Legal voters felt pressure during Grand Lake elections
September 28, 2008
Lt. Ryan Weydert (as expressed in a letter to the editor) may feel the need to applaud Grand Lake’s recent efforts that go far beyond the norm in vetting and challenging Grand Lake voters.
I doubt that people like Pat Engelhardt, a legal Grand Lake voter who was needlessly challenged when he tried to vote, feel like applauding the town’s efforts. In fact, he’s “fuming,” as stated in this newspaper. Other potential, legal voters feel the same pressure.
In my humble opinion, the town’s actions against Engelhardt and others represent intimidation. The town’s efforts go far beyond the efforts of other towns across Colorado. Ryan Weydert wouldn’t know this because I doubt that he’s challenged in such a way when he goes to vote in Hawaii.
Ironically, even though Lt. Weydert says he “cannot” vote in Grand Lake’s election, the truth is, he could have if he had wanted to. Legally. Election law allows for servicemen and women stationed overseas to vote in the jurisdiction where they please, even if they don’t “reside” there.
So much for a clear-cut interpretation of “residence.”