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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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I thought this was a little scary

The local fire district is having an election. Several names for board of directors positions - none of whom meant anything to me. But also, a mill levy increase.

During Mr W's illness, we called 911 three or four times, after he had fallen and I was unable to get him up on his feet. Eventually, the hospice staff gave us the non-emergency phone number to use - when you access their help that way, the issue of transporting to the ER can be voluntary. Using 911 more or less requires them to transport the patient, and then the hospice rules get tangled.

In any event, I have only good memories of the help we received from those young men, both calling 911 and using the non emergency access. So I willingly voted yes on the mill levy increase.

We get ballots in the mail now, for almost every election. You can take your ballot over to a drop off location - usually a municipal office of one sort or another. BUT - I received a second ballot! Addressed to my former married name, which is the name on the property rolls. I never went through the steps necessary to change my name with the county clerk's office.

I'm registered to vote using my married name I acquired when I married Mr W. I'm NOT registered to vote in my former married name. When I dropped off my ballot, I asked the staff member there - clearly a receptionist - what had happened, and she said they used two property owner lists, one from the county clerk (voter registrations) and the other from the county assessor (property owners) I pointed out that in effect, someone not registered to vote received a ballot. She could only shrug.

The mix-up, or whatever you want to call it, was reported on local TV news broadcasts, with witty comments about using a "Chicago method" of increasing voter turnout. I don't really think it is funny. I was instructed to destroy the second ballot, which I did - but still wonder why I got one in the first place.

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