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Mayor's race in Pueblo facing potential election snag

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Switching to a mayoral system of government in Pueblo has a potential problem. It has to do with the election process and the large number of people that could potentially be on November ballot.

Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder, Gilbert Ortiz, says there are at least 20 people who have asked for the paperwork to run. If even close to that number end up running for Pueblo Mayor, it significantly lowers the chances of someone getting the 50% plus one votes required for a win.

If a run-off is necessary, there is a clash between state election law and the new city charter for Mayor. The new city charter change requires the Mayor take over the position by January 8th. Ortiz points out a conflict with state law. "I can't run another election 30 days after, according to Colorado Revised Statute. I have to send ballots out to uniformed overseas voters 45 days before an election." It means Pueblo City Council would have to revise local election charter.

There is another suggestion by the Clerk and Recorder. It is an option called ranked voting. "You have to rank each person that you're voting for one through ten," said Ortiz. The ranking comes into play if one person fails to get the required 50% plus one votes. If the person you ranked number one isn't in the top 10 of vote getters, then they are eliminated. Your number two rank would then become your number one. Votes are then recounted. "I'm giving them an option to finish it on Election Day in November.” Ortiz met with City Council Monday to discuss the options.

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