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Secretary of state seeks Glenwood ballots

Greg Masse Glenwood Springs correspondent

The letter was sent in response to a formal complaint by former Ward 1 City Councilman Rick Davis, who lost his re-election bid by just three votes. In the complaint, which was lodged on Nov. 26, Davis alleges improprieties in the election process.

He is not seeking to overturn the results of the Ward 1 race, which he lost to challenger Larry Beckwith.

Drew Durham, director of the Colorado Department of State’s Help America Vote Act program, wrote the letter. In it, he requests that Alsdorf “segregate and secure all election records.” Durham also requested that Alsdorf make available staff members who were involved in the election.

“When these records have been segregated and secured, you are requested to contact the undersigned immediately so that these records can be taken into custody by this office,” Durham’s letter stated.

Once the records are at the Department of State, officials will investigate Davis’ allegations of noncompliance of the state elections code.

Department of State spokeswoman Lisa Doran said it’s difficult to say for sure how long the investigation will take.

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The process includes looking at the ballots and other documentation, talking to people involved in the election and performing a hand count, Doran said.

“It could take a couple of months,” she guessed.

Alsdorf said Monday she had not yet received the letter so she couldn’t comment on it.

No matter what the investigation turns up, Doran said Davis won’t be able to reclaim his seat as Ward 1 city councilman.

And while the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office won’t receive any sanctions based on the investigation’s findings, Doran said it could affect the way elections are handled in the county.

“Obviously we’re all interested in having a fair election,” Doran said.