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Oct 31, 2011 7:30 PM by Andy Koen

Voters have clear view of counting process

Voters in El Paso County can easily watch as their ballots are counted at the new El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office on Garden of the Gods Road. The counting rooms are located right up front with large windows where election judges can been seen working through the stacks of ballots.

The clerk and recorders office moved to the new Citizens Services Center over the Labor Day weekend and chief deputy Alissa Vander Veen says the county wants the process of conducting elections to be as transparent as possible.

"It is your ballot, it is your election," Vander Veen said. "We facilitate the election but really the citizens of El Paso County conduct and handle that election, and so we really wanted everybody to be able to see that and really be able to have a position to say this is how we do it and you can come watch."

Of the 200,000 ballots sent out, Vander Veen says more than 80,000 have been returned and counted. Voters have until 7:00 p.m. to drop off their ballots any of the four clerk and recorder locations in the city.

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