Election officials in Chaffee County and five other counties contend a citizen group suing the officials is trying to create a nonexistent illusion of harm about access to public records. County Clerk and Recorder Joyce Reno and her counterparts in the other counties contend Citizen Center overstated the scope of a court order that restricts requests from the group’s members to view records. The advocacy group, based in Aspen, claimed earlier this month the order violates its right to view records kept by the election officials.
The election officials, in a June 26 filing in U.S. District Court, alleged Citizen Center is seeking an unfair advantage in its lawsuit by creating “an illusion of harm that does not exist.”
The group sued the officials in February, seeking a court order requiring the officials in Chaffee, Eagle, Boulder, Larimer, Jefferson and Mesa counties to change procedures for this year’s elections. Citizen Center contends the officials’ procedures may make it possible to trace ballots to particular voters.