Colorado Town Sues Every Single Registered Voter Over Election
The Colorado mountain town of Montezuma and its novice clerk have filed a lawsuit against every registered voter in town. In total, there are 61 registered voters in the town.
The lawsuit an April election was filled with errors, including numbers that don’t add up and mismatched ballots that had to be patched together with the clerk’s sewing machine.
According to The Denver Post, the lawsuit asks a judge to command all 61 registered voters in Montezuma to appear in court so the judge can sort out an election mess that the petition calls “fatally flawed.”
“I have never heard of anything like this,” Andrew Cole said, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state’s office. “This is certainly an unusual step to take.”
The lawsuit filed last week commands the voters to appear in court so a judge can examine the election results for mayor and town board which was held on – wait for it – April Fools’ Day.
Twelve people ran for mayor and Lesley Davis won by three votes. The issue here are claims that second-home owners participated, and Davis said 13 voters and at least two candidates were not residents of the town.
“This is our only option to have an objective judge take a look at the election controversy and give us his advice on how to move forward,” Davis said.
Locals say it is easy to tell who doesn’t really live there by the piles of unplowed snow in driveways. Several town residents have hired an attorney to challenge the lawsuit.
“Now I’m paying someone to sue me,” Montezuma voter Chris Baker said. “It’s fairly disturbing that the town is using our tax money to sue us.”
H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks.
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