A Word From the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman:

            Election 2020 – a very disappointing election on so many levels.  This includes President Trump and Senator Gardner losing by such large margins in Colorado, the impact of voter fraud in several states, the premature claim of victory by the liberals, and the loss of several of the statewide amendments and propositions including late-term abortion, National Popular Vote, re-introduction of the grey wolf, etc.  Having said that, here are some bright spots from an Elbert County Republican perspective.  Link to Elbert County Election Results  

  • Elbert County Republicans had a 94% voter turnout and growing.*  We are currently at 10,214 votes in out of 10,858 eligible Republican active voters.  This is a record high and one of the highest voter turnouts by party in the state. We were 7% above the statewide average and beat the Elbert County Democrats who had a 89.3% voter turnout and the U’s/Other at 86.1%.  * - there are still a few hundred ballots to be counted due to “swaps” with other counties.  These are ballots that were dropped off or delivered to other counties.   
  • Nearly 54% of all ballots returned were Republican, 35.4% U/Other and only 10.7% Democrat.  A new record low percent for Elbert County Democrats.    
  • We pulled between 57.5% and 65% of Unaffiliated voters to our Republican candidates in contested races. 
  • Our support for President Trump increased over 2016.  We provided President Trump with 73.96% of the vote and 9,327 plus votes this year as compared with 72.53% and 8,480 plus votes for him in 2016.  Cory Gardner received 75.68% of the vote and 9,861 plus votes.  Once again, Elbert County held its ground for Republican candidates while other counties deteriorated. 
  • Our county commissioners received tremendous support.  Chris Richardson at 96% (4% for the write-in candidate) and 74% for Grant Thayer against a Democrat opponent.
  • We provided over 10,000 plus votes for US Representative Ken Buck and State Representative Richard Holtorf and 9,948 plus votes for John Kellner.
  • The Town of Kiowa defeated Ballot Measures 2B and 2C that would have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. 
  • Our website www.elbertcountyrepublicans.com saw a PHENOMENAL level of traffic and our recommendations on amendments, propositions, and judges were followed by many voters.  For example, the three judges that we recommended a NO vote for being retained, all received over 45% NO!    

The importance of our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts is evident in the John Kellner – Amy Padden race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District.  The race is within 1,500 votes with John ahead.  The race should be called by Friday and will be decided by late returns.  The 75% - 25% vote for John Kellner in Elbert County was critical for him to be competitive and hopefully will carry him over the finish line.         

As the official Republican poll watcher in Elbert County, I couldn’t be prouder of the election operation led by Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder, Election Manager Rhonda Braun and including the election judges from both parties.  We should all have a high confidence level in the election results in Elbert County due to the checks and balances in place, the levels of accountability, and the transparency in all program elements.  Having said that, every American should be concerned with the allegations of voter fraud in a number of states.  These issues include little or no accountability of signature verification, judges handling ballots without a representative from the other party, judges allowed to mark ballots, huge numbers of under votes (where ballots are marked for only one candidate), computer glitches that transpose vote totals, higher county vote totals than registered voters, ballots received after election day, boxes of ballots showing up in the middle of the night, intimidation of poll watchers, approved poll watchers prevented from observing ballot processing, votes by dead people, etc. 

Based on the sheer volume of signed affidavits of voting fraud, I stand behind the Trump Campaign to fight the premature calling of the election for Joe Biden. See allegations of voter fraud.  The election isn’t over until the results are certified, regardless of what the lamestream media says.  If the extent and severity of known voter fraud continues to grow, lawsuits may force recounts and put into play several states that the media has claimed victory for Biden.  I believe every allegation of voter fraud should be properly investigated and that the election results should NOT be certified until the issues are resolved.  We need to pray for our President, our country, and the daylighting of any and all voter fraud.   

Thank you for all your support and involvement.  It clearly made a difference.  A special thank you to the Elbert County Republican Central Committee and our many volunteers.  We had a ton of fun this fall (the Trump Train Caravan with the Tank was the best) and let’s stay committed to our conservative values and the Republican platform.   

Tom Peterson

Elbert County Chairman

tmpeterson18@gmail.com

(303) 229-6710

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