Saguache County Clerk Melinda Myers, represented by County Attorney Ben Gibbons issued an answer last week to a suit filed last month by Sec. of State Scott Gessler, seeking voted ballots from the Nov. 2 election.
“Defendant specifically denies the allegation contained in paragraph 8 of the Complaint that she or her staff ever altered any ballot…Defendant Myers answers the allegations contained in paragraph 11 of the Complaint by stating that she did initially agree to permit election officials and members of the Plaintiff’s office to review the voted ballots.”
“Defendant answers the allegations contained in paragraph 12 of the Complaint by stating that she informed the Plaintiff that she would not agree to his revised demands that members of the public be permitted to inspect the voted ballots. Defendant affirmatively states that such practice would violate the confidentiality historically afforded a voted ballot in Colorado.”
“Ms. Myers affirmative states that she did not refuse to permit the Secretary to inspect and review the practices and procedures of the Clerk’s office…Ms. Myers answers the allegations of paragraph 15 of the complaint by stating that she did not deny the requested inspection and review of “practices and procedures”, but only the requested ‘hand review’ of voted ballots.