-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, April 22, 2010

City View of Aspen Election Commission Role and Responsibilities Finally Disclosed

On April 21, 2010, five months after this  confidential memo was written for City Council, the City Attoney's views of the Election Commission's authority and appropriate roles was made public. One wonders why  this document wasn’t always public.
 In February the City asked for applicants for the new Election Commission, but would not disclose  the City’s view of  what their duties or level of authority would be. It should be noted that this memo was written as a confidential document for City Council at the time that the former Election Commission was under fire by Jack Johnson and some Council members on trumped up charges, after the EC began to explore their duties and discuss the outstanding election irregularities.
 Shortly after this memo was written, the Council declared the Election Commission to be retroactively terminated. I believe that the Council did not like the breadth of authority that the Election Commission held to review and control the process of elections in accordance with state and local law. They had to be dismissed so that the CC could avoid having them follow through on their  interest in independent reviews and audits, and a clear definition of their roles.
(comment by Marilyn Marks)

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