-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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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Media Coverage of Marks v. Koch Dismissal Aspen Election Transparency

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Below the break are recent articles (since March 11 2010) on the Aspen election review and litigation topics

Aspen Daily News:
Mar. 10, 2010: BREAKING NEWS: Judge dismisses Marks’ suit against city

Mar. 11, 2010  Judge dismisses Marks’ suit

Mar. 20, 2010: Consider these embarrassing episodes

Mar. 23, 2010: Council appoints new election 

Mar. 24, 2010:  City seeking attorneys’ fees in IRV election suit

March 26, 2010: City looks to hit Marks with $70K legal bill

Mar. 26, 2010:  Dump IRV

April 1, 2010: Mayor Ireland disembowels 14 citizens for exceeding three-minute comment limit (humorous April Fools references to Marilyn Marks)

April 1, 2010: Like, constitutional rights and stuff (fake letter purported to be by Marilyn Marks)

April 2, 2010:   Fine the annoyers (humorous response to above letter by Marilyn Marks)

April 2, 2010: The city still amazes (letter by Roine St. Andre)

April 2, 2010:  Thank your lucky stars for Marks (letter by Kathy Dopp)

April 6, 2010: A few misconceptions ( aptly named letter by the City of Aspen public relations director)

Aspen Times: 

Mar. 11, 2010:  Judge tosses lawsuit over Aspen ballot images

City wins round one with Marilyn Marks

Mar. 13, 2010:  Guest opinion: A blow to election transparency (Guest opinion by Marilyn Marks)

Mar. 13, 2010: Bravo, Marilyn (letter by Harvie Branscomb)

Mar. 17, 2010: Su Lum: Slumming

Get the message, Marilyn? It's time to move on

Mar. 20, 2010: Su nailed it

Mar. 23, 2010: The cover-up continues (letter by Marilyn Marks)

Mar. 23, 2010: A double standard

Mar. 23, 2010:  a defender of democracy

Mar. 24, 2010: Su Lum: Slumming

No retractions to last week's column

Mar. 24, 2010:  In its defense: Aspen plans to recoup money from legal foe

City attorney says he will pursue attorneys fees from Marilyn Marks

March 25, 2010: Aspen's Marks asks judge to reconsider

March 26, 2010: Aspen asks judge for $70K in legal fees in Marks suit

Local government claims lawsuit over May election ballot images was ‘vexatiou

March 31, 2010:  We have a problem (letter by Andy Lang)

April 2, 2010: A brave cause (letter by Roy Lipscomb)

April 7, 2010: Aspen deserves answers: (letter by Mike LaBonte)

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

Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd dismissed a lawsuit... moreClick 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.

                     Mike LaBonte - 3/11, 9:32 am - The lawsuit filed by Mari
                     V. Kurt Bellman - 3/11, 10:14 am - Mike, What you very conc

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