Politics: Same As It Ever Was in Leadville
“When somebody shows you who they are, believe them!” – Maya Angelou
Raise your hand if you still have your C.A.V.E. man t-shirt? Do you remember what political message it stood for? Who can recall the Leadville Mayor in the early 1990s who served the remainder of his term while living in a city in southern Colorado, hundreds of miles from Leadville? Remember how enraged everyone was? And what about that young, fresh-faced Republican who unseated the life-long Lake County Democrat in the seat for county commissioner some 25 years ago with a door-to-door campaign that is still talked about to this day; can you name him?
Politics! It’s a word that conjures up a lot of emotion and conversation, especially these days. But really, it’s the same as it ever was when it comes to politics in Leadville and Lake County. And after you’ve been covering politics in a town like Leadville long enough, you learn to ignore the pundits, like the elected official who made the statement “isn’t it great to see so many young people involved this year!” at the Lake County Democratic Assembly in March.
The truth is, the demographics of the Lake County voter haven’t really changed much in recent years. Yes, there may have been a handful millennials at the local political assembly, but most of those were people who make their living from the public payroll.
The majority of non-governmental employees in attendance was still grey-haired Democrats who have been around for years. And yes, the highly-energetic and extremely disorganized caucus may have seen more younger folks participating, but that is a closed process, so not always guaranteed to reflect what results may be found at the June 28 primary or on Election Day 2016 in November.
And there’s no doubt after covering local politics for years, it’s great to see some new, younger people becoming involved in the process. It’s their time to do some of the organizing and heavy lifting, as long as they do it respectfully, something that may have been lacking in recent leadership transition. But hopefully youthful indiscretion will led to a more tempered, representative approach to governance. After all, elected officials are still supposed to represent the people, right?
But anything can happen in an instant to turn things around. The favored candidate can make a bad error in judgment or maybe they can’t exactly remember what they previously said about an issue in a documented, public meeting; the results can change things at the polls with the cast of a ballot. So as Leadville Today jumps into the political season, armed with the facts and statements, along with hours of video and audio recordings about who said what and when, it could be a very different, “on the record,” campaign season for Leadville and Lake County! And with 24 weeks left until the November 8 election, anything can happen, and it usually does! Happy politicking!
Register By This Friday to Vote in June Primary
By Sarah Dallas, Chair, LCDCC
If you plan to vote in the upcoming June primary, the time is ticking to make sure your voter registration is in order. Lake County saw an unprecedented amount of voters turn out to participate in the March 1, 2016 Caucus.
The Lake County Democratic Central Committee (LCDCC) encourages and hopes for another extraordinary turnout to vote in this year’s primary! Please note that at this year’s caucus some Lake County voters were not found to be registered at the correct address or for the correct party affiliation in order to participate. The following information will help you mark important deadlines and information to let your vote be counted.
In Colorado this Friday, May 27, 2016 will be the last date for a voter who is affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote. Please note that if you are a voter who is registered as “unaffiliated” you may participate in the primary election by affiliating at any time before and through the day of the primary election; however, make sure you are in fact unaffiliated and not affiliated with a particular party before the May 27 deadline. To check your voter registration status please go to www.GoVoteColorado.com. Click on the “Find My Registration” link to look your name up in the system.
Democratic voters in Colorado will also receive a mail in primary ballot. If you want to vote at the polls, you can surrender your mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. To do so, go to www.GoVoteColorado.com to find your polling locations. If you vote at the polls you must provide identification. A valid Colorado driver’s license, U.S. passport, or a valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado are all on the list. For a complete list of acceptable forms of identification check out Colorado Secretary of State’s website.
The first day that mail ballots may be mailed to voters will be June 6, 2016. The primary election and last day to cast your vote will be Tuesday, June 28 2016 at the Lake County Courthouse.
Remember voting is a fundamental process that keeps democracy working. Through elections, people have the ability to decide on who represents in all forms of government, be it a local official, a state or national representative, or the president of the United States. This year there are important elections in each of these branches of government. The Lake County Central Committee encourages everyone to get out and vote. If you are interested in learning about the LCDCC please contact Sarah Dallas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of Month at the Lake County Senior Center at 7 p.m. All Democrats are welcome to attend!