Friday, February 19, 2016

Clerk looks for input

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center
Pursuant to 1-5-102.9 and 1-7.5-107 (4.5) (a) C.R.S., Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder Corinne M. Lengel is seeking written comments from residents of Lincoln County regarding the designation of a voter service and polling center.  State statute requires a county clerk and recorder to solicit public comment concerning the location of voter service and polling centers.
“In designating voter service and polling center locations, each county clerk and recorder shall consider the following factors to address the needs of the county:

Proximity of public transportation lines and availability of parking
Geographic features, such as mountain passes, that tend to affect access and convenience
Equitable distribution across the county so as to afford maximally convenient options for electors
The existence and location of population centers
Access for persons with disabilities
Use of existing voting locations that typically serve a significant number of electors
Use of public buildings that are known to electors in the county, especially to the extent that using such buildings results in cost savings compared to other potential locations 
When private locations are considered or designated as voter service and polling centers in accordance with Section 1-5-105 (3), methods and standards to ensure the security of voting conducted at such locations.”

For counties with fewer than twenty-five thousand (25,000) active electors, as that term is described in Section 1-5-102.9 (1) (b), only one voter service and polling location is required.  Voter service and polling centers are required to be open during the eight days prior to and including the day of the election, with the exception of Sundays.
Clerk Lengel has designated the Lincoln County courthouse as the Lincoln County Voter Service and Polling Center for the following reasons:

It is the most centrally located area benefitting all registered voters
Accessibility for persons with disabilities is available and adequate
It is currently used as the voting location for early voting, as well as several precincts, which typically serves a significant number of electors
The fact that it is a public building known and utilized by most electors in the county
It provides the most cost savings compared to other potential locations 

Residents may submit written comments to: Corinne M. Lengel, Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder, P.O. Box 67, Hugo, CO 80821, until Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.  Comments can also be made at clengel@lincolncountyco.us.

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