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Clerk says poll watcher was too aggressive Saturday in Eagle

EAGLE — Eagle County’s chief election official said a poll watcher was too aggressive when she got too close to a Spanish speaking man voting Saturday.

According to Teak Simonton, Eagle County clerk and recorder, on Saturday an Hispanic man who did not speak English was trying to vote in Eagle. He could not read his ballot and communicated to ask if anyone there spoke Spanish.

While another election judge, a Democrat, was reading the ballot to him, a Republican poll watcher got too close to them.

The GOP poll watcher, who was not named, asked if the man was registered to vote in Eagle County.

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“I want to eliminate any potential craziness before it starts. I’m comfortable it won’t be an issue.”Teak SimontonEagle County Clerk & Recorder

He is, Simonton said.

Simonton talked to the Republican poll watcher and said there was no ill intent.

Simonton fired off an email to Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office to report it.

“It’s unusual that Teak would not have sent it to so many people, without including any of the local Republicans,” said Kaye Ferry, chair of Eagle County’s Republicans.

“I want to eliminate any potential craziness before it starts. I’m comfortable it won’t be an issue,” Simonton said.

Another man dropped off his ballot Saturday and asked, “How do I know that counts?”

He was told you can follow your ballot on govotecolorado.com. Satisfied with that, he was on his way.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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