Tag Archives: Saguache Town Election 2018

Saguache News – October 16

Here Comes The Judge – Is It You!?

By Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Student Election Judge Program

Are you interested in shaping your community?   Voters elect our leaders and governing bodies whose decisions influence events in the state of Colorado, the United States and, as recent events have proven, the world.    Student Election Judges share firsthand in those events on election day assisting voters as they exercise their constitutional right marking their ballot choices for candidates and issues.  Contact the Saguache County Clerk’s Team today to find out how to be a part of this grass roots lesson in democracy.

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Saguache Town Election Judges (left to right) Alice Wardlow, Bill Hazard and Caroline Irwin helped residents cast their votes in the 2016 Election. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The State Legislature enacted legislation that allows Juniors and Seniors in High School to work at polling places as Student Election Judges. State Statute makes the following provisions:

  • Student Election Judges need not be registered electors.  There are no party affiliation requirements for Student Election Judges.
  • Be at least 16 years old and a Junior or Senior “in good standing” at a public or private high school at the time of the election at which they plan to work;

Submit an application;

  • Have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian;
  • Have the approval of their school’s principal or designated administrator;
  • Be U.S. citizens by the date of the election at which they are scheduled to work;
  • Be willing to serve – knowing that Election Day runs from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – or longer;
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Election Judge;
  • Attend a mandatory Election Judge class prior to each election at which they work;
  • Never have been convicted of election fraud, other election offenses or fraud; and
  • Not be related to any candidate on the ballot in the precinct where they are working.
  • All applicants must have a Social Security number, which is required on the application. Students cannot be paid without a Social Security number.
  • Even before you turn 18 you can register to vote, and can take part in the election process.


  • You will be paid.
  • Practical experience serving your community.
  • Election Judge experience looks great on a resume or college application.
  • Take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process!


  • As a student election judge, you will serve alongside other adult election judges at the VSPC (Voter Service and Polling Center). Some of the duties student election judges assist with are:
  • Checking-in voters at the polling places
  • Assisting electors in casting their ballots.
  • Serve as mail-in, mail ballot or early voting judges.

Student Election Judges will be compensated for working Election Day.  Additionally, they may receive payment for attending the mandatory Election Judge Class.

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Since its inception in 2000, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Student Election Judges Program has been a great success for students and a bonus for the county election officials and educators who have participated in the program. During the 2012 Presidential Election hundreds of students around the state joined the ranks of adult Election Judges working cooperatively setting up polling locations, processing voters, ballots and tallying the votes cast.

Student Election Judges will be appointed by and will serve at the discretion of the local Election Official (County Clerk).

Ultimately, we hope it motivates these students to become active voters in their communities and election judge resources for future elections.

Our team would like to give a shout out to Jody Abeyta for recruiting two students from Mountain Valley High School, Samantha Clark and Azlyn DeHerrera, who will be working with us as election judges for the General Election.  Great job Jody and ladies!!


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Saguache News – October 9

Political Forum Scheduled for Saguache Today, Crestone Tomorrow

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Saguache County Incumbent and Candidate for Commissioner Tim Lovato was out pounding the political pavement in downtown Saguache over the weekend. With Election Day 2018 just weeks away the campaigning heats up. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

As Election Day 2018 draws nearer, the political banter and debate grows louder as Saguache County voters will head to the polls to determine a Sheriff, Clerk & Recorder and County Commissioner.  There are also some local measures voters should be aware.

But if you’re still undecided about the candidates or perhaps haven’t had a chance to ask your questions, there are a couple of upcoming political forums where local candidates will be available for questions.

Tonight the debate will take place at Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be moderated by Michale Pacheco and questions may be submitted by clicking on the image below. Doors open at 6 p.m.Saguache Debate

Then tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, there will be a Candidates Forum which will take place in Crestone. All candidates are invited to the Meet and Greet starting at 6 p.m. at the Crestone Charter School. Then at 6:30 p.m. the forum will include debate from candidates for contested races only. The events is sponsored by the San Luis Valley League of Women Voters. Questions can be directed to Lynne Thompson at 719-754-9163. The Crestone School is located at 330 E. Lime Avenue.Crestone ForumAnd finally, for voters who can’t make either forum, Saguache Today offers the following videos from the Political Forum for the Primary Election back in June. While Commissioner Candidate Ellen Cox had withdrawn from the race, the other candidates for the BOCC as well as Clerk and Sheriff can be seen here discussing their backgrounds and qualifications, as well as answering questions to regarding pertinent issues.

Clips From The Clerk: Register To Vote

BY Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

To be eligible to register to vote, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen (at the time of completing the application)
  • Be 16 years old.  The person will not be allowed to vote until he/she turns 18
  • Reside in Colorado at least 22 days before the election
  • You may register to vote up to and including Election Day, November 6, 2018.

Here is a complete list of the items on the registration form that are required and optional.

  • Required
    • Name
    • Residence Address
    • Signature (or mark)
    • Citizenship Affirmation
    • Date of Birth
  • Optional
    • Gender
    • Former Address
    • Telephone number and email
  • ID Requirements
    • The applicant must provide the Colorado Driver’s License number (or state ID card number)
    • If the applicant does not have a Colorado Driver’s License or state ID card, the applicant must indicate that by checking the second box and providing the last 4 digits of the Social Security Number
    • If the applicant does not have a Colorado Driver’s License or state ID card or a Social Security Number. The applicant must indicate that by checking the third box.
    • When an applicant fails to provide the required information, the person is entered in the SCORE system as “Incomplete”.
  • Determining Residence
    • Residence is the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person.
    • Residence is a place in which a person’s habitation is fixed and to which that person, whenever absent, has the present intention of returning after a departure or absence, regardless of the duration of the absence.
    • Residence is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, condominium, apartment, room in a house, or mobile home.  (A vacant lot or a business address is not a residence.)
    • Residence given for motor vehicle purposes and state income tax purposes is the same for voter registration.
    • No person gains residence or loses residence because of civil or military service of the state or of the United States; while a student at any institution of higher education; or while confined in a correctional facility, jail, or state institution.

Preparing for an election is a year-round activity.  Getting citizens registered to vote is the first big step.  Ballots will be mailed to active registered voters only.  

Help us to help you.  You may go online to register/update your voter registration information at govotecolorado.com.  Or you can come in person to our office located at 501 4th St in Saguache. Let’s show Colorado that Saguache County VOTES.   Remember, every vote counts!

Again, if you have been a resident in Colorado at least 22 days before the election, you can register to vote up to and including Election Day. Jane, Desiree, Ben, Dominique and I are available to assist in (among other things) getting you registered to vote.

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