Secretary of State Scott Gessler filed suit Tuesday against El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Wayne Williams, who canceled the county’s Democratic and American Constitution parties’ primaries Friday.
Gessler believes if any party has a primary, then all primaries must be conducted. Williams believes the 2009 law allows a Clerk to cancel a party’s primary election while still conducting another party’s primary. The Republican primary is June 26.
Williams said the county will save approximately $68,000 by canceling the primaries and he intends to spend that on “Ballot on Demand Printers to improve our Early Voting proess this November, which is a direct benefit to our citizens. We want to spend the resources for the election that matters — not on uncontested races where there is no decision to be made.”
Uncontested candidates in primaries advance to November’s general election whether there is a primary or not, Williams said.