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The Boulder County Republicans political organization has expressed concern about the insufficient number of Republican election judges to work in the various voting centers in Boulder County. The county disputes the claim.

The Boulder County Republicans political organization has expressed concern about the insufficient number of Republican election judges to work in the various voting centers in Boulder County.

A spokesperson for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office acknowledged continued difficulties in finding registered Republicans to work as election judges, but said the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office of Boulder Molly Fitzpatrick was in “full compliance” with the law.

According to state law, each major political party — Republican and Democratic — “is entitled to half the number of election judges” working at polling centers.

The county clerk and recorder uses a list of recommended names, provided by local political parties, to hire election judges.

In the event that a party recommends an insufficient number of election judges, the county clerk and recorder may appoint unaffiliated voters or persons registered with minor political parties to serve as judges.

Mircalla Wozniak, communications specialist for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, wrote in an email that the Republican Party had not provided enough election judges to be considered to fill all positions. necessary for the last two days of voting.

Judges should work at least one shift before November 7 and 8 – the two busiest days – to be better prepared.

“Less than 50% of the names provided to us by party presidents ultimately respond to our multiple requests for election judges,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people tell party officials in caucus that they ‘might be interested’ in working as an election judge, but ultimately decide not to or aren’t able to.”

Boulder County Republican Chair Theresa Watson disputed that claim.

“The county clerk is required to fill judgeships 50-50, and she wasn’t doing that this week at voting centers or next week, and we have a lot of Republicans sitting at home who aren’t working. “Watson said by phone Wednesday. . “They have been checked. They have done their training, but they are not programmed.

Through Nov. 3, Boulder County will have five voting centers open and on Nov. 4-5, 12 centers will be open.

It is unclear exactly how many judges worked each day this week and from which political parties.

According to Watson, there were 192 election judge positions for the week of Oct. 24 to Oct. 28, including 68 Republicans.

Boulder County was unable to immediately produce records of who worked this week and who is scheduled for next week and which part before the log’s printing deadline.

However, a spokesperson for the office said that on November 7 and 8, 19 polling centers would be open, requiring 252 poll workers.

Of the 245 judges currently scheduled to work at Boulder County polling centers on Nov. 8, 81 are Republicans; 126 are Democrats; 44 are unaffiliated voters; and one is a member of the Libertarian Party.

On November 7, 203 election judges are due to work, including: 63 Republicans, 105 Democrats, 41 unaffiliated voters and one Libertarian.

No more voting center judges, in particular, can be trained in time for the Nov. 8 election, Wozniak said. However, the office made several attempts to find Republican election judges and held an additional training session for them on Friday, Wozniak noted.

Many unaffiliated voters work this week and next so they can complete a shift before Election Day.

Boulder County had more than 92,000 active Registered Democrats and 26,000 active Registered Republicans as of Oct. 1, according to Boulder County election data. There are over 101,000 active unaffiliated voters in Boulder County.

“I asked (Boulder County Clerk and recorder Molly Fitzpatrick) if you could call it, and she gave me an excuse as to why she couldn’t,” Watson said. “She has to equalize the hiring, but she refuses.”

Watson declined to provide The Times-Call with a list of certified Republican election judges, citing confidentiality concerns. Watson did not respond to a follow-up inquiry into the number of Republican election judges the party provided to the Clerk and Recorder’s office for review.

The Clerk and Recorder’s office also did not immediately provide a list of certified Republican judges, citing an outstanding question of whether or not it was a public record.

“In an ideal world, half would be Republicans and the other half Democrats,” Wozniak said of the judges. “We will have all available Republican voting center judges working for the last two days when we are at full capacity.”