Government Law

Small town sues all 61 voters over election issues, asks judge to order defendants into court

In a highly unusual Colorado case, Montezuma and its clerk have filed suit against all 61 of the small town’s registered voters.

They are asking a Summit County judge to order the voters into court so issues concerning the town’s “fatally flawed” election earlier this year can be resolved, reports the Denver Post.

In addition to claimed ballot irregularities, Mayor Leslie Davis, who won by a three-vote margin, says 13 voters and at least two candidates weren’t residents. Locals tell the newspaper it’s easy to determine who actually lives there due to unplowed driveways in the high-mountain town, which is located near a ski resort.

Some of the defendants aren’t happy about the suit and have retained a Gunnison lawyer to challenge it.

“Now I’m paying someone to sue me,” voter Chris Baker told the Post. “It’s fairly disturbing that the town is using our tax money to sue us.”

An earlier Denver Post story provides additional details about this year’s hotly contested election.

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