Want to watch the polls at the Fraser Rec recall election?
February 10, 2009
At the Thursday, Feb. 5, candidate forum for the Fraser Rec Recall Election, an audience member asked if people were allowed to sit as poll watchers on Election Day and, if so, what are the requirements.
Election Official and East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth sent this explanation regarding poll watchers at a special district election:
Poll Watcher Information from CRS Title 1-7-107 and 108
1-7-107. Watchers at nonpartisan elections.
Candidates for office in nonpartisan elections, and proponents and opponents of a ballot issue, are each entitled to appoint one person to act as a watcher in every polling place in which they are a candidate or in which the issue is on the ballot. The candidates or proponents and opponents shall certify the names of persons so appointed to the designated election official on forms provided by the official and submit the names of the persons selected as watchers to the county clerk and recorder. To the extent possible, the candidate, proponent, or opponent shall submit the names by the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the election.
1-7-108. Requirements of watchers.
(1) Watchers shall take an oath administered by one of the election judges that they are eligible electors, that their name has been submitted to the designated election official as a watcher for this election, and that they will not in any manner make known to anyone the result of counting votes until the polls have closed.
(2) Neither candidates nor members of their immediate families by blood or marriage to the second degree may be poll watchers for that candidate. (3) Each watcher shall have the right to maintain a list of eligible electors who have voted, to witness and verify each step in the conduct of the election from prior to the opening of the polls through the completion of the count and announcement of the results, to challenge ineligible electors, and to assist in the correction of discrepancies.