BOULDER — Challenger Hillary Hall defeated incumbent Boulder County Clerk Linda Salas in Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 59 percent of the vote.
Hall, who will run unopposed in November, said she plans
to begin preparing immediately to take over the office in January.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” she said early this morning. “Now we'll go into full gear and really look at our options for creating a model that we can all have faith in.”
Salas, who won office in 2002, oversaw the acquisition of a $3.1 million electronic voting system that allows residents to cast traditional paper ballots or vote using computer-based terminals. The equipment allows many disabled voters to vote independently for the first time, as required by new federal laws.
Salas looked back fondly on her campaign this year, as well as several voter information drives she coordinated as clerk.
“I think the most fun for me is always going out and meeting people,” she said.
Her office came under scrutiny in 2004 after the county’s new optical-
scanning equipment rejected thousands of ballots during the general election because of tiny printing imperfections on the ballots. The tally took 68 hours to complete.
Hall, the head of Boulder County’s Democrats from 2003 to 2006, sat on an investigative panel that probed that election. She decided to oppose Salas in March, saying Salas had not taken the panel’s recommendations seriously.
Hall entertained about 50 friends and supporters Tuesday night at a backyard party in Lafayette. At one point, she and her campaign team grabbed yard signs and performed a choreographed routine to the strains of marching band music.
Salas initially planned to oversee last-minute details of Tuesday’s primary from her Boulder office but opted instead to spend the evening with friends in Longmont.
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