Delayed election ballots are in the hands of North Routt voters |

Delayed election ballots are in the hands of North Routt voters

— Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner confirmed to the Routt County commissioners Monday that 723 delayed election ballots for precinct 1/North Routt were delivered to the Clark Post Office six days late on Oct. 22, after a clerical error prevented them from going out in the mail Oct. 16 as intended.

“Once we got the ballots printed (in Denver),” Steamboat Springs Postmaster Debbie Staffieri, “volunteered to take them up to Clark,” Bonner said. “She stayed there with the Clark postmaster, and they delivered all of them to the boxes.”

A rural mail carrier took more ballots on Friday to voters in Slater, on the Wyoming state line.

Demonstrating that her sense of humor is still intact, Bonner said, “Precinct 1 was probably the best precinct for it to have happened — people up there are a little more laid back than people in Steamboat.”

Deputy County Clerk Tina Fry agreed that people in North Routt seem to have taken the delay in stride.

“The voters of Precinct 1 have been very gracious and understanding,” Fry said.

In all seriousness, Bonner said she reported the error, which initially caused the printer in Denver not to print the 723 ballots, to local and state officials as soon as it was understood to have happened.

“When it comes to elections, whenever something goes wrong, the first thing I think of is the legal aspect,” Bonner told the commissioners. “First, I called (County Attorney) Erick (Knaus), then the Secretary of State’s Office.”

Bonner told Steamboat Today last week that during the process of extracting voter names and addresses from her office’s computer database in order to send them to the printer, one of her employees mislabeled the Precinct 1 voter list and the full list wasn’t originally printed.

Bonner said she received a call back from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Friday seeking to confirm that things had gone well.

She reiterated that Williams assured her the delay in getting the Precinct 1 ballots out would not jeopardize or compromise the election, which involves North Routt voters in the Steamboat Springs School District’s $92 million bond issue.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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