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Aug 28, 2013 4:33 PM by Maddie Garrett

Cost of Recall Elections Higher Than Expected

Just how much are the Senate District 11 and Senate District 3 recall elections costing tax payers? As it turns out, a lot more than the counties originally planned. From changes to the ballots, to new laws about polling places, the bill for the recall elections is adding up.

"We're certainly into some areas where our State hasn't traversed before, which is certainly why there's a lot of questions," said Ryan Parsell with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

El Paso County originally planned to spend about $150,000 on the District 11 recall election, now that's up to roughly $190,000.

Pueblo County is seeing higher costs. They planned to spend $180,000 originally on the recall, and now they predict it will cost about $300,000."

In both counties, the price of ballots is higher because they're being bought at the last minute, driving costs up for vendors.

Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz said one of the main reasons their expenses are on the rise is because the county had to hire 180 judges to monitor the recall election. They also ordered 82,000 envelopes for mail-in ballots that will mostly go unused now.

And El Paso County had to buy new scanners, but Parsell said they are not taking that out of the recall budget because the county will use them in upcoming general elections.

"While it has been challenging, our staff has been fantastic in rolling with these punches and being agile and switching directions every time the court says to, to make sure we're doing this as right as we can," said Parsell.

Election staffers just hope voters will make the expense worth it by showing up at the ballot box.

"We certainly don't want to see that money go to waste by people not utilizing it,"Parsell said.

To find out if you live in District 11, recall election for Senator John Morse, or live in District 3, recall election for Senator Angela Giron, click here:

Election day is September 10th, however early voting starts on September 5th for both District 11 and District 3.

Here are the times and locations for each county:

El Paso County, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Election Day: 7:00am - 7:00pm
Main Clerk Branch: 1675 W Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Downtown Clerk Branch at City Hall: 200 S Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO
Southeast Powers Clerk's Office: Corner of Powers Blvd. and Airport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO
North Union Town Center Clerk's Office: 8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO

Additional locations for September 9th and 10th.
Zalman Center at Harrison High School: 2755 Janitell Rd., Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Regional Building Department: 2880 International Circle, Colorado Springs, CO
Manitou City Hall: 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO

Pueblo County, 9:00am - 6:00pm. Election Day: 7:00am - 7:00pm

Pueblo North
Pueblo County Elections Office: 720 N. Main
Belmont Church of the Nazarene: 1702 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo County Housing and Human Services Building: 2631 E. 4th
El Pueblo Museum: 301 N. Union
La Quinta Inn: 4801 N. Elizabeth Street
Pueblo County Court House: 215 W 10th Street

Pueblo South
Colorado State Fair Events Center: 1001 Beulah Ave.
Pueblo City Park Pavilion Offices: 800 Goodnight Ave.
Southern Colorado Gaming and Events Center: 3215 Lake Ave.

Pueblo West
Pueblo West Library: 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd., Pueblo West
Pueblo West Fire Station #3: 729 E. Gold Dr., Pueblo West



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