Clerk’s office: Ignore calls telling recipients not to vote

A series of anonymous phone calls have some residents wondering if their vote will count.

According to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, several people have reported receiving phone calls from an unidentified party telling them not to vote. County Clerk Janice Rich and Commissioner Craig Meis said their offices have been contacted by residents concerned by the calls.

“They are telling people their vote is not going to count, so don’t vote,” Meis said. “I don’t know who is doing it, but it is not appropriate.”

Rich said everyone’s vote will be counted.

“I hate that people are trying to scare the voters. I think it is just wrong,” Rich said. “Whoever is making these calls is not identifying themselves. ... The fact that they won’t tell you who they are, that is a red flag right there.”

In these days prior to Election Day, anyone filing an absentee or mail-in ballot in Mesa County can easily track their vote by logging on at http://www.vote.mesacounty.us and then clicking on the “Am I registered in the state of Colorado/Mail in ballot status” tab. Visitors to the site must print their name exactly as it appears on their ballot in order to track their status.

Rich said her office goes through numerous checks and balances to verify the authenticity of each ballot received and to make sure the votes are properly recorded.

“It is an arduous process,” Rich said.


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