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No Eagle County voters purged, clerk says

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Recent reports show that many eligible voters, including some from Colorado, are being accidentally removed from the rolls or blocked from registering.

But Eagle County, Colorado’s voter rolls are safe, said Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton.

The confusion arose in six swing states when election officials “purged” the rolls to remove voters who should no longer be listed. However, according to an Associated Press article, social security numbers were being used to check voter status, but the checks weren’t going through due to clerical errors.



Voters are taken off the rolls if they have moved to another county or state, been inactive in three federal elections or have died, Simonton said.

However, in Colorado, the New York Times reported that some 37,000 people were removed from the rolls in the three weeks after July 21, but records showed that only about 7,500 people had moved or died during that time.



Simonton said she doesn’t think there have been any such cases in Eagle County.

“I have a hard time believing that would happen,” Simonton said. “We would have heard from someone who didn’t get their mail-in ballots, and we do so many absentee ballots, we would have heard something.”

And while there is a high rate of people moving in and out of the county, the clerk’s office only removes those names if the county is informed of the move by the person or election official from the new county, Simonton said.



Also, people who have been inactive in federal elections are informed yearly via mail, and they area only taken off the voter lists if they do not respond, she said.

If someone has been accidentally taken off the rolls, they can still vote, Simonton said.

“You can’t actually be ‘purged’ from the rolls. Your name stays in the system, but appears as ‘canceled,'” she said.

If a voter comes to the polls and their name isn’t on the list, a judge or election official will look up the voter in the system and correct the status. The voter can still cast a regular ballot after they fill out an identification form.

If a voter’s name can’t be found in the system at all, the person can still vote using a provisional ballot, and election officials will do additional verification afterward, Simonton said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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