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Fraser Valley man plans to contest Grand County election

by Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

A Fraser Valley resident plans to file a complaint in District Court with the aim of decertifying the Nov. 6 election.

Pat Rupert, who owns property in the Winter Park Highlands and has lived in the area 34 years, says the county inadvertently held elections that did not abide by the laws set forth by the Secretary of State.

He will officially file Monday, he said. The crux of his 15-paragraph complaint focuses on rules about polling places.

Rupert became suspicious of the election by learning that three times as many electors in the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District voted in the 2003 election.

After this year’s election, “the feedback from a lot of eligible voters was that they were denied their right to vote,” Rupert said, either by not getting their ballots or by not being able to vote at a polling place near home.

The only walk-in voting booths were set up in Hot Sulphur Springs. In a county without public transportation, that is too far, he said.

Buried in the 155 pages of state election laws is a rule stating that with mail-ballot elections, an alternate walk-in voting site should be within “reasonable proximity” to the political subdivision or the majority of the electors of a political subdivision.

“Thirty miles away is not within reasonable proximity,” Rupert said.

As an aside, he also feels there was a lack of communication to eligible voters.

Audrey Johnson, for example, a registered voter in Colorado and retired school teacher from Castle Rock who has lived part-time in Fraser for more than 25 years, said she found out about the election just Wednesday.

“I didn’t know I could vote in two places,” she said at her Fraser home.

Registered voters in the state of Colorado who owned property in districts pertinent to the November ballot issues were eligible to vote.

Electors needed to apply for mail-in ballots if they weren’t locally registered in order to cast their votes in the recent election.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.


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