Great job on Election Day, Eagle County Clerk’s Office |

Great job on Election Day, Eagle County Clerk’s Office

Elaine G. Edinburg
Vail, CO, Colorado

I am writing this letter to let everyone know what a fantastic job our Eagle County clerk, Teak Simonton, and her fabulous staff did on Election Day!

I was assigned as a poll watcher at the Eagle County Clerk’s Office and building on Election Day.

I was so impressed with the way Teak and her staff handled every issue on Election Day so that every person who presented themselves at the Clerk’s Office with an inactive voter registration, bad address or needed a name change was able to cast a ballot on Election Day.

The only people who weren’t able to vote were those who had failed to register by the deadline of Oct. 6or who tried to drop off their mail in ballots after the 7 p.m. deadline on Election Day.

I was especially impressed with the clerks who were on the front line of duty at the windows ” Laura, Kathy and Charlotte. They patiently and calmly handled the needs of many voters on Election Day.

We are very lucky to have such hard working and devoted staff who worked tirelessly for over 12 hours!

Also, I had the opportunity to observe the supply judge, Stephen Richards, at the combined precincts polling place in the Eagle County Building.

Stephen personally escorted voters to the Clerk’s Office to assist them with their multitude of registration problems.

Stacy Jones, another election judge, also worked very hard and did a great job assisting voters to cast their ballots.

Finally, I would like to add that the computer programs and scanning equipment to count the ballots that I observed seemed very inadequate in this day and age.

It is so incredible to me that hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on advertising and campaigning, but the voting system throughout our county and country does not count the ballots very well after the polls are closed.

The systems appear to be antiquated and inadequate to efficiently count the ballots after the polls have closed.

We need to redirect more of the money currently spent during elections toward paying for more people and better designed equipment to get our votes counted accurately and quickly.

Elaine G. Edinburg

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