GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — “The election staff bears a huge load because they get calls when people are mad at the sheriff, get calls when people are mad at the clerk. I mean for a number of reasons.” says Mesa County Treasurer, Sheila Reiner.
Lawmakers introduced a new bill to the house today called the Colorado Election Official Protection Act.
Reiner voices, “I can get behind that.”
The bill’s name speaks for itself, but Mesa County Treasurer, Sheila Reiner remembers a simpler time.
“A few years ago, we would get a threat now and then where someone was unhappy with the way things turned out.” Reiner recalls.
But as time went on, the number of threats did too.
Reiner admits, “It has really ramped up, since the 2020 general election.”
The new proposed bill will make it unlawful for any person to interfere with the official performing their job duty. An election worker can also file to remove their personal information from internet records.
“They’re just adding the election officials to be at the status of law enforcement so people can’t track us down at our homes.” Reiner uttered.
Despite threats and mean comments, Reiner says the privledge of serving the community outweighs the hate.
Reiner stated, “The silent majority and the people that we make a difference for every day, that’s what makes it worth it.”
The election staff appreciates hearing from the public but would like you to know.
“The best place to voice your opinion is at the ballot box.” Reiner added.