Ouray County Clerk, an election “rock star.” Well, that is how a top official from the Co. Secretary of State's office referred to Michelle Nauer.
Judd Choate visited last week to evaluate the Ouray County voting process under the new system created by recent legislation, including all mail-in ballots and same day voter registration. While working with one regular office staff absent due to illness and underfunded for volunteer election judges, Nauer managed to accurately and efficiently process 2,142 ballots, with a few still outstanding for signature verification.
Two continuous cameras and team (Republican and Democrat) handling of each ballot from its arrival to its final tabulation, while tedious, insured that no legitimate ballot went uncounted. When not being processed, every ballot was maintained in a locked box in a secured room. Few people realize the
complexity of the voting process, especially in a small county with four different ballot styles for the school board elections and a new set of rules and procedures governing the process. Congratulations to all voters who cast a ballot. You made your voice heard.
– John W. Nelson