Clerks Protest Claims of Voter Fraud Highlighted in Mailer
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A flyer sent out to residents continues to draw debate.
The mailer highlights the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder and her support for a new election bill. However, she says the information on this flyer is sensationalized and those behind it continue to remain anonymous.
“It says I’m part of some conspiracy,” said Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner. “The flyer had a picture of me and my main phone number on it for the elections division and then it made some claims that were false.”
The flyer argues that Reiner, along with President Obama and other democrats are attempting to undermine elections by supporting HD 1303.
This bill would allow same day voter registration and mailing ballots to all registered voters.
“The Clerks Association worked with the legislatures and in the beginning, it was meant to be a non-partisan push for improved bill on election conduct,” said Reiner.
The return address on the mailer is Secretary Scott Gessler’s previous law firm.
Gessler opposes this bill.
When NewsChannel 5 reached out to this law firm, they couldn’t release any information regarding this case since it was client related.
The flyer isn’t just circulating around the Grand Valley, but over in La Plata County. Their clerk and recorder is seeing the same mailer, but one this one, she’s the target.
“I have had a lot of people say I can't support this bill and that is absolutely ok,” said Tiffany Parker, La Plata County clerk and recorder. “I understand that. But that is why these processes are in place. So we do have these rights to agree and disagree respectfully, and this is not respectful.”
“I think it is targeted at us because we didn't tow the party line,” said Reiner. “We stuck with the Clerk's Association, rather than Secretary Gesller and what the Republicans thought on the bill.”
Reiner, who is a republican, says she looks at bills based on their merit.
“Their pros, their cons, and then if it’s an overall improvement,” said Reiner. “I think we should be able to support it without consequences."
Reiner says that if this bill does pass, Mesa County residents won't really even see a difference since elections are already run similar to this.