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On Thursday, November 4, Colorado’s Adams County Clerk and Recorder’s Office received a ballot envelope containing a suspicious white substance. The Adams County Clerk Josh Zygielbaum notified law enforcement and they are investigating.

Chaffee County voters braved bad weather on Wednesday to turn in their mail ballots at the Chaffee County Courthouse drop box. Photo by Jan Wondra

Zygielbaum said that during and after the 2020 election his staff had so many threats that they wore bulletproof vests and had taken active shooter training. He decried the intimidation of people fulfilling their democratic roles, but said his staff will continue to serve the people.

Given that development, Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell confirmed that Chaffee County is “taking the proper safety measures into consideration for our county. Sheriff Spezze has given us more guidance.”

Chaffee County returns continue on a steady pace, with Republican mail ballot returns lagging behind. The county stands at a 38.4 percent return. A total of 592 mail ballots were returned across the county for a total of 6,032. There were three in-person voters at the Scout Hut. Returns broken out by political party:

Democrats      31.1 percent
Republicans   27.2 percent
Unaffiliated   40.4 percent

County In-person Voting Locations:

In addition to the drop boxes there are two in-person voting locations:

  • Buena Vista Community Vote Center: open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Salida Scout Hut: open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Saturday

Election judges are doing signature verification and taking ballots out of envelopes starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 4 at the courthouse. Judges and staff will also be at the Fairgrounds processing ballots at 1:00 p.m.

Mitchell notes that both buildings will be locked, so she is asking that election watchers queue up at 1:00 p.m. in each place so they can be brought into the buildings. If any watcher is going to show up late, email Mitchell, so arrangements can be made for you to enter..

Mitchell issued these reminders for election watchers:

  • No interactions with the election judges because they are working and we don’t want interruptions. It is strictly against the rules.
  • No cell phones are to be out, especially when private data is exposed. “We had a couple issues with a watcher on Thursday with these issues so I am just reminding everyone of the rules,” said Mitchell. “No watcher was removed but if the rules are broken again the watcher will be removed immediately.”

“A reminder to all voters: it is safe to vote. Please come vote before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day,” said Mitchell.