Palisade clears up confusion on ballot questions

Palisade town officials and the four candidates for mayor are attempting to clear up some misconceptions about the dual ballot questions relating to the attempted recall of Mayor Dave Walker.

Several town residents believed that if they voted against the recall, they couldn’t cast a vote for one of the candidates seeking to replace Walker, according to Joseph Browne, who is running for the mayor’s post along with Roger Granat, Patty Hanna and Johnny Nichols.

In fact, according to state law, voters can choose a candidate regardless of how they vote on the recall — as long as they cast a vote on the recall.

Browne said he first began hearing about the confusion more than a week ago while he was walking through neighborhoods handing out campaign fliers.

“I ran across maybe a dozen people,” he said. “It wasn’t just one or two.”

Town Clerk Carol Speakman said she has fielded a number of questions from people.

“They can vote no or yes (on the recall) and still vote for a candidate,” Speakman said.

The confusion may have stemmed at least in part from an article that was submitted by the League of Women Voters and ran in the Oct. 7 edition of the Palisade Tribune. One section of the article indicates that people who vote to recall Walker “can also vote for one of four alternative candidates,” which could have led some people to believe that they couldn’t have voted for one of the candidates if they voted to retain Walker.

Tribune General Manager Darralee Mathews said the newspaper ran a follow-up article Oct. 21 clarifying that information.

Browne said the misconception could dilute the pool of voters who elect the town’s next mayor if Walker is recalled.

“The mayor of Palisade might be elected with less than 100 votes,” he said.


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