by Pam Zubeck
Secretary of State Scott Gessler has agreed to send someone from his office to monitor the April 5 all-mail ballot city election in Colorado Springs, his office says in a press release issued today.
Denver, Colorado — Today Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced his office will designate
an election observer for the April 5th municipal election in Colorado Springs. The designation is
welcomed by City Clerk Kathryn Young and comes in response to her request and requests for
oversight by several candidates in the election.
“We all share the desire for open and fair elections,” Secretary Gessler said. “We welcome the
opportunity to send observers from the Secretary of State’s office at the invitation of the city. I
compliment Clerk Young’s willingness to be open and transparent. And we also thank the
candidates for working to ensure the integrity of the election.”
Following discussions with city officials, members of the Secretary of State’s office will be
present in the formal election observer role. That means observing all processes involved in the
preparation and conduct of the election.
Several candidates for mayor and City Council requested state oversight, citing questionable practices by Young in how she's handled the election, from tearing up candidate petitions to not mailing ballots to people who voted as recently as 2009.
Springs voters will elect their first strong mayor and seven council posts. They'll also decide two City Charter changes that relate to the new strong-mayor form of government. One asks whether to expand the number of Council districts from four to six and the other would allow the mayor to attend Council executive sessions.
If you're an inactive voter, meaning you DID NOT vote in the November 2010 election but ARE registered to vote and haven't changed your name or address, you can get a ballot and vote at the City Clerk's Office. If you are an inactive voter and have had a recent name or address change must first get an updated voter registration form from one of the three El Paso County election offices, and then go to the clerk's office to pick up a ballot. The county's election offices are located at: Union Town Center, 8830 N. Union Blvd.; southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road, and 200 S. Cascade Ave.
Don't miss your chance to vote because the city decided to not include thousands of people in this election who are, in fact, registered voters. But they just didn't vote last November.