handled the Grand County, Colorado, election so professionally last week.
I suffered through the 2000 election as a resident of Florida and felt helpless in an election that didn’t seem to keep the intent of the voters in mind. As a resident of Grand County, I decided to become a poll watcher to assure that our votes were being thoroughly counted and to maintain a presence as Jane Q. Public in the counting of our ballots.
In sharp contrast to that historical Florida election, our ballots in Grand county are sealed in locked metal boxes, are constantly supervised by at least two judges, and are individually assessed for the intent of the voter. I rest with confidence in Grand County’s voting system and I am amazed at the energy of our judges to scrutinize thousands of ballots without frustration or fatigue.
I am writing this as a voting citizen to reassure other citizens that the democratic process of Grand County truly reflects the will of the people, and that the election officials worked very hard last week to ensure that.
The only shortcoming of the evening was the occasional misunderstanding of the proper ballot markings by the voter. In the future, be sure to only vote for one candidate in each contest, fill in the box as plainly and solidly as possible, and clearly mark the box you intend to vote in if you make a mistake. (Although he is an admirable candidate, Hank Williams Jr. was not running for County Commissioner.)
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Each ballot was scrutinized for intent, so as long as that intent was clear, the vote was not disqualified.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to watch our freedom and democracy in action.