Election night has come and gone, and San Miguel County’s first ever all mail ballot election has become a part of our community’s history.
To all who took the time to return their ballots, and to all who worked so hard to make this year’s election a success, I want to express my heartfelt thanks. A special debt of gratitude is owed to the entire Clerk and Recorder’s Office staff, and to the staff at the office of the Telluride Town Clerk.
Election night went smoothly, and the all mail ballot election turned out to be cost-effective and very efficient – last year’s polling-place election cost four times as much.
While the Denver Post reported that voter turnout in Colorado’s counties was well below 50 percent, 48 percent of San Miguel County voters returned their ballots, compared to 35 percent in Boulder and El Paso counties, and 25 to 30 percent in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
And while local voter turnout in odd-year elections has traditionally hovered around 30 percent, according to Telluride Town Clerk MJ Schillaci, this year’s election reflected a high level of interest among local electors. In the Town of Ophir, 60 percent of eligible voters returned their ballots, and Town of Telluride Precincts One and Two drew a healthy 53 percent of the voting public.
So to everyone who returned a ballot, remember that your vote is what breathes life into our Democracy--and recall the words of the late Winston Churchill, “…indeed, it has been said that Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
– Peggy Nerlin, San Miguel County Clerk and Recorder