Legal questions open concert to all
VAIL ” Developer Peter Knobel has decided to open up a Saturday concert, originally intended for early voters only, to anyone who wants to attend.
“There’s no reason to give the vocal minority who oppose the project any reason to cast aspersions on the project, or on the election process,” Knobel said. “The concert is just another way of giving back to the community, so we decided to open the doors to anyone wishing to attend.”
There was some question as to whether the party would violate Colorado law that governs municipal elections, said Matt Mire, Vail’s town attorney.
The law states that it’s unlawful “to pay, loan, or contribute or offer … any money or other valuable consideration to or for any qualified or registered elector or to or for any other person to induce such elector to vote or refrain from voting at any municipal election … .”
The question would be whether tickets to the concert, featuring Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC cover band, would be considered a “valuable consideration,” Mire said.
Even if Knobel had kept the original plan for the party, the town probably wouldn’t have taken a position on the legality of the party, Mire said.
“We can’t control Peter and what he decides to do,” Mire said.
Mire said he doesn’t see any legal problem with the concert now that it’s open to everyone.
Knobel’s lawyers could not be reached for comment.
Tickets will be available between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Crossroads Preview Center above Art’s Bar.
Doors open for the concert, which is at 8150, at 9 p.m. Saturday.
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