Your vote will count

Despite the Halloween Week scare tactics of some anonymous callers, votes cast in Mesa County this general election will be counted.

Mesa County Elections Division officials have spent thousands of hours over the past year to make sure the elections systems are working properly — both for mail-in ballots and those cast using voting machines at the polling places.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich and her staff have tested and retested the voting systems in this county. And, along with county clerks from around the state, they have fought efforts by Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman and some members of the Colorado Legislature that would have prevented them from using electronic voting machines, which have proved an effective means of tallying votes here for several elections.

But someone apparently doesn’t want you to exercise your right to vote. Both Rich and Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis said they have heard from constituents who received telephone calls from anonymous callers, warning them not to vote because their votes would not be counted.

One can only speculate on the motives of the callers. Perhaps they fear the people they contact were going to vote for a candidate whom they don’t want to see victorious. Maybe it’s simply a malicious prank to frighten as many people as possible into not voting.

Whatever the reason, no voters should allow the anonymous callers to deter them from taking part in what is arguably the most fundamental right and responsibility for citizens of a democratic republic — to vote for their choice of people to represent them at all levels of government.

Mesa County elections officials have an admirable record of conducting elections with very large turnout, with few difficulties or questions. We trust they will do so again this year, and all eligible votes will be counted.


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