Vail Daily letter: Election success |

Vail Daily letter: Election success

Teak Simonton
Eagle County Clerk and Recorder
Vail, CO Colorado

We’ve just finished canvassing the election and are happy to announce the results are now certified. For the past two weeks, two members from the Republican and Democratic parties along with me and several of my staff have been reviewing our election processes, verifying that the votes counted did not exceed the votes cast and completing an extensive hand count audit of our scanners and electronic voting equipment. Everything balanced, the machines tabulated accurately and we can now write this election off as another success. In the end, more than 15,000 people voted in Eagle County and the turnout was about 68 percent, 8 percent higher than the 2006 election.

Successful and efficient elections are not possible without the help of so many people including the Clerk’s Office’s hard working and competent staff, other county departments and county employees and, of course, the election judges. There were 110 judges this year who helped with testing the equipment, early voting, Election Day at the polls, mail-in ballot processing and even post-election hand counts for certain races. They earned a little money and I expect they also enjoyed (for the most part) helping in such an important role. I’ve run into many people around town since the election and have received many compliments on how smoothly things went throughout the process.

I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helped this year for their time, energy, professional approach and smiles. Everyone’s attitude was terrific from the beginning of our first training session until very late in the evening on Nov. 2 and even later for some. Eagle County and the Clerk’s office are fortunate to have such a committed group of civically minded individuals willing to pitch in again and again.

I also want to acknowledge and thank the towns of Vail, Red Cliff, Minturn, Avon, Eagle, Gypsum and Basalt, the Eagle Vail Metropolitan District, Singletree Community Center, Western Eagle County Metropolitan District, Edwards Elementary School, Eagle County Road and Bridge Department, and the McCoy Community Center for the use of their facilities and help in setting them up for Election Day.

Thank you so much for helping make the Nov. 2 General Election another success!

Support Local Journalism

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User