Town Sues Its Own Voters for 'Fatally Flawed' Election
Colorado lawsuit aims to sort out controversial April Fools' Day election
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
Registered voters in Montezuma, Colo., are being sued by their own town for a flawed election.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If they had just elected a dog for mayor, none of this would have happened. At least that's what 61 registered voters in Montezuma, Colo., must be thinking after they received notice their own town is suing each and every one of them to appear in court to figure out what happened in last spring's "fatally flawed" mayoral election, reports the Denver Post. Among problems cited in the April Fools' Day vote are that there were more signatures than registered voters on candidate petitions and that people who simply owned a second home in town were allowed to vote and run for office, even though their "snow-clogged, unplowed driveways [are] proof they don't live there," one resident complains.

This particular case of Montezuma's revenge started after the town clerk was "hornswoggled" into taking on the job even though she had a full-time job already and reportedly wasn't prepared for her new position, notes the Post. Then she used a sewing machine to attach removable stubs to ballots to help keep voters' identities secret—except she apparently didn't notice voter ID numbers that still appeared on the ballots. "I have never seen anything like this," says a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state regarding the unusual legal action. One of the voters points out the irony of the current situation. "It's fairly disturbing that the town is using our tax money to sue us," he says. "Now I'm paying someone to sue me."

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Aug 20, 2014 7:08 AM CDT
61 Voters ! . This town must be run by a load of IDIOTS already . I guess it is similar to the Republicans suing the entire voters of America , if the Democrats win the next election . Why not ? , the taxpayer's money is wasted somewhere anyway .
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 17, 2014 5:27 PM CDT
These election fraud investigations are much like watching, "Harper Valley PTA." We did an extensive investigation of Carl Albert's Little Dixie region and put a minimum of 12 Democrat leaders into state or federal prison. There was direct vote rigging, campaign finance law crimes, ballot box stuffing, and absentee ballot fraud. One thing we couldn't stop that still goes on is the process where the Democratic Party leadership fills out the ballots for people who simply sign the bottom. So far, that's not illegal yet highly un-American. Might as well appoint the leadership and not let those people vote. But the DP leadership says elections involving complicated questions, and a variety of candidates confuses a lot of the Democratic Party electorate so its better for them to fill out the selections and then submit them to the election commission for balloting. Hey, I agree, a lot of their electorate in Little Dixie will build a pallet fire made of Wolmanized lumber and put a chain link fence over it and barbeque spare ribs they bought on sale at the Fud-fer-Less. I like to drive by those homes, roll down the window, and yell, "Here's your sign."
Aug 14, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
April Fool's, dogs, Montezuma's revenge--huh?