STEVE MORENO WELD COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER

1401 NORTH 17 AVENUE P.O. BOX 459 GREELEY, COLORADO 80632 WEBSITE: www.co.weld.co.us PHONE: (970) 304-6525 FAX: (970) 304-6566
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NEWS RELEASE
October 8, 2010 Release Date: Immediately Statement from Steve Moreno, Weld County Clerk & Recorder On the afternoon of October 6, 2010, Sheriff John Cooke, County Attorney Bruce Barker and I met with the Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Betsy Markey, with the Executive Director of the Colorado Democratic Party, with representatives of the Weld County Democratic Party, and a representative of the Voter Protection Group of Washington, D.C. The topic of our discussion was my decision to post a uniformed Weld County Sheriff’s deputy at each of four Weld County vote centers during the General Election on November 2, 2010. The representatives expressed their opinion that the presence of uniformed law enforcement officers at polling places is intimidating to certain voters. As Weld County’s Designated Election Official, I am sworn to provide the citizens of Weld County with safe, fair, accurate and secure elections. It is my authority under Colorado law to determine whether I believe circumstances warrant the posting of Sheriff’s deputies at certain Weld County vote centers on Election Day in order to ensure the safety of voters who exercise their right to vote at those centers. The four vote centers involved are the Greeley Ice Haus, Tozer Elementary School, the University of Northern Colorado, and the Weld County Training Center. The reason for my decision is that on Election Days in 2006 and 2008, we had situations at certain vote centers where law enforcement was needed. In each instance, persons threatened to return to the vote center “with guns to kill people.” My staff and I evaluated these instances and determined that it will be best for the 2010 General Election to have Sheriff’s deputies posted at certain high-volume vote centers. Each of the four vote centers named above is expected to have high-volume. We are not expecting delays at those vote centers; however, lines are typical at high-volume times on Election Day. The deputies will be present to keep the peace; not to interfere with voting. Sheriff’s deputies will not have access to the names of voters and will not be involved with the actual process of voting. They will not be checking identifications. I believe that the presence of uniformed officers at these vote centers will have the effect of preventing persons from trying to interfere with the exercise of voting privileges by registered electors. Additionally, the posting of a deputy at Tozer Elementary School was requested by the School’s Principal.

Weld County endeavors to ensure that each election is safe, open, error free, convenient and accessible to all registered electors. I have asked staff to list on our website at www.co.weld.co.us (Election Department) the names and addresses of each of the four vote centers listed above that will have a uniformed Sheriff’s deputy posted. Voters who do not wish to vote at these centers may vote at any one of the thirty other vote centers in Weld County, may request to vote by a mail ballot, or may vote at an Early Vote Center before Election Day. Anyone with questions may contact my Elections staff at (970) 304-6525, Extension 3070. I look forward to providing a safe, fair, accurate and secure General Election on November 2, 2010. I wholeheartedly encourage all of Weld County’s registered electors to exercise their voting privilege on Election Day and be sure to get out and vote!