GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – Mesa County Commissioners had a tight deadline of August 30th to announce which voting system Mesa County will use in the upcoming election.
Mesa County Commissioners have passed an agreement to continue the contract with Dominion voting systems. During the announcement, many community members shared their concerns with Dominion and continue their fight for paper ballots.
“Just because we don’t reach the same conclusion, does not mean we aren’t listening to you,” Janet Rowland, Mesa County Commissioner said.
The signed agreement to continue using dominion voting systems through 2029 came at a cost of just over 93,000 for year 2022 with a 2% annual increase thereafter.
Colorado is known as the gold standard of elections, but residents in Mesa County now want the same standard in the county with the removal of Dominion voting systems.
“I’m here to encourage you to create an actual gold standard in mesa county and show our Secretary of State what that really looks like,” Mesa County resident said.
Community members all had the opportunity to voice their concerns with the Dominion voting systems and still choose to advocate for paper ballots.
“There are other options, you say by the number of hands that went up. We are willing to count paper ballots in order to make sure that this is legal and done correctly,” Mesa County resident said.
Mesa County Commissioners believe that with continuation of Dominion voting systems and a hand count, both sides of the argument will have their needs met.
“I think paired together, with a machine we can get everyone covered,” Cody Davis, Mesa County Commissioner know a hand count makes you guys comfortable, there are those out there that want a machine count because they don’t trust a hand count, why not do them both.”