NOREEN: Inactive voters won't get ballots for city election

February 7, 2013
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Tony Buetti of Colorado Springs is pretty sure he voted in November’s general election.

El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams is pretty sure he has no record of Buetti’s ballot being returned.

So Buetti was one of 32,349 voters in the county who recently received inactive voter notices from Williams’ office.

Buetti’s question was, “Even if I missed one election, which I didn’t, why would they do that?”

Williams explained that the notices go out to all registered voters who do not vote in the general election. Receiving such a notice does not mean one is not registered to vote.

“You can still vote in any election,” Williams said.

Why is “inactive” important?

Because, Williams explained, while they remain registered, inactive voters will not receive mail-in ballots unless they change their “inactive” status, which can be done by either returning the notice to the clerk’s office or following easy instructions to accomplish the same thing online.

Colorado Springs has scheduled a mail-in ballot election for April 2. It is likely that more than half of the inactive voters who received notices live in Colorado Springs.

If those folks want to vote in the April election, they have until the end of February to change their “inactive” status.

There is no election, but there has been quite a bit of noise revolving around oil and gas drilling regulations.

El Paso County approved drilling regulations quite a while ago, while the Colorado Springs City Council has engaged in a lengthy public dialogue on the same topic. The city is in the midst of a civil lawsuit with Ultra Resources, the company that owns 18,000 acres inside the EASTERN city limits where it hopes to find oil.

In many areas of Colorado, citizens groups have formed to oppose fracking — the controversial technique used to extract oil and gas from thousands of feet below the surface. “Several exploratory oil and gas fracked wells have been drilled in El Paso County,” observed reader Jeanie Bein. “Do you know how many and whether any wells are actually in production at this point?”

The answer is zero. El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose, is “There is not an actively producing well at this time. We tend to believe they’ve identified resources, but we don’t know if they’re economically viable.”

Got a question? Contact Barry Noreen at 636-0363 or at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Hear him on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. Fridays.


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