Mistake forces ballots to be re-printed
An error in the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s office has forced local election officials to re-print next Tuesday’s primary ballot.County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said she neglected to put the candidates for county commissioner on the ballot, since none of those seats are being contested in a primary. A bit more research into election law, though, told Simonton she needed to include every candidate for every office contested in November to be on the primary ballot. That mistake means new ballots will be re-printed, and delivered to the county courthouse by Thursday, two days from now.The cost of printing new ballots hasn’t been determined yet, Simonton said.In addition, absentee and early voters will receive “supplemental” ballots that include the names of the county commissioner candidates. Those ballots will be mailed out with a letter explaining that voters don’t have to fill out the ballots, but that the documents were sent to meet the letter of state law.”This doesn’t really affect anything, except our budget,” Simonton said.