Alton Dillard

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    November 6, 2012

    MIT = Mitt?: Denver poll worker fears school sweatshirt is pro-Romney electioneering

    Many, many people are watching the polls today to make sure there's no funny business. And if there's any doubt about the Denver Elections Division, here's proof the staff is on high alert: Division personnel had to assure a poll worker that a young lady wearing an MIT sweatshirt was not engaging i ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Scott Gessler v. Denver clerk Debra Johnson in latest lawsuit to target Secretary of State

    After responding to some negative headlines surrounding a botched voter registration mailing, Secretary of State Scott Gessler is fielding more criticism this week -- this time from a lawsuit that first reached his office via reporters' inquiries. The suit comes from Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Occupy Denver initiates plan to recall Mayor Michael Hancock

    The past two weeks have been a strange time in the lifespan of Occupy Denver. The absence of regular police altercations opens a different arena of political potential, and a strict legal response to donations and support has discouraged both while decreasing numbers. Some media outlets suggest givi ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    David Sirota bars Education News Colorado reporter from Emily Sirota on election night

    Emily Sirota.​Update about the Jimenez-Draper Carson race below. By now, you've heard that Anne Rowe and Allegra "Happy" Haynes won seats on the Denver Public Schools board, and that incumbent Arturo Jimenez narrowly claimed victory over reformer Jennifer Draper Carson. As for Rowe opponent Em ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Nate Easley: Petition filed to recall Denver Public Schools board president

    Easley.​Update five: Recall proponents are hard at work gathering signatures. But it hasn't always been easy. See more below our fourth update. Update four: The petition to initiate the recall process has been approved. See more below our third update.

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    September 10, 2010

    Andrea Merida: Attempt to recall DPS board member fails, petitioners vow to try again

    Andrea Merida.​An attempt to recall Denver Public Schools board member Andrea Merida failed yesterday when a petition to initiate the process was rejected by the Denver Elections Division. According to division spokesman Alton Dillard, the petition was not in the proper format. But one of the ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Party on! Register now if you want to vote August 10

    ​The August 10 primary ballot promises to be a wild one, what with contested races for both the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, as well as a GOP face-off for governor and other legislative competitions. But if you're not yet registered to vote, in order to participate in the ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Boo! Denver procrastinators get a ballot break today

    What are you waiting for? In Denver, early voting ends today at 7 p.m. at the thirteen early-voting locations (find them at It's too late to request a mail-in ballot by mail or over the Internet -- but you can still pick one up until 7 p.m. today at the Denver Elections Divis ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Denver stopped processing new voters just as the DNC arrived

    Does Uncle Sam really want you to vote? Voter registration drives have descended on Denver in the last few months. You can now find eager young volunteers tempting you with voter applications at Whole Foods, at the corner of Colfax and Broadway, even in line for ice cream at Liks. These foot sold ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Last Chance for Mail-in Ballots

    Hurry, voters, hurry. A friend who’s not exactly a man-of-the-people and thus would like to avoid crowds at the voting booths Tuesday was confused by a recent Denver Votes! mailing from the Denver Elections Division. He’s smart, if not social, but he was still puzzled by these instructions: ... More >>

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    January 29, 2007

    The Checkmate's in the Mail

    As of nine this morning, the Denver Election Commission had received 40,039 ballots -- and those are ballots filled out by voters, not returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable (another 30,000 or so), after the DEC had already given itself an A on its performance with this single-ballot ... More >>

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    January 8, 2007
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    August 31, 2006

    X Marks the Spat

    Bad taste is not against the law!

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    June 15, 2006

    Citizen Bane

    Exposing the Denver Election Commission is as easy as falling off a blog.

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    October 20, 2005

    Pony Up

    The state of the art in Denver.

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    April 22, 2004

    The Message


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    November 21, 2002

    Off Limits

    Pressing engagements

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    September 12, 1996

    Athlete, Artist, Indian Chief

    From dark horse to Nighthorse, it's been one hell of a ride for Ben Campbell.