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Aug 14, 2012 9:12 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Teller County gets election shake-up

The general election is less than two months away, but Teller County won't be handling the ballot count. After a goof during the primary, the Secretary of State and County Commissioners have designated an outside elections administrator to take over and handle the Nov. 6 election.

"We had our hiccups. We worked through them. We got beyond them and we're moving forward," says 'J.J.' Jamison, the Teller County Clerk and Recorder.

Some of the hiccups Jamison is referring to is mailing primary ballots with a signature line to verify a voter's identity.

"There were a few details missed in the primary election. We're going to work very hard to make sure we catch all of those," says Al Davidson, the expert assigned to oversee the Teller County election.

Davidson says he's working very closely with Jamison "to talk about what happened in the primary" and how they can improve efficiency for the general election. He says there were a number of things that went wrong as "a result of some staffing issues."

The Teller County Clerk and Recorder said she's happy to learn from someone with so much experience.

"Clerks tell me that there's no such thing as a perfect election, but with Al's help I think we're going to get close to making that happen," she says.

Davidson was chosen because of his 28 years of election experience but having an expert come in to run the election isn't cheap. The additional election expenses will end up costing Teller County around $135,000. County Commissioners will have to decide what programs to cut to make up for that cost.

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