The ineptitude that is Adams County government has been shown repeatedly in recent years and past election cycles have shown a level of breathtaking incompetence in counting votes on Election Day. Despite recurring problems every year, Clerk and Recorder Karen Long has failed to rectify problems and now says she will make everyone wait for election results while she goes to bed.
There is little doubt that tonight’s election is going to be a close one nationally and particularly here in Colorado. Local county offices are entrusted with providing timely and accurate results – the single most important job they have.
Long however told the Denver Post yesterday that she will continue her office’s long standing practice of failing to do its job. Should counting not be completed by midnight, she and her workers will simply head off to bed and resume counting in the morning – all the while Adams County, the state and the nation will be awaiting results.
It is absolutely asinine that the county cannot count ballots quickly and efficiently. This is especially ludicrous when you consider that 80% of Adams County ballots have already been cast before today via mail in ballots and early voting. The clerk’s office should have those already counted thus leaving relatively few to actually count tonight.
In an editorial today the Post called out our clerk and a couple of others for their failure to do their duties properly.
“The drama of Colorado’s critical role in this election has hardly been a secret,” the Post editors write. “If many clerks were able to plan and organize their offices in order to keep counting ballots into the wee hours, why can’t all of them?”
Well, Adams County residents can of course answer that. We do things differently here. Governance by incompetence, greed and scandal is par for the course in Adams County. Democrats like Long ignore the people while failing to just do their job in an ethical manner.
Adams County has historically been one of the last counties in Colorado to finish counting ballots.
In 2008 it wasn’t until more than 24 hours after polls closed that Long posted final unofficial results. While every other Denver metro area county finished the night before, she famously said, “To think you are going to get results the night of is ludicrous.” Residents and area press were rightfully outraged.
In 2009 during an off-year election with far fewer ballots cast, Adams County was the last Denver area county to finish counting. Residents waited 23 hours to know the election’s outcome.
After two failures you would think Adams County would have gotten its act together but that simply was not the case. In 2010 the clerk failed to provide updates on the status of counting on its website and again residents waited and waited. Ironically Long actually won election that year despite her office’s incompetence.
Certainly in virtually any place else residents could count on their elected officials to correct problems like this. Here in Adams County we have come to expect the problems to continue. Sad isn’t it?