-Aspen's historic May 5, 2009 IRV election audited as single ballots- 5/5/09 Aspen CO held an instant runoff election (IRV) for mayor and 2 council members. Interpreted contents of each ballot, scanned by True Ballot, were publicly released. Open records requests for a CD of image scans were denied. Aspen has been sued to protect records from destruction and to allow inspection of the scanned ballot files. A Court of Appeals ruling holds that unidentifiable ballots are public records.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 links to media coverage of Aspen election activity and review

 Because of the massive coverage on this topic from 2009 the archive of the past year has been separated into another post here: http://aspenelectionreview.blogspot.com/2009/08/links-to-media-discussion-of-ballot.html

Below the break are links to 2010 coverage:
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd dismissed a lawsuit...more Click here for just the audio

Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Aspen. Government critic Marilyn Marks was suing the City Clerk in an effort to get the City to release ballot images from last May's municipal election. Aspen Public Radio's Mitzi Rapkin reports.

KSNO Aspen CO:  coverage at 9AM Mountain time on March 11, 2010- a live interview with Marilyn Marks (no stream or archive available)

KDNK Carbondale CO:
1/29/10: KDNK News: Hearing date set for Aspen's '09 election

The City of Aspen's May 2009 election has spiraled into a lawsuit that looks like it could finally make its way to court. Former Aspen Mayoral candidate Marilyn Marks wants access to ballot images to verify the method for counting votes. But so far the city has refused saying it would violate state law. On Thursday a judge scheduled a hearing for late March. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.

Aspen Times 2010 
Note that the Aspen Times has a lively blogger community who regularly comment on the election related stories and letters. These comments continue to accrue over time and are placed below the article in the links below. The election issue is often the most commented upon issue in the online version of the newspaper.

3/13/10:  Guest opinion: A blow to election transparency (Guest opinion by Marilyn Marks)

3/10/10:  Judge tosses suit over ballot images

2/15/10:  Trial set in suit over Aspen's May election results

1/27/10: This applicant is no puppet (letter by EC applicant Bob Nix)

1/26/10: The making of a puppet commission (letter by Harvie Branscomb)

1/21/10: The power over the ballot box (letter by Marilyn Marks)

1/15/10: What electoral path to follow? (letter by Neil Siegel)

1/14/10: Kole vs. Conniff: Round 3 (response from Kole to Conniff- not directly related to the election issue )

1/12/2010: Kole is two-faced

(this is a letter about a previous candidate - Kole- by a radio talk show host and blogger- Michael Conniff - this isn't directly related to the election but shows a not uncommon style of interaction between candidates or ex-candidates and bloggers in Aspen politics)

1/4/2010: The misdirection of Mayor Ireland ( a letter by Marilyn Marks)

1/1/10: Aspen's bad example (letter by Terry Reilly )

1/1/10: Aspen's mayor reflects on '09

Aspen Daily News 2010
Note that there is no longer a comment section on the Aspen Daily News site.

3/12/10: Ballots brouhaha (letter by Harvie Branscomb)

3/10/10: BREAKING NEWS: Judge dismisses Marks’ suit against city

1/26/10: Ballot images ruling coming: (letter by Al Kolwicz and Harvie Branscomb)

1/15/10 Runoff elections: What path to follow?  (letter by Neil Siegel)

1/1/10: Year in review  (see #9 about elections)

1/7/10:  Bar association weighs in on Worcester-Election Commission conflict

Election Quality Web Sites:

Voting News: 
2/24/10: Aspen tries to stop deposition of TrueBallot
2/23/10: GA bill would end touch-screen voting, Dont violate integrity of military vote 

(many more entries at Voting News) 

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